24th April 2009
Comment: Can Lord Alli save the Equality Bill? 11
2:56 PM — Last week one of only three openly gay peers in the House of Lords launched a bold attempt to prevent history repeating itself. Waheed Alli is collecting and marshalling public opinion in the hope of forcing the House of Lords, known as the place equality legislation goes to die, to pass the government’s upcoming Equality Bill.
Activists to protest at ‘gay cure’ conference 253
11:02 AM — Around 150 demonstrators are expected to protest at a 'gay cure' conference in London tomorrow. The conference, which has been denounced by gay groups, will feature Joseph Nicolosi, who claims reparative therapy can 'cure' homosexuality.
23rd April 2009
Same-sex couples urged to hold hands in public 18
4:57 PM — A new campaign aims to encourage same-sex couples to publicly and unashamedly hold hands. A Day in Hand is asking people to upload photos.
New rules will widen access to gender reassignment in Wales 3
4:20 PM — The Health Commission Wales (HCW) will allow transgender patients in Wales to access funding for gender reassignment therapy, it has been announced.
THT marks 25th anniversary of blood test with HIV warning 6
1:35 PM — 25 years ago today, on 23rd April 1984, the US Health Secretary, Margaret Heckler, announced the ground breaking discovery that HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.
Stephen Fry ‘should be the patron saint of England’ 4
12:57 PM — Forget St George and his dragon-slaying, maiden-rescuing activities. A poll of more than 7,000 MySpace users has revealed they would prefer gay celebrity Stephen Fry to be the patron saint of England.
Police investigation into website that targets Portsmouth councillors 1
9:54 AM — Hampshire police are to investigate a website that contains "scurrilous and intrusive postings" about the private lives of seven elected councillors in Portsmouth.
22nd April 2009
Mum fined for homophobic abuse of her son 23
5:29 PM — Celia Duncan, 42 from Aberdeen has been fined £250 for shouting homophobic abuse at her 16 year old son, Stuart O'Neill.
Football Association begins research on homophobia in sport 2
4:40 PM — The FA has started to conduct research in an attempt to crack down on gender discrimination and homophobia. To do this, they have recruited two researchers to find out more about the football experience of people from gay, lesbian and bi-sexual communities.
Gay humanists denounce London Christian “gay cure” conference 96
2:44 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has denounced a two day "gay cure" conference that is being held in London this weekend. The event organised by the evangelical Anglican Mainstream Organisation to hold a two-day anti-gay "Sex and the City" conference at a "secret location" in London on April 24 and 25.
Police appeal after London homophobic attack
2:35 PM — The Metropolitan Police are hunting a group of teenagers who carried out what is believed to be a homophobic attack on two men walking on Beryl Road, Fullham, West London earlier this month.
Adoption and fostering by gay couples to become easier in Scotland 11
2:01 PM — Scotland's Children's Minister, Adam Ingram (pictured), has announced that the Scottish Government will introduce regulations to make it easier for gay couples to jointly adopt children. A decision that has already outraged the Scottish Catholic Church.
Liverpool loses legendary gay artist Yankel Feather
11:55 AM — Yankel Feather, one of the most exuberant gay characters of Liverpool's 1960s art scene has died at age 88. Feather had been suffering from cancer for some time.
Pansy planted in tribute for murdered gay teenager Michael Causer
11:01 AM — Artist Paul Harfleet has planted a flower in tribute of murdered Liverpool gay teenager Michael Causer. Eighteen-year-old Michael, who worked as a hairdresser in Liverpool, was attacked at the Huyton home of his friend Michael Binsteed's grandmother.
21st April 2009
Inquest opens into lesbian prison suicide 9
5:31 PM — The inquest into the death of a woman who was found hanging in her cell has heard that her lesbian lover had been unfaithful. Lisa Doe, 25, was found hanging in her cell on September 11, 2007.
Survey to explore what barriers gay lawyers face 1
5:17 PM — A major study into how being gay can affect the careers of lawyers is being carried out. Only four law firms made it on to Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index this year, making law the second least gay-friendly profession on the list.
Man jailed for seven weeks for verbally abusing local councillor’s partner 6
3:47 PM — A man who taunted the partner of a local councillor with homophobic abuse has been jailed for seven weeks. Christoper Small, 30 of Dent Street, Hartlepool, was jailed after pleading guilty to two counts of using threatening and abusive words.
Funding for LGBT MPs hits £2,000 target 2
3:27 PM — A campaign fund to help more LGBT Labour parliamentary candidates has achieved its target of £2,000. Called Dorothy's List, the fund met its target in advance of the likely general election.
Stephen Fry: ‘It doesn’t matter what you call marriage’ 26
3:08 PM — Stephen Fry has spoken out on gay marriage, saying it doesn't matter what wording is used. Speaking from California, he suggested that 'yoking' could be an appropriate word.
Dublin gay rights activists rally for same-sex marriage 5
1:48 PM — More than 600 activists protested in Dublin's city centre on Sunday to call for marriage rights rather than same-sex partnerships. A civil partnership bill will appear before the Dáil (parliament) shortly.