19th May 2010
Gay charity Stonewall celebrates 21st birthday 11
5:58 PM — Stonewall, the UK's largest gay rights charity, is celebrating its 21st birthday. The organisation was founded on May 20th 1989 by a group of campaigners against Section 28, the law which banned promotion of homosexuality in schools.
Andy Burnham to enter Labour leadership race with the worst gay voting record of contenders 9
5:32 PM — Former health secretary Andy Burnham is expected to announce his candidacy for the Labour leadership tomorrow. Mr Burnham has the worst voting record for LGBT rights of the five Labour leadership candidates.
Lawyers for gay Malawi couple ask for non-custodial sentences 5
5:13 PM — Lawyers for the gay Malawian couple found guilty of homosexual sex have asked for the pair to receive non-custodial sentences. Stephen Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, were found guilty of unnatural acts and gross indecency yesterday.
Boy George actor to star in film about gay author 4
4:37 PM — Douglas Booth, the actor who starred in a BBC biopic of Boy George, has been lined up to appear in a film about A Single Man author Christopher Isherwood.
Ed Balls and John McDonnell announce Labour leadership bids 3
3:44 PM — Former schools secretary Ed Balls has announced he will run for the Labour leadership. Mr Balls is the third former cabinet member to announce his candidacy, following brothers David and Ed Miliband.
Met police arrest six in raids for homophobic hate crime 5
2:27 PM — A police crackdown on hate crime across London has resulted in 221 arrests, with six of these being for homophobic and transphobic crime.
Doncaster Pride defends £3 entry charge 14
2:15 PM — Doncaster Pride has defended its plans to charge entry to this year's festival. Yesterday, PinkNews.co.uk reported that the August 21st festival would charge £3 to each visitor over the age of 16 and organisers said they were "inundated" with accusations of greed.
Coalition government reconsidering Tory plans to scrap Human Rights Act 26
1:56 PM — The coalition government may rethink Tory manifesto plans to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with new laws. Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell criticised plans to scrap the act, but gay equality charity Stonewall said it was more concerned about what the law does, instead of "what it's called."
EastEnders actor Marc Elliot ‘abused in the street’ for gay character 9
10:51 AM — Marc Elliot, the actor who plays gay Muslim Syed in EastEnders, has revealed he gets regular abuse in the street for playing a gay character.