23rd June 2008
Stoke is latest council to join Stonewall diversity scheme
12:02 PM — The only city in the UK to have had two openly gay elected mayors has joined a Stonewall scheme for employers.
Discreet gays should be safe in Iran claims Home Secretary 7
11:11 AM — The Home Office does not think that Iranian asylum seekers who identify as gay or lesbian should automatically be assumed to be at risk if they are returned, according to Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.
21st June 2008
English bishops snub Archbishop of Canterbury over homosexuality 14
11:07 PM — As the Archbishop of Canterbury grapples with the "marriage" of two gay clergy in a Church of England service, one of his most senior bishops, the Bishop of Rochester, will join two other English bishops and 250 from across the world to boycott the Lambeth Conference.
The Dark Knight: One of Heath Ledger’s final films reviewed 2
10:20 PM — When news emerged of Brokeback Mountain star Heath Ledger's untimely accidental death back in January this year, many film fans were shocked by the loss of such a promising, rising star whose portrayal of a closeted gay man changed perceptions of homosexuality across the world.
HIV positive men more likely to have unsafe sex
12:00 AM — A recent survey has revealed that HIV positive men who are aware of their diagnosis are more likely to have unprotected sex than men who are unaware of their status.
20th June 2008
Tory claims “sex change” surgery is a choice 5
5:49 PM — A Conservative MP has claimed that gender reassignment is a "matter of choice." Mark Pritchard, who represents The Wrekin, expressed his view during Business Questions in the House of Commons yesterday.
Report highlights Scotland’s “invisible” gay youth 1
1:58 PM — Gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans youth in Scotland are neglected due to a lack of knowledge among professionals, a report claims.
Business advice offered to LGBT entrepreneurs
1:25 PM — The Gay Business Association is hosting an Ask The Experts event as part of the Pride London festival, open to all LGBT professionals from charities, businesses and other organisations.
Sarkozy blames Mandelson for Lisbon referendum defeat
12:53 PM — The European Union Trade Commissioner has said that the President of France has "nothing against him personally" after Mr Sarkozy blamed him for the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty by Irish voters.
19th June 2008
Home Office minister will join Stonewall at hate crimes report launch 1
4:59 PM — New research conducted by gay equality organisation Stonewall will have high-level government support at its launch next week.
Bishop’s anger at priest who conducted same-sex “wedding” 8
3:58 PM — The Bishop of London has accused one of the priests under his jurisdiction of breaking his oath of canonical obedience.
Cardiff will celebrate Pride in September
3:25 PM — The Welsh capital will have a Pride event this year following the cancellation of Cardiff Mardi Gras. Cardiff Pride will take place on Saturday 6th September on Coopers Field.
More than 100 people complain to police about “gay cure” MP 5
3:00 PM — A meeting in Belfast organised by gay advocacy group the Coalition on Sexual Orientation (CoSo) earlier this week was told than more than 100 complaints have been lodged with police about Iris Robinson.
Davis accused of supporting rights for suspected terrorists but not gays 7
11:56 AM — An openly gay government minister has mocked the civil liberties campaign of former Shadow Home Secretary David Davis.
18th June 2008
Coronation Street: Liz dumps Vernon
11:18 PM — The week gets off to a tense start as Vernon and Liz go to a view a bar together. It’s clear that something is amiss from the start as Vernon is mad with excitement about the prospect of buying a bar together while Liz can muster no enthusiasm at all.
Emmerdale: Baby Arthur is rushed to hospital
11:16 PM — Greg throws himself right into the baby signing class. He's thoroughly enjoying being with Mel and Arthur. This cheerful mood doesn’t last long though. When the instructor mistakenly addresses Mel and Greg as Arthur’s parents, Mel does nothing to correct him.
EastEnders: A blood-soaked Sean returns to the square
11:11 PM — In Albert Square people don’t just come and go – they make dramatic exits in car crashes, explosions, murders and fights. Sometimes these are matched by an even more dramatic return. As if to illustrate the point, local hard-man Sean Slater makes a shocking return to the Vic this week, drenched from head to toe in blood.
London’s gay rugby club in world tournament final 1
3:54 PM — London’s only gay rugby club, the world famous Kings Cross Steelers has won places in the finals of The Bingham Cup in Dublin, Ireland.
EU confirms sexual orientation will be included in discrimination directive 2
1:55 PM — Commissioner Jacques Barrot confirmed today that the European Commission will propose a cross-cutting directive aimed at combating LGBT discrimination.
Little Britain star’s civil partnership to be dissolved
1:30 PM — Little Britain star Matt Lucas is to divorce from his partner Kevin McGee- 18 months after they entered into a civil partnership.