12th August 2009
Tory LGBT group calls for ‘official reprimand’ for Tory MEP who said homophobia was propaganda 38
2:05 PM — An LGBT Conservative group has called for the Tory MEP who said homophobia does not exist to be officially reprimanded.
Openly gay Tory MP Alan Duncan apologises for complaining about expenses 10
1:46 PM — Openly gay Conservative MP and shadow leader of the House of Commons Alan Duncan has apologised after being caught on camera complaining that MPs are now "treated like s**t".
Football clubs and FA not doing enough to tackle homophobia 12
1:08 PM — Homophobia is endemic in football and clubs are not doing enough to tackle the issue, a report has found.
Openly gay Tory MP Alan Duncan secretly filmed complaining about expenses 14
12:02 PM — Openly gay Conservative MP and shadow leader of the House of Commons Alan Duncan has been caught on camera saying that MPs are now "treated like s**t" and are forced to live on "rations" since the expenses scandal broke.
Brighton cruising spot sees rise in homophobic attacks 14
10:33 AM — Police say there has been a rise in homophobic attacks at a popular Brighton cruising spot. Dukes Mound, off Madeira Drive, is regularly used as a meeting place for men to have sex.
11th August 2009
Stephen Fry alights Twitter with photograph of his “big cock” 17
7:00 PM — Gay actor and author Stephen Fry has been amusing the social networking website Twitter with jokes about his genitles.
Terrence Higgins Trust runs drugs workshops for gay men 2
4:54 PM — Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust is running a series of workshops for gay men in London who are concerned about their drug or alcohol use.
MPs criticise Cayman Islands’ draft constitution for omitting gay rights
3:52 PM — A draft constitution for the Cayman Islands has been criticised by MPs for deliberately excluding gay rights. The Foreign Affairs Committee described the decision as "deplorable" and raised concerns that it breached human rights laws.
Jordan ‘ruins’ civil partnership with foul-mouthed rant 20
1:49 PM — Jordan reportedly ruined the civil partnership of two gay friends by launching into an abusive drunken tirade at guests.
Tory MEP answers back over homophobia comments 194
10:51 AM — The Conservative MEP who said that homophobia is "merely a propaganda device" has been forced to defend his comments.
10th August 2009
Comment: UNISON on the merits of the new Equality Bill 3
4:49 PM — The government’s Equality Bill has received a fair bit of criticism in the pink press recently. UNISON supports the bill – while looking for improvements – and calls on members to let their MP know we want to see its successful passage into law.
Sir Ian McKellen signs ‘no hate’ pledge 5
4:07 PM — Sir Ian McKellen, the openly gay veteran actor, has added his name to a list of people and organisations condemning all forms of hate crime in the London borough of Tower Hamlets.
Comment: Will Cameron back MEP who thinks marriage is not ‘relevant or appropriate’ for gay people? 18
3:13 PM — Roger Helmer also said homophobia was a "merely a propaganda device" designed to stigamatise conventional opinions.
Tory MEP says homophobia doesn’t exist 171
10:33 AM — A Conservative MEP has said that homophobia does not exist and is simply a "propaganda device". Roger Helmer said it was used to "stigamatise those holding conventional opinions".
Interview: What is being done to stamp homophobia out of football? 4
10:26 AM — Following an exclusive interview with publicist Max Clifford last week, Adrian Tippetts asks Piara Powar at Kick It Out what is happening to make LGBT people – whether as players, supporters, club members or staff – more welcome in football.
7th August 2009
Peter Tatchell calls for a Cornwall parliament 21
1:47 PM — Gay campaigner and Green Party parliamentary candidate Peter Tatchell has compared the fight for LGBT rights with the little-known movement for self-rule for Cornwall.
Glasgay festival’s play Jesus, Queen of Heaven upsets Christians 54
1:00 PM — Fundamentalist Christians have claimed that a play to be performed later this year as part of the Glasgay arts festival is insulting to their beliefs.
Royal College of Psychiatrists asked to come out against gay “cure” therapies 21
11:53 AM — The UK's governing body for psychiatry has been asked to advise its members not to refer clients who are confused about their sexuality to therapies that claim to change their sexual orientation.
Homophobic SNP councillor faces investigation 52
10:24 AM — A lesbian couple have complained to Scottish Borders Council about remarks made by a councillor about gay people.
6th August 2009
Lost generation: Are modern HIV campaigns failing younger gays? 26
1:47 PM — While older gay men remember shocking images of tombstones in HIV awareness ads from the 1990s, the fear and uncertainty is alien to younger men. Are they being let down by today's campaigns?