6th November 2009
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.
Jan Moir gets late nomination for Stonewall Bigot of the Year award 16
11:54 AM — Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir has been added as a nominee for Stonewall's Bigot of the Year award. The journalist provoked outrage in October with an article that suggested Boyzone star Stephen Gately's death was "sleazy" and "unnatural".
4th November 2009
British Museum hosts event for LGBT History Month 5
7:08 PM — The British Museum is helping to kick off preparations for next year's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) History Month with a special event for teachers and youth workers and a reception.
Lesbian author Sarah Waters: ‘Gay fiction is getting better’ 3
6:25 PM — Lesbian author Sarah Waters has said that the profiles of other female gay authors and their works are rising. In an interview with the Liverpool Daily Post, the Tipping the Velvet writer said the UK was currently seeing a trend for lesbian fiction.
Chris Moyles tipped to be replaced as Radio 1 breakfast host 18
3:49 PM — Chris Moyles, the BBC Radio 1 DJ who has been criticised for anti-gay remarks, may leave his breakfast show next year. Vernon Kay has reportedly been approached to take over the slot.
Christians protest over Glasgow play which shows Jesus as a trans woman 94
12:36 PM — Christian groups have been holding protests outside a Glasgow theatre which portrays Jesus as a trans woman. Jesus, Queen of Heaven is being shown as part of the Glasgay! art festival.
Gay man attacked in Ilford, London 36
11:55 AM — A gay man in his fifties was the victim of a homophobic attack in Ilford, east London, on Saturday. Two 18-year old men have been arrested on suspicion of assault and are being held in custody.
3rd November 2009
Judge’s sympathy for trans woman 7
9:25 PM — A trans woman who was caught robbing student flats has escaped jail after a judge decided her "unusual case" deserved sympathy.
Peter Tatchell accuses academics of smearing him 17
7:36 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has claimed he is a victim of "lies and smears" after complaining about a chapter in an academic text.
Scotland to give lesbians equal IVF rights 11
7:33 PM — Lesbian couples in Scotland will soon be given equal rights to fertility treatment on the NHS. Following legal action by one lesbian couple, the government has set up an advisory group which is expected to recommend early next year that lesbians should be routinely allowed access to NHS fertility services.
Three-year-old child ‘involved in homophobic attacks’ 18
1:21 PM — A three or four-year-old child was allegedly part of a gang which harassed a gay man at his home, Gloucester youth court heard this week.