4th February 2010
Retrial for man accused of killing gay pensioner
4:31 PM — The judge in the case of a Polish labourer accused of the murder of Edward Highwood has ordered a retrial after the jury could not come to a verdict.
Benefits victory for British gay couples in France 17
1:25 PM — British civil partners living in France are now entitled to the same tax and inheritance benefits as their French counterparts. A legal anomaly previously meant they were treated like any other unmarried couple.
Iris Robinson claimed £1,644 for a bed 26
12:28 PM — Shamed former MP Iris Robinson claimed £1,644.90 for a bed, a report of MPs' expenses revealed today. Mrs Robinson, a homophobic evangelical Christian, quit politics last month after her affair with a 19-year-old was exposed.
David Cameron refuses to call Polish allies homophobic 87
11:29 AM — Tory leader David Cameron has defended his party's European alliances with the Polish Law and Justice Party but has refused to call them homophobic, saying the Liberal Democrats also have anti-gay allies.
3rd February 2010
EasyJet offers to pay for Pope’s UK flights 37
1:37 PM — Budget airline Easyjet has offered to fly the Pope to the UK for free, following controversy over the estimated £20 million cost for his visit.
7,000 sign protest against Pope’s visit 38
1:17 PM — More than 7,000 people have signed a petition against the Pope's state-funded visit to the UK. The petition was set up two days ago by the National Secular Society, which estimates the Pontiff's four-day visit in September will cost the UK £20 million.
Colin Firth receives Oscar nod for A Single Man 3
12:11 PM — Colin Firth has been nominated for an Oscar for his performance as a gay professor in A Single Man. Nominations for the annual awards were announced yesterday and the star is in the running for best actor.
Harriet Harman will not continue fight over gay church staff 117
11:58 AM — Equality minister Harriet Harman has backed down over an amendment on who churches can employ. She is thought to have made the climbdown to avoid a continuing dispute with church leaders in the face of the Pope's visit in September.
2nd February 2010
Exclusive: Iris Robinson’s ‘gay cure’ psychiatrist’s methods exposed 25
6:47 PM — The psychiatrist recommended by homophobic former MP Iris Robinson to 'cure' gays was exposed yesterday for his methods of treating patients.
Westlife star Mark Feehily announces engagement 18
5:47 PM — Westlife singer Mark Feehily announced his engagement last week on Twitter. The star and his boyfriend Kevin McDaid got engaged on their fifth anniversary. They have not revealed a date for their civil partnership.
Gay and straight couples needed to challenge UK gay marriage ban 14
3:17 PM — A heterosexual couple are seeking allies to help them mount a legal challenge against the UK's ban on gay marriage. Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle need two more straight couples and three gay couples to join their case.
Colin Firth says there are ‘invisible boundaries’ for gay actors 38
1:11 PM — Colin Firth has suggested that there are "invisible boundaries" preventing out gay actors from taking leading roles. Firth, a straight actor who played a gay man in Tom Ford's directorial debut A Single Man, said he felt "complicit" in the problem of gay actors losing out on parts.
NHS ‘paying for ex-gay therapy’ 101
12:37 PM — The National Health Service is paying for people to have therapy to turn them straight, it has been claimed. According to an investigation by the Independent, some GPs are referring people to 'reparative' therapists to help them change their sexual orientation.
1st February 2010
Pope Benedict XVI criticises gay rights in Equality Bill 76
6:37 PM — Pope Benedict XVI criticised the Equality Bill on Monday for violating "natural law". He was thought to be referring to provisions in the bill which would have forced churches to employ gay staff. These were defeated by the House of Lords last week.
Chaos at Queer Question Time 44
6:10 PM — A drink is hurled – or was it an id badge? A speaker quits the stage in tears (but returns in time for the final round-up). Recriminations follow Julie Bindel's appearance at Queer Question Time.
Video: Lady Gaga and Elton John perform at the Grammy Awards 4
5:26 PM — Lady Gaga and Elton John played a duet at last night's Grammy Awards smeared in dirt. The pair played on a double ended piano with makeup to look like they had fallen down a rubbish chute.
National Secular Society plans protest for Pope’s UK visit 30
4:02 PM — The National Secular Society has announced a " large-scale campaign" to protest against Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Britain in September. The pontiff has attacked gay rights on a number of occasions.
Trans woman told it was ‘illegal’ for her to use women’s toilets 22
3:45 PM — A trans woman has spoken of her humiliation at being wrongly told it was illegal for her to use the female toilet in her local pub. Katrina Harte, 46, began her transition several years ago and is awaiting her final surgery.
Amy Winehouse ‘is bisexual’ 16
1:29 PM — Back to Black singer Amy Winehouse is bisexual and has had relationships with women, her friends have claimed. She is said to have told close friends: "There is something about being with a woman that is very satisfying. I don't care what people think about me being bi - I do what feels good."
Glee star Jane Lynch ‘didn’t want to be gay’ 6
11:20 AM — Glee actress Jane Lynch has revealed she didn't come out to her parents until her early thirties because she didn't want to be gay.