13th May 2008
Eurovision’s gay fans advised to be discreet while in Serbia 3
5:44 PM — Use common sense and appropriate discretion in public. That is the advice from gay groups and the British Embassy in Belgrade to gay people planning to visit the city for the Eurovision Song Contest.
THT invites supporters to hold their own Eurovision fundraiser 1
4:54 PM — Leading sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust is offering Eurovision party packs to encourage people to raise funds by holding a party in honour of the kitsch song contest.
West Midlands police launch LGBT perception survey
4:05 PM — One of England's largest police forces is asking lesbian, gay bisexual and trans people to take part in a survey on their perceptions of crime and anti-social behaviour. West Midlands Police's operational area covers Birmingham.
COMMENT: Gay marriage in America – two steps forward, one step back
12:35 PM — I'm not a big game show watcher. But I do know that you get to spin big wheels on The Price is Right and Wheel of Fortune. Sometimes you hit the jackpot, sometimes you land in a good spot and sometimes you get skunked.
Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority accused of gay prejudice 2
11:32 AM — The body which awards compensation to victims of violent crime rejected a claim from a gay man because of his sexuality, it has been claimed. Kenneth Neil was the victim of a vicious and unprovoked homophobic attack.
New theatre group will fundraise for HIV
11:08 AM — Theatre industry professionals have launched a new support organisation for HIV positive people. TheatreMAD plans a series of theatre-based events to raise funds.
12th May 2008
Police warn clubbers after ecstasy death
4:15 PM — A man in his thirties has died after taking what is believed to be ecstasy. He collapsed at the Fridge nightclub in Brixton at 4.30am on Sunday. When an ambulance arrived two men had collapsed.
Conference will tackle LGBT mental health outcomes
3:25 PM — A national conference on mental health and well-being for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people will be held in Nottingham later this month.
Council reverses decision on Christian foster parents 8
11:14 AM — A devout Christian couple will be allowed to provide weekend respite care for children under 10. Eunice and Owen Johns were rejected by an adoption panel.
Plight of gay asylum seekers to be highlighted on IDAHO
10:30 AM — Details of more events marking the International Day Against Homophobia have been announced. IDAHO is held every year on May 17th, the day in 1990 that homosexuality was removed from the list of mental illnesses by the World Health Organisation.
Police look on as fascists attack gays at Moldova’s banned Pride
9:44 AM — Lesbian and gay activists in Moldova have begged the European Union and the Council of Europe to intervene after their attempt to hold a Pride event at the weekend was banned and then blocked by police inaction and violence.
9th May 2008
Queer arts festival kicks off with Sandra Bernhard and indie music
2:18 PM — Europe's leading producer of queer arts and culture is presenting a stellar line up in Manchester in the coming weeks.
We will be gentle with Boris, says Pride London 1
1:00 PM — The chair of the UK's largest Pride event has welcomed the news that the new Mayor of London will be attending this year. Boris Johnson was elected last week, the first Tory to win the job.
Gay London advert wins travel award
10:52 AM — The official visitor organisation for London is celebrating today after it won twice at the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association Awards ceremony in Las Vegas. The awards were voted for by the membership of IGLTA.
8th May 2008
Stonewall’s ten month battle for hate crimes legislation 6
4:52 PM — They may have managed to secure a new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orienation, but gay equality organisation Stonewall's public affairs team will not be resting anytime soon.
EXCLUSIVE: Boris will attend Pride London
3:06 PM — The new Mayor of London will take part in the city's gay Pride parade on July 5th, PinkNews.co.uk can confirm. It will be the first time that Boris Johnson has attended Pride.
US State Department criticised for treatment of gay staff
1:26 PM — The only out lesbian in the US Congress has said she is unhappy with the response from the country's Secretary of State about unequal treatment of lesbian and gay staff in her department.
Gay Eurovision fans issued with advice
12:27 PM — The British Embassy in Belgrade is funding the production of an information leaflet for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people planning to visit the city for the Eurovision Song Contest later this month. The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) of Belgrade will be producing the leaflet.
Gay hate crime bill passed by Parliament 6
12:12 PM — Incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation will become a criminal offence after the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill passed its final stages in the House of Lords last night.
7th May 2008
Gay penguins top list of controversial books – again
4:59 PM — A heart-warming tale of same-sex love and parenting among New York penguins has topped the list of books most complained about in American libraries for the second year running.