2nd June 2008
THT defends its support for ban on gay blood donations 3
5:33 PM — The head of policy at Terrence Higgins Trust has defended the charity’s support for the National Blood Service’s policy of refusing donations from gay men.
Met advisory group reports on drugs and the LGBT community 1
2:40 PM — Drug and alcohol abuse is more prevalent among gay men than the rest of the population, according to a report from the Metropolitan Police Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Advisory Group.
1st June 2008
Scottish government pledges extra funds for gay schemes
12:46 AM — The Scottish government is to award £6.1m of extra funding to equality groups including those aimed at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community.
30th May 2008
West End shows for free at Leicester Square festival
6:25 PM — The UK's biggest free theatre festival will be returning to central London next month. Now in its fourth year, West End LIVE will feature world-class acts from musicals such as Avenue Q.
Council praised for prompt action against discriminatory Earl 8
2:51 PM — An aristocrat who refused to allow a gay couple to hold their civil partnership ceremony at his castle has had his licence revoked by Devon County Council.
New STI campaign tells gays to get tested and get back out there 1
1:50 PM — Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has re-launched a provocative campaign to try to increase awareness among gay men of sexually transmitted infections.
Police worker commended for work on homophobic crime 2
1:40 PM — A community liaison officer who set up a Homophobic Incident Reporting Line has been presented with a certificate of merit. Mick Cronin, who works in Kent, set the scheme up in Dover and Folkestone.
COMMENT: Doctor Who, omnisexuals and penis envy
1:17 AM — Right from its origins in 1963, the classic Doctor Who series was highly political and embodied a distinct minority sensibility.
29th May 2008
Former Tory councillor censured over paedophile comments 23
3:58 PM — A Conservative local councillor who was found guilty of public order offences after making homophobic comments, but later had his conviction overturned, has been criticised by the Standards Board for England.
Gay firefighters support group wins award 1
2:41 PM — The only national group campaigning for LGBT rights in the fire service has been honoured at a national awards ceremony. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Support Group won a leadership award.
Rainbow flag will fly over Plymouth on Pride
11:52 AM — The flag of the gay community will fly from Plymouth Guildhall this year for the first time, to mark the city’s prideevent. It is the south west’s largest gay gathering.
Boys only run to raise funds for testicular cancer research
11:33 AM — 300 men have already signed up to get fit with their footballing heroes this weekend and raise money and awareness for male cancer research.
28th May 2008
Stonewall launches free phone service
10:16 PM — Advice and information and guidance on issues affecting lesbian and gay life, from civil partnerships and parenting to housing and health, is now available for free.
Analysis: Follow the Roman Catholic handbook on influencing politics 8
5:49 PM — The Roman Catholic Church has said that the defeat in Parliament of attempts to lower the time limit on abortions is not the end of the matter. They have urged their adherents to target those MPs who voted for maintaining the status quo.
JoJo’s asylum decision delayed by medical evidence
4:38 PM — A gay Syrian claiming asylum in the UK has been told that he must wait for a case review hearing before he will receive a decision from an immigration tribunal on whether or not he can remain in the UK.
Bristol to host fifth annual Bear Fiesta
3:26 PM — Gay venues in Bristol are preparing for a three-day celebration of heft, as the Bear Fiesta descends on the city once again.
COMMENT: Nul points for Eurovision 2008 5
2:37 PM — While relieved that the feared homophobic violence on the streets of Belgrade did not materialise, the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest failed to impress. And not just because our entry came last.
27th May 2008
Ian McKellen and Gene Robinson to talk gays and religion at London festival 1
5:31 PM — London's Literature Festival will feature an appearance by the only openly gay bishop in the Anglican communion, it has been revealed. Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire, will be at the festival in July.
Army settles out of court with trans soldier 2
4:49 PM — A 43-year old woman who claimed she suffered sexual discrimination and was unfair dismissal from the British Army after transitioning has won a payout of £250,000.
COMMENT: Gay students abandoned by parents enter ‘postcode lottery’ 1
3:42 PM — Two years ago at the age of 19, James left home after his stepfather repeatedly beat him because he was gay. As a result, he ended up spending a year living on the streets.