19th December 2011
Domestic violence helpline offers advice for “surviving Christmas” 6
3:05 PM — The LGBT domestic violence charity Broken Rainbow has published a list of tips designed to advise the victims of violence on how to seek help over the festive period.
Religious charity backs Tesco boycott over gay employee’s “evil Christians” remark 264
2:32 PM — The Christian Institute is backing a boycott of the supermarket Tesco after one of its employees wrote on his Flickr page that he would campaign against "evil" Christians who oppose marriage equality. Tesco has been criticised by the organisation in recent months for reducing its sizeable financial support for Cancer Research UK, while giving Pride London £30,000 to fund its family area.
Businessman acquires Birmingham’s threatened Nightingale Club 8
12:45 PM — A local businessman has bought Birmingham's iconic Nightingale Club for an undisclosed sum after the gay nightspot was put into administration. Lawrence Barton already runs the Loft Lounge, Penthouse and Village Inn venues in the city's Southside district, and says he will invest more than £1 million in the club over the coming years.
Danish MP’s gay Hans Christian Andersen festival dubbed a ‘silly suggestion’ 9
12:12 PM — An MP in Denmark has prompted debate after suggesting the country organise a week-long festival aimed at gay couples in honour of the writer Hans Christian Andersen.
Malaysian student “missing” for three years found after Irish civil partnership 57
11:30 AM — A Malaysian student whose family reported him missing after he stopped contacting them three years ago has been found after pictures of his civil partnership ceremony in Ireland circulated the internet.
Sentencing due today in case of US gay school shooting 17
10:49 AM — A court in the US is due to sentence Brandon McInerney, the Californian student who last month pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of gay classmate Larry King. The district attorney’s office said as part of the plea deal that he would serve 11 years for voluntary manslaughter and 10 years for the use of a firearm, but will not serve time for the murder.
Gay Wikileaks soldier Bradley Manning “struggled with gender identity issues” 38
10:07 AM — The pre-trial hearing of Bradley Manning, the gay US soldier accused of sending many sensitive documents to the Wikileaks website, was told by his defence lawyer that he struggled with gender identity issues.
Interview: Joe McElderry on The X Factor, coming out and winning Popstar to Operastar 20
9:30 AM — 2009's X Factor winner talks to Laurence Watts about life after the competition, the publicity around his coming out and plans for a fourth studio album.