5th May 2009
God Hates Fags preachers banned from UK 38
1:05 PM — The fundamentalist Phelps family, who picket dead soldiers' funerals with chants of 'God hates fags' have been banned from entering the UK.
Lesbian couple found dead in suspected suicide pact 2
12:44 PM — A lesbian couple who were found dead in a north London hotel died in a suicide pact, it has been reported. Bose Ore, 30, and Frances Hamilton, in her fifties, were found in a room in Costello Palace Hotel in Finsbury Park on Sunday.
Former paratrooper becomes Scotland’s first trans police officer 4
11:23 AM — A trans woman who successfully won a sex discrimination case against the Army has been accepted by Strathclyde Police as a trainee constable.
Gay Scottish minister reveals struggle over sexuality 30
11:00 AM — The Rev Scott Rennie, a gay minister whose appointment is threatening to split the Church of Scotland, has spoken about his struggle to face up to his sexuality and reconciling it with Biblical teachings.
Pink denies coming out as bisexual 4
10:12 AM — American singer Pink has denied being bisexual after a tabloid reported she had come out. The star, whose real name is Alecia Moore, was quoted by the News of the World as saying: "I'm not embarrassed about being bisexual. This is who I am."
4th May 2009
Brian Paddick to front gay public hand holding campaign 21
11:21 AM — Brian Paddick, the former Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London is fronting a campaign to encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) couples to hold hands in public.
Equality Minister Harriet Harman denies she’ll fight to be Labour Leader 18
9:21 AM — The Minister for Equality and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Harriet Harman has denied a newspaper report that she would fight for the leadership of her party. The Daily Telegraph claims that Ms Harman has told friends that she would run for the leadership of the Labour Party in the event of a backbench revolt against the Prime Minister.
1st May 2009
Promotion: Norfolk becomes more gay-friendly 5
5:50 PM — Norfolk's first gay festival will be launched in Norwich on July 24th and July 25th. The event will be called Norwich Pride and will include a parade, a church service and an afternoon of live music. It is also set to feature stalls, lectures and workshops.
Campaigners prepare for international day against homophobia and transphobia 5
5:43 PM — The fifth annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) is to be held on May 17th. The date marks the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses.
Carol Ann Duffy: ‘Sexuality is a lovely, ordinary, normal thing’ 2
5:32 PM — The new Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has said it "fantastic" that she is an openly gay writer.
Exclusive: Chris Bryant criticises Tories over support for anti-gay Catholic adoption agencies 51
4:36 PM — The Openly gay Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, Rhonda MP Chris Bryant, has criticised the Conservative party over a poll which suggested that 71 per cent of Tory candidates for the next election support the right of religious adoption agencies to refuse gay couples.
HIV patients ‘still facing discrimination’ in Wales
4:05 PM — A sexual health doctor in Wales has claimed that some patients with HIV are still victims of prejudice and are being denied treatment by GPs for everyday illnesses.
Evangelical group forced to apologise over gay slurs against minister 13
2:47 PM — An Evangelical group which spread false rumours about a gay minister has been forced to apologise. Forward Together told its members that Scott Rennie left his wife and young daughter to live with another man.
Man charged with murder of shooting of gay couple
11:34 AM — A man has been charged with murder after a gay couple were shot in their home in Bradford. Neville Corby, 44, died in the "execution-style" attack, while his partner Craig Freer, 31, is recovering from a gunshot wound to the chest.
Church of Scotland group calls for HIV training for ministers
11:20 AM — A Church of Scotland group has said that HIV education should be part of the training for new recruits to the ministry.
Carol Ann Duffy is the first lesbian Poet Laureate 15
10:14 AM — Carol Ann Duffy is to be named as the first lesbian Poet Laureate today. Culture secretary Andy Burnham is expected to hold a press conference in Manchester at midday to confirm her appointment as the successor to Andrew Motion.
30th April 2009
Man denies attacking gay squatter
5:10 PM — A man accused of taking part in a one-hour attack on gay squatter has continued to deny his involvement. Neil Warner, his former lover Jonathan Wicks, and 2007 X-Factor contestant Kim Marrero were charged with carrying out the attack on Keiran Dulai.
Man jailed for attack after gay joke 3
4:58 PM — A man who severely beat a Good Samaritan over a gay joke has been jailed for four and a half years. Craig Stewart, 20, beat David Torrance unconscious in the attack in March 2008, causing him to spend almost three months in hospital.
Gender recognition bill to provide protection to Isle of Man trans residents 3
3:18 PM — A Gender Recognition bill designed to protect trans people on the Isle of Man has received unanimous backing on its third and final reading at the Legislative Council.
Gay charities express concern over faith school sex education proposals 7
12:09 PM — New government plans to allow faith schools to teach sex education in line with their religious beliefs have come under fire from gay charities. Under the recommendations, faith schools will be allowed to present lessons in line with their own "context, values and ethos".