31st December 2009
Televised trial of Proposition 8 ‘possible’ 1
2:37 PM — Challenge to legislation banning gay marriage could be broadcast as part of a new initiative in the US.
Theatre director Nicholas Hytner knighted 5
1:30 PM — Openly gay director of the National Theatre receives knighthood in New Year's Honours.
BBC News presenter Jane Hill comes out 33
12:43 PM — Newsreader Jane Hill discusses cohabiting with her partner in the corporation's in-house magazine.
30th December 2009
The gay highs and lows of 2009 13
7:07 PM — A look back at the best and worst moments for LGBT causes in 2009. While sports stars came out and politicians rushed to stand up for gay rights, the year was marred by the death of a much-loved pop star and a string of violent homophobic attacks.
Gay blogger Iain Dale expresses support for Iris Robinson 38
11:15 AM — Iain Dale, the gay Tory blogger, has expressed sympathy for Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson, who announced this week she was standing down.
29th December 2009
Former club drug addict relaunches support website
4:41 PM — A man who recovered from addiction to club drug GBL has relaunched his support website for other addicts. Jay Evans has put knowghb.org.uk back online educate and assist those in the UK affected by GHB and GBL.
HIV experts call for declassification of transgenderism as mental illness 17
3:41 PM — An international meeting of experts on HIV has called for transgenderism to be reclassified as a medical condition, rather than a mental illness.
Lesbian Vampire Killers ‘biggest movie flop of 2009′ 9
2:27 PM — A poll of 20,000 people has rated Lesbian Vampire Killers the worst movie of 2009. The comedy-horror film by Gavin and Stacey stars James Corden and Matthew Horne, was almost universally panned for its lads mag humour and "moronic" script.
Westlife’s Mark Feehily credits Stephen Gately for helping him come out 6
1:09 PM — Westlife singer Mark Feehily has paid tribute to Stephen Gately for helping him find the courage to come out. Gately, who died in October, came out in 1999 during his time with Boyzone. He was the first boyband member to announce he was gay.
Anti-gay MP Iris Robinson stands down due to mental illness 117
11:07 AM — Iris Robinson, the Northern Ireland MP who called gays an "abomination" and mentally ill, has announced she is standing down from politics due to depression.
28th December 2009
Comment: Quentin Crisp was no gay rights hero 77
1:16 PM — Ahead of ITV's broadcast of 'An Englishman in New York', a drama based on the life of gay writer Quentin Crisp, Peter Tatchell argues that he was a homophobe and reactionary
24th December 2009
Eminem drops anti-gay lyrics for UK gig 18
4:22 PM — Eminem has reportedly agreed not to perform any anti-gay songs in order to appear at the Wireless Festival next summer. The festival was said to be concerned about protests from gay groups such as OutRage! over some of the rapper's lyrics.
Former Mr Gay UK arrested for alleged ‘serious sex offence’
3:53 PM — Police officer Mark Carter, the 2006 Mr Gay UK winner, has been arrested on suspicion of a sex attack. Carter, who is a serving officer with Huddersfield Police, has been suspended from duty.
Gay Boyzone star Stephen Gately died from a heart condition 11
3:17 PM — Stephen Gately, the gay Boyzone singer who died on holiday in October, was killed by an undiagnosed heart condition, a forensic report has said. He suffered from atheromatosis, which is a thickening of the arteries.
Gay basketball hero says clubs, not fans, are to blame for homophobia in sport 7
1:26 PM — Former NBA star John Amaechi has said it is coaches, executives and club owners who are to blame for homophobia in football. He was responding to PR advisor Max Clifford's comments earlier this week that "vicious" homophobic fans were part of the reason why so few gay sportsmen were willing to come out.
Archbishop of York speaks out on Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill 28
12:32 PM — Archbishop of York John Sentamu, who was born in Uganda, has condemned the country's plans to introduce the death penalty of life imprisonment for gays. Speaking to Radio 4's Today programme this morning, he criticised the "victimising" language in the bill and said the communion was "committed" to listening to the experiences of gay people.
23rd December 2009
Club drug ban comes into force today 10
1:42 PM — From today, 'legal highs' such as GBL, BZP and Spice will become Class C drugs. GBL (gamma-butaryl lactone), which is said to be popular on the gay club scene, is a liquid used in paint stripper and nail varnish remover.
PR advisor Max Clifford repeats warnings over ‘vicious’ homophobic football fans 24
12:52 PM — PR guru Max Clifford has reiterated his advice to gay footballers to stay in the closet, saying the sport is "steeped in homophobia". He made his comments just after Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas came out but said he could not imagine a premiership footballer doing the same.
Boy George barred from appearing on Big Brother 16
12:20 PM — Singer Boy George will not be appearing on Celebrity Big Brother after a High Court judge dismissed his appeal. The star, real name George O'Dowd, was barred from going on the show when the Probation Service said his appearance would undermine public confidence in the justice system.
Women hurt in homophobic attack in Plymouth 6
11:55 AM — Two young women were injured in Plymouth when they were attacked outside a bar. The pair, one in her teens and one in her early 20s, told police they were attacked by a group of men outside Goodbody's cafe and bar at around 3.15am on Monday morning.