28th December 2009
Comment: Quentin Crisp was no gay rights hero 77
1:16 PM — Ahead of ITV's broadcast of 'An Englishman in New York', a drama based on the life of gay writer Quentin Crisp, Peter Tatchell argues that he was a homophobe and reactionary
24th December 2009
Eminem drops anti-gay lyrics for UK gig 18
4:22 PM — Eminem has reportedly agreed not to perform any anti-gay songs in order to appear at the Wireless Festival next summer. The festival was said to be concerned about protests from gay groups such as OutRage! over some of the rapper's lyrics.
Former Mr Gay UK arrested for alleged ‘serious sex offence’
3:53 PM — Police officer Mark Carter, the 2006 Mr Gay UK winner, has been arrested on suspicion of a sex attack. Carter, who is a serving officer with Huddersfield Police, has been suspended from duty.
Gay Boyzone star Stephen Gately died from a heart condition 11
3:17 PM — Stephen Gately, the gay Boyzone singer who died on holiday in October, was killed by an undiagnosed heart condition, a forensic report has said. He suffered from atheromatosis, which is a thickening of the arteries.
Gay basketball hero says clubs, not fans, are to blame for homophobia in sport 7
1:26 PM — Former NBA star John Amaechi has said it is coaches, executives and club owners who are to blame for homophobia in football. He was responding to PR advisor Max Clifford's comments earlier this week that "vicious" homophobic fans were part of the reason why so few gay sportsmen were willing to come out.
Archbishop of York speaks out on Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill 28
12:32 PM — Archbishop of York John Sentamu, who was born in Uganda, has condemned the country's plans to introduce the death penalty of life imprisonment for gays. Speaking to Radio 4's Today programme this morning, he criticised the "victimising" language in the bill and said the communion was "committed" to listening to the experiences of gay people.
23rd December 2009
Club drug ban comes into force today 10
1:42 PM — From today, 'legal highs' such as GBL, BZP and Spice will become Class C drugs. GBL (gamma-butaryl lactone), which is said to be popular on the gay club scene, is a liquid used in paint stripper and nail varnish remover.
PR advisor Max Clifford repeats warnings over ‘vicious’ homophobic football fans 24
12:52 PM — PR guru Max Clifford has reiterated his advice to gay footballers to stay in the closet, saying the sport is "steeped in homophobia". He made his comments just after Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas came out but said he could not imagine a premiership footballer doing the same.
Boy George barred from appearing on Big Brother 16
12:20 PM — Singer Boy George will not be appearing on Celebrity Big Brother after a High Court judge dismissed his appeal. The star, real name George O'Dowd, was barred from going on the show when the Probation Service said his appearance would undermine public confidence in the justice system.
Women hurt in homophobic attack in Plymouth 6
11:55 AM — Two young women were injured in Plymouth when they were attacked outside a bar. The pair, one in her teens and one in her early 20s, told police they were attacked by a group of men outside Goodbody's cafe and bar at around 3.15am on Monday morning.
Rugby star Gareth Thomas’ relief at coming out 5
11:52 AM — Gareth Thomas, the former Wales Rugby captain, has spoken of his relief at being able to come out. The 35-year-old star, who is the most-capped Welsh player, announced he was gay last weekend.
22nd December 2009
INTERVIEW: Why we need a London AIDS Memorial 35
4:29 PM — PinkNews.co.uk speaks to London scene legend Gary Henshaw about why he is pushing for permanent London AIDS memorial in the capital. The London AIDS memorial group was founded on December 1st 2009 by Gary Henshaw and Swarmite Ananda. Its aim is to provide a permanent AIDS memorial where people can gather to remember the ones who 'succumbed, dying bravely, defiantly and with no knowledge of the battle ahead.'
Former drag queen awarded £30,000 in unfair dismissal case 7
11:10 AM — Former drag queen ,Dean Awford, has been awarded £30,000 for unfair dismissal from a high end furniture store. Employment Judge David Kearsley found that Mr Awford had been unfairly dismissed by store manager David Gray.
21st December 2009
Brighton clinic starts to offer faster HIV tests 1
5:29 PM — Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) in Brighton & Hove has begun to offer a new type of rapid result HIV test at its clinic which can detect the virus just four weeks after the date of infection. Previous tests were only reliable three months after exposure to the virus.
Exclusive: Eurocreme CEO speaks to PinkNews.co.uk about the bareback porn debate 19
3:09 PM — Max Lincoln, CEO of one of Europe's largest gay pornography producers 'Eurocreme', speaks exclusively to PinkNews.co.uk about his decision to stop producing bareback porn.
Christian leader supports death penalty for gays 87
12:06 PM — A far right Christian group has urged fellow Christians to support Uganda's proposed law that would make homosexuality punishable by death. The law would impose the death penalty on those convicted of having gay sex with a minor or disabled person or someone infected with HIV.
Happy fourth anniversary for civil partnerships 40
10:35 AM — Today marks the fourth anniversary of civil partnerships in England and Wales. Although Scotland celebrated its first civil partnership on December 20th 2005 due to a misunderstanding over the date, today marks the fourth anniversary for gay couples in England and Wales.
Culture secretary Ben Bradshaw criticised for Sri Lankan Christmas holiday 33
12:02 AM — The Independent on Sunday reports that human rights campaigners have questioned whether openly gay culture secretary Ben Bradshaw should have decided to hold his Christmas holiday on the island of Sri Lanka.
20th December 2009
BBC ‘may face sanctions’ after gay execution debate 34
3:32 PM — Trevor Phillips, the chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has said the BBC may face sanctions over last week's online debate on whether gays should be executed.
19th December 2009
Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas reveals he’s gay 87
1:03 PM — Gareth Thomas, the former Wales Rugby captain has come out as gay in an emotional interview with the Daily Mail. He becomes one of just a handful of openly gay sportsmen.