23rd May 2008
UK is “committed to promoting LGBT rights overseas” 8
1:18 PM — The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has confirmed that it will engage with foreign governments about the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.
Former minister calls for challenge to PM after by-election defeat 2
12:50 PM — A Labour MP and former government whip has called for a leadership challenge to Gordon Brown in the wake of last night’s by-election defeat.
22nd May 2008
Join Coronation St star on walk against homophobia
6:06 PM — Actor and TV presenter Antony Cotton has confirmed he will be taking part in the Lesbian and Gay Foundation's sponsored Walk against Homophobia this weekend.
Homophobic abuse fails to disrupt gay football final
5:28 PM — Manchester United may be celebrating their win on penalties at last night's Champion's League Final, but another team from the city also went home with silverwear earlier this month.
Manchester’s new gay community radio show
3:35 PM — A local radio station in greater Manchester is launching a new show for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. Tuesday Night Out debuts on Wythenshawe FM on 3rd June from 9 to 11pm.
Christian registrars “terrified” of civil partnerships 19
2:08 PM — A council registrar has told an employment tribunal that some Christians are being "accommodated" and therefore allowed to opt out of performing civil partnerships for gay couples.
Gay Syrian in ‘legal limbo’ as he waits for immigration tribunal decision
1:18 PM — A teenage refugee is waiting to find out if he will be given permission to remain in the UK or returned to his Syrian homeland. JoJo Jako Jacob, who is 19, claims he will be executed if he is returned.
COMMENT: A crack in the UK’s asylum edifice 3
12:58 PM — It's very hard for most British gay men and lesbians to imagine what it's like to grow up in a country like Iran. To fear what you are and to have to act with care 24 hours a day.
Foreign Office instructs embassies to push LGBT rights 4
12:07 PM — The British government has adopted an official programme to support the human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people in other countries.
21st May 2008
David Cameron and Ruth Kelly among MPs who voted against lesbian rights 7
8:08 PM — The bulk of the Shadow Cabinet voted in favour of an amendment that would have retained a requirement on doctors to consider the need for a father when assessing women for IVF treatment.
MPs clash over fathers, lesbians, and what people in the pub think is natural 2
5:21 PM — In the Commons yesterday afternoon former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith proposed an amendment to retain the requirement for doctors to consider the need for a father when assessing women for fertility treatment.
Fire service drive to recruit more gays and lesbians
3:03 PM — The Fire Minister has announced a new strategy to encourage gay people to join the fire service and ensure equality in career progression.
Employment tribunal told civil partnerships not “God-ordained” 8
1:15 PM — Performing civil partnership ceremonies is a matter of religious conscience, a registrar claimed at an employment tribunal yesterday.
Met police raids target homophobic crime 1
12:18 PM — Metropolitan police officers carried out a series of raids across London this morning targeting dangerous and prolific offenders suspected of domestic, homophobic and race hate crimes.
Russell T Davies stands down from Doctor Who role
12:09 PM — After breathing new life into one of television’s most loved brands, writer and executive producer Russell T Davies has announced he is to leave Doctor Who.
20th May 2008
Stonewall delighted at Commons vote for lesbian rights 2
8:34 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has welcomed the decision of the House of Commons to remove the requirement for doctors to consider the 'need for a father.'
MPs vote to abolish ‘need for a father’ 7
6:59 PM — The House of Commons has voted to remove the requirement for doctors to consider the need for a father when assessing women for ferility treatments.
Pop Idol helps Blackpool show its Pride
4:50 PM — More than 8,000 people flocked to the seaside resort of Blackpool over the weekend to celebrate Pride. The third annual festival was hailed as a huge success by organisers.
INTERVIEW: After my year in chains I am rejoining the Tories 1
4:18 PM — The first openly gay mayor of Richmond ends his term in office this week. Over lunch Adam Lake asked him what it is like being the first gay mayor in London.
Praise for Home Secretary as Mehdi Kazemi granted asylum in UK 5
3:13 PM — An Iranian who claimed he would be killed if returned to his homeland because of his sexual orientation has been granted asylum in the UK.