21st October 2009
EHRC report calls for more research on transgender issues 35
4:12 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a report into the experiences of trans people. Titled the Trans Research Review, the paper looks at transphobia, including bullying and discriminatory treatment, in schools and other public services.
Man charged with murder of Brighton trans woman
3:45 PM — A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of Andrea Waddell, the trans woman who was found strangled in her flat last week.
Priest who claimed gays were paedophiles resigns 27
1:47 PM — Father John Owen, the priest who said earlier this year that gay men are the main perpetrators of paedophilia in the Catholic Church has resigned as a chaplain at Cardiff University.
Stephen Gately healed ten-year rift with mother before death 7
12:39 PM — Boyzone singer Stephen Gately, who died earlier this month, recently made peace with his mother after not speaking for ten years.
BBC announces cast for new lesbian drama 11
11:34 AM — The BBC has revealed the cast of its new lesbian drama. Lip Service, a six-part series, will focus on the sex lives of a group of 20-something lesbian friends in Glasgow.
20th October 2009
Man charged with male sex attack at party
7:59 PM — A Torquay man has been accused of a sex attack on another man during a party. Exeter crown court heard today that Sean Clancy, 40, of Ash Hill Road, was accused of sexual assault and assault by penetration.
Jersey votes to allow civil partnerships 2
4:49 PM — The States of Jersey have agreed to legalise civil partnerships for gay couples. Today's vote passed with an overwhelming majority, with 48 of the 53 members in favour.
18 per cent rise in London gay hate crimes 37
4:36 PM — The number of homophobic hate crimes in London has risen by 18 per cent since last year, Scotland Yard figures show.
Elton John regrets losing his virginity at 23 8
1:51 PM — Singer Elton John has spoken about losing his virginity at the age of 23, saying he wished he had slept with a man sooner. The gay star said that he didn't know who he was until having sex for the first time.
BBC Trust rules Lindsay Lohan ‘lesbian jokes’ reinforced homophobic stereotypes 7
11:27 AM — A BBC3 programme in which lesbians were described as "munters" was crude and offensive, the BBC Trust's Editorial Standards Committee (ESC) has found.
Young lesbian couple beaten in Brighton 17
10:51 AM — A young lesbian couple were verbally abused and punched in the face by a group of men in Brighton. The women, aged 18 and 22, were walking along Gloucester Place at around 3am on October 7th when three men began shouting homophobic insults at them.
Gordon Brown wants civil partnerships to be held in the House of Commons 49
10:01 AM — Prime minister Gordon Brown will today suggest to the Speaker's Committee that civil partnerships for gay couples should be held in parliament.
19th October 2009
Teenager escapes jail after homophobic attack 14
7:35 PM — A teenager who verbally and physically abused a gay couple has been spared jail in order to deal with his alcoholism.
Exclusive: Barnado’s calls for more gay couples to adopt children 6
3:59 PM — Children's charity Barnardo's is looking for more gay couples and individuals to adopt children. In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, head of adoption at the charity, Carolyn Oliver, said she wanted to ensure gays and lesbians were aware of their adoption rights.
SNP criticises UK government over gay and lesbian asylum seekers 39
3:19 PM — The Scottish National Party passed a resolution this weekend criticising the UK government for its treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans asylum seekers.
Iain Dale loses out on Tory candidature for Bracknell 9
12:22 PM — Gay political blogger Iain Dale has lost out on being selected as the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Bracknell. He made it to the final seven but Phillip Lee was announced as the selected candidate on Saturday evening.
21,000 complaints over Jan Moir’s piece on gay singer Stephen Gately 29
12:10 PM — The Press Complaints Commission has received 21,000 complaints over a Daily Mail article on Stephen Gately. The article was published on Friday and the number of complaints received over the weekend is more than the regulator has received in the last five years.
Teenagers charged with manslaughter over gay man’s death
10:11 AM — Three teenagers have been charged with manslaughter over the death of 62-year-old gay man Ian Baynham. He died in hospital last Tuesday, several weeks after being kicked and punched in Trafalgar Square while on a night out.
Trans woman found murdered in burnt-out flat 48
10:01 AM — A graduate who was found strangled in her Brighton flat was a trans woman, police have confirmed. Andrea Waddell, 29, a graduate of Durham University, was found dead on Thursday night.
18th October 2009
Police receive complaint over Jan Moir’s Daily Mail column on Stephen Gately 38
4:12 PM — Scotland Yard have confirmed that they are investigating a complaint against the Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir following an article that insinuated that the death of Boyzone star Stephen Gately was not "natural."