12th December 2008
Jade Goody attacked over lesbian slurs 13
12:01 PM — Comedian Amy Lame has branded reality TV star Jade Goody homophobic after she said that lesbians have "really short hair."
Census goes online but no question about sexual orientation 4
11:13 AM — The next national census will be held on 27th March 2011. For the first time the marital status question will include a civil partnership option, but there will not be a question on sexual orientation.
11th December 2008
CPS “rightly proud” of rise in prosecutions for homophobic hate crimes 2
4:58 PM — The Crown Prosecution Service has released new statistics on prosecutions for hate crimes in England and Wales.
Same-sex couples denied EU right to freedom of movement 13
4:18 PM — Gay and lesbian couples who have legal same-sex marriages or unions are being denied their rights to move and reside freely within the EU.
Two men questioned over Sol Campbell abuse
3:12 PM — Two men have been arrested, questioned and bailed after police in Hampshire released images of 16 people wanted for questioning about homophobic and racist abuse directed towards footballer Sol Campbell.
Northern Ireland moves closer to a Bill of Rights 4
10:00 AM — The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has handed the British government its advice on the potential for a Bill of Rights for the province.
New report documents rights of children in LGBT-led families
9:00 AM — The International Lesbian and Gay Association has launched a new report on the rights of children raised in lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans families in Europe.
10th December 2008
Analysis: What does the UN statement on LGBT rights say? 1
4:26 PM — Next week the United Nations General Assembly will meet. France on behalf of the EU is to make a declaration from the podium in support of the human rights of all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
UK urged to stop deporting people with HIV to uncertain treatment
2:42 PM — The British government should review its policy of deporting people diagnosed with HIV in the UK to countries where treatment is not readily available or affordable.
Men sought by police in connection with homophobic chanting at Portsmouth game 1
1:49 PM — Police in Portsmouth have released photos of sixteen people they want to trace in connection with racist and homophobic chanting at a football match.
9th December 2008
Lesbian sold cannabis to pay for civil partnership 2
5:11 PM — A woman from Hull has been convicted of drug dealing after admitting to police that she was selling cannabis to pay for her civil partnership ceremony.
UK argued against gay people’s right to family life in European Court 5
4:22 PM — A member of the House of Lords has welcomed the government's decision to withdraw from the position that same-sex relationships fall outside the ambit of family life as defined by the European Convention on Human Rights.
8th December 2008
Human rights group criticises Jamaica’s homophobic violence 4
2:45 PM — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has said that gay and lesbian people in Jamaica suffer disproportionately in the deteriorating situation in the Caribbean country.
Cliff Richard “loves” the enigma surrounding his sexuality 14
1:48 PM — Veteran pop star Sir Cliff Richard has described his sex life as an enigma. Sir Cliff, 68, is one of the UK's best-known Christians, has been the victim of persistent rumours and innuendo about his sexuality.
Gay comedian apologises for Shannon Matthews gag 9
1:34 PM — Alan Carr has said sorry for calling a mother convicted last week of kidnapping her own child a "gay icon."
Northern Ireland gets first sexual health promotion strategy 1
12:36 PM — The first ever Sexual Health Promotion Strategy and Action Plan for Northern Ireland has been published.
7th December 2008
Gay “cure” policeman says sacking is destroying his family 22
10:02 PM — A Christian policeman who was sacked after a series of circulated emails at work suggesting homosexuality was sinful said that the decision to dismiss him is "destroying" him and his family.
6th December 2008
EastEnders Spoilers: What’s in store for Whitney’s 16th Birthday?
8:03 PM — The day of Whitney's 16th birthday finally arrives and she is ready to leave the square with Tony – but he starts to stall and asks her to wait until Christmas or the New Year. She isn't happy with what he is saying and then Bianca makes her feel hugely guilty by presenting her with a china doll – to replace the one her birth mother had given her, but which got broken in one of the family's countless moves.
5th December 2008
MP praises statistics body’s decision to start counting gay population 8
6:17 PM — A Lib Dem MP who had called on the Office for National Statistics to include a question on sexual orientation in the 2011 Census has welcomed their decision to start asking survey participants if they are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or other.
Relate admits wrongful dismissal of Christian sex counsellor who refused gays 20
5:17 PM — Relationships counselling organisation Relate has admitted it it wrongfully dismissed a Christian employee who did not want to work with gay couples.