6th May 2008
Royal blackmailer to appeal conviction
10:51 AM — One of the two men sentenced last week to five years in prison for attempting to blackmail a member of the Royal family over gay allegations will appeal. A lawyer for 31-year-old Ian Strachan told The Scotsman that there was no blackmail.
3rd May 2008
BNP wins London Assembly seat, joining a handful of openly gay members 18
12:32 AM — The far right BNP has won a seat on the London Assembly. Their mayoral candidate Richard Barnbrook received 69,710 votes in the Mayoral election.
2nd May 2008
Boris Johnson elected Mayor of London 9
11:55 PM — Conservative Boris Johnson is the new Mayor of London. Gay Liberal Democrat Brian Paddick came third. Mr Johnson beat Labour's Ken Livingstone by 1,168,738 to 1,028,966 after second-preference votes were counted.
Royal gay sex blackmailers found guilty
11:13 PM — Two men who asked for £50,000 from an unnamed member of the Royal Family in exchanged for tapes that featured claims of gay sex have been found guilty of blackmail.
Protest rally called as polls indicate BNP will win seat on London Assembly 13
2:16 PM — All the votes for the 25-member London Assembly have not been counted, but already anti-fascist groups are calling for protests if the British National Party wins a seat.
No Mardi Gras parade in Birmingham this year
1:02 PM — The organisers of Birmingham Pride, which takes place over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend on May 24th and 25th, have confirmed that there will not be a parade this year.
Homophobic football chief invited to gay World Cup
12:46 PM — The Gay Football Supporters Network has said it is "amused" by the comments of Luciano Moggi, former managing director of Juventus, that "a homosexual cannot do the job of a footballer."
US study claims LGB population is less than 3% 1
12:15 PM — A new poll published in the United States on Wednesday claims that there are considerably less gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans than previously estimated. A Hunter College poll of 768 people who took part online found that just 2.9% identified as LGB.
All eyes on London as pundits predict Boris victory
11:49 AM — Counting has begun in the London Mayoral election. A result is not expected until this evening, but London Tories are already claiming that their candidate Boris Johnson has won.
Tories soar to 44% in local elections 1
11:24 AM — Conservative activists are celebrating after the party made significant gains in yesterday's local council elections in England and Wales. They won a projected 44% of the national vote. The Lib Dems on 25% beat Labour, on 24%, into third place.
1st May 2008
Royal “blackmail” evidence is “insubstantial, insignificant, and incomplete”
5:08 PM — A defence barrister at the trial of two men accused of trying to blackmail a member of the Royal Family has dismissed the legal proceedings as farcical.
New face-to-face sexual health service launched in London 1
4:37 PM — Gay men who would like to discuss sexual health questions in person will be able to do so today with the launch of a new service. Terrence Higgins Trust is also launching a phone service.
Europe questions UK about gay rights in Gibraltar 24
3:51 PM — The British government has told the Council of Europe that it takes "very seriously" Gibraltar's compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights. The self-governing British overseas territory still has a higher age of consent for gay sex.
All-male fundraising run to feature football stars
3:26 PM — Men are being encouraged to get fit with their footballing heroes in order to raise money and awareness for male cancer research. Keep Your Eye On The Ball 5k will take place on June 1st.
Age of consent to be lowered in Northern Ireland 2
12:20 PM — The British government will bring the age at which people can consent to sex in Northern Ireland into line with the rest of the UK. Unionist politicians in the province are expected to oppose the move.
Londoners expected to turn out in record numbers for Mayoral election
12:16 PM — 5.5 million people can vote in today's Mayor of London election, and commentators on all sides are predicting as many as 50% of them may exercise their democratic rights.
Nurses speak up for gay teenagers
11:07 AM — The Royal College of Nursing's annual Congress has overwhelmingly passed a motion in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people. More than 95% of delegates yesterday supported the call for the RCN Council to "develop and promote best practice."
No charges over death of gay DJ
10:43 AM — A 51-year-old man arrested after former Radio 1 DJ Kevin Greening was found dead at his flat will not will not face charges. He had initially been arrested on suspicion of murder. He has been cautioned by police for possession of ecstasy, cocaine and cannabis.
30th April 2008
Royal aide saga described as “classic blackmail”
4:48 PM — Prosecutor Mark Ellison QC has accused Ian Strachan and Sean McGuigan of "classic blackmail" in court today.
First Mr Gay UK winner charged with murder 8
3:45 PM — The first winner of the Mr Gay UK competition Anthony Francis Morley, has been charged with the murder of Damian Oldfield, a 33 year man worked for the company that runs the Mr Gay UK competition.