9th June 2009
Video: BNP leader Nick Griffin pelted with eggs by angry crowd 20
5:36 PM — British National Party leader Nick Griffin was forced to abandon a press conference outside the Houses of Parliament earlier today when he was pelted with eggs by protesters.
Terrence Higgins Trust launches new HIV workshops for gay men 1
4:23 PM — The Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a series of free workshops for gay men living with HIV in London. The sessions will begin on Wednesday June 17th from 6.30pm to 8.30pm in Ladbroke Grove and run each subsequent Tuesday for seven weeks.
Parental rights for lesbian couples ‘are not automatic’
4:11 PM — Lesbian couples who have children together through IVF treatment must be aware that they do not have automatic parental rights if they split up, a legal expert has warned.
BNP ‘to face legal challenges over discrimination’ 25
3:31 PM — The British National Party is likely to face a number of legal challenges relating to issues such as discrimination, employment law and even criminal offences, legal experts have said.
Older LGBTs: The invisible population 22
2:54 PM — In a special report for PinkNews.co.uk, V King Macdona explores the issue of ageing in the LGBT population.
8th June 2009
Woman launches legal battle after son is placed with gay foster parents 42
5:54 PM — A Catholic woman whose son was placed with a gay foster couple after she was unable to look after him is taking legal action over the case, saying the child could be "encouraged" into a lifestyle which is against her beliefs.
Sir Elton John speaks out on ‘untrustworthy’ politicians 5
4:58 PM — Sir Elton John has criticised the current state of the UK government, branding politicians “untrustworthy”. The singer said: “Its tragic when you lose faith in everybody that’s a politician."
Bristol radio station censured by Ofcom over ‘hostile’ homophobic comments 21
3:16 PM — A Bristol radio station has been forced to apologise after a presenter called homosexuality a "pestilence" and claimed that "right thinking" people thought it was unnatural. The segment was broadcast in March on Ujima Radio, a community station serving Bristol's black community.
BNP wins two seats in European elections 26
2:12 PM — The British National Party won two seats in last week's European elections, with one seat in the north-west going to party leader Nick Griffin. The other, in Yorkshire and the Humber, was won by Andrew Brons, a former National Front chairman.
New mayor of Doncaster cuts funding for Pride 51
12:58 PM — The newly-elected mayor of Doncaster has vowed to cut funding for the town's annual gay Pride event. Peter Davies, an English Democrat, has said: "My policy on gays and lesbians is very simple. I don't think councils should be spending money on them parading through town advertising their sexuality."
5th June 2009
Gordon Brown’s reshuffle results in three openly gay cabinet figures 37
5:36 PM — Openly gay MP Ben Bradshaw has been appointed as the new culture secretary, replacing Andy Burnham, who is to become health secretary. The latest reshuffle means that there will be three openly gay figures in the cabinet.
Parents complain over school assembly on gay issues 73
5:01 PM — A number of parents at a Kent school have complained after gay relationships were mentioned at an assembly. Children at Bromstone Primary listened to a song by Elton John and were told what being gay means as part of an assembly on bullying.
Scottish parliament passes hate crime law to protect gays 14
4:04 PM — Members of the Scottish Parliament have voted to pass legislation to protect gay, trans and disabled people from hate crime. The new law means targeting victims because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or disability will become an aggravating factor and is likely to lead to heavier sentences.
Southwark votes in first openly gay mayor 25
3:35 PM — The first openly gay mayor of Southwark, south-east London, has been elected. Councillor Jeff Hook, whose full title will be The Worshipful The Mayor of Southwark, will take on the role for the 2009-10 period with his civil partner as his official consort.
Former Mr Gay Newcastle among contestants on Big Brother 39
12:24 PM — A former Mr Gay Newcastle is among the gay contestants on this year's Big Brother. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Drummond describes himself as "camp as Christmas".
4th June 2009
Gay rights hero Peter Tatchell named Campaigner of the Year 54
11:36 AM — Human rights campaigner and Green Party Parliamentary candidate Peter Tatchell, has won Campaigner of the Year at the fourth Observer Ethical Awards in London last night. In his acceptance speech, Mr Tatchell paid tribute to "the many human rights campaigners worldwide who risk their lives and freedom, in countries like Russia, Iran, Zimbabwe, Iraq and China. It is an honour to work with and support them."
Scottish Parliament passes anti-gay hate laws 7
9:49 AM — The Scottish Parliament yesterday passed legislation that seeks to ban hate crime against lesbian, gay bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people. The vote follows the adoption of similar legislation in England and Wales.
Katy Perry: Beth Ditto is ‘tacky’ for saying I’m ‘offensive to gay culture’ 19
8:53 AM — Katy Perry has hit back at lesbian singer Beth Ditto who said that Perry was offensive to gay culture. Perry called Ditto's remarks "tacky".
3rd June 2009
Labour launch gay election video ahead of European elections 16
8:25 PM — Village bar in Soho saw the launch of the Labour Party’s LGBT Election Broadcast last night by the Work and Pensions Secretary James Purnell.
Stonewall: Go and vote tomorrow to keep homophobes out 47
2:28 PM — As the homophobic British National Party (BNP) look set to gain a seat in the European Parliament, Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill calls on gay voters to go to the polls.