8th January 2010
Exclusive: Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg to answer gay questions 26
5:19 PM — Do you have a question for Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg? With four months until an expected general election, he has agreed to answer questions from PinkNews.co.uk readers.
Graham Norton is bookies’ favourite to take over Jonathan Ross’ BBC slot 8
4:42 PM — Gay presenter Graham Norton has been tipped to take over Jonathan Ross' BBC 1 slot when Ross leaves the corporation in July. Bookmaker William Hill has placed him as the favourite to take over the Friday night slot at odds of 1/6.
George Michael rules out Wham! reunion 4
4:29 PM — George Michael has said that he and former Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley will not reform the band. Unlike other ageing musical stars, he said the band was about being "young and exuberant".
Equalities minister Harriet Harman fined for careless driving 7
2:46 PM — Harriet Harman, the minister for women and equality, has been fined £350 for driving without due care and attention. She was also ordered to pay £70 costs and a £15 victim surcharge, along with receiving three penalty points on her driving licence.
Gay magazine wants Iris Robinson’s young lover on the cover 36
1:07 PM — Gay magazine Attitude is offering Iris Robinson's 21-year-old toyboy a chance to appear on its cover. Kirk McCambley was 19 when he had an affair with the 60-year-old Northern Ireland MP.
Freddie Mercury’s partner dies 5
12:44 PM — The partner of the late Freddie Mercury passed away last week. Jim Hutton had lived with Mercury for six years prior to the singer's death from an AIDS-related illness in 1991
More allegations emerge over Iris Robinson’s teen lover 100
11:26 AM — Homophobic MP Iris Robinson allegedly solicited £50,000 from two property developers to help her 19-year-old lover set up a business. The Northern Ireland MP broke parliamentary rules by not declaring her interest in the business, despite sitting on the council which awarded the money to Kirk McCambley, it was claimed.
Iris Robinson may face questions over financial dealings with 19-year-old lover 33
12:01 AM — Homophobic Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson's lover was 19 when they had an affair, it has been reported. He was named tonight as Kirk McCambley, who is now 21.
7th January 2010
Anti-gay MP Iris Robinson’s lover believed to have been under 21 36
7:48 PM — Homophobic Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson's affair was thought to have been with a young man aged under 21. News channel UTV, which broke the story of her affair and suicide attempt yesterday, reported the claim this evening.
BBC investigation ‘prompted Iris Robinson to admit affair’ 22
6:09 PM — A BBC investigation into the finances of Northern Ireland politicians Iris Robinson and her husband reportedly prompted her to reveal details of her affair and attempted suicide.
Lesbian in custody dispute issues appeal for missing daughter 7
5:47 PM — The non-biological mother of a seven-year-old girl has issued an appeal to the US public to find her after the child's biological mother defied a court order to hand over custody.
Tatchell says Iris Robinson is a ‘hypocrite’ 16
3:33 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has accused Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson of being a hypocrite for having an affair. He expressed sympathy over her suicide attempt and mental breakdown but said she had offered no apology for her comments about gay people.
Social worker struck off for abusing trans child 6
2:18 PM — A social worker has been found guilty of shouting homophobic abuse at a child in his care. Stan Lansdell, 52, was struck off today for "gross abuse" of his position. He worked for Bradford council at the time of the offences.
Government appointment of faith advisors attacked as ‘cynical’ 25
1:39 PM — The appointment of 13 'faith advisors' to the government has been attacked by the National Secular society as "cynical" and "an insult to non-religious Britons". The charity warned that most people "disregard" religious teachings on issues such as homosexuality and said the appointment was "undemocratic".
Jonathan Ross quits the BBC 30
12:07 PM — Jonathan Ross has announced today (Thursday) that he is leaving the BBC. The star, who got into hot water this year over a gay adoption joke last year, said his reasons for leaving were not financially motivated.
6th January 2010
Anti-gay MP Iris Robinson attempted suicide after affair 107
7:44 PM — Iris Robinson, the homophobic Northern Ireland MP, has admitted she tried to commit suicide after having an affair. The MP announced last month she was leaving politics due to mental health issues last month.
Canterbury’s only gay bar closes 16
4:35 PM — The only gay bar in Canterbury, a city which was condemned by a local Pride group for not being gay enough, has closed. O2 was opened six months ago on King Street but is closing because of a lack of business.
BNP may face prosecution over ‘misleading’ financial accounts 2
4:00 PM — The British National Party could face prosecution for breaking the law over its accounting. The anti-gay political party has until Friday to submit further details of its spending after auditors said they were not adequate.
Graham Norton signs £4m deal with BBC 24
12:00 PM — Gay presenter Graham Norton has signed a two-year, £4 million deal to stay at the BBC. According to the Sun, he accepted a pay cut of £500,000, having previously been on £2.5 million a year.
5th January 2010
Maggi Hambling and Phyllida Lloyd honoured 1
12:25 PM — Artist Maggi Hambling and theatre director Phyllida Lloyd, both of whom are lesbians, have been awarded CBEs in the New Year's Honours list.