18th December 2008
Obama’s choice of inauguration preacher is “spiritual violence” against gays 24
2:01 PM — Lesbian and gay rights advocates in America have reacted with fury to the announcement that Rick Warren has been asked to deliver the Invocation at the Presidential Inauguration next month.
Foreign Secretary backs UN statement on LGBT human rights 5
1:19 PM — The British government has said that a statement to be read at the United Nations shows that the fight for equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people is far from over.
16th December 2008
Sir Elton lashes out at X Factor 9
3:53 PM — Singer Sir Elton John has expressed his disdain for reality TV show X Factor. He told an audience at London's O2 Arena that he would rather have his "c**k bitten off by an Alsatian" than watch the show.
Police ask gays to help find escaped child murderer 2
2:45 PM — Lincolnshire police have asked gay people to be on the lookout for a 48-year-old man who escaped from North Sea Camp last month.
15th December 2008
Which MEPs are supporting civil partnerships recognition? 6
6:44 PM — Here is a recent list of MEPs that are backing a written declaration on civil partnerships. If it is signed by more than 50% of MEPs it will be adopted as a resolution.
British MEPs not signed up to civil partnerships recognition across EU 15
6:29 PM — Campaigners for equal recognition of gay marriage and civil partnerships across the EU have said that not all British MEPs are signed up to their cause.
Britain has had “one or two” gay Prime Ministers claims actor 10
5:43 PM — Sir Ian McKellen has said that Britain has "already had one or two gay Prime Ministers." In an interview with Seven magazine the X-Men and Lord Of The Rings star did not name names.
Three men bailed over homophobic abuse at Tottenham game
4:49 PM — Police in Portsmouth investigating indecent chanting at a football match have questioned three more people.
Can you help vulnerable gay teenagers this Christmas? 7
3:25 PM — The Albert Kennedy Trust helps lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people who do not live in accepting, supportive and caring homes.
Sir Ian McKellen and Village Drinks raise funds for homeless gay teens
3:06 PM — Actor and gay rights advocate Sir Ian McKellen was the guest of honour at a special charity event hosted by Village Drinks last night.
Christian registrar’s case rubbished by tribunal appeal judge 15
2:18 PM — The chair of an employment tribunal appeal panel has indicated he is unlikely to back a Christian registrar who wanted to opt out of performing civil partnerships on religious grounds.
Gay “cure” policeman’s employment tribunal backed by Christians 4
1:03 PM — A Christian policeman who was sacked after he sent emails at work suggesting homosexualityis sinful is to take Norfolk Police to an employment tribunal.
12th December 2008
Elton John loses defamation case against The Guardian 18
5:48 PM — A spoof column satirising gay star Sir Elton John was not defamatory, the High Court in London has ruled.
Policeman may be among Sol Campbell homophobic abuse suspects
12:31 PM — One of 16 men wanted for questioning about homophobic and racist abuse aimed at a footballer during a match last month may be a serving police officer.
Malone sentenced to life for homophobic murder in public toilet 10
12:13 PM — A 30-year-old man found guilty of the murder of a retired accountant in a public toilet in Surrey has been jailed for life. Mark Malone will serve at least thirty years.
Emmerdale Spoilers: Will Anna’s love for Matthew overcome his lies? 1
12:09 PM — Anna is summoned to a De Souza board meeting, fully intending to sell her shares in the business. Instead, she is floored to discover that De Souza is the major shareholders in Polek Haulage. Meanwhile, the Kings discover they have until the end of the day to raise funds or else the creditors will liquidate their assets. When Anna returns from the meeting, Matthew is furious to hear about the situation, almost cancelling the wedding.
Jade Goody attacked over lesbian slurs 13
12:01 PM — Comedian Amy Lame has branded reality TV star Jade Goody homophobic after she said that lesbians have "really short hair."
Census goes online but no question about sexual orientation 4
11:13 AM — The next national census will be held on 27th March 2011. For the first time the marital status question will include a civil partnership option, but there will not be a question on sexual orientation.
11th December 2008
CPS “rightly proud” of rise in prosecutions for homophobic hate crimes 2
4:58 PM — The Crown Prosecution Service has released new statistics on prosecutions for hate crimes in England and Wales.
Same-sex couples denied EU right to freedom of movement 13
4:18 PM — Gay and lesbian couples who have legal same-sex marriages or unions are being denied their rights to move and reside freely within the EU.