23rd October 2008
Ruth Kelly among Labour fertility bill rebels 4
11:47 AM — Sixteen MPs defied the Labour whip yesterday to vote against the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. Among them was Ruth Kelly, a Cabinet minister until the start of this month.
MPs approve equal access to fertility treatment
10:42 AM — New legislation that will provide equal access to fertility treatment for lesbians has been approved by the House of Commons.
22nd October 2008
ANALYSIS: New law will give lesbians equal access to fertility treatment
2:56 PM — The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill is expected to pass for a third and final time in the Hosue of Commons today. It aims to make it easier for lesbian couples to access NHS fertilisation services.
Abortion off the agenda as MPs vote on fertility bill 3
2:47 PM — Amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill that would have legalised abortion in Northern Ireland will not be discussed at the third reading in the Commons today.
A guide to dissolution of civil partnerships 5
2:27 PM — Little Britain star Matt Lucas' civil partnership was dissolved today, which is legally different from a divorce. Our legal expert guides you through the process of a dissolution.
Little Britain star’s civil partnership dissolved 5
2:20 PM — Matt Lucas and Kevin McGee's relationship legally ended today when their civil partnership was dissolved by the family court in London.
Patient blackmailed GP over “gay” massage
1:40 PM — A fitness to practise panel of the General Medical Council has heard how a doctor was blackmailed for more than two years by a patient who claims he was sexually assaulted by him.
Tatchell to hold Q&A after performance of play about gay spy
1:17 PM — A groundbreaking play about gays by acclaimed write John Osborne will be performed in London later this month.
LGBT Alzheimer’s suport group recognised with special award 1
12:38 PM — The Alzheimer’s Society has honoured the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Support Group for their "outstanding contribution to people with dementia and their carers."
21st October 2008
Osborne denies asking Russian billionaire linked with Mandelson for party donation
8:21 PM — The Shadow Chancellor has denied he sought a donation to the Tory party from a Russian oligarch. Any donation from a foreign national is illegal.
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Brown hosts Downing St lunch for US gay rights activist 3
5:40 PM — A leading American LGBT rights advocate was the guest of honour at a private lunch at Downing St today.
Gay website “outs” straight X Factor contestant Austin Drage 2
2:21 PM — One of the finalists in a popular ITV reality show has admitted he is straight after Australian website DNA declared him to be "openly gay."
Trans trucker awarded £20,000 by employment tribunal
1:30 PM — A transsexual who was hounded out of her job as a trucker after she began her transition from her former male gender has been awarded damages by an employment tribunal.
Gay man died in “homophobic” knife attack in public toilet 3
1:17 PM — A 30 year old unemployed father has denied murdering a gay man at a public toilet in Surrey earlier this year.
Pensioner found guilty of gay village stabbing 4
12:23 PM — A Manchester man has been convicted of manslaughter after he fatally stabbed a young father in the city's gay village.
20th October 2008
Employers exploit legal loophole to avoid paying employment tribunal awards
6:15 PM — A new report from Citizens Advice has revealed that up to 10% of employment tribunal compensation awards are not paid because of a "shameful flaw" in the law.
Catholic adoption agency’s plan to discriminate rejected 7
4:08 PM — The Charity Commission has ruled that a Roman Catholic-run adoption agency cannot change the purpose for which it was created in order to avoid dealing with homosexual couples.
Catholic former minister Ruth Kelly “will vote against” Embryology Bill 6
3:24 PM — A leading Roman Catholic politician who resigned from the government last month will vote against a bill that grants lesbians equal access to fertility treatment, it has been reported.
Abortion dominates debate as lesbian fertility rights come before Commons
2:58 PM — The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill is back before MPs this week. If it passes the Commons without amendments on Wednesday it will become law.
Ugandan lesbian granted asylum in UK 3
2:10 PM — A judge has ruled that a lesbian woman from Uganda may remain in the UK. Prossy Kakooza, 26, fled her homeland after her family found her in bed with her partner.