20th October 2009
18 per cent rise in London gay hate crimes 37
4:36 PM — The number of homophobic hate crimes in London has risen by 18 per cent since last year, Scotland Yard figures show.
Elton John regrets losing his virginity at 23 8
1:51 PM — Singer Elton John has spoken about losing his virginity at the age of 23, saying he wished he had slept with a man sooner. The gay star said that he didn't know who he was until having sex for the first time.
BBC Trust rules Lindsay Lohan ‘lesbian jokes’ reinforced homophobic stereotypes 7
11:27 AM — A BBC3 programme in which lesbians were described as "munters" was crude and offensive, the BBC Trust's Editorial Standards Committee (ESC) has found.
Young lesbian couple beaten in Brighton 17
10:51 AM — A young lesbian couple were verbally abused and punched in the face by a group of men in Brighton. The women, aged 18 and 22, were walking along Gloucester Place at around 3am on October 7th when three men began shouting homophobic insults at them.
Gordon Brown wants civil partnerships to be held in the House of Commons 49
10:01 AM — Prime minister Gordon Brown will today suggest to the Speaker's Committee that civil partnerships for gay couples should be held in parliament.
19th October 2009
Teenager escapes jail after homophobic attack 14
7:35 PM — A teenager who verbally and physically abused a gay couple has been spared jail in order to deal with his alcoholism.
Exclusive: Barnado’s calls for more gay couples to adopt children 6
3:59 PM — Children's charity Barnardo's is looking for more gay couples and individuals to adopt children. In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, head of adoption at the charity, Carolyn Oliver, said she wanted to ensure gays and lesbians were aware of their adoption rights.
SNP criticises UK government over gay and lesbian asylum seekers 39
3:19 PM — The Scottish National Party passed a resolution this weekend criticising the UK government for its treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans asylum seekers.
Iain Dale loses out on Tory candidature for Bracknell 9
12:22 PM — Gay political blogger Iain Dale has lost out on being selected as the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Bracknell. He made it to the final seven but Phillip Lee was announced as the selected candidate on Saturday evening.
21,000 complaints over Jan Moir’s piece on gay singer Stephen Gately 29
12:10 PM — The Press Complaints Commission has received 21,000 complaints over a Daily Mail article on Stephen Gately. The article was published on Friday and the number of complaints received over the weekend is more than the regulator has received in the last five years.
Teenagers charged with manslaughter over gay man’s death
10:11 AM — Three teenagers have been charged with manslaughter over the death of 62-year-old gay man Ian Baynham. He died in hospital last Tuesday, several weeks after being kicked and punched in Trafalgar Square while on a night out.
Trans woman found murdered in burnt-out flat 48
10:01 AM — A graduate who was found strangled in her Brighton flat was a trans woman, police have confirmed. Andrea Waddell, 29, a graduate of Durham University, was found dead on Thursday night.
18th October 2009
Police receive complaint over Jan Moir’s Daily Mail column on Stephen Gately 38
4:12 PM — Scotland Yard have confirmed that they are investigating a complaint against the Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir following an article that insinuated that the death of Boyzone star Stephen Gately was not "natural."
17th October 2009
Video: Stars and family mourn Stephen Gately at emotional funeral 6
6:40 PM — Boyzone bandmates, friends, relatives and partner have paid an emotional tribute to Stephen Gately whose funeral was held today at St Laurence O'Toole Church in north Dublin.
16th October 2009
Video: Stephen Gately’s body returns to Dublin escorted by Boyzone stars 6
8:41 PM — Boyzone star Stephen Gately's body was welcomed home to Dublin amid emotional scenes tonight. Hundreds lined the streets near St Laurence O'Toole Church where the singer's parents were joined by fellow Boyzone stars Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham, Shane Lynch and Keith Duffy together with their manager and the man who put Gately on the road to fame, Louis Walsh.
Man admits robbing men he met on gay chatlines 2
6:46 PM — A man has admitted using gay chatlines to find men to rob. Adil Zahid, 27, from Walthamstow, pleaded guilty to four counts of robbery, one of false imprisonment and one theft of a motor vehicle.
Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir blames ‘orchestrated campaign’ for gay backlash 140
5:13 PM — Jan Moir, the Daily Mail columnist who suggested that gay Boyzone star Stephen Gately's death was "unnatural", has blamed an "orchestrated campaign" for the backlash against her.
Gay man jailed for attacking woman after sex proposal
3:00 PM — A former soldier who attacked a woman after she invited him home for sex has been jailed for three years. Mark Wardley, of Crosthwaite Court, Workington, bit the woman's chest and crashed her car into a wall.
‘LGBT sex club’ gets the go-ahead 16
2:54 PM — A sex club for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Gloucester is to open despite local councillors voting against it. Opponents said the club would turn the city into "Sodom and Gomorrah".
Updated: Twitter storm over ‘vile’ Daily Mail column on gay singer Stephen Gately 53
1:55 PM — A Daily Mail column by writer Jan Moir has provoked a storm of anger on the internet for apparently suggesting that Boyzone singer Stephen Gately died because he was gay.