19th May 2009
Police complaints body publishes new guidelines on homophobia 5
5:22 PM — The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has published new guidelines on dealing with allegations of discriminatory behaviour, including homophobia.
Scottish church supports gay minister 2
5:08 PM — The church at the centre of a row threatening to split the Church of Scotland has offered public support to openly gay minister Scott Rennie.
Gay men urged to stay safe on World Hepatitis Day 2
4:46 PM — Gay and bisexual men are being urged to raise their awareness of hepatitis today for World Hepatitis Day. It is estimated that one in 12 people around the globe are infected with hepatitis B or C.
Jonathan Ross tweets support for gay protest in Moscow 23
3:00 PM — After his latest spot of bother, Jonathan Ross has been showing his support for gay rights via Twitter.
Police stations fly the rainbow flag 17
1:42 PM — Four police forces flew the rainbow flag this week to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
Vigilante who filmed men cottaging is spared jail 27
11:04 AM — A self-styled 'protector of morals' who filmed gay men having sex in a woodland was spared jail yesterday. Colin Haw, 47, led a group of men who dressed in balaclavas and combat kit to patrol a wood near Sleaford in Lincolnshire.
Gay Chief Whip claimed £18,880 for food without submitting receipts 18
10:33 AM — Nick Brown, the openly gay Chief Whip and Labour MP, claimed £18,880 for food expenses between 2004 and 2008 without submitting any expenses.
Partner of gay comedian Frankie Howerd dies 7
10:00 AM — Dennis Heymer, the former partner and manager of comedian Frankie Howerd, has died. Mr Heymer died aged 80 last Friday in the arms of Chris Byrne, who the couple unofficially adopted as a teenager.
18th May 2009
Jacqui Smith defends UK ban on anti-gay shock jock 19
6:07 PM — Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was today forced to defend her decision to ban US shock jock Michael Savage from entering Britain.
Gay man stabbed to death in north London
5:51 PM — A gay man was stabbed to death at an address in Tottenham, north London on Saturday. Daryl Phillips, 39, had been stabbed in the leg and was treated at the scene at Avenue Road, but was later pronounced dead at 3.35am.
Ex-wife of gay minister offers public support 5
5:42 PM — The former wife of openly gay Rev Scott Rennie, whose ordination is threatening to create a schism in the Church of Scotland, has spoken out in his defence.
Gay MP Chris Bryant forced to move house after homophobic attacks 44
11:50 AM — Chris Bryant, the openly gay Labour MP for Rhondda, has said the reason he 'flipped' his second home was to escape homophobic thugs who daubed lewd messages on his main constituency property.
15th May 2009
Anti-gay MP Iris Robinson and husband tried to claim twice for same expenses bill 23
5:37 PM — Northern Ireland MPs Iris Robinson and her husband Peter tried to claim twice for the same £1,223 expenses bill on the same day.
Comment: Sex education can help stop the rise of HIV in young gay men 10
4:35 PM — Deborah Jack, chief executive of the National AIDS Trust (NAT), argues that rising HIV rates in young gay men means the government must ensure all schools provide sex education for gay students.
Boy, 14, found guilty of chanting homophobic abuse at footballer Sol Campbell 8
4:15 PM — A 14-year-old boy and a 42-year-old man were today found guilty of shouting "disgusting" homophobic abuse at footballer Sol Campbell at a match in September last year.
Exclusive: BNP describes gay politicians as ‘buggers and criminals’ 133
3:48 PM — A list on the British National Party's website of politicians from all three main parties describes a number of gay MPs as "buggers" and "criminals", grouping them with convicted paedophiles.
Facebook hate groups target Jews and gays 7
2:36 PM — Facebook and other social networking sites have been criticised for hosting a number of anti-Semitic, homophobic and racist web pages.
14th May 2009
Row deepens over ordination of gay minister as insults fly 24
5:37 PM — A supporter of openly gay minister Rev Scott Rennie has described his opponents as "terrorists". Rev Georgie Baxendale, one of Scotland’s first female preachers, said members of evangelical group Forward Together were damaging the church.
Catholic adoption agency continues to fight to bar gay couples 9
4:58 PM — A Catholic adoption agency has argued before a tribunal that it should be allowed to continue rejecting same-sex couples as potential adoptive parents.
Jonathan Ross ‘mortified’ over accusations of homophobia 103
12:49 PM — Jonathan Ross has spoken out over claims he was homophobic on his BBC Radio 2 show on Saturday. The star had suggested children who appeared to be gay should be adopted before they bring their "partner" home, an exclusive report in PinkNews.co.uk revealed yesterday.