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  • 26th July 2010

    Best of PinkNews: The “ethical” banks that snubbed civil partnerships 8

    Joe and Neville Temple recently tried to persuade Smile, an offshoot of the Co-op Bank, to add an option for the legal status of Civil Partner to its application forms.

    9:15 AM — As PinkNews.co.uk celebrates its fifth birthday, we take a look back at some of the most important exclusive stories we've broken. Two years after the Civil Partnership Act was introduced, a PinkNews.co.uk investigation found that a number of banks including the "ethical" Co-Operative Bank and its internet arm Smile, failed to add the option of Civil Partner to their application forms.

  • 19th July 2010

    Peter Mandelson reportedly paid £350,000 for book serialisation rights 3

    Lord Mandelson reportedly received £350,000 for the serialisation rights to his book

    3:36 PM — Lord Mandelson was reportedly paid around £350,000 by The Times for the serialisation rights to his memoirs. The former business secretary is believed to have boosted the newspaper's sales by more than 100,000 copies.

  • 13th July 2010

    One million gay teens’ data could be at risk after US magazine goes bankrupt 2

    One million subscribers could find their details are being sold

    2:44 PM — The creditors of a US magazine for gay teenagers and its accompanying website have been warned not to sell off any of their young subscribers' personal information after going bankrupt.

  • 5th July 2010

    Gay Lib Dem MP David Laws may face police investigation 6

    David Laws' expenses are reportedly being investigated

    3:08 PM — David Laws, the former cabinet minister, may face a police fraud investigation into his expenses claims. A Sunday newspaper said his utility, telephone and other bills are under scrutiny.

  • 1st July 2010

    Google to compensate gay US workers for unfair tax laws 4

    Google will offer its US staff a pay rise to compensate for tax laws

    5:32 PM — Google is to pay its gay and lesbian workers extra in order to compensate them for unequal tax laws. Federal laws which do not recognise gay relationships mean that gay workers must pay an extra tax when their partners receive domestic health benefits.

  • Trans woman wins legal aid for breast operation fight 26

    Miranda Lee is fighting to have her breast surgery on the NHS

    11:48 AM — A trans woman who said she had been left "half-man and half-woman" after her primary care trust refused to pay for her breast enlargement has been granted legal aid to fight her case.

  • 22nd June 2010

    HIV charity concerned at disability allowance reforms 23

    NAT fears HIV-positive people could struggle to get disability allowances

    5:17 PM — The HIV/AIDS charity National AIDS Trust has said it is "very concerned" at a Budget announcement that Disability Living Allowance will be reformed. New and existing claimants for the support will be subjected to medical tests.

  • 14th June 2010

    HIV charities ‘very concerned’ by threat to local funding 11

    HIV charities are concerned about a threat to funding

    4:23 PM — HIV charities National AIDS Trust and Terrence Higgins Trust have warned that vital HIV services may be cut in the government's plans to save money. Communities secretary Eric Pickles announced in a written ministerial statement last week that the AIDS Support Grant will not be ringfenced this year.

  • Jobs may be lost as Crusaid and THT merge 23

    THT and Crusaid are merging

    12:05 PM — HIV charities Crusaid and Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) are to merge. Crusaid chief executive Jordan Hay said the recession had caused a "decrease" in income and the merger would save the charity's hardship fund.

  • 11th June 2010

    Bank advert shows gay couple 22

    The ad with a gay couple

    11:18 AM — Lloyds TSB is including a gay couple in its latest advertising campaign. The bank has produced an advert showing a cartoon gay couple standing next to a pile of paint tins and wallpaper rolls with the caption: "We can help you save to turn your house into your dream home".

  • 28th April 2010

    Washington Blade returns after staff buy rights 1

    The Washington Blade's previous incarnation

    4:19 PM — Washington's oldest gay newspaper has returned after staff clubbed together to buy the rights to its name. The Washington Blade will go on sale this Friday.

  • 23rd April 2010

    Gay couples ‘should be aware of tax planning’ 2

    Gay couples 'should look at their tax position'

    5:39 PM — Following the latest Budget speech, UK individuals now face tax charges on their income up to a maximum of 50 per cent. It has therefore never been so important for couples in a civil partnership to review their position.

  • 9th March 2010

    TV shows with gay characters could lose Florida tax credits 26

    Glee's gay character Kurt may not represent "non-traditional family values".

    6:18 PM — Television shows and films with gay characters could miss on tax credits in Florida for not being "family-friendly". Lawmakers in the state have been coy over the meaning of the phrase "non-traditional family values".

  • 4th March 2010

    ‘Serious errors’ made when equality watchdog was set up 28

    Trevor Phillips is head of the EHRC

    6:11 PM — The setting up of the Equality and Human Rights Commission was "patently flawed" and cost taxpayers almost £39 million, a Commons report said today.

  • 3rd March 2010

    Gay magazine back on WHSmith shelves 12

    The magazine is back on sale in WHSmith

    5:47 PM — Gay magazine Attitude has returned to the shelves of WHSmith after commercial negotiations were concluded. The magazine was missing from the high street stores for two weeks after what was thought to be a dispute over stocking fees.

  • 17th February 2010

    Gay bank chief urges others to come out 15

    Robert Taylor said he had always been open about being gay (Photo: Kleinwort Benson)

    4:43 PM — The chief executive of a leading private bank has said that more gay professionals should find the courage to come out at work. Robert Taylor, the chief of Kleinwort Benson, said he had been frank about his sexuality since the beginning of his career.

  • London gay charity may have to cut services over rent increase 5

    London Friend offers counselling and support to LGBT people

    3:31 PM — One of London's oldest LGBT charities may have to cut its services after being hit with a 21 per cent rent increase. London Friend, founded in 1972, offers counselling and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people and receives little state support.

  • 5th February 2010

    First investment advisory management unit for gay businesses

    A fund will be set up to help gay businesses

    4:36 PM — Galileo Capital Management has announced the launch of LGBT Capital, the first corporate advisory and investment management unit exclusively for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans market.

  • 27th January 2010

    National Trans Police Association criticised over state funding 9

    The police association will offer support to trans members

    3:51 PM — A national body for trans and intersex police officers will be officially launched and recognised by the police service in March. The National Trans Police Association has been running for two years but will be able to apply for state funding once it becomes officially recognised by the UK police service.

  • 20th January 2010

    Funding secures future of Brighton Pride 6

    Brighton Pride is set to go ahead this summer

    6:26 PM — A £20,000 loan from Brighton and Hove city council has secured the future of the struggling Brighton Pride festival. The festival announced a £50,000 deficit last year and was forced to cancel its winter event.

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