5th July 2010
Homophobic Polish politician Jaroslaw Kaczynski loses presidential election 11
5:06 PM — Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the homophobic right-wing Polish politician, has lost a presidential election. The election was called after the death of his twin, the late president Lech Kaczynski, in a plane crash in April.
Opponents say appointing gay bishop ‘will split Church of England’ 18
4:12 PM — Traditionalists have claimed that the Church of England may be split in two if an out gay cleric is appointed Bishop of Southwark. Dr Jeffrey John, the Dean of St Albans, is the front-runner for the job and is thought to be supported by prime minister David Cameron.
Gay-friendly Christian church to carry out gay weddings in Spain 10
3:31 PM — The US-based Metropolitan Community Church hopes to open a congregation in Madrid, Spain, this year to perform same-sex weddings. As the Roman Catholic Church in Spain fiercely opposes equal marriage rights, the MCC will be the first church in the country to hold gay weddings.
Gay Lib Dem MP David Laws may face police investigation 6
3:08 PM — David Laws, the former cabinet minister, may face a police fraud investigation into his expenses claims. A Sunday newspaper said his utility, telephone and other bills are under scrutiny.
Gay couple attacked by 15-strong mob in Bradford 29
1:32 PM — Two men had to be treated in hospital after a 15-strong gang attacked them in Bradford last Thursday. Police say the mob grabbed items from a nearby skip to fashion makeshift weapons.
‘Hard-hitting’ homophobia plotline for Coronation Street 14
11:45 AM — ITV soap Coronation Street will see an explicit homophobic storyline this autumn for its 50th anniversary. The plot will reportedly use offensive anti-gay language, with gays and lesbians branded "degenerates" and "unnatural" by one character.
World Cup footballer ‘in gay affair’
11:08 AM — A World Cup footballer is the subject of internet rumours that he had a year-long affair with a British reality TV star. The player, who is in South Africa and is said to be "well-known", was accused of the affair by the TV star on Friday in a blog.
Theatre: Love the Sinner
12:05 AM — This new play by Drew Pautz begins with a contemporary argument and one familiar to the readers of this publication; how to reconcile the evangelical beliefs of African Anglicans and the more tolerant approach made by the Church of England to the subject of homosexuality. Set at a hotel in Africa (the country is not specified), bishops from across the globe are meeting to determine the approach of the Anglican Communion to this live issue.
4th July 2010
Gay cleric front-runner to become next Bishop of Southwark 7
3:11 PM — At a meeting chaired by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, an openly gay cleric was shortlisted for the high profile role of Bishop of Southwark, London.
3rd July 2010
Gay Tory Nick Herbert speaks to PinkNews.co.uk 34
5:56 PM — Gay Conservative MP and policing minister Nick Herbert spoke to PinkNews.co.uk today at London Pride. After marching at the front of the parade with London mayor Boris Johnson, gay activist Peter Tatchell and members of the Gay Liberation Front, Mr Herbert addressed thousands of revellers on stage at Trafalgar Square.
Madrid celebrates gay pride 4
5:51 PM — Madrid Pride took place in the Spanish capital today. One of the biggest gay celebrations taking place in Europe, the parade featured over 30 floats from all around the world.
Equality minister Lynne Featherstone says government will consult on gay marriage and civil partnerships 22
5:34 PM — Liberal Democrat MP and equality minister Lynne Featherstone has said that the government will consult with a range of stakeholders on progressing civil partnerships and gay marriage.
Nick Herbert and Lynne Featherstone address Pride crowds 10
5:03 PM — Coalition government ministers Nick Herbert and Lynne Featherstone addressed thousands of people in Trafalgar Square for London Pride this afternoon.
Lynne Featherstone MP hints that religious same-sex unions may be a step closer 6
3:47 PM — The equalities minister Lynne Featherstone has been reported as saying religious civil ceremonies for same-sex couples could soon become a reality.
Anti-gay Christian groups protest at Pride 104
3:18 PM — London Pride progressed peacefully despite a small band of anti-gay Christian protestors.
Margot James celebrates first Pride as MP 3
3:01 PM — Margot James, recently elected MP for Stourbridge said she had been coming to Pride since 1980. This is her first Pride as an MP. Ms James, who is the Conservative party’s first openly lesbian MP told PinkNews.co.uk: “It's so accepting, welcoming and enthusiastic. People used to look at you like you were a freak. Now it's like a carnival”.
Exclusive: Boris Johnson fully supports gay marriage and plans to run again for mayor 43
2:28 PM — Mayor of London Boris Johnson has told PinkNews.co.uk that he supports gay marriage and wants to be mayor again for Worldpride, which London will be hosting in 2012.
Strong presence of faith groups at gay pride parade 7
1:44 PM — A greater presence of faith groups is notable in this year’s parade, including gay Muslim group Imaan, plus Christian, Sikh and Hindu groups.
Breaking: Boris Johnson kicks off Gay Pride with call for gay marriage 8
1:22 PM — Mayor of London Boris Johnson kicked off this year’s London Gay Pride festival, marching under the banner of the Gay Liberation Front.
2nd July 2010
London Pride afterparties
5:08 PM — After tomorrow's London Pride parade, speeches and acts, a number of afterparties are taking place across the capital. The official afterparty is Liberation at Koko in Camden, where the crowd will be entertained by fire-breathing, stilt-walking drag queens, dancers, acrobats and a surprise PA.