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  • 4th December 2009

    University to launch research network for LGBT History Month 5

    LGBT History Month was launched in London and Salford

    5:49 PM — The University of Salford is to create an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) research network The research network was launched at an LGBT History Month event at the university last night. This was the first regional event for the month, which has been running for several years.

  • Brighton gay man suffocated in sex act 8

    Stuart Leonard died in Brighton in August

    2:21 PM — A Brighton man died during auto-erotic asphyxiation, an inquest heard this week. Stuart Leonard, 35, was found dead in August under a tree at Dukes Mound, a local cruising spot.

  • Archbishop of Canterbury in ‘intensive and private’ talks over Uganda’s gay law 49

    Dr Rowan Williams is said to be in "intensive and private" talks over the bill

    1:15 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams is said to be in "private" discussions with the Ugandan Anglican Church over the country's proposed anti-homosexuality laws.

  • 3rd December 2009

    Emmerdale could see new gay storyline 10

    Emmerdale may soon see another gay romance

    8:03 PM — A new gay storyline may be in the pipeline for Emmerdale character Aaron Livesy, played by Danny Miller. The bad boy character begins to question his sexuality next week after trying to kiss his friend Adam Barton.

  • Paul O’Grady welcomes second grandchild 1

    Paul O'Grady now has a granddaughter and a grandson

    5:54 PM — Gay TV presenter Paul O'Grady is celebrating becoming a grandfather for the second time. His daughter Sharyn Mousley gave birth to 9lb 8oz baby girl in Liverpool this week.

  • Peter Tatchell: The Equality Bill is less than equal 16

    Peter Tatchell has criticised the Equality Bill

    2:27 PM — Way back in 1983, when I stood as the Labour candidate in the Bermondsey by-election, I proposed the idea of a single, comprehensive anti-discrimination law, to guarantee equal treatment and protection for everyone. At the time, this proposal was dismissed as "ultra left," as too radical and daring. Three decades later, however, it is close to reality.

  • 2nd December 2009

    Man on trial for gay nightclub rapes in London

    The alleged victims were leaving Heaven nightclub (Photo: Nick Cooper)

    4:41 PM — A man is currently on trial at Woolwich crown court for sexual assaults on gay men in London. Mohamad Caid, 38, from Deptford, was charged in June with one rape, two attempted rapes, sexual assault and false imprisonment and remanded in custody.

  • Gay by nature: Part two 21

    Born gay?

    4:11 PM — In part one, published yesterday, Dr Qazi Rahman of Queen Mary University London discussed the impact of genes and hormones on homosexuality. Here, he addresses the isse of gay stereotypes and refutes psychoanalytic theories of why some people are gay. He also suggests that research into gay brains may help combat homophobia. Adrian Tippetts reports.

  • Teenager jailed for trying to gas gay lover 9

    The 18-year-old was jailed for four years

    2:19 PM — An 18-year-old who had sex with an older man has been jailed after leaving on the gas taps in his lover's home. George Harding, of no fixed address, slept with 47-year-old Brian Monan after meeting on a gay internet site.

  • Rupert Everett says gay actors should stay in the closet 33

    Rupert Everett said gay actors should stay in the closet

    2:10 PM — Actor Rupert Everett has advised gay actors to keep their sexual orientation secret if they want to succeed. Everett, who is gay, enjoyed a host of high-profile roles in films such as My Best Friend's Wedding. But since coming out in 1989, his success has dwindled.

  • Equality Bill to be debated today in House of Commons 17

    The bill will be debated today in the Commons

    12:15 PM — The Equality Bill has reached the report stage and will be debated in parliament today. This stage follows four weeks of debate by a committee and will allow the House of Commons to consider further amendments.

  • 1st December 2009

    Carwyn Jones appointed as Welsh Labour leader

    Carwyn Jones won the vote

    7:40 PM — Carwyn Jones has been named as the new Labour leader in Wales, replacing incumbent Rhodri Morgan. The 42-year-old Welsh Assembly member for Bridgend is currently the leader of the House and has been a favourite to win the role.

  • Gay by nature: Part one 37

    Dr Qazi Rahman of Queen Mary University London

    5:01 PM — What causes homosexuality? Can sexual orientation be changed? And are the brains of gay people different from those of straight people? Adrian Tippetts meets Dr Qazi Rahman, an assistant professor in Cognitive Biology from Queen Mary University London, to find out more.

  • Stephen Gately is hottest topic on Google’s search list 2

    Stephen Gately's name was the search term of the year

    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

    The trial is being heard at the Old Bailey

    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

    World AIDS Day is today

    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

    The BBC said the split was to make sure there were enough women

    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

    David Cameron said couples in marriages and civil partnerships would be rewarded

    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

    Peter Tatchell said the lifetime ban should be lifted

    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

    The report found one in five people with HIV were harassed

    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.

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