27th June 2008
Tabloid’s front page gay kiss shows Heinz how it’s done 9
10:56 AM — A tabloid newspaper has responded to the Heinz gay kiss ad fiasco by printing a photo of two men kissing on its front page this morning.
26th June 2008
Jacqui Smith’s Iran comments misunderstood claims minister 3
6:28 PM — A Home Office minister has defended his boss against accusations that she does not understand the dangers faced by gay people in Iran.
“Eco-dildo” a useful bulwark against oil price instability 3
6:12 PM — The makers of a wooden "eco-friendly" dildo have claimed that the product can "help save the planet." The latest sex toy, called an Eco-Dildo, is made from carefully selected wood.
Stonewall welcomes “very significant” Equality Bill 1
5:43 PM — Gay rights organisation Stonewall today welcomed the announcement by Cabinet minister Harriet Harman that a new Equality Bill to be brought before Parliament will include a need for public bodies to promote gay equality.
New legislation will instruct public bodies to promote gay equality 1
5:16 PM — The new Equality Bill published today includes proposals for all public bodies to promote equality for gay and lesbian people.
Pride London’s delight at men in uniform 1
5:10 PM — The UK’s largest Pride parade will for the first time feature members of all three branches of the Armed Services in uniform after negotiations between organisers and the Ministry of Defence.
Sex addiction group for gay men launched 1
4:37 PM — Next month sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust will launch a group for gay men addicted to sex.
Pride rejects management criticisms 2
1:04 PM — Yesterday PinkNews.co.uk published an article on the preparations for Pride London. Here Colm Howard-Lloyd, a director of Pride London, responds.
Gay couples could adopt in Northern Ireland after legal ruling
10:57 AM — In the aftermath of a landmark court case which paved the way for unmarried couples in Northern Ireland to adopt, legal experts said there should be no reason as to why gay couples cannot take advantage of the ruling.
Shocking new report shows one in five gays are victims of homophobic violence 8
12:01 AM — A new survey of gay, bisexual and lesbian people has revealed that they are regular targets for physical and verbal abuse, yet many do not trust the police to take action.
Home Secretary pledges action on homophobic hate crime 6
12:01 AM — Today’s report from Stonewall revealing the extent of abuse that many of Britain’s 3.6 million lesbian and gay people face has spurred the Home Secretary into action.
25th June 2008
Hidden lives, proud service: gays in the military 2
6:15 PM — As part of their Military Pride exhibition, the Imperial War Museum North asked gay servicemen and women to come forward with their experiences in the military.
Gay experiences of war and conflict on show at Imperial War Museum
5:50 PM — An exhibition focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people's experiences in the military from 1945 to the present day will open next month at the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester.
Pride London hit by volunteer walkout 5
4:17 PM — Members of Pride London’s production team have walked out with just ten days until the event. Volunteer producer Ryan Haynes, who has been organising main stage acts for Pride London for six months, will hand over his duties this week.
Stormont reception for gay groups a success despite DUP no show 1
1:15 PM — A reception held to honour two of Northern Ireland’s most prominent gay rights groups at Stormont last night was has been hailed as a "complete success."
Boris will shine at Pride predicts David Cameron 4
12:45 PM — The Mayor of London will have the backing of his party leader when he makes his debut at Pride London on July 5th.
1,300 sign online petition calling for Heinz gay ad to be reinstated 48
11:32 AM — At least 205 people have so far complained to the Advertising Standards Authority about an advert featuring two men kissing.
24th June 2008
Heinz: everything from Weight Watchers to 57 varieties
5:46 PM — Heinz is a US-based global icon, with an international portfolio of food brands holding number-one and number-two market position in more than fifty countries.
Jacqui Smith branded “offensive” by gay immigration group 2
4:12 PM — A group that works with lesbian and gay asylum seekers has said that the Home Secretary's assertion that gay men and lesbians who are "discreet" are not in danger in Iran is ill-informed and offensive.
Video: The gay advert that Heinz decided to pull 21
1:22 PM — Heinz said in a statement: "It is our policy to listen to consumers." Presumably that includes gay people too.