16th September 2010
Ken Livingstone promises new gay rights measures if elected London mayor 9
1:50 PM — London mayoral hopeful Ken Livingstone has promised that if elected in 2012, he will appoint a LGBT advisory board and hold an annual Pride reception. He also criticised Boris Johnson for "downgrading" equality projects.
Russian gay rights campaigner arrested in Moscow 11
10:34 AM — Russia's best-known gay rights campaigner was arrested at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport yesterday. Nikolai Alekseev was boarding a flight to Geneva and had passed through passport control when he was arrested by Russian border police yesterday evening.
15th September 2010
Gay mayor gets a step closer to being a congressman
6:08 PM — The mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, has won the Democratic nomination for a seat in Congress. David Cicilline, 48, is gay and has served two terms as mayor.
Majority of Irish people in favour of gay marriage 9
3:07 PM — An Irish poll on social attitudes has suggested that most people agree with marriage equality and would not think less of a person for being gay or lesbian.
Stephen Fry and Richard Dawkins say Pope should not be given ‘honour’ of state visit 32
2:03 PM — A letter signed by more than 50 public figures says that the Pope should not be given the "honour" of a state visit to the UK. The letter, published today in the Guardian newspaper, argues that while the Pope is free to visit his British followers, his teachings on sexual issues mean he should not be accorded a state visit.
Stonewall urged to speak out for marriage equality 53
11:34 AM — Gay rights charity Stonewall is being urged to "end its silence" and support full marriage equality for gay and straight couples. An open letter signed by a number of gay rights activists, gay religious groups and individuals will be sent to the charity on Friday to ask it to publicly support the issue.
14th September 2010
Virgin and Vodafone respond to claims of blocking gay websites 5
5:33 PM — Exclusive Mobile phone networks Virgin and Vodafone have responded to complaints that they block gay news, travel and information websites. The companies are two of several named by PinkNews.co.uk readers for blocking gay content as offensive or inappropriate for children.
Supreme Court rules Jerusalem must fund gay centre 3
5:06 PM — The Supreme Court has ruled that Jerusalem must pay for a LGBT community centre. The Open House centre has struggled to gain funding for several years and today, judges said that the city municipality must give it $120,000.
Gay Saudi diplomat says he’ll be killed if sent home 6
3:39 PM — A gay Saudi Arabian diplomat is seeking asylum in the US because he says he will be killed if returned to his home country. The man, who has been named as Ali Ahmad Asseri, says his homosexuality and his friendship with a Jewish woman will lead to his death.
Video: George Michael jailed for eight weeks 16
3:37 PM — Gay singer George Michael has been jailed for eight weeks for crashing his car while under the influence of cannabis. The star, 47, was driving home from London's Pride celebrations in July when he crashed his Range Rover into a branch of Snappy Snaps.
Video:Ray Gosling admits wasting police time over ‘mercy killing’ 2
2:17 PM — Veteran BBC broadcaster Ray Gosling has admitted that he wasted police time when he claimed to have killed a gay lover. He received a 90-day suspended prison sentence today at Nottingham magistrates court.
William Hague to be asked about Iranian teenager sentenced to death for homosexuality 3
11:35 AM — Foreign secretary William Hague will be questioned this afternoon about an Iranian teenager who has been sentenced to death for homosexuality offences.
March to protest against Pope’s visit will be held this weekend 9
11:16 AM — Hundreds of people are expected to join a march protesting against the Pope's visit to the UK in central London this Saturday. The Pontiff arrives in the UK on Thursday for a four-day visit and the march has been organised by campaigners angry at state funding of the trip.
13th September 2010
Gay ex-police chief Brian Paddick to launch judicial review into police handling of phone hacks 3
11:39 PM — Brian Paddick, formerly the most senior openly gay police officer in Britain, has begun the process to initiate judicial review proceedings over the decision by the Metropolitan Police not to inform him that his privacy may have been compromised during the newspaper phone hacking scandal.
Florida governor to promise gay rights reforms – but not marriage 9
5:53 PM — Charlie Crist, the Republican governor of Florida, will reportedly introduce a package of gay rights measures in the state, although marriage equality will not be one of them.
Gay basketball star John Amaechi ‘too black’ for Manchester gay bar 22
4:57 PM — Gay basketball star John Amaechi claims that a gay bar in Manchester racially discriminated against him last weekend. The former NBA player said door staff at Crunch on Canal Street told him he was "too big, too black and trouble" to enter with his friends.
Lesbian flight nurse launches legal action over military gay ban 7
3:49 PM — Another federal trial began today against the US ban on openly gay soldiers in the military. Former Major Margaret Witt, a flight nurse with 19 years of service in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves, was sacked under the law in 2007.
Survey suggests British Catholics disagree with Pope’s teaching on sexuality 11
11:53 AM — A survey has suggested that most British Catholics disagree with the Pope's teachings on homosexuality, abortion and contraception. According to an online YouGov poll of 1,636 Catholics, only 11 per cent believed gay sex was morally wrong, while 41 per cent said that both straight and gay relationships should be celebrated.
10th September 2010
Exclusive: More mobile operators blocking access to gay news and information websites 18
5:55 PM — Scores of PinkNews.co.uk readers have complained that their mobile phone providers block access to gay websites - with five of the major companies implicated. Last week, we revealed that T-Mobile blocks gay news, travel and support websites which contain no offensive content.
MEPs call for Europe-wide recognition of gay relationships 20
4:35 PM — Members of the European Parliament have called for action to ensure gay couples in marriages and civil partnerships are recognised across the continent. They said gay couples who visit or live in other EU countries were still lacking legal protection in areas such as healthcare, pensions and parental rights.