22nd December 2008
Will Young to appear on Question Time in February
6:39 PM — Pop singer Will Young is to appear as a panellist on political discussion programme Question Time next year. Mentorn Media, who produce the show for BBC One, said he would appear on the February 5th edition, which will be recorded in Dunstable.
Greens leader claims Scottish Parliament has closeted MSPs 3
3:12 PM — The co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party has said that several members of the Scottish Parliament are gay but afraid to publicly declare their sexual orientation.
Straight man wins “landmark” homophobic harassment case 3
12:04 PM — A 56-year-old married man who was repeatedly taunted at work about being gay because he lives in Brighton has won his case at the Court of Appeal.
20th December 2008
LGBT Labour welcomes success in registrar battle
12:53 PM — LGBT Labour has welcomed an Employment Appeal Tribunal decision to overturn registrar Lillian Ladele's legal victory earlier this year which supported her refusal to conduct civil partnership ceremonies.
Little Britain stars accept damages over fake claims their show was condemned by USA gay groups 9
1:06 AM — Little Britain stars David Walliams and Matt Lucas have accepted damages and a public apology from Express Newspapers over an article published in the Daily Star Sunday in September that falsely claimed that gay rights groups considered their programme offensive.
19th December 2008
Lesbian parents raise happy, healthy children according to 22-year study 4
5:31 PM — The longest-running study into lesbian parents in the United States has found that discrimination and not the sexual orientation of their parents harms children.
Killer of gay student David Brown sentenced to life imprisonment 6
5:00 PM — A man was convicted today of murdering a gay student in a Manchester court. 24-year-old David Brown was killed hours after partying in Manchester's gay village.
Employment lawyers and politicians welcome Ladele ruling 1
4:50 PM — The ruling by the employment appeals tribunal that a Christian registrar was not discriminated against by Islington Council over her refusal to perform civil partnerships has been welcomed.
Christian Institute may appeal to High Court over Ladele ruling 11
1:12 PM — A fundamentalist Christian group that financially backed a tribunal against Islington Council has said the case may go to the Court of Appeal.
Stonewall – our prayers have been answered over Ladele case 12
1:00 PM — Britain's leading gay equality organisation has expressed delight at the employment appeals tribunal's ruling in the case of a Christian public servant who refused to deal with gay couples.
Analysis: the Ladele employment appeal tribunal ruling in full 4
12:56 PM — The EAT held that the Tribunal had erred in law and that on the evidence adduced before the Tribunal there was no proper basis for a tribunal.
Christian registrar loses employment tribunal appeal over civil partnerships 32
12:10 PM — An employment tribunal appeal has ruled that Islington council is not guilty of either religious discrimination in the case of a Christian registrar
PinkNews.co.uk expands reader participation with new website
12:01 PM — Today PinkNews.co.uk is proud to announce our new social networking and social news making website, my.pinknews.co.uk.
18th December 2008
Obama’s choice of inauguration preacher is “spiritual violence” against gays 24
2:01 PM — Lesbian and gay rights advocates in America have reacted with fury to the announcement that Rick Warren has been asked to deliver the Invocation at the Presidential Inauguration next month.
Foreign Secretary backs UN statement on LGBT human rights 5
1:19 PM — The British government has said that a statement to be read at the United Nations shows that the fight for equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people is far from over.
16th December 2008
Sir Elton lashes out at X Factor 9
3:53 PM — Singer Sir Elton John has expressed his disdain for reality TV show X Factor. He told an audience at London's O2 Arena that he would rather have his "c**k bitten off by an Alsatian" than watch the show.
Police ask gays to help find escaped child murderer 2
2:45 PM — Lincolnshire police have asked gay people to be on the lookout for a 48-year-old man who escaped from North Sea Camp last month.
15th December 2008
Which MEPs are supporting civil partnerships recognition? 6
6:44 PM — Here is a recent list of MEPs that are backing a written declaration on civil partnerships. If it is signed by more than 50% of MEPs it will be adopted as a resolution.
British MEPs not signed up to civil partnerships recognition across EU 15
6:29 PM — Campaigners for equal recognition of gay marriage and civil partnerships across the EU have said that not all British MEPs are signed up to their cause.
Britain has had “one or two” gay Prime Ministers claims actor 10
5:43 PM — Sir Ian McKellen has said that Britain has "already had one or two gay Prime Ministers." In an interview with Seven magazine the X-Men and Lord Of The Rings star did not name names.