5th December 2008
Coming out was the hardest thing I ever did says gay referee 4
4:25 PM — The only openly gay man to be a rugby union referee at the highest level of the game has revealed he tried to kill himself because he did not want to be a homosexual.
Draft 2011 Census does not include sexuality question 4
2:01 PM — The government's proposed White Paper on the 2011 Census does not include proposals for a question on sexual identity.
Gay question on ONS surveys will help public bodies with equality duty
1:33 PM — The decision of the Office for National Statistics to start asking survey respondents about their sexual orientation could help promote equality.
Office for National Statistics will start to ask sexuality question in surveys 2
1:06 PM — The Office for National Statistics has announced it will start to ask a question about sexual orientation on surveys from next year.
Boy George convicted of false imprisonment 4
11:33 AM — Pop star and DJ Boy George was found guilty of false imprisonment by a jury in London earlier today. He will be sentenced next month.
Graham Norton to replace Terry Wogan as host of Eurovision 2
9:12 AM — Gay comic Graham Norton is to replace Sir Terry Wogan as the British host of Eurovision. The appointment comes just days after Norton attempted to quash rumours he would replace Sir Terry.
4th December 2008
Catholic adoption agency tells Cardinal that Jesus taught love without prejudice 10
3:55 PM — The leader of Scotland's Roman Catholics has resigned as chairman of an adoption agency because it plans to comply with the law.
Homophobic preacher stands by Leviticus quote in banned advert 9
2:27 PM — The leader of Sandown Free Presbyterian Church has claimed that a ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority interferes with religious freedom.
Gay humanists condemn Vatican’s stance on universal decriminalisation 7
1:52 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has condemned the Vatican's opposition to a declaration against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
3rd December 2008
Police investigation into Iris Robinson’s homophobic comments is “active” 5
6:17 PM — Serious crime officers from the Northern Ireland Police Service are involved in "active inquiries" into whether an MP broke the law when she spoke out against homosexuality.
Tories “broadly welcome” Equality Bill but want more detail 4
5:00 PM — The opposition parties have welcomed new government plans to unify the various strands of discrimination law and include gay people in public bodies' duty to promote equality.
Video: Queen’s Speech outlines legislative plans for 2009
3:56 PM — The stability of the British economy was highlighted as a key area for government action in today's Queen's Speech.
Charity for gay homeless teens rebrands to reach new generation of kids in need 1
3:44 PM — The Albert Kennedy Trust has unveiled its new corporate identity and logo. The charity works with young lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people whose families have rejected them or are unable to care for them.
Belfast Free Presbyterian church rapped over homophobic advert 4
3:18 PM — An advert placed in a local paper in Northern Ireland by Sandown Free Presbyterian Church ahead of this summer's Pride event in Belfast breached the Advertising Standards Authority code on decency.
Analysis: What will be in the Equality Bill?
12:29 PM — Harriet Harman, Minister for Women and Equality, welcomed the announcement today by Her Majesty the Queen that the Equality Bill will be brought forward in Parliament within the next year.
New bill announced in Queen’s Speech will “drive forward equality” 1
12:24 PM — The government will introduce a new Equality Bill in the coming session of Parliament, the Queen has confirmed.
Boy George declines to give evidence at his trail
11:52 AM — Pop singer and DJ Boy George will not to give evidence at his trial for allegedly imprisoning a male prostitute at his London flat.
Brian Paddick voted off reality show I’m A Celebrity
11:40 AM — Former candidate for Mayor of London Brian Paddick has become the sixth person to be voted off the ITV reality show I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!
2nd December 2008
THT rejects Tatchell criticism and reveals work with blood service 8
5:11 PM — A leading sexual health charity has said it is working with the National Blood Service on the current ban on men who have had sex with men donating blood.
Time runs out for Catholic adoption agencies over gay couples 1
4:42 PM — The Charity Commission has told two Roman Catholic-run adoption agencies they cannot change the purpose for which they were created in order to avoid dealing with homosexual couples.