27th April 2009
Robert Carlyle: ‘My Trainspotting character was gay’ 6
1:25 PM — Trainspotting star Robert Carlyle has announced in a Bafta website interview that he thinks the character he played in the film was gay despite Francis Begbie being considered one of fiction's most stereotypical alpha-males.
Christian teacher suspended for complaining over gay rights presentation 39
1:11 PM — A Christian teacher was suspended from his post after complaining that a training day was being used to "promote" gay rights.
Lesbian writer Carol Ann Duffy tipped as next Poet Laureate 1
11:47 AM — Carol Ann Duffy has reportedly been chosen as the first female and openly gay Poet Laureate. Ms Duffy, 53, will also be the first Scot to hold the position after incumbent Andrew Motion steps down this week.
Gay MP Alan Duncan’s death threats to Miss California over gay marriage comments 21
10:09 AM — Openly gay Tory MP Alan Duncan has weighed in on the Miss California gay marriage row, apparently threatening to kill the beauty queen.
Equality Bill published today 14
9:53 AM — The government's long-awaited Equality Bill was published today by Minister for Equality Harriet Harman. It contains a raft of measures aimed to tackle social inequality, such as forcing employers to reveal how much staff are paid.
26th April 2009
100 protest outside London “gay cure” conference 68
10:32 PM — More than 100 protesters gathered outside the Emmanuel Centre in Westminster, Central London during a conference on curing homosexuality organised by evangelical Christian group Anglican Mainstream and CARE.
24th April 2009
Pop star claims he had gay relationship with rocker Gavin Rossdale 11
5:42 PM — The lead singer of rock band Bush had a five-year sexual relationship with an out British singer, it has been alleged.
Six years for attempted killing of ‘bisexual transvestite’ 3
3:04 PM — A 27-year-old who stabbed a bisexual man after his girlfriend discoved them "play fighting" and accused him of being gay has been sentenced to six years in prison.
Comment: Can Lord Alli save the Equality Bill? 11
2:56 PM — Last week one of only three openly gay peers in the House of Lords launched a bold attempt to prevent history repeating itself. Waheed Alli is collecting and marshalling public opinion in the hope of forcing the House of Lords, known as the place equality legislation goes to die, to pass the government’s upcoming Equality Bill.
Activists to protest at ‘gay cure’ conference 253
11:02 AM — Around 150 demonstrators are expected to protest at a 'gay cure' conference in London tomorrow. The conference, which has been denounced by gay groups, will feature Joseph Nicolosi, who claims reparative therapy can 'cure' homosexuality.
23rd April 2009
Same-sex couples urged to hold hands in public 18
4:57 PM — A new campaign aims to encourage same-sex couples to publicly and unashamedly hold hands. A Day in Hand is asking people to upload photos.
New rules will widen access to gender reassignment in Wales 3
4:20 PM — The Health Commission Wales (HCW) will allow transgender patients in Wales to access funding for gender reassignment therapy, it has been announced.
THT marks 25th anniversary of blood test with HIV warning 6
1:35 PM — 25 years ago today, on 23rd April 1984, the US Health Secretary, Margaret Heckler, announced the ground breaking discovery that HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.
Stephen Fry ‘should be the patron saint of England’ 4
12:57 PM — Forget St George and his dragon-slaying, maiden-rescuing activities. A poll of more than 7,000 MySpace users has revealed they would prefer gay celebrity Stephen Fry to be the patron saint of England.
Police investigation into website that targets Portsmouth councillors 1
9:54 AM — Hampshire police are to investigate a website that contains "scurrilous and intrusive postings" about the private lives of seven elected councillors in Portsmouth.
22nd April 2009
Mum fined for homophobic abuse of her son 23
5:29 PM — Celia Duncan, 42 from Aberdeen has been fined £250 for shouting homophobic abuse at her 16 year old son, Stuart O'Neill.
Football Association begins research on homophobia in sport 2
4:40 PM — The FA has started to conduct research in an attempt to crack down on gender discrimination and homophobia. To do this, they have recruited two researchers to find out more about the football experience of people from gay, lesbian and bi-sexual communities.
Gay humanists denounce London Christian “gay cure” conference 96
2:44 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has denounced a two day "gay cure" conference that is being held in London this weekend. The event organised by the evangelical Anglican Mainstream Organisation to hold a two-day anti-gay "Sex and the City" conference at a "secret location" in London on April 24 and 25.
Police appeal after London homophobic attack
2:35 PM — The Metropolitan Police are hunting a group of teenagers who carried out what is believed to be a homophobic attack on two men walking on Beryl Road, Fullham, West London earlier this month.
Adoption and fostering by gay couples to become easier in Scotland 11
2:01 PM — Scotland's Children's Minister, Adam Ingram (pictured), has announced that the Scottish Government will introduce regulations to make it easier for gay couples to jointly adopt children. A decision that has already outraged the Scottish Catholic Church.