22nd May 2008
Gay Syrian in ‘legal limbo’ as he waits for immigration tribunal decision
1:18 PM — A teenage refugee is waiting to find out if he will be given permission to remain in the UK or returned to his Syrian homeland. JoJo Jako Jacob, who is 19, claims he will be executed if he is returned.
COMMENT: A crack in the UK’s asylum edifice 3
12:58 PM — It's very hard for most British gay men and lesbians to imagine what it's like to grow up in a country like Iran. To fear what you are and to have to act with care 24 hours a day.
Foreign Office instructs embassies to push LGBT rights 4
12:07 PM — The British government has adopted an official programme to support the human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people in other countries.
21st May 2008
David Cameron and Ruth Kelly among MPs who voted against lesbian rights 7
8:08 PM — The bulk of the Shadow Cabinet voted in favour of an amendment that would have retained a requirement on doctors to consider the need for a father when assessing women for IVF treatment.
MPs clash over fathers, lesbians, and what people in the pub think is natural 2
5:21 PM — In the Commons yesterday afternoon former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith proposed an amendment to retain the requirement for doctors to consider the need for a father when assessing women for fertility treatment.
Fire service drive to recruit more gays and lesbians
3:03 PM — The Fire Minister has announced a new strategy to encourage gay people to join the fire service and ensure equality in career progression.
Employment tribunal told civil partnerships not “God-ordained” 8
1:15 PM — Performing civil partnership ceremonies is a matter of religious conscience, a registrar claimed at an employment tribunal yesterday.
Met police raids target homophobic crime 1
12:18 PM — Metropolitan police officers carried out a series of raids across London this morning targeting dangerous and prolific offenders suspected of domestic, homophobic and race hate crimes.
Russell T Davies stands down from Doctor Who role
12:09 PM — After breathing new life into one of television’s most loved brands, writer and executive producer Russell T Davies has announced he is to leave Doctor Who.
20th May 2008
Stonewall delighted at Commons vote for lesbian rights 2
8:34 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has welcomed the decision of the House of Commons to remove the requirement for doctors to consider the 'need for a father.'
MPs vote to abolish ‘need for a father’ 7
6:59 PM — The House of Commons has voted to remove the requirement for doctors to consider the need for a father when assessing women for ferility treatments.
Pop Idol helps Blackpool show its Pride
4:50 PM — More than 8,000 people flocked to the seaside resort of Blackpool over the weekend to celebrate Pride. The third annual festival was hailed as a huge success by organisers.
INTERVIEW: After my year in chains I am rejoining the Tories 1
4:18 PM — The first openly gay mayor of Richmond ends his term in office this week. Over lunch Adam Lake asked him what it is like being the first gay mayor in London.
Praise for Home Secretary as Mehdi Kazemi granted asylum in UK 5
3:13 PM — An Iranian who claimed he would be killed if returned to his homeland because of his sexual orientation has been granted asylum in the UK.
Charity welcomes government action on older gay couples
2:04 PM — The government has said it will issue guidance to local authorities restricting them from splitting older couples who are married or in a civil partnership when placing them in care.
Gibraltar court to hear lesbian discrimination case
1:10 PM — A lesbian couple are taking the Gibraltar Housing Department to court after it refused to place them as joint tenants. The authorities said the couple should apply for separate housing units.
19th May 2008
Human-animal embryos approved by Commons 1
8:15 PM — The first of three clauses to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill that Labour MPs have a free vote on has passed in the House of Commons. Former Equality Minister, Ruth Kelly voted against the government.
Tatchell attacks Labour over gay asylum seekers 1
4:01 PM — The UK's asylum system is riddled with the "homophobic and transphobic bias," a Green party candidate for Parliament has claimed.
Local people star in homophobic crime campaign 1
3:29 PM — Lesbian, gay and trans people being punched, called names, and their houses daubed in grafitti - a new campaign highlights just some of the forms hate crimes can take.
Gay star signs two-year deal with ITV
2:35 PM — Actor Antony Cotton will stay with hit soap opera Coronation Street for at least two years, it has been revealed. The gay performer will also be given another project of his own by ITV.