15th January 2009
Legendary G-A-Y venue closes to make way for Crossrail 5
3:40 PM — For many people in London it was the first gay club they ever went to. Others remember seeing some of the world's best bands perform there. Whatever your memories of The Astoria, it is definitely all over now.
Government to remove incitement to homophobic hatred “opt out” 8
2:44 PM — New legislation that reforms the coroner service and criminal justice system contains a measure to protect people from incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Gay retailer clonezone goes into administration 14
1:39 PM — Clonezone, one of the world's largest gay retail chains, has officially gone into administration. The company operated ten stores in the UK.
Liverpool gay village plan goes ahead after seven years of lobbying 5
1:31 PM — A Liberal party councillor has said that after seven years of lobbying, proposals for new traffic arrangements in the gay "village" will go ahead.
Boy George faces jail for false imprisonment of sex worker 2
12:47 PM — A judge in London will sentence singer Boy George tomorrow following his conviction last month of false imprisonment.
Gay footballers demand tougher action against homophobia 1
11:45 AM — The Gay Football Supporters Network has said that homophobic taunts and chanting at matches should be treated as such, and not labelled "indecent."
14th January 2009
European Parliament recommends mutual recognition of same-sex partnerships 3
4:27 PM — MEPs have adopted the Report on the Situation of Fundamental Rights in the EU. The report contains recommendations on a broad range of issues such as discrimination and gender equality.
Chris Bryant speaks publicly about “horrible” Gaydar photo controversy 11
2:31 PM — A junior minister has given a deeply personal interview to a gay publication in which he discusses coming out, his mother's struggle with alcoholism and his humiliation at the hands of a tabloid newspaper.
Murder accused claims another man murdered trans sex worker
11:56 AM — A roofer from Leeds who is currently on trial for the murder of a transsexual prostitute claims he was attempting to save her from another attacker, the Old Bailey heard.
“Liberated and enlightened” Prince Harry is not homophobic claims Tatchell 25
11:43 AM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has defended the third in line to the throne over accusations of homophobia.
13th January 2009
13-year-old boy among eleven charged with homophobic abuse at football match 10
4:18 PM — A thirteen-year-old boy and two fifteen-year-olds have been charged with indecent chanting at a football match.
Formula 1 boss receives apology over homophobia allegations at tribunal 4
3:58 PM — An employment tribunal in Southampton has come to an end with an apology from the man who brought the case.
Islington council announces new gay equality charter 3
2:37 PM — A London council that was taken to an employment tribunal by a Christian registrar who refused to officiate at civil partnerships has announced a charter for lesbian, gay and bisexual residents.
Same-sex marriage supporters to petition Scottish Parliament 9
1:54 PM — A group of gay rights advocates has launched a petition to the Scottish Parliament calling for a change in the law to allow two people of the same sex to get married.
12th January 2009
Gay appointment at Aberdeen church may face opposition 6
4:46 PM — An openly gay minister has been appointed to a Church of Scotland congregation, but sources suggest an appeal to block the move is imminent.
Stonewall: Prince Harry must apologise for homophobic remarks 52
2:29 PM — Stonewall, the gay equality organisation, has said that a video that shows Prince Harry calling fellow soldiers "queer" is an insult to lesbians and gay men serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.
I’m A Celebrity star Brian Paddick gets married in Norway 4
1:48 PM — Former senior police officer, candidate for Mayor of London and reality TV contestant Brian Paddick has married his boyfriend in a civil ceremony in Oslo.
Day of football fun in Brighton for Justin Fashanu campaign 1
1:14 PM — Brighton’s Jubilee Square will be transformed into a five-a-side football pitch on 14th March as part of the Justin Campaign’s Football Festival.
Tales from antiquity to mark LGBT history month 3
11:46 AM — A museum in London will be hosting free seminars and a free exhibition as part of LGBT history month in February.
10th January 2009
Carphone Warehouse apologise for calling customer a “big gay” 9
11:20 AM — Mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse has apologised after a customer with a broken phone was given paperwork that described him as a "big gay."