27th August 2009
Lesbian ex-soldier “disgusted at MoD” over payouts to injured
2:10 PM — A lesbian former soldier who was awarded £187,000 in compensation for sex discrimination, victimisation and sexual harassment has said she is disgusted at the low sums paid to servicemen and women injured in action.
Plans to ban “ex-Lords” from Commons could end speculation about Mandelson 9
1:47 PM — The Justice Secretary may amend new legislation that would allow Lords to resign their seats to stop ex-peers from becoming an MP for up to five years.
Lib Dem MP accuses Tories and local paper of twisting the facts over gay group grant 20
12:56 PM — A Liberal Democrat MP has accused both the Tories on Bristol council and one of the city's newspapers of misrepresenting a National Lottery grant to a gay group.
26th August 2009
Downing St responds to petition against deportation of gays 10
2:53 PM — A petition on the Downing St website calling on the Prime Minister to stop deporting gays and lesbians to countries where they may be imprisoned because of their sexuality has prompted a response from the government.
Gay basketball star slams Chris Grayling for comparing Manchester to The Wire 12
12:27 PM — British basketball star John Amaechi has demanded an apology from Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling after he claimed parts of the UK are as violent as US hit TV show The Wire.
25th August 2009
Thousands sign Downing St petition demanding apology for Alan Turing 9
2:52 PM — More than 4,800 people have signed a petition calling on the government to apologise for the way in which computing genius and gay man Alan Turing was treated during his lifetime.
Manchester Pride closes city streets over the Bank Holiday weekend 5
2:35 PM — Details of road closures during the Manchester Pride Big Weekend and the Pride Parade have been announced today by the festival organisers.
Blue Peter presenter’s trans comments not ‘unfair treatment’ says Ofcom 18
2:09 PM — The broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has not upheld a complaint from a trans woman against a programme celebrating 50 years of the children's TV programme Blue Peter.
24th August 2009
Equality Commission takes BNP to court over “racist” membership policy 112
4:31 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has today issued county court proceedings against the British National Party because of its constitution and membership criteria.
New research finds 33% of Brighton’s LGBT population have used cannabis 15
2:03 PM — New research has revealed that gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people in Brighton are much more likely to use illegal drugs than the general population.
X Factor favourite tells tabloid he is bisexual 26
10:47 AM — A contestant on ITV1 show X Factor has told a Sunday tabloid that he is bisexual.
21st August 2009
Men charged after eggs thrown in Manchester’s gay village
5:37 PM — Two men have been charged for throwing eggs and shouting homophobic abuse at members of the public in Manchester's gay village.
19th August 2009
Music teacher pleads guilty to lesbian affair with pupil, 15 8
11:02 AM — A lesbian music teacher at a private London school has pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual activity with a child. Helen Goddard, 26, pleaded guilty to the five-month affair at Southwark crown court yesterday.
18th August 2009
Gay networking event designed for twenty-something men
4:02 PM — A new gay networking club in London has been designed specially for men in their twenties. London Twenties was set up to give young gay men the opportunity to network without having to pay pricey fees or feel uncomfortable.
17th August 2009
Shadow equalities minister Theresa May to attend gay Tory conference event 53
6:24 PM — Shadow equalities minister Theresa May is to be a guest at a Pride event scheduled for this year's Conservative Party Conference.
15th August 2009
George Michael arrested after collision with lorry 12
9:43 AM — Openly gay pop star George Michael was arrested by police in the early hours of yesterday morning following a collision with a lorry it has been revealed.
12th August 2009
Brighton cruising spot sees rise in homophobic attacks 14
10:33 AM — Police say there has been a rise in homophobic attacks at a popular Brighton cruising spot. Dukes Mound, off Madeira Drive, is regularly used as a meeting place for men to have sex.
11th August 2009
Stephen Fry alights Twitter with photograph of his “big cock” 17
7:00 PM — Gay actor and author Stephen Fry has been amusing the social networking website Twitter with jokes about his genitles.
Terrence Higgins Trust runs drugs workshops for gay men 2
4:54 PM — Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust is running a series of workshops for gay men in London who are concerned about their drug or alcohol use.
10th August 2009
Sir Ian McKellen signs ‘no hate’ pledge 5
4:07 PM — Sir Ian McKellen, the openly gay veteran actor, has added his name to a list of people and organisations condemning all forms of hate crime in the London borough of Tower Hamlets.