16th April 2010
Obama gives gay partners equal healthcare rights 18
2:10 PM — US President Barack Obama has ordered almost all hospitals to give gay partners equal rights in visiting and making decisions for their loved ones.
Harriet Harman: ‘It’s not a question of matching Tories for gay vote’ 41
12:12 PM — Equality minister Harriet Harman appeared unsure of one of her party's commitments to gay rights last night. Canvassing for the gay vote in Soho with Labour candidate Chris Bryant, Ms Harman was asked by PinkNews.co.uk whether she would match Tory leader David Cameron's promise to strike out historic gay sex convictions.
Harman calls for sacking of Chris Grayling as she launches gay manifesto 85
11:10 AM — The Labour party's affiliated gay group launched its manifesto in Soho last night. The launch came after deputy party leader Harriet Harman and gay Labour candidate Chris Bryant canvassed for votes in the popular gay village.
15th April 2010
Former Archbishop of Canterbury calls for religious panel of judges for discrimination cases 56
5:33 PM — The former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has called for judges dealing with cases where religious beliefs and homosexuality clash to step aside.
Ellen DeGeneres named ‘most powerful gay person’ 7
4:36 PM — Television presenter Ellen DeGeneres has been named the most powerful gay person America. The lesbian star, who is now an American Idol judge, won the top spot in Out magazine's annual Power 50 rundown.
Green Party makes 14 gay-friendly election promises 40
3:15 PM — The Green Party unveiled its general election manifesto today, which promises no fewer than 14 measures for gay and transgender equality. At present, the party does not have any MPs.
Catholic Church in England and Wales criticises Vatican over homosexuality comments 33
1:56 PM — The Catholic Church in England and Wales has rebutted comments made by the Pope's second in command on child abuse and homosexuality.
My Family character to come out as gay 20
1:17 PM — A character in the BBC sitcom My Family is to come out as gay. Michael, the youngest son of characters Ben and Susan Harper, will tell his family he is gay at the start of the tenth series.
Counsellor who wouldn’t work with gays to appeal 65
11:29 AM — A Christian counsellor who refused to work with gay couples is taking his case to the Court of Appeal. Gary McFarlane, from Bristol, was sacked by Relate last year after saying he would not "encourage sin" in gay and lesbian couples
Gay Tory Alan Duncan’s election posters vandalised 33
10:46 AM — Gay Tory Alan Duncan has been targeted by vandals who scrawled homophobic abuse across his election posters. Mr Duncan, who is standing again for election in Rutland, said the abuse was "abysmal behaviour".
14th April 2010
Video: Shadow home secretary Chris Grayling says B&Bs shouldn’t ban gay couples and he supports gay adoption 59
10:59 PM — Two weeks ago the Observer published a secret recording of Conservative shadow home secretary Chris Grayling where he appeared to support bed and breakfast owners turning away gay couples. Now Mr Grayling has said he does not support bans and that he now supports gay adoption.
Police arrest two men over Southampton gay murder 3
6:04 PM — Police investigating the murder of a gay man who was found on Southampton common have arrested two men in connection with the murder. Nigel Price, 58, was found on Southampton Common on Saturday November 14th 2009 with severe head injuries. He had been at a local pub the night before and police believe he was attacked before 9.30pm.
No one to be charged over homophobic attack on trainee policeman James Parkes 23
5:59 PM — It has emerged that no one is to be charged by police in relation to the homophobic attack on gay trainee policeman James Parkes. Mr Parkes suffered fractures to his skull, cheekbone and eye socket during the October 25th attack, in which he was set upon by up to 20 youths in Stanley Street, part of Liverpool's gay village. He had been leaving Superstar Boudoir with his boyfriend and friends.
Video: David Miliband welcomes former Tories who have quit party over gay rights 44
4:49 PM — At a Labour party event today, Foreign Secretary David Miliband was joined by two former Conservative party activists who quit the party over its treatment of gay rights and the apparent support by Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling for bed and breakfast owners to ban gay couples. David Miliband said: "The Tory head and the Tory heart are at odds. The head tells them that the world has changed, that they have been rejected at three elections because they were seen as the nasty party. The heart tells them something different."
Huckabee compares allowing gay marriage to legalising incest or polygamy 23
2:42 PM — Mike Huckabee, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 and is a possible candidate for 2012 has said that allowing gays and lesbians to marry is as inappropriate as legalising incest, polygamy and drug use. He also condemned gays adopting saying "children are not puppies."
Gay swans with a tendency for hissy fits set-up nest in Weymouth 57
12:54 PM — A pair of gay swans have set-up nest at Abbotsbury Swannery in Weymouth, and despite their long relationship, staff say they are liable to have hissy fits when they fight with each other.
Britney Spears had gay time at Palm Springs White Party 1
12:24 PM — Britney Spears apparently had a gay old time at the annual gay White Party held in Palm Springs, California over the weekend. The pop star made an unscheduled appearance at the close of the event to support the signer Agnes who won the Swedish Pop Idol series in 2005.
Updated:Lib Dems introduce LGBT manifesto but it doesn’t include pledge of full gay marriage rights rights 45
11:15 AM — Updated 13:15 The Liberal Democrats who launched their main election manifesto today have also published a specific manifesto for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) voters. But the policy document does not contain a manifesto commitment to introduce full gay marriages that Nick Clegg told PinkNews.co.uk readers he supported.
13th April 2010
Australian Red Cross to review blood ban 5
6:06 PM — The Australian Red Cross has announced it will review its ban on gay men donating blood. Currently, gay men cannot donate blood if they have had sex with another man in the last 12 months.
Section 28 supporter faces jail over child abuse images 18
5:40 PM — A Scottish school board chief who campaigned for Section 28 to stay in place may face jail after he was found to be in possession of abusive images of children.