31st December 2008
Top gay venue Astoria to hold ‘last ever party’
4:02 PM — The London Astoria is one of the capitals most iconic venues and following the decision earlier this year to close demolish the Astoria to make way for the new Crossrail project, the venue's staff have announced its closing night event.
Gay youth radio station hit by credit crunch 1
3:20 PM — Several businesses have been hit by the global recession; the demise of Woolworths and other high street stores has been well-publicised. Now a gay youth podcast service has been hit following issues with the company that hosts their podcasts.
Three black gay men gunned down in New Orleans 3
2:13 PM — New Orleans police are searching for the killers of three black gay men after they were found dead at their home on December 18th.
Competition: Win an Amy Winehouse Bad Taste Bear 7
1:22 PM — PinkNews.co.uk has teamed up with The BT Bears Company, producer of the cheeky, risqué and suggestively saucy Bad Taste Bears range, to offer five lucky readers the chance to go back to black and win their very own Amy bear.
Bookies predict George Michael, Amy Winehouse or Pete Doherty will be first arrested celeb of 2009 3
12:40 PM — Bookies William Hill have named George Michael as third in the running for first celebrity arrest of the new year.
Vatican breaks with Italian law after refusing to sign UN sexuality declaration 11
12:07 PM — A new statute coming into effect on January 1st will allow the Vatican to bypass Italian law. This comes in the wake of a row at the UN, where the Vatican refused to sign up to a universal declaration of human rights regardless of gender or sexuality.
Transgendered woman shot in Memphis as violence is blamed on lack of jobs 1
11:50 AM — Another transgender woman has been shot in Memphis, becoming the third transgender shooting victim in the city in just six months.
Gay and bisexual black men have lowest rate of prostate testing, research finds 1
11:23 AM — A new study published in the December issue of Medical Care claims that African-American gay and bisexual men are the least likely to be tested for prostate cancer than any other men.
HIV charity boss recieves knighthood 7
11:03 AM — Chief executive of leading HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust Nick Partridge has been knighted. THT was set up in 1982, the first charity to be set up in response to the HIV epidemic of the 1980s.
Gay charity boss Ben Summerskill to receive OBE in New Years Honours List 36
12:01 AM — Gay equality group Stonewall's chief executive has been included in 2009's New Years Honours List. Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall, will receive an OBE for services to Equality and Diversity.