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  • 4th July 2011

    Billy Elliot author’s opera pulled after school objects to gay character 72

    The primary school said the scene was not suitable for children

    10:46 AM — A community opera by the author of Billy Elliot has been pulled after a primary school demanded that a gay character be written out. Lee Hall, who wrote the hugely successful show about a boy who wants to dance, had been working on Beached with opera company Opera North and 400 residents of East Yorkshire town Bridlington.

  • 2nd July 2011

    Have mainstream politicians lost Pride? 74

    The public turned out in force, but few politicians joined the 2011 parade

    4:16 PM — The number of politicians attending London's Pride event has dropped. PinkNews.co.uk asks key figures on the march if Pride still has political relevance.

  • Pride 2011 in photos 9

    2:49 PM — PinkNews.co.uk brings you the photographic highlights of this year's Pride event in central London.

  • Pride London in full swing as parade begins 58

    Peter Tatchell at the front of the march

    2:22 PM — Activists, politicians and celebrities join up to a million Pride supporters for the parade through the capital.

  • 1st July 2011

    Boris Johnson: ‘London should be the benchmark for LGBT equality’ 23

    Boris Johnson poses with a pink cowboy hate at 2008's parade

    4:31 PM — London mayor Boris Johnson has called for London to be the "benchmark of LGBT equality' ahead of tomorrow's Pride march.

  • Woman, 74, charged with assault for kissing anti-gay preacher 45

    Joan Parker claimed the preacher had been screaming that gays will go to hell

    2:20 PM — A 74-year-old gay rights supporter has been charged with assault for kissing an anti-gay preacher during a pride event in North Carolina. Joan Parker, who attended last Saturday's event with her husband, says she kissed the preacher on the cheek while he screamed that gay people would go to hell.

  • Soho bomber David Copeland loses appeal over sentence 51

    David Copeland told police he wanted to start a 'racial war'

    1:48 PM — David Copeland, the Soho nailbomber who killed three people in 1999, has lost an appeal to have his sentence cut. The 35-year-old, from Hampshire, set off three bombs over the course of two weeks designed to kill and seriously injure London's gay, Asian and black communities.

  • Disability campaigner Kath Gillespie-Sells to lead London Pride 6

    Kath Gillespie-Sells and her son Dan at last year's Stonewall awards

    12:01 PM — LGBT disability campaigner Kath Gillespie-Sells is to lead London's gay Pride parade tomorrow as the event's first grand marshall. The activist, who was honoured with an MBE last month, will lead the annual parade through the city centre.

  • 28th June 2011

    Videos: What life might have been like for gay celebs if they were homeless 5

    Sir Ian McKellen in the Albert Kennedy Trust advertisement

    11:58 AM — Gay youth housing charity the Albert Kennedy Trust has released a series of advertisements showing what life might have been like for gay celebrities including Sir Ian McKellen, Andrew Hayden-Smith, Paul O'Grady, Samantha Fox and Sue Perkins.

  • 27th June 2011

    Turkish gay Pride marchers demand more rights 8

    Turkish campaigners held a Pride march in Istanbul

    1:02 PM — Thousands of Turkish gay rights activist joined a Pride march in Istanbul yesterday to call for more rights. Carrying signs in Turkish and English, marchers proceeded down one of the city's busiest streets.

  • Hundreds of thousands celebrate gay marriage at New York Pride 3

    This year's New York Pride had special meaning for participants

    11:57 AM — Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in New York on Sunday for the city's annual Pride festival. The celebrations were held just two days after the state legalised gay marriage.

  • 26th June 2011

    Sir Ian McKellen on why he never came out to his parents 52

    Sir Ian McKellen's mother died when he was still a teenager

    12:51 AM — Sir Ian McKellen, who is fronting an advertising campaign for the Albert Kennedy Trust on gay teenagers kicked out of home for coming out has explained in an interview for The Times why he never came out to his own parents.

  • 25th June 2011

    Governor Andrew Cuomo: Gay marriage equality makes New York a ‘beacon for social justice’ 88

    Andrew Cuomo toured New York state to call for gay marriage equality

    3:30 PM — After signing the long awaited legislation to allow gay marriage in New York state into law, Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed reporters and said that New York has regained its reputation as a "beacon for social justice."

  • British gay policeman victim of homophobic attack in Slovenia 59

    Slovenia allows private civil partnership ceremonies

    1:47 PM — A British gay policeman was savagely attacked in a homophobic incident in Slovenia it has been reported. Oliver McNally was in the capital Ljubljana with straight friends on a stag party but fell out with anti-gay revellers in a nightclub after what has only been described as an 'encounter' who later attacked him with metal police-style batons.

  • Updated: Russian police arrest 14 gay rights campaigners in St Petersburg 25

    Police drag away a gay rights activist who protested in Moscow last month

    1:16 PM — Russian police have arrested and charged up to 14 LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) activists who were attempting to hold a demonstration in St Petersburg.

  • New York Senate due to vote on gay marriage bill 30

    The vote is due to take place within the next few hours

    2:11 AM — Republicans in the New York Senate agreed late last night (Friday) to allow a full vote to make gay marriage legal. A vote is expected in the early hours of Saturday morning (UK time).

  • 23rd June 2011

    Will Boris Johnson lead London Pride again? 30

    Boris Johnson led last year's Pride

    4:34 PM — He led London Pride last year but with an election coming up in 2012, will Boris Johnson lead the parade again next weekend? PinkNews.co.uk understands that Pride organisers are keen for the mayor to take his place at the head of the march but City Hall has not yet given the go-ahead.

  • London’s oldest gay charity ‘saved’ 7

    London Friend says it has been promised a loan

    3:50 PM — Islington council has announced that London LGBT charity London Friend will be able to buy its premises. The charity, which is the capital's oldest counselling service for LGBT people, faced an uncertain future when the council announced in November that the Caledonian Road property was to be put up for auction with just a few weeks' notice.

  • Transgender woman banned from using Poole stadium toilets 52

    Victoria Saxe-Coburg says she was banned from the women's toilet

    3:36 PM — A transgender woman has described her humiliation at being barred from using the women's toilets at Poole stadium. Victoria Saxe-Coburg, 55, was watching a speedway event between Poole Pirates and Wolverhampton Wolves on June 8th when security staff told her in front of other fans that there had been a complaint about her.

  • New Jersey man charged over murder of transgender model

    Victoria Carmen White was shot dead in an alleged hate crime

    11:43 AM — A New Jersey man has been charged with murder and bias intimidation over the death of a transgender woman last September. Victoria Carmen White, 28, was shot dead after an altercation on September 12th 2010 at a house in Maplewood.

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