28th October 2008
Lottery funding for five year study into gays, drugs and alcohol 1
5:48 PM — The Big Lottery Fund's Big Research Programme is to provide funds for "England's first ever research into drug and alcohol use among lesbian, gay and bisexual communities."
Gay hate preachers will be refused entry to UK under new rules 14
5:24 PM — The government has announced new measures to stop those who want to spread extremism, hatred and violent messages from coming to the UK.
Leading Muslim doctor faces professional conduct hearing over homophobic letter 16
1:47 PM — A fitness to practise hearing has been told that a GP who wrote a homophobic and transphobic letter to a medical magazine has changed his story several times.
Stoke votes for new local government model after gay mayors 1
1:42 PM — The elected mayor of Stoke on Trent has said he is disappointed that voters in the city have decided to replace him with a council leader and cabinet system.
27th October 2008
Julian Clary’s suit to be auctioned online for NSPCC
5:53 PM — Comedian, TV presenter and author Julian Clary has donated one of his favourite suits to raise money for the NSPCC.
Significant minority want recriminalisation of gay sex in the UK 32
3:56 PM — A new survey of the British public indicates there is still a minority who remain opposed to gay rights. 24% want gay sex to be recriminalised.
Relationships counsellor who refuses gay couples to go to tribunal 8
3:36 PM — A man who claims he has been discriminated against because he is a Christian is to take relationships counselling organisation Relate to an employment tribunal.
75% of Brits would vote for a gay Prime Minister 1
2:50 PM — A new survey has found that a large majority of people would be comfortable with a gay or lesbian person becoming Prime Minister.
Gay MP injured in daytime attack by teen thugs 3
1:13 PM — A Plaid Cymru MP has been attacked in Worcester. Four youths attacked Adam Price and a friend, who were on their way to a party in a restaurant.
25th October 2008
Mandelson reveals he first met Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska in 2004 3
1:33 PM — Business Secretary Lord Mandelson has confirmed that he met with the controversial Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska in 2004, two years earlier than his former European Union officials.
Travel: Paris, Rome, Madrid and…Birmingham?
12:35 PM — Let's be honest, with glamorous places such as Paris, Rome and Madrid on offer, it is probably fair to say that Birmingham doesn't feature at the top of many people's list of great cities to visit. But with its sleek hotels, plentiful museums, modern architecture and exhibitions, perhaps it should.
Coronation Street: The street bid farewell to Liam
1:14 AM — There's a sombre start to the week in Manchester as the residents of the street attend Liam's funeral. Maria's not sure how she's going to cope, so she takes Ozzy along for support. Carla has no idea how she's going to get through the day either. Once she arrives at the church, she finds it overbearing and flees as soon as the hymn singing begins. Her dramatic exit raises a few eyebrows in the congregation.
Emmerdale Spoilers: Will Louise and Jamie live happily ever after?
1:11 AM — Bob and Terry get the wrong end of the stick at the start of the week. They totally misinterpret a welcome kiss between Louise and Jonty. Jonty asks Louise to leave for Australia with him. When Jamie finds out he's not best pleased and lands a right hook on Jonty before storming off.
EastEnders Spoilers: Max Branning gets hit down
1:07 AM — As the week kicks off in Walford it seems as though we're about to say "bon voyage" to Tanya, Jack and the kids as they head off to France. But this is soapland, you know it's not going to be that easy for them to leave, not if Max has anything to do with it anyway.
24th October 2008
‘Gay wedding’ vicar in line for Stonewall award 1
6:32 PM — A Church of England priest who has expressed regret for performing a "gay wedding" for two fellow clergy is one of the nominees for Stonewall's Hero of the Year award.
Hate preacher demands death penalty for Mr Gay UK convicted of murder 14
3:25 PM — A Christian fundamentalist group has commented on the recent case of a former Mr Gay UK convicted of murder. Christian Voice is headed by Stephen Green.
Catholics to celebrate their queer saints
2:56 PM — The Feast of All Saints will be marked in an unusual way by London's LGBT Catholics next month.
I won’t do it again, promises ‘gay wedding’ vicar 2
1:45 PM — A Church of England priest who blessed the same-sex partnership of two of his fellow clergy in a church ceremony has expressed regret for his actions.
Organisers delighted at success of LGBT Muslim conference 5
12:45 PM — Scholars, academics and activists from across the world gathered in London earlier this month to mark the tenth anniversary of the largest support group for LGBT Muslims in Europe.
Police appeal for witnesses after man drowns in crusing area canal
12:33 PM — Detectives in Manchester have joined forces with a gay group to appeal to anyone who can help them piece together what happened to a man who drowned near a well-known cruising spot.