16th May 2008
Group civil partnership ceremonies planned for Manchester Pride 2
2:33 PM — Manchester Pride’s 18th birthday in August will begin with two group civil ceremonies for same-sex couples, it has been announced. The ceremonies will take place on the eve of Manchester Pride’s Big Weekend.
“Unacknowledged policy” places disabled kids with gay carers 3
2:18 PM — An adoption expert has criticised the treatment of lesbian and gay people who want to foster children or become adoptive parents.
New attitude editor named 1
1:03 PM — Matthew Todd has been appointed as editor of gay magazine attitude. The title was bought two weeks ago by Trojan Publishing, whose stable of publications includes Asian Babes and Women's Fitness.
National AIDS Trust call on goverment to stop HIV discrimination 2
11:07 AM — This weekend The National AIDS Trust (NAT) is will be calling on the Government to change the law so that it properly protects people living with HIV from hate crime. The campaign will coincide with The International Day Against Homophobia which will take place this Saturday.
15th May 2008
Police pay damages after anti-gay Muslims documentary row
9:12 PM — Channel 4 and independent film maker Hard Cash accepted damages and an apology at the High Court following a row over a documentary broadcast last January exposing homophobic preaching in UK mosques.
Teachers TV devotes week of programmes to fighting homophobia
5:35 PM — A special week of programming from a digital channel for teachers will explore ways to stamp out homophobia in schools.
British activist becomes President of Transgender Europe 2
5:02 PM — Dr Stephen Whittle, one of the UK's leading trans activists, has become President of Transgender Europe (TGEU) at an international conference in Berlin. More than 200 activists from across the world attended.
COMMENT: Governments must take all measures necessary to protect LGBT citizens
4:29 PM — A number of people around the world – including in Europe – continue to be stigmatised because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.
Britain’s out MEP to march in Turkey for gay rights 1
1:44 PM — Michael Cashman with join authors, journalists and human rights defenders on a march against homophobia and transphobia in Ankara on Saturday. Mr Cashman is one of only two out gay MEPs.
IDAHO will be marked with “gravitas, concern, determination, wit and irony”
1:14 PM — The organisers of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), have said they are delighted at the range of events taking place across the country. 17th May is IDAHO.
Former aide warned Gordon Brown not to abolish 10p tax band
12:20 PM — One of the Prime Minister’s closest aides advised him not to raise taxes for the lowest-paid workers in the country, more than a year before the decision became a political crisis.
14th May 2008
Lucas: Universal human rights are being eroded
3:02 PM — A leading Green party politician claims "international appeasement of conservative regimes" is a threat to human rights. Caroline Lucas represents South East England in the European Parliament.
Stonewall seeks fans on Facebook
2:59 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has launched a new Facebook page as everyone from MPs to aspiring pop stars continue to use the social networking site to connect with friends and supporters.
Caymans will not accept gay partnerships
2:04 PM — In the wake of an incident in which a gay man was detained by police on the Cayman Islands after kissing his boyfriend in public, a politician in the British Overseas Territory has questioned why he received an apology.
TV stars to join Dannii Minogue on Walk for Life
12:32 PM — Thousands of people will take to the streets of London on June 1st to raise money for AIDS work in the UK and Africa. Singer and actress Dannii Minogue is the latest celebrity to sign up for Crusaid’s Walk for Life.
Kent Police urge use of hate crime hotline
12:16 PM — A 24-hour homophobic and transphobic telephone hotline run by Kent Police aims to ensure that all hate crimes in the county are reported and investigated. The force has spoken of its commitment to tackle these crimes.
13th May 2008
Spinster sisters assured there will be no evictions 6
7:12 PM — A government minister has told the House of Lords that two elderly British sisters who lost their case in the European Court of Human Rights over inheritance tax will not be evicted when one of them dies.
THT invites supporters to hold their own Eurovision fundraiser 1
4:54 PM — Leading sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust is offering Eurovision party packs to encourage people to raise funds by holding a party in honour of the kitsch song contest.
West Midlands police launch LGBT perception survey
4:05 PM — One of England's largest police forces is asking lesbian, gay bisexual and trans people to take part in a survey on their perceptions of crime and anti-social behaviour. West Midlands Police's operational area covers Birmingham.
Commons debate: from born again to born with two mummies 8
2:10 PM — There were a range of views on display during yesterday's second reading of the Human Fertilisation and Embrology Bill.There were measured arguments about the rights of single women and the efficacy of lesbian parents.