14th December 2009
Straight teacher loses homophobic harassment claim 12
4:18 PM — A straight Scottish teacher who tried to make a claim for homophobic harassment has lost his case. James Campbell, who worked at at Denny High School, claimed that the homophobic insults he received amount to sexual orientation discrimination, despite being straight.
Author Jeanette Winterson attacks ‘anti-gay’ tabloids 12
3:36 PM — Lesbian author Jeanette Winterson has attacked the 'negative' use of the word lesbian in newspapers. Writing on her blog, the Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit author complained that tabloids tended to emphasise the sexual orientation of gay or lesbian criminals.
EastEnders’ Syed to be outed on New Year’s Day 10
1:39 PM — Gay EastEnders character Syed Masood will be outed hours before his wedding on New Year's Day. The character is due to marry Amira Shah.
Coalition calls on Lords to reject religious exemptions in Equality Bill 12
12:36 PM — A coalition of liberal religious and social justice groups is calling on the House of Lords to reject religious opt-outs from the Equality Bill. The bill is scheduled for its second reading in the Lords tomorrow.
Archbishop of Canterbury makes first public statement on Uganda’s anti-gay law 28
11:49 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has made his first public statement on the proposed anti-gay bill passing through Uganda's parliament.
12th December 2009
Gay soldier Ben Rakestrow comes out on return from Afghanistan 40
12:50 PM — A 21-year-old member of the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment (2RTR) has become one of the first British openly gay soldiers serving in a major conflict.
11th December 2009
Call for Archbishop of Canterbury to retract statements on lesbian bishop 20
6:39 PM — Liberal Anglicans are calling for Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams to retract comments he made on the selection of a US lesbian bishop. They are demanding he speaks out about Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill instead.
London Gay Men’s Chorus to sing at mayor’s Christmas carol service 7
6:15 PM — The London Gay Men's Chorus will be singing at London mayor Boris Johnson's Christmas carol service at Southwark Cathedral next week. It will be the first time the chorus, which is the largest gay men's singing group in Europe, has sung at this event.
National Front places homophobic stickers around Manchester’s gay village 63
5:36 PM — The extreme-right group National Front has been accused of placing homophobic stickers around the Canal Street area of Manchester. The stickers began appearing several weeks ago in the popular gay village.
Protesters gather outside Ugandan embassy 18
5:17 PM — Protesters gathered outside the Ugandan embassy in London yesterday to call on the country's government to repeal its anti-homosexuality bill.
Straight civil partnership couple seek gay couple 10
3:24 PM — The straight couple who are challenging the ban on heterosexuals having civil partnerships are looking for a gay couple to join their fight. They hope to challenge the ban in the European Court of Human Rights.
Elton John opens his closet 2
11:51 AM — Elton John is clearing out his closet this weekend for charity. The star and his civil partner David Furnish are selling some of their designer clothes to raise money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Gene discovery could make gender reassignment easier 19
11:15 AM — The discovery of a single gene which controls gender could pave the way for simpler treatment of trans people. Researchers at the National Institute for Medical Research discovered that just one gene prevents females from developing male physical characteristics such as facial hair and testes.
10th December 2009
Comment : Peter Tatchell calls for a global human rights index 22
7:49 PM — On Human Rights Day 2009 we see a world where LGBT rights and freedoms are violated everywhere. Only a tiny minority of countries have anything close to legal equality and protection against homophobic and transphobic harassment, discrimination and hate crimes.
Would-be MP calls Tory candidate a ‘homosexual pervert’ 106
3:30 PM — An independent candidate for Salford and Eccles has received a police warning for calling a gay Tory candidate a "homosexual pervert".
Schools to record all homophobic, sexist and racist bullying 16
3:02 PM — The government announced today that schools will be required to record all incidents of homophobic, racist and sexist bullying. Schools minister Vernon Coaker said that all schools will be legally required to comply with the new rules from September.
TUC announces new coalition to tackle homophobia in football 4
1:58 PM — The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has unveiled a new alliance to help stamp out homophobia in football. The Professional Footballers Association, Pride Sports, Kick it Out, Schools Out, the LGBT Sports Network and the Brighton-based Justin Campaign met with LGBT TUC representatives yesterday.
Elton John and Judy Garland ranked top gay icons 10
11:48 AM — Elton John and Judy Garland have been ranked as the top male and female celebrity gay icons respectively. The poll of 5,000 gay men and lesbians found that the majority of male gay icons were gay themselves, although those on the female list tended to be straight singers such as Kylie and Madonna.
9th December 2009
Man accused of murder claims gay victims sexually assaulted him
7:39 PM — A man on trial for the murder of one man and the attempted murder of his partner has claimed that the couple sexually assaulted him. David Kilcullen told the Old Bailey he acted in self-defence.
Gay rape victim warns others to avoid unlicensed taxis 5
5:29 PM — One of the victims of Mohamad Caid, the illegal cab driver who preyed on young gay men leaving a London nightclub, has spoken out about his experience and encouraged other gay victims of sexual assault to report it to police.