3rd July 2010
Lynne Featherstone MP hints that religious same-sex unions may be a step closer 6
3:47 PM — The equalities minister Lynne Featherstone has been reported as saying religious civil ceremonies for same-sex couples could soon become a reality.
Anti-gay Christian groups protest at Pride 104
3:18 PM — London Pride progressed peacefully despite a small band of anti-gay Christian protestors.
Margot James celebrates first Pride as MP 3
3:01 PM — Margot James, recently elected MP for Stourbridge said she had been coming to Pride since 1980. This is her first Pride as an MP. Ms James, who is the Conservative party’s first openly lesbian MP told PinkNews.co.uk: “It's so accepting, welcoming and enthusiastic. People used to look at you like you were a freak. Now it's like a carnival”.
Exclusive: Boris Johnson fully supports gay marriage and plans to run again for mayor 43
2:28 PM — Mayor of London Boris Johnson has told PinkNews.co.uk that he supports gay marriage and wants to be mayor again for Worldpride, which London will be hosting in 2012.
Strong presence of faith groups at gay pride parade 7
1:44 PM — A greater presence of faith groups is notable in this year’s parade, including gay Muslim group Imaan, plus Christian, Sikh and Hindu groups.
Breaking: Boris Johnson kicks off Gay Pride with call for gay marriage 8
1:22 PM — Mayor of London Boris Johnson kicked off this year’s London Gay Pride festival, marching under the banner of the Gay Liberation Front.
29th June 2010
Gay Jewish group grows from Facebook group to London Pride delegation 9
4:13 PM — What began as a simple Facebook group has now turned into one of the largest gay Jewish groups in the world and will this weekend be leading a delegation of LGBT Jews at London Pride.
25th June 2010
Pride London celebrations in Soho to take place after all 8
4:34 PM — Pride London have announced that the Soho street party will now go ahead next Saturday 3 July. Last week, the charity had been forced to cancel any Soho celebrations after problems negotiating licensing and the threat of potential disruptions relating to the extensive Crossrail roadworks currently taking place in central London.
New gay Tory MP pays tribute to Alan Turing 21
4:06 PM — Newly-elected Tory MP for Milton Keynes South, Iain Stewart, made his first speech in the House of Commons last night in which he spoke of the heroic life and tragic early death of gay mathematician and wartime code-breaker Alan Turing.
24th June 2010
Manchester Cathedral celebrates LGBT heritage of the city 14
5:11 PM — The Bishop of Manchester, the Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch, last night welcomed the city’s LGBT community to Manchester Cathedral for a service to celebrate their heritage in the city. This was the second such service to take place, the first being in 2008. Bishop McCulloch, along with the Dean of Manchester, the Very Reverend Rogers […]
Bradford man denies attacking lesbian 1
10:38 AM — A man accused of raping a lesbian woman many years his senior told a jury at Bradford Crown Court yesterday that he had "No interest" in the defendant.
23rd June 2010
Senior paramedic who downloaded gay porn on duty let off with caution 4
5:25 PM — A senior paramedic for the east England Ambulance Service in Essex who called premium chat lines on his work mobile and downloaded hardcore gay pornography while on duty has been handed a three-year caution order by the Health Professions Council.
Daily Mirror journalist says there is ‘no chance’ of English football players coming out 24
11:04 AM — Daily Mirror sports jounalist John Cross has stated in an interview with an anti-homophobia in sport website that he cannot see any English footballers coming out in the near future as "our sport has created a dangerous taboo".
21st June 2010
Rainbow circus theme for Liverpool’s first Pride 8
3:26 PM — Liverpool is to hold its first Pride festival on Saturday August 7th. Until this year, it was the largest city in the country not to hold a Pride celebration and had been marred by several violent attacks on gay people.
9th June 2010
Coronation Street stars to join Manchester Pride 2
5:04 PM — Cast and crew from Coronation Street will join Manchester Pride this year on a Corrie float. They will join the gay celebrations in August as part of the show’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
6th June 2010
Punch Taverns begins investigation over homophobia row with Labour gay group 39
10:20 PM — Punch Taverns says it has begun an internal investigation after the deputy manager of its Greencoat Boy pub in Westminster allegedly told the Labour Party's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) group that he would not have accepted the group's booking had he have known they were gay.
Pub that allegedly said it would have banned gay Labour group reported to police 26
2:04 AM — A London pub has been reported to the police following an alleged homophobic comment made by its manager to the Labour Party's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) group. The comments have sparked widespread condemnation by senior labour figures including leadership candidate Ed Balls and Sarah Brown, the wife of former prime minister Gordon Brown and former deputy prime minister John Prescott.
28th May 2010
Pentecostal church leader denies allegations of homophobia 153
4:10 PM — Amended May 1st, 3.10pm. Bishop John Francis, head of the Ruach Christian Ministry in Brixton, south-west London, was reported to have allegedly linked homosexuality to paedophilia and rape in his sermon delivered on Sunday 23 May.
Simon Hughes MP runs for deputy leadership of Liberal Democrats 13
3:36 PM — Simon Hughes, Liberal Democrat MP for North Southwark and Bermondsey, today launched his bid for the role of deputy leader of the party. He also admitted to Sky News today that there were "risks" to the new coalition government.
London Borough of Camden has new gay mayor and mayoress 8
2:52 PM — Councillor Jonathan Simpson, Camden borough's first openly gay mayor, was last night confirmed in his role at a ceremony in Camden Town Hall. In his new position, Councillor Simpson pledged to retain the "rock 'n' roll" spirit of Camden, a major landmark on Britain's musical map.