14th May 2009
Row deepens over ordination of gay minister as insults fly 24
5:37 PM — A supporter of openly gay minister Rev Scott Rennie has described his opponents as "terrorists". Rev Georgie Baxendale, one of Scotland’s first female preachers, said members of evangelical group Forward Together were damaging the church.
Catholic adoption agency continues to fight to bar gay couples 9
4:58 PM — A Catholic adoption agency has argued before a tribunal that it should be allowed to continue rejecting same-sex couples as potential adoptive parents.
Jonathan Ross ‘mortified’ over accusations of homophobia 103
12:49 PM — Jonathan Ross has spoken out over claims he was homophobic on his BBC Radio 2 show on Saturday. The star had suggested children who appeared to be gay should be adopted before they bring their "partner" home, an exclusive report in PinkNews.co.uk revealed yesterday.
Adoption agency labelled ‘Nazis’ after calling gay adoption critics ‘retarded homophobes’ 71
10:32 AM — The British Association for Adoption and Fostering has come under fire for describing people who object to gay couples adopting as "retarded homophobes".
13th May 2009
Apprentice candidates rebrand seaside town of Margate as a gay holiday spot 17
6:36 PM — Last night's episode of The Apprentice saw candidates attempting to rebrand the seaside town of Margate as a gay holiday destination.
Exclusive: Jonathan Ross accused of homophobia 43
5:35 PM — Ofcom have received a number of complaints over Jonathan Ross's BBC Radio 2 show on Saturday over alleged homophobia. The presenter suggested that children who appeared to be gay should be adopted.
Row in Canterbury as gay group accuses council of ‘ignoring’ gay issues 33
5:27 PM — A gay group called Pride in Canterbury has accused the city council of ignoring gay issues and failing to respond to their complaints.
LGBT asylum seekers ‘facing high levels of homelessness and discrimination’ 5
2:54 PM — Gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans asylum seekers are suffering from high levels of discrimination, homelessness and exploitation, a report has claimed.
Gay Tory MP Nick Herbert defends expenses claims 18
2:08 PM — Shadow environment secretary Nick Herbert has defended his expenses claims, saying that he had followed Commons rules which allow civil and unmarried partners to be treated the same as married partners.
Scottish minister compares supporters of gay clergy to Nazis 56
11:57 AM — Anti-gay Scottish minister Rev Ian Watson has compared the supporters of an openly gay minister to the Nazis.
Gay MP Alan Duncan promises to pay back expenses 1
10:58 AM — Openly gay MP and Shadow Leader of the Commons Alan Duncan promised last night he would pay back the £4,000 he claimed on expenses for gardening.
12th May 2009
Transexual woman calls off week long hunger strike 7
10:00 PM — A transsexual woman from Nottingham has ended her week long huger strike after NHS officials agreed to reconsider whether they can fund gender reassignment treatment.
Equality Bill passes second reading in House of Commons 15
5:51 PM — The Equality Bill passed its second reading in parliament yesterday despite concerns it may burden businesses at a time of financial pressure. Leader of the House of Commons and Minister for Equality, Harriet Harman said public bodies must "lead the way" in abolishing discrimination, adding the Bill would make Britain "fairer and more prosperous".
Stephen Fry supports men’s mental health campaign 5
3:52 PM — Stephen Fry is supporting a campaign to encourage more men to seek help for mental health issues. The broadcaster revealed three years ago he had lived with bipolar disorder all his life but was not diagnosed until the age of 37.
Trans woman on hunger strike after treatment refused 10
12:45 PM — A trans woman from Nottingham has been on hunger strike for a week, saying she will die if the NHS does not fund her gender reassignment treatment.
Liverpool to fly the rainbow flag for international day against homophobia 7
10:44 AM — Liverpool, the city in which gay teenager Michael Causer was beaten to death last year, is to fly the rainbow flag from its town hall on Sunday to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
11th May 2009
Gay Minister Ben Bradshaw tells PinkNews.co.uk that Daily Telegraph’s expenses expose was ‘homophobic’ 61
4:15 PM — In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Ben Bradshaw, the openly gay Health Minister has accused the Daily Telegraph of homophobia in the way it published his expenses claims.
Boy George released from prison early 19
3:31 PM — Singer Boy George was released from prison today after serving only four months of his 15-month sentence for falsely imprisoning a male prostitute.
Gay Tory MP Alan Duncan apologises over expense claims 20
1:45 PM — The most senior gay Conservative MP, Alan Duncan, has apologised for charging the taxpayer for more than £4,000 of gardening and more than £1,400 in mortgage interest payments for a home he originally purchased outright.
10th May 2009
Top gay Tory MP Alan Duncan claimed more than £4,000 for gardening 8
9:10 PM — The most senior gay Conservative MP, Alan Duncan has become the lastest politician to have their expenses exposed by the Daily Telegraph. The Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, charged the tax payer for more than £4,000 of gardening and more than £1,400 in mortgage interest payments for a home he originally purchased outright.