11th August 2009
Tory MEP answers back over homophobia comments 194
10:51 AM — The Conservative MEP who said that homophobia is "merely a propaganda device" has been forced to defend his comments.
10th August 2009
Comment: UNISON on the merits of the new Equality Bill 3
4:49 PM — The government’s Equality Bill has received a fair bit of criticism in the pink press recently. UNISON supports the bill – while looking for improvements – and calls on members to let their MP know we want to see its successful passage into law.
Sir Ian McKellen signs ‘no hate’ pledge 5
4:07 PM — Sir Ian McKellen, the openly gay veteran actor, has added his name to a list of people and organisations condemning all forms of hate crime in the London borough of Tower Hamlets.
Comment: Will Cameron back MEP who thinks marriage is not ‘relevant or appropriate’ for gay people? 18
3:13 PM — Roger Helmer also said homophobia was a "merely a propaganda device" designed to stigamatise conventional opinions.
Tory MEP says homophobia doesn’t exist 171
10:33 AM — A Conservative MEP has said that homophobia does not exist and is simply a "propaganda device". Roger Helmer said it was used to "stigamatise those holding conventional opinions".
Interview: What is being done to stamp homophobia out of football? 4
10:26 AM — Following an exclusive interview with publicist Max Clifford last week, Adrian Tippetts asks Piara Powar at Kick It Out what is happening to make LGBT people – whether as players, supporters, club members or staff – more welcome in football.
7th August 2009
Peter Tatchell calls for a Cornwall parliament 21
1:47 PM — Gay campaigner and Green Party parliamentary candidate Peter Tatchell has compared the fight for LGBT rights with the little-known movement for self-rule for Cornwall.
Glasgay festival’s play Jesus, Queen of Heaven upsets Christians 54
1:00 PM — Fundamentalist Christians have claimed that a play to be performed later this year as part of the Glasgay arts festival is insulting to their beliefs.
Royal College of Psychiatrists asked to come out against gay “cure” therapies 21
11:53 AM — The UK's governing body for psychiatry has been asked to advise its members not to refer clients who are confused about their sexuality to therapies that claim to change their sexual orientation.
Homophobic SNP councillor faces investigation 52
10:24 AM — A lesbian couple have complained to Scottish Borders Council about remarks made by a councillor about gay people.
6th August 2009
Lost generation: Are modern HIV campaigns failing younger gays? 26
1:47 PM — While older gay men remember shocking images of tombstones in HIV awareness ads from the 1990s, the fear and uncertainty is alien to younger men. Are they being let down by today's campaigns?
Report: Ex-gay therapy does not work 17
12:37 PM — The American Psychological Association (APA) released a report yesterday firmly stating that homosexuality cannot be changed.
5th August 2009
Gay man beaten after leaving Torquay nightclub 3
5:26 PM — A gay man was robbed and beaten while leaving a gay club in Torquay in the early hours of Saturday morning.
EXCLUSIVE – PR guru Max Clifford: ‘If a gay footballer comes out, his career is over’ 28
4:19 PM — Celebrity publicist Max Clifford has said that gay footballers who come out of the closet could find their careers in tatters due to homophobic attitudes. In the first of a two-part series on homophobia in football, Adrian Tippetts reports.
Stonewall publishes advice for lesbians on getting pregnant 2
12:08 PM — Stonewall, the gay and lesbian rights group, has published a guide for lesbians on how to get pregnant in the wake of the new laws protecting the rights of lesbian couples seeking fertility treatment.
Church of England groups push for gay ordinations 10
11:52 AM — A number of progessive groups in the Church of England are pushing for gay ordinations of bishops and same-sex blessings.
Campaign for government apology to gay mathematician Alan Turing 20
10:45 AM — A British programmer is petitioning the government to apologise to gay mathematician Alan Turing for his prosecution for homosexuality.
4th August 2009
Police hold meeting to deal with East End gay attacks 23
5:57 PM — Police are holding a public meeting to encourage people to report homophobic attacks in the East End of London. There have been a number of claims of violence against gays in the Shoreditch area.
Couple complain of homophobia in Tesco 45
5:44 PM — A lesbian couple from Milton Keynes say they have experienced staff homophobia several times at their local Tesco supermarket.
London Pride Run to be held in two weeks 2
4:38 PM — Former mayoral candidate Brian Paddick is to fire the starter gun at this year's London Pride Run. The event, organised by gay running group London Frontrunners, will raise money for the London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard.