25th March 2009
LGBT artists sought for London festival 6
6:17 PM — GFest, the annual gayWise LGBT arts festival, has opened submissions for artists and performers to showcase their work at this year's event. The festival, for which PinkNews.co.uk is the online media partner, will feature visual arts, performances and short films.
24th March 2009
Interview: Encouraging gays to take their place in Parliament 7
5:49 PM — Anne Begg is an instantly recognisable presence in the House of Commons. The former English teacher is the first wheelchair user to be elected as an MP. Chatty, amiable and refreshingly straightforward, Ms Begg can often be spotted in the chamber, in her chair at the side of the Labour benches.
Gay video designer sues Microsoft over ‘homophobic’ taunts 10
11:23 AM — A video designer is suing Microsoft after alleging homophobic abuse. Jamie Durrant, 38, is suing the corporation for £45,000 for 'hurt feelings' and lost pay. According to the designer, he was called "fag boy Jim" by colleagues, who sent mocking emails making fun of his sexuality.
23rd March 2009
Call to action over homophobic hate crimes 1
4:50 PM — Research on homophobic and transphobic violence in London has called for a more coordinated police approach to tackling hate crimes.
Muslim preacher calls for gays to be stoned to death 54
2:37 PM — Hate preacher Anjem Choudary launched a vitrolic attack on gays last week in which he said that they should be stoned to death. The former lawyer added that this would include gay business secretary Lord Peter Mandelson.
20th March 2009
Bickley man still in hospital over homophobic attack 1
3:29 PM — A man seriously injured by an attack that left his partner dead is still in a critical condition in hospital. Chris Bevan, 56, who was stabbed several times on March 3rd, is recovering from injuries to his internal organs in a south London hospital.
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.
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.
11th March 2009
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.
Islington registrar denied right to appeal over civil marriages ruling 31
10:36 AM — The Islington registrar who refused to carry out civil partnerships has been denied leave to appeal against the latest ruling. Lillian Ladele, 48, from Finsbury, was threatened with the sack after she told Islington borough council she could not carry out the ceremonies due to her Christian beliefs.
10th March 2009
Event to raise funds for homophobic bullying campaign
2:17 PM — An event to raise money for Stonewall's Education for All campaign to stop homophobic bullying in schools will be held next month at the Paramount Club, at the top of the Centre Point Tower in London.
9th March 2009
Gaydar’s Soho bar Profile to cease trading 3
5:24 PM — Profile, one of the most popular gay bars in Soho, London, is to close at the end of next month. A joint venture between QSoft Consulting, which owns the Gaydar brand, and Vince Power Music Group, the £1 million Frith Street bar was opened in March 2007.
Parents face prosecution for protesting over LGBT History Month lessons 8
9:56 AM — Around 30 parents who took their children out of an east London primary school to protest against them being taught about gay, lesbian and trans relationships may be prosecuted.
8th March 2009
Police arrest protester for throwing green custard at gay government minister 17
3:53 PM — Police have arrested the protester who threw green custard at the openly gay Business Secretary Peter Mandelson. He this morning expressed his surprise that the protester "could just sort of saunter off without being apprehended."
6th March 2009
Gordon Brown hosts first LGBT reception 3
5:38 PM — Gordon and Sarah Brown held a reception at Downing Street last night to celebrate the work of LGBT campaigners.
Peter Mandelson gunged by anti-Heathrow protestor 11
3:22 PM — Business secretary Peter Mandelson had green custard thrown over him by a protester earlier today.
Judge states gay man’s killing was not homophobic, despite abuse 24
1:00 PM — A teenager who killed a gay man after subjecting him to homophobic abuse has been sentenced to two and a half years in a young offenders' institute.
Men arrested over ‘homophobic’ murder in south-east London
10:25 AM — Two men have been arrested over the murder of a gay man in Bromley, south-east London.
5th March 2009
Exclusive: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown declares Prop 8 gay marriage ban “unacceptable” 45
11:55 PM — The first-ever reception at No10 Downing St for the LGBT community was hosted by the Prime Minister and his wife this evening.
Police murder hunt underway after gay couple attacked at London home 12
1:11 PM — A gay couple were attacked in their London home on Tuesday, leaving one dead and the other in hospital with stab wounds. Police were called to reports of an assault in Bromley at around 8pm.