10th February 2009
Trans group concerned about government’s proposed ID cards 12
2:36 PM — The government's plans for voluntary identity cards could pose problems for trans people, an activist group has said. Gender Spectrum UK has launched an online petition.
Gays who face persecution should be given asylum says EU 7
1:04 PM — The European Commission has affirmed that persecution on grounds of sexual orientation is a legitimate justification for an asylum claim.
9th February 2009
Catholic leader who attacked gay families wants union with Church of England 15
5:31 PM — A Roman Catholic Cardinal who has repeatedly attacked gay adoption and civil partnerships has addressed the legislative body of the Church of England.
Gay actor David Paisley pays tribute to LGBT youth group 3
4:48 PM — A well-known TV actor has said that attending a gay youth group when he was 15 helped him come to terms with his sexuality and go on to have a successful career.
T-shirt worn during lesbian invasion of BBC news on show in Haringey 5
4:07 PM — An artefact from one of the most famous protests against Section 28 is on show in the London borough of Haringey as part of LGBT History Month.
‘Torgay’ businessman aims to draw pink pounds to seaside town 4
3:41 PM — The gay owner of a holiday rental property business in the resort of Torbay has said the local authority should advertise in the LGBT press and win more of the "pink pound."
Christian charity’s funding restored after after row about gays 8
3:01 PM — A charity that runs an old people's home in Brighton will have its funding restored by the local council after it promised to ask future residents about their sexual orientation.
Gay Olympic gold medal winner’s new sponsorship deal
2:11 PM — He is young, good-looking and has the powerful build that comes with years of training in the pool. He also has an Olympic gold medal hanging round his neck.
Deputy Commons leader to speak at gay networking event
1:10 PM — The newest gay member of the goverment will be answering questions at the next Village Politics event. Chris Bryant was promoted by Gordon Brown last year.
6th February 2009
Tony Blair talks of his religious experiences at prayer breakfast 5
5:21 PM — When Alastair Campbell, Director of Communications at Number 10, was asked about Tony Blair's religious faith, he famously replied, "We don't do God."
Comment: Tony Blair’s call to restore religious faith “to its rightful place” 15
5:08 PM — It is an honour to be here. A particular honour to be with you Mr. President. The world participated in the celebration of your election.
Gay humanists celebrate 200th anniversary of birth of Charles Darwin 1
4:04 PM — A joint celebration will be held in London next week. The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) will be marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin.
‘So Macho’ preacher hits back with bus adverts claiming God exists 35
3:17 PM — A fundamentalist preacher who unsuccessfully stood for public office has paid for adverts to be placed on London buses proclaiming the existence of God.
London teenager pleads guilty to manslaughter of gay man 8
2:42 PM — A 19-year-old man has admitted to the manslaughter of a 61-year-old man in a homophobic attack. David Smith from Bexley in Kent pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey.
Children say Welsh schools are not safe for out gay people 4
2:28 PM — A new LGBT rights charity will be launched today at the Welsh Senedd. The LGBT Excellence Centre Wales is a social enterprise and a charity building on an existing community group.
5th February 2009
UK set to deport gay man back to Iraq 13
7:57 PM — A gay asylum seeker from Iraq is to be returned to his homeland this week. The United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) said the man cannot be trusted as he has already been prosecuted.
Witness tells murder trial that gay teenager was kicked in head 2
4:38 PM — A gay teenager who was allegedly beaten to death in Merseyside was called a "queer faggot" during the attack, a witness has testified. Michael Causer died from serious head injuries on August 2nd.
Video: Learn your gay ABCs with new tongue-in-cheek animation 7
2:45 PM — A is for Ass, B is for Brokeback Mountain, C is for Closet. A new cartoon that lampoons both gay life and homophobic Christians has been viewed by nearly 70,000 people on website YouTube.
New index hopes to identify world’s most gay friendly business 2
1:32 PM — A new international business equality index will assess which companies are best serving their lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans employees, suppliers and consumers.
Home Office is failing HIV+ asylum seekers claims charity 4
1:07 PM — A leading charity has said the government is not doing enough to help asylum seekers who are living with HIV or AIDS.