31st July 2009
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".
Quakers to decide today on holding civil partnership ceremonies 8
10:36 AM — The annual meeting of Quakers will decide today whether to ask the government for legal authority to register civil partnerships in the same way as marriages.
30th July 2009
Comment: A Gay Council of Britain? 42
5:16 PM — We've got Peter Tatchell at one side and Stonewall at the other - but is it time for a more democratically-elected representation?
Police urge caution after gay chatline muggings 2
11:04 AM — Police have urged users of gay chatlines to take care after two men in Haringey were robbed at knifepoint. The men were robbed after being lured to a private place by someone they met on a gay chat line.
29th July 2009
Scottish councillor quits Church of Scotland after gay ordination 17
7:53 PM — A councillor has announced he will leave the Church of Scotland as a result of its appointment of an openly gay minister.
Gay authors Sarah Waters and Colm Toibin selected for 2009 Booker Prize longlist 2
7:47 PM — Works by openly gay writers Colm Toibin and Sarah Waters both feature in the 2009 Man Booker Prize longlist, described by the judging panel’s chairman as “one of the strongest lists in recent memory”.
Met police chief urges gays and lesbians to report homophobic crime 10
3:33 PM — The head of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Paul Stephenson, has urged gays and lesbians to report homophobic crimes. Speaking at a press briefing today, he admitted that the police had got it wrong in the past.
Swindon man attacked in ‘homophobic’ hate crime 7
2:41 PM — A Swindon man who was attacked after a night out in the town has said he was beaten because he was gay.
London’s gay sports day to be held next month 6
11:12 AM — The annual Royal Vauxhall Tavern/GMFA Gay Sports Day is to take place at the end of August. Events include a space hopper obstacle course, a drag relay, the handbag throw and the 50m mince.
‘Defaced’ bible forced behind glass 24
10:18 AM — An exhibit in Glasgow designed to promote gay rights within the church has had to be put in a glass case to prevent visitors scrawling obscene messages.
Appeal for witnesses after gay man drowns in Manchester canal 6
9:58 AM — Police are appealing for witnesses after a man drowned in a Manchester canal last week. Steven MacDonald, 45, of Openshaw, was found dead on Friday July 24th in the water by Dulcie Street near the Piccadilly 111 complex.
28th July 2009
Video: John Barrowman and David Tennant lock lips 18
5:53 PM — John Barrowman, star of TV shows Torchwood and Doctor Who, shared a brief kiss on the lips with David Tennant at the Comicon convention this weekend.
Police appeal over sex attacks in central London
5:07 PM — Two men have been the victims of alleged sexual attacks after leaving the Heaven nightclub in Villiers Street, London. The alleged attacks were said to have taken place in a car.
Family to hold memorial for murdered gay teen Michael Causer
4:40 PM — The family of Michael Causer, the gay Liverpool teenager who was beaten to death last summer, are to hold a memorial for him on the first anniversary of his death.
BT named most gay-friendly company in the world 8
3:31 PM — The BT group has been named the most gay-friendly company in the world in the International Business Equality Index by the International Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (IGLCC).
Norton receives thumbs up from Wogan over Eurovision 6
2:02 PM — Openly gay television host Graham Norton has received praise for his coverage of the Eurovision song contest from the show's former presenter, Sir Terry Wogan.
HIV worker gets naked for gay charities on the Fourth Plinth 14
12:55 PM — A sexual health worker has used his hour on Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth to support the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) and LGBT domestic violence charity Broken Rainbow.
No restrictions for Belfast Pride 13
11:33 AM — Belfast Pride will not be subject to any restrictions when the parade marches through the city this Saturday. The Parades Commission said it had received assurances from organisers over the "stewarding of the parade and the general conduct of the participants".
Man appears in court over murder of gay pensioner
11:05 AM — A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a gay pensioner. Edward Highwood, 79, who was known as Teddy, was found dead at his home in Greenwich, south-east London, on Saturday July 18th.
Archbishop of Canterbury: ‘Gays have split Anglican church in two’ 71
10:23 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has said that the church may have to accept "two styles of being Anglican" in order to avoid a schism.