17th February 2010
London gay charity may have to cut services over rent increase 5
3:31 PM — One of London's oldest LGBT charities may have to cut its services after being hit with a 21 per cent rent increase. London Friend, founded in 1972, offers counselling and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people and receives little state support.
Michael Causer’s mother supports anti-homophobia play 7
2:39 PM — Marie Causer, the mother of murdered gay teenager Michael Causer, has given her support to a play designed to tackle homophobia.
Inquest hears Alexander McQueen hanged himself 1
1:02 PM — The inquest opened into the death of Alexander McQueen heard today that the fashion designer had hanged himself. McQueen, 40, was found hanging in a wardrobe by his cleaner at his Mayfair home on Thursday February 11th, ten days after his mother died.
Gay Tory Nick Herbert says party has made ‘rapid conversion’ on gay equality 113
12:29 PM — Nick Herbert, the shadow environment secretary, has said the Conservative party has seen a "definite change" in its attitudes to gay people. He said the Tories had to be "properly representative" of the whole country.
Police arrest gay BBC presenter after mercy killing confession 36
11:57 AM — Ray Gosling, the veteran BBC presenter who admitted killing a former lover who was dying of AIDS, has been arrested. Mr Gosling, 70, made the confession in the BBC's Inside Out programme which was aired on Monday night.
16th February 2010
‘I support gay marriage’ says Nick Clegg as he answers PinkNews reader questions 32
7:17 PM — Last month, we invited PinkNews.co.uk readers to submit their questions to Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg. The overwhelming subject mentioned was gay marriage, showing how important an issue this is for our readers. Other popular questions were on homophobic violence, faith schools and LGBT asylum seekers.
Lady Gaga to perform Brits tribute for Alexander McQueen 2
6:34 PM — Gay-friendly singer Lady Gaga has reportedly planned a new, sombre performance for tonight's Brit Awards as a tribute to Alexander McQueen. The star, a fan of McQueen's designs, felt she could not perform one of her usual sets so soon after his death.
London’s Lesbian and Gay Film Festival to open next month 2
6:21 PM — The 24th Lesbian and Gay Film Festival is to take place in London next month at the British Film Institute. The event will be held between 17th and 31st March 2010 at the BFI Southbank.
Gay civil partnerships approved for parliament 17
2:57 PM — The Houses of Parliament will be opened for civil partnerships and marriages for both MPs and members of the public. Westminster council has approved two rooms for use for the non-religious ceremonies after Speaker John Bercow began looking into the possibility of holding ceremonies for gay MPs on parliament's grounds last year.
Americans more supportive of ‘gay men and lesbians’ than ‘homosexuals’ 25
2:42 PM — A survey has found that the wording used when asking the public about their views on gay rights makes a substantial difference to the answers. Americans were far less likely to support gays in the military when the question mentioned 'homosexuals'.
Gay man jailed for ‘reckless’ HIV transmission 14
11:59 AM — A gay man who absconded to France after being convicted for recklessly infecting his former boyfriend with HIV was arrested when he returned to the UK for cancer treatment.
Police to investigate gay BBC presenter’s mercy killing 42
11:50 AM — Nottinghamshire police have launched an investigation after a gay veteran BBC presenter admitted killing his lover on a programme broadcast last night.
15th February 2010
Documentary maker admits the mercy killing of his gay lover 74
11:43 PM — A British broadcaster has admitted the mercy killing of his same sex partner in a programme broadcast this evening by the BBC. Nottingham based film maker Ray Gosling, 70, told the BBC's 'Inside Out: East Midlands': "I killed someone once... He'd been my lover and he got Aids."
Gay charity to help British men convicted of homosexuality 4
4:42 PM — London-based gay charity Galop is seeking other men who have had to reveal past convictions for buggery or gross indecency. The charity is supporting John Crawford, who is fighting to remove a 51-year-old conviction for consensual homosexual sex from his criminal record.
Tory councillor suggests gay and black candidates are ‘there to tick boxes’ 24
12:19 PM — A local Tory activist and councillor has complained over a shortlist of a gay man, three women and two ethnic minority men, apparently suggesting they were included to "tick boxes".
Man still has to declare 51-year-old buggery conviction 65
11:51 AM — A gay man who was convicted of buggery 51 years ago is fighting to clear his name and have the conviction removed from his criminal record.
12th February 2010
Elton John and rugby chief support homophobia video – but footballers stay silent 24
6:49 PM — Elton John, the chief of the Rugby Football Union and the gay Irish hurler Donal Óg Cusack have all given their support to the FA's anti-homophobia video but not a single footballer has come forward to condemn anti-gay abuse.
Protestors will tell Pope to ‘snog off’ 39
5:36 PM — A 'kiss-in' will be held as part of Sunday's Valentine's Day protest against the Pope's visit to the UK. Demonstrators plan to march from London's Westminster Cathedral to the Italian embassy in Grosvenor Square and those willing are being asked to take five minutes to publicly show their love for their partners.
Comment: Homophobia hurts young straight men too 20
3:43 PM — Following the postponement of the FA's efforts to tackle anti-gay abuse, former NBA player John Amaechi argues that homophobia on and off the pitch damages straight men as well as gays.
WHSmith will no longer sell Attitude magazine 25
2:30 PM — High street retailer WHSmith will no longer stock gay men's magazine Attitude. The monthly gay magazine, which is Britain's biggest, announced the news today.