26th May 2010
Matt Lucas accepts damages from Daily Star 9
9:35 AM — The comedian Matt Lucas has accepted undisclosed damages from the Daily Star over articles published in the paper about his late former civil partner, Kevin McGee.
25th May 2010
New Lady Gaga video is a ‘celebration of gay love’ 24
5:56 PM — Flamboyant popstar Lady Gaga has said that the video for her new single 'Alejandro' is a "celebration and admiration of gay love."
Gaydio to launch on 18 June 7
5:24 PM — Gaydio, a brand-new Manchester-based radio station dedicated to LGBT listeners, will launch on Fri 18 June.
BBC praised over documentary on homophobia in sport 7
4:30 PM — Last night's BBC documentary on homophobia in the sporting world, called Inside Sport - The Last Taboo, has been praised by the Justin Campaign.
Queen discusses Pope’s controversial visit in coalition speech 20
2:57 PM — In her speech today, the Queen outlined the Pope's planned religious activities for his state visit in September. His visit will be the first Papal one ever in the UK, that of Pope John Paul II in 1982 being a papal one. Britain's welcoming of the Pope has not gone down well with the LGBT population.
BBC to screen life story of Britain’s ‘first modern lesbian’ ths weekend 26
12:58 PM — This weekend, BBC2 will screen The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, starring Maxine Peake in the title role. Based on the heavily coded diaries of Lister, which were not deciphered until the 1930s, nearly a century after her death, the drama tells the story of her life as an openly lesbian, 19th-century industrialist and Yorkshire landowner.
Trans woman refused NHS breast operation 81
11:00 AM — A trans woman from Reading has lost her High Court battle to have an NHS-funded operation to augment her bust, which failed to develop properly following hormone treatment.
Malta has poor record on gay rights 17
10:26 AM — The European body of the International Lesbian and Gay Association, ILGA-Europe, has concluded that Malta does not do enough to recognise or protect LGBT rights, according to the body's recently published Rainbow Europe Country Index.
24th May 2010
Protest to be held in London over imprisonment of Malawi couple 14
5:23 PM — A protest is to be held this Saturday 29 May in solidarity with Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, the gay couple recently sentenced to 14 years in prison with hard labour in Malawi.
Church of Scotland condemns imprisonment of Malawian gay couple 12
2:39 PM — Reverend Ian Galloway, convener of the Kirk's Church and Society Council, has condemned the jailing of a Malawian gay couple as "unjust".
Anglican activist calls for boycott of Christian festival after Tatchell invited 49
1:04 PM — Dr Lisa Nolland, a leading consultant with Anglican Mainstream, the traditionalist and conservative wing of the Church of England, has called for a boycott of Greenbelt, the Christian arts festival which takes place in Cheltenham in August, after leading LGBT and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell accepted an invitation to speak there.
Stonewall uncover ‘institutional homophobia’ in asylum system 52
12:18 PM — New research by Stonewall has revealed that lesbian and gay asylum seekers are being routinely deported because of institutionalised discrimination within the system.
Shock figures on homophobic bullying in schools revealed by NUT surveys 7
11:30 AM — Prevalance of Homophobia surveys conducted in the north-west of England by Oldham National Union of Teachers have revealed shock figures relating to homophobic bullying in schools.
21st May 2010
Gay minister Scott Rennie boosts church attendance 12
2:23 PM — The openly gay minister of a Scottish church has seen his congregation grow since joining the church. Rev Scott Rennie, the first out gay minister to be appointed by the Church of Scotland, has had a five-per cent rise in the number of worshippers at Queen's Cross Church in the last 12 months.
Michael Barrymore says he’s no longer gay 66
1:49 PM — Michael Barrymore has said he is no longer gay after beginning a relationship with a woman. The television presenter reportedly revealed the romance to fellow celebrities while filming for Channel 4's Celebrity Come Dine With Me.
20th May 2010
Theresa May says she’s changed her mind on gay adoption and would vote differently on LGBT rights today 65
11:14 PM — The home secretary and minister for equality Theresa May told the audience of the BBC's Question Time that she has changed her mind about gay couples jointly adopting and would vote differently on gay rights issues if they were laid before the House of Commons today.
Exclusive: Alan Duncan writes ‘Malawi gay conviction is shocking – but we cannot stop aid’ 73
5:10 PM — International development minister Alan Duncan promises that the government will make "urgent representations" to Malawi over the 14-year-prison terms given to gay couple Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimabalanga.
Exclusive: International development minister Alan Duncan promises ‘urgent representations’ to Malawi 136
5:05 PM — International development minister Alan Duncan has warned against cutting aid money to Malawi but says the government will make "urgent representations" to the county over the 14-year jail term handed to two gay men.
Government ministers ‘deeply dismayed’ by Malawi gay conviction 9
2:58 PM — Three government ministers have said the UK will "continue to press" the African country of Malawi on LGBT rights after it sentenced a couple to 14 years in jail for being gay.
Diane Abbott is the first woman to enter Labour leadership race 8
2:19 PM — Diane Abbott, the first female black MP, has become the first woman to enter the race for the Labour leadership. Although she has spoken in favour of gay rights and been a judge in the Stonewall awards, she has missed more than half of the gay rights votes she could have attended since 1998.