30th November 2009
Bulgarian man sells story of final hours with Stephen Gately 21
11:45 AM — Georgi Dochev, the Bulgarian student who was at the Majorca apartment where gay Boyzone singer Stephen Gately died, has sold his story to a newspaper.
Ian McKellen criticises Little Britain gay sketch 29
11:02 AM — Gay actor Ian McKellen has criticised the "camp" portrayal of gays on television. He said that comedy sketches such as Matt Lucas' only gay in the village in Little Britain were not helpful in fostering tolerance.
Tory leader David Cameron promises ‘big push’ to curb HIV infections 39
10:56 AM — Conservative Party leader David Cameron today promised to ring-fence spending money for tackling HIV and organise a new campaign to change attitudes to the disease.
27th November 2009
Israeli ambassador first to be accompanied by gay spouse 19
6:06 PM — A Liverpool-born man has become the first gay spouse of an Israeli ambassador. Yitzhak Yanouka, known as Izzy, will soon be moving to Angola to become the next Israeli ambassador in Luanda and will be taking his partner Mikie Goldstein, 44, with him.
HIV diagnoses for gay and bisexual men levelling off 29
3:34 PM — Figures released today show that the number of gay and bisexual men being diagnosed with HIV in the UK has fallen slightly in the last year. HIV charities say this does not mean fewer men are coming forward for testing.
EXCLUSIVE: London mayor Boris Johnson ‘determined’ to tackle homophobic hate crime 38
3:03 PM — Mayor of London Boris Johnson has said he is determined to tackle the problem of homophobic hate crime in the city. In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Johnson said that there was a "nasty undercurrent" of hate crimes against gay people and detailed police plans to help stamp it out.
Charges dropped for man who ‘shouted homophobic abuse’ at gay council leader 11
10:46 AM — A man who was accused of shouting homophobic abuse at gay Glasgow city council leader Stephen Purcell has had the charges dropped.
26th November 2009
LGBT History Month launches in London and Salford 10
8:11 PM — LGBT History Month will celebrate its fifth anniversary in February and will be holding a special launch in the north-west at the University of Salford next month.
Westminster police promise LGBT liaison officers will not be reduced 10
8:00 PM — Westminster police held a meeting today to reassure local businesses that homophobic hate crime is being tackled in the borough and that numbers of LGBT liaison officers will not be watered down.
Manchester event to honour gay mathematician Alan Turing 13
2:47 PM — Manchester city council is holding an event to honour Alan Turing, the gay mathematician who is hailed as one of the founders of computer science.
United Reform Church first to speak out on Uganda’s anti-gay bill 18
1:42 PM — The United Reform Church has become the first major Christian denomination in the UK to criticise Uganda's proposed anti-homosexuality bill. The church said it was "appalled" at the legislation.
Advertiser promotion: New sperm and egg donor website launches 3
1:01 PM — A brand new worldwide donor connection website has launched. Pride Angel is the first website of its kind to aim towards the gay and lesbian community and was founded by a lesbian couple who have first-hand experience of known donor conception.
Straight civil partnership couple’s MP to raise issue in parliament 41
11:47 AM — The local MP of a straight couple who are fighting to get a civil partnership has said she is supporting them and will raise the issue in parliament. Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle, both 25 and of Holloway, London, were turned away from Islington's registry office on Tuesday.
Trans businesswoman Kate Craig-Wood vies for Entrepreneur of the Year 16
10:54 AM — Technology entrepreneur and trans woman Kate Craig-Wood has been named the South East’s Entrepreneur of the Year and will now compete for the national title at a ceremony in London today.
25th November 2009
Comment: Trans deaths must not be forgotten 23
7:51 PM — London's Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil was attended by the friends and family of two trans women murdered in the UK in the last month. Sarah Brown argues that more attention should be given to transphobia and its victims.
Alan Cumming and Ben Summerskill receive OBEs 27
2:52 PM — Actor Alan Cumming and Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill were honoured with OBEs yesterday at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Both were presented with their honours by Princess Anne.
Call for political parties to publish diversity of candidates 8
1:41 PM — Political parties are being urged to publish their lists of MP candidates to show the diversity of the selection process. It is expected the data would include the numbers of lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans candidates.
Police officers disciplined for homophobic emails 10
11:07 AM — Two police officers in Leith, Scotland, have been disciplined for sending homophobic emails to colleagues in the Gay Police Association and choir.
School pupils to learn about transphobic bullying 16
10:49 AM — Children in UK schools will be taught about transphobic bullying and gender equality, it was announced yesterday. Ministers stressed the lessons would be age-appropriate.
24th November 2009
Lord Chris Smith celebrates 25 years of being an out gay politician 2
8:10 PM — Lord Chris Smith, the first openly gay MP, will celebrate his 25th year in his career this month. Twenty-five years ago, he announced to a rally in Warwickshire that he was gay.