9th March 2010
Christian registrar Lillian Ladele refused leave to appeal to Supreme Court 46
12:15 PM — A Christian registrar who was disciplined because she would not officiate civil partnerships has been refused permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.
8th March 2010
Opponents demand explanation for Steven Purcell’s departure 7
6:45 PM — Political opponents of gay former Glasgow council leader Steven Purcell have demanded full disclosure of the circumstances surrounding his departure.
Bishop of Liverpool ‘in sympathy’ with religious civil partnerships 7
6:14 PM — The evangelical Bishop of Liverpool James Jones has said that sexual orientation is not a choice and that he is "in sympathy" with religious civil partnerships.
John Partridge says gay Corrie character is a ‘stereotype’ 16
5:29 PM — EastEnders actor John Partridge has criticised the gay Coronation Street character Sean Tully as a "stereotype".
Scottish Lib Dems call for gay marriage 29
5:05 PM — The Lib Dem Scottish spring conference passed a motion yesterday calling on the Scottish government to legalise gay marriage.
Xbox Live allows gamers to identify their sexual orientation 4
3:32 PM — Xbox Live has changed its policy to allow gamers to display their sexual orientation or gender identity in gamertags. Players who wanted to be out and proud were previously banned from using words such as 'gay' and 'lesbian'.
Tories publish ‘rainbow list’ of gay candidates 96
12:02 PM — The Conservative Party has published a list of its out gay candidates standing for election this year. The party has 20 out gay candidates, with 11 of these happy to be named.
Lord Alli attacks bishops for ‘misleading public’ over religious civil partnerships 15
11:37 AM — Out gay peer Lord Waheed Alli has accused bishops of misleading church leaders and the public over plans to allow gay couples to have their civil partnerships in church.
7th March 2010
Gay former leader of Glasgow council questioned by police 21
11:13 PM — Steven Purcell, the openly gay former Labour leader of Glasgow city council, was questioned by police inside the city council chamber a year ago, it emerged today.
5th March 2010
Gareth Thomas ‘threatened with outing’ at 2007 World Cup 18
2:42 PM — Gareth Thomas played in the 2007 Rugby World Cup fearing he could be outed by the press any day, he said this week. The former Wales captain, who came out in December, revealed that at the time, he was constantly getting calls telling him the media were about to out him.
Government could reject religious civil partnerships amendment 35
12:56 PM — Equalities minister Harriet Harman could remove an Equality Bill amendment allowing civil partnerships in church over fears it could raise problems in the marriage system.
Guernsey may equalise gay age of consent 15
10:58 AM — Guernsey is to debate equalising the age of consent for gays later this month. Currently, the age of consent for gay men is 18, compared to 16 for heterosexuals.
Trans woman fighting for pension rights 30
10:47 AM — A trans woman who refuses to divorce her wife is fighting to get her pension backdated to the age of 60. Christine Timbrell completed her transition in 2000 but is not legally recognised as a woman because she will not divorce her wife of 42 years, Joy.
4th March 2010
‘Serious errors’ made when equality watchdog was set up 28
6:11 PM — The setting up of the Equality and Human Rights Commission was "patently flawed" and cost taxpayers almost £39 million, a Commons report said today.
10-year-old on hate register for calling a fellow pupil ‘gay boy’ 338
4:54 PM — A ten-year-old boy has been placed on a hate register for calling a fellow pupil a "gay boy". It is one of the first publicised examples of how the government’s required hate registers are being used in schools. From this September, children as young as five risk being placed on a hate register if they make homophobic playground taunts.
Cameron promises equal parental leave for gay couples 32
11:09 AM — Tory leader David Cameron has promised that gay couples in civil partnerships will receive the same maternity and paternity leave as their straight counterparts.
Bishops say clergy will be sued for refusing civil partnerships 58
10:52 AM — Church of England bishops argued yesterday that clergy members could be sued for refusing to carry out religious civil partnerships for gay couples. Earlier this week, the House of Lords approved an amendment to the Equality Bill allowing faiths to hold the ceremonies if they wish.
3rd March 2010
Gay magazine back on WHSmith shelves 12
5:47 PM — Gay magazine Attitude has returned to the shelves of WHSmith after commercial negotiations were concluded. The magazine was missing from the high street stores for two weeks after what was thought to be a dispute over stocking fees.
Three men assaulted in Cornwall ‘homophobic’ attack 12
5:30 PM — Police are treating an attack on three men in Padstow, Cornwall, as a hate crime because one of the men was trans. The friends, who were on holiday from the Plymouth area, had gone out on Saturday night and were attacked as they returned to an address on Broad Street.
‘Conscientious objection’ amendments to gay rights withdrawn 28
12:59 PM — Two amendments to the Equality Bill giving the right to "conscientious objections" to gay equality measures were withdrawn in the House of Lords last night.