30th July 2010
Best of PinkNews: BBC accused of homophobia over Lindsay Lohan slurs
10:56 PM — As PinkNews.co.uk celebrates its fifth birthday, we take a look back at some of the most important exclusive stories we've broken. In January 2009, the BBC was accused of homophobia over comments about bisexual actress Lindsay Lohan it broadcast by the BBC Radio 5 Live presenter DJ Spooney. He described lesbians as "munters and mingers" and said that Hollywood superstars like Ms Lohan "should be saved for guys." It led to scores of complains to media regulator Ofcom and the BBC Trust.
19th February 2009
Pride London director calls for travel agents to give to gay community 6
3:08 PM — Colm Howard-Lloyd, a director of Pride London, has said that companies must do more to encourage loyalty from gay customers.
Jacqui Smith ordered to bring gay asylum seeker back to UK 11
1:48 PM — The Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has been ordered by the High Court to have a gay asylum seeker who was removed from the UK brought back to Britain.
Hip-hop star Kanye West claims to have reinvented the word ‘gay’ 11
10:49 AM — Rapper Kanye West has claimed that the word 'gay' should not be an insult. Instead, the 808s and Heartbreak star said that the term will be used in future as synonymous with fashionable and stylish.
2nd January 2009
EXCLUSIVE: BBC accused of homophobia over Lindsay Lohan slurs 30
4:01 PM — BBC3 programme The Most Annoying People of 2008, which listed bisexual actress Lindsay Lohan has been branded as homophobic by gay rights activist Peter Tatchell following complaints to the broadcaster by a PinkNews.co.uk reader.
Gay club clashes with local council over ‘kinky’ sign 19
3:42 PM — Kinky Boots cabaret club in Darleston has resisted an order by local authorities to remove a sign outside its premises showing a man in knee-length PVC boots.
Man becomes Australia’s first recognised gay war widow after 10 year struggle 3
2:27 PM — Sydney pensioner Edward Young has won a decade-long legal battle to receive his deceased partner's pension.
Gay housing association association hits quarter of a century
1:22 PM — Stonewall Housing, the UK's only specialist LGBT housing, advice and support provider, celebrated its 25th anniversary at the end of 2008.
Catholic agencies turn on gay adoption rights as exemption period runs out 13
12:08 PM — 50% of the Catholic adoption agencies that threatened to close if forced to work with gay couples have adopted the new equality law.
Graham Norton plans ‘risqué’ jokes for Eurovision 3
11:13 AM — Ultra-camp TV presenter Graham Norton is planning to give a much more adult feel to the Eurovision Song Contest than his predecessor Sir Terry Wogan.
Portland becomes largest US city to have gay mayor 1
10:43 AM — The US city of Portland, Oregon, swore in its openly gay mayor Sam Adams on New Year's Day.
Four arrested after lesbian attacked and raped 6
10:21 AM — Four males have been arrested in Richmond, California, during investigations over the alleged gang rape of a lesbian.
31st December 2008
Top gay venue Astoria to hold ‘last ever party’
4:02 PM — The London Astoria is one of the capitals most iconic venues and following the decision earlier this year to close demolish the Astoria to make way for the new Crossrail project, the venue's staff have announced its closing night event.
Gay youth radio station hit by credit crunch 1
3:20 PM — Several businesses have been hit by the global recession; the demise of Woolworths and other high street stores has been well-publicised. Now a gay youth podcast service has been hit following issues with the company that hosts their podcasts.
Three black gay men gunned down in New Orleans 3
2:13 PM — New Orleans police are searching for the killers of three black gay men after they were found dead at their home on December 18th.
Bookies predict George Michael, Amy Winehouse or Pete Doherty will be first arrested celeb of 2009 3
12:40 PM — Bookies William Hill have named George Michael as third in the running for first celebrity arrest of the new year.
Vatican breaks with Italian law after refusing to sign UN sexuality declaration 11
12:07 PM — A new statute coming into effect on January 1st will allow the Vatican to bypass Italian law. This comes in the wake of a row at the UN, where the Vatican refused to sign up to a universal declaration of human rights regardless of gender or sexuality.
Gay and bisexual black men have lowest rate of prostate testing, research finds 1
11:23 AM — A new study published in the December issue of Medical Care claims that African-American gay and bisexual men are the least likely to be tested for prostate cancer than any other men.
HIV charity boss recieves knighthood 7
11:03 AM — Chief executive of leading HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust Nick Partridge has been knighted. THT was set up in 1982, the first charity to be set up in response to the HIV epidemic of the 1980s.
Gay charity boss Ben Summerskill to receive OBE in New Years Honours List 36
12:01 AM — Gay equality group Stonewall's chief executive has been included in 2009's New Years Honours List. Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall, will receive an OBE for services to Equality and Diversity.