27th April 2010
Updated: Tory candidate suspended for saying gays were ‘not normal’ 60
3:38 PM — A Scottish Conservative Party candidate has been suspended from his party for saying that homosexuality is "not normal". As PinkNews.co.uk exclusively reported this morning, Philip Lardner, the candidate for North Ayrshire and Arran, stated in a section on his campaign website that he would support parents and teachers who do not want children to be taught about gay equality.
Exclusive: Scottish Tory candidate says homosexuality is ‘not normal’ 34
2:19 PM — A Scottish Conservative Party candidate's website says he believes that homosexuality is "not normal" and that Section 28 was correct. Philip Lardner, the candidate for North Ayrshire and Arran, said he would support parents and teachers who do not want children to be taught about gay equality.
California Assembly approves amending ‘gay cure’ law 7
12:59 PM — The California Assembly has unanimously approved modifying a law which requires the state to seek cures for homosexuality.
UK ‘breaching UN rules’ on returning gay asylum seekers 32
11:43 AM — An Amnesty International report claims that the UK and several other European countries are breaching United Nations rules on returning vulnerable Iraqi asylum seekers.
26th April 2010
Illinois House approves bill against homophobic and transphobic bullying 1
6:07 PM — The House in the US state of Illinois has unanimously approved a bill to prevent homophobic and transphobic bullying.
God Hates Fags church will picket lesbian student’s graduation 23
5:45 PM — The Westboro Baptist Church has announced it will picket the graduate of lesbian student Constance McMillen, who challenged her school's anti-gay policy.
Your chance to quiz first minister of Scotland & SNP leader Alex Salmond on gay equality
5:13 PM — We've already offered our readers the chance to put their questions to the three main party leaders and now we're giving the chance to question the smaller parties about their commitment to gay rights. First up will be the Scottish National Party, whose leader Alex Salmond has agreed to answer PinkNews.co.uk readers.
‘Gay’ dog barred from restaurant 18
3:04 PM — A blind man and his guide dog were barred from an Australian restaurant after a waiter thought the dog was gay. A tribunal last week heard that Ian Jolly, 57, was told to leave the Adelaide restaurant Thai Spice in May last year after a staff member mistook his guide dog Nudge for a "gay dog".
US students ‘tried to push lesbian off cliff’
2:25 PM — Two teenagers in the US state of Kentucky were arrested last week after allegedly trying to kill a lesbian classmate.
Church of Scotland could ban ministers who have sex outside marriage 19
12:06 PM — The Church of Scotland could consider banning ministers who have sex outside of a marriage as a way to deal with the issue of gay ministers.
Second Puerto Rican LGBT killing in six months 1
11:22 AM — Puerto Rican police are investigating after a trans woman was found murdered in her home last week. Ashley Santiago Ocasio, a 31-year-old beauty salon owner, was shot in the head in the central mountain town of Corozal last week
Pope will still visit Britain after leak of ‘appalling’ Foreign Office memo 53
10:33 AM — The Vatican has said that Pope Benedict XVI will still visit Britain this September despite the leak of a Foreign Office document which appeared to mock Catholic beliefs.
25th April 2010
Exclusive: Popularity of Conservatives among gay voters drops by 30% in 11 months while Lib Dems soar 91
11:42 PM — Support for the Conservatives among the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) community falls from 39% in June 2009 to just 9% today. 58% of the LGBT people say they intend to vote Liberal Democrat next week. 21% Labour, 8% for the Green Party.
Foreign Office apologises for proposing Pope be given ‘Benedict’ condoms, conduct gay marriage & open abortion ward 45
3:40 PM — The Foreign Office has apologised for a leaked document that suggested that Pope Benedict XVI be invited to bless a gay marriage, open up a hospital abortion ward and be presented with his own "Benedict" brand of condoms while on his controversial tour of the UK this September.
23rd April 2010
Take part in the next PinkNews.co.uk political poll
11:44 PM — With less than two weeks to go before the general election, PinkNews.co.uk is conducting the latest in its series of political polls. Have the Leaders' Debate made you change your mind? How closely have you read the LGBT manifestos of the main political parties? Is it LGBT rights or the economy that drives you to select a particular political party?
Gordon Brown defends his record on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights 45
10:58 PM — Gordon Brown has defended Labour's record on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) rights in a question and answer session with a student website. In particular he mentions that he challenged the president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni over proposed homophobic legislation and questions David Cameron's commitments to gay rights.
Gay couples ‘should be aware of tax planning’ 2
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.
White House protesters released 6
4:12 PM — Gay US soldier Dan Choi and five other military veterans have been released from jail after chaining themselves to the White House fence.
Nick Griffin unveils BNP manifesto 80
3:38 PM — BNP leader Nick Griffin unveiled his party's manifesto today in Stoke. Accompanied by a man in a St George's Day themed-costume, Mr Griffin told supporters: "Britain is full. It's the most overcrowded country in Europe. It's time to shut the doors."
Gay man ‘knocked out after argument with girl’
11:41 AM — The trial of three teenagers accused of the manslaughter of a gay man in Trafalgar Square heard this week that he was punched after hitting one of the girls with her handbag.