8th September 2009
Lesbian author Sarah Waters on Booker Prize shortlist 1
2:43 PM — Lesbian author Sarah Waters is one of six authors on the Booker Prize shortlist, which was announced today. Waters is on the list for her novel The Little Stranger. She has been shortlisted twice before, for her works Fingersmith and The Night Watch.
Gay man ‘reported to police’ for questioning MP Iris Robinson’s views 38
11:51 AM — Iris Robinson, the Northern Ireland MP who called homosexuality an "abomination", reportedly had a constituent questioned by police after he challenged her views.
Church of Scotland selects gay man to train as minister 3
11:23 AM — A Church of Scotland presbytery has nominated an openly gay man to begin training as a minister. The unnamed gay man, who is in a civil partnership, was nominated last Tuesday by Hamilton Presbytery, the third largest in Scotland.
‘Gay cure’ yoga guru to to set up centre on Scottish island 29
10:43 AM — An Indian yoga guru who claimed the practice could cure homosexuality is to set up a yoga and meditation centre on a remote Scottish island. Swami Baba Ramdev recently said homosexuality was a "disease" but could be cured by yoga.
Update: Sir George Young to replace Alan Duncan as shadow Commons leader 14
10:20 AM — Tory leader David Cameron has announced that Sir George Young, a former Speaker candidate, will replace Alan Duncan in the shadow cabinet.
7th September 2009
Gay MP Alan Duncan demoted from Conservative Shadow Cabinet 8
8:41 PM — The openly gay Conservative MP Alan Duncan is to be demoted from his role as Shadow Leader of the House of Commons. He will now be a junior Justice spokesman.
German HIV advert uses Hitler lookalike 79
7:57 PM — A German HIV prevention ad uses the images of famous dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Saddam Hussein to support the message: "AIDS is a mass murderer".
EastEnders actor tells of support for gay storyline
6:50 PM — EastEnders actor Marc Elliot, who plays gay Muslim Syed, has said he has received nothing but positive feedback from fans about the storyline.
GlaxoSmithKline urged to share HIV patents 2
5:54 PM — GlaxoSmithKline, the UK's largest drugs company, has been asked to pool its patents for HIV medication in order to save lives in developing countries.
Farmer uses pigs to scare away gay cruisers 28
1:51 PM — A farmer who became annoyed at gay men meeting on his land for sex is using a couple of dozen pigs to dissuade them.
Stephen Fry and Schools Out join Alan Turing campaign 8
11:42 AM — Broadcaster Stephen Fry and LGBT education charity Schools Out are the latest to join the campaign for a government apology to Alan Turing, the gay mathematician.
4th September 2009
BNP set to change ‘racist’ membership policy 11
3:50 PM — Chairman of the British National Party, Nick Griffin, has signalled his party will change its whites-only membership policy because it cannot afford a legal fight over the issue.
National Front will not protest at Reading Pride 4
3:08 PM — Far-right group National Front has said it will not hold an anti-gay protest at Reading Pride this weekend. The group had applied for police permission but a spokesman has now said it does not want to interrupt the parade.
Trans killer wins right to move to female prison 24
2:34 PM — A trans woman who was jailed for the manslaughter of her boyfriend and the attempted rape of a female shop assistant has won the right to be placed in a women's prison.
Woman attacked in homophobic assault 4
2:14 PM — A young woman was kicked and punched by two teenage girls after defending her gay brother from their homophobic abuse.
Homophobic posters placed around Leicester ahead of Pride 73
12:46 PM — A number of offensive posters have been put up around Leicester ahead of the city's Pride festival tomorrow. Bearing messages such as 'Capital punishment for gays' and 'God abhors gays', the posters were placed on an LGBT centre and on a former parade route.
Man jailed for hammer attack on gay partner 3
10:46 AM — A man who attacked his partner with a hammer and broke his leg in three places has been jailed for at least six years.
3rd September 2009
Paramedic accused of homophobia and racism is suspended 4
4:39 PM — A paramedic accused of making derogatory comments about gays, Muslims, black people and women has had his professional registration suspended for a year.
Jersey civil partnerships ‘could cost £300,000′ 9
4:24 PM — Introducing civil partnerships for same-sex couples in Jersey could cost £300,000, the island's deputy chief minister has claimed. The States of Jersey will decide in October whether gay couples should be legally recognised.
Nominees for Stonewall Hero and Bigot of the Year announced 24
4:22 PM — The date for the fourth Stonewall Awards has been announced - along with the contenders for Bigot of the Year.