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September 2010

  • 23rd September 2010

    Councillor accused of gay slur apologises

    Jim Farquharson denied using a homophobic slur

    5:48 PM — A Tory councillor accused of calling a gay city council leader a "faggot" has apologised. Jim Farquharson denied calling Liberal Democrat city leader John Stewart the offensive term and said he had been misheard.

  • Peter Tatchell: Tide is turning on gay marriage 29

    Civil partnerships were legalised in the UK in 2005

    5:22 PM — Same-sex marriage is an idea whose time has come. It is the growing trend all over the world, from Canada to South Africa and Argentina. Why can't we have marriage equality in Britain too?

  • Anti-gay megachurch preacher denies sex with young men

    Eddie Long has been accused of coercing young men into sex

    5:04 PM — The pastor of one of America's largest congregations is denying that he coerced three young men into sex by offering them cars, jewellery and cash. Eddie Long, the pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, has frequently attacked homosexuality and has called for a national ban on gay marriage.

  • Interview: London Fashion Week DJ Kris Di Angelis 1

    Kris Di Angelis was an official DJ for London Fashion Week (Photo: Louie Banks)

    4:20 PM — DJ/producer and resident at some of the best gay (and straight) nights that London has to offer, Kris Di Angelis is a home-grown talent and scene favourite who always gets the crowd dancing and smiling with his superb mix of upbeat old and new music – with everything from classic disco to rare online remixes.

  • Polish equality minister ‘outs gay man on television’ 24

    Elżbieta Radziszewska was accused of homophobia

    3:10 PM — The Polish minister for equality has been accused of homophobia for outing a gay man on television and saying Catholic schools should have the right to sack gay teachers.

  • Florida ends ban on gays and lesbians adopting 4

    Florida's ban on gays and lesbians adopting has been overturned (Photo: D Sharon Pruitt)

    1:44 PM — The US state of Florida has overturned its ban on gays and lesbians adopting children. Governor Charlie Crist announced the 3rd District Court of Appeal ruling yesterday and said the ban would end immediately, although the decision can be appealed.

  • Teenager jailed for extorting £87,000 in gay chatline sting 7

    Kelz Sutherland was jailed for 45 months

    12:28 PM — An Edinburgh teenager has been jailed for 45 months after he was found guilty of extorting £87,700 in a sting on men using gay and adult chatlines. Kelz Sutherland, 19, last month admitted nine charges of extortion between January 1st 2008 and December 31st 2009.

  • First national survey finds 1.5 per cent of adults say they are gay, lesbian or bisexual 42

    1.5 per cent said they were gay, lesbian or bisexual

    11:28 AM — A survey of 450,000 UK adults has found that 1.5 per cent were willing to identify themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual. This is the first time the Office for National Statistics has asked about sexual orientation and the body stressed that the question was "experimental".

  • 22nd September 2010

    Lesbian feminist writer Jill Johnston dies aged 81 6

    Jill Johnstone died last week

    6:15 PM — The feminist author Jill Johnston has died of a stroke at the age of 81. she lived with her wife and partner of 30 years Ingrid Nyeboe in northwestern Connecticut after their second marriage last year.

  • Brian Paddick: My marriage is ‘downgraded’ in Britain 32

    Brian Paddick recounted his wedding in Oslo last year

    5:06 PM — The former most senior out gay police officer in the UK, Brian Paddick, has revealed how his wedding in Norway changed his mind about civil partnerships. Writing in the Independent, Mr Paddick recounted his 2009 wedding to Petter Belsvik in Oslo.

  • Gay Lib Dem David Laws ‘won’t return to government’ 16

    David Laws resigned from the cabinet earlier this year (Photo: Keith Edkins)

    4:21 PM — Liberal Democrat MP David Laws is said to unwilling to be return to government after the stress of being outed as gay over his expenses claims. He was Chief Secretary to the Treasury for less than three weeks in May.

  • Lib Dem minister Lynne Featherstone affirms coalition’s gay rights promises 16

    Lynne Featherstone addressed the Liberal Democrat conference today

    1:19 PM — Liberal Democrat junior equality minister Lynne Featherstone said today that the coalition government has a "long-term" strategy for equal rights. She also attacked Labour's record, saying the party which legalised civil partnerships had turned equalities into a "burden".

  • Tory councillor and Lib Dem council leader in ‘gay slur’ row

    John Stewart, who is gay, is the Liberal Democrat leader of Aberdeen council

    11:44 AM — A Conservative councillor in Aberdeen has denied calling the city's gay council leader a "faggot". Jim Farquharson said he did insult Liberal Democrat council leader John Stewart by calling him a "fascist" and a "fat git" but denied using the homophobic slur.

  • 21st September 2010

    Video: Senators block vote on repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ US military policy 20

    Gay solider Dan Choi chained himself to the White House in protest at the policy

    9:30 PM — Primarily Republican, US senators have voted to block a debate this evening into gay and lesbian people being able to serve openly in the military. A minimum of 60 senators were required to be in favour of overturning a filibuster of the 'defense authorisation bill' which includes the repeal of the US military 'Don't ask, Don't tell' policy by senator John McCain but only 56 senators voted in favour. Although some of the senators who voted against did so because of an immigration amendment 'tacked' onto the bill.

  • Senate to vote on out gay soldiers 2

    The US Senate will vote later today (Photo: US Army)

    6:37 PM — The US Senate is to vote today on a bill which contains a measure to repeal the ban on out gay soldiers in the military. The measure has been added to the National Defence Authorisation Act and Democrat senators need 60 votes for it to progress to a debate on the floor.

  • Eleven gay rights activists arrested for protest in Moscow 4

    Russian campaigners held an unauthorised protest today

    4:26 PM — Eleven gay rights activists were arrested today for holding a protest outside Moscow's city hall in protest at the homophobia of mayor Yuri Luzhkov. They were arrested by police at around 6.15pm local time after chaining themselves to a metal fence next to the building.

  • Liberal Democrats back marriage equality for gay couples 31

    Liberal Democrats voted in favour of supporting equal marriage

    1:31 PM — Delegates at the Liberal Democrats' annual conference in Liverpool voted to back marriage equality for gay and straight couples this morning.

  • 20th September 2010

    Update: Stonewall boss Ben Summerskill argued that Lib Dem equal marriage plan could cost up to £5bn 128

    Mr Summerskill claimed that the Lib Dem proposals could cost up to £5bn

    11:53 PM — 24 hours ago, PinkNews.co.uk carried a report from about a fringe meeting at the Liberal Democrats party conference where Stonewall chief executive was reported to have said he was opposed to gay marriage equality because it could cost £5bn. This was based on reports coming from a number of blogs and people who have previously contributed to PinkNews.co.uk as we were not there in person. The reportage was subsequently supported by a number of other people in attendance. Stonewall's chief executive Ben Summerskill has complained about what he claims are a number of inaccuracies in the content of that report. As such we are partially suspending the content from this report while we investigate these claims.

  • London’s gay art festival GFEST announces programme 1

    GFEST 2010 takes place in November

    7:14 PM — London's gay art and culture festival GFEST has announced its programme for this year. The event will be held across venues in London between November 8th-21st and is now in its fourth year.

  • Russian gay campaigners to protest against homophobic mayor

    Russian gay rights campaigners will protest tomorrow

    6:39 PM — Gay rights activists in Moscow will hold an unauthorised protest outside the city hall tomorrow to condemn homophobic mayor Yuri Luhzkov. Moscow authorities denied permission for the march last week, saying that the area would be too busy and the pavements were narrowed.

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