27th October 2009
Public meeting to be held today on gay blood ban 44
11:11 AM — A public consultation is to be held today in London on the ban on gay men donating blood. A protest held by the National Union of Students is scheduled for 1pm.
26th October 2009
Peter Tatchell to debate gay marriage tonight 7
1:01 PM — A debate is to be held in London tonight on whether same-sex marriage would actually benefit the gay community. Human rights activist Peter Tatchell will debate with Maire Daley, of the Universities and Colleges Union over a motion called: 'Same sex marriage - assimilation or challenge?'
Comment: In defence of Jan Moir 113
12:32 PM — Homophobia breeds when we silence opinions we don’t like. For democracy’s sake, Jan Moir owes no apologies for her opinions, just coherent reasons, says Adrian Tippetts.
Gay trainee policeman fighting for life after Liverpool homophobic attack 53
12:00 PM — Three people have been arrested after a homophobic attack which left a young man with serious head injuries. The attack happened last night in Liverpool's gay area.
Elton John cancels gig after catching flu 1
11:08 AM — Elton John was forced to cancel a sell-out gig in Sheffield after coming down with flu. He was due to play before 13,000 fans at Sheffield Arena on Friday night as part of his Red Piano show
Christian woman may sue after police investigate ‘gay hate crime’ letter 120
11:06 AM — A woman who complained about a gay Pride march in Norwich has said she may sue the police and local council after she was investigated for possible hate crime.
Scottish police call for more gays and lesbians to report domestic abuse 1
11:01 AM — Scottish police are urging more gay and lesbian victims of domestic violence to come forward. One thousand incidents of domestic abuse among same-sex couples were reported in Scotland in the last year but it is thought the true number of incidents could be as high as 4,000.
23rd October 2009
Comment: Why I heckled Nick Griffin on Question Time 98
6:25 PM — Last night, one of the most effective voices to come out of the audience on Question Time was that of Beth Mellington-Pritchard. A lesbian in a civil partnership, she told BNP leader Nick Griffin that his feeling of revulsion was "mutual".
Brighton event to address homophobia in football 1
4:21 PM — Kick It Out, the Football Association's group for tackling homophobia and racism, is holding an event next week to discuss the problem of homophobia in football.
Nick Griffin claims former National Front leader offered him gay sex 44
3:42 PM — BNP chairman Nick Griffin has claimed that former National Front leader Martin Webster offered to have sex with him when he was 16. Webster has maintained for years that he and Griffin had a four-year affair, something Griffin has always denied.
Comment: Guilty bystanders and alpha male eunuchs 3
3:16 PM — Efforts to kick homophobia out of football will go nowhere if players and fans don’t have the balls to stand up to the bigots, Adrian Tippetts argues.
Exclusive: Met police accused of ‘watering down’ lesbian and gay liaison officers as hate crime rises 15
12:20 PM — Updated 6:30pm. The Metropolitan Police Service has been accused of watering down LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) liaison officers in London at a time of increased reports of homophobic hate crime.
Jan Moir apologises to Stephen Gately’s parents but attacks ‘hysterical overreaction’ of critics 25
11:09 AM — Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir has apologised to the parents of gay Boyzone star Stephen Gately for the "insensitive timing" of her column last week.
BNP leader Nick Griffin criticises Jan Moir article and ‘militant’ homosexuals 49
12:00 AM — BNP leader Nick Griffin appeared on Question Time last night. He attacked Jan Moir's Daily Mail article but said that gay men were "creepy" and that homosexuality should not be mentioned in schools.
22nd October 2009
Gay Scottish football club celebrates Stonewall award nomination
6:11 PM — HotScots FC has been nominated for Sports Award of the Year at the annual Stonewall awards. The team, which is LGBT-friendly, will rub shoulders with fellow nominees including Paul O’Grady, Boyzone and Beth Ditto on November 5th at London's V&A Museum.
Gay policeman charged with sex attack on junior officer
5:20 PM — A gay policeman has been accused of sexually assaulting a junior officer at a Christmas party in December last year.
Woman jailed for accusing gay boss of sex assault 10
2:04 PM — A waitress has been jailed for falsely accusing her boss of sexual assault. Gema Revelles, 21, of Bermondsey, had not realised Gerhard Jacobs was gay.
21st October 2009
Stephen Gately’s record label makes official complaint about Jan Moir article 10
6:23 PM — Polydor, the record label which represents Boyzone, has made a formal complaint over the Daily Mail's controversial opinion column about Stephen Gately's death.
Catholicism on trial: Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry attack church’s record on gay rights 163
5:48 PM — The Catholic Church is not a force for good in the world: that was the overwhelming verdict after a heated debate this week. Stephen Fry and author/journalist Christopher Hitchens opposed the motion, while Ann Widdecombe and Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria, supported it.
EHRC report calls for more research on transgender issues 35
4:12 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a report into the experiences of trans people. Titled the Trans Research Review, the paper looks at transphobia, including bullying and discriminatory treatment, in schools and other public services.