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  • 19th April 2008

    Ken steals Boris’s Mayor Fund idea 7

    Nearly 400 people attended the hustings

    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.

  • Final PinkNews.co.uk Mayor of London poll

    City Hall, perhaps not Ken's domain for much longer

    1:14 AM — With the race to be Mayor of London entering the final fortnight, we're offering PinkNews.co.uk readers a final say to vote on their choice for the Mayoral and Assembly elections. To vote in our final poll, which closes on Thursday 24th April 2008, click here.

  • 18th April 2008

    After 28 years, Paisley’s heir apparent succeeds 1

    Peter Robinson has been DUP deputy leader since 1980

    5:14 PM — Peter Robinson will be the next leader of the Democratic Unionist party and Northern Ireland's next First Minister, it was confirmed last night. A meeting of the 120 members of party's executive committee backed the Belfast East MP.

  • INTERVIEW: Ken answers his gay critics 22

    Earlier this week Ken Livingstone took a trip round Soho to meet-and-greet gay voters

    4:19 PM — There has been much discussion in the dead tree press about the importance of the "pink" vote in the election for Mayor of London. Earlier this week Ken Livingstone took a trip round Soho and PinkNews.co.uk managed to catch up with him.

  • COMMENT: I have some questions for Ken

    On four issues Ken needs to explain why he has let down the LGBT community

    4:08 PM — London Mayor Ken Livingstone can justifiably boast that he has done much over the last 30 years to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Londoners. But in his second term as Mayor, he caused widespread dismay in the LGBT community.

  • LGBT lawyers forum launched

    Ben Summerskill with InterLaw Forum founder and corporate partner at Simmons and Simmons Daniel Winterfeldt

    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.

  • Concern for Kyrgyz LGBTs after police raid

    Kyrgyzstan is a former Soviet republic in central Asia

    2:39 PM — A New York-based human rights group has said that a warrantless raid on an LGBT community centre by police in Kyrgyzstan "sends a chilling message." The police action in the capital Bishkek was the second time Labrys had been targeted in this way.

  • Euro politicians speak out on gay teen suicides 1

    Young LGBT people are facing homophobic bullying when they are still in education

    2:03 PM — A new report released by the Council of Europe this week has acknowledged that suicide rates among young LGBT people are "significantly higher" than the general population.

  • NHS in Wales to improve services for gays and lesbians

    LGB people in Wales are the most likely in Britain to think they will face discrimination when accessing health services

    1:22 PM — New guidance has been issued to the National Health Service by Wales' Health Minister. Edwina Hart said that the Assembly government had produced the guidance in partnership with Stonewall Cymru.

  • Neo-Nazi who attacked gays loses appeal

    National Socialist Front leader Simon Lindberg. Image: den-svenske.com

    11:58 AM — The leader of a neo-Nazi group in southern Sweden, jailed for beating five men at a gay rights party, lost his appeal yesterday. National Socialist Front (NSF) leader Simon Lindberg, had the three month sentence handed down by a district court confirmed by the Court of Appeal.

  • Ken and Boris trade blows over Mayor’s Fund

    Boris Johnson will announce his Mayor’s Fund for London later this month

    11:43 AM — The Conservative party candidate for Mayor of London’s plans for a new charitable fund for the city have been attacked as a "throwback to the nineteenth century."

  • Isle of Man drafts gender recognition legislation 1

    80,000 people live on the Isle of Man

    11:08 AM — Transsexual people on the Isle of Man will have their new gender recognised by law under draft legislation. A person who has had a sex change operation and has a full gender recognition certificate will have their new status legally recognised.

  • Court rejects sperm donor’s request for child access

    Mr Justice John Hedigan found that the man had misled the couple as to his true intentions

    10:57 AM — A gay man in Ireland who donated his sperm to a lesbian couple has lost his High Court bid for guardianship and access to his biological child. The 41-year old, known only as 'A', signed an agreement that he would not occupy the role of father but would act as a 'favourite uncle'.

  • Mayoral candidate is planning civil partnership

    The 49-year-old was until May last year the most senior out gay policeman in the country

    10:46 AM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London is to 'tie the knot' with his boyfriend. Brian Paddick told the Pink Paper of his civil partnership plans in an interview published yesterday.

  • 17th April 2008

    Royal aide shocked by sex and drugs claims 25

    Strachan and McGuigan are both pleading not guilty to making demands with menaces

    4:41 PM — The trial of two men accused of trying to blackmail a member of the Royal family has heard evidence from the victim’s aide. The woman, known as Witness B, told the court that she received several phone calls over the summer, the first in August, about her employer.

  • Ken tours London’s gay bars with his posse 22

    Ken's whole Soho walkabout was part farce, part hard-nosed politics

    3:49 PM — It was a surreal moment in an already bizarre election; Ken Livingstone standing at the bar in Comptons, chatting happily to bears about his plans for London if he's elected for a third time as the city's Mayor. Ken's whole Soho walkabout was part farce, part hard-nosed politics.

  • Mayoral candidates tussle over smoking ban

    Boris Johnson has been tackled about donations from the tobacco industry

    2:35 PM — A seemingly straight-forward comment from Tory candidate for Mayor of London Boris Johnson about the smoking ban has started a row about donations to his campaign. He was asked: "are you still against the smoking ban in pubs and clubs? If so, what, if anything, do you propose to do about it?"

  • Commissioner’s horror at extent of homophobia in Europe

    Commissioner Hammarberg has called for more protection from LGBT discrimination

    1:29 PM — The Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights has called for more protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.

  • US Christian celebrity comes out 5

    For a year and a half, Southworth, 21, has hosted and produced the syndicated show The Remix

    1:06 PM — Hath hell frozen over? Azariah Southworth, Nashville resident and host of the famed Christian youth show The Remix, has publicly announced he is gay. "This has been a long time coming. I'm in a place where I’m at peace with my faith."

  • Vengeful transvestite trashes lingerie boutique 2

    Jeremy Paul McIntosh, 27, was angry at the store for refusing to give him a job

    12:57 PM — A man dressed in woman's clothing repeatedly crashed his car into a Detroit area lingerie store on Saturday in a bizarre act of revenge.

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