7th July 2009
Gay couple ‘backed out of foster plans after negative media coverage’ 69
5:04 PM — Brighton and Hove council has denied it halted plans to place a ten-year-old boy with gay foster parents after his Catholic mother objected. Instead, PinkNews.co.uk understands that the gay couple decided to pull out of the plan after negative stories in the national media about them.
Lesbian policewomen guilty over insurance fraud crash 5
4:39 PM — A lesbian couple who worked as police officers have been convicted of deception after lying about who was driving in a car crash.
Gay killing ‘was self-defence’
2:56 PM — A teenager who beat a gay man to death was acting in self-defence, the Old Bailey heard yesterday. Mossab Belhocine, 19, of Forest Road, Walthamstow, admitted punching and kicking David Cooper, 28, but denied murdering him, claiming he was trying to protect himself from rape.
Comment: Selfridges and Calvin Klein don’t get Pride 25
2:28 PM — An attempt by Selfridges and Calvin Klein to get in on the Pride fun doesn't impress Nicolas Chinardet.
Foreign secretary David Miliband responds to PinkNews.co.uk readers’ criticisms 27
2:05 PM — Several weeks ago, foreign secretary David Miliband wrote an exclusive comment for PinkNews.co.uk on Pride and Britain's work abroad for gay rights. Here, he responds to reader criticisms that there is still plenty of work left to do in this country.
Lesbian couple win £22,000 over sexual harassment at work 9
11:40 AM — A lesbian couple who were harassed by colleagues over their sexuality have won £22,000 in compensation. Beth Moules and Sharleen Amos told an employment tribunal in Bristol that they had been ridiculed and humiliated by comments from colleagues over their relationship.
Brighton council halts gay foster case 35
11:01 AM — Brighton and Hove council has halted the fostering of a ten-year-old boy by a male gay couple. His Catholic mother, who was unable to look after him, planned to take legal action over the case, saying the child could be "encouraged" into a lifestyle which is against her beliefs.
6th July 2009
Comment: How very dare he! Woolas claims UK fair on LGBT asylum 10
5:56 PM — In a shameless piece of bandwagon climbing, immigration minister Phil Woolas has published a piece on LabourList claiming that his department is fair on LGBT asylum. He says he is “proud” that people were at Saturday’s London LGBT Pride march who have won asylum.
Queen sends message of support to homophobic church movement 124
4:27 PM — The Queen has extended her support to a church movement which denounces homosexuality. The monarch sent two letters of support to the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, which fights against the preaching of "false gospels" of homosexuality and other "immoral" sexual behaviour.
Stonewall: Ross’s ‘light-hearted’ comment still encourages bullying 10
3:35 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has criticised the Ofcom judgement on Jonathan Ross, saying "light-hearted" comments still lead to homophobic bullying in schools.
Russian gay rights activists forced to cancel Obama protest
2:24 PM — Russian gay activists in Moscow have been forced to cancel a protest timed to coincide with US president Barack Obama's visit to the city.
Police appeal after homophobic attack in London 20
2:03 PM — Police are appealing for witnesses after a homophobic attack on three men on a bus in London. The incident happened on the N94 bus from central London to Shepherd's Bush, at about 4am on Sunday, June 7th.
Cambridge’s Pink Festival cancelled 3
12:17 PM — Cambridge's Pink Festival has been cancelled due to funding difficulties. In a statement released today, organisers said the free event had not secured enough funding and sponsorship, citing the current recession.
Gay presenter Graham Norton’s BBC1 show ‘axed’ 3
11:35 AM — Graham Norton's BBC1 show Totally Saturday has been cancelled due to poor viewing figures, according to reports. According to the Sun, the show was watched by only 2.5 million viewers on Saturday, down from 4.3 million when it began last month.
Jonathan Ross ‘not in breach’ of broadcasting code over gay adoption joke 27
11:21 AM — Jonathan Ross did not breach the broadcasting code for comments he made about gay children being adopted, Ofcom has ruled.
Schools secretary Ed Balls in crackdown on gay bullying 15
10:22 AM — Schools secretary Ed Balls is to issue fresh guidance on how to deal with homophobic bullying in schools. His department issued guidance on how to tackle the issue two years ago but is soon to publish advice on sexist, sexual and transphobic bullying.
5th July 2009
Senior Church of England Bishop says gays must “repent and be changed” 313
3:42 AM — While just over a million people turned out in London for gay pride, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester called on gay people to "repent and be changed" saying the Church of England must not be "rolled over by culture." Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell called on the Bishop to "repent his homophobia."
4th July 2009
Gay Tory MP attacks new expenses story 3
6:05 PM — Openly gay Conservative MP Alan Duncan has attacked the Daily Telegraph over the latest story on his expense claims. According to the newspaper, Duncan claimed £63,000 by "flipping" a mortgage to a property he had owned outright for ten years.
Boos and cheers as politicians address Pride crowds 36
5:25 PM — Just a day after a heated row over homophobia between Labour and the Conservatives, almost one million people gathered in London to celebrate gay Pride.
Peter Tatchell reminds Sarah Brown gays can’t marry 27
2:30 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has reminded Sarah Brown, the prime minister's wife, that gays cannot get married. She marched in the Pride parade with Stonewall chief Ben Summerskill and gay MEP Michael Cashman as she waved a pink Union flag.