27th June 2008
Queen invests Sir Ian with top honour
3:50 PM — Veteran actor Sir Ian McKellen has been made a Companion of Honour for services to drama and equality. The award was presented to the 69-year-old national treasure by the Queen.
Nick Clegg calls on Heinz to reinstate same-sex kiss advert 16
3:19 PM — The leader of the Liberal Democrats has become the first party leader to comment on the decision of food manufacturer Heinz to withdraw an advert from TV because it depicted two men kissing.
You will go to hell, preacher tells “gay” CNN presenter 22
12:31 PM — Is Anderson Cooper going to hell? Rev. Al Sharpton seems to think so, and while appearing on Anderson Cooper 360 to discuss Rev. James Dobson.
Politics and showbiz unite to show support for gay asylum seekers
12:17 PM — A Hollywood star, prominent politicians and leading gay-rights activists showed their support for LGBT asylum seekers and same-sex bi-national couples at a fundraiser last week.
Tabloid’s front page gay kiss shows Heinz how it’s done 9
10:56 AM — A tabloid newspaper has responded to the Heinz gay kiss ad fiasco by printing a photo of two men kissing on its front page this morning.
26th June 2008
“Eco-dildo” a useful bulwark against oil price instability 3
6:12 PM — The makers of a wooden "eco-friendly" dildo have claimed that the product can "help save the planet." The latest sex toy, called an Eco-Dildo, is made from carefully selected wood.
Pride London’s delight at men in uniform 1
5:10 PM — The UK’s largest Pride parade will for the first time feature members of all three branches of the Armed Services in uniform after negotiations between organisers and the Ministry of Defence.
Budapest police braced for disruptions to Pride
4:32 PM — Budapest's police chief Gabor Toth is expecting harsher and more frequent disruption to the city's Pride parade.
Pride rejects management criticisms 2
1:04 PM — Yesterday PinkNews.co.uk published an article on the preparations for Pride London. Here Colm Howard-Lloyd, a director of Pride London, responds.
US shock jock claims Democrats will “bend over” for gays
11:32 AM — A conservative Talk Radio host hit a home run this week when he told a caller “Democrats will bend over, grab the ankles, and say have your way with me" to black and gay voters.
MEPs back Sofia Pride in face of nationalist threat
11:10 AM — Bulgaria’s first ever Pride parade has received the backing of leading members of the European Parliament amid threatened disruption by nationalist groups.
25th June 2008
Hidden lives, proud service: gays in the military 2
6:15 PM — As part of their Military Pride exhibition, the Imperial War Museum North asked gay servicemen and women to come forward with their experiences in the military.
Gay experiences of war and conflict on show at Imperial War Museum
5:50 PM — An exhibition focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people's experiences in the military from 1945 to the present day will open next month at the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester.
Pride London hit by volunteer walkout 5
4:17 PM — Members of Pride London’s production team have walked out with just ten days until the event. Volunteer producer Ryan Haynes, who has been organising main stage acts for Pride London for six months, will hand over his duties this week.
1,300 sign online petition calling for Heinz gay ad to be reinstated 48
11:32 AM — At least 205 people have so far complained to the Advertising Standards Authority about an advert featuring two men kissing.
Comment: Pride seems to be the same all over the world 3
10:57 AM — Although I have probably been to as many Gay Prides in the last year as Fred Phelps, I won’t be going to any of them this weekend.
Will Smith shows Letterman why once you go black …. 1
10:44 AM — David Letterman has greeted many a guest with a warm embrace, a kiss on the cheek, but none quite so intimate as the pucker he got last night from Will Smith.
24th June 2008
Jerusalem Pride goes ahead despite court challenge 1
1:32 PM — Israel's Supreme Court yesterday rejected a petition to ban this year's Jerusalem Gay Pride parade, which will go ahead as planned on Thursday.
Video: The gay advert that Heinz decided to pull 21
1:22 PM — Heinz said in a statement: "It is our policy to listen to consumers." Presumably that includes gay people too.
Stonewall calls for Heinz boycott after they pull the plug on gay advert 56
1:20 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has called on all consumers, gay and straight, to boycott leading worldwide food brand Heinz following its decision to pull a TV advertisement that depicted a same-sex couple.