28th June 2008
Elton John party raised £10m at charity auction
10:54 AM — Elton John's Thursday night, £3000 a head White Tie and Tiara Ball raised £10 million from a celebrity auction. Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish held the event at their lavish £20 million home in Windsor.
27th June 2008
Homophobic party push Labour into fifth at by-election
5:05 PM — The election to replace Boris Johnson as MP for Henley has proved humiliating for the government, with Labour pushed into fifth place by the Greens and the BNP.
Gay rights foe Stephen Green faces bankruptcy over court costs 11
4:27 PM — Preacher Stephen Green may have overstepped the mark when he tried to bring a private prosecution against the BBC Director General.
Queen invests Sir Ian with top honour
3:50 PM — Veteran actor Sir Ian McKellen has been made a Companion of Honour for services to drama and equality. The award was presented to the 69-year-old national treasure by the Queen.
COMMENT: Genetic explanations of homosexuality are crude, simplistic and doomed to failure 4
3:44 PM — A few years ago, Dr James Watson, the Noble Prize winner who co-discovered DNA, reopened the controversy over the so-called gay gene when he defended a woman's right to abortion.
Nick Clegg calls on Heinz to reinstate same-sex kiss advert 16
3:19 PM — The leader of the Liberal Democrats has become the first party leader to comment on the decision of food manufacturer Heinz to withdraw an advert from TV because it depicted two men kissing.
Politics and showbiz unite to show support for gay asylum seekers
12:17 PM — A Hollywood star, prominent politicians and leading gay-rights activists showed their support for LGBT asylum seekers and same-sex bi-national couples at a fundraiser last week.
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.