2nd February 2010
NHS ‘paying for ex-gay therapy’ 101
12:37 PM — The National Health Service is paying for people to have therapy to turn them straight, it has been claimed. According to an investigation by the Independent, some GPs are referring people to 'reparative' therapists to help them change their sexual orientation.
1st February 2010
Chaos at Queer Question Time 44
6:10 PM — A drink is hurled – or was it an id badge? A speaker quits the stage in tears (but returns in time for the final round-up). Recriminations follow Julie Bindel's appearance at Queer Question Time.
29th January 2010
Boris Johnson supports anti-homophobic bullying film 11
6:09 PM — Mayor of London Boris Johnson has given his support to a film designed to stamp out homophobic bullying. FIT, the film directed by Rikki Beadle-Blair and produced by gay charity Stonewall, is to be sent to all schools in Britain next month.
Former Evening Standard theatre critic attacks newspaper’s defence of Jan Moir 28
3:41 PM — Exclusive Nicholas de Jongh, the former Evening Standard theatre critic, has attacked the newspaper for publishing an article defending Jan Moir's remarks on Stephen Gately.
27th January 2010
Illegal cab driver jailed for sex attacks on gay men 4
4:45 PM — A Deptford man who posed as a taxi driver has been jailed for ten years for raping one man and sexually assaulting another. Mohamad Caid, 38, was convicted last month of rape, attempted rape, sexual assault and two charges of false imprisonment. He was told he would serve at least five years.
26th January 2010
Terrence Higgins Trust to warn gay men of other ways of HIV transmission 12
7:19 PM — HIV/AIDS charity Terrence Higgins Trust is launching a new campaign to warn gay men that HIV can also be caught through their penises. The initiative hopes to counter the myth that HIV can only be caught if men are "bottoms".
Gay Daily Mail journalist to write ‘out and proud’ column 20
4:35 PM — Andrew Pierce, the former assistant editor of the Daily Telegraph, has revealed he will write a column for the Daily Mail reflecting his "out and proud" outlook.
25th January 2010
LGBT tourist office moves to Soho 2
5:52 PM — London's first lesbian, gay bisexual and trans tourist information office has moved to Soho, the heart of the capital's gay scene. The tourism office can now be found at the corner of Frith Street and Old Compton Street, above Ku Bar.
Brighton hopes to entice gay American tourists 10
4:55 PM — Brighton and Hove city council has joined a campaign to attract more gay US tourists to Britain. The city is thought of as the top LGBT tourist destination in the UK and local tourism bosses are keen to hold onto this position.
22nd January 2010
Gay rugby hero Gareth Thomas announced as LGBT History Month patron 5
1:47 PM — Gareth Thomas, the Welsh rugby star who came out last month, has been revealed as the new patron for LGBT History Month. He said he intended to take a "hands-on" approach to his role.
18th January 2010
Church to vote on financial benefits for gay partners of clergy 12
12:02 PM — The Church of England will vote next month on whether to give more benefits to the civil partners of gay clergy. The General Synod will consider the idea of giving equal pension benefits to both straight and gay surviving spouses.
11th January 2010
Homeless charity warns of increase in gay Muslims fleeing family violence 13
3:12 PM — The Albert Kennedy Trust, a charity which helps homeless LGBT young people, has said it is seeing an increase in the numbers of gay Muslims fleeing from forced marriages and family violence.
Report calls for more encouragement of gay would-be MPs 5
12:40 PM — A report from the Speaker's Conference has recommended a number of measures to encourage more gay people to stand as MPs. The suggestions include allowing gay MPs to have civil partnerships in Westminister and drawing up a code of conduct for campaigning.
7th January 2010
Social worker struck off for abusing trans child 6
2:18 PM — A social worker has been found guilty of shouting homophobic abuse at a child in his care. Stan Lansdell, 52, was struck off today for "gross abuse" of his position. He worked for Bradford council at the time of the offences.
30th December 2009
The gay highs and lows of 2009 13
7:07 PM — A look back at the best and worst moments for LGBT causes in 2009. While sports stars came out and politicians rushed to stand up for gay rights, the year was marred by the death of a much-loved pop star and a string of violent homophobic attacks.
29th December 2009
Former club drug addict relaunches support website
4:41 PM — A man who recovered from addiction to club drug GBL has relaunched his support website for other addicts. Jay Evans has put knowghb.org.uk back online educate and assist those in the UK affected by GHB and GBL.
23rd December 2009
Club drug ban comes into force today 10
1:42 PM — From today, 'legal highs' such as GBL, BZP and Spice will become Class C drugs. GBL (gamma-butaryl lactone), which is said to be popular on the gay club scene, is a liquid used in paint stripper and nail varnish remover.
22nd December 2009
INTERVIEW: Why we need a London AIDS Memorial 35
4:29 PM — PinkNews.co.uk speaks to London scene legend Gary Henshaw about why he is pushing for permanent London AIDS memorial in the capital. The London AIDS memorial group was founded on December 1st 2009 by Gary Henshaw and Swarmite Ananda. Its aim is to provide a permanent AIDS memorial where people can gather to remember the ones who 'succumbed, dying bravely, defiantly and with no knowledge of the battle ahead.'
21st December 2009
Happy fourth anniversary for civil partnerships 40
10:35 AM — Today marks the fourth anniversary of civil partnerships in England and Wales. Although Scotland celebrated its first civil partnership on December 20th 2005 due to a misunderstanding over the date, today marks the fourth anniversary for gay couples in England and Wales.
18th December 2009
Gay club owners hope to relaunch Ghetto in 2010 11
7:10 PM — Popbarz, the gay club owner which went into administration this week, has thanked former staff, promoters and performers. Owner Tommy Moss said it was hoped a new Ghetto venue could be opened in 2010.