14th January 2010
Lesbian UKIP MEP leaves European group 7
3:20 PM — A lesbian MEP for the UK Independence Party has left the group her party joined in the European Parliament. Nikki Sinclaire announced this week that she was leaving the Europe of Freedom and Democracy group.
MPs sign motion to condemn Uganda’s gay execution bill 8
1:05 PM — Twenty MPs have signed an early day motion to attack Uganda's plans to introduce the death penalty for gays. The motion was tabled by Labour MP Harry Cohen and calls for the British government and European Union to press Uganda not to proceed with the law.
Homophobic Iris Robinson resigns from parliament 25
11:34 AM — Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson resigned from Westminster yesterday after it was revealed last week that she had solicited loans for her 19-year-old lover.
13th January 2010
Gay man avoids jail for trying to poison lesbian couple 5
7:22 PM — A gay man who tried to poison his neighbours in a row over a cat avoided jail yesterday. Gareth Stewart, of Denton, Manchester, gave Marie Walton and Beverley Sales a curry laced with slug pellets after a feud which started years ago.
Man wanted for burglaries 9
4:48 PM — Manchester police are seeking a man who befriends people in gay bars in order to steal from their homes. Lee James Eves, 25, failed to answer bail on November 18th after he was arrested in connection with a burglary in Salford in May.
Scottish MPs condemn arrest of gay Malawian men 1
4:29 PM — More than 20 members of the Scottish parliament condemned the arrest of two gay men in Malawi who held a wedding ceremony. The motion was signed by members of all main parties and called for parliament to condemn the "illegal and homophobic arrests" of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga.
Gay rugby star Gareth Thomas reveals he’s looking for love 35
3:10 PM — Gareth Thomas, the Welsh rugby star who came out at the end of last year, has said he hopes to find a boyfriend. The player also suggested that the Daily Mail had been trying to combat negative publicity when it published his coming out interview.
Man convicted for homophobic attack on gay teenagers 10
2:02 PM — A 19-year-old man was found guilty yesterday of a homophobic attack on two gay teenagers. Michael Lee Hannan shouted that he hated gays before punching and headbutting the pair, aged 17 and 18, Blackburn magistrates' court heard.
Nick Clegg calls for faith schools to focus on homophobic bullying 16
1:16 PM — Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has said that faith schools must focus on homophobic bullying. He said his party would make it a requirement for faith schools to teach that homosexuality is normal.
IBM rated most gay-friendly employer for the second time 38
10:08 AM — IT company IBM has been rated the most gay-friendly company to work for by gay rights organisation Stonewall. The firm was rated best employer in the charity's annual Top 100 Employers List.
12th January 2010
Entry ban on anti-gay US ‘shock jock’ to stay in place 71
6:38 PM — A ban on a US radio presenter entering the UK will be upheld, the government has said. Michael Savage, known for his strong views on homosexuality, Islam and abortion, was barred from entering the country in May last year.
Model claims he had two-year relationship with Stephen Gately 28
4:40 PM — Georgi Dochev, the Bulgarian student and model who was at the Majorca apartment where gay Boyzone singer Stephen Gately died, has claimed he had known Gately and his civil partner for two years.
Scottish parliament apologises to trans woman searched by male guard 25
4:32 PM — The Scottish parliament has sent a letter of apology to a trans woman who was searched by a male guard on a visit. Female security guards refused to search her, believing she was a man.
Iris Robinson’s teen lover ‘faked testicular cancer to end affair’ 20
3:13 PM — The 19-year-old lover of Iris Robinson falsely told her he was suffered from testicular cancer to get out of the relationship, it has been claimed.
‘No right to not be offended’, says Tatchell 59
1:11 PM — Peter Tatchell has spoken out in defence of five Islamic extremists convicted of abusive language at a march in Luton last year. He acknowledged their homophobia but said free speech must be defended.
Campaign to make Mrs Robinson number one 20
12:15 PM — An internet campaign has begun to make Mrs Robinson by Simon and Garfunkel number one in the charts. It follows the scandal surrounding homophobic Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson's dalliances with a man young enough to be her grandson.
11th January 2010
Religious civil partnerships amendment tabled in Lords 68
4:59 PM — An amendment to the Equality Bill which would allow civil partnerships to be held in church was tabled in the House of Lords today.
Iris Robinson’s husband asks colleague to step in as first minister 16
4:38 PM — Peter Robinson, the husband of homophobic Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson, has asked a colleague to take over as first minister while he stands down for six weeks.
Cameron sets out commitment on tax breaks for civil partners 26
4:16 PM — Tory leader David Cameron has said he will give gay couples in civil partnerships the same tax benefits his party will give to married couples.
Homeless charity warns of increase in gay Muslims fleeing family violence 13
3:12 PM — The Albert Kennedy Trust, a charity which helps homeless LGBT young people, has said it is seeing an increase in the numbers of gay Muslims fleeing from forced marriages and family violence.