8th December 2011
Rufus Wainwright speaks of “manly” album, having “certainly enough gay records” 32
1:31 PM — Musician Rufus Wainwright has described a "very manly" tone to his seventh studio album, after always putting on "a lavish spectacle". Wainwright became a father earlier this year, after having a baby with Leonard Cohen's daughter.
Theatre company appeals for trans scriptwriters 4
12:36 PM — A UK theatre company is seeking submissions of short plays about transgender issues to be performed in Manchester next year, and says no previous script-writing experience is necessary.
Government launches first-ever action plan to advance transgender equality 68
11:46 AM — Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said the government plans to work "with schools, businesses and communities so that together, we can drive change and help consign transphobia to the past.”
Nominate your LGBT voices for our 2011 list of the most influential Twitter users 6
10:04 AM — Whose voice has the most authority on Twitter when it comes to LGBT life? PinkNews.co.uk has teamed up with PeerIndex to draw up a list, and we need your nominations: simply tweet your nominees' usernames and the hashtag #pinkpeople2011.
7th December 2011
Anti-gay bullying campaigner Roger Crouch was found hanged, inquest hears 35
12:15 PM — An inquest into the death of Roger Crouch, the anti-gay bullying campaigner who was honoured for his work protecting teenagers from homophobic bullying after his son committed suicide last year, has heard he was found hanged.
6th December 2011
Petition launched to pardon gay codebreaker Alan Turing 98
1:28 PM — A petition has been launched asking the government to issue a formal pardon to the gay mathematician Alan Turing. Turing, who worked at Bletchley Park during the World War Two, was prosecuted for his sexual orientation in 1952 and obliged to undergo chemical castration. He committed suicide two years later, aged 41.
Londoners set record for most HIV tests on World AIDS Day 9
12:43 PM — Londoners set a new world record on World AIDS Day 2011 for the most HIV tests administered in 8 hours. 467 tests were taken in the joint record attempt by 56 Dean Street clinic and G-A-Y, at the G-A-Y Bar on Old Compton Street.
5th December 2011
Gay actor Neil Patrick Harris apologises for “tranny” comment 134
2:23 PM — Neil Patrick Harris has apologised publicly for using the term "tranny" on television. The gay actor, 38, who currently appears on the popular US sitcom How I Met Your Mother, had been inhaling a gas which lowers voices.
1st December 2011
Video: One in three young people “would fear telling parents about HIV” 43
2:10 PM — A survey by the British Red Cross has found one in three young people in Britain would be scared to tell their parents if they were HIV positive. While 20% of respondents also said their parents would not want them to tell anyone else if they were living with HIV, 69% said they believed their parents would love them either way.
Comment: The challenge for black and minority ethnic communities on World AIDS Day 3
1:11 PM — Bryan Teixeira, Chief Executive of Naz Project London talks about the challenges facing minority ethnic communities in the capital, the need for infrastructure funding and community-based campaigns.
Comment: HIV awareness should be as real as it was in 1980s, Ed Miliband says 8
10:34 AM — Labour Party leader Ed Miliband promises to continue promoting support in Parliament for people living with HIV and for the right policies to tackle rising infection rates.
Comment: David Cameron urges reflection, action and hope on World AIDS Day 24
10:10 AM — This World AIDS Day, the Prime Minister has spoken of the government's commitment to the "urgent task" of tackling HIV abroad, through international organisations, and in the UK, through the NHS and partnerships with specialist charities.
Comment: Information and early diagnosis will be key to tackling HIV 4
9:41 AM — Deborah Jack from the National AIDS Trust highlights the need to improve HIV education and resources, especially for people living outside the capital, this World AIDS Day.
30th November 2011
Londoners invited to ‘Swish’ on World AIDS Day parade 14
12:21 PM — London AIDS Memorial Campaign is inviting people to take part in its annual AIDS Swish down London's Old Compton Street tomorrow as a mark of remembrance, pride and community. The event aims to promote awareness of the fact that London currently has no permanent AIDS Memorial.
29th November 2011
Anti-bullying campaigner Roger Crouch dies 28
12:54 PM — Roger Crouch, the father of a boy who committed suicide after being bullied at school, who went on to become a voice for greater awareness of bullying and 2011's Stonewall Hero of the Year, has died.
Men urged to opt in for nationwide sexual health messaging service 7
10:50 AM — Ahead of World AIDS Day, the Sexual Health Messaging Service, which allows men to alert previous partners when they are diagnosed with an infection, is being rolled out to more clinics and websites and is asking users to opt in to receive messages.
28th November 2011
Video: Australian marriage equality short becomes overnight hit 43
12:07 PM — A pro-marriage equality video by Australian action group GetUp has become a Youtube sensation since its release before the weekend, racking up 1.6 million views over four days.
Rapper T.I. defends Tracy Morgan routine, says those who complain are “not American” 64
11:29 AM — In an interview with the American Vibe magazine after being released from prison, T.I. says gays had over-reacted to Morgan's joke about killing his son if he came out. He also claims organisations and individuals who want to silence opinions like Morgan's oppose constitutional rights to free speech.
Video: Lady Gaga’s surprise message to Canadian school tackling bullying 13
10:27 AM — The students at a Canadian school received a surprise message of congratulation from Lady Gaga last week after writing to her about a pledge they had drawn up to stop bullying. Jacques St Pierre, 17, send Lady Gaga a letter outlining what was being done at Etobicoke School of the Arts to ensure a safer environment.
India celebrates second annual Pride events since decriminalisation 3
9:39 AM — Two of India's largest cities held Pride events this weekend, with organisers saying it was a chance to "rejoice that we are here and will always be here".