26th February 2009
Christian fundamentalists try to block protection for gay kids at school 24
11:58 AM — Christian evangelical groups have been accused of trying to undermine an effort by a teaching organisation to protect children from bullies.
25th February 2009
Immigration minister backs ban on God Hates Fags preachers 1
2:50 PM — The minister for immigration has said that the Labour government "will always oppose homophobia" after the Home Office banned two gay hate preachers from entering the UK.
Death of David Cameron’s son shocks Westminster 3
11:40 AM — Ivan Cameron, the six-year-old son of the Conservative party leader, has died. In a statement the party said: "Ivan was taken ill overnight and died at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, early this morning."
Hate crime reporting centres open for business in Manchester
11:21 AM — Greater Manchester Police have urged the gay community to make use of facilities to report hate crimes.
Prime Minister celebrates LGBT History Month at Downing St 8
11:08 AM — The Prime Minister is to host a reception at 10 Downing St next week to mark LGBT History Month. Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah will meet organisers and gay equality activists.
24th February 2009
Video: BBC’s camp comedy Beautiful People sold to US gay network Logo 4
6:41 PM — A hit BBC series about the adventures of a gay teenager in suburban Reading will be shown in America. Beautiful People is based on the best-selling wild childhood memoirs of Simon Doonan.
Lesbian poet is favourite for Royal appointment
5:39 PM — A leading lesbian writer is thought to be on the shortlist for the position of Poet Laureate, the official poet of the monarch.
Police apologise to father of Barrymore pool death man
4:38 PM — The father of a man who drowned in suspicious circumstances at the home of a well-known gay entertainer has received an apology from police for their bungled investigation.
‘Torgay’ announces first Pride event 2
3:21 PM — Torbay council has approved plans for a four-day Pride event, the first in the area. PrideTorbay is backed by local gay businesses who have come together under the torgay.co.uk portal.
23rd February 2009
Evangelical Christians call for acceptance of gay people 7
1:52 PM — A coalition of evangelical Christian groups have called on church organisations condemning an American anti- gay hate group to face up to their own discriminatory policies and behaviour.
Family of murdered gay teen Michael Causer protest at not guilty verdict 6
12:44 PM — A group of more than 100 people protested at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday over the acquittal on Friday of a 19-year-old charged with the murder of a gay teenager.
21st February 2009
Liverpool gay teen murder trial ends with not guilty verdict 15
4:34 PM — A 19-year-old walked free from court yesterday after being found not guilty of the murder of gay teenager Michael Causer. The jury at Liverpool Crown Court spend more than 12 hours considering its verdict.
20th February 2009
Tory MP attacks Kent police’s “politically correct” advice booklet 5
5:43 PM — A guide to the law for immigrants has been criticised by an MP for making his constituency appear homophobic. The booklet, produced by Kent police, explains how to report discrimination but fails to mention the 999 service.
Gay celebs to lead fundraising walk in Brighton 2
4:32 PM — I'm A Celebrity contestant Brian Paddick, entertainer Amy Lamé and other famous gays and lesbians will be taking a walk through the streets of Brighton in May to raise money to fight homophobia.
British evangelical condemnation of God Hates Fags sect questioned 29
2:10 PM — A leading religious commentator has questioned why British fundamentalist Christian groups that oppose gay rights have spoken out against a hate preacher from America.
Fruit TV to provide free original online content for LGBT market 9
1:12 PM — One of the world’s first original online programming platforms is to be launched later this year.
19th February 2009
Jury retires in Michael Causer case
11:34 AM — Jurors at Liverpool Crown Court have retired to consider their verdict in the trial over the killing of gay teenager Michael Causer.
God Hates Fags preacher will be denied entry says UK Border Agency 45
10:03 AM — Two American fundamentalist Christians have been excluded from entering the UK after they threatened to protest in Basingstoke.
18th February 2009
Leading novelist pulls out of Dubai book festival in protest at gay censorship 15
2:54 PM — Novelist Margaret Atwood has announced she will not attend the Emirates Airline International Festival of Literature in Dubai after organisers decided to ban the launch of a book with a gay character.
Labour’s gay group asks for ban on God Hates Fags church members 7
1:22 PM — LGBT Labour has written to the Home Office asking that members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church be refused entry into the UK.