24th December 2008
Council considers naming street after Sir Elton 2
1:33 PM — Harrow Council is considering a plan to name streets or local landmarks after famous former residents. Pop star Sir Elton John is among the names under consideration.
Mother admits abusing 16-year-old son for being gay 9
1:21 PM — A woman in Scotland has admitted in court that she sent homophobic text messages and shouted abuse at her own child because he is gay.
Free Presbyterian minister backs Pope and claims we are all born straight 25
1:12 PM — A preacher from a church that refers to the Pope as the Anti-Christ has backed his stance on homosexuality and claimed all people are born heterosexual.
Comment: Pope is wrong about “gay threat”, gay sexuality is part of human ecology 17
12:04 AM — By choosing to highlight homosexuality instead of hunger, war and homelessness, the Pope has lost his moral bearings and sense of priorities writes gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell
23rd December 2008
Vulnerable gay kids need your help this Christmas 1
1:53 PM — The Albert Kennedy Trust helps lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people who do not live in accepting, supportive and caring homes.
Comment: Pope Benedict learnt nothing from his time in the Hitler Youth 42
1:33 PM — Imagine if a world leader said that Jews were a threat to humanity. Imagine the outrage such a provocative statement would be, especially if that leader was German.
22nd December 2008
Will Young to appear on Question Time in February
6:39 PM — Pop singer Will Young is to appear as a panellist on political discussion programme Question Time next year. Mentorn Media, who produce the show for BBC One, said he would appear on the February 5th edition, which will be recorded in Dunstable.
Greens leader claims Scottish Parliament has closeted MSPs 3
3:12 PM — The co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party has said that several members of the Scottish Parliament are gay but afraid to publicly declare their sexual orientation.
Straight man wins “landmark” homophobic harassment case 3
12:04 PM — A 56-year-old married man who was repeatedly taunted at work about being gay because he lives in Brighton has won his case at the Court of Appeal.
20th December 2008
LGBT Labour welcomes success in registrar battle
12:53 PM — LGBT Labour has welcomed an Employment Appeal Tribunal decision to overturn registrar Lillian Ladele's legal victory earlier this year which supported her refusal to conduct civil partnership ceremonies.
Little Britain stars accept damages over fake claims their show was condemned by USA gay groups 9
1:06 AM — Little Britain stars David Walliams and Matt Lucas have accepted damages and a public apology from Express Newspapers over an article published in the Daily Star Sunday in September that falsely claimed that gay rights groups considered their programme offensive.
19th December 2008
Lesbian parents raise happy, healthy children according to 22-year study 4
5:31 PM — The longest-running study into lesbian parents in the United States has found that discrimination and not the sexual orientation of their parents harms children.
Killer of gay student David Brown sentenced to life imprisonment 6
5:00 PM — A man was convicted today of murdering a gay student in a Manchester court. 24-year-old David Brown was killed hours after partying in Manchester's gay village.
Employment lawyers and politicians welcome Ladele ruling 1
4:50 PM — The ruling by the employment appeals tribunal that a Christian registrar was not discriminated against by Islington Council over her refusal to perform civil partnerships has been welcomed.
Christian Institute may appeal to High Court over Ladele ruling 11
1:12 PM — A fundamentalist Christian group that financially backed a tribunal against Islington Council has said the case may go to the Court of Appeal.
Stonewall – our prayers have been answered over Ladele case 12
1:00 PM — Britain's leading gay equality organisation has expressed delight at the employment appeals tribunal's ruling in the case of a Christian public servant who refused to deal with gay couples.
Analysis: the Ladele employment appeal tribunal ruling in full 4
12:56 PM — The EAT held that the Tribunal had erred in law and that on the evidence adduced before the Tribunal there was no proper basis for a tribunal.
Christian registrar loses employment tribunal appeal over civil partnerships 32
12:10 PM — An employment tribunal appeal has ruled that Islington council is not guilty of either religious discrimination in the case of a Christian registrar
PinkNews.co.uk expands reader participation with new website
12:01 PM — Today PinkNews.co.uk is proud to announce our new social networking and social news making website, my.pinknews.co.uk.
18th December 2008
Obama’s choice of inauguration preacher is “spiritual violence” against gays 24
2:01 PM — Lesbian and gay rights advocates in America have reacted with fury to the announcement that Rick Warren has been asked to deliver the Invocation at the Presidential Inauguration next month.