24th February 2010
Woman jailed for female sexual assault 7
4:24 PM — A woman who sexually assaulted a female colleague has been jailed for 12 months. Teresa Cottingham, an NHS worker from East Sussex, was staying in a hotel room with her workmate in North London on January 26th last year.
Man wins discrimination claim against London’s oldest gay pub 16
3:34 PM — A gay man who worked in a London pub has won thousands of pounds in compensation after a tribunal found he was discriminated against.
Plaid Cymru launches LGBT group 15
12:41 PM — Welsh party Plaid Cyrmu has launched PlaidPride, an affiliated group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. The party announced the new group at its spring conference in Cardiff last weekend.
23rd February 2010
Gay cruisers warned after boy, 15, is propositioned 62
6:12 PM — Users of a cruising and cottaging website in Bournemouth have been warned after a 15-year-old boy was propositioned in a public toilet.
Justin Fashanu’s niece supports anti-homophobia campaign 9
4:39 PM — The niece of the late footballer Justin Fashanu is supporting a campaign in his memory to kick homophobia out of the sport.
Jeanette Winterson considered suicide 2
2:44 PM — Author Jeanette Winterson has said she thought about killing herself several years ago after the break-up of a relationship and the discovery of more details about her adoption.
Ed Balls denies ‘watering down’ sex education for faith schools 46
12:06 PM — Schools secretary Ed Balls has denied watering down sex education laws for faith schools. Last Friday, the government was accused of performing a U-turn over an amendment to the Children, Schools and Families Bill allowing faith schools to teach about homosexuality in line with their "religious character".
Bishops call for gay civil partnerships in church 43
10:38 AM — Senior clergy in the Church of England called today to lift the ban on gay couples having civil partnerships in church. They said that it was inconsistent and discriminatory to ban gay couples having their ceremonies in churches willing to accommodate them.
22nd February 2010
Isle of Man to consider civil partnerships for gay couples 8
5:52 PM — The Isle of Man's House of Keys will debate whether to introduce civil partnerships for gay couples on the island. The Civil Partnerships Bill will have its first reading tomorrow and, if passed into law, will give gay and lesbian couples the same rights afforded to straight married couples.
Man pleads not guilty to murder of trans woman
4:25 PM — A man has denied murdering trans woman Destiny Lauren. Leo Fyle, 21, of Laleham Road, Catford, appeared via videolink at the Old Bailey today to plead not guilty to Ms Lauren's murder on November 5th 2009.
Queer theory professor killed in cycle accident 8
4:18 PM — A professor in Spanish and queer theory has been named as the cyclist who was killed in a collision in London earlier this month. David Vilaseca died on February 9th when his bicyle collided with a lorry.
Ray Gosling ‘did tell police name of lover he killed’ 13
3:58 PM — Veteran BBC presenter Ray Gosling has admitted that he did tell police the name of the man he claimed to have suffocated in a mercy killing.
Mass screening ‘could eradicate AIDS in 40 years’ 28
2:41 PM — A leading researcher has claimed that testing billions of people could eradicate HIV/AIDS within 40 years. Dr Brian Williams of the South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis said that focus needed to shift to stopping transmission.
Nottingham social worker writes book on gay adoption 16
12:19 PM — A social worker from Nottingham has penned a book to teach children about gay adoptive parents. Ed Merchant, who works part-time at the city council's adoption and fostering unit, wrote Dad David, Baba Chris and Me about an eight-year-old boy who is adopted by a gay couple.
Bafta win for Colin Firth’s gay professor 8
11:51 AM — Colin Firth has won a best actor Bafta for his portrayal of a gay professor in A Single Man. The actor scored his first Bafta win last night for his performance in fashion designer Tom Ford's directorial debut.
Gareth Thomas ‘wicked’ for supporting LGBT History Month 59
11:46 AM — Rugby player Gareth Thomas has been accused of "promoting" gay sex to young children for his patron role in LGBT History Month.
19th February 2010
Northern Ireland court told of murdered gay man’s injuries
5:36 PM — A Northern Ireland court has heard the extent of the injuries suffered by a gay man who was murdered on Easter Sunday. Shaun Fitzpatrick had 52 injuries separate injuries, with 36 of them to his head.
Man called Gay changes surname to join the Navy 25
1:00 PM — A man called Tristram Gay is changing his name because he fears he will get bullied in the Navy for it. The 21-year-old, of St James, Hereford said he had been the target of jokes all his life.
Jesus was gay, says Elton 57
12:20 PM — Elton John has said that Jesus was a "super-intelligent" gay man In a magazine interview, in which he also discussed his former drug addiction, the singer spoke his mind about the son of God.
Government accused of U-turn over faith schools’ teaching on homosexuality 62
11:49 AM — The government has been accused of performing a U-turn over an amendment allowing faith schools to teach about homosexuality in line with their "religious character". Some critics it looked like "another Section 28".