6th May 2009
Conservative Party ‘to prioritise gay rights’ 63
2:17 PM — Reaching out to gay rights groups is one of Tory leader David Cameron's top five priorities, it has been claimed. A shadow cabinet member told ConservativeHome.com blogger Tim Montgomerie that the move is part of Cameron’s drive “to show that ‘new Toryism’ is still alive and kicking”.
Scottish MPs condemn clergy for attacks on gay minister 20
11:43 AM — Members of the Scottish Parliament have criticised the clergy for attempting to block the appointment of openly gay minister Scott Rennie.
Men convicted of attack on gay squatter 5
10:49 AM — A man who attacked his former lover has been convicted of assault, criminal damage and theft. Jonathan Wicks and his co-defendant Neil Warner, both 21, smashed ceramic vase over the head of Kieran Dulai and beat him with a curtain rod
5th May 2009
Trans woman joins Welsh police force to tackle transphobia 1
5:12 PM — A Welsh police force has taken on a trans woman to help train officers about hate crimes. Michelle Douglas contacted Dyfed Powys Police last year to ask if she could help educate officers about transphobia.
Trans groups to campaign over ‘draconian’ gender clinic rules 16
4:53 PM — Trans Yorkshire and Press for Change are to lobby MPs at Westminster later this month in a bid to improve gender identity services in Leeds. The groups claim that Leeds Gender Identity Clinic insists on "complete compliance" during treatment, rather than promoting an atmosphere of health and wellbeing.
Gay footballers celebrate win privately for fear of being outed 13
1:28 PM — The Scottish football team which won the Gay National League Cup had to celebrate its victory in private because some players were afraid of losing their jobs.
God Hates Fags preachers banned from UK 38
1:05 PM — The fundamentalist Phelps family, who picket dead soldiers' funerals with chants of 'God hates fags' have been banned from entering the UK.
Lesbian couple found dead in suspected suicide pact 2
12:44 PM — A lesbian couple who were found dead in a north London hotel died in a suicide pact, it has been reported. Bose Ore, 30, and Frances Hamilton, in her fifties, were found in a room in Costello Palace Hotel in Finsbury Park on Sunday.
Former paratrooper becomes Scotland’s first trans police officer 4
11:23 AM — A trans woman who successfully won a sex discrimination case against the Army has been accepted by Strathclyde Police as a trainee constable.
Gay Scottish minister reveals struggle over sexuality 30
11:00 AM — The Rev Scott Rennie, a gay minister whose appointment is threatening to split the Church of Scotland, has spoken about his struggle to face up to his sexuality and reconciling it with Biblical teachings.
Pink denies coming out as bisexual 4
10:12 AM — American singer Pink has denied being bisexual after a tabloid reported she had come out. The star, whose real name is Alecia Moore, was quoted by the News of the World as saying: "I'm not embarrassed about being bisexual. This is who I am."
4th May 2009
Brian Paddick to front gay public hand holding campaign 21
11:21 AM — Brian Paddick, the former Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London is fronting a campaign to encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) couples to hold hands in public.
Equality Minister Harriet Harman denies she’ll fight to be Labour Leader 18
9:21 AM — The Minister for Equality and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Harriet Harman has denied a newspaper report that she would fight for the leadership of her party. The Daily Telegraph claims that Ms Harman has told friends that she would run for the leadership of the Labour Party in the event of a backbench revolt against the Prime Minister.
1st May 2009
Promotion: Norfolk becomes more gay-friendly 5
5:50 PM — Norfolk's first gay festival will be launched in Norwich on July 24th and July 25th. The event will be called Norwich Pride and will include a parade, a church service and an afternoon of live music. It is also set to feature stalls, lectures and workshops.
Campaigners prepare for international day against homophobia and transphobia 5
5:43 PM — The fifth annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) is to be held on May 17th. The date marks the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses.
Carol Ann Duffy: ‘Sexuality is a lovely, ordinary, normal thing’ 2
5:32 PM — The new Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has said it "fantastic" that she is an openly gay writer.
Exclusive: Chris Bryant criticises Tories over support for anti-gay Catholic adoption agencies 51
4:36 PM — The Openly gay Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, Rhonda MP Chris Bryant, has criticised the Conservative party over a poll which suggested that 71 per cent of Tory candidates for the next election support the right of religious adoption agencies to refuse gay couples.
HIV patients ‘still facing discrimination’ in Wales
4:05 PM — A sexual health doctor in Wales has claimed that some patients with HIV are still victims of prejudice and are being denied treatment by GPs for everyday illnesses.
Evangelical group forced to apologise over gay slurs against minister 13
2:47 PM — An Evangelical group which spread false rumours about a gay minister has been forced to apologise. Forward Together told its members that Scott Rennie left his wife and young daughter to live with another man.
Man charged with murder of shooting of gay couple
11:34 AM — A man has been charged with murder after a gay couple were shot in their home in Bradford. Neville Corby, 44, died in the "execution-style" attack, while his partner Craig Freer, 31, is recovering from a gunshot wound to the chest.