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Jessica has been the editor of PinkNews.co.uk since 2009.

  • 5th September 2011

    WHSmith blames shoplifters for removal of gay magazines 66

    WHSmith said the gay magazines were a favourite of shoplifters

    3:28 PM — WHSmith says it was forced to remove gay magazines from shelves in its Leamington Spa store because of shoplifters. The retailer was condemned by Twitter users for apparently putting Attitude and Gay Times behind the counter, while leaving 'lads mags' on show.

  • Video: Google pays tribute to late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury 19

    See the Freddie Mercury doodle at Google.com

    2:59 PM — Google has paid tribute to late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury with an animated 'Google doodle' on its homepage. Today would be the gay singer's 65th birthday. The search engine is celebrating with a cartoon of the star which features 1978 Queen hit 'Don't Stop Me Now'.

  • Senior Church of Ireland minister announces civil partnership 4

    The minister announced his civil partnership (File photo)

    12:22 PM — A senior minister in the Church of Ireland has announced he is in a civil partnership. Rev Tom Gordon Dean of Leighlin Cathedral, Co Carlow, said he had the ceremony in July with his partner of more than 20 years.

  • WHSmith store covers up gay magazines – but ‘lads mags’ are uncensored 55

    The image appears to show an uncensored copy of Zoo magazine

    11:53 AM — See updated story. A WHSmith store has come under fire for apparently censoring gay magazines. An image circulated on Twitter shows plastic signs advising customers who wish to purchase the magazines to take the sign to the counter.

  • Video: K-Y Jelly makes first lesbian ad 20

    The ad is K-Y Brand's first to feature a lesbian couple

    10:17 AM — K-Y Jelly has made its first advert featuring a lesbian couple. The ad, which will air today in the US, shows couple Alex and Emma talking about their relationship.

  • Prosecutors seek new trial for boy who shot gay classmate

    Larry King was killed by his classmate

    9:39 AM — Prosecutors in California are seeking a new trial for a teenager who shot his gay classmate dead. Last week, a mistrial was declared in the case of 17-year-old Brandon McInernery, who admits killing 15-year-old Larry King in 2008.

  • 2nd September 2011

    Alabama school backs down over student’s gay rights t-shirt 475

    5:33 PM — A school in the US state of Alabama has backed down after telling a student she could not wear a gay rights t-shirt. Sara Couvillon, a student at Hoover High School in Birmingham, threatened school officials with legal action when she was told not to wear the shirt for her own safety.

  • Councils to be banned from asking residents if they are gay or transgender 67

    Councils will be barred from asking 'intrusive' questions

    4:36 PM — Local councils will be banned from routinely asking residents about their sexual orientation, transgender status, religion and race. Local government secretary Eric Pickles said that the surveys, typically sent out with responses to residents' queries about local services, were "unnecessary and "intrusive".

  • Tory MP Crispin Blunt speaks for first time after coming out 30

    Tory MP Crispin Blunt said he was grateful to equality campaigners

    2:22 PM — Conservative MP Crispin Blunt has spoken about his sexuality for the first time since coming out a year ago. Speaking to US gay website The Advocate, he described how he came to terms with his sexual orientation.

  • Scottish government launches gay marriage consultation 47

    The government has opened its marriage equality consultation

    1:13 PM — The Scottish government has launched its promised consultation on marriage equality. The SNP-led government says it is considering whether to allow "religious ceremonies for civil partnerships and the possible introduction of same sex marriage".

  • Tory voters turned off by gay TV kisses 87

    EastEnders' Christian Clarke (John Partridge) and Lee Thompson (Carl Ferguson) lock lips

    12:59 PM — Conservative voters are more likely to oppose same-sex kisses on TV soaps, although they prefer lesbian clinches to gay male ones, a poll says. YouGov surveyed 2,206 people about their views on same-kisses and their voting habits.

  • Tory MP calls for churches to be banned from holding marriages if they refuse gay couples 81

    Mike Weatherley says churches should be made to hold civil partnerships (Photo: Rachael Bates)

    10:57 AM — Mike Weatherley, the Conservative MP for Hove, has called for churches to be banned from holding marriages if they refuse to perform civil partnerships for gay couples. He says that the idea will bring more equality for gay couples.

  • Mistrial declared in US gay school shooting

    Brandon McInerney was 14 when he shot dead a gay classmate

    10:30 AM — A mistrial was declared yesterday in the case of a US teenager accused of murdering a gay classmate. Jurors deliberating charges against 17-year-old Brandon McInerney could not decide whether he was guilty of first or second-degree murder or voluntary manslaughter.

  • 1st September 2011

    US gay group wants further action on military gay ban 21

    The lawsuit says the ban could be reinstated in future

    5:31 PM — A Republican gay rights group is asking a court to declare the ban on openly gay troops unconstitutional. Log Cabin Republicans says it is taking the action because although the ban is due to be repealed this month, it can still be re-enacted in future.

  • Call for Commonwealth meeting to discuss gay rights 22

    Many Commonwealth countries ban homosexuality

    4:54 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called for next month's Commonwealth heads of government meeting to discuss gay rights. Forty of the 54 Commonwealth member states retain a ban on homosexuality.

  • North Carolina lawmakers consider gay marriage bill 7

    North Carolina lawmakers are seeking a ban on gay marriage (Photo: Ludovic Berton)

    4:27 PM — Republican lawmakers in North Carolina, US, announced this week that they hope to win a constitutional ban on gay marriage. Speaking at a press conference in Raleigh on Tuesday, they said they will push for a voter referendum on the issue in 2012.

  • Cher says Dancing With the Stars viewers will ‘love’ transgender son Chaz 5

    Cher says viewers will love her son

    1:54 PM — Cher says that viewers of Dancing With the Stars will love her transgender son Chaz Bono. Bono will be the first transgender celebrity to appear on the primetime US show and has said he hopes to educate viewers about transgender people.

  • Stonewall to lobby for gay rights abroad 53

    Chief executive Ben Summerskill said Stonewall would continue its UK work

    12:33 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has announced it will begin lobbying for gay equality abroad. The charity says that until now, it has been barred from commenting on the situation for lesbian, gay and bisexual people around the world because this would breach its charitable objectives as an organisation focused on Britain.

  • Canadian broadcast watchdog amends ruling on ‘anti-gay’ Dire Straits song 31

    The Dire Straits song includes the word three times (Photo: Helge Øverås)

    11:46 AM — Canada's broadcast standards council has amended an earlier ruling which said that radio stations must censor a Dire Straits song which includes the homophobic slur 'faggot'. The body now says the word must be taken in context.

  • Trial of gay US soldier Dan Choi put on hold 11

    Dan Choi may have the charge against him dismissed

    10:43 AM — The federal trial of a gay soldier who chained himself to the White House fence to protest over the gay military ban has been put on hold. Reports say that former Army lieutenant Dan Choi may be closer to having the charges against him dismissed.

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