4th July 2011
Ben Cohen says father’s murder spurred him to speak out on bullying 13
4:26 PM — Former England rugby union star Ben Cohen has revealed that his father's death 11 years ago spurred him to create an anti-bullying foundation. Speaking at London Pride on Saturday, where he joined the parade, Cohen said his father was killed when he stepped in to protect a man who was being beaten.
Pakistan Muslim groups condemn US embassy gay meeting 126
3:32 PM — Muslim groups in Pakistan have condemned a gay rights event at the US embassy as "social and cultural terrorism". The June 26th meeting, hosted by US deputy ambassador, Richard Hoagland, was held to support LGBT people in the country
WikiLeaks soldier Bradley Manning ‘bullied for being gay’ 13
2:58 PM — It has been claimed that alleged WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning was mocked and assaulted for being gay while in the US Army.
Lesbian MSP Ruth Davidson tipped to lead Scottish Tories 46
2:01 PM — Lesbian MSP Ruth Davidson is being tipped as a contender to become the next leader of the Scottish Conservatives. Despite only being elected two months ago, the former BBC journalist is said to have impressed senior figures at Westminster and Holyrood, who have urged her to stand in the contest.
Interview: ‘If you don’t talk about your rights, they can slip away’ 6
11:15 AM — LGBT disability campaigner Kath Gillespie-Sells MBE, who was London Pride's grand marshall on Saturday, tells PinkNews.co.uk why Pride events need to cater to disabled people.
Billy Elliot author’s opera pulled after school objects to gay character 72
10:46 AM — A community opera by the author of Billy Elliot has been pulled after a primary school demanded that a gay character be written out. Lee Hall, who wrote the hugely successful show about a boy who wants to dance, had been working on Beached with opera company Opera North and 400 residents of East Yorkshire town Bridlington.
2nd July 2011
Have mainstream politicians lost Pride? 74
4:16 PM — The number of politicians attending London's Pride event has dropped. PinkNews.co.uk asks key figures on the march if Pride still has political relevance.
Pride 2011 in photos 9
2:49 PM — PinkNews.co.uk brings you the photographic highlights of this year's Pride event in central London.
Pride London in full swing as parade begins 58
2:22 PM — Activists, politicians and celebrities join up to a million Pride supporters for the parade through the capital.
1st July 2011
FIFA criticises Nigeria’s football coach over ‘lesbian ban’ 16
5:35 PM — The governing body of football, FIFA, has criticised the coach of the Nigerian women's football team for saying she had forced out lesbian players. Last week, coach Eucharia Uche told the New York Times that since she was hired in 2009, she has eradicated homosexuality from the squad.
Boris Johnson: ‘London should be the benchmark for LGBT equality’ 23
4:31 PM — London mayor Boris Johnson has called for London to be the "benchmark of LGBT equality' ahead of tomorrow's Pride march.
Tory gay group says Ken Livingstone should be banned from Pride 62
4:19 PM — Updated: The Conservative Party's LGBT group, LGBTory, has called for mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone to banned from London Pride over his alleged "close friendship" with an anti-gay extremist. The group's chairman, Matthew Sephton, accused Mr Livingstone of being a "hypocrite" who will "undermine the core values" of the event.
US pilot says sorry for anti-gay rant 18
3:07 PM — A US pilot has apologised after a mid-flight homophobic rant was accidentally broadcast to air traffic control. James Fritzen Taylor, who works for Southwest Airlines, was flying between Austin and San Diego in March when it is believed a button for the cockpit microphone was hit by mistake.
Woman, 74, charged with assault for kissing anti-gay preacher 45
2:20 PM — A 74-year-old gay rights supporter has been charged with assault for kissing an anti-gay preacher during a pride event in North Carolina. Joan Parker, who attended last Saturday's event with her husband, says she kissed the preacher on the cheek while he screamed that gay people would go to hell.
Soho bomber David Copeland loses appeal over sentence 51
1:48 PM — David Copeland, the Soho nailbomber who killed three people in 1999, has lost an appeal to have his sentence cut. The 35-year-old, from Hampshire, set off three bombs over the course of two weeks designed to kill and seriously injure London's gay, Asian and black communities.
Disability campaigner Kath Gillespie-Sells to lead London Pride 6
12:01 PM — LGBT disability campaigner Kath Gillespie-Sells is to lead London's gay Pride parade tomorrow as the event's first grand marshall. The activist, who was honoured with an MBE last month, will lead the annual parade through the city centre.
Seattle man says ‘God told him’ to rape and stab lesbian couple
10:18 AM — A man in Seattle, US, has admitted the rape and stabbing of a lesbian couple, claiming that "God told" him to do it. Isaiah Kalebu, 25, is accused of breaking into the couple's home in July 2009 and and torturing and raping them repeatedly before stabbing them.
Police name man found dead at gay cruising spot 15
9:57 AM — Police have released the name of a man found dead on London's Clapham Common. He was named as Eric Anthony James, 49, of Lambeth.