11th May 2009
Gay Tory MP Alan Duncan apologises over expense claims 20
1:45 PM — The most senior gay Conservative MP, Alan Duncan, has apologised for charging the taxpayer for more than £4,000 of gardening and more than £1,400 in mortgage interest payments for a home he originally purchased outright.
10th May 2009
Top gay Tory MP Alan Duncan claimed more than £4,000 for gardening 8
9:10 PM — The most senior gay Conservative MP, Alan Duncan has become the lastest politician to have their expenses exposed by the Daily Telegraph. The Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, charged the tax payer for more than £4,000 of gardening and more than £1,400 in mortgage interest payments for a home he originally purchased outright.
9th May 2009
Updated: Gay Minister Ben Bradshaw ‘claimed full mortgage interest for home he only half owns’ 21
12:17 AM — Openly gay minister Ben Bradshaw is the latest Labour MP to have his expenses exposed in the Daily Telegraph. He claimed for the full mortgage of a home he only half owned while the former Equality Minister, Barbara Follet claimed £25,000 for "security patrols". Another MP claimed for a chocolate Santa.
8th May 2009
Jersey to debate civil partnerships 10
5:34 PM — The States of Jersey are to debate civil partnerships, four years after they were made legal in England and Wales. Although no date has yet been set for the debate, the Council of Ministers has agreed to take the matter to the House later this year.
God hates fags preacher joins calls to block gay Scottish minister 20
12:23 PM — Fred Phelps, the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church which picket dead soldiers' funerals with chants of 'God hates fags', has said the ordination of openly gay minister Scot Rennie to a Scottish church would be an "abomination".
Openly gay minister Peter Mandelson caught up in latest expenses scandal 17
11:56 AM — Business secretary and openly gay minister Peter Mandelson billed taxpayers £3,000 for work on his constituency home less than a week after standing down as MP for Hartlepool.
Gay postman ‘was called effeminate and girly by manager’ 8
10:34 AM — A gay postman is suing the Royal Mail for £25,000, claiming his line manager bullied him and discriminated against him. Liam Black, 22, told a tribunal in Ashford he had been called "effeminate", "girly" and "bitchy" by his line manager Warren Taylor.
7th May 2009
Former head of gay charity guilty of sex attacks on children 50
5:04 PM — Eight members of a paedophile ring, including the former head of LGBT Youth Scotland, were today found guilty of a number of child abuse image and abuse charges.
Gay men ‘at risk’ as UK rates for new HIV infections soar to highest in Europe 8
4:27 PM — Charity Unicef has warned that Britain now has the highest number of new HIV infections in western Europe, with gay and bisexual men and black Africans most at risk.
London conference to address homophobia and transphobia 1
3:33 PM — A conference attended by human rights organisations, academics, faith communities and unions is to be held in London next week to address problems around homophobia and transphobia.
US radio presenter threatens to sue over UK entry ban 18
11:55 AM — American radio presenter Michael Savage has threatened to sue Home Secretary Jacqui Smith for placing him on a list of 'undesirables' banned from entering the UK.
Poll finds zero tolerance for homosexuality among UK Muslims 225
11:20 AM — A survey published today shows that UK Muslims have significantly less tolerance for homosexuality than their French and German counterparts.
6th May 2009
Former employee wins unfair dismissal case against gay charity 1
4:40 PM — An employment tribunal has decided that Manchester's Lesbian and Gay Foundation unfairly dismissed an employee. Molly Dunn, a therapeutic services manager, won her case against the LGF.
‘Outraged’ parents attack drag queen website 25
4:18 PM — A parents' group has attacked the creators of an online drag queen community, saying it may encourage children to "see gay sex as normal".
Conservative Party ‘to prioritise gay rights’ 63
2:17 PM — Reaching out to gay rights groups is one of Tory leader David Cameron's top five priorities, it has been claimed. A shadow cabinet member told ConservativeHome.com blogger Tim Montgomerie that the move is part of Cameron’s drive “to show that ‘new Toryism’ is still alive and kicking”.
Scottish MPs condemn clergy for attacks on gay minister 20
11:43 AM — Members of the Scottish Parliament have criticised the clergy for attempting to block the appointment of openly gay minister Scott Rennie.
Men convicted of attack on gay squatter 5
10:49 AM — A man who attacked his former lover has been convicted of assault, criminal damage and theft. Jonathan Wicks and his co-defendant Neil Warner, both 21, smashed ceramic vase over the head of Kieran Dulai and beat him with a curtain rod
5th May 2009
Trans woman joins Welsh police force to tackle transphobia 1
5:12 PM — A Welsh police force has taken on a trans woman to help train officers about hate crimes. Michelle Douglas contacted Dyfed Powys Police last year to ask if she could help educate officers about transphobia.
Trans groups to campaign over ‘draconian’ gender clinic rules 16
4:53 PM — Trans Yorkshire and Press for Change are to lobby MPs at Westminster later this month in a bid to improve gender identity services in Leeds. The groups claim that Leeds Gender Identity Clinic insists on "complete compliance" during treatment, rather than promoting an atmosphere of health and wellbeing.
Gay footballers celebrate win privately for fear of being outed 13
1:28 PM — The Scottish football team which won the Gay National League Cup had to celebrate its victory in private because some players were afraid of losing their jobs.