3rd July 2009
Exclusive: Equality minister Harriet Harman warns gay voters ‘should not be fooled’ by Cameron’s Section 28 apology 37
10:10 AM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, leader of the House of Commons and minister for equality Harriet Harman has echoed gay Labour MPs' views that the Conservative Party is homophobic.
Openly gay Labour ministers accuse Tories of homophobia 18
9:24 AM — Just days after Conservative leader David Cameron apologised for Section 28, openly gay Labour ministers have attacked the opposition for being homophobic.
2nd July 2009
Man found guilty of murdering gay lover with a fire extinguisher 1
5:46 PM — A man has today been found guilty of murdering his gay lover with a fire extinguisher in a hotel room. Glenn Rycroft, a convicted conman, had beaten Gareth MacDonald, 30, to death after MacDonald became suspicious of his past.
Senior lawyer in ‘promotion of homosexuality’ rant over Law Society’s Pride email 20
5:24 PM — A leaked email has revealed that a senior partner claimed the Law Society had been “hijacked by the gays", following a press release encouraging members to take part in this weekend's Pride celebrations.
Earl of Devon forced to sell family silver after banning civil partnership ceremonies 19
4:53 PM — An Earl who refused to allow civil partnership ceremonies to be held at his stately home is now having to sell off family heirlooms after losing £200,000 a year from having his marriage licence withdrawn.
Teachers’ code reworded after faith groups complain about gay issues 22
2:19 PM — The General Teaching Council for England (GTCE) has been accused of rewording a teachers' code of conduct after faith groups complained they would have to "promote" homosexuality under the code.
Number of openly gay Tory MPs could treble 25
12:50 PM — The number of openly gay Conservative MPs could treble at the next general election, research has suggested. Currently, only Alan Duncan, the shadow leader of the House of Commons, shadow environment secretary Nick Herbert and Gregory Barker, the MP for Bexhill and Battle are openly gay.
Jury retires in gay murder case
11:56 AM — The jury in the trial of a conman accused of beating his gay lover to death with a fire extinguisher in 2007 has retired to consider its verdict.
Peter Tatchell promises not to embarrass Sarah Brown 6
10:59 AM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has promised to be on his "best behaviour" while marching alongside the prime minister's wife at Pride on Saturday.
1st July 2009
Film Review: Bruno 4
7:05 PM — Camp fashion reporter, Brüno, Sacha Baron Cohen's alter ego, is much like his previous role as Borat, dealing with similar topics and in analogous style to his Kazakhstani counterpart. If anything, Brüno is even more outrageous and controversial than Baron Cohen's previous effort.
Ben Summerskill: ‘Lots of gay and lesbian people don’t actually want marriage’ 82
6:46 PM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill discusses gay marriage, the 'cancer' of homophobic bullying and the future of the charity.
Government plans to insert ‘dual discrimination’ clause into Equality Bill
4:39 PM — The government has proposed a new 'dual discrimination' clause should be inserted into the Equality Bill to protect those who may suffer discrimination due to a combination of factors.
Chris Moyles and Jonathan Ross attack Graham Norton’s new show 15
1:36 PM — Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles has attacked Graham Norton's latest show, calling it "appalling". Norton's BBC 1 show, Totally Saturday, lost more than a million viewers at the weekend.
Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson cleared over homophobic “abomination” comments 44
11:32 AM — Iris Robinson, the Democratic Unionist Party MP who described homosexuality as an "abomination", has been cleared of any wrongdoing over her comments.
David Cameron speaks at private Pride event but will not join gay rights march 47
10:39 AM — David Cameron attended a private Pride party last night hosted by openly gay Conservative candidate Margot James. However, the Conservative leader will not be attending the Pride parade on Saturday due to "constituency events".
30th June 2009
Gay minister receives standing ovation at last service 5
2:23 PM — Scott Rennie, the gay minister whose appointment almost caused a schism in the Church of Scotland, enjoyed a standing ovation at his last service at Brechin Cathedral.
Lady Gaga: ‘Many of my gay and lesbian friends fear HIV’ 3
2:15 PM — Pop star Lady Gaga has shown her support for an HIV charity in Manchester. The singer visited an Orange RockCorps volunteer project in Manchester to help Body Positive North West, a support centre for people affected by HIV.
David Miliband: Our aim is Pride Global 16
12:07 PM — In an exclusive comment for PinkNews.co.uk, Foreign Secretary David Miliband discusses the importance of Pride.
Tatchell claims he was ‘barred’ from Downing Street gay event 42
12:04 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has claimed he has been barred from Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Downing Street Pride reception for his criticism of the government's record on gay rights.
Judge suspended over rent boy allegations 7
11:20 AM — The judge at the centre of a rent boy scandal has been formally suspended. Judge Gerald Price QC, 60, who is married with two children, reportedly had a nine-month relationship with 25-year-old prostitute Christopher Williams, allowing him to sit in court and see confidential documents.