5th January 2009
FA committed to anti-homophobia DVD but no word on Beckham 2
2:36 PM — The Football Association has confirmed it is collaborating on a new DVD aimed at tackling homophobia in the game.
Hopes of first gay Doctor Who dashed as Matt Smith lands prime role 12
1:03 PM — A 26-year-old relative unknown has been chosen as the next Doctor Who, smashing the hopes of some fans that the 11th incarnation of the TV Time Lord would be an out gay man.
Conservatives and Labour ignore gay victims of domestic abuse claims charity 3
12:38 PM — A new Tory party plan to spend an extra £2.6m on help for women experiencing domestic violence has been attacked by a gay charity.
Conservative MP Nick Herbert and boyfriend joined in civil partnership 17
10:31 AM — A leading Conservative MP has entered into a civil partnership. Nick Herbert, the Shadow Justice Secretary, and his partner Jason Eades tied the knot in a small, private ceremony in Lambeth last week.
2nd January 2009
EXCLUSIVE: BBC accused of homophobia over Lindsay Lohan slurs 30
4:01 PM — BBC3 programme The Most Annoying People of 2008, which listed bisexual actress Lindsay Lohan has been branded as homophobic by gay rights activist Peter Tatchell following complaints to the broadcaster by a PinkNews.co.uk reader.
Gay club clashes with local council over ‘kinky’ sign 19
3:42 PM — Kinky Boots cabaret club in Darleston has resisted an order by local authorities to remove a sign outside its premises showing a man in knee-length PVC boots.
Gay housing association association hits quarter of a century
1:22 PM — Stonewall Housing, the UK's only specialist LGBT housing, advice and support provider, celebrated its 25th anniversary at the end of 2008.
Catholic agencies turn on gay adoption rights as exemption period runs out 13
12:08 PM — 50% of the Catholic adoption agencies that threatened to close if forced to work with gay couples have adopted the new equality law.
Graham Norton plans ‘risqué’ jokes for Eurovision 3
11:13 AM — Ultra-camp TV presenter Graham Norton is planning to give a much more adult feel to the Eurovision Song Contest than his predecessor Sir Terry Wogan.
31st December 2008
Top gay venue Astoria to hold ‘last ever party’
4:02 PM — The London Astoria is one of the capitals most iconic venues and following the decision earlier this year to close demolish the Astoria to make way for the new Crossrail project, the venue's staff have announced its closing night event.
Competition: Win an Amy Winehouse Bad Taste Bear 7
1:22 PM — PinkNews.co.uk has teamed up with The BT Bears Company, producer of the cheeky, risqué and suggestively saucy Bad Taste Bears range, to offer five lucky readers the chance to go back to black and win their very own Amy bear.
Bookies predict George Michael, Amy Winehouse or Pete Doherty will be first arrested celeb of 2009 3
12:40 PM — Bookies William Hill have named George Michael as third in the running for first celebrity arrest of the new year.
Transgendered woman shot in Memphis as violence is blamed on lack of jobs 1
11:50 AM — Another transgender woman has been shot in Memphis, becoming the third transgender shooting victim in the city in just six months.
HIV charity boss recieves knighthood 7
11:03 AM — Chief executive of leading HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust Nick Partridge has been knighted. THT was set up in 1982, the first charity to be set up in response to the HIV epidemic of the 1980s.
Gay charity boss Ben Summerskill to receive OBE in New Years Honours List 36
12:01 AM — Gay equality group Stonewall's chief executive has been included in 2009's New Years Honours List. Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall, will receive an OBE for services to Equality and Diversity.
30th December 2008
Catholic leader claims Pope’s homophobic outburst “misrepresented” 53
12:57 PM — Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and Archbishop of Westminster, has defended Pope Benedict XVI's controversial comments about gay people.
Top players to speak out against homophobia in FA video 7
11:49 AM — The Football Association has agreed to organise and fund a video / DVD featuring premier league players speaking out against homophobia. The idea was put to the FA several months ago by Peter Tatchell of the gay human rights group OutRage!, as way of challenging the anti-gay abuse hurled by fans at players like Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell.
Playstation game restricts gay words
11:31 AM — Playstation's latest venture, PS Home, is described by Home Service Manager Daniel Hill as "unique compared to anything else in the gaming world."
29th December 2008
Funding cut at Brighton care home over gay questionnaire row 18
11:35 AM — A Brighton care home for the elderly has been accused of homophobic exclusion by the local authorities. Pilgrim Homes, a Christian care home which runs 10 projects for elderly people in the UK, is suing the council for religious discrimination.
Homophobic families harm gay teenagers, study claims 7
11:10 AM — For the first time ever, researchers have claimed that there is a direct link between homophobic rejection of LGB adolescents by their families and mental health problems.