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.
University cancels speech by homophobic Islamic cleric 601
7:07 PM — Two London universities have been attacked for inviting an extremist Islamist preacher to speak. Abu Usamah appeared in Channel 4's Undercover Mosque documentary, in which he was seen advocating the killing of gays and Muslims who leave their faith.
New HIV infections down globally but diagnoses rise for gay men in the UK 29
5:16 PM — The UNAIDS 2009 AIDS Epidemic Update, released today, shows that new HIV infections are down by 17 per cent over the last eight years around the world. But in the last eight years, there has been a 74 per cent rise in new diagnoses of infections of gay men in the UK.
Straight couple’s civil partnership application rejected 81
1:27 PM — A straight couple who tried to apply for a civil partnership this morning have said they are willing to take their case to the European Court of Human Rights.
Man jailed for blackmailing gay cruisers 14
10:26 AM — A man who admitted blackmailing men meeting for sex has been jailed for three and a half years. Lee Creamer, 26, admitted extorting hundreds of pounds out of three men who were fearful their families would find out about their activities.
23rd November 2009
MPs asked to support gay men’s HIV campaign 5
6:17 PM — The National AIDS Trust is asking members of parliament to sign an Early Day Motion to show their support for helping protect young gay men from HIV.
Dannii Minogue cleared over ‘homophobic’ X Factor joke 12
2:04 PM — Dannii Minogue has been cleared of making a 'homophobic' jibe about an X Factor contestant's sexuality by broadcasting watchdog Ofcom. Nearly 4,000 people complained when she suggested that Danyl Johnson did not need to sing about a woman because he was bisexual.
Straight couple to apply for civil partnership tomorrow 26
1:46 PM — A straight couple who believe the ban on marriage for gay people is discriminatory will attempt to register their intention to have a civil partnership tomorrow. As the law stands, gay couples cannot marry and straight couples cannot have a civil partnership.
Mother fights for NHS treatment of trans daughter 6
1:09 PM — The mother of a 14-year-old trans girl is fighting to get her hormone treatment on the NHS. Carole Smith, 41, said that her child needed hormone treatment to prevent her from entering puberty as a boy.
Church leaders in Liverpool release ‘groundbreaking’ condemnation of homophobia 48
12:27 PM — Leaders of the six main Christian churches in Liverpool have released a joint statement condemning homophobia in the city. Local councillor Steve Radford said it was a "real breakthrough".
Liverpool teenager hurt in homophobic attack 24
11:31 AM — A gay 19-year-old student was beaten by eight boys last week in Liverpool's city centre for being "flamboyantly dressed".
22nd November 2009
Exemptions allowing churches to refuse to employ gays to be scrapped following pressure from EU 60
5:37 PM — The European Commission is putting pressure on the British government to drop the exemptions from equality legislation by religious organisations who currently have the right to refuse to employ LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) staff.
20th November 2009
Gordon Brown and equalities minister Maria Eagle mark Transgender Day of Remembrance 12
6:32 PM — Prime minister Gordon Brown has made a statement describing violence and harassment against trans people as "utterly unacceptable". He also thanked trans campaigners for their work.
UNISON calls for better reporting on homophobic hate crime 7
5:56 PM — Workers' union UNISON is holding its annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) conference today and tomorrow. The organisation is calling for more encouragement for LGBT victims of hate crime to report offences to police.
Gay Glasgow council leader Steven Purcell is Councillor of the Year 11
5:44 PM — Steven Purcell, the leader of Glasgow city council, has been named the Herald's Councillor of the Year. Purcell, who is gay, was ranked at number 16 this year on PinkNews.co.uk's 50 most powerful gay, lesbian and bisexual people in British politics.
Elton John’s UK gigs won’t be rescheduled
3:43 PM — Elton John has offered his fans refunds after it was announced that a string of cancelled UK tour dates will not be rescheduled.
Gay rights advocate Cathy Ashton is new EU foreign affairs chief 28
2:17 PM — Baroness Cathy Ashton, who won Stonewall's Politician of the Year award in 2006, has been named as the new European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs.
Family appeals to gay community to find missing son 21
12:44 PM — The father of a 16-year-old boy who went missing two years ago has appealed to the gay community to help find him. Andrew Gosden has not been seen since September 14th, 2007.
Transgender Day of Remembrance 10
11:22 AM — Today is the 11th International Transgender Day of Remembrance. The yearly event is held to recognise and remember trans people who have been killed through hatred or prejudice.
Newspaper roundup: New EU foreign affairs chief Cathy Ashton has strong gay rights record 15
1:26 AM — In a profile published for The Guardian, Caroline Davies argues that the new European Union's new High Representative For Foreign Affairs has a strong history of standing up for equality. In 2006 she was the first recipient of the Stonewall Politician of the Year award.