6th July 2010
Jeremy Clarkson offends gays with ‘I demand the right not to be bummed’ joke 58
3:11 PM — Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been criticised for a remark about homosexuality. The exchange was cut from Sunday night's BBC2 show, but was revealed by his guest Alistair Campbell.
Anti-Pope protesters urged to show tolerance 74
2:15 PM — The prime minister's special representative for Pope Benedict's visit to the UK says protesters should show restraint. Chris Patten, a former governor of Hong Kong and Tory minister, also said the taxpayer's share of the costs of the visit had risen to £12 million, excluding security.
Comment: Beyond gay and straight 10
1:13 PM — Saturday's gay pride parade in London celebrated 40 years since the formation of the Gay Liberation Front in Britain. This was a watershed moment in British queer history. For the first time, thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people stopped hiding in the closet and suffering in silence.
Stonewall publishes guide to gay-friendly universities 12
11:51 AM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has published an online guide which rates UK universities on how gay-friendly they are. The guide tells prospective students what measures institutions take to make them feel welcome, such as whether there is an LGBT society and what diversity training staff are given.
George Michael arrested after crashing car into shop
11:07 AM — Gay singer George Michael was arrested early on Sunday morning after crashing his car into a shop in Hampstead, north London. He was thought to be returning from London Pride.
5th July 2010
Feature: Football’s last taboo 7
6:00 PM — Why has so little advancement been made around homophobia in football in the last 30 years? Ben Riley-Smith meets gay grassroots players to find out more about the sport's last taboo.
Sam Fox in rabies scare 6
5:24 PM — Eighties pin-up Sam Fox has revealed that she is having rabies treatment after she was bitten by a stray cat on holiday. The star, 44, was staying on the island of Koh Samui with her partner Myra Stratton when the animal attacked her.
Opponents say appointing gay bishop ‘will split Church of England’ 18
4:12 PM — Traditionalists have claimed that the Church of England may be split in two if an out gay cleric is appointed Bishop of Southwark. Dr Jeffrey John, the Dean of St Albans, is the front-runner for the job and is thought to be supported by prime minister David Cameron.
Gay Lib Dem MP David Laws may face police investigation 6
3:08 PM — David Laws, the former cabinet minister, may face a police fraud investigation into his expenses claims. A Sunday newspaper said his utility, telephone and other bills are under scrutiny.
Gay couple attacked by 15-strong mob in Bradford 29
1:32 PM — Two men had to be treated in hospital after a 15-strong gang attacked them in Bradford last Thursday. Police say the mob grabbed items from a nearby skip to fashion makeshift weapons.
‘Hard-hitting’ homophobia plotline for Coronation Street 14
11:45 AM — ITV soap Coronation Street will see an explicit homophobic storyline this autumn for its 50th anniversary. The plot will reportedly use offensive anti-gay language, with gays and lesbians branded "degenerates" and "unnatural" by one character.
Theatre: Love the Sinner
12:05 AM — This new play by Drew Pautz begins with a contemporary argument and one familiar to the readers of this publication; how to reconcile the evangelical beliefs of African Anglicans and the more tolerant approach made by the Church of England to the subject of homosexuality. Set at a hotel in Africa (the country is not specified), bishops from across the globe are meeting to determine the approach of the Anglican Communion to this live issue.
4th July 2010
Gay cleric front-runner to become next Bishop of Southwark 7
3:11 PM — At a meeting chaired by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, an openly gay cleric was shortlisted for the high profile role of Bishop of Southwark, London.
3rd July 2010
Gay Tory Nick Herbert speaks to PinkNews.co.uk 34
5:56 PM — Gay Conservative MP and policing minister Nick Herbert spoke to PinkNews.co.uk today at London Pride. After marching at the front of the parade with London mayor Boris Johnson, gay activist Peter Tatchell and members of the Gay Liberation Front, Mr Herbert addressed thousands of revellers on stage at Trafalgar Square.
Equality minister Lynne Featherstone says government will consult on gay marriage and civil partnerships 22
5:34 PM — Liberal Democrat MP and equality minister Lynne Featherstone has said that the government will consult with a range of stakeholders on progressing civil partnerships and gay marriage.
Nick Herbert and Lynne Featherstone address Pride crowds 10
5:03 PM — Coalition government ministers Nick Herbert and Lynne Featherstone addressed thousands of people in Trafalgar Square for London Pride this afternoon.
Lynne Featherstone MP hints that religious same-sex unions may be a step closer 6
3:47 PM — The equalities minister Lynne Featherstone has been reported as saying religious civil ceremonies for same-sex couples could soon become a reality.
Anti-gay Christian groups protest at Pride 104
3:18 PM — London Pride progressed peacefully despite a small band of anti-gay Christian protestors.
Margot James celebrates first Pride as MP 3
3:01 PM — Margot James, recently elected MP for Stourbridge said she had been coming to Pride since 1980. This is her first Pride as an MP. Ms James, who is the Conservative party’s first openly lesbian MP told PinkNews.co.uk: “It's so accepting, welcoming and enthusiastic. People used to look at you like you were a freak. Now it's like a carnival”.
Exclusive: Boris Johnson fully supports gay marriage and plans to run again for mayor 43
2:28 PM — Mayor of London Boris Johnson has told PinkNews.co.uk that he supports gay marriage and wants to be mayor again for Worldpride, which London will be hosting in 2012.