1st May 2009
Carol Ann Duffy is the first lesbian Poet Laureate 15
10:14 AM — Carol Ann Duffy is to be named as the first lesbian Poet Laureate today. Culture secretary Andy Burnham is expected to hold a press conference in Manchester at midday to confirm her appointment as the successor to Andrew Motion.
30th April 2009
Man denies attacking gay squatter
5:10 PM — A man accused of taking part in a one-hour attack on gay squatter has continued to deny his involvement. Neil Warner, his former lover Jonathan Wicks, and 2007 X-Factor contestant Kim Marrero were charged with carrying out the attack on Keiran Dulai.
Man jailed for attack after gay joke 3
4:58 PM — A man who severely beat a Good Samaritan over a gay joke has been jailed for four and a half years. Craig Stewart, 20, beat David Torrance unconscious in the attack in March 2008, causing him to spend almost three months in hospital.
Gender recognition bill to provide protection to Isle of Man trans residents 3
3:18 PM — A Gender Recognition bill designed to protect trans people on the Isle of Man has received unanimous backing on its third and final reading at the Legislative Council.
Gay charities express concern over faith school sex education proposals 7
12:09 PM — New government plans to allow faith schools to teach sex education in line with their religious beliefs have come under fire from gay charities. Under the recommendations, faith schools will be allowed to present lessons in line with their own "context, values and ethos".
Stephen Fry ponders growing up, love and being gay in a letter to his 16-year-old self 1
11:39 AM — Stephen Fry has written a letter to his 16-year-old self about his melancholy adolescence and his desperation never to grow up.
Remembering the Admiral Duncan bombing 39
12:56 AM — Today marks the tenth anniversary of the Admiral Duncan nail bomb attack on April 30th 1999 in Soho. It was one of three nail bomb attacks and killed three people, while 80 were injured.
Admiral Duncan bombing: The day my life changed forever 11
12:06 AM — On the tenth anniversary of the Admiral Duncan bombing, survivor Jonathan Cash remembers the tragedy.
29th April 2009
BBC and Channel 4 could be allowed to opt-out of new equality laws 10
6:19 PM — The BBC and Channel 4 may be permitted to opt out of equality laws in order to preserve editorial independence. The new legislation could force them to use quotas of gay, ethnic minority or female actors.
US Christian groups demand British ambassador be sent home over Miss California gay marriage row 38
4:21 PM — Christian groups in the US have demanded that the British ambassador to the country should be sent home after gay Tory MP Alan Duncan failed to apologise over a joke about murdering Miss California Carrie Prejean.
Norwich gets its own Pride festival
4:04 PM — Norwich is set to have its first gay pride festival, which will take place on July 24th and 25th throughout the city.
Comedian Jim Davidson to explore his own homophobia on reality TV show 11
3:05 PM — The comedian Jim Davidson, who was kicked off TV show Hell's Kitchen for alleged homophobia in 2007, is to make a programme in which he learns to become more "politically correct".
Stonewall Equality Walk to be held in Brighton this weekend
2:28 PM — Stonewall's annual Equality Walk is to be held in Brighton this weekend to raise money to tackle homophobic bullying in schools. Brian Paddick, Amy Lame and Mr Gay UK are hosting the 10-kilometre event.
Ex-gay therapy survivor to speak at psychotherapy conference 3
2:17 PM — A former Lutheran pastor who underwent therapy and hypnosis in an attempt to become heterosexual is to speak at a psychotherapy conference in London next month.
Obituary: Gay rights activist Stephen Holdsworth 3
12:53 PM — Long-time gay rights activist Stephen Holdsworth died last month in Edinburgh, aged 47. Mr Holdsworth had been heavily involved in the lesbian and gay movement throughout his lifetime.
David Cameron to appear at London Pride? 30
11:22 AM — David Cameron has accepted an invitation to appear at an event during London's Gay Pride week, it has been reported.
Gay squatter ‘attacked by three people’ 5
10:04 AM — A gay man who was squatting after becoming homeless was subjected to an hour-long attack by his ex-lover, a former X-Factor auditionee and another man, a court has heard.
28th April 2009
Prosecution closes at child sex abuse trial of former head of gay charity 4
6:47 PM — The prosecution have summed up eight weeks of evidence in the trial of a former gay charity chief, accused of sexually assaulting a three month old child.
Catholic charity withdraws case over gay adoption 4
3:36 PM — One of the two Catholic adoption agencies which launched a legal challenge over gay adoption has withdrawn its case.
Faith schools to be allowed to tell pupils homosexuality is wrong 332
2:01 PM — New plans to force all schools to teach sex education will allow faith schools to educate pupils in line with their religious beliefs. This will allow schools to tell pupils that homosexuality, sex outside marriage or using contraception is wrong.