16th January 2009
Interview: Twitter to victory says Labour candidate 3
3:00 PM — Luke Pollard, the Labour party candidate for South West Devon at the next general election, is introducing me to the online world of Twitter.
Boy George sentenced to 15 months in prison 24
2:32 PM — Singer Boy George has been sent to jail for falsely imprisoning a male prostitute in his east London flat.The judge at Snaresbrook Crown Court said the star, real name George O'Dowd, has used "gratuitous violence."
Inquest rules on gay teen goaded to suicide by baying Derby mob 15
2:00 PM — A gay student jumped to his death after being jeered at by members of the public, an inquest has heard.
Black gay activist among new Stonewall trustees 5
1:31 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has announced the appointment of four new trustees. Rob Berkeley, Founding Chair of the Black Gay Men’s Advisory Group, will join the board.
Trans toilets introduced at student union nightclub 12
11:57 AM — A British university has introduced toilets for transgender people at their student union nightclub.
15th January 2009
F1 boss falsely accused of homophobia had hired gay steward 1
4:09 PM — The steward on board the private jet of Formula 1 team owner Ron Dennis is gay, it has been revealed.
Legendary G-A-Y venue closes to make way for Crossrail 5
3:40 PM — For many people in London it was the first gay club they ever went to. Others remember seeing some of the world's best bands perform there. Whatever your memories of The Astoria, it is definitely all over now.
Government to remove incitement to homophobic hatred “opt out” 8
2:44 PM — New legislation that reforms the coroner service and criminal justice system contains a measure to protect people from incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Gay retailer clonezone goes into administration 14
1:39 PM — Clonezone, one of the world's largest gay retail chains, has officially gone into administration. The company operated ten stores in the UK.
Liverpool gay village plan goes ahead after seven years of lobbying 5
1:31 PM — A Liberal party councillor has said that after seven years of lobbying, proposals for new traffic arrangements in the gay "village" will go ahead.
Boy George faces jail for false imprisonment of sex worker 2
12:47 PM — A judge in London will sentence singer Boy George tomorrow following his conviction last month of false imprisonment.
Gay footballers demand tougher action against homophobia 1
11:45 AM — The Gay Football Supporters Network has said that homophobic taunts and chanting at matches should be treated as such, and not labelled "indecent."
14th January 2009
European Parliament recommends mutual recognition of same-sex partnerships 3
4:27 PM — MEPs have adopted the Report on the Situation of Fundamental Rights in the EU. The report contains recommendations on a broad range of issues such as discrimination and gender equality.
Chris Bryant speaks publicly about “horrible” Gaydar photo controversy 11
2:31 PM — A junior minister has given a deeply personal interview to a gay publication in which he discusses coming out, his mother's struggle with alcoholism and his humiliation at the hands of a tabloid newspaper.
Murder accused claims another man murdered trans sex worker
11:56 AM — A roofer from Leeds who is currently on trial for the murder of a transsexual prostitute claims he was attempting to save her from another attacker, the Old Bailey heard.
“Liberated and enlightened” Prince Harry is not homophobic claims Tatchell 25
11:43 AM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has defended the third in line to the throne over accusations of homophobia.
13th January 2009
13-year-old boy among eleven charged with homophobic abuse at football match 10
4:18 PM — A thirteen-year-old boy and two fifteen-year-olds have been charged with indecent chanting at a football match.
Formula 1 boss receives apology over homophobia allegations at tribunal 4
3:58 PM — An employment tribunal in Southampton has come to an end with an apology from the man who brought the case.
Islington council announces new gay equality charter 3
2:37 PM — A London council that was taken to an employment tribunal by a Christian registrar who refused to officiate at civil partnerships has announced a charter for lesbian, gay and bisexual residents.
Same-sex marriage supporters to petition Scottish Parliament 9
1:54 PM — A group of gay rights advocates has launched a petition to the Scottish Parliament calling for a change in the law to allow two people of the same sex to get married.