26th April 2010
Pope will still visit Britain after leak of ‘appalling’ Foreign Office memo 53
10:33 AM — The Vatican has said that Pope Benedict XVI will still visit Britain this September despite the leak of a Foreign Office document which appeared to mock Catholic beliefs.
25th April 2010
Exclusive: Popularity of Conservatives among gay voters drops by 30% in 11 months while Lib Dems soar 91
11:42 PM — Support for the Conservatives among the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) community falls from 39% in June 2009 to just 9% today. 58% of the LGBT people say they intend to vote Liberal Democrat next week. 21% Labour, 8% for the Green Party.
Foreign Office apologises for proposing Pope be given ‘Benedict’ condoms, conduct gay marriage & open abortion ward 45
3:40 PM — The Foreign Office has apologised for a leaked document that suggested that Pope Benedict XVI be invited to bless a gay marriage, open up a hospital abortion ward and be presented with his own "Benedict" brand of condoms while on his controversial tour of the UK this September.
23rd April 2010
Take part in the next PinkNews.co.uk political poll
11:44 PM — With less than two weeks to go before the general election, PinkNews.co.uk is conducting the latest in its series of political polls. Have the Leaders' Debate made you change your mind? How closely have you read the LGBT manifestos of the main political parties? Is it LGBT rights or the economy that drives you to select a particular political party?
Gordon Brown defends his record on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights 45
10:58 PM — Gordon Brown has defended Labour's record on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) rights in a question and answer session with a student website. In particular he mentions that he challenged the president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni over proposed homophobic legislation and questions David Cameron's commitments to gay rights.
Gay couples ‘should be aware of tax planning’ 2
5:39 PM — Following the latest Budget speech, UK individuals now face tax charges on their income up to a maximum of 50 per cent. It has therefore never been so important for couples in a civil partnership to review their position.
Nick Griffin unveils BNP manifesto 80
3:38 PM — BNP leader Nick Griffin unveiled his party's manifesto today in Stoke. Accompanied by a man in a St George's Day themed-costume, Mr Griffin told supporters: "Britain is full. It's the most overcrowded country in Europe. It's time to shut the doors."
Trans pilot ‘no big deal’ for RAF 21
12:16 PM — A pilot at Prince William's RAF base is transitioning to become a woman. Flight Lieutenant Ayla Holdom, 29, who was born male, told friends this week that she expects to complete her transition within a year.
Gay man ‘knocked out after argument with girl’
11:41 AM — The trial of three teenagers accused of the manslaughter of a gay man in Trafalgar Square heard this week that he was punched after hitting one of the girls with her handbag.
Clegg to Cameron: ‘You have aligned yourself with nutters and homophobes’ 43
12:36 AM — Nick Clegg has said that David Cameron has aligned himself with "nutters, anti-Semites, people who deny climate change exists, homophobes" within the European Parliament during tonight's Leaders' Debate.
22nd April 2010
Leaders’ Debate draws out criticism for Pope on homosexuality 28
10:27 PM — Conservative Party leader David Cameron told the audience at the Sky News Leaders' Debate that he doesn't agree with Pope Benedict XVI's stance on homosexuality, condoms and stem cell research. The Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg indicated he agreed with Mr Cameron.
Theatre review: Stiffed! 1
6:21 PM — A concise play at just 75 minutes, Stiffed! is a showcase of the most memorable moments of the expenses scandal, selected with the sharp eye of someone who saw it all unfold close up.
Church of Scotland holds secret ballot over gay ministers 5
3:21 PM — The Church of Scotland has held a secret ballot of ministers and elders on whether it should allow gays and lesbians to be ordained.
Gay centre at heart of Purcell corruption probe
2:11 PM — Glasgow's LGBT centre is at the heart of claims that former council leader Steven Purcell was involved in corruption. The Labour leader resigned from his position in early March citing stress and exhaustion.
Catholic bishops urge followers not to vote for gay-friendly candidates 40
12:18 PM — Catholic bishops in Scotland are urging followers not to vote for candidates who support gay equality, abortion rights and assisted suicide.
David Cameron urged to sack shadow minister who said gay age of consent has HIV risk 79
10:34 AM — Conservative Party leader David Cameron has been urged to sack a shadow minister who disagreed with the age of consent for gay men because it poses an "HIV risk".
21st April 2010
David Cameron to dispatch top gay Tory Nick Herbert to challenge homophobic Polish allies 35
11:59 PM — David Cameron has tonight attempted to further diffuse the row over gay rights within the Conservative Party by sending shadow environment secretary, Nick Herbert, the most senior gay Conservative, to Poland to confront the homophobia displayed by the party's Polish allies.
Gay Labour manifesto promises Europe-wide recognition of civil partnerships 32
5:23 PM — The Labour Party's international LGBT manifesto will be launched in Soho tonight by foreign secretary David Miliband. The launch, which follows the launch of the party's domestic LGBT manifesto last week, will see Mr Miliband handing out Labour leaflets in London's gay heart before launching the document in a gay bar.
Tory candidate defends views on gay age of consent 121
3:59 PM — A Conservative Party candidate in Hampshire has defended his views against equalising the gay age of consent, saying he feels there is an increased risk of HIV infection.
NHS gender reassignment surgery rates triple 30
3:05 PM — The number of gender reassignment surgeries carried yearly on the NHS has tripled since 2000, figures show. In 2000, 54 surgeries were carried out, compared with 143 in 2009.