16th March 2009
Interview: Britain’s gay Consul General to Cape Town 6
5:28 PM — Coming from Leeds polytechnic university, Richard Wood was always going to be an unusual diplomat. Currently, he heads the British Consulate in Cape Town and lives in the city with his partner, riding a red Vespa to work.
Tony Grew leaves PinkNews.co.uk 7
4:26 PM — Tony Grew has left PinkNews.co.uk after more than two years as editor to develop a new website, ispystrangers.org, which will report on Parliament.
Campaign for review of gender dysphoria policy in Oxfordshire 4
4:13 PM — Four trans women are campaigning for Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust to review its policy, funding and practice for the treatment of Gender Identity Dysphoria. According to the group, the PCT is "lagging behind" other counties in its understanding and treatment of the illness.
Robert Pattinson reveals struggle over gay scene 18
12:08 PM — Twilight actor Robert Pattinson has described filming a gay scene in his latest film Little Ashes on an open set.
14th March 2009
Gay comic Graham Norton drags up for Comic Relief 3
1:33 AM — Gay comic and television chat show host Graham Norton showcased his role as Albin in
13th March 2009
Man avoids jail for homophobic threats 22
1:47 PM — A man who smashed the door of a gay couple and threatened to kill them has escaped jail. Nathan Dally, 22, shouted: "I'm going to kill you, you faggots" as he kicked down the door of Daniel Smith and Gary Samuel's house in Rhondda, south Wales, as they slept.
Exclusive: Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman warns of rise of ‘homophobic’ BNP 42
11:54 AM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Minister for Equality, Harriet Harman has said that the expected low turn-out in the European elections may lead to the "pressing forward of the far right" with groups such as the BNP gaining seats in the European parliament.
12th March 2009
Medical advice ‘puts lesbians at risk of cervical cancer’ 4
2:04 PM — Research has suggested that government guidelines should be revised to ensure more lesbian women are screened for cervical cancer. Currently, NHS advice states that women who have never been sexually active with a man have a very low risk of the disease, suggesting these women may decline to attend cervical smear tests.
Blood ban on gay men to be reviewed 13
1:18 PM — A review of blood donation policy in the UK will be carried out following the publication of new research. The latest review, in January 2007, recommended that the policy of banning gay and bisexual men from donating blood should be continued.
EastEnders Spoilers: Peggy collapses
8:47 AM — Peggy's pursuit of election victory continues – until she collapses during a council debate. The family worry that the cancer might have returned and Archie gives her an ultimatum – her politics, or him. Will he go ahead with his threat to cancel the wedding?
Coronation Street Spoilers: Michelle tells Becky all!
8:43 AM — Becky and Steve are already at loggerheads – she can't remember what happened on her wedding day and he is keeping the truth from her. It is only later in the day that Becky notices she isn't wearing her wedding ring – so Michelle takes great delight in filling her in with all the gory details.
Emmerdale Spoilers: Jimmy and Nicola – together at last?
8:39 AM — The Wyldes decide that Belle isn't the kind of friend they want for Will and so they ban him from seeing her. When Belle wants to know why Nathan lies and says it's because Will hates her – and she is distraught.
11th March 2009
Missing teen found ‘safe and well’ 13
4:33 PM — William Wright, who went missing on a night out in Manchester at the weekend, has been found.
Manx gender recognition bill moves forward
2:42 PM — A bill to bring the Isle of Man in line with the rest of the UK on gender recognition has unanimously passed its first reading in the Legisative Council. The Gender Recognition bill is being enacted to conform to the latest European Court of Human Rights rulings and updates the law to the new identities of post-op trans people.
Lesbian and gay singing event scheduled for London’s South Bank in May 2
2:02 PM — Various Voices, a lesbian and gay choir and singing event, will be held in London at the South Bank Centre in May. Hosted by the London Gay Men’s Chorus, The Pink Singers and Diversity, the four-day festival will feature 60 choirs, 2,000 singers and 50 concerts.
Update: Missing teenager caught on CCTV
11:25 AM — More information has come through on teenager William Wright, who went missing after a night out with friends in Manchester's gay village at the weekend. William, 19, from Crick, Wales, was last seen by his friends at 4:20am on Saturday, March 7th outside the View bar on Canal Street.
Islington registrar denied right to appeal over civil marriages ruling 31
10:36 AM — The Islington registrar who refused to carry out civil partnerships has been denied leave to appeal against the latest ruling. Lillian Ladele, 48, from Finsbury, was threatened with the sack after she told Islington borough council she could not carry out the ceremonies due to her Christian beliefs.
Robbie Williams to star in Little Britain sketch 1
9:17 AM — Former Take That star Robbie Williams is to appear as a little girl in a Red Nose Day special Little Britain sketch. "It's hard to say no when asked to take part in a Little Britain sketch for Comic Relief," said Williams.
10th March 2009
Pet Shop Boys wax lyrical on Blair, Obama and Kylie 4
4:55 PM — Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys has criticised "gestural" politics, saying that comfort and convenience are what drives the political agenda. In an interview with Attitude magazine and bandmate Chris Lowe, he compared Tony Blair and Barack Obama for their inclusivity, calling them "big tent" people.
Event to raise funds for homophobic bullying campaign
2:17 PM — An event to raise money for Stonewall's Education for All campaign to stop homophobic bullying in schools will be held next month at the Paramount Club, at the top of the Centre Point Tower in London.