25th December 2011
The top UK LGBT stories of 2011 24
10:30 AM — As 2011 draws to a close, PinkNews.co.uk takes a look back at the most important stories of the last twelve months. We've selected these stories based on how many times they were read and the level of debate they provoked as well as our own editorial judgement.
23rd December 2011
Tesco “fully committed” to gay staff, and “practical benefits rather than events” 121
5:38 PM — Retail giant Tesco has said it is "fully committed" to supporting its gay staff after concerns were raised following an announcement that it would explore alternatives to funding future Pride events.
Exclusive: Tesco set to drop future Pride funding days into Christian boycott 331
1:29 PM — Supermarket giant Tesco does not plan to sponsor Pride London again after next year, PinkNews.co.uk can confirm, only days after the Christian Institute called for shoppers to boycott the retailer.
16th December 2011
Last chance to nominate for our list of the most influential LGBT Twitter users
9:57 AM — Today is the last chance to tweet your nominations for the most influential LGBT figures on Twitter, as submissions close at 5pm (GMT) this evening. PinkNews.co.uk will be drawing up a list of the most influential Twitter voices, and we have been inviting nominations from around the world.
13th December 2011
One half of Canadian ‘gay’ penguin couple finds a straight mate 60
10:50 AM — One half of Canada's best known gay couples, a pair of African penguins, has found a new mate, of the opposite sex. Toronto's zoo split up a pair of male penguins, Buddy and Pedro, in order to coax them into breeding.
8th December 2011
Partner of Turkish gay man shot in ‘honour killing’ to address London audience tomorrow 50
2:54 PM — İbrahim Can, the partner of Ahmet Yildiz, a gay man shot dead in a reported "honour killing" in the Turkish city of Istanbul, will speak about his experience at London's SOAS tomorrow.
Nominate your LGBT voices for our 2011 list of the most influential Twitter users 6
10:04 AM — Whose voice has the most authority on Twitter when it comes to LGBT life? PinkNews.co.uk has teamed up with PeerIndex to draw up a list, and we need your nominations: simply tweet your nominees' usernames and the hashtag #pinkpeople2011.
6th December 2011
Department for Education refutes “Clause 28″ claims for free schools and academies 48
9:47 AM — The wording of a clause in the model funding agreement for UK free schools and academies has prompted a controversial comparison with infamous Section 28 legislation. However, the clause is in funding agreements from the start of the scheme in 2001.
5th December 2011
Exclusive: Russell T Davies halts TV work after partner’s brain cancer diagnosis 21
10:22 AM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, the acclaimed Queer As Folk writer says he has returned to the UK and does not know when he will start work again after his partner's diagnosis with cancer of the brain.
29th November 2011
Men urged to opt in for nationwide sexual health messaging service 7
10:50 AM — Ahead of World AIDS Day, the Sexual Health Messaging Service, which allows men to alert previous partners when they are diagnosed with an infection, is being rolled out to more clinics and websites and is asking users to opt in to receive messages.
24th November 2011
Bradford Bulls rugby player warned over shirtless photo shoot comment 15
12:44 PM — Elliott Whitehead had said Stuart Reardon's shirtless photo shoot in Australian DNA magazine "really let the bradford bus down [sic]". He apologised to club officials for the comment and was issued a warning.
3 gay men in Cameroon jailed for 5 years 28
11:25 AM — The sentences are believed to be the toughest prescribed by the country’s law. Gay rights groups in Cameroon have reacted in horror at the judgement.
23rd November 2011
Ospreys fine Kristian Phillips for gay slur tweet after “genuine remorse” 17
1:44 PM — Welsh rugby team have issued an undisclosed fine to the 21-year-old wing for describing a Big Brother contestant as a "faggot". The player has apologised for the statement, saying he had "learnt the hard way to think before tweeting".
Oxford college flies university’s “first-ever rainbow flag” 42
9:24 AM — Rainbow flag is raised among the medieval city's spires for college's Queerweek festival, thought to be the first gay symbol to fly above the institution in its 900-year history.
18th November 2011
In Photos: The finalists for Mr Gay UK 2011 197
5:27 PM — PinkNews.co.uk guides you through the contestants for Mr Gay UK 2011.
Mr Gay UK returns after 3-year absence 2
5:27 PM — Mr Gay UK returns after a three year absence, with a new online voting system for the candidates.
17th November 2011
Ospreys will investigate Kristian Phillips’ alleged gay slur tweet 21
9:54 AM — Ospreys will investigate tweet from player's account which appeared to call a Big Brother contestant a "faggot".
16th November 2011
Ospreys rugby team silent on Kristian Phillips’ alleged gay slur 18
3:23 PM — A tweet sent from the Wales player Kristian Phillips' account described a Big Brother contestant as a "faggot" but Ospreys have failed to respond to enquiries.
Judge pulls out of “confusing” Bahamas wedding competition 35
8:46 AM — The competition was open to those who could enter into a "civil partnership in the UK and in the Bahamas", but the second country does not recognise them.
11th November 2011
Canada’s gay penguins to be “reunited by spring” 72
2:27 PM — Buddy and Pedro, of the Toronto Zoo, will be introduced to females to aid a breeding programme, but their separation will be temporary.