22nd April 2010
Gay centre at heart of Purcell corruption probe
2:11 PM — Glasgow's LGBT centre is at the heart of claims that former council leader Steven Purcell was involved in corruption. The Labour leader resigned from his position in early March citing stress and exhaustion.
Catholic bishops urge followers not to vote for gay-friendly candidates 40
12:18 PM — Catholic bishops in Scotland are urging followers not to vote for candidates who support gay equality, abortion rights and assisted suicide.
David Cameron urged to sack shadow minister who said gay age of consent has HIV risk 79
10:34 AM — Conservative Party leader David Cameron has been urged to sack a shadow minister who disagreed with the age of consent for gay men because it poses an "HIV risk".
21st April 2010
David Cameron to dispatch top gay Tory Nick Herbert to challenge homophobic Polish allies 35
11:59 PM — David Cameron has tonight attempted to further diffuse the row over gay rights within the Conservative Party by sending shadow environment secretary, Nick Herbert, the most senior gay Conservative, to Poland to confront the homophobia displayed by the party's Polish allies.
Gay Labour manifesto promises Europe-wide recognition of civil partnerships 32
5:23 PM — The Labour Party's international LGBT manifesto will be launched in Soho tonight by foreign secretary David Miliband. The launch, which follows the launch of the party's domestic LGBT manifesto last week, will see Mr Miliband handing out Labour leaflets in London's gay heart before launching the document in a gay bar.
Tory candidate defends views on gay age of consent 121
3:59 PM — A Conservative Party candidate in Hampshire has defended his views against equalising the gay age of consent, saying he feels there is an increased risk of HIV infection.
NHS gender reassignment surgery rates triple 30
3:05 PM — The number of gender reassignment surgeries carried yearly on the NHS has tripled since 2000, figures show. In 2000, 54 surgeries were carried out, compared with 143 in 2009.
Brighton Police launch summer hate crime drive 3
1:44 PM — Police in Brighton have launched their annual summer operation to tackle homophobic hate crime. The area has a large lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans population of around 35,000 people, with this number increasing in the summer due to the city's popularity as a gay tourism hotspot.
Council demands Cameron expel ‘homophobic’ councillor 31
11:58 AM — Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors in Wirral have demanded that Tory leader David Cameron should expel a councillor who made a remark about "limpwristed boys".
20th April 2010
Gay victim ‘was called a batty man’
6:03 PM — The gay man who died after being attacked in Trafalgar Square last autumn was called a "batty man" before he was kicked and stamped on, the Old Bailey heard.
Gays and lesbians urged to reclaim St George’s Day 79
5:16 PM — A man from Milton Keynes is organising a gay St George's Day parade to reclaim the date from far-right groups. Joe McMahon, whose family owns a gay nightclub, intends to take a rainbow bus around the town centre to celebrate the day and has persuaded the town's mayor to join him.
Homophobic Ugandan MP may be banned from Britain 34
1:30 PM — The government is attempting to ban the Ugandan MP who introduced legislation to execute gays from entering the UK. David Bahati, the MP for Ndorwa West, introduced the anti-homosexuality bill last year.
BNP candidate was convicted for carrying ‘weapon’ at gay Pride march 12
12:04 PM — A BNP candidate for Leicestershire is a former National Front member who was once convicted for carrying an offensive weapon at a gay rights parade.
Doncaster mayor who tried to ban Pride ‘at war’ with Labour councillors 25
11:27 AM — The town where Pride was nearly banned has been criticised for failing its residents and may be taken under government control. An Audit Commission report found that Doncaster mayor Peter Davies, a member of the right-wing English Democrats, was at war with "vicious" left-wing Labour councillors about how the council should be run.
19th April 2010
Alan Cumming ‘excommunicated’ by Church of Scotland 38
5:28 PM — Alan Cumming has said he was "excommunicated" by the Church of Scotland for criticising organised religion.
Trial begins over death of Ian Baynham
3:46 PM — The trial of three teenagers accused of attacking a gay man in central London last year has begun. Ian Baynham, 62, died in hospital on October 13th 2009, several weeks after he was kicked and punched while on a night out near Trafalgar Square.
Man jailed for trying to blackmail gay priest 19
11:54 AM — A Birmingham man has been jailed for 18 months after he threatened to out a Roman Catholic priest. Towlys Pericleous, 28, had a relationship with the Birmingham-based victim but blackmailed him when he tried to end the affair.
Lesbian couple are first to jointly sign birth certificate 29
11:27 AM — A lesbian couple who had a child through sperm donation have become the first gay couple to both be named on their child's birth certificate.
16th April 2010
Martina Navratilova and Gareth Thomas turn out for Stonewall fundraiser 21
5:40 PM — Celebrities and politicians were among the attendees at Stonewall’s annual Equality Dinner at London’s Dorchester Hotel last night. The fundraising event raised a record £366,000 towards the charity's gay equality campaigns.
Analysis: Who’s courting the trans vote? 66
4:52 PM — While politicians have been hastily courting the gay vote at this election, they overlook the trans community at their peril. Jane Fae asked Labour, the Conservative Party and the Lib Dems for their views on trans issues.