4th September 2009
Homophobic posters placed around Leicester ahead of Pride 73
12:46 PM — A number of offensive posters have been put up around Leicester ahead of the city's Pride festival tomorrow. Bearing messages such as 'Capital punishment for gays' and 'God abhors gays', the posters were placed on an LGBT centre and on a former parade route.
Man jailed for hammer attack on gay partner 3
10:46 AM — A man who attacked his partner with a hammer and broke his leg in three places has been jailed for at least six years.
3rd September 2009
Paramedic accused of homophobia and racism is suspended 4
4:39 PM — A paramedic accused of making derogatory comments about gays, Muslims, black people and women has had his professional registration suspended for a year.
Jersey civil partnerships ‘could cost £300,000′ 9
4:24 PM — Introducing civil partnerships for same-sex couples in Jersey could cost £300,000, the island's deputy chief minister has claimed. The States of Jersey will decide in October whether gay couples should be legally recognised.
Nominees for Stonewall Hero and Bigot of the Year announced 24
4:22 PM — The date for the fourth Stonewall Awards has been announced - along with the contenders for Bigot of the Year.
Exclusive: Metropolitan police urges gays to report domestic violence 5
3:17 PM — The Metropolitan Police Service is calling for more LGBT people to report domestic violence, saying that it is hugely underreported. PinkNews.co.uk spoke to DCI Gerry Campbell of the Met's violent crimes division on why LGBT victims should come forward.
Controversial Daily Mail journalist to speak at gay event 34
1:16 PM — Daily Mail journalist Melanie Phillips is to speak at a gay networking event later this month in London. The columnist, who has frequently opposed gay adoption and same-sex marriage, was invited to speak by Village Drinks.
Stephen K Amos: ‘Where are all the other gay black comedians?’ 6
11:26 AM — Comedian Stephen K Amos has spoken about his experiences as a gay black man on the comedy circuit and the issue of race in television.
Company behind Gloucester LGBT sex club demands public inquiry of council ban 20
10:49 AM — The company which hoped to set up an LGBT sex club in Gloucester's city centre has said it will demand a public inquiry after the plans were rejected. Opponents of the plans said they would turn the city into "Sodom and Gomorrah".
2nd September 2009
Skins actresses: ‘We’ve helped lesbians come out’ 4
5:08 PM — Two young stars from teen drama Skins have said their on-screen lesbian relationship has helped gay girls find the courage to come out.
Comment: Is it time for a more realistic L Word? 11
4:18 PM — The L Word is no more, but following news that BBC3 has commissioned a new lesbian drama, V King Macdona hopes for a more realistic portrayal of lesbian life.
Gay soldier organises party for LGBT servicemembers 7
3:55 PM — The openly gay British Army serviceman who was featured on the cover of Soldier magazine in July is putting on a drinks event in Soho for LGBT members of the armed forces and emergency services.
Peter Tatchell calls on gays to cut their carbon emissions 15
3:05 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell is urging LGBT people to join a campaign to lower carbon emissions in 2010. The 10:10 campaign was launched yesterday at the Tate Modern in London.
Gloucester council rejects LGBT sex club 14
2:48 PM — Plans to create a private sex club aimed at LGBT people would have turned Gloucester city into "Sodom and Gomorrah", opponents have said. Despite the vocal opposition of some, the plans were rejected by a slim 6-5 majority.
Gay hand-holding campaign goes monthly 7
1:36 PM — A Day in Hand, the campaign to encourage LGBT people to hold hands in public, is asking them to show their affection publicly on the last Saturday of each month.
Councillor reveals his HIV status at Manchester Pride 12
11:42 AM — A Manchester councillor revealed he was HIV positive in front of thousands of people at the city's Pride event last weekend. Paul Fairweather made the announcement during a vigil for those who have died after contracting the virus.
Paramedic ‘made derogatory comments about gays’
10:12 AM — A paramedic is facing a misconduct hearing after being accused of making derogatory comments about gays, Muslims, black people and women.
1st September 2009
Welsh first minister sends message of support to Cardiff Mardi Gras 1
4:16 PM — Rhodri Morgan, the first minister of Wales, sent a message of support to revellers at this year's Cardiff Mardi Gras. The gay event was held last weekend in glorious sunshine, unlike last year when torrential rain meant it was cancelled.
Comment: HIV charity answers back 168
2:50 PM — In the last month, PinkNews.co.uk has published a number of articles on HIV awareness. One of these, by Gary Leigh, attacked HIV charities, claiming they have not done enough to prevent a rise in infection rates.
Petition for government apology to Alan Turing reaches almost 18,000 signatures 11
2:01 PM — A petition calling for a government apology to gay mathematician Alan Turing has reached 17,900 signatures. It is now the eighth most popular petition on the Downing Street website.