10th November 2009
MPs vote against ‘free speech’ protection in gay hate law 40
12:08 PM — The House of Commons voted last night to reject an amendment which would protect free speech in a bill designed to protect gays and lesbians from homophobic hatred.
9th November 2009
Speaker John Bercow backs holding civil partnerships in parliament 2
7:41 PM — The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has said he feels "very strongly" about allowing civil partnerships for gay couples to take place in parliament.
Call to keep ‘free speech’ defence in homophobic hatred laws 32
7:14 PM — Conservative peer Lord Waddington and Labour backbencher David Taylor MP have called for a 'free speech' defence to be kept in a bill designed to criminalise incitement of homophobic hatred.
Trans woman murdered in Kentish Town, London 34
6:20 PM — A trans woman has been found murdered at her home in Kentish Town in north-west London. The 29-year-old woman, named as Destiny Lauren, was found by police at her flat in Leighton Crescent at 00.55am on Thursday morning.
Support for traffic-free gay village in Manchester
5:07 PM — A preliminary survey of people using Manchester's gay village has found overwhelming support for plans to pedestrianise the area on Friday and Saturday nights.
Alan Carr says gay men make the best chatshow hosts 18
4:50 PM — Gay comedian Alan Carr has said that gay men make the best chatshow hosts because they are "gossipy". The second series of the star's Channel 4 show Alan Carr: Chatty Man begins later this month.
OutRage! calls for tolerance over gay cruising in Manchester 59
2:05 PM — Gay men meeting for sex in public places in Manchester should be tolerated, not arrested, gay rights group OutRage! has said. Cruisers in the canal area have been warned they may face arrest if caught.
Men jailed for blackmailing gay civil servant 6
11:42 AM — A gay civil servant was blackmailed for over £5,300 after accidentally sending suggestive text messages to two men in April.
6th November 2009
Washington voters approve expanded gay rights 13
7:56 PM — Gay rights advocates have claimed a victory in Washington where the latest tally shows the state's voters opted to allow increased rights for gay couples.
Man jailed for six years for gay chatline robberies 3
7:09 PM — A 27-year-old man who admitted using gay chatlines to find men to rob has been sentenced to six years in prison.
Sir Ian McKellen and Boy George to attend benefit evening for gay homeless charity 2
4:29 PM — Sir Ian McKellen will appear at a benefit evening for the Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT) on Sunday evening. The actor and TV presenter and star of Shameless Anthony Crank will be hosting an auction, with lots of prizes including an oil portrait of Sir Ian by the artist Anthony Lawrence.
Man charged over death of Brighton trans woman to plead in New Year 7
4:26 PM — A man arrested over the death of 29-year-old trans woman Andrea Waddell has appeared in court. The man arrested, 41-year-old Neil MacMillan, appeared at Lewes crown court today.
Elton John leaves hospital
3:53 PM — Elton John has been released from hospital after being treated for flu and E.coli. The 62-year-old star was taken ill two weeks ago and was forced to postpone five UK and three US gigs.
Iain Dale loses appeal over ‘homophobic’ Daily Mail article 10
12:33 PM — A complaint against the Daily Mail by gay political blogger Iain Dale has not been upheld by the Press Complaints Commission. Dale complained that one column, published last month, was homophobic.
Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir wins Stonewall Bigot of the Year award 21
11:29 AM — Jan Moir, the Daily Mail columnist whose column on the death of gay Boyzone singer Stephen Gately provoked widespread anger, won the Stonewall Bigot of the Year Awards last night jointly with Father John Owen, the priest who said most paedophiles were gay.
5th November 2009
New gay website will serve the south west of England 8
5:38 PM — A new website has been launched to connect lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in the south west of England. LGBTcollective.org.uk will serve people living in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset.
Manchester police step up patrols in gay cruising area 19
5:28 PM — Manchester police are implementing more patrols along the canal tow path after a number of complaints about robberies and assaults. The area has long been a popular spot for men meeting for sex but cruisers are now being warned they face arrest if caught.
Compulsory sex education to include gay relationships and HIV 48
4:10 PM — The government announced today that sex education will become compulsory for all schools, including lessons on gay relationships and sexually transmitted infections such as HIV.
Stars raise £90,000 for Terrence Higgins Trust 2
2:23 PM — The annual supper club event for HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust raised £90,000 on Tuesday evening. The yearly event saw 50 dinner parties taking place simultaneously in the capital's best restaurants and private homes.
Trans writer defends ‘offensive’ Jesus, Queen of Heaven play 34
2:02 PM — A trans woman who wrote a play portraying Jesus as undergoing transition to become a woman has defended her work, saying that protests by angry Christians have no foundation in the Bible.