28th May 2009
EastEnders to feature gay Muslim storyline but Muslim group calls for a “normal character” 53
5:34 PM — EastEnders is to screen a storyline involving a Muslim character who has a gay affair. New character Syed Masood, a Muslim property developer who has a girlfriend, is to fall for openly gay Christian Clarke. But the Muslim Public Affairs Committee say that the BBC should have a "normal friendly Muslim character."
David Cameron voted worst politician of the year 75
4:07 PM — Tory leader David Cameron has been voted the worst politician of the year. Cameron, who reportedly plans to prioritise outreach to gay groups, topped the poll of bad politicians in the Gay Times Readers' Awards.
Gay Apprentice candidate Howard fired by Sir Alan 14
1:36 PM — Howard Ebison, The Apprentice's openly gay contestant, was fired at the climax of last night's show, having volunteered as project manager in the shopping channel task.
27th May 2009
Trans group boycotts London Pride march 125
4:45 PM — TransLondon, the largest group in the capital for all trans-identified people, has announced it is boycotting London Pride. The decision comes after trans women were denied access to female toilets at last year's Pride and one was allegedly sexually assaulted.
Former Radio 1 controller attacks decision to pre-record Jonathan Ross show 5
3:57 PM — A former Radio 1 controller has criticised the move to pre-record Jonathan Ross's radio show, describing it as a "sticking plaster".
Nick Griffin pulls out of Queen’s garden party 26
3:42 PM — BNP leader Nick Griffin has said he will not attend a garden party hosted by Buckingham Palace. The politician was invited by fellow BNP member Richard Barnbrook, but said today he has “no wish to embarrass the Queen”.
Desmond Tutu supports gay clergy 20
3:03 PM — Archbishop Desmond Tutu received a standing ovation when he spoke out in support of gay clergy at the Church of Scotland General Assembly yesterday.
PinkNews.co.uk reader survey: Will the expenses row change your vote in the European Elections? 16
2:33 PM — The European Elections will be held on Thursday June 4th and the recent furore over expenses, coupled with the rise of the BNP, are expected to substantially increase the turnout. PinkNews.co.uk is inviting UK readers to take part in a survey on how they plan to vote. To take the survey, please click here.
Gay minister faces new challenge in ‘disrepute’ allegation 11
12:18 PM — Openly gay minister Scott Rennie, whose appointment threatened to split the Church of Scotland, is facing a new challenge after it was claimed his congregation had not known he was gay.
26th May 2009
Video: California Supreme Court upholds gay marriage ban 25
6:25 PM — The California Supreme Court has upheld Proposition 8, the initiative which banned gay marriage in the state.
Setback for Liverpool’s gay village 7
4:43 PM — The long-awaited arrival of Liverpool's gay village may not take place until as late as August, it has been revealed.
Husband of former minister who introduced civil partnerships ‘was paid £5,000 for advice’
2:45 PM — Former Deputy Equality Minister Meg Munn, who was responsible for introducing civil partnerships, has been caught up in the latest round of the expenses scandal.
Catholic aide claims gay men are to blame for paedophilia 151
1:54 PM — An aide of the Archbishop of Cardiff has claimed that gay men are the main perpetrators of paedophilia in the Catholic Church.
Opinion: The gay community will no longer accept spurious claims of homophobia 50
11:43 AM — Paul Canning argues that recent claims of homophobia by MPs exposed for extravagant expenses will no longer wash with the gay community.
Two-year moratorium on gay ordinations in Scotland 8
11:19 AM — The Church of Scotland has imposed a two-year ban on new ordinations of gay ministers. The decision comes just two days after the General Assembly voted 326-267 to allow openly gay Rev Scott Rennie to serve as minister at Queen's Cross Church in Aberdeen.
25th May 2009
Church of Scotland to establish commission to examine gay clergy issue 11
8:49 PM — Just days after the Church of Scotland's General Assembly voted to approve the ordination of an openly gay minister, it has decided to avoid a potentially damaging debate on the issue of gay clergy. The assembly is meeting in Edinburgh decided that a commission should be establish to examine the issue and report back in 2011.
24th May 2009
Church of Scotland approves appointment of openly gay minister 27
11:56 AM — The Church of Scotland General Assembly last night voted to approve the ordination of openly gay minister Scott Rennie.
22nd May 2009
Charities launch guide on prosecutions for HIV transmission 1
5:23 PM — Two leading HIV charities have launched a guide for people living with HIV in England and Wales explaining criminal prosecutions for HIV transmission.
NHS offers 20-minute HIV test 5
5:10 PM — A new HIV test which takes only 20 minutes to deliver a result is now available on the NHS. Previously, those wishing to take an HIV test had to wait a week for their results.
Green Party calls for EU-wide gay marriage 10
4:59 PM — The Green Party is backing calls for an end to the ban on same-sex marriage in the UK and in other EU member states.