1st December 2009
Stephen Gately is hottest topic on Google’s search list 2
2:44 PM — Stephen Gately, the Boyzone star who died last month, was the hottest topic on Google's UK site this year. Google released its annual top search lists yesterday and Gately's death also featured ninth in the web company's top ten news search.
Trial begins over gay man stabbed to death in London
12:49 PM — The trial of a man accused of attacking a gay couple with a knife has begun. David Kilcullen, 46, is accused of the fatal stabbing of Gerry Edwards, 59, and the attack on his partner, 56-year-old Chris Bevan. The couple lived in Bromley, south-east London.
World AIDS Day: This year’s biggest HIV and AIDS news stories 4
11:49 AM — Today is World AIDS Day. The event is held to raise awareness of the disease, remember those who have died and support those living with it. PinkNews.co.uk has produced a round-up of the biggest HIV and AIDS news stories from the last year.
Gay couples ‘barred’ from Top Gear audience 55
11:23 AM — A gay couple have accused the BBC of discrimination after they were barred from attending a recording of Top Gear. Simon Reeves, 26, said he and his partner were barred because of bizarre rules that stipulate bookings must consist of equal numbers of men and women.
Tories to reward couples in marriages and civil partnerships 97
11:10 AM — Conservative leader David Cameron signalled yesterday that civil partnerships would be rewarded in the same way as marriages. He said that the Tories would change the tax system in order to give benefits to those in relationships recognised by the state.
30th November 2009
Tatchell calls for an end to the blood ban on gay men 8
5:35 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called for the ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood to be abolished. Speaking ahead of World AIDS Day, which is tomorrow, Tatchell said the lifetime ban was based on "stereotyped, irrational, unscientific and homophobic assumptions".
One in five people with HIV harassed or threatened
2:59 PM — A survey into stigma around HIV has found that one in five people living with the disease has been harassed or threatened in the last year. It also found that a similar number had been refused medical treatment.
Christian relationship counsellor loses appeal over gay couples 19
1:14 PM — A Christian relationship counsellor who refused to work with gay couples has lost his appeal for unfair dismissal. Gary McFarlane was sacked by Relate last year after saying he would not "encourage sin" in gay and lesbian couples.
Rupert Everett vows to leave Britain if Cameron becomes prime minister 45
12:58 PM — Gay actor Rupert Everett has said he will leave the UK if the Tories win the next general election because they are too posh.
Liverpool police release CCTV images of boys wanted for homophobic assault 15
11:57 AM — Merseyside Police have released CCTV images of four teenage boys wanted in connection with a homophobic assault on a gay student. The 19-year-old was attacked on Wednesday, November 18th on Lord Street near James Street Station.
Bulgarian man sells story of final hours with Stephen Gately 21
11:45 AM — Georgi Dochev, the Bulgarian student who was at the Majorca apartment where gay Boyzone singer Stephen Gately died, has sold his story to a newspaper.
Ian McKellen criticises Little Britain gay sketch 29
11:02 AM — Gay actor Ian McKellen has criticised the "camp" portrayal of gays on television. He said that comedy sketches such as Matt Lucas' only gay in the village in Little Britain were not helpful in fostering tolerance.
Tory leader David Cameron promises ‘big push’ to curb HIV infections 39
10:56 AM — Conservative Party leader David Cameron today promised to ring-fence spending money for tackling HIV and organise a new campaign to change attitudes to the disease.
27th November 2009
Israeli ambassador first to be accompanied by gay spouse 19
6:06 PM — A Liverpool-born man has become the first gay spouse of an Israeli ambassador. Yitzhak Yanouka, known as Izzy, will soon be moving to Angola to become the next Israeli ambassador in Luanda and will be taking his partner Mikie Goldstein, 44, with him.
HIV diagnoses for gay and bisexual men levelling off 29
3:34 PM — Figures released today show that the number of gay and bisexual men being diagnosed with HIV in the UK has fallen slightly in the last year. HIV charities say this does not mean fewer men are coming forward for testing.
EXCLUSIVE: London mayor Boris Johnson ‘determined’ to tackle homophobic hate crime 38
3:03 PM — Mayor of London Boris Johnson has said he is determined to tackle the problem of homophobic hate crime in the city. In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Johnson said that there was a "nasty undercurrent" of hate crimes against gay people and detailed police plans to help stamp it out.
Charges dropped for man who ‘shouted homophobic abuse’ at gay council leader 11
10:46 AM — A man who was accused of shouting homophobic abuse at gay Glasgow city council leader Stephen Purcell has had the charges dropped.
26th November 2009
LGBT History Month launches in London and Salford 10
8:11 PM — LGBT History Month will celebrate its fifth anniversary in February and will be holding a special launch in the north-west at the University of Salford next month.
Westminster police promise LGBT liaison officers will not be reduced 10
8:00 PM — Westminster police held a meeting today to reassure local businesses that homophobic hate crime is being tackled in the borough and that numbers of LGBT liaison officers will not be watered down.
Manchester event to honour gay mathematician Alan Turing 13
2:47 PM — Manchester city council is holding an event to honour Alan Turing, the gay mathematician who is hailed as one of the founders of computer science.