5th May 2010
Exclusive: SNP leader and Scottish first minister Alex Salmond answers your questions 29
6:10 PM — In the last few months, we've given our readers the chance to quiz party leaders on their commitment to gay equality in the run-up to the election.
Exclusive: Philippa Stroud’s lawyers warn media over ‘gay cure’ claims 87
4:54 PM — PinkNews.co.uk has been told by solicitors representing Philippa Stroud that a number of media organisations have been contacted warning them of their duties not to publish false allegations about a parliamentary candidate in the run-up to tomorrow's general election.
Emmerdale’s gay plotline nominated for British Soap Awards 4
4:15 PM — Emmerdale's gay storyline has helped it bag the most nominations at the British Soap Awards. The plotline sees Aaron Livesy (played by Danny Miller) struggle to come to terms with being gay and the mixed reactions of his family and friends.
Comment: Peter Tatchell pays tribute to Antony Grey a giant of the gay movement 5
3:03 PM — As secretary of the Homosexual Law Reform Society in the 1960s, Antony Grey was one of the founding fathers of the gay law reform struggle in Britain. Although a true pioneer, he sadly remains a largely unsung hero of the movement for LGBT equality.
Defendant ‘hit gay man to protect girl’
2:28 PM — A student accused of the manslaughter of a gay man says he hit the victim because he thought he was attacking a girl. Ian Baynham, 62, died last October 18 days after he was assaulted in Trafalgar Square.
Gay hostel allowed to remain open despite complaints 4
1:31 PM — A hostel for homeless young gay men in Sunderland has been given permission to stay open despite protests from residents.
Exclusive: Gordon Brown tells gay voters that support for Lib Dems will lead to a Tory victory 52
10:56 AM — Prime minister Gordon Brown has told PinkNews.co.uk that gay people should "fear" the Tories and that voting for the Liberal Democrats will make a Tory government more likely.
Exclusive: Gordon Brown answers PinkNews.co.uk readers’ questions on gay issues 31
10:52 AM — As part of our election coverage, we've given our readers the chance to put their questions to the three party leaders - Gordon Brown, Nick Clegg and David Cameron. Prime minister Mr Brown is the last of the three party leaders to answer questions.
4th May 2010
David Cameron backs Philippa Stroud over ‘gay cure’ allegations 50
8:00 PM — Conservative Party leader David Cameron has given his support to a Tory candidate accused of trying to "cure" gay people. He said Philippa Stroud "believes in gay equality".
Stonewall Equality Walk raises record-breaking £55,000 2
7:55 PM — Stonewall's seventh annual Brighton Equality Walk, held last weekend, raised a record-breaking £55,000 for the charity's work. The weather did not put off the 350 people who joined the 10K event, which was opened by L Word actress and screenwriter Guinevere Turner and Rikki Beadle-Blair, the director of FIT, Stonewall’s anti-bullying film for schools.
Girl accused of killing gay man ‘had attacked bus driver’
4:36 PM — A teenage girl accused of killing a gay man in Trafalgar Square last year attacked a bus driver in the same area two years ago, a court heard today.
Fans hurl homophobic abuse at Gareth Thomas 24
4:34 PM — Out gay rugby player Gareth Thomas has spoken of his hurt at being targeted by homophobic fans at a recent match.
‘First gay rights activist’ Antony Grey dies aged 82 19
3:47 PM — Gay rights activist and author Antony Grey has died aged 82. Mr Grey, born Anthony Edgar Gartside Wright, had been ill for several years with leukaemia and died at King Edward VII Hospital in London on Friday April 30th.
BBC criticised for ‘violent’ homophobic attack scenes in EastEnders 15
3:33 PM — The BBC has received around 40 complaints over a homophobic attack scene in EastEnders. In the episode, broadcast last Thursday, gay character Christian Clarke, played by John Partridge, was attacked in his flat after his affair with Muslim character Syed Masood was revealed.
PinkNews.co.uk poll finds Tory support among gays drops below the Green Party 32
2:34 PM — An exclusive PinkNews.co.uk poll shows that the Conservative Party's share of the gay vote has slipped further. The latest poll was carried out this weekend, as claims of Tory candidate Philippa Stroud attempting to "cure" homosexuality through prayer emerged.
David Cameron ‘not planning’ to legalise full gay marriage despite pledge to ‘consider’ it 39
11:37 AM — Conservative Party leader David Cameron appeared to contradict his equalities manifesto last night when he said he was "not planning" to rename civil partnerships as marriage.
Christian street preacher arresting for calling homosexuality ‘a sin’ 39
10:40 AM — A Christian street preacher was arrested for allegedly saying that homosexuality is a "sin" that goes against God. Dale McAlpine, 42, was arrested in Workington, Cumbria, on April 20th. He had been standing on a stepladder delivering a sermon.
3rd May 2010
Conservative equality manifesto promises to ‘consider’ full gay marriage 96
12:34 PM — The Conservative Party have once again decided to reach out to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered issues) with an equality manifesto that promises to consider the case for civil partnerships to be renamed as civil marriages. It echoes a vague commitment given by shadow chancellor George Osborne to gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell but comes after a string of damaging accusations of homophobia by a number of Conservative candidates.
2nd May 2010
Sarah Brown appears at gay club night Duckie on election campaign trail 21
9:37 PM — Sarah Brown, the wife of the prime minister Gordon Brown made a surprise guest appearance at the Duckie gay club night in Vaxhaul, South London last night.
Tory candidate and Cameron advisor ran church that “cured” homosexuality through prayer 208
11:36 AM — The Observer newspaper has today claimed that Philippa Stroud, a Conservative candidate likely to win the Sutton and Cheam at this week's general election founded a church that purported to "cure" gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people through exorcising their "demons" through prayer. Through a statement, Mrs Stroud said that she does not believe homosexuality is an illness, although she refused to comment on whether she believed homosexuality could be cured through prayer.