26th April 2012
Live London Mayoral Q&A Transcript: Independent candidate Siobhan Benita 7
9:16 PM — Today, PinkNews.co.uk held the first of our Live Mayoral Q&As with the independent candidate Siobhan Benita. She popped into the PinkNews.co.uk office to answer questions on schools, transport fare cuts, why she's often been ignored by the mainstream media and whether it's right for London to be twinned with Tehran the capital of virulently homophobic Iran.
25th April 2012
Plea to save London’s Black Cap pub 30
11:12 AM — A plea has been issued to respond today to a planning application which would see London's Black Cap pub, a long-standing gay venue in Camden, turned into flats.
24th April 2012
Christian campaigners to seek judicial review of Mayor’s decision to ban anti-gay bus ads 31
9:45 PM — The groups behind the 'ex-gay' London bus adverts have confirmed that they are intending to seek a judicial review of the decision by Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London to ban the adverts from being displayed by Transport for London. The group is also considering bringing legal action for breach of contract against advertising display agency CSBO.
23rd April 2012
London: THT’s annual pop-up party heads to Brick Lane 21
3:42 PM — This May, HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust will be adding some eastern flavour to its annual pop-up fundraising party The Cocktail Club.
19th April 2012
Boris Johnson: ‘Intense backlash’ against ex-gay bus ads would have hurt Christians 150
1:58 PM — Boris Johnson, the incumbent mayor of London, has said a series of 'ex-gay' bus adverts which he pulled last week would have caused 'great offence' and prompted an 'intense backlash' against Christians in the capital.
14th April 2012
Mayoral hustings: Boris Johnson vows to re-enter GLA in Stonewall index, Ken Livingstone quotes Muhammed’s sermon of tolerance 213
2:50 PM — Incumbent Mayor of London Boris Johnson promised to re-enter the Greater London Authority in Stonewall's Employer Index and defended his decision not to publish an LGBT manifesto, while Ken Livingstone quoted from the last sermon of the prophet Muhammed in a bid for cultural understanding at the charity's mayoral hustings today.
13th April 2012
Ken Livingstone publishes LGBT manifesto for London 47
5:17 PM — Ken Livingstone has published an LGBT manifesto ahead of the London mayoral election next month, promising support for London's Pride event, a zero tolerance approach to hate crime and opposition to cuts in LGBT organisations' funding.
Comment: We are not just green and you are not just pink, writes Jenny Jones 11
2:36 PM — Green Party candidate Jenny Jones sets out a case for why gay and transgender Londoners should consider her in the upcoming mayoral election.
Religious groups ‘to sue mayor’ over ex-gay London bus adverts 175
1:32 PM — The groups behind the 'ex-gay' London bus adverts which were banned last night are reportedly instructing lawyers to sue the Mayor of London and advertising display agency CSBO.
12th April 2012
Comment: The ex-gay ads prove public homophobia still remains acceptable 97
9:56 PM — The commercial agency responsible for selling advertising on London's transport system thought it fit to run a deeply offensive and homophobic ad on London buses. Does this prove again, Balaji Ravichandran asks, that homophobia remains the most accepted and acceptable form of public prejudice?
8th April 2012
Comment: Why do so many gay guys not ‘do’ relationships? 213
12:39 PM — Ethan Bourne wonders why it is that he finds so many gay guys just don't want to be in conventional relationship. "It’s just not quite right", "I’m just not in the right place for a relationship", "In all honesty, I don’t actually ‘do’ relationships". I’m sure you’ve heard all the excuses under the sun, just as I have, but after having a conversation with a guy this week, it’s genuinely got me thinking whether we’re just pre-disposed not to want a relationship and whether gays are actually capable of one.
7th April 2012
PinkNews.co.uk to host interactive Mayor of London debates 86
3:34 PM — Building on the huge popularity of our ‘Ask the Leaders’ feature during the General Election 2010, PinkNews.co.uk is to allow LGBT voters in London to quiz the leading candidates to become Mayor of London live in an interactive debate.
6th April 2012
Gay former cabinet minister Ben Bradshaw mocks Government’s plans for marriage equality 387
10:20 AM — Mr Bradshaw made the bizarre comment at a crucial moment in the battle for marriage equality, after a petition launched by the homophobic Coalition for Marriage group which insists that the institution should remain traditional - i.e. between a man and a woman – went beyond 400,000 signatures.
4th April 2012
Man arrested after stabbing at Jessie J party 12
11:03 AM — A man has been arrested following the stabbing of a party-goer last night at an event hosted by bisexual singer Jessie J.
3rd April 2012
Stonewall funds 1000 London bus adverts for equal marriage 101
9:53 AM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has announced a thousand London buses will carry its equality message in April during the government's consultation on how to implement marriage for gay couples.
1st April 2012
Comment: Why can’t gay couples feel safe enough to hold hands everywhere in the UK? 110
5:39 PM — Ethan Bourne asks why in a supposedly tolerant country like the UK, being visibly gay seems only to be acceptable in certain areas.
29th March 2012
Multi-millionaire City analyst wins ‘gay divorce’ appeal but must pay vast settlement 22
5:32 PM — A millionaire City analyst has won his appeal against a West End actor in a landmark gay divorce. The couple had been together for 11 years but only survived seven months as civil partners.
27th March 2012
New play about gay boxer to open at Albany Theatre 3
5:19 PM — A new high-impact, one-man show about a boxer facing his toughest opponent yet - his sexuality - is set to open at the Albany Theatre in Deptford, south-east London, having won five 5-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Comment: Biased BBC skews the debate on LGBT issues 140
10:36 AM — The BBC's reporting on marriage equality proposals is more proof the corporation does not take LGBT issues seriously. Stupid questions, a megaphone to fanatics, fawning deference to faith and giving no time to the voices from our communities: it’s time BBC stopped treating its LGBT licence payers with contempt.
26th March 2012
Ken Livingstone defends former Iranian TV job and homophobic Muslim preacher 62
5:38 PM — In a radio interview, London Mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone defended his relationship with homophobic and anti-semitic Muslim cleric and his former presenting job with Iran’s state broadcaster, Press TV, claiming it was an attempt to "engage" with the country and reduce the threat of military action.