8th December 2008
Gay comedian apologises for Shannon Matthews gag 9
1:34 PM — Alan Carr has said sorry for calling a mother convicted last week of kidnapping her own child a "gay icon."
Northern Ireland gets first sexual health promotion strategy 1
12:36 PM — The first ever Sexual Health Promotion Strategy and Action Plan for Northern Ireland has been published.
7th December 2008
Gay “cure” policeman says sacking is destroying his family 22
10:02 PM — A Christian policeman who was sacked after a series of circulated emails at work suggesting homosexuality was sinful said that the decision to dismiss him is "destroying" him and his family.
6th December 2008
EastEnders Spoilers: What’s in store for Whitney’s 16th Birthday?
8:03 PM — The day of Whitney's 16th birthday finally arrives and she is ready to leave the square with Tony – but he starts to stall and asks her to wait until Christmas or the New Year. She isn't happy with what he is saying and then Bianca makes her feel hugely guilty by presenting her with a china doll – to replace the one her birth mother had given her, but which got broken in one of the family's countless moves.
5th December 2008
MP praises statistics body’s decision to start counting gay population 8
6:17 PM — A Lib Dem MP who had called on the Office for National Statistics to include a question on sexual orientation in the 2011 Census has welcomed their decision to start asking survey participants if they are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or other.
Relate admits wrongful dismissal of Christian sex counsellor who refused gays 20
5:17 PM — Relationships counselling organisation Relate has admitted it it wrongfully dismissed a Christian employee who did not want to work with gay couples.
Coming out was the hardest thing I ever did says gay referee 4
4:25 PM — The only openly gay man to be a rugby union referee at the highest level of the game has revealed he tried to kill himself because he did not want to be a homosexual.
Draft 2011 Census does not include sexuality question 4
2:01 PM — The government's proposed White Paper on the 2011 Census does not include proposals for a question on sexual identity.
Gay question on ONS surveys will help public bodies with equality duty
1:33 PM — The decision of the Office for National Statistics to start asking survey respondents about their sexual orientation could help promote equality.
Office for National Statistics will start to ask sexuality question in surveys 2
1:06 PM — The Office for National Statistics has announced it will start to ask a question about sexual orientation on surveys from next year.
Boy George convicted of false imprisonment 4
11:33 AM — Pop star and DJ Boy George was found guilty of false imprisonment by a jury in London earlier today. He will be sentenced next month.
Graham Norton to replace Terry Wogan as host of Eurovision 2
9:12 AM — Gay comic Graham Norton is to replace Sir Terry Wogan as the British host of Eurovision. The appointment comes just days after Norton attempted to quash rumours he would replace Sir Terry.
4th December 2008
Catholic adoption agency tells Cardinal that Jesus taught love without prejudice 10
3:55 PM — The leader of Scotland's Roman Catholics has resigned as chairman of an adoption agency because it plans to comply with the law.
Homophobic preacher stands by Leviticus quote in banned advert 9
2:27 PM — The leader of Sandown Free Presbyterian Church has claimed that a ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority interferes with religious freedom.
Gay humanists condemn Vatican’s stance on universal decriminalisation 7
1:52 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has condemned the Vatican's opposition to a declaration against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
3rd December 2008
Police investigation into Iris Robinson’s homophobic comments is “active” 5
6:17 PM — Serious crime officers from the Northern Ireland Police Service are involved in "active inquiries" into whether an MP broke the law when she spoke out against homosexuality.
Tories “broadly welcome” Equality Bill but want more detail 4
5:00 PM — The opposition parties have welcomed new government plans to unify the various strands of discrimination law and include gay people in public bodies' duty to promote equality.
Video: Queen’s Speech outlines legislative plans for 2009
3:56 PM — The stability of the British economy was highlighted as a key area for government action in today's Queen's Speech.
Charity for gay homeless teens rebrands to reach new generation of kids in need 1
3:44 PM — The Albert Kennedy Trust has unveiled its new corporate identity and logo. The charity works with young lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people whose families have rejected them or are unable to care for them.
Belfast Free Presbyterian church rapped over homophobic advert 4
3:18 PM — An advert placed in a local paper in Northern Ireland by Sandown Free Presbyterian Church ahead of this summer's Pride event in Belfast breached the Advertising Standards Authority code on decency.