13th May 2009
Gay Tory MP Nick Herbert defends expenses claims 18
2:08 PM — Shadow environment secretary Nick Herbert has defended his expenses claims, saying that he had followed Commons rules which allow civil and unmarried partners to be treated the same as married partners.
Scottish minister compares supporters of gay clergy to Nazis 56
11:57 AM — Anti-gay Scottish minister Rev Ian Watson has compared the supporters of an openly gay minister to the Nazis.
Gay MP Alan Duncan promises to pay back expenses 1
10:58 AM — Openly gay MP and Shadow Leader of the Commons Alan Duncan promised last night he would pay back the £4,000 he claimed on expenses for gardening.
12th May 2009
Transexual woman calls off week long hunger strike 7
10:00 PM — A transsexual woman from Nottingham has ended her week long huger strike after NHS officials agreed to reconsider whether they can fund gender reassignment treatment.
Equality Bill passes second reading in House of Commons 15
5:51 PM — The Equality Bill passed its second reading in parliament yesterday despite concerns it may burden businesses at a time of financial pressure. Leader of the House of Commons and Minister for Equality, Harriet Harman said public bodies must "lead the way" in abolishing discrimination, adding the Bill would make Britain "fairer and more prosperous".
Stephen Fry supports men’s mental health campaign 5
3:52 PM — Stephen Fry is supporting a campaign to encourage more men to seek help for mental health issues. The broadcaster revealed three years ago he had lived with bipolar disorder all his life but was not diagnosed until the age of 37.
Trans woman on hunger strike after treatment refused 10
12:45 PM — A trans woman from Nottingham has been on hunger strike for a week, saying she will die if the NHS does not fund her gender reassignment treatment.
Liverpool to fly the rainbow flag for international day against homophobia 7
10:44 AM — Liverpool, the city in which gay teenager Michael Causer was beaten to death last year, is to fly the rainbow flag from its town hall on Sunday to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
11th May 2009
Gay Minister Ben Bradshaw tells PinkNews.co.uk that Daily Telegraph’s expenses expose was ‘homophobic’ 61
4:15 PM — In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Ben Bradshaw, the openly gay Health Minister has accused the Daily Telegraph of homophobia in the way it published his expenses claims.
Boy George released from prison early 19
3:31 PM — Singer Boy George was released from prison today after serving only four months of his 15-month sentence for falsely imprisoning a male prostitute.
Gay Tory MP Alan Duncan apologises over expense claims 20
1:45 PM — The most senior gay Conservative MP, Alan Duncan, has apologised for charging the taxpayer for more than £4,000 of gardening and more than £1,400 in mortgage interest payments for a home he originally purchased outright.
10th May 2009
Top gay Tory MP Alan Duncan claimed more than £4,000 for gardening 8
9:10 PM — The most senior gay Conservative MP, Alan Duncan has become the lastest politician to have their expenses exposed by the Daily Telegraph. The Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, charged the tax payer for more than £4,000 of gardening and more than £1,400 in mortgage interest payments for a home he originally purchased outright.
9th May 2009
Updated: Gay Minister Ben Bradshaw ‘claimed full mortgage interest for home he only half owns’ 21
12:17 AM — Openly gay minister Ben Bradshaw is the latest Labour MP to have his expenses exposed in the Daily Telegraph. He claimed for the full mortgage of a home he only half owned while the former Equality Minister, Barbara Follet claimed £25,000 for "security patrols". Another MP claimed for a chocolate Santa.
8th May 2009
Jersey to debate civil partnerships 10
5:34 PM — The States of Jersey are to debate civil partnerships, four years after they were made legal in England and Wales. Although no date has yet been set for the debate, the Council of Ministers has agreed to take the matter to the House later this year.
God hates fags preacher joins calls to block gay Scottish minister 20
12:23 PM — Fred Phelps, the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church which picket dead soldiers' funerals with chants of 'God hates fags', has said the ordination of openly gay minister Scot Rennie to a Scottish church would be an "abomination".
Openly gay minister Peter Mandelson caught up in latest expenses scandal 17
11:56 AM — Business secretary and openly gay minister Peter Mandelson billed taxpayers £3,000 for work on his constituency home less than a week after standing down as MP for Hartlepool.
Gay postman ‘was called effeminate and girly by manager’ 8
10:34 AM — A gay postman is suing the Royal Mail for £25,000, claiming his line manager bullied him and discriminated against him. Liam Black, 22, told a tribunal in Ashford he had been called "effeminate", "girly" and "bitchy" by his line manager Warren Taylor.
7th May 2009
Former head of gay charity guilty of sex attacks on children 50
5:04 PM — Eight members of a paedophile ring, including the former head of LGBT Youth Scotland, were today found guilty of a number of child abuse image and abuse charges.
Gay men ‘at risk’ as UK rates for new HIV infections soar to highest in Europe 8
4:27 PM — Charity Unicef has warned that Britain now has the highest number of new HIV infections in western Europe, with gay and bisexual men and black Africans most at risk.
London conference to address homophobia and transphobia 1
3:33 PM — A conference attended by human rights organisations, academics, faith communities and unions is to be held in London next week to address problems around homophobia and transphobia.