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July 2011

  • 11th July 2011

    Deputy speaker Nigel Evans: ‘I lost 35 years of my life in the closet’ 38

    Nigel Evans says there are "dozens" of MPs who have not come out, for various reasons

    8:10 PM — Exclusive interview: In contrast to some MPs, who seem to be regurgitating press releases, Nigel Evans is candid, humorous and happy to chat away. The Tory MP, who is the hugely popular deputy speaker of the House of Commons, came out as gay last December, saying he was tired of living a lie.

  • Australian MP challenges overseas gay marriage ban 19

    Gay couples cannot marry in Australia (Photo: Ludovic Bertron)

    3:57 PM — A South Australian gay MP says he will challenge the country's ban on gay marriages abroad. Upper house MP Ian Hunter and his partner of 22 years, artist Leith Semmens, intend to tie the knot in New York, following that state's legalisation of gay marriage.

  • US Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s husband ‘tried to cure gays’ 141

    Michele Bachmann's husband is a Christian counsellor

    3:13 PM — The husband of Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has been accused of trying to cure gay people. Marcus Bachmann, a Christian counselling therapist, has denied practising 'reparative therapy', which aims to turn gays straight, but several witnesses say the clinic tried to 'cure' them.

  • US city to reimburse gay workers for unfair tax 21

    Workers will be reimbursed for unfair taxes

    2:23 PM — A Massachusetts city will become the first to pay gay public workers more than their straight colleagues because gay workers are subject to more federal tax. The city of Cambridge has been looking for a solution to the issue of unfair federal taxes for six months and now plans to reimburse affected workers.

  • Details of Brian Souter knighthood ‘not in public interest’ 55

    Sir Brian Souter (Photo: briansouter.com)

    9:39 AM — The Cabinet Office has refused to give out information on the knighthood bestowed on Stagecoach co-founder and Section 28 campaigner Brian Souter. Mr Souter, who gave £1 million to a 2000 campaign to uphold Section 28, was honoured with a knighthood last month.

  • Coronation Street stars complain about gay characters 83

    Coronation Street has plenty of LGBT characters

    9:36 AM — Past and present Coronation Street stars have reportedly complained about the "disproportionate" number of gay characters in the soap. Last week, art critic Brian Sewell suggested that Corrie's cast implies Manchester is the "Sodom of the North".

  • 10th July 2011

    Gay singer Joe McElderry wins Popstar to Operastar 15

    Joe McElderry won X Factor in 2009

    11:40 PM — Joe McElderry, who won X Factor in 2009 and came out as gay last year was tonight crowned the winner of ITV's Popstar To Operastar after a performance enjoyed by the judges and telephone voters alike.

  • 9th July 2011

    How the News of the World threatened PinkNews after Ashley Cole expose 48

    7:33 PM — Five years ago, PinkNews.co.uk became entangled in one of the most complex libel disputes in recent times between the News of the World and the footballer Ashley Cole. Legal threats against PinkNews.co.uk made by the News of the World could have threatened this publication with closure. As the News of the World prepares to publish its last edition, we look back at this extraordinary case.

  • 8th July 2011

    Get ready for Gay Sports Day 20

    Events include the spacehopper steeplechase.

    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

    Sparkle is being held this weekend (Photo: Radders Photographic)

    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

    The Mildmay is the only clinic of its kind in Europe

    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

    Russell T Davies is said to be working on a new show about gay men

    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

    Chris Bryant says Ross Kemp told his then-wife: 'Shut up, you homophobic cow'

    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

    Two transgender women have been told not to use women's toilets

    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

    Pam St Clement is leaving EastEnders

    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.

  • 7th July 2011

    Interview: It’s more than OK to be George Takei 15

    It's OK to be George Takei

    5:41 PM — For many, George Takei will always be Sulu, the helmsman he immortalised in the science-fiction series Star Trek. But the veteran actor has forged a long and diverse career incorporating stage, television, radio and film. He has been involved in civil rights movements for just as long. Laurence Watts met him at his Hollywood home.

  • Opera writer may take legal action over council’s ‘defamatory’ statements 23

    It was claimed that the opera included a paedophile character

    4:00 PM — The author of a community opera cancelled after a gay row says he may take legal action over "defamatory" comments made by the council, in which it claimed a gay character was a paedophile.

  • MP complains over anti-gay preacher’s UK visit 60

    John Hagee blamed gay Pride for Hurricane Katrina

    3:18 PM — An MP has asked Home Secretary Theresa May why an anti-gay US preacher is being allowed into the UK. Labour MP Richard Burden said people would question why Pastor John Hagee is allowed into the country while other hate preachers, such as Muslim speaker Sheikh Raed Salah, are banned.

  • New York register offices to open on a Sunday for gay weddings 12

    New York will soon allow gay couples to wed

    2:04 PM — Some register officers in New York are to open on a Sunday to give gay couples a chance to marry as soon as they can.

  • Gay row opera will go ahead 18

    The school denied it was homophobic

    1:06 PM — An opera featuring East Yorkshire schoolchildren will now go ahead after writer Lee Hall agreed to swap the word 'queer' for 'gay'. The community project stalled after a primary school complained about a gay character's scene.

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