17th February 2009
God Hates Fags church claim they will hold first UK protest 13
11:45 AM — A leading member of a homophobic church group in the US has claimed that they intend to picket in this country. Shirley Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas said it would be their first protest in the UK.
16th February 2009
Speaker’s Conference will consider gay and lesbian representation
10:03 PM — A special House of Commons committee looking at ways to improve the numbers of women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities in Parliament will also look at gay representation.
Fitlads owner unrepentant about Jade Goody comments 49
4:38 PM — The co-owner of one of the UK's largest gay websites has rejected criticism of his comments about Jade Goody.
Video: Fitlads owner’s rant at “fat pig” Jade Goody angers subscribers 55
4:24 PM — Customers of the UK's second-largest gay dating site have complained after the site's co-owner launched a four-letter rant about TV celebrity Jade Goody on YouTube.
Minister asks fire services to join Stonewall workplace scheme
3:03 PM — Sadiq Khan, the minister responsibe for Fire and Rescue Services in England, has written to chief fire officers encouraging them to join Stonewall's Diversity Champions Programme.
Bournemouth Pride will feature Big Top fun
2:30 PM — A weekend of Pride celebrations in the seaside town of Bournemouth this summer will have a circus theme. The lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community will be invited to roll up, roll up, for the Bourne Free Big Top.
Chris Bryant slams Tory record on gay rights 20
12:24 PM — A government minister has said that the Conservative party "haven't changed" when it comes to gay rights. In an interview with Total Politics magazine Tory leader David Cameron said he supports civil partnerships.
No gays on Speaker’s conference but DUP preacher is appointed 7
12:06 PM — A special parliamentary committee that is examining ways of making the House of Commons more diverse has no gay members.
Stonewall calls for an end to ban on gay men giving blood 11
11:26 AM — The UK's leading gay rights organisation has called on the National Blood Service to end the ban on blood donations from men who have had sex with men.
David Cameron says Tory party “has work to do” on gay rights 30
9:00 AM — The leader of the Conservatives has said his support for civil partnerships is proof the party backs gay rights.
13th February 2009
David Beckham subjected to homophobic abuse during England match 6
12:52 PM — An international match between Spain and England on Wednesday was marred by homophobic chanting, according to the Gay Football Supporters Network.
God Hates Fags church threatens to picket Basingstoke 93
12:33 PM — A small religious community from Kansas notorious for picketing funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq have said they are to protest in England.
12th February 2009
Gay humanists back Dutch MP’s right to criticise Islam 25
2:52 PM — A gay humanist group has said the Home Secretary was wrong to ban a Dutch MP who is critical of Islam. Geert Wilders has been denied permission to enter Britain.
Iranian lesbian granted asylum in the UK 5
2:38 PM — A gay woman has been granted refugee status after three years battling the UK's asylum system. Yesterday it was confirmed that Pegah Emambakhsh will be allowed to remain in the UK.
11th February 2009
Tatchell accuses Home Secretary of “gross hypocrisy” over ban on Dutch MP 22
5:06 PM — The decision to ban a member of the Dutch parliament from entering the United Kingdom has been criticised by a prominent gay rights activist.
Free football festival is highlight of Brighton’s Winter Pride
4:10 PM — A day of soccer activities in Brighton's Jubilee Square next month will feature a new all-stars team.
Government defends ban on gay men giving blood 12
3:47 PM — A health minister has said that an expert advisory body is keeping the ban on men who have had sex with men from donating blood under review.
Isle of Man politician compared to Nazis over trans comments 16
2:22 PM — A member of the Isle of Man's parliament has been accused of using language more akin to the Nazis during a debate about the rights of transexuals.
London event to discuss if bareback pornography is hindering HIV prevention 16
1:43 PM — A special event at London's Southbank centre this week will explore the impact of unsafe sex practices in gay pornography.
10th February 2009
Teenager tells murder trial he lied about attack on gay friend
5:41 PM — An 18-year-old has admitted that he lied to police about how his gay friend suffered serious head injuries. Michael Binsteed, of Prescot in Merseyside, has already pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.