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  • 17th April 2008

    Royal aide shocked by sex and drugs claims 25

    Strachan and McGuigan are both pleading not guilty to making demands with menaces

    4:41 PM — The trial of two men accused of trying to blackmail a member of the Royal family has heard evidence from the victim’s aide. The woman, known as Witness B, told the court that she received several phone calls over the summer, the first in August, about her employer.

  • Ken tours London’s gay bars with his posse 22

    Ken's whole Soho walkabout was part farce, part hard-nosed politics

    3:49 PM — It was a surreal moment in an already bizarre election; Ken Livingstone standing at the bar in Comptons, chatting happily to bears about his plans for London if he's elected for a third time as the city's Mayor. Ken's whole Soho walkabout was part farce, part hard-nosed politics.

  • Mayoral candidates tussle over smoking ban

    Boris Johnson has been tackled about donations from the tobacco industry

    2:35 PM — A seemingly straight-forward comment from Tory candidate for Mayor of London Boris Johnson about the smoking ban has started a row about donations to his campaign. He was asked: "are you still against the smoking ban in pubs and clubs? If so, what, if anything, do you propose to do about it?"

  • A brief history of homosexuality, played out in Vauxhall

    Timberlina was described by Time Out as somewhere between Kenny Everett and Brian Cant

    1:50 PM — Billed as a shambolic evening of informative entertainment, audience participation and politics, the House of Homosexual Culture and Timberlina will present A Brief History of Homosexuality later this month.

  • Royal took drugs, court told

    The Royal Blackmail plot has excited the media around the world

    4:08 AM — The Old Bailey was told yesterday that the Royal at the centre of a gay sex blackmail plot took drugs. The court also heard a comparision to a Royal aide and the BBC Are You Being Served character Mr Humphries. The Royal can't be named due to a court order.

  • 16th April 2008

    Ken emphasises his gay rights credentials 22

    Ken Livingstone said he has been “at the forefront“ of promoting LGBT rights.

    6:10 PM — The Mayor of London will be taking to the streets of Soho this evening to try to drum up votes among the city's lesbian and gay community.Ken Livingstone said he has been "at the forefront" of promoting LGBT rights.

  • Harriet Harman will not face police probe over donations

    Harriet Harman won the Labour deputy leadership in June 2007.

    4:50 PM — Secretary of State for Equality Harriet Harman will not be referred to the police for her late declaration of donations to her campaign for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, the Electoral Commission has announced.She won the Labour deputy leadership in June 2007 and was made Secretary of State for Equality, chair of the Labour party and Leader of the House.Two donations totalling just over £6,000 and loans of £58,000 were reported to the commission late.

  • MSPs ask for more information on gay blood ban 18

    The petitions committee met yesterday afternoon at Holyrood.

    4:20 PM — A committee of the Scottish parliament is to ask the country's government and various blood and tissue donation organisations to explain why men who have sex with men are barred from donating.The petitions committee met yesterday afternoon at Holyrood to consider a submission from Mr Rob McDowall calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to review existing guidelines and risk assessment procedures to allow healthy gay and bisexual men to donate blood.

  • Male eggs and female sperm “science fiction” says report 4

    Women have two copies of the X chromosome but men have one X and one Y.

    3:50 PM — An international panel of scientists has said that while technology that will allow human egg and sperm cells to be grown from stem cells could be here in five years, the prospects of gay and lesbian couples having children that are genetically theirs are slim.The report from the Hinxton group of stem cell researchers said that because women have two copies of the X chromosome but men have one X and one Y, there are no circumstances they can forsee an entirely same-sex baby.

  • TV duo become civil partners in Chelsea ceremony 10

    The Scottish duo have told the press several times they intend to get hitched.

    3:20 PM — Interior designers Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan have become civil partners. The Channel Five stars held a secret ceremony in London last month.Details of their nuptials at Chelsea Old Town Hall in London on February 15th have only come to light now.They first announced their intention to 'tie the knot' in January 2007. Commenting on the delay Mr Ryan, 41, said: "For some reason, we have never got round to making it legal."

  • Scandal MP’s son outshines Paris Hilton 2

    A number of tabloid newspapers focused on Henry Conway's sexuality, pictured centre with his mother and brother Frederick in the 2007 family Christmas card.

    12:55 PM — A man embroiled in of one of the biggest political scandals of 2007 has re-entered the limelight.Conservative MP Derek Conway was suspended from the House of Commons in January after being censured by the Commons Standards and Privileges Committee for paying his son Frederick £50,000 of public money for "work" as a researcher.Mr Conway's elder son Henry, who is gay, had received similar payments during his time at university, totalling £32,000.

  • Rainbow flag to feature in Mayor’s parade

    The Lord Mayor, councillor David James, has chosen the theme The people and diverse communities of Plymouth.

    12:30 PM — The Lord Mayor's Day Parade in Plymouth will feature a gay float this year.The city's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans residents will use a Rainbow Flag theme for their entry in this year's parade on May 17th.The Lord Mayor, councillor David James, has chosen the theme The people and diverse communities of Plymouth. The organisers of plymouth prideevent 2008 want the LGBT community's families and friends to join its float.

  • Ken hits back over gay World Cup funding 2

    London 2008 will take place in Regent's Park, with competitive and recreational competitions for both male and female teams.

    12:01 PM — The Mayor of London has said he is a strong backer of the 2008 International Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championship being held in London later this year.The championship became an issue in the election for Mayor yesterday when LGBT activist and Green party candidate Peter Tatchell attacked incumbent Ken Livingstone for reportedly declining to contribute to the funding and or sign a letter of support for a grant application to the lottery fund.

  • 15th April 2008

    Two in court over Royal “blackmail plot” 25

    The prosecution claims Strachan and McGuigan spent three months trying to sell the story to tabloid newspapers.

    4:30 PM — A court at the Old Bailey in London was told today that two men attempted to blackmail an unnamed member of the Royal Family.Sean McGuigan and Ian Strachan obtained an audio recording of a member of the Royal staff claiming his employer had gay sex with him at a party, the jury was told.

  • Doctor Who writer laughs off “most influential” tag

    Russell T Davies has dismissed a claim that he is the most influential gay person in the UK.

    4:00 PM — TV guru Russell T Davies has dismissed the Independent on Sunday's Pink List as "slightly demeaning" and laughed off their assertion that he is the most influential gay person in the UK.

  • Ken claims multiculturalism as “great achievement” 1

    Ken Livingstone, the Labour candidate, is seeking a third term in office.

    2:20 PM — At the launch of his community relations manifesto today the incumbent Mayor of London made a strong defence of multiculturalism, which he called "one of the greatest achievements of my administration." Ken Livingstone, who as the Labour candidate is seeking a third term in office, made no mention of the gay and lesbian community in his comments."I will continue to develop the positive celebration of London's diversity, he said.

  • INTERVIEW: The Socialist alternative for London 26

    In the 2004 Mayoral election Lindsey German won 61,000 first preference votes, or 3.2%.

    1:50 PM — Lindsey German may be known to some Londoners for her work with the Stop The War Coalition, but the party she represents is entirely new.The Left List is part of what used to be the Respect party.

  • Gay World Cup organisers say 90% of funding in place 2

    London 2008 will take place in Regent's Park between 24th and 30th August 2008.

    1:15 PM — The 2008 International Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championship being held in London later this year has announced cash sponsorship from a website.The championship became an issue in the election for Mayor of London today when LGBT activist and Green party candidate Peter Tatchell attacked the incumbent for reportedly declining to contribute to the funding and or sign a letter of support for a grant application to the lottery fund.

  • Scots Parliament considers gay blood ban 18

    “Blood has no sexual preference and being gay does not mean that you sleep about and have serial sexual partners.“

    11:45 AM — A petition calling for an end to the blanket ban on blood donations from gay men will be considered by the Scottish Parliament today.The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service maintains that it is not a question of being gay or bisexual but the risk involved.Rob McDowall, who has led the campaign against the ban, said:"Blood has no sexual preference and being gay does not mean that you sleep about and have serial sexual partners."

  • EastEnders bisexual storyline continues to develop

    EastEnders is no stranger to gay storylines

    12:00 AM — The impending bisexual storyline in the BBC's largest soap opera, EastEnders continues to build pace.PinkNews.co.uk's blog has a sneak preview of the storyline in photographs click here to access them. Star Aaron Sidwell is believed to being written out of the hit television programme as his character Steven Beale comes to terms with his bisexuality.

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