21st April 2008
Uruguay’s first gay union, four months after they became legal 1
5:03 PM — In the South American nation of Uruguay, a new law granting cohabiting couples who have lived together for more than five years the same rights as straight married couples was signed into law in December.
European Commission abandons gay discrimination directive 5
4:49 PM — Opposition from Germany and other member states means that European Union citizens will not be protected by an EU directive from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. The BBC has learned that only disability will be covered by the new directive.
Online gay museum opens for business
1:59 PM — Museum professionals have feted the launch of the online national LGBT museum Proud Heritage. The website has its first working day open to the public today. Plans for a physical museum were discussed at the Stonewall hustings for the candidates for Mayor of London on Saturday.
Russians protest their country’s gay blood ban
12:20 PM — Activists in Russia have written to the country's Ministry of Health to ask why previous assurances that regulations banning gay men from donating are to be removed have not resulted in action.
Website celebrates Africa’s gay heroes
12:06 PM — A Supreme Court judge, an HIV treatment campaigner and an anti-apartheid activist all feature on a new website highlighting African heroes. All three are from South Africa. The website, africansuccess.org, was created by Kadija Traoré Bush.
Ken unveils gay manifesto as Boris reveals Fund advisers
11:29 AM — The Labour candidate for Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has said he will "work to ensure that London retains its reputation as a welcoming and safe place for lesbian and gay Londoners and visitors" if re-elected for a third term on May 1st.
Campaigners plead with Home Secretary over Syrian deportation 8
10:55 AM — More than 20 members of the Scottish Parliament and a former Big Brother winner have called on the government not to deport a gay teenager to Syria. Jojo Yakob is due to be removed from the UK in 16 days.
Equality commission seeks your experiences with public bodies
10:36 AM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission is calling for evidence from service users of public authorities such as hospitals, government and schools to find out if people are being treated with dignity and respect.
N’Sync star speaks out for Day of Silence
10:05 AM — Proudly out former boy band star Lance Bass speaks out against gay discrimination in a new public service announcement for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network released this week.
19th April 2008
Video: PinkNews editor takes Boris Johnson to task 8
11:24 PM — At the Stonewall hustings for the Mayor of London, chair of the hustings, PinkNews.co.uk editor, Tony Grew, took Conservative Party Candidate Boris Johnson to task.
Ken steals Boris’s Mayor Fund idea 7
2:20 PM — A new fund proposed by Boris Johnson designed to encourage the City to donate money to community projects could be used to help pay for a gay and lesbian museum in London, Ken Livingstone has proposed. He was speaking at a hustings for candidates for Mayor of London organised by gay equality organisation Stonewall.
18th April 2008
LGBT lawyers forum launched
3:17 PM — A new forum for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community within the legal profession was launched last night. The InterLaw Forum aims to strengthen diversity within the London legal sector and promote the recruitment, retention and advancement of LGBT talent.
Fight hate crime with a springtime walk in Brighton
12:12 PM — Gay and lesbian people and their friends have been signing up for a major gay day out in Brighton during the May bank holiday. The 5th Annual Equality Walk is a demonstration of solidarity against hate crime.
17th April 2008
Royal took drugs, court told
4:08 AM — The Old Bailey was told yesterday that the Royal at the centre of a gay sex blackmail plot took drugs. The court also heard a comparision to a Royal aide and the BBC Are You Being Served character Mr Humphries. The Royal can't be named due to a court order.
16th April 2008
Rainbow flag to feature in Mayor’s parade
12:30 PM — The Lord Mayor's Day Parade in Plymouth will feature a gay float this year.The city's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans residents will use a Rainbow Flag theme for their entry in this year's parade on May 17th.The Lord Mayor, councillor David James, has chosen the theme The people and diverse communities of Plymouth. The organisers of plymouth prideevent 2008 want the LGBT community's families and friends to join its float.
14th April 2008
Anglican leader backs ban on same-sex prom dates 5
5:00 PM — The leader of the Anglican church in Australia has backed a decision by a secondary school to bar its male pupils from bringing their boyfriends to the annual formal dance.A handful of Year 12 (Sixth Form) students at Anglican Grammar School in Brisbane had expressed their desire to bring their gay partners to the end of year ball.The Most Revd Phillip Aspinall is both president of the school's council and Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane.
Gay Scots footballers collect silverware
4:03 PM — The second and final leg of the inaugural Fitlads Cup, played yesterday in Edinburgh, went to a nail-biting penalties finish after a 3-3 aggregate draw between HotScots FC and London Falcons FC.The first LGBT football team north of the border took victory.HotScots FC was founded last year with the aim of organising socials and regular kickabouts and to provide a social outlet for LGBT people who wish to watch and participate in football with other like-minded people.
11th April 2008
EXCLUSIVE: Rail company apologises for homophobic incident 15
2:40 PM — The Customer Service Director of rail operator First Capital Connect has said she was "both appalled and embarrassed" by an incident at London St Pancras station when a gay couple were told to stop being affectionate.The incident occurred at around 6:30am on Sunday, March 30th.A public announcement was made by a First Capital Connect staff member, directed at the gay couple, requesting "passengers please keep their hands to themselves and refrain from kissing."
Three poofs to run the London Marathon for THT
1:20 PM — This Sunday tens of thousands of people will take to the streets of London to run the annual marathon, and among the famous faces this year will be three men who are professionally known as poofs.David Roper, Stephen De-Martin and David Wickenden are best-known as three-quarters of 4 Poofs and a Piano, the house band on the popular BBC1 show Friday Night With Jonathan Ross.They will be donning their running vests and tackling the 26 mile course, while fourth poof Ian Parkin will be cheering them on from the sidelines.
10th April 2008
Footballers to mark day against homophobia 1
2:10 PM — The organisers of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) in the UK have spoken of their excitement at the many events being held across the country.May 17th is IDAHO, and this year it will be marked in more than 50 countries.IDAHO day coincides with Cup Final Day and so far two events have been arranged to highlight this. Jason Hall, a player with Brighton Bandits FC, has arranged an exhibition about Justin Fashanu's life and death.