4th May 2010
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.
1st May 2010
PinkNews.co.uk Final general election poll 11
10:47 PM — Last month, PinkNews.co.uk showed a decline in support for the Conservative Party within the LGBT community from 39% to 9%, with the Liberal Democrats up to 58%. This is the final opportunity to register your vote with PinkNews.co.uk.
30th April 2010
Gay Tory Nick Herbert accuses other parties of having homophobic allies 55
6:12 PM — Shadow Conservative environment secretary Nick Herbert has accused Labour and the Lib Dems of having equally unsavoury allies in Europe.
UKIP candidate claims party would scrap gay equality laws 110
5:41 PM — A parliamentary candidate for UKIP has claimed that his party would scrap "politically correct" laws allowing discrimination against gays and lesbians.
Gay Lady Gaga impersonator gets online abuse 11
3:52 PM — A gay man who was on Britain's Got Talent for his impersonation of Lady Gaga has spoken of receiving abuse and threats on the internet.
Gonorrhoea ‘may become untreatable’, health experts warn 3
3:11 PM — The World Health Organisation has said that the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhoea may become untreatable due to the improper use of antibiotics. The disease increases the chances of gay men catching HIV.
Documentary to explore coming out 12
2:02 PM — A Sky documentary is to follow two gay men as they prepare to come out to their families and friends. I'm Coming Out, to be screened next month, follows 24-year-old Ahmad, who is a Muslim, and Neil, 55, who has spent his life in the closet.
Former Archbishop attacks judge’s ruling on Christian counsellor 64
10:44 AM — The former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has attacked yesterday's ruling on a gay counsellor who refused to work with gay couples.
29th April 2010
DC mayor apologises for honouring ex-gay leader 3
5:09 PM — The mayor of Washington DC, Adrian Fenty, has apologised after his office honoured the leader of the 'gay cure' movement. Regina Griggs, the executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays, was recognised for her "dedication and commitment".
Gay cruisers ‘arrested and blackmailed by bogus police’ 22
4:39 PM — Two gay men who went to a cruising hotspot in the Cotswolds were "arrested", kidnapped and blackmailed by a gang dressed as police officers, a court heard.
Tory candidate may lose job over ‘homophobic’ comments 14
3:01 PM — Philip Lardner, the Scottish Conservative candidate who said homosexuality was "not normal", may lose his job. He works as a primary school teacher at Rashielea Primary in Erskine, Renfrewshire, but was suspended after the remarks on his campaign website came to light.
Counsellor who refused to work with gays loses appeal bid 54
1:27 PM — Gary McFarlane, the Christian sex counsellor who refused to work with gay couples, has lost his Court of Appeal bid. He wanted to challenge a ruling that found in favour of counselling service Relate, which sacked him in 2008 after he said he would not "encourage sin" in gay and lesbian couples