4th May 2010
BBC criticised for ‘violent’ homophobic attack scenes in EastEnders 15
3:33 PM — The BBC has received around 40 complaints over a homophobic attack scene in EastEnders. In the episode, broadcast last Thursday, gay character Christian Clarke, played by John Partridge, was attacked in his flat after his affair with Muslim character Syed Masood was revealed.
PinkNews.co.uk poll finds Tory support among gays drops below the Green Party 32
2:34 PM — An exclusive PinkNews.co.uk poll shows that the Conservative Party's share of the gay vote has slipped further. The latest poll was carried out this weekend, as claims of Tory candidate Philippa Stroud attempting to "cure" homosexuality through prayer emerged.
David Cameron ‘not planning’ to legalise full gay marriage despite pledge to ‘consider’ it 39
11:37 AM — Conservative Party leader David Cameron appeared to contradict his equalities manifesto last night when he said he was "not planning" to rename civil partnerships as marriage.
Christian street preacher arresting for calling homosexuality ‘a sin’ 39
10:40 AM — A Christian street preacher was arrested for allegedly saying that homosexuality is a "sin" that goes against God. Dale McAlpine, 42, was arrested in Workington, Cumbria, on April 20th. He had been standing on a stepladder delivering a sermon.
3rd May 2010
Conservative equality manifesto promises to ‘consider’ full gay marriage 96
12:34 PM — The Conservative Party have once again decided to reach out to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered issues) with an equality manifesto that promises to consider the case for civil partnerships to be renamed as civil marriages. It echoes a vague commitment given by shadow chancellor George Osborne to gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell but comes after a string of damaging accusations of homophobia by a number of Conservative candidates.
2nd May 2010
Sarah Brown appears at gay club night Duckie on election campaign trail 21
9:37 PM — Sarah Brown, the wife of the prime minister Gordon Brown made a surprise guest appearance at the Duckie gay club night in Vaxhaul, South London last night.
Tory candidate and Cameron advisor ran church that “cured” homosexuality through prayer 208
11:36 AM — The Observer newspaper has today claimed that Philippa Stroud, a Conservative candidate likely to win the Sutton and Cheam at this week's general election founded a church that purported to "cure" gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people through exorcising their "demons" through prayer. Through a statement, Mrs Stroud said that she does not believe homosexuality is an illness, although she refused to comment on whether she believed homosexuality could be cured through prayer.
1st May 2010
PinkNews.co.uk Final general election poll 11
10:47 PM — Last month, PinkNews.co.uk showed a decline in support for the Conservative Party within the LGBT community from 39% to 9%, with the Liberal Democrats up to 58%. This is the final opportunity to register your vote with PinkNews.co.uk.