2nd June 2009
64% of homophobic incidents in Northern Ireland are not reported 16
12:59 PM — One of the largest surveys on the experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Northern Ireland has revealed many have been the victim of homophobic abuse and violence.
PinkNews.co.uk poll: Tories top pick for gay voters, Greens top for EU election 67
9:18 AM — A survey of PinkNews.co.uk readers has found that support for Labour has dropped dramatically since the last general election. 39 per cent of respondents said they planned to vote Tory in the next general election, compared to only 29 per cent for Labour.
1st June 2009
Scottish National Party and Catholic Church’s ‘secret plan’ to defy gay adoption laws 53
4:40 PM — The Scottish National Party and the Catholic Church worked together secretly in order to avoid new legislation requiring religious adoption agencies to help gay couples, it has been reported.
Danny La Rue dies aged 81 23
2:04 PM — Drag queen Danny La Rue died last night aged 81. The entertainer was best known for his impersonations of female celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Margaret Thatcher.
Police ‘concern’ over gay murders and rise in homophobic hate crimes 32
11:01 AM — Police have expressed concern over a rise in homophobic violence following a number of murders of gay men. Scotland Yard statistics show a nine per cent rise in homophobic and transphobic offences to 1,372 in the year up to April. Greater Manchester police saw a 63 per cent rise in homophobic crime.
Gay asylum seeker John Bosco Nyombi wins right to stay in UK 35
10:38 AM — Ugandan gay asylum seeker John Bosco Nyombi has finally won asylum in the UK after an eight-year campaign. A High Court judge ruled that his removal had been "manifestly unlawful" as he had been forcibly deported while his case was still under review. He will now seek damages from the government.
29th May 2009
American Idol runner up Adam Lambert ‘to address sexuality rumours’ 13
5:08 PM — Singing star Adam Lambert is said to be on the verge of speaking out about his sexuality, according to a recent Twitter update from American Idol's host Ryan Seacrest.
Study finds female primary school pupils fear being labelled ‘lesbians’ 6
5:01 PM — A study of year five girls has suggested that many feel they must act "girly" in order to avoid being called lesbians by their peers.
The Lancet attacks UK’s ‘extraordinary failure’ on tackling HIV 19
2:22 PM — Respected medical journal The Lancet has criticised the UK's policy on HIV over the estimated numbers of individuals unaware they carrying the virus.
Interview: Minister for Europe Caroline Flint 22
12:43 PM — PinkNews.co.uk meets Minister for Europe Caroline Flint, to discuss the BNP, expenses, gay marriage and who she voted for in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Lesbian sports presenter Clare Balding suffering from thyroid cancer 11
10:39 AM — Clare Balding, the openly lesbian BBC sports presenter, has revealed she is battling thyroid cancer. She underwent a throat operation in April to remove a cyst but a second operation was necessary to remove her thyroid gland, which was found to be cancerous.
28th May 2009
EastEnders to feature gay Muslim storyline but Muslim group calls for a “normal character” 53
5:34 PM — EastEnders is to screen a storyline involving a Muslim character who has a gay affair. New character Syed Masood, a Muslim property developer who has a girlfriend, is to fall for openly gay Christian Clarke. But the Muslim Public Affairs Committee say that the BBC should have a "normal friendly Muslim character."
David Cameron voted worst politician of the year 75
4:07 PM — Tory leader David Cameron has been voted the worst politician of the year. Cameron, who reportedly plans to prioritise outreach to gay groups, topped the poll of bad politicians in the Gay Times Readers' Awards.
Gay Apprentice candidate Howard fired by Sir Alan 14
1:36 PM — Howard Ebison, The Apprentice's openly gay contestant, was fired at the climax of last night's show, having volunteered as project manager in the shopping channel task.
27th May 2009
Trans group boycotts London Pride march 125
4:45 PM — TransLondon, the largest group in the capital for all trans-identified people, has announced it is boycotting London Pride. The decision comes after trans women were denied access to female toilets at last year's Pride and one was allegedly sexually assaulted.
Former Radio 1 controller attacks decision to pre-record Jonathan Ross show 5
3:57 PM — A former Radio 1 controller has criticised the move to pre-record Jonathan Ross's radio show, describing it as a "sticking plaster".
Nick Griffin pulls out of Queen’s garden party 26
3:42 PM — BNP leader Nick Griffin has said he will not attend a garden party hosted by Buckingham Palace. The politician was invited by fellow BNP member Richard Barnbrook, but said today he has “no wish to embarrass the Queen”.
Desmond Tutu supports gay clergy 20
3:03 PM — Archbishop Desmond Tutu received a standing ovation when he spoke out in support of gay clergy at the Church of Scotland General Assembly yesterday.
PinkNews.co.uk reader survey: Will the expenses row change your vote in the European Elections? 16
2:33 PM — The European Elections will be held on Thursday June 4th and the recent furore over expenses, coupled with the rise of the BNP, are expected to substantially increase the turnout. PinkNews.co.uk is inviting UK readers to take part in a survey on how they plan to vote. To take the survey, please click here.
Gay minister faces new challenge in ‘disrepute’ allegation 11
12:18 PM — Openly gay minister Scott Rennie, whose appointment threatened to split the Church of Scotland, is facing a new challenge after it was claimed his congregation had not known he was gay.