27th January 2010
Survey finds 3 in 4 gay and bisexual men would donate blood 19
7:03 PM — A survey of gay and bisexual men has found that 77 per cent of respondents would donate blood if they were allowed to. Currently, men who have ever had sex with another man are barred for life from donating blood due to the risk of HIV.
Illegal cab driver jailed for sex attacks on gay men 4
4:45 PM — A Deptford man who posed as a taxi driver has been jailed for ten years for raping one man and sexually assaulting another. Mohamad Caid, 38, was convicted last month of rape, attempted rape, sexual assault and two charges of false imprisonment. He was told he would serve at least five years.
National Trans Police Association criticised over state funding 9
3:51 PM — A national body for trans and intersex police officers will be officially launched and recognised by the police service in March. The National Trans Police Association has been running for two years but will be able to apply for state funding once it becomes officially recognised by the UK police service.
Tory councillor accused of bad taste over gay joke 24
3:30 PM — A Tory councillor in Brentwood who made a joke about promoting gay rights and help for domestic violence victims has been accused of being offensive.
David Cameron says children should be taught about gay relationships 71
12:04 PM — Tory leader David Cameron told a recent meeting on education that schoolchildren should be taught about gay relationships and equality.
26th January 2010
Terrence Higgins Trust to warn gay men of other ways of HIV transmission 12
7:19 PM — HIV/AIDS charity Terrence Higgins Trust is launching a new campaign to warn gay men that HIV can also be caught through their penises. The initiative hopes to counter the myth that HIV can only be caught if men are "bottoms".
Boyzone star Keith Duffy suffering panic attacks after Stephen Gately’s death 19
5:54 PM — Boyzone singer Keith Duffy has revealed he has been suffering from panic attacks since the death of his bandmate Stephen Gately.
Tatchell ‘surprised’ at third of British people who still believe homosexuality is wrong 24
5:23 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has expressed surprise at the results of a survey into social attitudes, saying he expected a greater change in the numbers who accepted homosexuality.
Gay Daily Mail journalist to write ‘out and proud’ column 20
4:35 PM — Andrew Pierce, the former assistant editor of the Daily Telegraph, has revealed he will write a column for the Daily Mail reflecting his "out and proud" outlook.
Government will consider religious civil partnerships 19
1:27 PM — The government has agreed to consider allowing civil partnerships to be held in religious premises after a debate in the House of Lords last night.
Social attitudes survey finds far greater acceptance of homosexuality 40
11:37 AM — A government-backed survey has found that people have become much more tolerant of homosexuality in the last 30 years.
Government defeated in 3 votes over the ability of churches to deny jobs to gay people 52
12:31 AM — The Government tonight lost three votes in the House of Lords over legislation that would have restricted the ability of churches to deny jobs to LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenered) people.
25th January 2010
LGBT tourist office moves to Soho 2
5:52 PM — London's first lesbian, gay bisexual and trans tourist information office has moved to Soho, the heart of the capital's gay scene. The tourism office can now be found at the corner of Frith Street and Old Compton Street, above Ku Bar.
Brighton hopes to entice gay American tourists 10
4:55 PM — Brighton and Hove city council has joined a campaign to attract more gay US tourists to Britain. The city is thought of as the top LGBT tourist destination in the UK and local tourism bosses are keen to hold onto this position.
Senior bishops call on Lords to retain gay employment exemptions 40
3:00 PM — A statement from three senior bishops calls on peers today to retain and even widen religious exemptions on employing gay people. It says churches will be sued under legislation in he Equality Bill
Ann Widdecombe says gay laws threaten Christian freedom of speech 51
12:20 PM — Ann Widdecombe, MP for Maidstone and the Weald, warned a Bournemouth church on Saturday that new equality laws could see Christians being sued.
22nd January 2010
Laura Doughty appointed deputy chief executive of Stonewall 46
6:44 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has appointed Laura Doughty to the new position of deputy chief executive. Doughty was previously director of fundraising and communications at the organisation.
Culture chief receiving hate mail over gay Bible exhibition 25
6:36 PM — The head of Glasgow’s museums and art has described receiving harassment and hate mail after an exhibition on homosexuality and the Bible.
Spanish judge closes case on death of Stephen Gately 4
5:50 PM — A Spanish court ruled yesterday that gay Boyzone star Stephen Gately died from natural causes, rather than drugs or alcohol.
Homophobic MP Iris Robinson to face police investigation 10
3:30 PM — A police investigation has been opened into claims that former Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson acted illegally when she procured loans for her teenage lover's business.