15th June 2009
Housing associations ‘need to do more for LGBT residents’ 10
6:13 PM — Housing associations need to do far more for their LGBT residents, an industry expert has said. Bill Payne, the current chief executive of the Metropolitan housing association, has spoken out against the sub-standard service experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans residents.
Gay postman awarded £2,400 by Royal Mail 21
5:51 PM — Liam Black, a postman from Chatham, Kent, has won £2,400 in an employment tribunal brought against the Royal Mail for “shocking and offensive” comments made about him by his boss Warren Taylor.
Man pleads not guilty to murder and stabbing of gay couple
3:59 PM — A Bromley man has pleaded not guilty to the murder of a gay man and the attempted murder of his partner. David Kilcullen, 46, pleaded not guilty to the fatal stabbing of Gerry Edwards, 59, and the attack on his partner, 56-year-old Chris Bevan at the Old Bailey
Two men jailed for attack on gay man in Reading squat 1
2:41 PM — Two men have been jailed for an attack on a gay squatter in Reading. Jonathan Wicks and Neil Warner, both 21, were sentenced last week for the attack on squatter Kieran Dulai on April 24th 2008.
Doncaster mayor backs down over Pride funding cut 18
1:38 PM — The new mayor of Doncaster has backed down on his promise to cut funding for the town's annual Pride festival. Peter Davies, an English Democrat, had vowed to cut spending on the event, saying: "I don't think councils should be spending money on them [gays and lesbians] parading through town advertising their sexuality."
12th June 2009
Ann Widdecombe to stand as Commons Speaker 62
3:14 PM — Ann Widdecombe, the Conservative MP for Maidstone and the Weald, has announced that she will stand to become Speaker for the House of Commons.
Survey to be carried out on trans domestic violence 3
11:08 AM — Trans people are being invited to take part in a survey on domestic violence. It is estimated that one in four LGBT people have experienced domestic violence - the same rate as heterosexual women - but previous research has suggested this figure may be much higher for trans people.
BBC stars ‘not paid enough’, says Graham Norton’s business partner 10
10:54 AM — The business partner of Graham Norton has said that the BBC's stars are not paid enough. Last week, BBC executives told a gathered crowd of around 100 TV and radio presenters that those earning over £100,000 must expect a pay cut of 25 per cent when their contracts come up for renewal.
11th June 2009
Israeli minister and rabbis call for Pride parade to be banned 18
4:21 PM — The Israeli interior minister has joined calls from rabbis asking for Tel Aviv's annual Pride parade to be cancelled, saying it should be held in a closed area for over 18s only.
Cannibal who killed gay lover fails to have sentence reduced 17
3:33 PM — A chef who killed his gay lover and ate his flesh has failed in his attempt to get his jail sentence reduced. Anthony Francis Morley, of Leeds, was convicted of the murder of Damian Oldfield, 33, last October and given a minimum term of 30 years. He had denied murder on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
UKIP candidate compared homosexuality to paedophila 72
2:13 PM — The UKIP candiate for next month's by-election in Hove's Goldsmid ward was suspended from his job after comparing gays to paedophiles in 2007. Mike Mendoza, a presenter on talk radio station Talksport, was suspended for a week over his outburst.
Six men jailed over Scottish paedophile ring 12
1:17 PM — Six of the eight men convicted of child abuse offences in a Scottish paedophile ring have received jail sentences. The remaining two, one of whom was a gay rights campaigner, are to be sentenced at a later date for more serious crimes.
New appointments in Government Equalities Office 2
10:50 AM — Maria Eagle has been promoted to minister of state at the Government Equalities Office (GEO), a step up from her previous position as parliamentary under secretary of state.
10th June 2009
Hampshire police chief constable to march in Brighton Pride 7
5:46 PM — The chief constable of Hampshire Police, Alex Marshall, is to join Brighton Pride this year. He will be the most senior officer from the force to join the parade and will be marching in full uniform with officers from across the UK on August 1st.
Campaigners petition for religious buildings to be allowed to hold civil partnerships 31
5:34 PM — A petition has been launched to amend the Civil Partnership Act to allow ceremonies to take place in religious buildings.
Video: Ramsay apologises to Australian journalist but denies ‘lesbian’ slur 5
5:14 PM — Gordon Ramsay has apologised for his tirade against Australian journalist Tracy Grimshaw, saying his mother had given him a "bollocking". However, the chef denied calling her a lesbian during his abusive verbal attack on her at a live cooking show.
New look for DIVA magazine 2
2:43 PM — DIVA magazine is getting a brand new look for its 15th birthday. The new issue, on sale tomorrow, includes icons such as Sarah Waters, Sue Perkins and Whoopi Goldberg, along with more news, arts, sex and relationships coverage.
New Doncaster mayor grilled over Pride funding cut 31
2:16 PM — The new mayor of Doncaster, who has vowed to cut funding for the town's annual Pride, has been forced to admit he has no idea how much revenue it generates. Peter Davies was grilled on his controversial policies in an interview with BBC Radio Sheffield on Monday.
Trans woman ‘portrayed as a drag queen’ by magazine 32
11:18 AM — A trans woman who was featured in a women's magazine has said she has been "destroyed" after it published "lies" about her.
Con artist ‘beat gay lover to death with a fire extinguisher’
10:50 AM — A convicted con artist beat his boyfriend to death with a fire extinguisher at a Travelodge hotel in 2007, the Old Bailey was told yesterday.