7th September 2009
EastEnders actor tells of support for gay storyline
6:50 PM — EastEnders actor Marc Elliot, who plays gay Muslim Syed, has said he has received nothing but positive feedback from fans about the storyline.
GlaxoSmithKline urged to share HIV patents 2
5:54 PM — GlaxoSmithKline, the UK's largest drugs company, has been asked to pool its patents for HIV medication in order to save lives in developing countries.
Farmer uses pigs to scare away gay cruisers 28
1:51 PM — A farmer who became annoyed at gay men meeting on his land for sex is using a couple of dozen pigs to dissuade them.
Stephen Fry and Schools Out join Alan Turing campaign 8
11:42 AM — Broadcaster Stephen Fry and LGBT education charity Schools Out are the latest to join the campaign for a government apology to Alan Turing, the gay mathematician.
4th September 2009
BNP set to change ‘racist’ membership policy 11
3:50 PM — Chairman of the British National Party, Nick Griffin, has signalled his party will change its whites-only membership policy because it cannot afford a legal fight over the issue.
National Front will not protest at Reading Pride 4
3:08 PM — Far-right group National Front has said it will not hold an anti-gay protest at Reading Pride this weekend. The group had applied for police permission but a spokesman has now said it does not want to interrupt the parade.
Trans killer wins right to move to female prison 24
2:34 PM — A trans woman who was jailed for the manslaughter of her boyfriend and the attempted rape of a female shop assistant has won the right to be placed in a women's prison.
Woman attacked in homophobic assault 4
2:14 PM — A young woman was kicked and punched by two teenage girls after defending her gay brother from their homophobic abuse.
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.