29th October 2009
Liverpool’s gay arts festival kicks off next week 4
2:05 PM — Homotopia, Liverpool's annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans festival, begins next week. It usually focuses on theatre, comedy, literature and debate but this year, organisers are emphasising the impact of homophobic hate crime with the strapline 'Homotopia not homophobia'.
Gay Halloween party supports Elton John’s AIDS Foundation
2:01 PM — Wilton's - the world's oldest surviving music hall - will play host to an exclusive Halloween party for gay professionals on Saturday night.
Lesbian policewoman sues force for discrimination 4
1:39 PM — A lesbian policewoman is suing the British Transport Police for not allowing her girlfriend to work with her. Sergeant Jasmine Stewart claims that heterosexual couples were allowed to work together at Ashford Police Station.
Ian McKellen on being a second-class citizen 27
12:24 PM — Gay actor Ian McKellen has spoken about the legacy of being a "second-class citizen", saying he had never dreamed of being able to marry and have children.
Former gay charity head jailed for sex attack on baby 137
12:17 PM — The former head of a Scottish LGBT youth charity has been sentenced to serve at least 13 years in prison. James Rennie, 38, was convicted in May of sexually assaulting three-month-old baby. The abuse continued for four years.
28th October 2009
Bisexual workers ‘excluded by lesbian and gay colleagues’ 65
8:15 PM — Stonewall research has suggested that bisexual people face a number of challenges in being open about their sexuality at work, such as feeling excluded by gay and lesbian colleagues.
Two days left to sign petition on religious civil partnerships 16
7:13 PM — There are only two days remaining to sign a petition to call for civil partnerships to be held in religious buildings.
Gay men could be subject to five-year ban on blood donation 85
6:55 PM — A public meeting yesterday discussed the possibility of a five-year deferral for gay and bisexual men donating blood, rather than a lifetime ban.
Europe minister Chris Byrant mentions gay rights in death penalty speech 2
6:01 PM — Chris Bryant, the openly gay minister for Europe, mentioned executions of gay people in Iran while arguing for the need to press other countries to abolish the death penalty.
Six more boys arrested for attack on gay trainee policeman 16
2:56 PM — A further six boys have been arrested on suspicion of the assault on gay trainee policeman James Parkes on Sunday night in Liverpool's gay village.
27th October 2009
US Army Secretary says military is ready to lift gay ban 8
6:42 PM — US Secretary of the Army John McHugh said this weekend that the military is ready to lift the ban on openly gay personnel. He is the highest-ranking Army official to show his support for repealing the ban.
Vigil to be held for gay trainee policeman beaten in Liverpool 17
6:39 PM — A vigil is to be held in Liverpool this Sunday for James Parkes, the trainee police officer who was beaten by a gang of up to 20 youths last weekend. His parents have spoken of their disbelief he was attacked for doing nothing wrong.
Feature: The divas who helped gays out of the closet 14
12:22 PM — Terry Sanderson looks back on the history of the gay diva, tracing a line from Mae West and Marlene Dietrich all the way through to Madonna and Kylie.
Six boys arrested over attack on gay policeman James Parkes 51
11:28 AM — Six boys between the ages of 14 and 17 have been arrested for the attack on Liverpool trainee policeman James Parkes. Parkes, who is gay, was out with friends and his partner in Liverpool's gay village on Sunday evening.
Elton John forced to postpone a third show 3
11:16 AM — Elton John has had to cancel another two gigs after falling ill with flu. The star cancelled two concerts this weekend and has now postponed his appearance at Wembley Arena tonight.
Public meeting to be held today on gay blood ban 44
11:11 AM — A public consultation is to be held today in London on the ban on gay men donating blood. A protest held by the National Union of Students is scheduled for 1pm.
26th October 2009
Peter Tatchell to debate gay marriage tonight 7
1:01 PM — A debate is to be held in London tonight on whether same-sex marriage would actually benefit the gay community. Human rights activist Peter Tatchell will debate with Maire Daley, of the Universities and Colleges Union over a motion called: 'Same sex marriage - assimilation or challenge?'
Comment: In defence of Jan Moir 113
12:32 PM — Homophobia breeds when we silence opinions we don’t like. For democracy’s sake, Jan Moir owes no apologies for her opinions, just coherent reasons, says Adrian Tippetts.
Gay trainee policeman fighting for life after Liverpool homophobic attack 53
12:00 PM — Three people have been arrested after a homophobic attack which left a young man with serious head injuries. The attack happened last night in Liverpool's gay area.
Elton John cancels gig after catching flu 1
11:08 AM — Elton John was forced to cancel a sell-out gig in Sheffield after coming down with flu. He was due to play before 13,000 fans at Sheffield Arena on Friday night as part of his Red Piano show