20th July 2009
Equality and Human Rights Commission hit by resignations and ‘unacceptable’ spending 8
12:14 PM — Trevor Phillips, the newly-reappointed head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, is under fire over the organisation's annual reports, while three commissioners have resigned in the last week over the way the quango is being run.
Doctor removed from adoption panel for refusing to consider gay couples 64
11:20 AM — A Christian doctor has been removed from an adoption panel after she refused to endorse applications by same-sex couples. Dr Sheila Matthews said homosexuality was not "an appropriate lifestyle".
17th July 2009
Anti-cruising website disappears after PinkNews.co.uk investigation 12
5:58 PM — A website devoted to exposing the faces and registration numbers of people in gay cruising areas has disappeared following a PinkNews.co.uk investigation.
Comment: If pagans can get time off for Halloween, can we set up a gay religion? 36
5:27 PM — Pagan members of the police force are to get holidays on their religious festivals, bringing them in line with more established faiths. While some religious groups have protested, it proves that no one religion is really any more entitled to respect than others. Are Druid spells any more irrational than prayers to an unseen and unresponsive God? We asked Stephen Price to consider whether gays should set up their own religion in order get Pride days off.
European Tory leader defends Polish MEP over ‘homophobia’ claims 19
4:50 PM — The head of the Tories in Europe has defended the new leader of David Cameron's bloc in Europe over footage which showed him making a homophobic comment.
Gay partners of parents should have less rights, says report by former Tory leader 32
2:35 PM — A new report from the Centre for Social Justice has recommended that some rights of same-sex partners who are not biological parents should be downgraded.
Albert Kennedy Trust launches LGBT standard for housing associations 2
1:29 PM — The Albert Kennedy Trust has launched a new quality mark for housing providers to show they can meet the needs of LGBT people.
Gay and single parents ‘ignored by the Catholic Church’ 10
1:02 PM — The chief executive of a marriage charity has said that there is no evidence that children do better with heterosexual parents.
BBC renews Chris Moyles’ contract despite his ‘anti-gay’ outbursts 12
11:01 AM — Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles has had his contract renewed by the BBC. The presenter was censured by Ofcom earlier this year for comments he made about gay singer Will Young. In 2006, he was voted Stonewall's 'Bully of the Year'.
16th July 2009
Rise in homophobic hate crime in London 74
6:33 PM — Figures released today by the Metropolitan Police show a 13.5 per cent rise in homophobic hate crimes reported across London.
Travel feature: Bella Barcelona 5
5:45 PM — Close enough to hop over for a weekend break and inviting for longer visits, Barcelona has always been a favourite with gay travellers. Here are the best bits of the city and nearby Sitges.
Campaign for Homosexual Equality disaffiliated from Liberty 18
5:27 PM — The Campaign for Homosexual Equality has been disaffiliated from human rights organisation Liberty, allegedly over a motion which called for a time limit on reporting child sex abuse.
Jamaican lesbian appeals deportation as Home Office says sexuality ‘is a ruse’ 22
3:59 PM — A Jamaican lesbian who served time in a UK prison for drug offences is appealing her deportation order, saying she will be killed if she returns to the country. She was convicted of conspiracy to supply class A drugs in 2005.
Expenses exodus ‘could pave the way for more gay MPs’ 6
3:28 PM — A Speakers Conference report has suggested that the large numbers of MPs resigning following the expenses scandal could be replaced with more diverse candidates, such as gays, women and ethnic minorities.
Schools Out campaigner Sue Sanders honoured for a lifetime of work 10
1:57 PM — Sue Sanders, one of the co-founders of LGBT education group Schools Out, has been honoured with an award recognising her lifetime of campaigning.
Trevor Phillips reappointed as chair of Equality and Human Rights Commission 5
1:34 PM — Trevor Phillips has been reappointed for a second three-year term as the chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. His appointment was revealed by equality minister Harriet Harman yesterday.
Tory MEP expelled for standing against candidate from ‘homophobic’ Polish Law and Justice Party 20
11:02 AM — A Tory MEP expelled from David Cameron's new grouping in the European Parliament for standing against a Polish Law and Justice candidate has told PinkNews.co.uk that the party's 'homophobia' contributed to his decision.
15th July 2009
Politicians and gay groups raise concerns over the Equality Bill 10
4:29 PM — Last week, gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell launched an attack on the Equality Bill, saying it was "discriminatory" and that LGBT people were "explicitly excluded" from some protections.
Neo-Nazi obsessed with homophobic bomber could face years behind bars 14
4:16 PM — A white supremacist who was obsessed with homophobic Soho bomber David Copeland was convicted today of a string of terrorism offences.
Man threatens legal action over Liverpool flying Pride flag 34
3:26 PM — A man has threatened to take legal action over Liverpool city council and Merseyside police for flying the rainbow flag in support of gay rights.