8th August 2011
Interview: RuPaul, America’s first drag superstar 14
6:09 PM — Laurence Watts meets America's first drag superstar, RuPaul.
Gay SNP politician calls colleagues ‘bigots’ 66
3:21 PM — A gay SNP politician has hit out at colleagues on the issue of gay marriage, calling them bigots. Alyn Smith, an MEP who was elected in 2004, attacked colleagues who signed a motion on gay marriage, calling them "small" and "mean".
Liverpool Pride doubles its numbers 6
2:17 PM — An estimated 40,000 people joined Liverpool Pride on Saturday - double the number who turned up last year. The festival, now in its second year, was held at the city's waterfront, where it is thought around 35,000 people joined the celebrations.
BBC pilots gay sitcom 50
2:03 PM — The BBC is piloting a new sitcom revolving around a middle-aged gay couple. The show, titled George And Bernard Shaw, will star My Family actor Robert Linsday and Richard Griffiths, if commissioned.
London gay bookshop attacked by vandals 189
1:20 PM — London's renowned gay bookshop, Gay's the Word, has been attacked by vandals. Staff at the Marchmont Street store came to work this morning to find the front window smashed and the shopfront had been pelted with eggs.
Report calls for equality commission to be scrapped 65
11:22 AM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission contributes "very little to meaningful equality" and should be dismantled, a think tank report has recommended. The body, headed by Trevor Phillips, has been harshly criticised by gay rights advocates in recent weeks after calling for religious homophobes to be given 'accommodations' and 'compromises' in the workplace.
Boy George ‘suffered homophobic abuse in prison’ 20
10:38 AM — Boy George has told of the anti-gay abuse he suffered from fellow prisoners. The singer, who was jailed for four months in 2009 for falsely imprisoning a male escort, told National Prison Radio about his experiences.