10th July 2009
Bisexual MP Simon Hughes consulting lawyer over News of the World phone hack 12
7:48 PM — The bisexual senior Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes has confirmed that he is consulting with his solicitor after his phone was hacked by the News of the World. The saga relating to The Guardian’s allegations that the News of the World, Britain’s biggest selling newspaper operated a complex programme of hacking into celebrities mobile phone voicemail and paid off some of the victims has continued for another day.
Doncaster mayor’s decision to cut Pride funding brings ‘record interest’ 7
4:30 PM — The decision of new Doncaster mayor Peter Davies to cut funding for the town's annual Pride event has led to record levels of interest, organisers have said.
Preview: Newsnight Review to examine gay stereotyping in television 33
4:17 PM — A special edition of Newsnight Review tonight will focus on how gays and lesbians are portrayed in culture and whether 'camp' stereotypes are derogatory.
Major fire destroys historic building in the heart of London’s gay scene 8
3:37 PM — Some 100 firefighters are tackling a fire which has broken out in Dean Street, in the heart of Soho, the centre for gay life in London. Dean Street will remain closed all evening.
Christian arts festival is ‘too gay’ 34
2:43 PM — A Christian arts and music festival has been attacked for being too gay by a conservative Anglican pressure group.
Events for older LGBT people to be held in London 4
2:18 PM — Older LGBT people will be able to attend two social networking events in Tower Hamlets and Redbridge this summer. The events are being held by Age Concern and Positive East, an HIV charity.
Gay support group told: ‘Gay men are confident enough already’ 7
12:04 PM — A local councillor has said a gay support group for isolated men should not receive more funding because gays are confident enough already.
Coronation Street to get first gay club 7
10:54 AM — ITV soap Coronation Street will begin showing scenes in a gay club later this summer, according to reports. The Daily Star reports that filming has begun at the newly-built set at the soap's Manchester studios.
9th July 2009
House of Lords votes to keep ‘free speech’ defence in homophobic hatred laws 64
4:10 PM — The House of Lords has voted to keep an amendment that would create a defence of "free speech" in a bill that is designed to criminalise incitement of homophobic hatred.
House of Lords votes today on anti-gay hate speech 5
3:02 PM — The House of Lords will vote today on whether to remove an amendment that would create a defence of "free speech" in a bill that is designed to criminalise incitement of homophobic hatred.
Trans woman who went on hunger strike wins funding 9
1:40 PM — A trans woman who went on hunger strike after her local primary care trust refused to fund her gender reassignment has been told it will now pay for her hormone medication.
Exclusive: Anti-cruising website publishes uncensored photos of faces and car registrations 70
10:27 AM — The Information Commissioner is to investigate an anti-cruising website after an exclusive report by PinkNews.co.uk. The website, set up to raise awareness of the "disgusting" practice of gay men meeting for sex, publishes uncensored images of car registration plates and faces of men allegedly involved.
8th July 2009
Gay actor John Barrowman says bishop who said gays must change should “stop talking rubbish” 28
5:03 PM — Dr Who actor John Barrowman has responded to comments made by Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester, who called on gay people to "repent and be changed".
Swedish study finds gay brains resemble those of opposite sex 14
4:03 PM — Swedish scientists have suggested that brains of gay people may share similar physical attributes to those of the opposite sex.
Peter Tatchell: ‘Bruno will make both bigots and gays squirm’ 18
2:32 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has said that Sacha Baron-Cohen's latest film Bruno is likely to cause discomfort to both straight homophobes and gay men.
Catholic adoption agency allowed to appeal over gay parents 9
11:24 AM — The Charity Tribunal has given permission for a Catholic adoption agency to appeal against a ruling which said it could not discriminate against gay couples.
7th July 2009
Gay couple ‘backed out of foster plans after negative media coverage’ 69
5:04 PM — Brighton and Hove council has denied it halted plans to place a ten-year-old boy with gay foster parents after his Catholic mother objected. Instead, PinkNews.co.uk understands that the gay couple decided to pull out of the plan after negative stories in the national media about them.
Lesbian policewomen guilty over insurance fraud crash 5
4:39 PM — A lesbian couple who worked as police officers have been convicted of deception after lying about who was driving in a car crash.
Gay killing ‘was self-defence’
2:56 PM — A teenager who beat a gay man to death was acting in self-defence, the Old Bailey heard yesterday. Mossab Belhocine, 19, of Forest Road, Walthamstow, admitted punching and kicking David Cooper, 28, but denied murdering him, claiming he was trying to protect himself from rape.
Comment: Selfridges and Calvin Klein don’t get Pride 25
2:28 PM — An attempt by Selfridges and Calvin Klein to get in on the Pride fun doesn't impress Nicolas Chinardet.