21st August 2009
Scottish police force holds gay and trans recruitment day 7
5:00 PM — Strathclyde Police, Scotland's largest police force, is holding a special recruitment day in an effort to attract new lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans officers.
Claire Balding’s cancer ‘in remission’ 5
4:21 PM — Claire Balding, the openly lesbian BBC sports presenter, has spoken of her delight after discovering her treatment for throat cancer had been successful.
Video: Another fire breaks out in Soho 1
4:02 PM — A fire broke out in the centre of Soho earlier today, making it the third to hit the area in two months. Firefighters were called to Wardour Street, in the heart of London's gay scene, at 12.57pm today.
Anti-gay bullying campaign hits streets in time for term 13
2:35 PM — A new Stonewall campaign against homophobic bullying has been relaunched to coincide with back-to-school time. The message, 'Some people are gay, get over it', was devised by school pupils.
Comment: Speculation over athlete’s sex has brought trans issues into the open 3
1:40 PM — Gender and trans issues are often treated with shock and faint disgust by the media but the case of Caster Semenya has led to a number of sensitive and well-informed articles.
Mary Portas to tie the knot with her partner 3
11:47 AM — Mary Portas, the presenter of BBC show Mary Queen of Shops, is reportedly planning to have a civil partnership with her girlfriend.
Alan Cumming: ‘There’ll be a new wave of AIDS deaths’ 24
10:15 AM — Actor Alan Cumming has spoken about HIV and AIDS, saying that young people in particular must be aware of using condoms. In an interview with Attitude, out on Monday, the star claimed there was likely to be a new wave of deaths.
20th August 2009
New Zealand judge calls for gay couples to be given right to adopt 4
5:34 PM — The acting head judge of the Family Court in New Zealand has said the country is lagging behind others when it comes to gay adoption.
MP calls for halt on deportation of Iraqi gay man 5
12:01 PM — An MP has said that a recent report on the plight of gays in Iraq means a gay Iraqi man living in her north London constituency must not be deported.
19th August 2009
MP Mark Oaten ‘had a relationship with an older man at the age of nine’ 18
5:51 PM — Mark Oaten, the Liberal Democrat MP who was exposed for using male prostitutes, has claimed he had a sexual relationship with an older man at the age of nine or ten.
Charities launch LGBT youth domestic violence survey
5:26 PM — Two charities are working to find out more about young gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people's experiences of domestic violence.
Gay men warned ‘don’t guess your partner’s HIV status’ 12
4:05 PM — Gay men's health charity GMFA has launched a campaign to warn gay men they cannot guess whether their partner will be HIV-positive. The campaign also encourages gay men to use condoms.
Government consultant jailed for attempted male rape 6
3:32 PM — A Labour consultant has been jailed for 30 months for the attempted rape of a man he met at a party. Derek Barrett, 34, met his victim at a social event in Bishopbriggs, Glasgow, in January 2007.
Photography lecturer to be disciplined for showing students trans artist’s work 12
2:58 PM — A photography lecturer at East Surrey College in Redhill is facing disciplinary action for showing students the work of an trans artist.
Music teacher pleads guilty to lesbian affair with pupil, 15 8
11:02 AM — A lesbian music teacher at a private London school has pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual activity with a child. Helen Goddard, 26, pleaded guilty to the five-month affair at Southwark crown court yesterday.
Richard Dawkins joins calls for apology for gay mathematician Alan Turing 35
9:59 AM — Professor Richard Dawkins has joined the calls for the government to apologise to Alan Turing who committed suicide after being jailed for homosexuality.
18th August 2009
Richard O’Brien: ‘Society should not dictate gender’ 12
5:25 PM — The writer and star or the Rocky Horror Show, Richard O'Brien, has discussed coming to terms with his gender identity.
Supermarkets censor Lesbian Vampire Killers DVD 8
4:29 PM — A number of supermarkets are censoring the DVD cover of Lesbian Vampire Killers, the comedy by Gavin & Stacey's Matthew Horne and James Corden.
Gay networking event designed for twenty-something men
4:02 PM — A new gay networking club in London has been designed specially for men in their twenties. London Twenties was set up to give young gay men the opportunity to network without having to pay pricey fees or feel uncomfortable.
Lesbian author Jeanette Winterson pens new children’s show for BBC
1:58 PM — Jeanette Winterson, the openly lesbian author, has written a one-off children's programme for BBC1. Ingenious tells the story of an 11-year-old girl who finds a mysterious glass bottle.