11th December 2008
Northern Ireland moves closer to a Bill of Rights 4
10:00 AM — The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has handed the British government its advice on the potential for a Bill of Rights for the province.
New report documents rights of children in LGBT-led families
9:00 AM — The International Lesbian and Gay Association has launched a new report on the rights of children raised in lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans families in Europe.
10th December 2008
Analysis: What does the UN statement on LGBT rights say? 1
4:26 PM — Next week the United Nations General Assembly will meet. France on behalf of the EU is to make a declaration from the podium in support of the human rights of all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
UK urged to stop deporting people with HIV to uncertain treatment
2:42 PM — The British government should review its policy of deporting people diagnosed with HIV in the UK to countries where treatment is not readily available or affordable.
Men sought by police in connection with homophobic chanting at Portsmouth game 1
1:49 PM — Police in Portsmouth have released photos of sixteen people they want to trace in connection with racist and homophobic chanting at a football match.
9th December 2008
Lesbian sold cannabis to pay for civil partnership 2
5:11 PM — A woman from Hull has been convicted of drug dealing after admitting to police that she was selling cannabis to pay for her civil partnership ceremony.
UK argued against gay people’s right to family life in European Court 5
4:22 PM — A member of the House of Lords has welcomed the government's decision to withdraw from the position that same-sex relationships fall outside the ambit of family life as defined by the European Convention on Human Rights.
8th December 2008
Human rights group criticises Jamaica’s homophobic violence 4
2:45 PM — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has said that gay and lesbian people in Jamaica suffer disproportionately in the deteriorating situation in the Caribbean country.
Cliff Richard “loves” the enigma surrounding his sexuality 14
1:48 PM — Veteran pop star Sir Cliff Richard has described his sex life as an enigma. Sir Cliff, 68, is one of the UK's best-known Christians, has been the victim of persistent rumours and innuendo about his sexuality.
Gay comedian apologises for Shannon Matthews gag 9
1:34 PM — Alan Carr has said sorry for calling a mother convicted last week of kidnapping her own child a "gay icon."
Northern Ireland gets first sexual health promotion strategy 1
12:36 PM — The first ever Sexual Health Promotion Strategy and Action Plan for Northern Ireland has been published.
7th December 2008
Gay “cure” policeman says sacking is destroying his family 22
10:02 PM — A Christian policeman who was sacked after a series of circulated emails at work suggesting homosexuality was sinful said that the decision to dismiss him is "destroying" him and his family.
6th December 2008
EastEnders Spoilers: What’s in store for Whitney’s 16th Birthday?
8:03 PM — The day of Whitney's 16th birthday finally arrives and she is ready to leave the square with Tony – but he starts to stall and asks her to wait until Christmas or the New Year. She isn't happy with what he is saying and then Bianca makes her feel hugely guilty by presenting her with a china doll – to replace the one her birth mother had given her, but which got broken in one of the family's countless moves.
5th December 2008
MP praises statistics body’s decision to start counting gay population 8
6:17 PM — A Lib Dem MP who had called on the Office for National Statistics to include a question on sexual orientation in the 2011 Census has welcomed their decision to start asking survey participants if they are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or other.
Relate admits wrongful dismissal of Christian sex counsellor who refused gays 20
5:17 PM — Relationships counselling organisation Relate has admitted it it wrongfully dismissed a Christian employee who did not want to work with gay couples.
Coming out was the hardest thing I ever did says gay referee 4
4:25 PM — The only openly gay man to be a rugby union referee at the highest level of the game has revealed he tried to kill himself because he did not want to be a homosexual.
Draft 2011 Census does not include sexuality question 4
2:01 PM — The government's proposed White Paper on the 2011 Census does not include proposals for a question on sexual identity.
Gay question on ONS surveys will help public bodies with equality duty
1:33 PM — The decision of the Office for National Statistics to start asking survey respondents about their sexual orientation could help promote equality.
Office for National Statistics will start to ask sexuality question in surveys 2
1:06 PM — The Office for National Statistics has announced it will start to ask a question about sexual orientation on surveys from next year.
Boy George convicted of false imprisonment 4
11:33 AM — Pop star and DJ Boy George was found guilty of false imprisonment by a jury in London earlier today. He will be sentenced next month.