13th May 2008
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.
Tories stress need for children to have “male role models” 9
12:20 PM — The Shadow Secretary of State for Health has called for the government to assert the need for a child to have a male role model. Andrew Lansley was speaking in the House of Commons.
Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority accused of gay prejudice 2
11:32 AM — The body which awards compensation to victims of violent crime rejected a claim from a gay man because of his sexuality, it has been claimed. Kenneth Neil was the victim of a vicious and unprovoked homophobic attack.
New theatre group will fundraise for HIV
11:08 AM — Theatre industry professionals have launched a new support organisation for HIV positive people. TheatreMAD plans a series of theatre-based events to raise funds.
12th May 2008
Human fertilisation bill passes first Commons test 8
10:39 PM — MPs have voted in favour of a major update to human embryology laws despite opposition from religious MPs.
Police warn clubbers after ecstasy death
4:15 PM — A man in his thirties has died after taking what is believed to be ecstasy. He collapsed at the Fridge nightclub in Brixton at 4.30am on Sunday. When an ambulance arrived two men had collapsed.
Conference will tackle LGBT mental health outcomes
3:25 PM — A national conference on mental health and well-being for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people will be held in Nottingham later this month.
Council reverses decision on Christian foster parents 8
11:14 AM — A devout Christian couple will be allowed to provide weekend respite care for children under 10. Eunice and Owen Johns were rejected by an adoption panel.
Plight of gay asylum seekers to be highlighted on IDAHO
10:30 AM — Details of more events marking the International Day Against Homophobia have been announced. IDAHO is held every year on May 17th, the day in 1990 that homosexuality was removed from the list of mental illnesses by the World Health Organisation.
AIDS charity wants compulsory sex education about condom use
10:13 AM — The National AIDS Trust has released a new survey that found 49% of British people do not always use a condom with a new sexual partner.
The need for a father? What the Lords said 8
9:10 AM — In January the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill's Report stage in the Lords saw strong objections from bishops and some Tory peers. An amendment by Tory peer Baroness Deech seeking to retain the "need for a father" was defeated by 164 to 93.
How will the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill benefit lesbians? 8
9:08 AM — The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill aims to make it easier for lesbian couples to access NHS fertilisation services and ensure that a lesbian or gay couple can become the legal parents of their children.
MPs will discuss lesbian equality measure today 8
8:58 AM — MPs will consider measures that ensure equality for lesbians when accessing fertility treatments this afternoon. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill also allows for the creation of animal-human embryos.
9th May 2008
Queer arts festival kicks off with Sandra Bernhard and indie music
2:18 PM — Europe's leading producer of queer arts and culture is presenting a stellar line up in Manchester in the coming weeks.
We will be gentle with Boris, says Pride London 1
1:00 PM — The chair of the UK's largest Pride event has welcomed the news that the new Mayor of London will be attending this year. Boris Johnson was elected last week, the first Tory to win the job.
EXCLUSIVE: Rebel Labour MP’s seat could go to gay candidate 11
12:40 PM — A leading Labour party activist has said he is "flattered" by approaches from party members asking him to stand in Vauxhall. The current MP, Kate Hoey, caused outrage among Labour members in London when she agreed to become an adviser to Conservative Boris Johnson.
Gay London advert wins travel award
10:52 AM — The official visitor organisation for London is celebrating today after it won twice at the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association Awards ceremony in Las Vegas. The awards were voted for by the membership of IGLTA.
8th May 2008
Stonewall’s ten month battle for hate crimes legislation 6
4:52 PM — They may have managed to secure a new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orienation, but gay equality organisation Stonewall's public affairs team will not be resting anytime soon.
EXCLUSIVE: Boris will attend Pride London
3:06 PM — The new Mayor of London will take part in the city's gay Pride parade on July 5th, PinkNews.co.uk can confirm. It will be the first time that Boris Johnson has attended Pride.