28th May 2008
COMMENT: Nul points for Eurovision 2008 5
2:37 PM — While relieved that the feared homophobic violence on the streets of Belgrade did not materialise, the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest failed to impress. And not just because our entry came last.
27th May 2008
Ian McKellen and Gene Robinson to talk gays and religion at London festival 1
5:31 PM — London's Literature Festival will feature an appearance by the only openly gay bishop in the Anglican communion, it has been revealed. Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire, will be at the festival in July.
Army settles out of court with trans soldier 2
4:49 PM — A 43-year old woman who claimed she suffered sexual discrimination and was unfair dismissal from the British Army after transitioning has won a payout of £250,000.
COMMENT: Gay students abandoned by parents enter ‘postcode lottery’ 1
3:42 PM — Two years ago at the age of 19, James left home after his stepfather repeatedly beat him because he was gay. As a result, he ended up spending a year living on the streets.
Schools OUT organiser Paul Patrick dies 4
2:22 PM — An outspoken advocate for the rights of gay and lesbian teachers and pupils has died. Paul Patrick, Co-Chair of Schools Out and LGBT History Month died early on Thursday. He was 58.
Iain Dale to enter into a civil partnership 1
2:06 PM — One of the UK's leading political bloggers is to 'tie the knot' with his partner of thirteen years. Iain Dale's eponymous diary is one of the most-visited political blogs in the country.
23rd May 2008
Gay Tory confirmed as chair of London Fire and Emergency Planning 3
2:50 PM — Brian Coleman has been unanimously recommended to the Mayor of London as the new chairman of the city’s Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.
UK is “committed to promoting LGBT rights overseas” 8
1:18 PM — The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has confirmed that it will engage with foreign governments about the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.
Former minister calls for challenge to PM after by-election defeat 2
12:50 PM — A Labour MP and former government whip has called for a leadership challenge to Gordon Brown in the wake of last night’s by-election defeat.
22nd May 2008
Join Coronation St star on walk against homophobia
6:06 PM — Actor and TV presenter Antony Cotton has confirmed he will be taking part in the Lesbian and Gay Foundation's sponsored Walk against Homophobia this weekend.
Homophobic abuse fails to disrupt gay football final
5:28 PM — Manchester United may be celebrating their win on penalties at last night's Champion's League Final, but another team from the city also went home with silverwear earlier this month.
Manchester’s new gay community radio show
3:35 PM — A local radio station in greater Manchester is launching a new show for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. Tuesday Night Out debuts on Wythenshawe FM on 3rd June from 9 to 11pm.
Christian registrars “terrified” of civil partnerships 19
2:08 PM — A council registrar has told an employment tribunal that some Christians are being "accommodated" and therefore allowed to opt out of performing civil partnerships for gay couples.
Gay Syrian in ‘legal limbo’ as he waits for immigration tribunal decision
1:18 PM — A teenage refugee is waiting to find out if he will be given permission to remain in the UK or returned to his Syrian homeland. JoJo Jako Jacob, who is 19, claims he will be executed if he is returned.
COMMENT: A crack in the UK’s asylum edifice 3
12:58 PM — It's very hard for most British gay men and lesbians to imagine what it's like to grow up in a country like Iran. To fear what you are and to have to act with care 24 hours a day.
Foreign Office instructs embassies to push LGBT rights 4
12:07 PM — The British government has adopted an official programme to support the human rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people in other countries.
21st May 2008
David Cameron and Ruth Kelly among MPs who voted against lesbian rights 7
8:08 PM — The bulk of the Shadow Cabinet voted in favour of an amendment that would have retained a requirement on doctors to consider the need for a father when assessing women for IVF treatment.
MPs clash over fathers, lesbians, and what people in the pub think is natural 2
5:21 PM — In the Commons yesterday afternoon former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith proposed an amendment to retain the requirement for doctors to consider the need for a father when assessing women for fertility treatment.
Fire service drive to recruit more gays and lesbians
3:03 PM — The Fire Minister has announced a new strategy to encourage gay people to join the fire service and ensure equality in career progression.
Employment tribunal told civil partnerships not “God-ordained” 8
1:15 PM — Performing civil partnership ceremonies is a matter of religious conscience, a registrar claimed at an employment tribunal yesterday.