26th April 2010
‘Gay’ dog barred from restaurant 18
3:04 PM — A blind man and his guide dog were barred from an Australian restaurant after a waiter thought the dog was gay. A tribunal last week heard that Ian Jolly, 57, was told to leave the Adelaide restaurant Thai Spice in May last year after a staff member mistook his guide dog Nudge for a "gay dog".
US students ‘tried to push lesbian off cliff’
2:25 PM — Two teenagers in the US state of Kentucky were arrested last week after allegedly trying to kill a lesbian classmate.
Church of Scotland could ban ministers who have sex outside marriage 19
12:06 PM — The Church of Scotland could consider banning ministers who have sex outside of a marriage as a way to deal with the issue of gay ministers.
Second Puerto Rican LGBT killing in six months 1
11:22 AM — Puerto Rican police are investigating after a trans woman was found murdered in her home last week. Ashley Santiago Ocasio, a 31-year-old beauty salon owner, was shot in the head in the central mountain town of Corozal last week
Pope will still visit Britain after leak of ‘appalling’ Foreign Office memo 53
10:33 AM — The Vatican has said that Pope Benedict XVI will still visit Britain this September despite the leak of a Foreign Office document which appeared to mock Catholic beliefs.
25th April 2010
Exclusive: Popularity of Conservatives among gay voters drops by 30% in 11 months while Lib Dems soar 91
11:42 PM — Support for the Conservatives among the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) community falls from 39% in June 2009 to just 9% today. 58% of the LGBT people say they intend to vote Liberal Democrat next week. 21% Labour, 8% for the Green Party.
Foreign Office apologises for proposing Pope be given ‘Benedict’ condoms, conduct gay marriage & open abortion ward 45
3:40 PM — The Foreign Office has apologised for a leaked document that suggested that Pope Benedict XVI be invited to bless a gay marriage, open up a hospital abortion ward and be presented with his own "Benedict" brand of condoms while on his controversial tour of the UK this September.
23rd April 2010
Take part in the next PinkNews.co.uk political poll
11:44 PM — With less than two weeks to go before the general election, PinkNews.co.uk is conducting the latest in its series of political polls. Have the Leaders' Debate made you change your mind? How closely have you read the LGBT manifestos of the main political parties? Is it LGBT rights or the economy that drives you to select a particular political party?
Gordon Brown defends his record on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights 45
10:58 PM — Gordon Brown has defended Labour's record on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) rights in a question and answer session with a student website. In particular he mentions that he challenged the president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni over proposed homophobic legislation and questions David Cameron's commitments to gay rights.
Gay couples ‘should be aware of tax planning’ 2
5:39 PM — Following the latest Budget speech, UK individuals now face tax charges on their income up to a maximum of 50 per cent. It has therefore never been so important for couples in a civil partnership to review their position.
Survey finds more straight women barebacking than gay men 23
4:47 PM — A survey has found that heterosexual women are less likely to use condoms for anal sex than gay men. The research, carried out by the New York City Department of Health, found that only 23 per cent of women required their male partners to use condoms during anal sex, compared with 61 per cent of gay or bisexual men.
White House protesters released 6
4:12 PM — Gay US soldier Dan Choi and five other military veterans have been released from jail after chaining themselves to the White House fence.
Nick Griffin unveils BNP manifesto 80
3:38 PM — BNP leader Nick Griffin unveiled his party's manifesto today in Stoke. Accompanied by a man in a St George's Day themed-costume, Mr Griffin told supporters: "Britain is full. It's the most overcrowded country in Europe. It's time to shut the doors."
Archie comics to introduce gay character 7
3:01 PM — The first gay character for Archie comics will be introduced in an upcoming issue of Veronica. In the issue, titled 'Isn't It Bromantic?' new character Kevin Keller moves to Riverdale to enrol at high school.
First gay film festival begins in India 2
2:56 PM — India is celebrating its first gay film festival this week. The 'Kashish' Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2010 began yesterday and will run over the weekend with more than 100 films from 25 countries.
Trans pilot ‘no big deal’ for RAF 21
12:16 PM — A pilot at Prince William's RAF base is transitioning to become a woman. Flight Lieutenant Ayla Holdom, 29, who was born male, told friends this week that she expects to complete her transition within a year.
Gay man ‘knocked out after argument with girl’
11:41 AM — The trial of three teenagers accused of the manslaughter of a gay man in Trafalgar Square heard this week that he was punched after hitting one of the girls with her handbag.
Elton John ‘would give up fame and fortune’ for teenager who died of AIDS 4
11:04 AM — Elton John would give up everything to have a conversation with the boy he credits with saving his life, a letter reveals. The gay singer has said that he was able to beat his drug addiction in the 1980s because of Ryan White, who died aged 18 of AIDS in 1990.
Clegg to Cameron: ‘You have aligned yourself with nutters and homophobes’ 43
12:36 AM — Nick Clegg has said that David Cameron has aligned himself with "nutters, anti-Semites, people who deny climate change exists, homophobes" within the European Parliament during tonight's Leaders' Debate.
22nd April 2010
Leaders’ Debate draws out criticism for Pope on homosexuality 28
10:27 PM — Conservative Party leader David Cameron told the audience at the Sky News Leaders' Debate that he doesn't agree with Pope Benedict XVI's stance on homosexuality, condoms and stem cell research. The Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg indicated he agreed with Mr Cameron.