5th August 2009
Stonewall publishes advice for lesbians on getting pregnant 2
12:08 PM — Stonewall, the gay and lesbian rights group, has published a guide for lesbians on how to get pregnant in the wake of the new laws protecting the rights of lesbian couples seeking fertility treatment.
Church of England groups push for gay ordinations 10
11:52 AM — A number of progessive groups in the Church of England are pushing for gay ordinations of bishops and same-sex blessings.
Campaign for government apology to gay mathematician Alan Turing 20
10:45 AM — A British programmer is petitioning the government to apologise to gay mathematician Alan Turing for his prosecution for homosexuality.
4th August 2009
Police hold meeting to deal with East End gay attacks 23
5:57 PM — Police are holding a public meeting to encourage people to report homophobic attacks in the East End of London. There have been a number of claims of violence against gays in the Shoreditch area.
Couple complain of homophobia in Tesco 45
5:44 PM — A lesbian couple from Milton Keynes say they have experienced staff homophobia several times at their local Tesco supermarket.
London Pride Run to be held in two weeks 2
4:38 PM — Former mayoral candidate Brian Paddick is to fire the starter gun at this year's London Pride Run. The event, organised by gay running group London Frontrunners, will raise money for the London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard.
Gay Sherlock Holmes ‘will turn audiences off’ 87
1:12 PM — Plans to give legendary detective Sherlock Holmes a gay twist have been attacked by a film critic who said it could turn audiences off.
Number of civil partnerships continues to fall 13
11:54 AM — The number of civil partnerships entered into by gay and lesbian couples has continued to fall since a peak when they were legalised in 2005.
Liverpool library apologises for banning gay magazine 13
10:28 AM — Liverpool library managers have apologised to a customer after he was told a gay magazine had been banned from his local library.
3rd August 2009
Scottish councillor: ‘Gays are sad and atheists are damned to hell’ 329
5:33 PM — A Scottish councillor has described "so-called" gays as "really very sad people" and said that non-believers are "damned to hell".
Gay man blackmailed lover for thousands of pounds 19
4:59 PM — A gay man who blackmailed his former lover for thousands of pounds has been jailed for four years. Kriston Cook, 20, threatened to tell the family and friends of his ex-lover about their relationship if his victim did not hand over nearly £2,000.
Gorillas found to be a source of HIV infection 5
1:38 PM — Scientists have discovered a gorilla strain of HIV in a Cameroonian woman. They believe this is the first time the strain present in gorillas has been found in a human.
Christian protesters fail to halt Belfast Pride 12
12:13 PM — A 70-strong group of Christian protesters were present at Belfast Pride yesterday but were mainly ignored by the 6,000 revellers marching the streets.
Gok Wan on coming out to his parents 6
11:13 AM — Openly gay TV presenter Gok Wan has described how his family reacted when he brought a man home for the first time.
2nd August 2009
Video: Soho joins world in vigils for victims of the Tel Aviv anti-gay massacre 26
11:40 PM — Organised by Twitter, Facebook and text message, all across the world vigils have been held for the victims of the massacre at an LGBT (lesbian, gay and bisexual) centre in Tel Aviv last night. Benjamin Cohen went to Soho to meet gay Israelis, Jews and those of no faith at all to share in their act of remembrance
London vigil to be held for victims of Tel Aviv massacre 6
3:56 PM — A vigil is to be held this afternoon at 5pm BST (British Summer Time) to honour the victims of the shooting at a gay centre in Tel Aviv last night.
31st July 2009
Rain at Brighton Pride ‘won’t dampen spirits’ 8
2:36 PM — Despite reports of rainy weather for Brighton Pride tomorrow, Pride organisers have said it will not dampen spirits. The forecast is light rain for most of the day.
Boxer forced to move house after revealing gender reassignment 7
2:25 PM — A boxer who revealed his plans for gender reassignment has said he has been forced to move house after losing all his friends and suffering abuse.
Quakers agree to hold gay marriages 190
12:51 PM — The annual meeting of Quakers in York has decided to hold marriages for gay couples. According to those present, many hugged and burst into tears when the decision was announced.
Tornado was ‘God’s wrath’ for civil partnership 105
12:13 PM — A tornado which struck the Isle of Lewis has been blamed on a recent civil partnership ceremony. A local minister warned the ceremony defied "God's law".