12th March 2009
Blood ban on gay men to be reviewed 13
1:18 PM — A review of blood donation policy in the UK will be carried out following the publication of new research. The latest review, in January 2007, recommended that the policy of banning gay and bisexual men from donating blood should be continued.
EastEnders Spoilers: Peggy collapses
8:47 AM — Peggy's pursuit of election victory continues – until she collapses during a council debate. The family worry that the cancer might have returned and Archie gives her an ultimatum – her politics, or him. Will he go ahead with his threat to cancel the wedding?
Coronation Street Spoilers: Michelle tells Becky all!
8:43 AM — Becky and Steve are already at loggerheads – she can't remember what happened on her wedding day and he is keeping the truth from her. It is only later in the day that Becky notices she isn't wearing her wedding ring – so Michelle takes great delight in filling her in with all the gory details.
Emmerdale Spoilers: Jimmy and Nicola – together at last?
8:39 AM — The Wyldes decide that Belle isn't the kind of friend they want for Will and so they ban him from seeing her. When Belle wants to know why Nathan lies and says it's because Will hates her – and she is distraught.
11th March 2009
Missing teen found ‘safe and well’ 13
4:33 PM — William Wright, who went missing on a night out in Manchester at the weekend, has been found.
Manx gender recognition bill moves forward
2:42 PM — A bill to bring the Isle of Man in line with the rest of the UK on gender recognition has unanimously passed its first reading in the Legisative Council. The Gender Recognition bill is being enacted to conform to the latest European Court of Human Rights rulings and updates the law to the new identities of post-op trans people.
Lesbian and gay singing event scheduled for London’s South Bank in May 2
2:02 PM — Various Voices, a lesbian and gay choir and singing event, will be held in London at the South Bank Centre in May. Hosted by the London Gay Men’s Chorus, The Pink Singers and Diversity, the four-day festival will feature 60 choirs, 2,000 singers and 50 concerts.
Update: Missing teenager caught on CCTV
11:25 AM — More information has come through on teenager William Wright, who went missing after a night out with friends in Manchester's gay village at the weekend. William, 19, from Crick, Wales, was last seen by his friends at 4:20am on Saturday, March 7th outside the View bar on Canal Street.
Islington registrar denied right to appeal over civil marriages ruling 31
10:36 AM — The Islington registrar who refused to carry out civil partnerships has been denied leave to appeal against the latest ruling. Lillian Ladele, 48, from Finsbury, was threatened with the sack after she told Islington borough council she could not carry out the ceremonies due to her Christian beliefs.
Robbie Williams to star in Little Britain sketch 1
9:17 AM — Former Take That star Robbie Williams is to appear as a little girl in a Red Nose Day special Little Britain sketch. "It's hard to say no when asked to take part in a Little Britain sketch for Comic Relief," said Williams.
10th March 2009
Pet Shop Boys wax lyrical on Blair, Obama and Kylie 4
4:55 PM — Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys has criticised "gestural" politics, saying that comfort and convenience are what drives the political agenda. In an interview with Attitude magazine and bandmate Chris Lowe, he compared Tony Blair and Barack Obama for their inclusivity, calling them "big tent" people.
Event to raise funds for homophobic bullying campaign
2:17 PM — An event to raise money for Stonewall's Education for All campaign to stop homophobic bullying in schools will be held next month at the Paramount Club, at the top of the Centre Point Tower in London.
Homophobic bullying ‘rife’ in schools 12
1:54 PM — A survey of UK teachers has found a "deeply alarming" amount of homophobia in schools. The report, released today by Stonewall, is the largest ever survey of both primary and secondary school teachers on the issue of homophobic bullying.
Domestic violence proposals ‘must cover same-sex relationships’ 8
1:27 PM — Domestic abuse campaigners have said that plans for a new consultation on the issue must take into account abuse in same-sex relationships. According to figures, one in four LGBT people will experience domestic violence or abuse.
Trans children ‘will be protected under Equality bill’ 3
11:40 AM — The government has announced that protection under the forthcoming Equality bill will be extended to trans pupils. Previously, trans school pupils were not protected due to government policy that said the right of parents or guardians to take a case to court on discrimination grounds is unlikely to help very difficult situations and may not be in the best interests of the child.
Police appeal for witnesses after man goes missing in Manchester’s gay village 7
10:29 AM — A 19-year-old man from North Wales has been reported missing after a night out in Manchester's gay quarter. Police are appealing to anyone who may have information on the whereabouts of William Paul George Wright, who was last seen on Canal Street in the early hours of Saturday morning (March 7th).
9th March 2009
Gaydar’s Soho bar Profile to cease trading 3
5:24 PM — Profile, one of the most popular gay bars in Soho, London, is to close at the end of next month. A joint venture between QSoft Consulting, which owns the Gaydar brand, and Vince Power Music Group, the £1 million Frith Street bar was opened in March 2007.
National register for abusive partners will not cover gay relationships 8
3:19 PM — Government plans for a new consultation on domestic violence will not cover abuse in same-sex relationships or violence suffered by men. In 2007, 142 people died in domestic attacks, including 38 men.
Cardinal Keith O’Brien: SNP gay reforms are ‘misguided and inappropriate’ 123
11:47 AM — Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the leader of the Scottish Catholic Church, has urged Scottish National Party ministers to abandon plans to give gay couples the right to become foster parents, saying vulnerable children would be put at risk.
Homophobia ‘more common than racism’ 24
10:50 AM — A study has suggested that negative attitudes to gay and lesbian people are now more prevalent than racism.