26th August 2009
Downing St responds to petition against deportation of gays 10
2:53 PM — A petition on the Downing St website calling on the Prime Minister to stop deporting gays and lesbians to countries where they may be imprisoned because of their sexuality has prompted a response from the government.
Gay basketball star slams Chris Grayling for comparing Manchester to The Wire 12
12:27 PM — British basketball star John Amaechi has demanded an apology from Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling after he claimed parts of the UK are as violent as US hit TV show The Wire.
25th August 2009
Thousands sign Downing St petition demanding apology for Alan Turing 9
2:52 PM — More than 4,800 people have signed a petition calling on the government to apologise for the way in which computing genius and gay man Alan Turing was treated during his lifetime.
Manchester Pride closes city streets over the Bank Holiday weekend 5
2:35 PM — Details of road closures during the Manchester Pride Big Weekend and the Pride Parade have been announced today by the festival organisers.
Blue Peter presenter’s trans comments not ‘unfair treatment’ says Ofcom 18
2:09 PM — The broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has not upheld a complaint from a trans woman against a programme celebrating 50 years of the children's TV programme Blue Peter.
Government to make “party drug” GBL a controlled substance 21
11:19 AM — The Home Office has announced that it will ban a drug which has become popular on the gay club curcuit.
24th August 2009
Equality Commission takes BNP to court over “racist” membership policy 112
4:31 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has today issued county court proceedings against the British National Party because of its constitution and membership criteria.
Lord Mandelson ‘proud to be an NHS patient’ after prostate op 20
4:02 PM — The most powerful gay man in Britain is recovering well after an operation on his prostate. Lord Mandelson underwent surgery at St Mary's Hospital in London on Friday.
New research finds 33% of Brighton’s LGBT population have used cannabis 15
2:03 PM — New research has revealed that gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people in Brighton are much more likely to use illegal drugs than the general population.
X Factor favourite tells tabloid he is bisexual 26
10:47 AM — A contestant on ITV1 show X Factor has told a Sunday tabloid that he is bisexual.
21st August 2009
Men charged after eggs thrown in Manchester’s gay village
5:37 PM — Two men have been charged for throwing eggs and shouting homophobic abuse at members of the public in Manchester's gay village.
Scottish police force holds gay and trans recruitment day 7
5:00 PM — Strathclyde Police, Scotland's largest police force, is holding a special recruitment day in an effort to attract new lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans officers.
Claire Balding’s cancer ‘in remission’ 5
4:21 PM — Claire Balding, the openly lesbian BBC sports presenter, has spoken of her delight after discovering her treatment for throat cancer had been successful.
Video: Another fire breaks out in Soho 1
4:02 PM — A fire broke out in the centre of Soho earlier today, making it the third to hit the area in two months. Firefighters were called to Wardour Street, in the heart of London's gay scene, at 12.57pm today.
Anti-gay bullying campaign hits streets in time for term 13
2:35 PM — A new Stonewall campaign against homophobic bullying has been relaunched to coincide with back-to-school time. The message, 'Some people are gay, get over it', was devised by school pupils.
Comment: Speculation over athlete’s sex has brought trans issues into the open 3
1:40 PM — Gender and trans issues are often treated with shock and faint disgust by the media but the case of Caster Semenya has led to a number of sensitive and well-informed articles.
Mary Portas to tie the knot with her partner 3
11:47 AM — Mary Portas, the presenter of BBC show Mary Queen of Shops, is reportedly planning to have a civil partnership with her girlfriend.
Alan Cumming: ‘There’ll be a new wave of AIDS deaths’ 24
10:15 AM — Actor Alan Cumming has spoken about HIV and AIDS, saying that young people in particular must be aware of using condoms. In an interview with Attitude, out on Monday, the star claimed there was likely to be a new wave of deaths.
20th August 2009
New Zealand judge calls for gay couples to be given right to adopt 4
5:34 PM — The acting head judge of the Family Court in New Zealand has said the country is lagging behind others when it comes to gay adoption.
MP calls for halt on deportation of Iraqi gay man 5
12:01 PM — An MP has said that a recent report on the plight of gays in Iraq means a gay Iraqi man living in her north London constituency must not be deported.