2nd September 2009
Gloucester council rejects LGBT sex club 14
2:48 PM — Plans to create a private sex club aimed at LGBT people would have turned Gloucester city into "Sodom and Gomorrah", opponents have said. Despite the vocal opposition of some, the plans were rejected by a slim 6-5 majority.
Gay hand-holding campaign goes monthly 7
1:36 PM — A Day in Hand, the campaign to encourage LGBT people to hold hands in public, is asking them to show their affection publicly on the last Saturday of each month.
Councillor reveals his HIV status at Manchester Pride 12
11:42 AM — A Manchester councillor revealed he was HIV positive in front of thousands of people at the city's Pride event last weekend. Paul Fairweather made the announcement during a vigil for those who have died after contracting the virus.
Paramedic ‘made derogatory comments about gays’
10:12 AM — A paramedic is facing a misconduct hearing after being accused of making derogatory comments about gays, Muslims, black people and women.
1st September 2009
Welsh first minister sends message of support to Cardiff Mardi Gras 1
4:16 PM — Rhodri Morgan, the first minister of Wales, sent a message of support to revellers at this year's Cardiff Mardi Gras. The gay event was held last weekend in glorious sunshine, unlike last year when torrential rain meant it was cancelled.
Comment: HIV charity answers back 168
2:50 PM — In the last month, PinkNews.co.uk has published a number of articles on HIV awareness. One of these, by Gary Leigh, attacked HIV charities, claiming they have not done enough to prevent a rise in infection rates.
Petition for government apology to Alan Turing reaches almost 18,000 signatures 11
2:01 PM — A petition calling for a government apology to gay mathematician Alan Turing has reached 17,900 signatures. It is now the eighth most popular petition on the Downing Street website.
Graham Norton to take over Paul O’Grady’s Channel 4 slot? 2
12:15 PM — Openly gay TV presenter Graham Norton is rumoured to be planning to return to Channel 4 to replace Paul O'Grady.
Conservative gay group launched at Manchester Pride 106
10:57 AM — A Tory-affiliated LGBT group has been officially launched at Manchester Pride. LGBTory had a stall during the bank holiday festivities, while members marched in the parade to showcase the new rainbow Tory logo and the slogan 'Conservative and Proud'.
Lesbian drama series coming to BBC3 3
10:40 AM — BBC3 has commissioned a new drama which will focus on the sex lives of a group of 20-something lesbian friends in Glasgow. Lip Service, a six-part series, is to be filmed later this year.
Lesbian parents now permitted to be named on birth certificates 44
9:55 AM — From today, lesbian couples who have children through fertility treatment can be named on birth certificates. Previously, only the birth mother could be named as a parent.
28th August 2009
Gay bishop Gene Robinson to appear at Christian festival 25
3:43 PM — A controversial gay cleric will be one of the attractions a Christian music and arts festival being held in Cheltenham this Bank Holiday weekend.
Docs on Queer as Folk and Harvey Milk for launch of Fruit TV 105
11:14 AM — An online channel for the LGBT community due to launch next year has revealed some of its schedule highlights.
CPS brings domestic violence message to Soho
10:52 AM — A Crown Prosecution Service Community Prosecutor spent last Friday night in London’s West End. The visit aimed to raise awareness of domestic violence and homophobic crime.
27th August 2009
22 police forces to march at Manchester Pride 8
2:24 PM — Police officers and staff from all over the UK will be in Manchester this weekend for Pride.
Lesbian ex-soldier “disgusted at MoD” over payouts to injured
2:10 PM — A lesbian former soldier who was awarded £187,000 in compensation for sex discrimination, victimisation and sexual harassment has said she is disgusted at the low sums paid to servicemen and women injured in action.
Plans to ban “ex-Lords” from Commons could end speculation about Mandelson 9
1:47 PM — The Justice Secretary may amend new legislation that would allow Lords to resign their seats to stop ex-peers from becoming an MP for up to five years.
Lib Dem MP accuses Tories and local paper of twisting the facts over gay group grant 20
12:56 PM — A Liberal Democrat MP has accused both the Tories on Bristol council and one of the city's newspapers of misrepresenting a National Lottery grant to a gay group.
THT wins £432,000 lottery grant for teen sexual health counselling 19
11:34 AM — Terrence Higgins Trust has been awarded £432,000 by the Big Lottery Fund’s Young People’s Fund to offer sexual health counselling to 10 – 18 year olds in London.
26th August 2009
Report: HIV having little impact on gay men’s ability to work 8
4:41 PM — A survey of 1,800 gay men living with HIV has explored their working experiences. The National AIDS Trust research shows that the health effects of HIV are having little impact on gay men’s ability to work.