29th May 2008
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.
Schools OUT organiser Paul Patrick dies 4
2:22 PM — An outspoken advocate for the rights of gay and lesbian teachers and pupils has died. Paul Patrick, Co-Chair of Schools Out and LGBT History Month died early on Thursday. He was 58.
Iain Dale to enter into a civil partnership 1
2:06 PM — One of the UK's leading political bloggers is to 'tie the knot' with his partner of thirteen years. Iain Dale's eponymous diary is one of the most-visited political blogs in the country.
23rd May 2008
Gay Tory confirmed as chair of London Fire and Emergency Planning 3
2:50 PM — Brian Coleman has been unanimously recommended to the Mayor of London as the new chairman of the city’s Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.
UK is “committed to promoting LGBT rights overseas” 8
1:18 PM — The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has confirmed that it will engage with foreign governments about the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.
Former minister calls for challenge to PM after by-election defeat 2
12:50 PM — A Labour MP and former government whip has called for a leadership challenge to Gordon Brown in the wake of last night’s by-election defeat.
22nd May 2008
Join Coronation St star on walk against homophobia
6:06 PM — Actor and TV presenter Antony Cotton has confirmed he will be taking part in the Lesbian and Gay Foundation's sponsored Walk against Homophobia this weekend.
Homophobic abuse fails to disrupt gay football final
5:28 PM — Manchester United may be celebrating their win on penalties at last night's Champion's League Final, but another team from the city also went home with silverwear earlier this month.
Manchester’s new gay community radio show
3:35 PM — A local radio station in greater Manchester is launching a new show for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. Tuesday Night Out debuts on Wythenshawe FM on 3rd June from 9 to 11pm.
Christian registrars “terrified” of civil partnerships 19
2:08 PM — A council registrar has told an employment tribunal that some Christians are being "accommodated" and therefore allowed to opt out of performing civil partnerships for gay couples.