16th February 2009
No gays on Speaker’s conference but DUP preacher is appointed 7
12:06 PM — A special parliamentary committee that is examining ways of making the House of Commons more diverse has no gay members.
Stonewall calls for an end to ban on gay men giving blood 11
11:26 AM — The UK's leading gay rights organisation has called on the National Blood Service to end the ban on blood donations from men who have had sex with men.
David Cameron says Tory party “has work to do” on gay rights 30
9:00 AM — The leader of the Conservatives has said his support for civil partnerships is proof the party backs gay rights.
13th February 2009
David Beckham subjected to homophobic abuse during England match 6
12:52 PM — An international match between Spain and England on Wednesday was marred by homophobic chanting, according to the Gay Football Supporters Network.
God Hates Fags church threatens to picket Basingstoke 93
12:33 PM — A small religious community from Kansas notorious for picketing funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq have said they are to protest in England.
12th February 2009
Gay humanists back Dutch MP’s right to criticise Islam 25
2:52 PM — A gay humanist group has said the Home Secretary was wrong to ban a Dutch MP who is critical of Islam. Geert Wilders has been denied permission to enter Britain.
Iranian lesbian granted asylum in the UK 5
2:38 PM — A gay woman has been granted refugee status after three years battling the UK's asylum system. Yesterday it was confirmed that Pegah Emambakhsh will be allowed to remain in the UK.
11th February 2009
Tatchell accuses Home Secretary of “gross hypocrisy” over ban on Dutch MP 22
5:06 PM — The decision to ban a member of the Dutch parliament from entering the United Kingdom has been criticised by a prominent gay rights activist.
Free football festival is highlight of Brighton’s Winter Pride
4:10 PM — A day of soccer activities in Brighton's Jubilee Square next month will feature a new all-stars team.
Government defends ban on gay men giving blood 12
3:47 PM — A health minister has said that an expert advisory body is keeping the ban on men who have had sex with men from donating blood under review.
Isle of Man politician compared to Nazis over trans comments 16
2:22 PM — A member of the Isle of Man's parliament has been accused of using language more akin to the Nazis during a debate about the rights of transexuals.
London event to discuss if bareback pornography is hindering HIV prevention 16
1:43 PM — A special event at London's Southbank centre this week will explore the impact of unsafe sex practices in gay pornography.
10th February 2009
Teenager tells murder trial he lied about attack on gay friend
5:41 PM — An 18-year-old has admitted that he lied to police about how his gay friend suffered serious head injuries. Michael Binsteed, of Prescot in Merseyside, has already pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.
Homeless gay teen charity appeals for long-distance runners to raise funds
4:31 PM — A charity that works with young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who are homeless or living in a hostile environment is appealing for entrants in this year’s BUPA Manchester Great Run.
Trans group concerned about government’s proposed ID cards 12
2:36 PM — The government's plans for voluntary identity cards could pose problems for trans people, an activist group has said. Gender Spectrum UK has launched an online petition.
Gays who face persecution should be given asylum says EU 7
1:04 PM — The European Commission has affirmed that persecution on grounds of sexual orientation is a legitimate justification for an asylum claim.
9th February 2009
Catholic leader who attacked gay families wants union with Church of England 15
5:31 PM — A Roman Catholic Cardinal who has repeatedly attacked gay adoption and civil partnerships has addressed the legislative body of the Church of England.
Gay actor David Paisley pays tribute to LGBT youth group 3
4:48 PM — A well-known TV actor has said that attending a gay youth group when he was 15 helped him come to terms with his sexuality and go on to have a successful career.
T-shirt worn during lesbian invasion of BBC news on show in Haringey 5
4:07 PM — An artefact from one of the most famous protests against Section 28 is on show in the London borough of Haringey as part of LGBT History Month.
‘Torgay’ businessman aims to draw pink pounds to seaside town 4
3:41 PM — The gay owner of a holiday rental property business in the resort of Torbay has said the local authority should advertise in the LGBT press and win more of the "pink pound."