11th January 2011
Poll puts gay senator David Norris ahead for Irish presidency 18
2:48 PM — Irish independent senator David Norris is ahead in the race for the Irish presidency, an opinion poll predicts. The gay politician was favoured by 27 per cent of the 1,001 people surveyed by Red C for Paddy Power.
Former Labour candidate avoids jail over anti-gay abuse 18
1:52 PM — A former Labour Party candidate has avoided jail after admitting sending homophobic text messages to a gay rival. David Bradley, 29, of Bristol, received an eight-month suspended sentence.
10th January 2011
Pro-gay US congresswoman shot, six killed 29
5:30 PM — A pro-gay US congresswoman is in a critical condition and six people were killed after a gunman opened fire at her public meeting in Arizona. Gabrielle Giffords, of Tucson, remains gravely ill in hospital after being shot in the head at close range.
Labour leader Ed Miliband calls for progress on gay marriage 46
4:20 PM — Labour leader Ed Miliband has called for progress on gay marriage by the end of this year. Speaking on Saturday on the tenth anniversary of the equal age of consent, he said that there was more to do on marriage equality.
UUP leader Tom Elliott will meet gay community 4
3:35 PM — The leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, Tom Elliott, is to meet a gay rights organisation. He said in September that he would refuse to attend gay rights parades or GAA matches if elected leader of the party.
Former Tory candidate to sue party after being sacked for views on homosexuality 40
10:38 AM — A teacher is to sue the Conservative Party after he was sacked as a general election candidate. Philip Lardner, who was selected to fight the North Ayrshire and Arran seat, was suspended from his job and dumped by the party after PinkNews.co.uk revealed he said that homosexuality is wrong and children should not be taught about it in schools.
5th January 2011
New Rhode Island governor calls for gay marriage 12
2:28 PM — The newly-elected governor of US state Rhode Island has used his first speech to urge for legal gay marriage. Lincoln Chafee, a Republican turned independent, was sworn in yesterday and took the oath of office on the front steps of the Legislature.
4th January 2011
Sarah Palin’s retweet hints at gay support 25
4:10 PM — Sarah Palin has given a hint of support for gay rights after retweeting a Twitter message by a lesbian conservative commentator.
31st December 2010
Christopher Biggins: Chris Bryant absurd to think ‘pantomime dame’ jibe was homophobic 43
12:09 PM — The actor, and sometime pantomime dame Christopher Biggins has said the openly gay Labour MP Chris Bryant is "ridiculous" for believing the chancellor George Osborne was being homophobic when he jokingly described the MP as a "pantomime dame."
30th December 2010
‘What did you expect?’- a poem by Chris Bryant MP 13
10:33 PM — Chris Bryant, the former minister for Europe and current shadow justice minister has penned a poem for UKUncut
Comment: If the BBC can’t stop offending gays, we should get a licence fee rebate, or quit paying 90
8:19 PM — All too often, PinkNews.co.uk finds itself publishing stories relating to the BBC offending the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community. If it's not suggesting that lesbians are “munters”, allowing its highest paid presenters to continually be reprimanded by Ofcom for homophobia or hosting debates asking if gay people should be executed, it's soliciting views from abhorrent extremists on gay related issues.
29th December 2010
How to complain about the BBC interviewing pro-gay execution fundamentalist on Sir Elton’s baby 55
1:33 PM — Last night, as first highlighted by PinkNews.co.uk, the BBC's flagship BBC News at Six programme on BBC One featured an interview with Stephen Green, who has previously called for gays to be executed on the news that Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish were celebrating the birth of their first son. We explain how to complain about this story.
Exclusive: Why did BBC call on Christian who supports execution of gays to comment on Sir Elton’s baby? 139
3:46 AM — The BBC's flagship News at Six on BBC One featured a right-wing fundamentalist Christian who had previously supported the execution of gay people to comment on the birth of a surrogate son to Sir Elton John and his civil partner David Furnish. Incredibly, the BBC did not seem to realise that the same preacher had faced bankruptcy after losing an attempted private prosecution for blasphemy against the director general of the BBC after the character of Jesus described himself as "a little bit gay" in 'Jerry Springer: The Opera'.
26th December 2010
Government to begin process to erase convictions for historic gay sex offences 23
2:08 AM — The government is to set to begin the process to introduce legislation to wipe convictions for historical gay sex offences within days. The policy was first announced during the general election campaign by prime minister David Cameron in an article for PinkNews.co.uk.
24th December 2010
US vide-president Joe Biden says gay marriage is ‘inevitable’ 12
2:11 PM — Joe Biden, the US vice-president, says he thinks gay marriage is "inevitable". Speaking on Good Morning America today, he said he agreed with President Obama's statement that his views on the issue were "evolving".
Government ministers ‘discussing’ gay marriage equality 27
10:51 AM — Coalition ministers are said to be considering legal reforms to allow gay couples to marry. According to the Daily Telegraph, a government source said that potential reforms to open up both marriage and civil partnerships to all couples were “being discussed”.
23rd December 2010
Lib Dem MP Steve Gilbert calls for progress on gay marriage 28
3:12 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Steve Gilbert has called for progress on UK marriage equality, saying he hopes legislation can be introduced by 2015. The openly gay MP said in the House of Commons this week that while parliament obtaining a civil partnership licence was "groundbreaking", allowing gay couples to wed would be more so.
Lesbian UKIP MEP wins homophobia claim 11
10:27 AM — A lesbian MEP has won her discrimination case against UKIP. Nikki Sinclaire, who represents the West Midlands, claimed that she had been discriminated against on the basis of her sexual orientation.
22nd December 2010
Obama to sign repeal of gay military ban today 6
11:15 AM — President Obama is to sign a bill to repeal the ban on out gay troops in the US military today. He will sign the bill during a ceremony at the Interior Department.
Video: George Osborne’s ‘pantomime dame’ jibe 43
10:42 AM — George Osborne was accused of being "homophobic" by out gay Labour MP Chris Bryant yesterday for joking that the latter was a "pantomime dame".