9th March 2009
Cardinal Keith O’Brien: SNP gay reforms are ‘misguided and inappropriate’ 123
11:47 AM — Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the leader of the Scottish Catholic Church, has urged Scottish National Party ministers to abandon plans to give gay couples the right to become foster parents, saying vulnerable children would be put at risk.
Homophobia ‘more common than racism’ 24
10:50 AM — A study has suggested that negative attitudes to gay and lesbian people are now more prevalent than racism.
Man charged with murder over ‘homophobic’ Bromley killing
10:09 AM — A man has been charged with stabbing to death a gay man and trying to kill his partner.
Parents face prosecution for protesting over LGBT History Month lessons 8
9:56 AM — Around 30 parents who took their children out of an east London primary school to protest against them being taught about gay, lesbian and trans relationships may be prosecuted.
8th March 2009
Police arrest protester for throwing green custard at gay government minister 17
3:53 PM — Police have arrested the protester who threw green custard at the openly gay Business Secretary Peter Mandelson. He this morning expressed his surprise that the protester "could just sort of saunter off without being apprehended."
6th March 2009
Teenage drag queen jailed over bomb hoax 8
6:03 PM — A 19-year-old drag queen has been sentenced to 14 months in a young offenders' institute after making a bomb threat to WH Smith's head office.
Gordon Brown hosts first LGBT reception 3
5:38 PM — Gordon and Sarah Brown held a reception at Downing Street last night to celebrate the work of LGBT campaigners.
The 50 most powerful gay, lesbian and bisexual people in British politics 45
4:27 PM — This year's list could only be headed by one person. The return of Peter Mandelson to frontline British politics was predicted by no-one.
Children ‘taunted’ gay man 11
3:42 PM — Police in Cam, Gloucestershire, are appealing for witnesses after a man suffered repeated homophobic abuse from children.
Peter Mandelson gunged by anti-Heathrow protestor 11
3:22 PM — Business secretary Peter Mandelson had green custard thrown over him by a protester earlier today.
Judge states gay man’s killing was not homophobic, despite abuse 24
1:00 PM — A teenager who killed a gay man after subjecting him to homophobic abuse has been sentenced to two and a half years in a young offenders' institute.
Men arrested over ‘homophobic’ murder in south-east London
10:25 AM — Two men have been arrested over the murder of a gay man in Bromley, south-east London.
Blackpool Pride line-up announced 4
9:55 AM — Organisers have confirmed that acts such as Toyah, Andy Scott-Lee and ex-S Club 7 singer Jo O'Meera will be performing at Blackpool's fourth Pride festival.
5th March 2009
Exclusive: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown declares Prop 8 gay marriage ban “unacceptable” 45
11:55 PM — The first-ever reception at No10 Downing St for the LGBT community was hosted by the Prime Minister and his wife this evening.
Man found dead in South London gay cruising ground 10
4:52 PM — Police have confirmed a man's body was found yesterday in a Croydon park, South London. The area is well known as a gay cruising area.
LGBT university staff and students face ‘high levels’ of discrimination 3
4:13 PM — A survey has suggested that many gay, bisexual and trans staff and students in UK higher education institutes suffer homophobia and discrimination.
FA to launch anti-homophobia campaign
2:02 PM — The Football Association is planning to release a DVD to raise awareness of homophobia in the sport.
Police murder hunt underway after gay couple attacked at London home 12
1:11 PM — A gay couple were attacked in their London home on Tuesday, leaving one dead and the other in hospital with stab wounds. Police were called to reports of an assault in Bromley at around 8pm.
Westminster targets drug-dealing and anti-social behaviour in Soho 3
12:36 PM — A central London council is to shut down the remaining unlicensed sex shops in Soho. Westminster City Council said it is embarking on "a massive drive" to clean up the area, which is home to many of London's gay bars.
Scottish Parliament committee backs hate crimes bill
11:03 AM — The Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee has published its Stage 1 Report on proposed legislation that allows courts to impose tougher sentences for offences aggravated by the victim's disability, gender identity or sexual orientation.