21st October 2008
Gay website “outs” straight X Factor contestant Austin Drage 2
2:21 PM — One of the finalists in a popular ITV reality show has admitted he is straight after Australian website DNA declared him to be "openly gay."
Trans trucker awarded £20,000 by employment tribunal
1:30 PM — A transsexual who was hounded out of her job as a trucker after she began her transition from her former male gender has been awarded damages by an employment tribunal.
Gay man died in “homophobic” knife attack in public toilet 3
1:17 PM — A 30 year old unemployed father has denied murdering a gay man at a public toilet in Surrey earlier this year.
Pensioner found guilty of gay village stabbing 4
12:23 PM — A Manchester man has been convicted of manslaughter after he fatally stabbed a young father in the city's gay village.
20th October 2008
Employers exploit legal loophole to avoid paying employment tribunal awards
6:15 PM — A new report from Citizens Advice has revealed that up to 10% of employment tribunal compensation awards are not paid because of a "shameful flaw" in the law.
Catholic adoption agency’s plan to discriminate rejected 7
4:08 PM — The Charity Commission has ruled that a Roman Catholic-run adoption agency cannot change the purpose for which it was created in order to avoid dealing with homosexual couples.
Catholic former minister Ruth Kelly “will vote against” Embryology Bill 6
3:24 PM — A leading Roman Catholic politician who resigned from the government last month will vote against a bill that grants lesbians equal access to fertility treatment, it has been reported.
Abortion dominates debate as lesbian fertility rights come before Commons
2:58 PM — The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill is back before MPs this week. If it passes the Commons without amendments on Wednesday it will become law.
Ugandan lesbian granted asylum in UK 3
2:10 PM — A judge has ruled that a lesbian woman from Uganda may remain in the UK. Prossy Kakooza, 26, fled her homeland after her family found her in bed with her partner.
Reports of homophobic hate crimes rise in Scotland 3
1:18 PM — The number of gay, lesbian and bisexual people in Scotland coming forward to report homophobic attacks, abuse and vandalism has risen sharply.
MP attacks vicar who called for gays to have health warnings 4
12:34 PM — A Labour MP has said that a Church of England cleric who made homophobic comments on his blog "should know better."
Mandelson “wasted a lot of time” feuding with Gordon Brown 3
12:20 PM — The Business Secretary has spoken frankly about his rows with the Prime Minister, saying the rift between them has been healed.
Life in jail for former Mr Gay UK who killed and ate lover 8
11:38 AM — A former winner of a gay beauty contest has been sentenced to life in prison for murder. Anthony Morley, who won Mr Gay UK in 1993, will serve at least 30 years in jail.
18th October 2008
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Graham Norton to team up for Eurovision talent search 1
6:11 PM — Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat composer, Lord Andew Lloyd Webber has said that he will attempt to write a winning UK entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. A new BBC show presented by gay comic Graham Norton will find a musician to sing the entry.
17th October 2008
Mum’s tribute to son murdered and cooked by Mr Gay UK
6:46 PM — The mother of the man killed, cooked and eaten by a former Mr Gay UK winner has spoken of her special bond with the son she tragically lost.
Former Mr Gay UK Anthony Morley found guilty of murder
4:54 PM — A jury at Leeds Crown Court has found the first winner of the Mr Gay UK contest guilty of murder.
Former Mr Gay UK who killed and cooked victim guilty of murder 1
4:18 PM — A jury at Leeds Crown Court has found Anthony Morley guilty of the murder of Damian Oldfield. Morley, a chef, after the murder seasoned and cooked some of Mr Oldfield's flesh and chewed a piece before discarding it.
Brighton education manager discriminated against trans teacher 1
1:10 PM — The General Teaching Council for England has ruled that an education manager at Brighton and Hove City Council is guilty of discriminating against a teacher who is trans.
I know a dozen gay professional footballers claims retired player 4
12:21 PM — A former professional football player has told a forum on homophobia he knows of a dozen gay men at the top of the game.
Police told to avoid arresting people having sex in parks 7
12:07 PM — New guidelines for police officers on how to deal with public sex have recommended they avoid "knee jerk" reactions to people cottaging, dogging and cruising.