1st February 2010
National Secular Society plans protest for Pope’s UK visit 30
4:02 PM — The National Secular Society has announced a " large-scale campaign" to protest against Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Britain in September. The pontiff has attacked gay rights on a number of occasions.
Trans woman told it was ‘illegal’ for her to use women’s toilets 22
3:45 PM — A trans woman has spoken of her humiliation at being wrongly told it was illegal for her to use the female toilet in her local pub. Katrina Harte, 46, began her transition several years ago and is awaiting her final surgery.
Amy Winehouse ‘is bisexual’ 16
1:29 PM — Back to Black singer Amy Winehouse is bisexual and has had relationships with women, her friends have claimed. She is said to have told close friends: "There is something about being with a woman that is very satisfying. I don't care what people think about me being bi - I do what feels good."
Glee star Jane Lynch ‘didn’t want to be gay’ 6
11:20 AM — Glee actress Jane Lynch has revealed she didn't come out to her parents until her early thirties because she didn't want to be gay.
29th January 2010
Gay MP and blogger in Twitter spat 37
6:47 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant and Tory blogger Iain Dale had a war of Tweets this afternoon over Tory leader David Cameron.
Boris Johnson supports anti-homophobic bullying film 11
6:09 PM — Mayor of London Boris Johnson has given his support to a film designed to stamp out homophobic bullying. FIT, the film directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair and produced by gay charity Stonewall, is to be sent to all schools in Britain next month.
New service for homophobic hate crime victims in Wales 13
4:35 PM — A partnership between Victim Support and Stonewall Cymru has launched a new service to help victims of homophobic and transphobic hate crimes.
Former Evening Standard theatre critic attacks newspaper’s defence of Jan Moir 28
3:41 PM — Exclusive Nicholas de Jongh, the former Evening Standard theatre critic, has attacked the newspaper for publishing an article defending Jan Moir's remarks on Stephen Gately.
Gareth Thomas ‘invited closeted star’ to coming out party 31
9:27 AM — Gay rugby player Gareth Thomas hosted a coming out party last night in central London to thank friends for their support. The player and a number of high-profile gay figures partied at Movida, best known as a celebrity hang-out.
28th January 2010
Oxford man stabbed in ‘homophobic’ attack 36
6:19 PM — A 26-year-old Oxford man is in hospital after he was stabbed in what police believe was a homophobic attack. Two people have been arrested.
Carol Ann Duffy to host ‘poetry Live Aid’ for Haiti 5
5:15 PM — Carol Ann Duffy, the first bisexual poet laureate, is to host a 'poetry Live Aid' fundraiser for victims of the Haiti earthquake. Duffy, who was given the post last year, has organised Saturday's event at Westminster's Central Hall with 21 other poets.
Elton John and Lady Gaga ‘to play Grammys duet’ 12
2:28 PM — Elton John and Lady Gaga will reportedly perform a duet at this weekend's Grammy Awards. Sources told Metro that details still had to be finalised but organisers were keen for the two to sing together.
27th January 2010
Survey finds 3 in 4 gay and bisexual men would donate blood 19
7:03 PM — A survey of gay and bisexual men has found that 77 per cent of respondents would donate blood if they were allowed to. Currently, men who have ever had sex with another man are barred for life from donating blood due to the risk of HIV.
Illegal cab driver jailed for sex attacks on gay men 4
4:45 PM — A Deptford man who posed as a taxi driver has been jailed for ten years for raping one man and sexually assaulting another. Mohamad Caid, 38, was convicted last month of rape, attempted rape, sexual assault and two charges of false imprisonment. He was told he would serve at least five years.
National Trans Police Association criticised over state funding 9
3:51 PM — A national body for trans and intersex police officers will be officially launched and recognised by the police service in March. The National Trans Police Association has been running for two years but will be able to apply for state funding once it becomes officially recognised by the UK police service.
Tory councillor accused of bad taste over gay joke 24
3:30 PM — A Tory councillor in Brentwood who made a joke about promoting gay rights and help for domestic violence victims has been accused of being offensive.
David Cameron says children should be taught about gay relationships 71
12:04 PM — Tory leader David Cameron told a recent meeting on education that schoolchildren should be taught about gay relationships and equality.
26th January 2010
Terrence Higgins Trust to warn gay men of other ways of HIV transmission 12
7:19 PM — HIV/AIDS charity Terrence Higgins Trust is launching a new campaign to warn gay men that HIV can also be caught through their penises. The initiative hopes to counter the myth that HIV can only be caught if men are "bottoms".
Boyzone star Keith Duffy suffering panic attacks after Stephen Gately’s death 19
5:54 PM — Boyzone singer Keith Duffy has revealed he has been suffering from panic attacks since the death of his bandmate Stephen Gately.
Tatchell ‘surprised’ at third of British people who still believe homosexuality is wrong 24
5:23 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has expressed surprise at the results of a survey into social attitudes, saying he expected a greater change in the numbers who accepted homosexuality.