15th December 2008
Sir Ian McKellen and Village Drinks raise funds for homeless gay teens
3:06 PM — Actor and gay rights advocate Sir Ian McKellen was the guest of honour at a special charity event hosted by Village Drinks last night.
Christian registrar’s case rubbished by tribunal appeal judge 15
2:18 PM — The chair of an employment tribunal appeal panel has indicated he is unlikely to back a Christian registrar who wanted to opt out of performing civil partnerships on religious grounds.
Gay “cure” policeman’s employment tribunal backed by Christians 4
1:03 PM — A Christian policeman who was sacked after he sent emails at work suggesting homosexualityis sinful is to take Norfolk Police to an employment tribunal.
12th December 2008
Elton John loses defamation case against The Guardian 18
5:48 PM — A spoof column satirising gay star Sir Elton John was not defamatory, the High Court in London has ruled.
Policeman may be among Sol Campbell homophobic abuse suspects
12:31 PM — One of 16 men wanted for questioning about homophobic and racist abuse aimed at a footballer during a match last month may be a serving police officer.
Malone sentenced to life for homophobic murder in public toilet 10
12:13 PM — A 30-year-old man found guilty of the murder of a retired accountant in a public toilet in Surrey has been jailed for life. Mark Malone will serve at least thirty years.
Emmerdale Spoilers: Will Anna’s love for Matthew overcome his lies? 1
12:09 PM — Anna is summoned to a De Souza board meeting, fully intending to sell her shares in the business. Instead, she is floored to discover that De Souza is the major shareholders in Polek Haulage. Meanwhile, the Kings discover they have until the end of the day to raise funds or else the creditors will liquidate their assets. When Anna returns from the meeting, Matthew is furious to hear about the situation, almost cancelling the wedding.
Jade Goody attacked over lesbian slurs 13
12:01 PM — Comedian Amy Lame has branded reality TV star Jade Goody homophobic after she said that lesbians have "really short hair."
Census goes online but no question about sexual orientation 4
11:13 AM — The next national census will be held on 27th March 2011. For the first time the marital status question will include a civil partnership option, but there will not be a question on sexual orientation.
11th December 2008
CPS “rightly proud” of rise in prosecutions for homophobic hate crimes 2
4:58 PM — The Crown Prosecution Service has released new statistics on prosecutions for hate crimes in England and Wales.
Same-sex couples denied EU right to freedom of movement 13
4:18 PM — Gay and lesbian couples who have legal same-sex marriages or unions are being denied their rights to move and reside freely within the EU.
Two men questioned over Sol Campbell abuse
3:12 PM — Two men have been arrested, questioned and bailed after police in Hampshire released images of 16 people wanted for questioning about homophobic and racist abuse directed towards footballer Sol Campbell.
Northern Ireland moves closer to a Bill of Rights 4
10:00 AM — The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has handed the British government its advice on the potential for a Bill of Rights for the province.
New report documents rights of children in LGBT-led families
9:00 AM — The International Lesbian and Gay Association has launched a new report on the rights of children raised in lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans families in Europe.
10th December 2008
Analysis: What does the UN statement on LGBT rights say? 1
4:26 PM — Next week the United Nations General Assembly will meet. France on behalf of the EU is to make a declaration from the podium in support of the human rights of all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
UK urged to stop deporting people with HIV to uncertain treatment
2:42 PM — The British government should review its policy of deporting people diagnosed with HIV in the UK to countries where treatment is not readily available or affordable.
Men sought by police in connection with homophobic chanting at Portsmouth game 1
1:49 PM — Police in Portsmouth have released photos of sixteen people they want to trace in connection with racist and homophobic chanting at a football match.
9th December 2008
Lesbian sold cannabis to pay for civil partnership 2
5:11 PM — A woman from Hull has been convicted of drug dealing after admitting to police that she was selling cannabis to pay for her civil partnership ceremony.
UK argued against gay people’s right to family life in European Court 5
4:22 PM — A member of the House of Lords has welcomed the government's decision to withdraw from the position that same-sex relationships fall outside the ambit of family life as defined by the European Convention on Human Rights.
8th December 2008
Human rights group criticises Jamaica’s homophobic violence 4
2:45 PM — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has said that gay and lesbian people in Jamaica suffer disproportionately in the deteriorating situation in the Caribbean country.