26th April 2012
Live London Mayoral Q&A Transcript: Independent candidate Siobhan Benita 7
9:16 PM — Today, PinkNews.co.uk held the first of our Live Mayoral Q&As with the independent candidate Siobhan Benita. She popped into the PinkNews.co.uk office to answer questions on schools, transport fare cuts, why she's often been ignored by the mainstream media and whether it's right for London to be twinned with Tehran the capital of virulently homophobic Iran.
28th March 2012
Queer feminist poet and essayist Adrienne Rich dies aged 82 9
10:28 PM — The pioneering feminist poet, Adrienne Rich, who consistently challenged the myths of the American dream, has died, aged 82.
Reggae star’s Swedish concert cancelled again over anti-gay lyrics 30
10:04 PM — Jamaican reggae star Sizzla has been prevented from appearing in Stockholm tonight, despite a go-ahead earlier in the day, in response to a widespread backlash from gay rights activists on account of the anti-gay lyrics in his music.
Teacher struck off register for sleeping naked next to a 15-year-old student 58
9:38 PM — A music teacher, who picked up a 15-year-old schoolboy at a gay bar, took him home, and slept naked in bed next to him, has been suspended from his position, and his name has been struck off the teaching register.
US footballer suspended and fined for homophobic tweet 11
8:56 PM — Colin Clark, the Houston Dynamo midfielder who was heard using an offensive homophobic slur against a ball boy, has been suspended for three games and given an undisclosed fine by Major League Soccer.
27th March 2012
Serbia: Far-right leader jailed for homophobic death-threats 10
10:25 PM — A far-right Serbian leader, whose death-threats against homosexuals led to the cancellation of gay pride march in Belgrade three years ago, has been convicted and sentenced to 10 months in prison.
Indian Supreme Court reserves verdict on anti-gay petitions 1
9:53 PM — The Supreme Court of India has reserved a verdict concerning a batch of appeals that challenged the Delhi High Court ruling decriminalising gay sex between consenting adults.
Fixation with gay rights can “fragment” society, Rowan Williams says 117
9:25 PM — Addressing a group of teenagers during a visit to the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has claimed that a fixation with gay rights, race and feminism threatens to “fragment” the British society.
Quakers call for equal marriage in address to the Queen 38
8:58 PM — The Religious Society of Friends in Britain, generally known as the Quakers, have called on Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, to support the inclusion of same-sex couples in the definition of marriage in their address to the monarch on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee.
26th March 2012
Judge criticises New York City over birth certificate change for trans man 20
10:46 PM — In a case that could have repercussions around the US, a New York judge has severely criticised the health officials of the city for the complex bureaucratic requirements that trans men and women must negotiate in order to update details on their identity documents such as passports.
Banning equal marriage would be disastrous for North Carolina, says a Bank of America official 16
10:01 PM — The technology chief of Bank of America has strongly denounced the proposed measure to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman in North Carolina, saying it would make it harder for companies to attract talent to the state.
Albania: Proposed gay pride march provokes homophobic comments 45
7:56 PM — With gay rights activists in Albania set to organise the country’s first ever gay pride parade in Tirana on May 17, religious groups and the Royalist Party have been quick to denounce the proposed plans.
25th March 2012
Miss Universe Canada rejects transgender contestant 136
1:16 PM — A beauty pageant owned by Donald Trump has booted a contestant out of the competition because she was born male.
Gay man arrested for having gay sex on gay cruise speaks of his ordeal 45
12:53 PM — A man from southern California, who was arrested with his partner in the Caribbean island of Dominica for allegedly having sex in public, has said that the couple were subject to taunts, humiliation and inhumane treatment at the hands of their captors.
‘Smash,’ Lady Gaga and anti-bullying teenage campaigner triumph at GLAAD awards 2
12:16 PM — Lady Gaga, the NBC musical drama ‘Smash,’ and a teenager from Michigan who has been campaigning to make it easier for children to see a forthcoming documentary on bullying have all been crowned at the annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) media awards, announced a few hours ago.
24th March 2012
American footballer apologises for gay slur 14
8:43 PM — Colin Clark, the midfielder for Houston Dynamo, has apologised for using a homophobic slur against a ball boy, who refused to throw the ball back to him during Friday’s game with the Seattle Sounders.
Petition against equal marriage reaches 300,000 signatures 155
6:56 PM — The Coalition for Marriage has announced today that it has received more than 300,000 signatures in support of its petition to keep the definition of marriage restricted to that between a man and a woman.
23rd March 2012
US student sues school over gay prom policy 23
11:03 PM — A high school student from Atlanta has filed a federal lawsuit against his school, alleging that the administrators removed him as student body president, after he proposed to make the prom more inclusive to LGBT students.
The BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival is launched 10
10:35 PM — The 26th annual London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival is being launched at the BFI tonight, with a wide range of films from around the world, but with only one new British Film in the list.
Dharun Ravi denies responsibility for suicide of gay room-mate Tyler Clementi 23
9:57 PM — In his first interview since being convicted on fifteen charges last week, Dharun Ravi has denied acting out of homophobic hatred, and has said that he never felt uncomfortable with Tyler Clementi’s sexuality.