8th May 2008
EXCLUSIVE: Boris will attend Pride London
3:06 PM — The new Mayor of London will take part in the city's gay Pride parade on July 5th, PinkNews.co.uk can confirm. It will be the first time that Boris Johnson has attended Pride.
Gay hate crime bill passed by Parliament 6
12:12 PM — Incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation will become a criminal offence after the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill passed its final stages in the House of Lords last night.
7th May 2008
British star urges Hollywood gays out of the closet
3:52 PM — One of the stars of hit comedy The Office has said he is convinced there are many high-profile Hollywood celebrities who are gay, and he can't understand why they do not come out.
Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit on DVD
3:27 PM — An acclaimed BBC drama about lesbian coming-of-age will be available to buy on DVD next month. Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit is a story of love, freedom and religious intolerance.
60 years of the NHS celebrated at Pride London 1
12:59 PM — A special float bringing together the Gay & Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists, the Royal College of Nursing and the Dept of Health LGBT Staff Group will celebrate 60 years of LGBT contribution to the NHS.
Stevie Wonderful wins UK drag king contest
12:33 PM — A London-based disability rights worker has been crowned "King of the Castle" at the first ever National Drag King competition, which was held on Sunday. Stevie Wonderful, a.k.a. Fiona King, was triumphant.
Brighton walk raises funds for Stonewall
12:18 PM — More than 300 people took to the streets of Brighton last weekend in support of gay, lesbian and bisexual rights. The fifth annual Equality Walk raised funds for Stonewall, and this year GaydarRadio hosts Dicky and Dolly and comedian Amy Lamé were on hand.
Boris appoints gay deputy Mayor 1
11:57 AM — The new Mayor of London has announced that Richard Barnes will serve as his deputy. He is a former leader of the Conservative administration in the London Borough of Hillingdon.
6th May 2008
Gay hate dancehall star refused European entry visa 4
1:38 PM — The Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany (LSVD) has said it has been told by the country's Interior Ministry that homophobic Jamaican performer Sizzla will not be granted a Schengen visa for his proposed European tour this month.
Royal blackmailer to appeal conviction
10:51 AM — One of the two men sentenced last week to five years in prison for attempting to blackmail a member of the Royal family over gay allegations will appeal. A lawyer for 31-year-old Ian Strachan told The Scotsman that there was no blackmail.
3rd May 2008
BNP wins London Assembly seat, joining a handful of openly gay members 18
12:32 AM — The far right BNP has won a seat on the London Assembly. Their mayoral candidate Richard Barnbrook received 69,710 votes in the Mayoral election.
2nd May 2008
Boris Johnson elected Mayor of London 9
11:55 PM — Conservative Boris Johnson is the new Mayor of London. Gay Liberal Democrat Brian Paddick came third. Mr Johnson beat Labour's Ken Livingstone by 1,168,738 to 1,028,966 after second-preference votes were counted.
Royal gay sex blackmailers found guilty
11:13 PM — Two men who asked for £50,000 from an unnamed member of the Royal Family in exchanged for tapes that featured claims of gay sex have been found guilty of blackmail.
Protest rally called as polls indicate BNP will win seat on London Assembly 13
2:16 PM — All the votes for the 25-member London Assembly have not been counted, but already anti-fascist groups are calling for protests if the British National Party wins a seat.
No Mardi Gras parade in Birmingham this year
1:02 PM — The organisers of Birmingham Pride, which takes place over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend on May 24th and 25th, have confirmed that there will not be a parade this year.
Homophobic football chief invited to gay World Cup
12:46 PM — The Gay Football Supporters Network has said it is "amused" by the comments of Luciano Moggi, former managing director of Juventus, that "a homosexual cannot do the job of a footballer."
US study claims LGB population is less than 3% 1
12:15 PM — A new poll published in the United States on Wednesday claims that there are considerably less gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans than previously estimated. A Hunter College poll of 768 people who took part online found that just 2.9% identified as LGB.
All eyes on London as pundits predict Boris victory
11:49 AM — Counting has begun in the London Mayoral election. A result is not expected until this evening, but London Tories are already claiming that their candidate Boris Johnson has won.
Tories soar to 44% in local elections 1
11:24 AM — Conservative activists are celebrating after the party made significant gains in yesterday's local council elections in England and Wales. They won a projected 44% of the national vote. The Lib Dems on 25% beat Labour, on 24%, into third place.
1st May 2008
Royal “blackmail” evidence is “insubstantial, insignificant, and incomplete”
5:08 PM — A defence barrister at the trial of two men accused of trying to blackmail a member of the Royal Family has dismissed the legal proceedings as farcical.