22nd September 2008
Conference blog: Eddie Izzard and Hazel Blears vs the BNP
3:55 PM — The Daily Mirror/Searchlight's Evening of Hope event last night was sprinkled with a bit of showbiz glitz when comedian Eddie Izzard made an appearance.
Former Blue Peter presenter marries gay partner 1
3:51 PM — Mark Curry, who presented Blue Peter from 1986 to 1989, has entered a civil partnership with his partner Jeremy Sandle.
2008 Stonewall Award nominees announced 1
12:16 PM — This November’s annual Stonewall Awards as shortlist has been revealed. The awards celebrate people who have had a positive impact on the lives of British LGBT people.
Out gay man becomes Lord Justice of Appeal
11:34 AM — Barrister Sir Terence Etherton has become the first openly gay man to be sworn in as Lord Justice of Appeal.
21st September 2008
Two gay asylum seekers deported from UK 14
5:55 PM — In the past two days two gay men who claimed their lives would be in danger if they were returned to their home countries have been forcibly repatriated.
Conference blog: Scarecrow and the Tin Man make an appearance in Manchester
5:23 PM — It seems half of central Manchester has been fenced in to accommodate the Labour conference.
Potter’s galleons put Labour in good cheer 1
1:19 PM — A £1m donation from Harry Potter author JK Rowling kicked off the Labour party conference yesterday.
George Michael arrested for drug offences 9
12:07 PM — Pop star George Michael was arrested in a public toilet in Hampstead on Friday and later cautioned for possession of drugs.
Conference blog: Ministers attend Canal St party
11:52 AM — There were some familiar faces among the throng on Manchester's gay village last night. LGBT Labour were holding a fundraiser, and several senior members of the party attended.
19th September 2008
Conference blog: Gordon is safe – for now
7:29 PM — The Prime Minister has just arrived in Manchester ahead of the Labour party conference, which begins tomorrow.
Major gay travel company assures customers it is stable 9
6:53 PM — Mantrav International has issued a statement in the wake of the collapse of two of its rivals, reassuring customers the company is safe.
Airline refuses to deport gay asylum seeker from UK 3
6:32 PM — A campaign of "pester power" has convinced a national airline to decline to transport a gay man who claims his life is in danger if he is returned to his homeland.
Fathers 4 Justice target minister with “lesbo dads” banner 8
6:07 PM — Gay rights organisation Stonewall has branded the latest stunt from protesters Fathers 4 Justice "obvious homophobia."
Respect customers will get home says CAA 1
5:25 PM — The Civil Aviation Authority has assured customers of gay travel company Respect Holidays that those already abroad will be flown home at the end of their holiday.
Respect Holidays goes bust 20
4:55 PM — A major UK gay holiday firm has ceased trading. Respect Holidays was one of the best known companies in the business. The Civil Aviation Authority has been called in to protect holidaymakers booked with the company.
Politicians increasingly turning to God at party conference 5
2:18 PM — An analysis of the speeches given by party leaders at their annual conferences has revealed a marked increase in religious language since 2001.
Archbishop attacks Anglican hypocrisy over gay relationships 4
10:40 AM — The leader of the Anglican Church in Wales has said he is hopeful there can be resolution among the worldwide Communion on the issue of gay priests and same-sex relationships.
Border agency accused of “illegal” deportation of gay Ugandan 1
9:50 AM — A gay man has been removed from the UK and deported back to his native Uganda in what his supporters call an illegal act.
18th September 2008
Sex education comic for six year olds causes controversy 3
6:53 PM — The debate about when children should be taught about sex has intensified with the publication of a new comic for primary school children.
Welsh AM joins protest against deportation of gay asylum seeker
5:45 PM — A member of the Welsh Assembly has given her support to Azerbaijani artist and gay asylum seeker Babi Badalov.