7th May 2013
Nigel Evans: ‘I’m overwhelmed’ by the support from my colleagues
5:12 PM — The Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, the openly gay Conservative MP Nigel Evans says he is "overwhelmed" by the support he has received since being arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault.
Brian Sewell attacks ITV’s Vicious as ‘spiteful parody’ with audience down by 2 million 55
3:36 PM — With the show down 2 million viewers for its second episode controversial art critic Brian Sewell says ITV’s new sitcom Vicious reminds him of a less progressive period for gay people.
Helen Mirren laughs off drummer rant by wearing t-shirt in support of gay festival 8
2:16 PM — Helen Mirren has poked fun at her rant at a group of drummers who were promoting a gay festival by wearing a custom made t-shirt in support of the event.
UK: Same-sex marriage supporting MPs selected for Queen’s Speech Loyal Address 3
1:21 PM — Two pro-marriage equality MPs have been selected for the Loyal Address during proceedings for tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech.
UK: Report shows male prisoners are frequently being denied access to condoms 22
11:07 AM — Staff at a UK prison claimed none of their inmates were gay and therefore argued that they didn't need to provide them with condoms, a report has revealed.
6th May 2013
Dame Helen Mirren dressed as the Queen tells gay festival drummers to ‘shut the f**k up’ 40
10:27 AM — Dressed as the Queen, Dame Helen Mirren told 200 drummers promoting a gay festival to "shut the f*ck up" after they disturbed a performance of 'The Audience'.
4th May 2013
Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault of two men
8:26 PM — It is being reported that the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, the openly gay Conservative MP Nigel Evans, has been arrested on suspicion of rape of one man and the sexual assault of another.
3rd May 2013
UK: Government tells PinkNews no need for Queen’s Speech to mention equal marriage bill 70
7:19 PM — With Parliament already dealing with the issue, there is no need for the Queen to mention same-sex marriage in next week’s speech, a Downing Street source has confirmed to PinkNews.
Doncaster: Mayor who tried to cut Pride funding voted out of office 8
6:03 PM — Doncaster Mayor Peter Davies, who previously tried to cut funding for the town’s annual gay pride event, has been voted out of office.
UKIP candidate who published homophobic and biphobic flyers defeated in Staffordshire contest 22
4:01 PM — UKIP candidate David Nixon, who distributed leaflets claiming legalising same-sex marriage would lead to explicit “Homosexual Sex Education”, has failed to be elected as the councillor for Stone Rural in Staffordshire.
Ms Dynamite, Stooshe, Alison Moyet & Paloma Faith to perform at Brighton Pride 3
1:42 PM — The organisers of Brighton Pride have unveiled several key acts for this year’s event, including the original Sugababes line-up.
UK: Labour gay couple become council leader and civic mayor in Hartlepool 5
12:03 PM — A gay couple in Hartlepool are making history by becoming the first civil partnership in the country to hold the positions of council leader and civic mayor.
UKIP candidate who said ‘exercise’ in schools can prevent homosexuality fails to win seat in election 75
11:06 AM — UKIP candidate John Sullivan who claimed regular physical exercise in schools can “prevent homosexuality” has failed to be elected as a councillor for Newent in Gloucestershire.
2nd May 2013
London: Barking & Dagenham LGBT Network alarmed over increase in anti-gay crime 10
3:17 PM — A rise in reported homophobic crime in the east London Borough of Barking and Dagenham has alarmed LGBT community activists.
UK: Islamic Cambridge lecturer apologies for describing homosexuality as ‘ugly’ and calling gay people ‘ignorant’ 78
12:54 PM — A Cambridge lecturer has apologised for describing homosexuality as an “inherent aberration” and sinful.
UK: Trans woman former councillor hopes to become Brighton MP 7
12:13 PM — Brighton and Hove could return the UK’s first ever openly transgender MP at the next general election.
1st May 2013
Coalition for Marriage: David Cameron’s support for equal marriage explains the rise of UKIP 25
4:31 PM — The Coalition for Marriage says David Cameron’s support for equal marriage explains why the Conservatives are expected to perform badly in Thursday’s local elections.
Oxfordshire: Anti-gay marriage activists deliver petition to David Cameron’s constituency office 40
12:18 PM — Same-sex marriage opponents have delivered a postcard petition signed by 288 people to David Cameron’s Witney constituency office in Oxfordshire.
30th April 2013
UKIP LGBT group: ‘We really need more candidates from the socially liberal side of society’ 94
5:11 PM — UKIP's affiliated LGBT group has once again criticised several members for making offensive remarks – and say they plan to contact UKIP leader Nigel Farage.
Comment: Remembering the Admiral Duncan nail bomb attack 16
11:50 AM — Tuesday 30 April is the fourteenth anniversary of the nail bomb attack on the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho, central London. In a PinkNews comment piece, first published last year, Mark Healey reminds us why its importance to remember the events of 1999.