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  • 11th May 2010

    Man on trial for murder of trans woman Andrea Waddell

    Andrea Waddell was found dead last October

    12:01 PM — The man accused of killing trans sex worker Andrea Waddell strangled her and set her body alight, a court heard yesterday. Satellite installer Neil MacMillan, 41, of Bennett Road, Brighton, denies the 29-year-old's murder.

  • Worcester man jailed for blackmailing gay victims 5

    Lee Taylor was jailed for four and a half years

    10:48 AM — A man who threatened to expose his victims' homosexuality if they did not give him money has been jailed for four and a half years.

  • 10th May 2010

    Gay asylum seekers challenge UK’s policy in court 15

    The pair are challenging UK policy on asylum

    5:12 PM — Two gay men are appealing against the UK's policy on returning gay and lesbian asylum seekers to their home countries. Gay asylum campaigners argue that the UK frequently tells gay asylum seekers that they can return to homophobic countries if they are "discreet" or relocate.

  • Bloc Party’s Kele criticises Nigerian attitudes to gays 5

    Kele Okereke said he had problems with some aspects of his heritage

    4:42 PM — Bloc Party singer Kele Okereke has said he finds it hard to relate to his parents' culture. The out gay singer was born in Britain to Nigerian parents, but said that he had problems with Nigerian attitudes to homosexuality and women.

  • Defendant uses ‘gay panic defence’

    The trial continues

    3:45 PM — A man charged with the murder of a gay man has claimed he "flipped" after the victim touched his leg. Rodney Greenland, 47, of Ipswich, stabbed 36-year-old Simon Amers to death last July, Ipswich crown court heard.

  • Friend charged with murder of gay Scottish teenager

    Jack Frew was found dead on election night

    12:08 PM — A friend of 16-year-old gay student Jack Frew has been charged with his murder. Craig Roy, 17, is expected to appear in court today.

  • Gay Boyzone star Stephen Gately ‘died happy’ 9

    Stephen Gately died happy, his civil partner said

    11:43 AM — Stephen Gately died at a time in his life when he was contented and happy, his civil partner Andrew Cowles has said. In one of his first interviews since Gately's death last October, Mr Cowles described his partner's happiness at writing a novel and being open about his sexuality.

  • Boy, 14, pleads guilty to attack on gay Liverpool student 13

    The boy pleaded guilty to the attack

    10:52 AM — A 14-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to taking part in an attack on a gay Liverpool student. Liverpool magistrates' court heard that the boy had been part of a seven-strong gang which hurled homophobic abuse at the 19-year-old student and punched him in the face.

  • Scottish teenager ‘may have been killed for being gay’ 23

    Jack Frew was described as popular and respected

    10:26 AM — The friends of a Scottish 16-year-old found dead last week say they believe he may have been killed in a homophobic attack. Jack Frew was found near a cycle path in Mossneuk, East Kilbride, last Thursday at around 7pm. His throat had been cut.

  • 7th May 2010

    Liberal Democrat Evan Harris loses Oxford seat 96

    Evan Harris lost his seat

    4:05 PM — Liberal Democrat science spokesman Evan Harris has lost his seat in Oxford West and Abington to a Christian candidate. One Christian group said his defeat was the "most significant individual result of the election".

  • Updated: David Cameron makes ‘comprehensive offer’ to Lib Dems 113

    David Cameron made an offer to the Lib Dems

    3:14 PM — Tory leader David Cameron has made a "comprehensive offer" to the Liberal Democrats to work with him in parliament. A hung parliament was declared this morning and although the Conservatives won the most votes, they do not have an overall majority.

  • Updated: Out gay Tory shadow ministers retain seats 10

    Alan Duncan kept his Rutland and Melton seat

    11:55 AM — The three out gay men in David Cameron's shadow cabinet have held on to their seats. Nick Herbert, Alan Duncan and Greg Barker were all returned to Westminster. Mr Duncan and Mr Barker saw a slight drop in their majorities to the Liberal Democrats.

  • Lib Dems lose seats, gain another gay MP 11

    Nick Clegg said he was disappointed by the result

    10:49 AM — The Liberal Democrats now have two out gay MPs - but the latest count shows they have lost six seats overall. The result so far has been seen widely as disastrous for Nick Clegg's party, which hoped to capitalise on his perceived good performance in the televised debates.

  • Controversial Tory MPs Chris Grayling and Julian Lewis keep seats 13

    Chris Grayling held his seat

    10:07 AM — Two of the Conservative MPs who provoked controversy with their views on gay rights have kept their seats. Chris Grayling and Julian Lewis were returned to Westminster, while the Scottish candidate who said gays were "not normal" came third in his constituency.

  • Caroline Lucas makes history as first Green MP 19

    Caroline Lucas became the first Green MP

    9:24 AM — Caroline Lucas made history last night by becoming the Green Party's first MP. The party has consistently been ranked the best for gay equality issues by PinkNews.co.uk readers.

  • Top gay Labour MPs hold onto their seats with reduced majorities 5

    Ben Bradshaw kept his seat

    8:51 AM — The most high-profile out gay Labour MPs held onto their seats last night but most suffered a reduction in their majorities. Ben Bradshaw, for Exeter, won with 38.2 per cent, with Tory candidate Hannah Foster behind on 33 per cent. He suffered a reduced majority.

  • Margot James becomes the second out lesbian in parliament 15

    Margot James is the new MP for Stourbridge

    7:55 AM — Margot James has become the Conservative MP for Stourbridge, making her only the second out lesbian in parliament. Ms James joins Labour MP Angela Eagle, who held onto her Wallasey seat last night with 51.8 per cent of the vote.

  • Peter Robinson- husband of ‘homophobe’ Iris Robinson loses his seat 21

    Peter Robinson lost his seat

    1:15 AM — The first minister of Northern Ireland, Peter Robinson, has lost his Westminister seat. He is the husband of Iris Robinson, the former MP and Northern Ireland assembly member who called gays an"abomination" and suggested they could be cured.

  • 6th May 2010

    Final polls show Tory lead in tightest election for years 14

    Polls suggest the Tories will win the general election

    1:48 PM — Final opinion polls of the general population put the Conservative Party in the lead for today's election. This contrasts with the latest PinkNews.co.uk poll, which put the party behind the Liberal Democrats, Labour and the Green Party.

  • Comment: Why has Philippa Stroud not denied she believes homosexuality is caused by demonic possession? 48

    Senior Gay Conservative Nick Herbet on the campaign trail with Philippa Stroud

    12:46 PM — Four days have gone by since The Observer published allegations that Philippa Stroud, Conservative candidate for Sutton and Cheam, founded two churches that helped people who believed their homosexuality was caused by demonic possession and that it could be overcome through prayer. Four days in which PinkNews.co.uk has repeatedly asked Mrs Stroud to deny the allegations, four days in which she has failed to do so.

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