6th October 2009
George Michael splits with Kenny Goss 3
1:52 PM — Singer George Michael has split up with his long-term partner Kenny Goss. Goss, 50, reportedly walked out on the star at Christmas but the split has been kept secret until now.
Fugitive preying on gay men through dating websites 9
12:55 PM — Police have warned gay men and trans people in the Sussex area to be on their guard after a man believed to target gay and trans victims escaped from jail.
Gay Tory group’s anger over ‘Shame’ nightclub 46
12:50 PM — LGBTory, a gay Conservative Party-affiliated group, has attacked a nightclub for hosting a 'Tory Shame' night on the same evening as the party holds a Pride night.
Ex-partner of Little Britain star Matt Lucas found dead 12
9:41 AM — The former civil partner of Matt Lucas has been found hanged at his home in Edinburgh. Kevin McGee left a message on his Facebook profile suggesting he wanted to kill himself four hours before police broke into his flat to find his body on Monday morning.
5th October 2009
Lesbians still being denied fertility treatment 4
6:21 PM — A Freedom of Information Act request has found that lesbian women are still being denied fertility treatment. According to a survey, primary care trusts appear to be turning down lesbian couples for treatment on the grounds that funding is only available for those with fertility problems.
Tory leader David Cameron challenged to commit to gay rights 24
2:48 PM — As the Conservative Party Conference gets underway in Manchester, party leader David Cameron has been called on to prove his commitment to gay rights.
Mother of boy Elton John hoped to adopt says she will not give him up 11
2:04 PM — A woman who claims she is the mother of a 15-month-old Ukrainian boy Elton John has said she will not let the star adopt him. John said that Lev had stolen his heart.
Stonewall forces DVLA to withdraw auction of ‘anti-gay’ numberplates 37
10:52 AM — The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has had to withdraw two personalised numberplates from an auction after gay rights charity Stonewall said they were offensive.
4th October 2009
Police appeal for witnesses to Central London homophobic attack 15
11:05 PM — Police are urgently appealing for witnesses to a homophobic attack in central London. A 62-year-old man is in hospital suffering serious head injuries after he was attacked near Trafalgar Square on September 25th just before midnight.
2nd October 2009
Raped trans woman ‘harassed in public and on the internet’ 10
5:36 PM — A trans woman who was raped has said she was forced to move house after her identity became public. The unnamed victim saw her attacker, Kiron Singh, Chand, jailed for eight years this week.
Anti-gay National Organisation for Marriage to have finances probed 11
5:17 PM — A group campaigning against gay marriage in Maine is to have its finances investigated over accusations of fraud.
Homophobic MP Iris Robinson turns down gay play invite 25
11:05 AM — Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson has declined an invite to see a play about anti-gay discrimination. The politician, who has called homosexuality "an abomination", is one of the stars of the show, as her voice is being used as part of the storyline.
Tatchell ‘ignored’ over Equality Bill concerns 42
10:31 AM — Peter Tatchell has complained that the Equality Bill is discriminatory and that the government has failed to respond to his concerns about harassment protection for gays.
1st October 2009
Man jailed for homophobic sexual assault and robbery 8
5:57 PM — A Northampton man has been jailed for four and a half years for attacking and robbing a gay man he met in a bar.
LGBT servicemembers’ party returns on Saturday 2
4:49 PM — The next London party for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans members of the armed forces and emergency services is to be held in Soho this Saturday.
Actors say EastEnders needs more gay and mixed-race characters 21
3:56 PM — Two EastEnders stars have criticised the soap for not being diverse enough. John Partridge and Nina Toussaint-White claimed it does not represent London's East End properly.
Iain Dale condemns Daily Mail for ‘homophobic attack’ 27
11:42 AM — Political blogger Iain Dale has made an official complaint over a Daily Mail article which called him "overtly gay".
Welsh man who raped trans woman jailed for eight years 4
11:00 AM — A Welsh man found guilty of raping a trans woman has been jailed for eight years. Kiron Singh Chand, of Llanelli, forced his victim to perform oral sex on him and beat her on April 13th in Llanelli town centre.
New Archbishop of Birmingham helped organise gay Masses 24
10:42 AM — The man tipped to be named as the new Archbishop of Birmingham today has played a strong part in reaching out to gay Catholics.
30th September 2009
Gay MEP Michael Cashman criticises UN General Assembly president’s ‘unacceptable’ anti-gay views 13
3:09 PM — Gay MEP Michael Cashman has condemned homophobic comments made by the new United Nations General Assembly president.