14th July 2009
MEP refuses to sit next to BNP leader Nick Griffin 19
6:49 PM — On the day that BNP MEPs Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons took up their seats in the European Parliament, a Democratic Unionist MEP refused to sit next to them.
Former minister Patricia Hewitt says gay rights and diversity ‘not part of who Gordon Brown is’ 13
2:55 PM — Amidst the criticism recently heaped on Gordon Brown by female ministers, former health secretary Patricia Hewitt has claimed that gay rights and the women's liberation movement passed the prime minister by.
Anger over ‘transphobic’ columnist 66
2:38 PM — Dozens of members of the Queer Youth Network have written to complain about Sun columnist Jon Gaunt, who described gender reassignment as "misguided" and "slightly sick".
Protest held outside ‘homophobic’ lawyer’s office 8
12:32 PM — A gay group has held a protest outside the offices of a lawyer who claimed the Law Society had been "hijacked by the gays".
Comment: Easier bi the backdoor? 138
11:02 AM — Ricky Martin, Megan Fox, Lady Gaga, that Duncan bloke from Blue, isn't it about time that celebrities coming out as supposedly "bisexual" just admitted they were really gay? If you find yourself nodding to the sentence above, I'm afraid you're part of the problem.
Stonewall Bully of the Year Chris Moyles: ‘The BBC don’t want to upset anyone’ 21
12:01 AM — Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles has said that radio is so dull and boring, he and fellow presenter Jonathan Ross stand out.
13th July 2009
Senior Scottish clergyman says gays should be able to marry in churches 14
5:26 PM — A senior cleric has said that gays should be able to get married in church. The Very Reverend Kelvin Holdsworth said civil partnerships were not equal to marriage and that gay couples should be able to walk down the aisle together.
Stephen Fry admits to illegal file sharing 6
4:28 PM — The openly gay actor and author Stephen Fry has admitted to having illegally downloaded his former comedy partner, Hugh Laurie’s medical drama House.
Archbishop of Canterbury expresses ‘regret’ over move to ordain gay bishops 29
3:47 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has spoken of his regret over a vote which called to reject a moratorium on gay bishops.
Peter Tatchell criticises Stonewall over Equality Bill 18
2:09 PM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has attacked Stonewall over its support of the government's Equality Bill, saying the legislation is "discriminatory".
Facebook tribute to murdered Liverpool teen disappears 7
12:42 PM — A Facebook page dedicated to Michael Causer, the gay Liverpool teenager who was murdered last summer, has been removed without explanation.
Zoo seeks female penguins after male birds form gay relationships 11
11:08 AM — A number of male king penguins at Edinburgh Zoo are forming gay relationships. Zookeepers believe a shortage of female birds is making them lonely, causing them to pair off.
Muslim academic claims homosexuality can be compatible with Islam 32
10:54 AM — A leading Muslim academic has said there is evidence in the Koran that homosexuality can be compatible with Islam. Dr Amanullah De Sondy, 29, said that despite the evidence, conservative Muslims will not accept homosexuality as they are "deeply homophobic".
12th July 2009
Blue star Duncan James comes out as bisexual 68
5:20 PM — Duncan James, of boy band Blue has come out as bisexual as the band prepares for a comeback tour. The singer told tabloid the News of the World that he has had sexual relationships with men as well as women and that he is not ashamed to be coming out of the closet.
10th July 2009
Bisexual MP Simon Hughes consulting lawyer over News of the World phone hack 12
7:48 PM — The bisexual senior Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes has confirmed that he is consulting with his solicitor after his phone was hacked by the News of the World. The saga relating to The Guardian’s allegations that the News of the World, Britain’s biggest selling newspaper operated a complex programme of hacking into celebrities mobile phone voicemail and paid off some of the victims has continued for another day.
Doncaster mayor’s decision to cut Pride funding brings ‘record interest’ 7
4:30 PM — The decision of new Doncaster mayor Peter Davies to cut funding for the town's annual Pride event has led to record levels of interest, organisers have said.
Preview: Newsnight Review to examine gay stereotyping in television 33
4:17 PM — A special edition of Newsnight Review tonight will focus on how gays and lesbians are portrayed in culture and whether 'camp' stereotypes are derogatory.
Major fire destroys historic building in the heart of London’s gay scene 8
3:37 PM — Some 100 firefighters are tackling a fire which has broken out in Dean Street, in the heart of Soho, the centre for gay life in London. Dean Street will remain closed all evening.
Christian arts festival is ‘too gay’ 34
2:43 PM — A Christian arts and music festival has been attacked for being too gay by a conservative Anglican pressure group.
Events for older LGBT people to be held in London 4
2:18 PM — Older LGBT people will be able to attend two social networking events in Tower Hamlets and Redbridge this summer. The events are being held by Age Concern and Positive East, an HIV charity.