19th August 2009
MP Mark Oaten ‘had a relationship with an older man at the age of nine’ 18
5:51 PM — Mark Oaten, the Liberal Democrat MP who was exposed for using male prostitutes, has claimed he had a sexual relationship with an older man at the age of nine or ten.
Charities launch LGBT youth domestic violence survey
5:26 PM — Two charities are working to find out more about young gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people's experiences of domestic violence.
Gay men warned ‘don’t guess your partner’s HIV status’ 12
4:05 PM — Gay men's health charity GMFA has launched a campaign to warn gay men they cannot guess whether their partner will be HIV-positive. The campaign also encourages gay men to use condoms.
Government consultant jailed for attempted male rape 6
3:32 PM — A Labour consultant has been jailed for 30 months for the attempted rape of a man he met at a party. Derek Barrett, 34, met his victim at a social event in Bishopbriggs, Glasgow, in January 2007.
Photography lecturer to be disciplined for showing students trans artist’s work 12
2:58 PM — A photography lecturer at East Surrey College in Redhill is facing disciplinary action for showing students the work of an trans artist.
Music teacher pleads guilty to lesbian affair with pupil, 15 8
11:02 AM — A lesbian music teacher at a private London school has pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual activity with a child. Helen Goddard, 26, pleaded guilty to the five-month affair at Southwark crown court yesterday.
Richard Dawkins joins calls for apology for gay mathematician Alan Turing 35
9:59 AM — Professor Richard Dawkins has joined the calls for the government to apologise to Alan Turing who committed suicide after being jailed for homosexuality.
18th August 2009
Richard O’Brien: ‘Society should not dictate gender’ 12
5:25 PM — The writer and star or the Rocky Horror Show, Richard O'Brien, has discussed coming to terms with his gender identity.
Supermarkets censor Lesbian Vampire Killers DVD 8
4:29 PM — A number of supermarkets are censoring the DVD cover of Lesbian Vampire Killers, the comedy by Gavin & Stacey's Matthew Horne and James Corden.
Gay networking event designed for twenty-something men
4:02 PM — A new gay networking club in London has been designed specially for men in their twenties. London Twenties was set up to give young gay men the opportunity to network without having to pay pricey fees or feel uncomfortable.
Lesbian author Jeanette Winterson pens new children’s show for BBC
1:58 PM — Jeanette Winterson, the openly lesbian author, has written a one-off children's programme for BBC1. Ingenious tells the story of an 11-year-old girl who finds a mysterious glass bottle.
17th August 2009
Trans woman performed own surgery after transition delays 17
8:15 PM — A trans woman has performed her own gender reassignment surgery after being told she would have to wait two years for professional help.
Shadow equalities minister Theresa May to attend gay Tory conference event 53
6:24 PM — Shadow equalities minister Theresa May is to be a guest at a Pride event scheduled for this year's Conservative Party Conference.
Street preacher takes legal action after claiming he was threatened with arrest 28
4:33 PM — A street preacher who read out anti-gay Bible passages in Manchester city centre has accused police of abusing their powers.
Sir Michael Bishop: ‘Gay people in business still face problems’ 6
12:22 PM — Sir Michael Bishop, the openly gay former head of airline BMI, has said that gay people still face discrimination in the corporate world.
Equality and Human Rights Commission repeats calls for gay census question 9
11:38 AM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has said it will continue to lobby for the next census to include a question on sexual orientation.
15th August 2009
George Michael arrested after collision with lorry 12
9:43 AM — Openly gay pop star George Michael was arrested by police in the early hours of yesterday morning following a collision with a lorry it has been revealed.
14th August 2009
Scottish minister quits Kirk over gay ordination 10
5:39 PM — A Church of Scotland minister has quit both his post and the Kirk over the ordination of an openly gay man. John MacLeod, 39, from the Church's World Mission at St Andrew's Kirk in Nassau, Bahamas, resigned in June.
Tories choose lesbian to fight Glasgow by-election 28
5:23 PM — A lesbian woman has been selected by the Conservatives to fight the Glasgow North East by-election. Ruth Davidson, 30, who lives with her partner in Partick, has pledged to fight an "honest campaign".
Alan Cumming dedicates show to HIV charity 4
4:27 PM — Actor Alan Cumming is to dedicate one night of his solo show to HIV charity National AIDS Trust. The star, who describes himself as pansexual, is bringing his show 'Alan Cumming: I Bought a Blue Car Today' to London in September.