7th July 2011
Gay journalist threatened with knife in Dublin homophobic attack 25
11:26 AM — Police are searching for two men who punched a well-known gay journalist in the face during a homophobic attack in Dublin. The 46-year-old victim was said to be "deeply traumatised" after the incident, which took place on June 8th.
More women than men having civil partnerships 24
10:38 AM — For the first time, more women than men are having civil partnerships in the UK. According to figures released by the Office for National Statistics, 49 per cent of last year's ceremonies were held by men. In 2009, men held 51 per cent of all civil partnerships.
Appeals court rules that Pentagon must stop enforcing gay military ban 16
12:32 AM — A US appeals court has ordered the US government to stop enforcing the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT) ban on gay men and women openly serving in the military.
6th July 2011
Comment: One year on from gay asylum ruling, have things changed? 26
5:21 PM — One year ago, the Supreme Court unanimously handed down a landmark decision in LGBT human rights. Asylum campaigner Paul Canning examines whether things have changed.
Lesbian asylum seeker wins right to stay in UK 6
4:34 PM — A lesbian asylum seeker from Jamaica has been granted the right to stay in the UK after immigration judges ruled that she could face persecution if sent home. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was originally told by the Home Office that she could not stay.
California Assembly passes gay education bill 17
3:31 PM — A bill requiring schools in California to teach pupils about LGBT history has been passed by the Assembly. It has already been approved by the Senate and now goes to state governor Jerry Brown, who has not said whether he will sign it.
Art critic Brian Sewell complains ‘there’s too many gays on television’ 170
2:12 PM — Art critic Brian Sewell has complained that there are too many gay characters in British soaps and accused the BBC of spreading "sexual propaganda" to children. Writing in today's Daily Mail, Sewell, who has said he is bisexual, contended that the wide range of LGBT characters in soaps make "sane" viewers feel their noses are being "rubbed in it".
Brad Pitt speaks up for gay marriage 21
1:39 PM — Brad Pitt has made a statement in support of marriage equality. The star, who once said he would marry girlfriend Angelina Jolie when everyone has the right to wed, was speaking after New York legalised marriage for gay couples.
Head of opera ban school says she wanted to protect children 66
11:51 AM — The headteacher of an East Yorkshire school has defended her decision to withdraw her pupils from a community opera over a scene involving a gay character. Emma Hobbs, the head of Bay Primary School in Bridlington, said she was concerned about the "emotional wellbeing" of the children.
Lady Gaga: ‘I don’t use the gay community to sell records’ 39
10:52 AM — Lady Gaga has hit back at claims she uses gay rights issues to sell more records. The star, who has called for gay marriage, led Pride marches and lobbied politicians and companies over anti-gay policies, is arguably the most influential gay rights campaigner on the planet.
5th July 2011
Father of suicide teenager addresses homophobic bullying conference 20
5:20 PM — The father of a 15-year-old boy who killed himself after apparently suffering bullying has called on schools and the government to make a number of changes. Roger Crouch was speaking at the Stonewall Education for All conference on Friday and said that schools must treat rumours and teasing as bullying, rather than 'banter'.
Longlist announced for gay book prize 8
4:26 PM — The longlist for the annual Polari First Book Prize has been announced. The contenders for the award, now in its third year, were announced at the London Literary Festival last night.
Austria’s fourth Pink Lake festival to be held in August
4:04 PM — The fourth Pink Lake festival is to be held in Austria in August. Set around Lake Wörthersee between August 25th-28th, the event includes entertainment, parties, relaxation and sports.
Even more Pride London 2011 photo highlights 11
3:20 PM — As London reflects on another large Pride festival, PinkNews.co.uk brings you even more photo highlights from the day.
Trial begins for US teen accused of shooting dead gay classmate
2:43 PM — The trial has begun in the case of an American teenager accused of shooting dead a gay classmate. Lawrence King, 15, who self-identified as gay and wore feminine clothing, was shot twice in the head on February 12th 2008 during a lesson at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, California.
Peter Tatchell: ‘David Cameron should come out in support of gay marriage’ 30
1:48 PM — Peter Tatchell says same-sex marriage "reeks of assimilationism" - but prime minister David Cameron should support it.
Ricky Martin ‘protected’ by gay community 13
1:18 PM — Ricky Martin has spoken of feeling "protected" by the gay community. The star, who came out last year, said he had been overwhelmed with the "love" LGBT people had shown him.
Opera company says it’s not anti-gay 64
11:38 AM — An opera company which cancelled a community project after a primary school complained about a gay character has denied being anti-gay. Billy Elliot author Lee Hall suggested that the decision was motivated by homophobia.
India’s health minister calls homosexuality a ‘western disease’ 234
10:46 AM — India's health minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad, has caused uproar by referring to homosexuality as an unnatural "disease" from the west.
4th July 2011
Main sponsor pulls out of Aberdeen Pride 17
4:45 PM — Aberdeen Pride organisers say they are confident the show will go on despite the main sponsor pulling out. The event, due to be held on August 6th, was to be supported by Cheerz Bar, which promised to pay for headline acts Andy Scott-Lee and former X Factor contestant Scott Bruton.