16th October 2009
Updated: Twitter storm over ‘vile’ Daily Mail column on gay singer Stephen Gately 53
1:55 PM — A Daily Mail column by writer Jan Moir has provoked a storm of anger on the internet for apparently suggesting that Boyzone singer Stephen Gately died because he was gay.
Vigil planned for gay man murdered in Trafalgar Square 8
12:18 PM — A vigil has been organised to pay tribute to Ian Baynham, the gay man who died this week after being attacked in London's Trafalgar Square.
Two girls and a boy arrested over murder of gay man
11:39 AM — Police hunting for the killers of a 62-year-old gay man who was beaten to death in Trafalgar Square have arrested two 17-year-old girls and one 18-year-old boy.
Section 28 MP forced to stand down over expenses 51
10:41 AM — The MP responsible for creating Section 28 is being forced to stand down at the next election after claims he abused his expenses.
15th October 2009
Man jailed for 27 years for murder of gay shop assistant 1
4:04 PM — A man who knifed a gay man to death before stealing his jewellery has been jailed for a minimum of 27 years.
Almost 4,000 people complain over Dannii Minogue’s ‘bisexual’ comment 22
10:30 AM — Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom received 3,885 complaints over comments X Factor judge Dannii Minogue made about a bisexual contestant.
Girls who killed man in Trafalgar Square ‘had been screaming homophobic abuse’ 22
9:57 AM — The two girls being sought by police for the murder of 62-year-old gay man Ian Baynham had been screaming homophobic abuse at him before they kicked him to death.
14th October 2009
Liverpool gay club denies allegations of violence and underage sex 12
6:17 PM — A gay club in Liverpool's city centre has denied police claims of violence, disorder and indecency. Police want to temporarily close Pink nightclub after almost 40 alleged incidents in just 12 months.
Paul O’Grady set to return to ITV for peak-time chatshow 5
5:47 PM — Gay TV presenter Paul O'Grady is reportedly about to sign a contract with ITV after saying he would never work with the broadcaster again.
Catholic adoption charity to challenge gay ruling in the High Court 16
4:49 PM — Religious adoption agency Catholic Care is to argue its case for banning gay people from its services in the High Court early next year.
Second man arrested in New York anti-gay beating
4:07 PM — A second suspect has been arrested by New York police investigating the homophobic beating of a 49-year-old man. The victim is still in a medically-induced coma.
Man found guilty of stabbing gay shopkeeper to death 1
4:04 PM — A man has been found guilty of stabbing a gay shopkeeper after the man made sexual advances to him. Sami Mahmoud Salama, 37, knifed Dilip Unadkat, 48, five times in the chest at Unadkat's home in Empire Way, Wembley, last November.
Controversial Daily Mail journalist addresses gay event 74
2:02 PM — Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips spoke last night about the danger of “criminalising religious beliefs” at an event debating the conflict between LGBT equality and freedom of speech.
Lesbian soldier who suffered harassment has damages claim slashed 2
12:19 PM — A lesbian soldier who won a £190,000 payout after being harassed by a male superior has had her payout slashed by a third after Army chiefs appealed.
Gay people deterred from teaching due to homophobia 26
10:46 AM — Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are choosing not to enter professions such as teaching for fear of homophobia, research has found.
Murder hunt launched after homophobic attack victim dies 26
9:55 AM — A man who was kicked and beaten by three youths in Trafalgar Square, London, last month has died in hospital. Ian Baynham's life support machine was turned off last night.
13th October 2009
Trans woman harassed for years by youths 5
7:01 PM — A trans woman from Staines who has been harassed by youths for two years has complained her housing authority will not let her move away from her persecutors.
Stephen Gately died of natural causes, post mortem examination finds 38
2:09 PM — Boyzone singer Stephen Gately died of a pulmonary oedema, or an accumulation of fluid on the lungs, a post mortem examination has found.
Man jailed for attacking gay partner with meat cleaver 5
12:57 PM — A gay man has been jailed for 12 months for attacking his partner with a meat cleaver. Lee Barnard, 34, of Penrhiwceiber near Mountain Ash, attacked Mark Baigrie, 32, with the knife when they had a row in their kitchen.
Gay MP Chris Bryant promoted to Europe minister 11
11:48 AM — Chris Bryant, the Labour MP for Rhondda, has been promoted to the position of Europe minister. Previously a junior minister with responsibility for Africa and Asia, the gay politician replaces Glenys Kinnock.