29th September 2010
British army claims having openly gay soldiers has ‘increased productivity’ 9
11:43 PM — Following the defeat of a vote in the US Senate to debate ending the US army's Don't ask, Don't tell' policy, the British army claims that allowing gay and lesbians to openly served has improved the armed forces.
Gay campaigner Peter Tatchell honoured with blue plaque 38
2:12 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell was honoured with a blue plaque outside his home in south London today. A large crowd gathered to watch the unveiling of the plaque in Southwark and actor Sir Ian McKellen spoke at the ceremony.
27th September 2010
Stonewall chief executive won’t be ‘jumped into’ gay marriage position 109
9:20 PM — Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill defended his group's lack of a position on marriage equality this evening at a fringe event at Labour's party conference. Mr Summerskill mounted a robust defence of Stonewall, although he was attacked by audience members who questioned why the charity had not begun considering marriage equality sooner.
Sir Ian McKellen to unveil blue plaque outside Peter Tatchell’s flat 18
7:14 PM — The actor and Stonewall co-founder, Sir Ian McKellen is to unveil a blue plaque placed outside the flat where the gay and human rights activist Peter Tatchell has based his campaigns, particularly for Outrage!, the LGBT rights group he founded.
Amnesty International warns of violence at Belgrade Pride 1
3:48 PM — Human rights organisation, Amnesty International today warned of a risk of right wing groups threatening the safety of next week's pride march in Belgrade.
Former neo-Nazi to address US gay students 11
11:34 AM — A former US neo-Nazi activist is to speak at an event hosted by the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer) committee of the State University of New York College (SUNY) at Cortland. Tom "T.J." Leyden spent 15 years as a white supremacist and recruiter, campaigning against blacks, Latinos, Jews and gays before turning his back on the movement.
20th September 2010
Update: Stonewall boss Ben Summerskill argued that Lib Dem equal marriage plan could cost up to £5bn 128
11:53 PM — 24 hours ago, PinkNews.co.uk carried a report from about a fringe meeting at the Liberal Democrats party conference where Stonewall chief executive was reported to have said he was opposed to gay marriage equality because it could cost £5bn. This was based on reports coming from a number of blogs and people who have previously contributed to PinkNews.co.uk as we were not there in person. The reportage was subsequently supported by a number of other people in attendance. Stonewall's chief executive Ben Summerskill has complained about what he claims are a number of inaccuracies in the content of that report. As such we are partially suspending the content from this report while we investigate these claims.
15th September 2010
Brighton Pride email suggests fire service concerns 4
8:47 PM — Exclusive: East Sussex Fire Service is thought to have concerns that this year's Brighton Pride festival was "poorly managed". An emailed statement from Pride this afternoon announcing the immediate resignation of chair Robert Clothier contained an forwarded email which appeared to have been sent by accident.
Brighton Pride chair resigns with immediate effect
5:46 PM — The acting chair of Brighton Pride has resigned with immediate effect. Robert Clothier, who stood in for former chair Yvonne Barker when she resigned last November, announced he was standing down today.
14th September 2010
Gay hand-holding campaign celebrates first anniversary 3
1:23 PM — A campaign to encourage LGBT people to hold hands in public will celebrate its first anniversary this month. Sshh! Saturdays was launched a year ago by founder David Watkins, who encourages LGBT couples and friends to email in pictures of them holding hands in public.
10th September 2010
New LGBT London club night claims it will offer cheap drinks and a social purpose 23
2:49 PM — A new LGBT club in London will be a night out with a difference, organisers say. QueerlyOut, aimed at 18-30-year-olds, launches on October 7th and promises drinks priced from 99p as well as a range of support services such as sexual health and housing advice.
8th September 2010
T-Mobile responds to complaints of gay web content ‘blocks’ 16
12:16 PM — T-Mobile has issued a statement with regard to recent complaints that its network blocks access to gay resources online.
7th September 2010
Homophobic assault at Duke’s Mound in Brighton 2
5:39 PM — Police in Brighton are investigating a homophobic assault on a man in the Dukes Mound area by the seafront, after three men approached him as he was walking home at around 1.30 a.m. on Friday 27 August.
Iconic soho gay pub acquired by chain 2
5:02 PM — The South East pub operator Faucet Inns has acquired one of London’s most iconic gay pubs, Compton's, in London’s Soho district.
Serbia to hold first Pride Parade since 2001 4
3:35 PM — Serbian gay rights groups are in the process of planning a gay Pride Parade in Belgrade next month. It will be the first such parade to take place in nearly a decade.
‘Young, white gay men’ are ‘contributing’ to spread of HIV infections in Europe says report 36
12:28 PM — According to new research published today, reckless sexual behaviour among a subset of young gay men is fuelling the HIV epidemic in Europe and the UK.
6th September 2010
Spain is to launch official gay lottery this Christmas 7
6:28 PM — Spain's official Christmas lottery, whose first prize of €3,000,000 'El Gordo’ or 'the fat one' is to go gay this year. The La Bruixa d’Or lottery administration office in Sort, Lérida, is to launch a special ticket for the draw called 'Gay Luck.'
3rd September 2010
Pop, dance and cabaret at Cardiff Mardi Gras 2
1:53 PM — Cardiff’s LGBT Mardi Gras takes place this Saturday at Cooper’s Field. Forty thousand people are expected to attend the event, which features more than 40 performers and musicians performing throughout the day.
Hollyoaks actress to open trans support centre 3
12:03 PM — A Hollyoaks actress who plays a trans character will unveil an innovative trans support centre. Located in Hull, GenderShift will be opened at 2.00pm on Sunday by actress Victoria Atkin, who plays 15-year-old Jasmine/Jason Costello in the soap.
1st September 2010
Manchester council hopes to ban anti-gay protesters from Pride 23
11:28 AM — Manchester city council is hoping to work with police to see if anti-hate laws can be used to ban homophobic protesters from next year's Pride march.