19th May 2008
Gay star signs two-year deal with ITV
2:35 PM — Actor Antony Cotton will stay with hit soap opera Coronation Street for at least two years, it has been revealed. The gay performer will also be given another project of his own by ITV.
Reform Jews claim equality high ground over other faith groups 1
2:04 PM — New research commissioned by The Movement for Reform Judaism, which represents around a quarter of Britain's affiliated Jews, has revealed most British people think religions discriminate against gay people.
Tory battle over lesbian parenting and “need for a father” 5
12:53 PM — A significant number of Conservative MPs and some Labour members are set to back an amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill that will retain a controversial requirement.
G-A-Y announces end of an era at Astoria
12:23 PM — Club promoter Jeremy Joseph has confirmed that his popular G-A-Y night will no longer use the Astoria as a venue on Monday, Thursday and Friday nights.
18th May 2008
London Registrar sues for right not to “marry” gay and lesbian couples 29
2:16 AM — A registrar will face her employer, Islington Council in an employment tribunal this week as she demands the right not to marry gay couples.
16th May 2008
Gay youth group honoured at awards ceremony 3
3:58 PM — A group of 15 – 24 year olds who have actively raised awareness of LGBT issues in Wigan have been honoured in the Deutsche Bank CHANGEit Awards.
Group civil partnership ceremonies planned for Manchester Pride 2
2:33 PM — Manchester Pride’s 18th birthday in August will begin with two group civil ceremonies for same-sex couples, it has been announced. The ceremonies will take place on the eve of Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend.
“Unacknowledged policy” places disabled kids with gay carers 3
2:18 PM — An adoption expert has criticised the treatment of lesbian and gay people who want to foster children or become adoptive parents.
New attitude editor named 1
1:03 PM — Matthew Todd has been appointed as editor of gay magazine attitude. The title was bought two weeks ago by Trojan Publishing, whose stable of publications includes Asian Babes and Women's Fitness.
National AIDS Trust call on goverment to stop HIV discrimination 2
11:07 AM — This weekend The National AIDS Trust (NAT) is will be calling on the Government to change the law so that it properly protects people living with HIV from hate crime. The campaign will coincide with The International Day Against Homophobia which will take place this Saturday.
15th May 2008
Police pay damages after anti-gay Muslims documentary row
9:12 PM — Channel 4 and independent film maker Hard Cash accepted damages and an apology at the High Court following a row over a documentary broadcast last January exposing homophobic preaching in UK mosques.
Teachers TV devotes week of programmes to fighting homophobia
5:35 PM — A special week of programming from a digital channel for teachers will explore ways to stamp out homophobia in schools.
British activist becomes President of Transgender Europe 2
5:02 PM — Dr Stephen Whittle, one of the UK's leading trans activists, has become President of Transgender Europe (TGEU) at an international conference in Berlin. More than 200 activists from across the world attended.
COMMENT: Governments must take all measures necessary to protect LGBT citizens
4:29 PM — A number of people around the world – including in Europe – continue to be stigmatised because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.
Britain’s out MEP to march in Turkey for gay rights 1
1:44 PM — Michael Cashman with join authors, journalists and human rights defenders on a march against homophobia and transphobia in Ankara on Saturday. Mr Cashman is one of only two out gay MEPs.
IDAHO will be marked with “gravitas, concern, determination, wit and irony”
1:14 PM — The organisers of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), have said they are delighted at the range of events taking place across the country. 17th May is IDAHO.
Former aide warned Gordon Brown not to abolish 10p tax band
12:20 PM — One of the Prime Minister’s closest aides advised him not to raise taxes for the lowest-paid workers in the country, more than a year before the decision became a political crisis.
14th May 2008
Lucas: Universal human rights are being eroded
3:02 PM — A leading Green party politician claims "international appeasement of conservative regimes" is a threat to human rights. Caroline Lucas represents South East England in the European Parliament.
Stonewall seeks fans on Facebook
2:59 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has launched a new Facebook page as everyone from MPs to aspiring pop stars continue to use the social networking site to connect with friends and supporters.
Caymans will not accept gay partnerships
2:04 PM — In the wake of an incident in which a gay man was detained by police on the Cayman Islands after kissing his boyfriend in public, a politician in the British Overseas Territory has questioned why he received an apology.