29th October 2009
Former gay charity head jailed for sex attack on baby 137
12:17 PM — The former head of a Scottish LGBT youth charity has been sentenced to serve at least 13 years in prison. James Rennie, 38, was convicted in May of sexually assaulting three-month-old baby. The abuse continued for four years.
28th October 2009
Bisexual workers ‘excluded by lesbian and gay colleagues’ 65
8:15 PM — Stonewall research has suggested that bisexual people face a number of challenges in being open about their sexuality at work, such as feeling excluded by gay and lesbian colleagues.
Two days left to sign petition on religious civil partnerships 16
7:13 PM — There are only two days remaining to sign a petition to call for civil partnerships to be held in religious buildings.
Gay men could be subject to five-year ban on blood donation 85
6:55 PM — A public meeting yesterday discussed the possibility of a five-year deferral for gay and bisexual men donating blood, rather than a lifetime ban.
Europe minister Chris Byrant mentions gay rights in death penalty speech 2
6:01 PM — Chris Bryant, the openly gay minister for Europe, mentioned executions of gay people in Iran while arguing for the need to press other countries to abolish the death penalty.
Six more boys arrested for attack on gay trainee policeman 16
2:56 PM — A further six boys have been arrested on suspicion of the assault on gay trainee policeman James Parkes on Sunday night in Liverpool's gay village.
27th October 2009
US Army Secretary says military is ready to lift gay ban 8
6:42 PM — US Secretary of the Army John McHugh said this weekend that the military is ready to lift the ban on openly gay personnel. He is the highest-ranking Army official to show his support for repealing the ban.
Vigil to be held for gay trainee policeman beaten in Liverpool 17
6:39 PM — A vigil is to be held in Liverpool this Sunday for James Parkes, the trainee police officer who was beaten by a gang of up to 20 youths last weekend. His parents have spoken of their disbelief he was attacked for doing nothing wrong.
Feature: The divas who helped gays out of the closet 14
12:22 PM — Terry Sanderson looks back on the history of the gay diva, tracing a line from Mae West and Marlene Dietrich all the way through to Madonna and Kylie.
Six boys arrested over attack on gay policeman James Parkes 51
11:28 AM — Six boys between the ages of 14 and 17 have been arrested for the attack on Liverpool trainee policeman James Parkes. Parkes, who is gay, was out with friends and his partner in Liverpool's gay village on Sunday evening.
Elton John forced to postpone a third show 3
11:16 AM — Elton John has had to cancel another two gigs after falling ill with flu. The star cancelled two concerts this weekend and has now postponed his appearance at Wembley Arena tonight.
Public meeting to be held today on gay blood ban 44
11:11 AM — A public consultation is to be held today in London on the ban on gay men donating blood. A protest held by the National Union of Students is scheduled for 1pm.
26th October 2009
Peter Tatchell to debate gay marriage tonight 7
1:01 PM — A debate is to be held in London tonight on whether same-sex marriage would actually benefit the gay community. Human rights activist Peter Tatchell will debate with Maire Daley, of the Universities and Colleges Union over a motion called: 'Same sex marriage - assimilation or challenge?'
Comment: In defence of Jan Moir 113
12:32 PM — Homophobia breeds when we silence opinions we don’t like. For democracy’s sake, Jan Moir owes no apologies for her opinions, just coherent reasons, says Adrian Tippetts.
Gay trainee policeman fighting for life after Liverpool homophobic attack 53
12:00 PM — Three people have been arrested after a homophobic attack which left a young man with serious head injuries. The attack happened last night in Liverpool's gay area.
Elton John cancels gig after catching flu 1
11:08 AM — Elton John was forced to cancel a sell-out gig in Sheffield after coming down with flu. He was due to play before 13,000 fans at Sheffield Arena on Friday night as part of his Red Piano show
Christian woman may sue after police investigate ‘gay hate crime’ letter 120
11:06 AM — A woman who complained about a gay Pride march in Norwich has said she may sue the police and local council after she was investigated for possible hate crime.
Scottish police call for more gays and lesbians to report domestic abuse 1
11:01 AM — Scottish police are urging more gay and lesbian victims of domestic violence to come forward. One thousand incidents of domestic abuse among same-sex couples were reported in Scotland in the last year but it is thought the true number of incidents could be as high as 4,000.
23rd October 2009
Comment: Why I heckled Nick Griffin on Question Time 98
6:25 PM — Last night, one of the most effective voices to come out of the audience on Question Time was that of Beth Mellington-Pritchard. A lesbian in a civil partnership, she told BNP leader Nick Griffin that his feeling of revulsion was "mutual".
Brighton event to address homophobia in football 1
4:21 PM — Kick It Out, the Football Association's group for tackling homophobia and racism, is holding an event next week to discuss the problem of homophobia in football.