21st May 2009
Trevor Phillips acknowledges ‘intense hurt’ caused by Evangelical appointment 33
2:38 PM — Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has acknowledged the anger felt by LGBT groups at the appointment of Evangelical leader and gay rights critic Joel Edwards to the organisation.
BNP leader Nick Griffin to attend Queen’s summer garden party 9
2:25 PM — BNP member Richard Barnbrook and party leader Nick Griffin are among the guests at a summer garden party to be hosted by the Queen.
Churches to be banned from turning down gay staff 206
12:11 PM — Religious groups are to be forced to accept gay youth workers, secretaries and other staff under new anti-discrimination laws.
Ruth Kelly claimed thousands of pounds for flood damage despite having home insurance 12
11:42 AM — Former Equality Minister Ruth Kelly claimed thousands of pounds for water damage caused by a burst pipe, despite having home insurance at the time.
20th May 2009
Gay domestic violence campaign to be launched at Birmingham Pride 3
4:57 PM — A new campaign is urging gay and lesbian victims of domestic violence to report it to the police. 'Unzip the Silence' is to be launched at Birmingham Pride this weekend.
100 arrested in hate crime raids across London 20
3:13 PM — One hundred people were arrested today as part of a police swoop on hate crimes in London. The Metropolitan Police Service began a series of raids on addresses across the capital this morning to crack down on domestic, homophobic, transphobic, race and other forms of hate crime.
Vigilantes ‘patrolling woods with chainsaws’ to discourage cottaging 27
2:37 PM — A group of vigilantes apparently armed with chainsaws and shotguns have been patrolling a Derbyshire wood to discourage gay men meeting for sex.
Police carry out raids across London to tackle homophobic hate crime
10:23 AM — The Metropolitan Police Service began a series of raids on addresses across London this morning to crack down on domestic, homophobic, transphobic, race and other forms of hate crime.
Comment: Peter Tatchell on how Moscow’s ban on the gay parade led to massive media coverage of LGBT issues 64
9:57 AM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell on how Russia's repression of last Saturday's gay parade inadvertently promoted LGBT rights
19th May 2009
London team victorious at gay football championship 3
5:39 PM — Richmond-based London Falcons FC are celebrating after winning the annual Gay Footballers' Support Network National five-a-side Championship in Cardiff.
Police complaints body publishes new guidelines on homophobia 5
5:22 PM — The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has published new guidelines on dealing with allegations of discriminatory behaviour, including homophobia.
Scottish church supports gay minister 2
5:08 PM — The church at the centre of a row threatening to split the Church of Scotland has offered public support to openly gay minister Scott Rennie.
Gay men urged to stay safe on World Hepatitis Day 2
4:46 PM — Gay and bisexual men are being urged to raise their awareness of hepatitis today for World Hepatitis Day. It is estimated that one in 12 people around the globe are infected with hepatitis B or C.
Jonathan Ross tweets support for gay protest in Moscow 23
3:00 PM — After his latest spot of bother, Jonathan Ross has been showing his support for gay rights via Twitter.
Police stations fly the rainbow flag 17
1:42 PM — Four police forces flew the rainbow flag this week to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
Vigilante who filmed men cottaging is spared jail 27
11:04 AM — A self-styled 'protector of morals' who filmed gay men having sex in a woodland was spared jail yesterday. Colin Haw, 47, led a group of men who dressed in balaclavas and combat kit to patrol a wood near Sleaford in Lincolnshire.
Gay Chief Whip claimed £18,880 for food without submitting receipts 18
10:33 AM — Nick Brown, the openly gay Chief Whip and Labour MP, claimed £18,880 for food expenses between 2004 and 2008 without submitting any expenses.
Partner of gay comedian Frankie Howerd dies 7
10:00 AM — Dennis Heymer, the former partner and manager of comedian Frankie Howerd, has died. Mr Heymer died aged 80 last Friday in the arms of Chris Byrne, who the couple unofficially adopted as a teenager.
18th May 2009
Jacqui Smith defends UK ban on anti-gay shock jock 19
6:07 PM — Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was today forced to defend her decision to ban US shock jock Michael Savage from entering Britain.
Gay man stabbed to death in north London
5:51 PM — A gay man was stabbed to death at an address in Tottenham, north London on Saturday. Daryl Phillips, 39, had been stabbed in the leg and was treated at the scene at Avenue Road, but was later pronounced dead at 3.35am.