20th May 2010
Iranian lesbian actress may face death if deported 17
1:18 PM — An Iranian actress is fighting to win asylum in the UK because she fears she will be killed if sent home. Kiana Firouz, 27, was told by the Home Office she could avoid persecution in Iran if she was "discreet" about being a lesbian.
Coalition deal promises action on homophobic bullying, gay asylum seekers and LGBT rights abroad 42
11:20 AM — The coalition deal between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats promises action on a number of gay rights issues brought up during the election campaign.
19th May 2010
Gay charity Stonewall celebrates 21st birthday 11
5:58 PM — Stonewall, the UK's largest gay rights charity, is celebrating its 21st birthday. The organisation was founded on May 20th 1989 by a group of campaigners against Section 28, the law which banned promotion of homosexuality in schools.
Andy Burnham to enter Labour leadership race with the worst gay voting record of contenders 9
5:32 PM — Former health secretary Andy Burnham is expected to announce his candidacy for the Labour leadership tomorrow. Mr Burnham has the worst voting record for LGBT rights of the five Labour leadership candidates.
Boy George actor to star in film about gay author 4
4:37 PM — Douglas Booth, the actor who starred in a BBC biopic of Boy George, has been lined up to appear in a film about A Single Man author Christopher Isherwood.
Ed Balls and John McDonnell announce Labour leadership bids 3
3:44 PM — Former schools secretary Ed Balls has announced he will run for the Labour leadership. Mr Balls is the third former cabinet member to announce his candidacy, following brothers David and Ed Miliband.
Met police arrest six in raids for homophobic hate crime 5
2:27 PM — A police crackdown on hate crime across London has resulted in 221 arrests, with six of these being for homophobic and transphobic crime.
Doncaster Pride defends £3 entry charge 14
2:15 PM — Doncaster Pride has defended its plans to charge entry to this year's festival. Yesterday, PinkNews.co.uk reported that the August 21st festival would charge £3 to each visitor over the age of 16 and organisers said they were "inundated" with accusations of greed.
Coalition government reconsidering Tory plans to scrap Human Rights Act 26
1:56 PM — The coalition government may rethink Tory manifesto plans to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with new laws. Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell criticised plans to scrap the act, but gay equality charity Stonewall said it was more concerned about what the law does, instead of "what it's called."
EastEnders actor Marc Elliot ‘abused in the street’ for gay character 9
10:51 AM — Marc Elliot, the actor who plays gay Muslim Syed in EastEnders, has revealed he gets regular abuse in the street for playing a gay character.
18th May 2010
Entire congregation quits over appointment of gay Scottish minister 12
5:30 PM — A Church of Scotland congregation in the Bahamas has quit the church in protest over the ordination of gay ministers. The 200-year-old parish of St Andrew’s in Nassau, the capital of the islands, decided to follow Reverend John MacLeod when he announced he would resign.
Mathew Horne dismisses accusations of homophobia 31
4:49 PM — Mathew Horne, one of the stars of Gavin and Stacey, has dismissed accusations his sketch show was homophobic, saying it was criticised because he and co-star James Corden were "over-exposed".
Brighton Pride terminates bar contract after row over finances 8
3:47 PM — The company contracted to run Brighton Pride's bars until 2011 has had its relationship with the festival terminated. Aeon Events, the gay-run promotion company which owns the Wild Fruits night, said its contract was terminated after it demanded to see proof of the festival's financial position.
Jury retires over death of gay man in Trafalgar Square
2:46 PM — The jury in the case of three teenagers accused of killing a gay man in Trafalgar Square has retired to consider its verdict. Ian Baynham, 62, of Beckenham, Kent, died last October of head injuries after he was attacked while on a night out in London.
Ed Balls ‘most gay-friendly’ of Labour leadership contenders 18
1:56 PM — Former schools secretary Ed Balls has the best voting record on gay rights issues among the contenders for the Labour leadership. Analysis of his voting record shows the strongest support for gay equality measures.
Killer who claimed ‘gay panic defence’ jailed for 18 years 9
12:08 PM — An Ipswich man who killed a gay hairdresser and claimed the victim touched him has been jailed for 18 years. Rodney Greenland, 47, of Manchester Road, Ipswich, stabbed 36-year-old Simon Amers to death last July.
Doncaster Pride secured by £24,500 grant but will charge entry 3
11:11 AM — Doncaster Pride has been given a £24,500 grant by the National Lottery but will charge visitors £3 entry for this year's event. The festival will be held at Doncaster Racecourse this summer, which organisers say has resulted in "significant increases in costs".
17th May 2010
New Foreign Office minister marks IDAHO 5
5:28 PM — New Foreign Office minister for Europe David Lidington has released a message to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The Conservative MP said the Foreign Office was "committed to promoting British values" abroad, including LGBT rights.
David Miliband officially launches Labour leadership bid 4
4:19 PM — Former foreign secretary David Miliband officially launched his bid to lead the Labour party today. He announced his intention to run for the leadership last Wednesday with a press conference but formally launched it in his South Shields constituency today.
Gay couple to sue over being barred from bed and breakfast 27
2:05 PM — The gay couple who were barred from a Christian-run bed and breakfast in March have decided to sue the owners. Michael Black, 62, and John Morgan, 56, will take legal action against Susanne and Mike Wilkinson, owners of the Swiss B&B in Berkshire.