10th December 2009
Elton John and Judy Garland ranked top gay icons 10
11:48 AM — Elton John and Judy Garland have been ranked as the top male and female celebrity gay icons respectively. The poll of 5,000 gay men and lesbians found that the majority of male gay icons were gay themselves, although those on the female list tended to be straight singers such as Kylie and Madonna.
9th December 2009
Man accused of murder claims gay victims sexually assaulted him
7:39 PM — A man on trial for the murder of one man and the attempted murder of his partner has claimed that the couple sexually assaulted him. David Kilcullen told the Old Bailey he acted in self-defence.
Gay rape victim warns others to avoid unlicensed taxis 5
5:29 PM — One of the victims of Mohamad Caid, the illegal cab driver who preyed on young gay men leaving a London nightclub, has spoken out about his experience and encouraged other gay victims of sexual assault to report it to police.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson criticised for attending ‘homophobic’ pastor’s carol service 31
4:38 PM — London mayor Boris Johnson has been criticised by gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell for attending a carol service hosted by a pastor who has opposed gay equality legislation.
Gay journalist Andrew Pierce to join Daily Mail 20
12:55 PM — Andrew Pierce, the assistant editor of the Daily Telegraph, is to join the Daily Mail as consultant editor. Pierce, 48, has worked at The Times and the Daily Express after beginning his career in local newspapers.
Illegal cab driver guilty of raping gay men in London 10
12:02 PM — A man who posed as a taxi driver was yesterday found guilty of raping two young gay men after picking them up from a London nightclub. Mohamad Caid, 38, was warned to expect a substantial prison sentence.
Communities secretary promises new funding to tackle white supremacists 14
11:34 AM — Communities secretary John Denham yesterday promised £5 million of funding for police and local councils to tackle threats from white supremacists. Such groups frequently pose a threat to gays, along with ethnic minorities.
8th December 2009
US trans teen sues McDonald’s for discrimination 14
6:23 PM — A trans teenager who claims she was twice denied a job by McDonald's is suing the fast food chain for discrimination. Zikerria Bellamy, 17, of Florida, also claims she was left an offensive voicemail by a manager at the Orlando restaurant which said: "We do not hire faggots."
Elton’s partner David Furnish: ‘George Michael’s friends say he needs help’ 4
1:59 PM — Elton John's civil partner David Furnish has said that many of George Michael's friends contact them for help over his health. The Wham! star gave an interview to the Guardian last week in which he said John should "shut his mouth".
Guide released to help teachers tackle gay insults 15
12:43 PM — A guide has been released by gay charity Stonewall to help teachers deal with homophobic insults. Research from the organisation found that the majority of secondary school teachers had heard phrases such as "dyke", "poof" and "that's gay" being used by students.
Gay Labour councillor loses legal challenge over underage sex 28
11:06 AM — A Labour councillor who was arrested in a Belfast hotel room in 2007 with his 17-year-old boyfriend has failed in a bid to bring a legal challenge against police. Steven Bayes, 47, was found with his boyfriend Dale Martin, who was 17 when he was arrested.
George Michael defends gay cruising 36
10:59 AM — Gay singer George Michael has defended cruising for sex on Hampstead Heath, saying it is "nicer" than trying to pull in a bar. He said he visited the cruising hotspot in the summer.
7th December 2009
Trans woman facing deportation to Malaysia 28
5:25 PM — A trans woman who lives with her husband in Derby is fighting to be allowed to stay in Britain. Fatine Young, 38, fears she may be jailed if returned to her home country of Malaysia.
Lesbian wins ‘substantial’ payout for partner’s death
4:17 PM — A lesbian whose civil partner died after her cancer was wrongly diagnosed has won a landmark case for compensation. Tina Lane, 42, of Dorset, died of ovarian cancer in February.
X-Factor contestant Danyl Johnson sent home 6
3:06 PM — Danyl Johnson was voted off the X-Factor last night. The 27-year-old bisexual singer lost out on a place in the final, leaving the three would-be winners Olly Murs, Joe McElderry and Stacey Solomon.
London protest to be held this week over Uganda’s anti-gay bill 3
1:20 PM — A protest has been organised this week in London against Uganda's proposed law to execute and jail gays. Activists will gather outside the Ugandan High Commission in Trafalgar Square on Thursday, which is also International Human Rights Day.
Gay Tory candidate selected to challenge Hazel Blears 229
11:48 AM — A gay Conservative candidate has been selected to challenge Hazel Blears for her Manchester seat. Matthew Sephton is the chairman of the party's affiliated gay group, LGBTory.
Archbishop of Canterbury criticises lesbian bishop’s appointment 40
10:36 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has criticised the election of a lesbian assistant bishop in Los Angeles, saying it was a threat to the cohesion of the Anglican Church.
6th December 2009
Feature: Bromance of “new” straight men like Scrub’s JD and Turk 20
5:07 PM — The term 'Bromance' refers to a close, but non-sexual, friendship between two heterosexual men, often labeled as a 'man-crush'. Bromances are often the central, but more subtle embodiment of television and film. The television programme Scrubs came to my mind when reading about self-disclosure in the relationships lecture.
Equality and Human Rights Commission to collate sexuality status from across government databases 17
4:57 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is to collate sexuality data given to hospitals and other surveys in order to gain a greater understanding of the inequity that lesbian, gay bisexual or trangendered (LGBT) people may be suffering.