4th July 2011
Billy Elliot author’s opera pulled after school objects to gay character 72
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.