23rd June 2009
John Bercow wins race for Speaker 8
2:58 PM — John Bercow, the Tory MP for Buckinghamshire, has won the race to succeed Michael Martin as the new Speaker. The MP has been something of a leader for gay rights in his party since changing his views on the gay age of consent in 2000.
Anniversary marks the birth of Alan Turing 12
1:42 PM — Alan Turing, the so-called 'father of modern computing', was born 97 years ago today. Turing, who hid his homosexuality for much of his life, is probably best known for his contribution to breaking German codes at Bletchley Park during the Second World War.
TransLondon to march at Pride ‘under protest’ 13
1:27 PM — TransLondon has said it will rejoin London Pride, although its members will march "under protest". The group voted to boycott the event in May after a trans woman was allegedly sexually assaulted last year. It also said "negative media stereotypes" were being forced on its members.
BNP could face court injunction over membership policy 12
1:07 PM — The British National Party may face legal action over its membership policy, which essentially bans non-white people from joining the party.
22nd June 2009
Northern Ireland pastor calls homosexuality ‘an abomination’ 44
5:39 PM — The pastor of a Northern Ireland church has attacked homosexuality, saying it is associated with shortened lifespans and mental health problems and that people should change themselves.
Tories join with ‘homophobic’ Polish party in Europe 51
4:12 PM — The Conservative Party has joined with the Polish Law and Justice Party in Europe, it was announced today. The Polish party has been accused of homophobia, antisemitism and racism.
EastEnders gay kiss watched by nearly 8 million 10
2:07 PM — A gay kiss on last Friday's EastEnders was watched by 7.9 million viewers, earning it a 38 per cent share of the total viewing public.
Christian registrar demoted for refusing to officiate civil partnerships 36
11:10 AM — Theresa Davies, a registrar for Islington Council, has claimed she was forced out of her post as registrar because of her religious beliefs against civil partnerships.
Man raped by taxi driver in Salford 12
11:00 AM — A 20-year-old man was raped by a taxi driver in Salford at around 6am on Sunday morning. The man had been out in the city centre when he got into a silver VW Passatt private hire car, with a taxi sign roof light, on Quay Street near the junction with Water Street.
Judge under investigation for nine-month affair with rent boy 21
10:51 AM — A senior judge is being investigated over an alleged affair with a male prostitute. Judge Gerald Price QC, 60, who is married with two children, reportedly had a nine-month relationship with 25-year-old Christopher Williams, allowing him to sit in court and see confidential documents.
19th June 2009
Tax advice for gays criticised as ‘unnecessary’ 40
12:30 PM — Tax advice for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans people published by HM Revenue and Customs has been criticised as unnecessary.
Comment: Where are all the gay indie musicians? 31
12:20 PM — From Elton John to Will Young, pop music has had a long and often celebrated gay history. Stephen Gateley was sent flowers by the Spice Girls and Freddie Mercury sang 'We are the champions'. So, who are the guitar-wielding alternative acts championing their gay identity?
Chair of Pride London calls gay blood ban ‘prejudiced and homophobic’ 16
10:40 AM — The chair of Pride London, Paul Birrell, has spoken out against the ban on allowing gay men to donate blood.
18th June 2009
Peter Tatchell calls for UK intervention after Gibraltar defeats equal age of consent 66
6:10 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called for Foreign Secretary David Miliband to intervene after Gibraltar today voted to defeat a bill equalising the age of consent for gay men.
Gay dads to become parents for the fourth time 4
5:26 PM — Barrie and Tony Drewitt-Barlow, the first gay couple in the UK to become surrogate fathers, have revealed they are to become parents again.
Sacked gay referee fights to get his job back 11
4:06 PM — A 33-year-old Turkish football referee who was sacked for being gay has said he will take his fight to the European Court of Human Rights. Halil Ibrahim Dincdag, who is from Trazbon, in the Black Sea coast area of the country, was sacked as a referee after announcing last month on television that he was gay.
Straight teacher makes claim for homophobic abuse 12
1:45 PM — A straight teacher has told an employment tribunal that he suffered homophobic taunts from pupils who called him "perv", "gay", "poof", and "weirdo".
Exclusive: British Foreign Office reacts to gay Iraqi killings 6
12:32 PM — The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has released a statement on the killings of gay men in Iraq, following strong condemnation of the reports from the US State Department last week.
Second ambassador in a week under fire for Pride support 10
11:20 AM — The British ambassador to Bulgaria has been criticised for his support of gay Pride. The attacks on Steve Williams follow criticism of British ambassador to Poland Ric Todd last week, when he gave gay groups a translated guide to LGBT rights.
17th June 2009
Do you want to win thousands by appearing on the BBC’s new gameshow Pointless? 7
6:57 PM — Brighter Pictures is looking for lively PAIRS of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) contestants to audition for a chance to be on… A BRAND NEW, BBC GAME SHOW, POINTLESS!