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  • 1st December 2009

    Stephen Gately is hottest topic on Google’s search list 2

    Stephen Gately's name was the search term of the year

    2:44 PM — Stephen Gately, the Boyzone star who died last month, was the hottest topic on Google's UK site this year. Google released its annual top search lists yesterday and Gately's death also featured ninth in the web company's top ten news search.

  • Trial begins over gay man stabbed to death in London

    The trial is being heard at the Old Bailey

    12:49 PM — The trial of a man accused of attacking a gay couple with a knife has begun. David Kilcullen, 46, is accused of the fatal stabbing of Gerry Edwards, 59, and the attack on his partner, 56-year-old Chris Bevan. The couple lived in Bromley, south-east London.

  • Last-minute ruling halts first Latin American gay wedding 11

    The couple planned to go to the registry office today

    12:15 PM — A gay couple in Buenos Aires, Argentina, have had their wedding halted after a judge intervened at the last minute. Jose Maria Di Bello and partner Alex Freyre planned to marry today on World AIDS Day after Judge Gabriela Seijas ruled last month that the ban on gay marriage violated Argentina's constitution.

  • World AIDS Day: This year’s biggest HIV and AIDS news stories 4

    World AIDS Day is today

    11:49 AM — Today is World AIDS Day. The event is held to raise awareness of the disease, remember those who have died and support those living with it. PinkNews.co.uk has produced a round-up of the biggest HIV and AIDS news stories from the last year.

  • Gay couples ‘barred’ from Top Gear audience 55

    The BBC said the split was to make sure there were enough women

    11:23 AM — A gay couple have accused the BBC of discrimination after they were barred from attending a recording of Top Gear. Simon Reeves, 26, said he and his partner were barred because of bizarre rules that stipulate bookings must consist of equal numbers of men and women.

  • Tories to reward couples in marriages and civil partnerships 97

    David Cameron said couples in marriages and civil partnerships would be rewarded

    11:10 AM — Conservative leader David Cameron signalled yesterday that civil partnerships would be rewarded in the same way as marriages. He said that the Tories would change the tax system in order to give benefits to those in relationships recognised by the state.

  • 30th November 2009

    Chinese city opens gay bar to tackle HIV 9

    The bar will hand out condoms and sex education

    6:52 PM — The Chinese city government of Dali has opened a state-funded gay bar to tackle HIV infections. The city, in the southwestern Yunnan province, is one of the ten Chinese cities most affected by HIV and sex between men is thought to account for one third of transmissions.

  • Tatchell calls for an end to the blood ban on gay men 8

    Peter Tatchell said the lifetime ban should be lifted

    5:35 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called for the ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood to be abolished. Speaking ahead of World AIDS Day, which is tomorrow, Tatchell said the lifetime ban was based on "stereotyped, irrational, unscientific and homophobic assumptions".

  • Trans recognition laws to come before Irish parliament 15

    The laws are to come before the Irish parliament

    5:27 PM — New laws to give greater legal recognition to trans people will come before the Irish parliament (Dail) next year. They have been proposed by the Green Party, who say that people should be able to chose which gender they want to be legally recognised by.

  • Australian teacher accused of lesbian affair with pupil

    The alleged incidents began in 1994

    3:15 PM — An Australian music teacher has pleaded not guilty to repeatedly counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a female pupil.

  • One in five people with HIV harassed or threatened

    The report found one in five people with HIV were harassed

    2:59 PM — A survey into stigma around HIV has found that one in five people living with the disease has been harassed or threatened in the last year. It also found that a similar number had been refused medical treatment.

  • Christian relationship counsellor loses appeal over gay couples 19

    Gary McFarlane lost his appeal

    1:14 PM — A Christian relationship counsellor who refused to work with gay couples has lost his appeal for unfair dismissal. Gary McFarlane was sacked by Relate last year after saying he would not "encourage sin" in gay and lesbian couples.

  • Rupert Everett vows to leave Britain if Cameron becomes prime minister 45

    12:58 PM — Gay actor Rupert Everett has said he will leave the UK if the Tories win the next general election because they are too posh.

  • Liverpool police release CCTV images of boys wanted for homophobic assault 15

    A CCTV image of four of the boys

    11:57 AM — Merseyside Police have released CCTV images of four teenage boys wanted in connection with a homophobic assault on a gay student. The 19-year-old was attacked on Wednesday, November 18th on Lord Street near James Street Station.

  • Bulgarian man sells story of final hours with Stephen Gately 21

    Stephen Gately died last month on holiday

    11:45 AM — Georgi Dochev, the Bulgarian student who was at the Majorca apartment where gay Boyzone singer Stephen Gately died, has sold his story to a newspaper.

  • US trans sportswriter found dead 7

    Mike Penner worked for the Los Angeles Times for 25 years

    11:24 AM — A sports journalist who worked on the Los Angeles Times has been found dead in an apparent suicide. Mike Penner, 52, who worked for the newspaper for 25 years, had struggled with his sexual identity.

  • David Cameron’s World AIDS Day message 2

    David Cameron's message for World AIDS Day

    11:06 AM — Tory leader David Cameron said that a new effective strategy was needed to tackle HIV infections in the UK and abroad. He promised to ring-fence public spending for tackling the disease and suggested pharmacies could offer HIV testing in the same way as America.

  • Ian McKellen criticises Little Britain gay sketch 29

    Ian McKellen was addressing sixth form students

    11:02 AM — Gay actor Ian McKellen has criticised the "camp" portrayal of gays on television. He said that comedy sketches such as Matt Lucas' only gay in the village in Little Britain were not helpful in fostering tolerance.

  • Tory leader David Cameron promises ‘big push’ to curb HIV infections 39

    David Cameron promised new campaigns to remove HIV stigma

    10:56 AM — Conservative Party leader David Cameron today promised to ring-fence spending money for tackling HIV and organise a new campaign to change attitudes to the disease.

  • 28th November 2009

    Gordon Brown raises anti-gay laws with Ugandan president 24

    Gordon Brown told the President that the proposed law is unacceptable

    12:32 AM — The prime minister has raised Uganda's controversial proposed laws on homosexuality with the country's president at the Commonwealth Heads of Government conference in Trinidad. Gordon Brown told Yoweri Museveni that he was opposed to laws that could result in the execution of gays.

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