2nd December 2009
Gay by nature: Part two 21
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Christian relationship counsellor loses appeal over gay couples 19
1:14 PM — A Christian relationship counsellor who refused to work with gay couples has lost his appeal for unfair dismissal. Gary McFarlane was sacked by Relate last year after saying he would not "encourage sin" in gay and lesbian couples.
Rupert Everett vows to leave Britain if Cameron becomes prime minister 45
12:58 PM — Gay actor Rupert Everett has said he will leave the UK if the Tories win the next general election because they are too posh.
Liverpool police release CCTV images of boys wanted for homophobic assault 15
11:57 AM — Merseyside Police have released CCTV images of four teenage boys wanted in connection with a homophobic assault on a gay student. The 19-year-old was attacked on Wednesday, November 18th on Lord Street near James Street Station.
Bulgarian man sells story of final hours with Stephen Gately 21
11:45 AM — Georgi Dochev, the Bulgarian student who was at the Majorca apartment where gay Boyzone singer Stephen Gately died, has sold his story to a newspaper.
Ian McKellen criticises Little Britain gay sketch 29
11:02 AM — Gay actor Ian McKellen has criticised the "camp" portrayal of gays on television. He said that comedy sketches such as Matt Lucas' only gay in the village in Little Britain were not helpful in fostering tolerance.
Tory leader David Cameron promises ‘big push’ to curb HIV infections 39
10:56 AM — Conservative Party leader David Cameron today promised to ring-fence spending money for tackling HIV and organise a new campaign to change attitudes to the disease.
27th November 2009
Israeli ambassador first to be accompanied by gay spouse 19
6:06 PM — A Liverpool-born man has become the first gay spouse of an Israeli ambassador. Yitzhak Yanouka, known as Izzy, will soon be moving to Angola to become the next Israeli ambassador in Luanda and will be taking his partner Mikie Goldstein, 44, with him.