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.'
Former drag queen awarded £30,000 in unfair dismissal case 7
11:10 AM — Former drag queen ,Dean Awford, has been awarded £30,000 for unfair dismissal from a high end furniture store. Employment Judge David Kearsley found that Mr Awford had been unfairly dismissed by store manager David Gray.
21st December 2009
Brighton clinic starts to offer faster HIV tests 1
5:29 PM — Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) in Brighton & Hove has begun to offer a new type of rapid result HIV test at its clinic which can detect the virus just four weeks after the date of infection. Previous tests were only reliable three months after exposure to the virus.
18th December 2009
Gay club owner goes into administration 6
3:14 PM — Popbarz, the owner of gay clubs such as Ghetto in London, has gone into administration. Its administrators Ideal Corporate Solutions said it had suffered a “significant downturn in trade” .
16th December 2009
Man convicted of homophobic murder jailed for life 18
12:53 PM — A man who was convicted yesterday of the murder and attempted murder of a south London gay couple has received a life prison sentence. The judge told David Kilcullen he may never been freed.
15th December 2009
Video: Man guilty of homophobic murder and assault on gay couple 11
3:15 PM — A man has been found guilty of murdering one man and attempting to murder his partner in a homophobic attack. David Kilcullen, 46, had pleaded not guilty to the attack in March in south London.
14th December 2009
Man evicted for homophobic hate campaign 6
7:11 PM — A man who made his neighbours' lives hell has been served with a 56-day eviction notice. Richard Leonard, 57, of Baldmoor Lake Road, Erdington, had been accused of waging a homophobic and anti-social hate campaign against his neighbours since May.
12th December 2009
Gay soldier Ben Rakestrow comes out on return from Afghanistan 40
12:50 PM — A 21-year-old member of the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment (2RTR) has become one of the first British openly gay soldiers serving in a major conflict.
11th December 2009
London Gay Men’s Chorus to sing at mayor’s Christmas carol service 7
6:15 PM — The London Gay Men's Chorus will be singing at London mayor Boris Johnson's Christmas carol service at Southwark Cathedral next week. It will be the first time the chorus, which is the largest gay men's singing group in Europe, has sung at this event.
National Front places homophobic stickers around Manchester’s gay village 63
5:36 PM — The extreme-right group National Front has been accused of placing homophobic stickers around the Canal Street area of Manchester. The stickers began appearing several weeks ago in the popular gay village.
4th December 2009
Brighton gay man suffocated in sex act 8
2:21 PM — A Brighton man died during auto-erotic asphyxiation, an inquest heard this week. Stuart Leonard, 35, was found dead in August under a tree at Dukes Mound, a local cruising spot.
30th November 2009
Liverpool police release CCTV images of boys wanted for homophobic assault 15
11:57 AM — Merseyside Police have released CCTV images of four teenage boys wanted in connection with a homophobic assault on a gay student. The 19-year-old was attacked on Wednesday, November 18th on Lord Street near James Street Station.
26th November 2009
Manchester event to honour gay mathematician Alan Turing 13
2:47 PM — Manchester city council is holding an event to honour Alan Turing, the gay mathematician who is hailed as one of the founders of computer science.
Straight civil partnership couple’s MP to raise issue in parliament 41
11:47 AM — The local MP of a straight couple who are fighting to get a civil partnership has said she is supporting them and will raise the issue in parliament. Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle, both 25 and of Holloway, London, were turned away from Islington's registry office on Tuesday.
24th November 2009
Man jailed for blackmailing gay cruisers 14
10:26 AM — A man who admitted blackmailing men meeting for sex has been jailed for three and a half years. Lee Creamer, 26, admitted extorting hundreds of pounds out of three men who were fearful their families would find out about their activities.
18th November 2009
Thief robs gay men in Brighton 4
3:25 PM — Police have appealed for information to help catch a thief who befriends gay men in order to steal from them. Two men have reported having their possessions stolen by him after they invited him home.
Gay man killed by sparring partner he paid to fight him
11:10 AM — A gay businessman died after being beaten by a man he paid to fight for sexual thrills, a court heard yesterday. Colin Butler, 49, suffered fractures to his head, neck and ribs.
17th November 2009
Gay policeman James Parkes expected to return to work soon 2
3:10 PM — James Parkes, the gay trainee policeman who was beaten in a homophobic attack, is expected to return to work in a matter of weeks. He has been recovering from his injuries.
16th November 2009
Archbishop of Liverpool commended for support of gay vigil 26
1:45 PM — Archbishop of Liverpool Patrick Kelly has been commended for showing support to a vigil held against homophobic hatred. He cited the thousands of people who "said no to hatred".
10th November 2009
Liverpool hosts first gay Pride festival in over a decade 8
1:34 PM — The city of Liverpool will host its first Pride festival in more than ten years, it has been announced. The date for Liverpool Pride 2010 will be August 7th, a date organisers say will not clash with any other gay festivals.