3rd November 2009
Peter Tatchell accuses academics of smearing him 17
7:36 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has claimed he is a victim of "lies and smears" after complaining about a chapter in an academic text.
Scotland to give lesbians equal IVF rights 11
7:33 PM — Lesbian couples in Scotland will soon be given equal rights to fertility treatment on the NHS. Following legal action by one lesbian couple, the government has set up an advisory group which is expected to recommend early next year that lesbians should be routinely allowed access to NHS fertility services.
Three-year-old child ‘involved in homophobic attacks’ 18
1:21 PM — A three or four-year-old child was allegedly part of a gang which harassed a gay man at his home, Gloucester youth court heard this week.
2nd November 2009
Another teenager arrested over assault on gay Liverpool policeman 15
7:15 PM — A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the homophobic attack on gay Liverpool policeman James Parkes.
Comment: The way forward for HIV prevention 57
6:45 PM — Earlier this year, Gary Leigh wrote an article for PinkNews.co.uk attacking the HIV prevention centre for not doing enough to tackle the threat of HIV. His article provoked anger from some HIV charities, while dividing opinion among our readers.
Debate looks at homophobia in football 1
6:29 PM — Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion campaign, concluded its One Game, One Community weeks of action campaign last week with an event at Brighton and Hove Albion FC to debate the issue of homophobia in football
Christian registrar takes civil partnerships complaint to court of appeal 92
2:53 PM — Lillian Ladele, the Islington registrar who refused to perform civil partnership ceremonies for gay couples, will argue her case in the court of appeal today.
Gay MP Chris Bryant to have civil partnership in parliament 33
12:43 PM — Gay Europe minister Chris Bryant has confirmed he is engaged to his partner and is hoping to hold his civil partnership ceremony in parliament.
Elton John in hospital with E.coli and flu 6
11:40 AM — Elton John has had to cancel several more tour dates after being admitted to hospital with an E.coli infection and flu.
1,500 turn out in Liverpool to support vigil for gay policeman 12
11:38 AM — More than 1,500 people attended a vigil last night in Liverpool for James Parkes, the gay trainee policeman who was attacked by a homophobic gang last weekend.
1st November 2009
Boyzone to release album in tribute of gay co-star Stephen Gately 4
8:04 PM — Boyzone will release an new album in tribute to Stephen Gately who died suddenly while on the island of Mallorca (Majorca) in the villa he shared with civil partner Andrew Coles.
31st October 2009
Crowds gather in Trafalgar Square to say ‘NO TO HATE’ 20
2:50 PM — Nearly 10,000 people gathered in Trafalgar Square last night for a candle-lit vigil against hate crime. The packed square observed a two minutes silence, after which the names of the victims of homophobic hate crimes were read out. The Prime Minister's wife Sarah Brown attended and spoke exclusively to PinkNews.co.uk
30th October 2009
Gordon Brown voices support for tonights hate crime vigil 18
5:54 PM — Prime Minister Gordon Brown has sent a letter of support to those attending and organising this evenings hate crime vigil. The candle lit vigil, which is expecting to attract up to 10,000 people, will commemorate the life of Ian Baynhan, who was murdered in a homophobic attack two weeks ago.
Labour minister welcomes rise in civil partnerships held at British consulates 10
4:26 PM — Europe Minister Chris Bryant today announced that almost 500 civil partnerships have so far been celebrated in British consulates around the world.
Boris Johnson meets with police chief to discuss the rise in homophobic crime 19
3:53 PM — London Mayor Boris Johnson has sought assurances from the Metropolitan Police Commissioner that everything is being done to tackle the problem of homophobic attacks in the capital.
Glasgow council makes controversial appointment for LGBT centre 55
2:44 PM — Gay rights groups in Glasgow have spoken out against the controversial decision to hand over the running of the Glasgow LGBT centre to one of its senior councillors.
PE teacher resigns over gay porn photo shoot 24
1:49 PM — A PE teacher who was suspended earlier this year over a gay porn photo shoot has resigned. Sam Handley was suspended from Harvey Grammar School in Folkestone in September when explicit photographs of him intended for a gay porn site were circulated by pupils.
Thousands expected to attend candle lit vigil in Trafalgar Square 7
12:27 PM — Up to 10,000 people are expected to take part in a silent candle-lit vigil against Hate-Crime this evening in Trafalgar Square. The event, organised by the facebook group 17-24-30, is being held to commemorate the homophobic murder of Ian Baynham.
London LGBT Tourist Office welcomes 100th visitor 9
11:22 AM — The London LGBT Tourist Information Office has welcomed it's one hundredth visitor today. The service, which is London's first ever tourist office aimed specifically for the LGBT community, provides help and advice for community projects, as well as information about Soho's vibrant gay scene.
29th October 2009
London’s gay arts festival launched this week 11
8:08 PM — GFest, a month-long festival celebrating LGBT arts in the capital, was officially launched at the Houses of Parliament this week.