5th June 2009
Southwark votes in first openly gay mayor 25
3:35 PM — The first openly gay mayor of Southwark, south-east London, has been elected. Councillor Jeff Hook, whose full title will be The Worshipful The Mayor of Southwark, will take on the role for the 2009-10 period with his civil partner as his official consort.
Former Mr Gay Newcastle among contestants on Big Brother 39
12:24 PM — A former Mr Gay Newcastle is among the gay contestants on this year's Big Brother. Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Drummond describes himself as "camp as Christmas".
4th June 2009
Gay rights hero Peter Tatchell named Campaigner of the Year 54
11:36 AM — Human rights campaigner and Green Party Parliamentary candidate Peter Tatchell, has won Campaigner of the Year at the fourth Observer Ethical Awards in London last night. In his acceptance speech, Mr Tatchell paid tribute to "the many human rights campaigners worldwide who risk their lives and freedom, in countries like Russia, Iran, Zimbabwe, Iraq and China. It is an honour to work with and support them."
Scottish Parliament passes anti-gay hate laws 7
9:49 AM — The Scottish Parliament yesterday passed legislation that seeks to ban hate crime against lesbian, gay bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people. The vote follows the adoption of similar legislation in England and Wales.
Katy Perry: Beth Ditto is ‘tacky’ for saying I’m ‘offensive to gay culture’ 19
8:53 AM — Katy Perry has hit back at lesbian singer Beth Ditto who said that Perry was offensive to gay culture. Perry called Ditto's remarks "tacky".
3rd June 2009
Labour launch gay election video ahead of European elections 16
8:25 PM — Village bar in Soho saw the launch of the Labour Party’s LGBT Election Broadcast last night by the Work and Pensions Secretary James Purnell.
Stonewall: Go and vote tomorrow to keep homophobes out 47
2:28 PM — As the homophobic British National Party (BNP) look set to gain a seat in the European Parliament, Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill calls on gay voters to go to the polls.
Tribunal rules Catholic charities are breaking the law over gay adoptions 42
10:56 AM — The Charity Tribunal has ruled that Catholic adoption charities which refuse to serve gay couples are breaking the law.
2nd June 2009
64% of homophobic incidents in Northern Ireland are not reported 16
12:59 PM — One of the largest surveys on the experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Northern Ireland has revealed many have been the victim of homophobic abuse and violence.
PinkNews.co.uk poll: Tories top pick for gay voters, Greens top for EU election 67
9:18 AM — A survey of PinkNews.co.uk readers has found that support for Labour has dropped dramatically since the last general election. 39 per cent of respondents said they planned to vote Tory in the next general election, compared to only 29 per cent for Labour.
1st June 2009
Scottish National Party and Catholic Church’s ‘secret plan’ to defy gay adoption laws 53
4:40 PM — The Scottish National Party and the Catholic Church worked together secretly in order to avoid new legislation requiring religious adoption agencies to help gay couples, it has been reported.
Danny La Rue dies aged 81 23
2:04 PM — Drag queen Danny La Rue died last night aged 81. The entertainer was best known for his impersonations of female celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Margaret Thatcher.
Police ‘concern’ over gay murders and rise in homophobic hate crimes 32
11:01 AM — Police have expressed concern over a rise in homophobic violence following a number of murders of gay men. Scotland Yard statistics show a nine per cent rise in homophobic and transphobic offences to 1,372 in the year up to April. Greater Manchester police saw a 63 per cent rise in homophobic crime.
Gay asylum seeker John Bosco Nyombi wins right to stay in UK 35
10:38 AM — Ugandan gay asylum seeker John Bosco Nyombi has finally won asylum in the UK after an eight-year campaign. A High Court judge ruled that his removal had been "manifestly unlawful" as he had been forcibly deported while his case was still under review. He will now seek damages from the government.
29th May 2009
American Idol runner up Adam Lambert ‘to address sexuality rumours’ 13
5:08 PM — Singing star Adam Lambert is said to be on the verge of speaking out about his sexuality, according to a recent Twitter update from American Idol's host Ryan Seacrest.
Study finds female primary school pupils fear being labelled ‘lesbians’ 6
5:01 PM — A study of year five girls has suggested that many feel they must act "girly" in order to avoid being called lesbians by their peers.
The Lancet attacks UK’s ‘extraordinary failure’ on tackling HIV 19
2:22 PM — Respected medical journal The Lancet has criticised the UK's policy on HIV over the estimated numbers of individuals unaware they carrying the virus.
Interview: Minister for Europe Caroline Flint 22
12:43 PM — PinkNews.co.uk meets Minister for Europe Caroline Flint, to discuss the BNP, expenses, gay marriage and who she voted for in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Lesbian sports presenter Clare Balding suffering from thyroid cancer 11
10:39 AM — Clare Balding, the openly lesbian BBC sports presenter, has revealed she is battling thyroid cancer. She underwent a throat operation in April to remove a cyst but a second operation was necessary to remove her thyroid gland, which was found to be cancerous.
28th May 2009
EastEnders to feature gay Muslim storyline but Muslim group calls for a “normal character” 53
5:34 PM — EastEnders is to screen a storyline involving a Muslim character who has a gay affair. New character Syed Masood, a Muslim property developer who has a girlfriend, is to fall for openly gay Christian Clarke. But the Muslim Public Affairs Committee say that the BBC should have a "normal friendly Muslim character."