8th July 2011
Get ready for Gay Sports Day 20
4:53 PM — Been practising your spacehopper steeplechase skills? Or perfecting your 50m mince? This year's Gay Sports Day takes place on Bank Holiday Monday August 29th in Vauxhall Spring Gardens, London.
National transgender festival Sparkle kicks off 11
3:40 PM — The national transgender festival, Sparkle, has begun in Manchester. The festival, now in its seventh year, is the biggest event on the trans calendar and is billed as a "celebration of gender diversity".
London specialist HIV clinic under threat 24
3:16 PM — Europe's only HIV rehabilitation clinic, based in London, is under threat of closure because of a substantial drop in NHS referrals. The Christian-run Mildmay clinic, in Shoreditch, East London, is Europe’s only HIV centre for those with HIV-related neurocognitive impairment or complex physical rehabilitation needs.
Russell T Davies ‘writing new show about gay men’ 12
2:32 PM — Queer As Folk writer Russell T Davies is reportedly developing a new show about the lives of gay men. According to Deadline, the show's current title is 'Cucumber' and the screenwriter, best known for his re-imagining of Doctor Who, is said to be working with BBC Worldwide Productions.
Gay MP Chris Bryant claims NI boss Rebekah Brooks sneered at his sexuality 131
1:47 PM — Gay Labour MP Chris Bryant, who has been one of the most vocal critics of the News of The World, claims that News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks sneered at him for being gay the last time they met.
Transgender woman told by Sainsbury’s to use disabled toilet 219
12:56 PM — A transgender woman in Surrey has described how staff at a Sainsbury's supermarket told her to use the disabled toilets instead of the women's facility. Stephanie Collins, 55, said she used the women's toilets but as she came out, a staff member stopped her and told her she should not have done.
EastEnders’ Pat Butcher hangs up her earrings 17
11:37 AM — EastEnders star Pam St Clement, who plays Pat Butcher, is to leave the programme. The 69-year-old actress, who has described herself as bisexual, made her debut in the soap in 1986.