20th March 2009
God Hates Fags preachers target London primary school 26
10:40 AM — Preachers from the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church have said they plan to picket a London primary school which ran lessons about gay relationships. A picket schedule on their website announces they will be at the George Tomlinson School in Leytonstone next Friday.
19th March 2009
Gay man de-baptises himself 69
5:44 PM — A man has asked to be 'de-baptised', saying that he was too young to decide his religion at the age of five months. John Hunt, 56, says that he wants his 1953 baptism at the St Jude and St Aidan parish church in the Southwark diocese, south London, cancelled because he was not consulted and does not believe in God.
Court told gay man was burnt to death by ex-boyfriend 11
3:20 PM — Kingston Crown Court has been told the final moments of a gay man who was doused in petrol and set alight outside his home. Charlie Davies, 23, was attacked on June 14th last year. He died 12 days later in hospital.
18th March 2009
Police close Birmingham gay club after ‘violence’ 4
2:42 PM — West Midlands police have said drunken violence was the reason they closed a gay club in Birmingham on Friday night. Club DV8, on Kent Street in the city's gay village, was asked by police to close early due to "substantial and widespread drunken disorder".
17th March 2009
Soho LGBT charity wins £1m lottery grant
3:23 PM — Kairos in Soho, a charity which provides support and activities for the LGBT community, is celebrating after receiving two lottery grants totalling almost £1 million. The organisation, based in Archer Street, was awarded the grants by the Big Lottery Fund.
16th March 2009
Campaign for review of gender dysphoria policy in Oxfordshire 4
4:13 PM — Four trans women are campaigning for Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust to review its policy, funding and practice for the treatment of Gender Identity Dysphoria. According to the group, the PCT is "lagging behind" other counties in its understanding and treatment of the illness.
11th March 2009
Missing teen found ‘safe and well’ 13
4:33 PM — William Wright, who went missing on a night out in Manchester at the weekend, has been found.
Lesbian and gay singing event scheduled for London’s South Bank in May 2
2:02 PM — Various Voices, a lesbian and gay choir and singing event, will be held in London at the South Bank Centre in May. Hosted by the London Gay Men’s Chorus, The Pink Singers and Diversity, the four-day festival will feature 60 choirs, 2,000 singers and 50 concerts.
Update: Missing teenager caught on CCTV
11:25 AM — More information has come through on teenager William Wright, who went missing after a night out with friends in Manchester's gay village at the weekend. William, 19, from Crick, Wales, was last seen by his friends at 4:20am on Saturday, March 7th outside the View bar on Canal Street.
10th March 2009
Police appeal for witnesses after man goes missing in Manchester’s gay village 7
10:29 AM — A 19-year-old man from North Wales has been reported missing after a night out in Manchester's gay quarter. Police are appealing to anyone who may have information on the whereabouts of William Paul George Wright, who was last seen on Canal Street in the early hours of Saturday morning (March 7th).
9th March 2009
Man charged with murder over ‘homophobic’ Bromley killing
10:09 AM — A man has been charged with stabbing to death a gay man and trying to kill his partner.
6th March 2009
Teenage drag queen jailed over bomb hoax 8
6:03 PM — A 19-year-old drag queen has been sentenced to 14 months in a young offenders' institute after making a bomb threat to WH Smith's head office.
The 50 most powerful gay, lesbian and bisexual people in British politics 45
4:27 PM — This year's list could only be headed by one person. The return of Peter Mandelson to frontline British politics was predicted by no-one.
Children ‘taunted’ gay man 11
3:42 PM — Police in Cam, Gloucestershire, are appealing for witnesses after a man suffered repeated homophobic abuse from children.
Blackpool Pride line-up announced 4
9:55 AM — Organisers have confirmed that acts such as Toyah, Andy Scott-Lee and ex-S Club 7 singer Jo O'Meera will be performing at Blackpool's fourth Pride festival.
5th March 2009
Man found dead in South London gay cruising ground 10
4:52 PM — Police have confirmed a man's body was found yesterday in a Croydon park, South London. The area is well known as a gay cruising area.
3rd March 2009
Brighton will not receive funding to assist homeless LGBT people 6
4:55 PM — Brighton & Hove City Council has voted against spending money on improving services for LGBT homeless people.
Man raped in Plymouth
3:36 PM — A 60-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a male rape in Plymouth
Employees claim they were victimised by gay charity 21
3:10 PM — Two former employees of Manchester's Lesbian and Gay Foundation have claimed they were victimised and discriminated against by the charity.
Director receives death threats over Channel 4 documentary about gay Muslims 76
11:47 AM — Executives at Channel 4 are bracing themselves for a backlash against a programme showing gay and lesbian Muslims.