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  • 14th April 2010

    No one to be charged over homophobic attack on trainee policeman James Parkes 23

    James Parkes was seriously injured in the attack

    5:59 PM — It has emerged that no one is to be charged by police in relation to the homophobic attack on gay trainee policeman James Parkes. Mr Parkes suffered fractures to his skull, cheekbone and eye socket during the October 25th attack, in which he was set upon by up to 20 youths in Stanley Street, part of Liverpool's gay village. He had been leaving Superstar Boudoir with his boyfriend and friends.

  • Gay swans with a tendency for hissy fits set-up nest in Weymouth 57

    Gay animals are not unheard of (Photo Flickr Monkeywing)

    12:54 PM — A pair of gay swans have set-up nest at Abbotsbury Swannery in Weymouth, and despite their long relationship, staff say they are liable to have hissy fits when they fight with each other.

  • 12th April 2010

    Leicester may get a gay village 16

    Leicester could have a gay village

    2:34 PM — The city of Leicester may soon have its own gay village if a nightclub entrepreneur's plans are successful. Businessman Paul Giles hopes that local gay people will be encouraged to own shares in gay businesses.

  • 4th April 2010

    Comment: Chris Grayling’s comments create serious doubts about the Tory party’s commitment to gay rights 25

    Chris Grayling is shadow home secretary

    10:28 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell argues that the comments made by shadow home secretary Chris Grayling where he argues for bed and breakfast owners to be entitled to turn away gay couples call into question the Conservative party's commitment to LGBT rights

  • Top Tory backs rights of bed and breakfast owners to turn away gay couples 182

    Chris Grayling is the shadow home secretary

    12:09 PM — One of the most senior Conservative politicians, the shadow home secretary Chris Grayling has come under fire for backing the right of bed and breakfast owners to bar gay couples.

  • 31st March 2010

    Call for artists to join gay art festival 13

    GFEST is looking for artists

    5:35 PM — London's annual LGBT cross-arts festival is seeking submissions. GFEST, organised by arts charity Wise Thoughts, showcases work including short film, performances and visual art and contributions are open to all.

  • 22nd March 2010

    Anti-gay street preacher escapes charges 13

    The case was dismissed

    12:38 PM — A street preacher who ranted at shoppers about the "evils" of homosexuality has escaped charges. Paul Shaw, 62, of Colchester, was arrested last month.

  • 19th March 2010

    Gay hustings reveals more laughs than policy differences between parties 48

    Chris Bryant provided the most laughs at the debate

    2:03 AM — An audience of around 200 almost exclusively gay men attended the Village Drinks LGB election hustings hosted by Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill. A panel representing the four largest political parties in Britain consisted of the openly gay Europe minister Chris Bryant; Liberal Democrat Young people and Equality spokesperson Lynne Featherstone; Conservative shadow environment secretary Nick Herbet and Green Party candidate Chris Smith.

  • 11th March 2010

    Photo of murdered teen Michael Causer used on gay dating site 10

    Michael Causer was killed 18 months ago

    1:12 PM — The mother of murdered gay teenager Michael Causer has spoken of her shock after discovering someone was using his photo on a dating website.

  • 4th March 2010

    10-year-old on hate register for calling a fellow pupil ‘gay boy’ 338

    Schools must record all incidents by September

    4:54 PM — A ten-year-old boy has been placed on a hate register for calling a fellow pupil a "gay boy". It is one of the first publicised examples of how the government’s required hate registers are being used in schools. From this September, children as young as five risk being placed on a hate register if they make homophobic playground taunts.

  • 2nd March 2010

    Man ‘wore mask to execute gay couple’

    Ernest Wright is accused of murder and attempted murder

    11:40 AM — A man has gone on trial for "execution-style" murder of a Bradford gay man and the attempted murder of his partner. Newcastle crown court heard yesterday that Ernest Wright, 68, took a sawn-off shotgun to the home of Neville Corby, 42, and Craig Freear, 31, last March.

  • 15th February 2010

    Documentary maker admits the mercy killing of his gay lover 74

    Ray Gosling (photo: Channel4)

    11:43 PM — A British broadcaster has admitted the mercy killing of his same sex partner in a programme broadcast this evening by the BBC. Nottingham based film maker Ray Gosling, 70, told the BBC's 'Inside Out: East Midlands': "I killed someone once... He'd been my lover and he got Aids."

  • 9th February 2010

    INTERVIEW: Why I believe in an international day against hate crime 9

    The 17-24-30 group was set up by Mark Healey to mark the 10th anniversary of the London nail bomb attacks

    4:48 PM — Pinknews.co.uk speaks to Mark Healey from community group 17-24-30 about why more needs to be done to combat hate crime.

  • 8th February 2010

    Tory Councillor defends ‘Queen team’ jibe 48

    Keith Parker is the councillor for the Brizes and Doddinghurst ward in Brentwood.

    1:42 PM — Conservative Councillor Keith Parker has refused to back down on comments made at a scrutiny board meeting, despite admitting referring to gay men as the “queen team.”

  • 25th January 2010

    Brighton hopes to entice gay American tourists 10

    Brighton is a popular LGBT holiday spot

    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.

  • 20th January 2010

    Funding secures future of Brighton Pride 6

    Brighton Pride is set to go ahead this summer

    6:26 PM — A £20,000 loan from Brighton and Hove city council has secured the future of the struggling Brighton Pride festival. The festival announced a £50,000 deficit last year and was forced to cancel its winter event.

  • 13th January 2010

    Gay man avoids jail for trying to poison lesbian couple 5

    The curry was laced with slug pellets

    7:22 PM — A gay man who tried to poison his neighbours in a row over a cat avoided jail yesterday. Gareth Stewart, of Denton, Manchester, gave Marie Walton and Beverley Sales a curry laced with slug pellets after a feud which started years ago.

  • 6th January 2010

    Canterbury’s only gay bar closes 16

    The bar was Canterbury's only gay venue

    4:35 PM — The only gay bar in Canterbury, a city which was condemned by a local Pride group for not being gay enough, has closed. O2 was opened six months ago on King Street but is closing because of a lack of business.

  • 31st December 2009

    BBC News presenter Jane Hill comes out 33

    Jane Hill is currently living in North London with her partner, Sara

    12:43 PM — Newsreader Jane Hill discusses cohabiting with her partner in the corporation's in-house magazine.

  • 23rd December 2009

    Women hurt in homophobic attack in Plymouth 6

    Police are appealing for witnesses

    11:55 AM — Two young women were injured in Plymouth when they were attacked outside a bar. The pair, one in her teens and one in her early 20s, told police they were attacked by a group of men outside Goodbody's cafe and bar at around 3.15am on Monday morning.

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