6th July 2009
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.
Sarah Brown marches in Pride parade 14
1:58 PM — The prime minister's wife Sarah Brown today made history by marching in London's Pride parade.
Gordon and Sarah Brown host Pride reception 6
1:34 PM — Gordon and Sarah Brown hosted an intimate reception in Downing Street's gardens this morning for organisers of London Pride and the pink press.
Gay Tory MPs miss London Pride 13
11:57 AM — Gay Conservative MPs Alan Duncan and Nick Herbert will not attend London Pride today. Instead, shadow culture secretary Jeremy Hunt, who is not even gay, will attend in their place. He is to make a speech at Trafalgar Square this afternoon.
Gay Foreign Office minister Chris Bryant writes to ambassadors attacked over LGBT rights 4
10:17 AM — Openly gay Foreign Office minister Chris Bryant has extended his support to two British ambassadors who were criticised for their support of gay rights.
3rd July 2009
Gay charities condemn ‘weak-minded’ decision to change teachers’ code on gay issues 10
5:46 PM — Two gay charities have attacked the General Teaching Council for England (GTC) for rewording a teachers' code of conduct after faith groups complained they would have to "promote" homosexuality.
Exclusive: Gay Tory MP Alan Duncan calls Labour’s homophobia accusations ‘a sick scare story’ 31
5:03 PM — Gay Conservative MP Alan Duncan has responded to attacks from Labour MPs who called the opposition party 'homophobic'.
Poll finds 62 per cent of Tory candidates support equal rights for gays 24
4:12 PM — A poll of 144 Conservative Party candidates has found that just under two-thirds support giving same-sex couples the same rights as straight married couples.
Gay politicians pitch for your votes 12
1:52 PM — Leading Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem MPs took part in a special Pride London event at the National Portrait Gallery last night.
Man who killed gay lover with a fire extinguisher jailed for life 2
1:42 PM — A man who murdered his gay lover by beating him to death with a fire extinguisher has been told he can expect to serve 25 years in jail.
Lesbian jailed for conning chatroom users out of nearly £100,000 6
12:13 PM — A lesbian conwoman who targeted users on gay internet forums has been jailed for four and a half years. Joann Wood, 53, duped her victims out of almost £100,000 by claiming she was dying of cancer and needed money for life-saving treatment.
Terrence Higgins Trust tells gay men to get tested regularly for HIV 7
11:03 AM — Terrence Higgins Trust, the HIV charity, is launching a new campaign to encourage gay men to get tested regularly for the virus.
Exclusive: Equality minister Harriet Harman warns gay voters ‘should not be fooled’ by Cameron’s Section 28 apology 37
10:10 AM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, leader of the House of Commons and minister for equality Harriet Harman has echoed gay Labour MPs' views that the Conservative Party is homophobic.