7th January 2010
Anti-gay MP Iris Robinson’s lover believed to have been under 21 36
7:48 PM — Homophobic Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson's affair was thought to have been with a young man aged under 21. News channel UTV, which broke the story of her affair and suicide attempt yesterday, reported the claim this evening.
BBC investigation ‘prompted Iris Robinson to admit affair’ 22
6:09 PM — A BBC investigation into the finances of Northern Ireland politicians Iris Robinson and her husband reportedly prompted her to reveal details of her affair and attempted suicide.
Lesbian in custody dispute issues appeal for missing daughter 7
5:47 PM — The non-biological mother of a seven-year-old girl has issued an appeal to the US public to find her after the child's biological mother defied a court order to hand over custody.
Tatchell says Iris Robinson is a ‘hypocrite’ 16
3:33 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has accused Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson of being a hypocrite for having an affair. He expressed sympathy over her suicide attempt and mental breakdown but said she had offered no apology for her comments about gay people.
Social worker struck off for abusing trans child 6
2:18 PM — A social worker has been found guilty of shouting homophobic abuse at a child in his care. Stan Lansdell, 52, was struck off today for "gross abuse" of his position. He worked for Bradford council at the time of the offences.
Government appointment of faith advisors attacked as ‘cynical’ 25
1:39 PM — The appointment of 13 'faith advisors' to the government has been attacked by the National Secular society as "cynical" and "an insult to non-religious Britons". The charity warned that most people "disregard" religious teachings on issues such as homosexuality and said the appointment was "undemocratic".
Jonathan Ross quits the BBC 30
12:07 PM — Jonathan Ross has announced today (Thursday) that he is leaving the BBC. The star, who got into hot water this year over a gay adoption joke last year, said his reasons for leaving were not financially motivated.
6th January 2010
Anti-gay MP Iris Robinson attempted suicide after affair 107
7:44 PM — Iris Robinson, the homophobic Northern Ireland MP, has admitted she tried to commit suicide after having an affair. The MP announced last month she was leaving politics due to mental health issues last month.
Canterbury’s only gay bar closes 16
4:35 PM — The only gay bar in Canterbury, a city which was condemned by a local Pride group for not being gay enough, has closed. O2 was opened six months ago on King Street but is closing because of a lack of business.
BNP may face prosecution over ‘misleading’ financial accounts 2
4:00 PM — The British National Party could face prosecution for breaking the law over its accounting. The anti-gay political party has until Friday to submit further details of its spending after auditors said they were not adequate.
Graham Norton signs £4m deal with BBC 24
12:00 PM — Gay presenter Graham Norton has signed a two-year, £4 million deal to stay at the BBC. According to the Sun, he accepted a pay cut of £500,000, having previously been on £2.5 million a year.
5th January 2010
Maggi Hambling and Phyllida Lloyd honoured 1
12:25 PM — Artist Maggi Hambling and theatre director Phyllida Lloyd, both of whom are lesbians, have been awarded CBEs in the New Year's Honours list.
Anti-gay hate preacher’s march may be banned 85
12:11 PM — An attempt by an anti-gay Muslim preacher to hold a march in a British town may be blocked by home secretary Alan Johnson. Islam4UK, headed by Anjem Choudary, plans to march through Wootton Bassett, a town famous for honouring soldiers killed abroad.
4th January 2010
Gay son prevented from donating blood to dying mother 38
6:27 PM — A gay man whose mother died from cancer is calling for a change in the law after he was prevented from donating blood to help her. Dij Bentley's mother Christine, 47, died from acute myeloid leukaemia in August last year.
Copyright holder baulks at ‘gay’ Sherlock Holmes film 44
2:46 PM — The US copyright holder of the Sherlock Holmes series has threatened to withdraw permission for a film sequel if producers develop a homoerotic storyline.
Trans woman wins complaint against newspaper for ‘tranny’ headline 22
1:14 PM — The Press Complaints Commission has ruled that a Belfast newspaper breached the press code of practice for calling a trans woman a "tranny". Keira McCormack complained she had been deeply insulted by the November 1st 2009 article in the Sunday Life.
Elton John speaks about helping Eminem quit drugs 4
11:08 AM — Elton John has spoken for the first time about supporting Eminem in his battle to quit drugs. The singer also dicussed helping George Michael with his alleged drug problems.
31st December 2009
Televised trial of Proposition 8 ‘possible’ 1
2:37 PM — Challenge to legislation banning gay marriage could be broadcast as part of a new initiative in the US.
Theatre director Nicholas Hytner knighted 5
1:30 PM — Openly gay director of the National Theatre receives knighthood in New Year's Honours.
BBC News presenter Jane Hill comes out 33
12:43 PM — Newsreader Jane Hill discusses cohabiting with her partner in the corporation's in-house magazine.