21st January 2010
NHS review calls for clearer cervical cancer guidance for lesbians 2
3:36 PM — An NHS review on cervical cancer has said that more should be done to raise awareness of cervical cancer in lesbians. Historically, it was believed that the HPV virus, one of the causes of cervical cancer, could only be transmitted through sexual contact with men.
Ian McKellen says sports world should be ‘ashamed’ of homophobia 2
2:32 PM — Gay actor Sir Ian McKellen has criticised the sporting world for being "slow to catch up" with progress on gay players. He said that some were becoming "shrinking violets" due to abuse from fans.
Video urging action against gay employment rights to be shown in churches 113
12:14 PM — A video urging Christians to take action against the Equality Bill is to be shown in churches this weekend. Christian Concern for Our Nation warns that under the bill, churches will be sued for not employing "practising homosexuals".
20th January 2010
Funding secures future of Brighton Pride 6
6:26 PM — A £20,000 loan from Brighton and Hove city council has secured the future of the struggling Brighton Pride festival. The festival announced a £50,000 deficit last year and was forced to cancel its winter event.
Playgirl vies for Iris Robinson’s toyboy lover 5
6:11 PM — The toyboy lover of homophobic Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson is being pursued by Playgirl magazine. The US publication, which famously featured Levi Johnston, the father of Sarah Palin's grandchild, has said it wants Kirk McCambley to agree to a racy photoshoot.
Lesbian UKIP MEP barred from standing for re-election 18
5:04 PM — A lesbian UKIP MEP who left the party's European grouping has been told she cannot stand for election under her party. Nikki Sinclaire, an MEP for the West Midlands, was told she had broken party rules.
Cameron’s election manifesto promises tax breaks for civil partners 24
1:48 PM — The Conservative Party's election manifesto promises that married couples and gay couples in civil partnerships will receive tax breaks within the first five years of parliament.
19th January 2010
Day to raise awareness of homophobia in football to be held next month 4
6:59 PM — The Justin Campaign has announced that an international day against homophobia in football will be held in February. Organisers of the campaign, named after the only out gay footballer, Justin Fashanu, hope it will raise awareness of the problem in the sport.
Same-sex hand holding day goes worldwide 5
6:54 PM — The organiser of an initiative to help gay people feel confident holding hands in public is celebrating the spread of the movement across the world.
Honour and secrecy for families of gay Muslims 26
5:25 PM — Last week, a charity warned it was seeing an increase in the numbers of young gay Muslims fleeing violent homes. But one gay Muslim writer warns that emotional manipulation from families and the pressures of social standing can also be devastating.
Video: Boyzone release single as a tribute to Stephen Gately 4
1:30 PM — Boyzone's next album and single will feature the last vocals recorded by Stephen Gately before he died. The singer died in October from an undiagnosed heart condition and this will be the band's first release since his death.
18th January 2010
Former BNP member jailed for bomb factory 4
5:45 PM — A former British National Party member was jailed for 11 years last week for hiding a large cache of weapons in his mother's house. Terence Gavan, 39, had been compared to homophobic Soho bomber David Copeland, who killed three in the Admiral Duncan in 1999.
Privacy warning over trans people using airport scanners 41
2:48 PM — Trans people may suffer a breach of their privacy if compulsory body scanners are used in airports, the equalities watchdog has warned.
Lib Dems attack Tory voting record on gay rights 38
1:20 PM — The Liberal Democrat party has attacked the "shameful" Tory record on voting for gay rights issues. According to research by the party, a quarter of David Cameron's shadow cabinet has voted against gay rights legislation.
Church to vote on financial benefits for gay partners of clergy 12
12:02 PM — The Church of England will vote next month on whether to give more benefits to the civil partners of gay clergy. The General Synod will consider the idea of giving equal pension benefits to both straight and gay surviving spouses.
15th January 2010
Manchester police appeal for information over male rape 25
3:46 PM — Police are appealing for information following a male rape near Manchester's gay village. A 30-year-old man was attacked after getting into a car on Bloom Street.
Duncan James on bisexuality and depression 22
12:36 PM — Former boyband star Duncan James has spoken about being bisexual and how he struggled to come off anti-depressants after Blue split.
14th January 2010
Bercow hopes for Westminster civil partnerships before May 9
7:12 PM — Speaker John Bercow said today that he hopes civil partnerships for gay MPs will be held in parliament in the next few months.
MP suggests UK should cut aid to Uganda over anti-gay bill 16
7:01 PM — A former Foreign Office minister has called for an audit into aid money granted to countries which "promote homophobia", such as Uganda.
Man on trial over murder of gay pensioner
5:57 PM — A 20-year old Polish man is on trial for the murder of gay pensioner Edward Highwood last July. Marcin Orlowski, of no fixed address, is appearing at the Old Bailey.