19th May 2009
Partner of gay comedian Frankie Howerd dies 7
10:00 AM — Dennis Heymer, the former partner and manager of comedian Frankie Howerd, has died. Mr Heymer died aged 80 last Friday in the arms of Chris Byrne, who the couple unofficially adopted as a teenager.
18th May 2009
Jacqui Smith defends UK ban on anti-gay shock jock 19
6:07 PM — Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was today forced to defend her decision to ban US shock jock Michael Savage from entering Britain.
Gay man stabbed to death in north London
5:51 PM — A gay man was stabbed to death at an address in Tottenham, north London on Saturday. Daryl Phillips, 39, had been stabbed in the leg and was treated at the scene at Avenue Road, but was later pronounced dead at 3.35am.
Ex-wife of gay minister offers public support 5
5:42 PM — The former wife of openly gay Rev Scott Rennie, whose ordination is threatening to create a schism in the Church of Scotland, has spoken out in his defence.
Gay MP Chris Bryant forced to move house after homophobic attacks 44
11:50 AM — Chris Bryant, the openly gay Labour MP for Rhondda, has said the reason he 'flipped' his second home was to escape homophobic thugs who daubed lewd messages on his main constituency property.
15th May 2009
Anti-gay MP Iris Robinson and husband tried to claim twice for same expenses bill 23
5:37 PM — Northern Ireland MPs Iris Robinson and her husband Peter tried to claim twice for the same £1,223 expenses bill on the same day.
Comment: Sex education can help stop the rise of HIV in young gay men 10
4:35 PM — Deborah Jack, chief executive of the National AIDS Trust (NAT), argues that rising HIV rates in young gay men means the government must ensure all schools provide sex education for gay students.
Boy, 14, found guilty of chanting homophobic abuse at footballer Sol Campbell 8
4:15 PM — A 14-year-old boy and a 42-year-old man were today found guilty of shouting "disgusting" homophobic abuse at footballer Sol Campbell at a match in September last year.
Exclusive: BNP describes gay politicians as ‘buggers and criminals’ 133
3:48 PM — A list on the British National Party's website of politicians from all three main parties describes a number of gay MPs as "buggers" and "criminals", grouping them with convicted paedophiles.
Facebook hate groups target Jews and gays 7
2:36 PM — Facebook and other social networking sites have been criticised for hosting a number of anti-Semitic, homophobic and racist web pages.
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.