23rd June 2011
Will Boris Johnson lead London Pride again? 30
4:34 PM — He led London Pride last year but with an election coming up in 2012, will Boris Johnson lead the parade again next weekend? PinkNews.co.uk understands that Pride organisers are keen for the mayor to take his place at the head of the march but City Hall has not yet given the go-ahead.
London’s oldest gay charity ‘saved’ 7
3:50 PM — Islington council has announced that London LGBT charity London Friend will be able to buy its premises. The charity, which is the capital's oldest counselling service for LGBT people, faced an uncertain future when the council announced in November that the Caledonian Road property was to be put up for auction with just a few weeks' notice.
22nd June 2011
David Cameron says UK will pressure Africa on gay rights 274
8:45 PM — After kicking off his speech with a risqué joke about queens, prime minister David Cameron told guests at a Downing Street LGBT reception that the government would keep working on LGBT issues.
Gay firefighters in London Pride boycott 65
2:49 PM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans firefighters say they will refuse to march with London Fire Brigade in the capital's Pride parade next weekend. Members of the Fire Brigades Union say they are boycotting the brigade's usual place in the parade over a range of equality issues.
21st June 2011
David Cameron to host gay reception at No10 128
12:55 PM — Prime minister David Cameron is to host a reception at Downing Street for the gay community tomorrow evening. The event will focus on tackling homophobia in sport and invitees will include gay and lesbian sports stars, campaigners and celebrities.
17th June 2011
Brian Paddick says he may run for London mayor 37
10:25 AM — Brian Paddick has said he may stand as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the 2012 London mayoral race. The former most senior out gay police officer in Britain, he was the party's candidate in the 2008 race but came third with ten per cent of the vote.
14th June 2011
Gay campaigners welcome mosque’s pledge 121
4:34 PM — Gay rights campaigners have welcomed what they say is the first significant promise from the East London Mosque to stop hosting homophobic speakers. Earlier this week, a letter signed by 12 activists, including writers Julie Bindel and Paul Burston, said it was clear that there was a religious campaign in east London to intimidate gay people.
13th June 2011
Peter Tatchell: Gay rights groups need to stand up to Islamist homophobia 127
1:47 PM — Why did a few anti-gay stickers in East London provoke an outcry by gay groups, while far worse homophobia passed without protest?
10th June 2011
London council urges gay couples to become foster parents 113
5:09 PM — A London council is appealing for more gay couples to come forward to foster children in need of homes. Lambeth council says it particularly needs carers for teenagers, disabled children and those on remand.
Gay rights campaigners call for mosques to ban anti-gay speakers 127
9:56 AM — A group of gay rights campaigners has demanded that mosques in east London must ban homophobic speakers. The call follows a £100 fine for a man convicted of pasting anti-gay stickers around the area.
8th June 2011
London hospitals to offer routine HIV tests to A&E patients 40
1:06 PM — Two hospitals in London are to offer routine HIV tests to Accident and Emergency (A&E) patients, making them the first in the UK to do so and aiming to save lives by reducing the number of cases of undiagnosed HIV.
7th June 2011
Gay rugby team King’s Cross Steelers win 2011 Union cup 17
5:41 PM — Gay rugby club Kings Cross Steelers RFC, have retained the title of European champions for the third time after winning the 2011 Union Cup.
6th June 2011
BFI has footage of first known male-to-male television kiss – featuring Sean Connery 33
4:58 PM — TV researchers at the British Film Institute (BFI) have revealed they have footage of what is believed to be the first male-to-male kiss on UK television featuring Sean Connery.
Gay men verbally abused through PA system by Trafalgar Square busker 305
12:30 PM — Two gay men were verbally abused by a busker using a PA system in Trafalgar Square last week.
2nd June 2011
Stephen Fry says he finds fame ‘exhausting’ and that suicide is always an option 78
2:24 PM — Stephen Fry has said that he finds his celebrity 'exhausting' and that there's every possibility he'd consider suicide one day.
Amsterdam city officials to be annually questioned on their support for gay marriage 9
1:00 PM — Marriage commissioners in Nieuw-West district of Amsterdam will have to undergo an annual evaluation in order to ensure their consistent support for same-sex marriage.
Ugandan woman branded with iron for being a lesbian faces deportation from UK 87
11:43 AM — A 22-year-old Ugandan woman who was subjected to being branded with a hot iron in her home country as a punishment for being a lesbian, may be deported from the UK.
1st June 2011
Commonwealth secretary general speaks out against homophobia following Tatchell’s criticisms 29
4:55 PM — The Commonwealth secretary-general, Kamalesh Sharma, has written an article in the Nairobi Star speaking out against homophobia.
Man fined for East End anti-gay stickers 111
3:54 PM — An 18-year-old Muslim man has been fined for posting homophobic stickers around London’s East End.
London borough tries to reassure critics after homophobic Catholic charity awarded £89,000 contract for counselling in schools 54
1:01 PM — The south-west London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, which earlier this year awarded an £89,000 contract to the homophobic Catholic Children’s Society to offer counselling and support to children in the borough’s school, are seeking to reassure critics over the decision.