23rd June 2010
Senior paramedic who downloaded gay porn on duty let off with caution 4
5:25 PM — A senior paramedic for the east England Ambulance Service in Essex who called premium chat lines on his work mobile and downloaded hardcore gay pornography while on duty has been handed a three-year caution order by the Health Professions Council.
Syrian authorities crack down on gay men 6
12:40 PM — Syrian authorities have raided several different private gay parties over the last few weeks, arresting over 25 men during the most recent swoop.
Daily Mirror journalist says there is ‘no chance’ of English football players coming out 24
11:04 AM — Daily Mirror sports jounalist John Cross has stated in an interview with an anti-homophobia in sport website that he cannot see any English footballers coming out in the near future as "our sport has created a dangerous taboo".
22nd June 2010
HIV charity concerned at disability allowance reforms 23
5:17 PM — The HIV/AIDS charity National AIDS Trust has said it is "very concerned" at a Budget announcement that Disability Living Allowance will be reformed. New and existing claimants for the support will be subjected to medical tests.
Former Mr Gay UK faces series of male rape charges
1:56 PM — A former Mr Gay UK winner has appeared in court to face a number of sexual assault charges. Mark Carter, a 27-year-old policeman from Huddersfield, was charged with two offences of sexual assault on males, one attempted sexual assault, one count of male rape and one count of attempted male rape.
Trans woman wins right to backdated pension 12
11:56 AM — A trans woman who refused to divorce her wife has won the right to get her pension backdated. Christine Timbrell, 69, transitioned in 2000 but is not legally recognised as a woman because she will not divorce her wife of 43 years, Joy.
21st June 2010
Pride crowds in Soho ‘could be restricted’ 7
6:13 PM — The number of revellers in Soho during London Pride could still be restricted, despite the festival pulling all official attractions out of the area. London Pride is to be held on Saturday July 3rd but festival organisers have been forced to withdraw all official events from Soho due to health and safety concerns.
Dutch festival bans Snoop Dogg in favour of ‘anti-gay’ Beenie Man 7
5:26 PM — A Dutch music festival has reportedly signed up the 'homophobic' Jamaican rapper Beenie Man to replace Snoop Dogg in order to preserve an "open and friendly atmosphere".
Rainbow circus theme for Liverpool’s first Pride 8
3:26 PM — Liverpool is to hold its first Pride festival on Saturday August 7th. Until this year, it was the largest city in the country not to hold a Pride celebration and had been marred by several violent attacks on gay people.
Former Tory gay head in affair with married MP’s lover 22
11:13 AM — A lesbian activist who founded a Tory gay group but defected to Labour has revealed how she had an affair with a married Tory councillor who also slept with a Tory MP.
19th June 2010
Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears uses spoof rent boy listing to promote new album 5
3:25 AM — The Scissor Sisters' front man, Jake Shears has engaged in some canny viral marketing for the band's new album with a spoof advertisement on a leading gay male escort website.
18th June 2010
Lesbian teacher wins £15,000 in discrimination case 5
5:35 PM — A special needs teacher who claimed she suffered discrimination because she is a lesbian has won a £15,000 payout. Jill Young, 37, began working at Dundonald school in Northern Ireland in September 2003 and left three years later.
Police release e-fit of suspected homophobic attacker
5:08 PM — Police have released an e-fit of a man wanted in connection with a homophobic attack on a bus. In the attack, a gay couple were abused, threatened and assaulted by a man on Tuesday June 8th, shortly after midnight.
Trans media watchdog dismayed at Ofcom report 3
4:37 PM — A media watchdog which promotes better representation of trans people has criticised Ofcom’s research into attitudes towards offensive language.
Former Mr Gay UK charged with male rape
1:51 PM — A police officer who was Mr Gay UK 2006 has been charged with raping another man. Mark Carter, 27, from Huddersfield, was arrested in December and suspended from his job as a PC.
‘We need cultural change’ – Equality minister Theresa May writes for PinkNews.co.uk 25
12:28 PM — Writing exclusively for PinkNews.co.uk, home secretary and equality minister Theresa May says government has a "clear role" to tackle discrimination but business leaders, athletes and newspaper editors also have a part to play.
Theresa May says sportsmen and newspaper editors must ‘take action’ against homophobia 46
12:24 PM — Home secretary and equality minister Theresa May has said that cultural change is needed to overcome the last bastions of homophobia. Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Ms May said ensuring equality was "not a job for government alone".
Judge rules lesbian parent cannot be forced to pay child maintenance 12
11:54 AM — A High Court judge ruled today that a lesbian parent who was not in a civil partnership with her ex-girlfriend does not have to pay maintenance for their child.
London Pride in Soho cancelled 18
11:25 AM — Update: London Pride organisers are currently in new talks with Westminster council.The Soho element of London Pride 2010 has been cancelled, organisers announced today. As PinkNews.co.uk reported yesterday, roadworks around north Soho and Soho Square meant the Fire Brigade raised concerns that a large number of people in the area would not be safe.
17th June 2010
Eminem supports gay marriage 26
6:12 PM — Eminem has said he supports gay couples' right to marry. The rapper, who has been accused of writing homophobic songs, said he believed gay people should have a chance to be as "miserable" in wedlock as heterosexuals.