16th April 2008
MSPs ask for more information on gay blood ban 18
4:20 PM — A committee of the Scottish parliament is to ask the country's government and various blood and tissue donation organisations to explain why men who have sex with men are barred from donating.The petitions committee met yesterday afternoon at Holyrood to consider a submission from Mr Rob McDowall calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to review existing guidelines and risk assessment procedures to allow healthy gay and bisexual men to donate blood.
Male eggs and female sperm “science fiction” says report 4
3:50 PM — An international panel of scientists has said that while technology that will allow human egg and sperm cells to be grown from stem cells could be here in five years, the prospects of gay and lesbian couples having children that are genetically theirs are slim.The report from the Hinxton group of stem cell researchers said that because women have two copies of the X chromosome but men have one X and one Y, there are no circumstances they can forsee an entirely same-sex baby.
TV duo become civil partners in Chelsea ceremony 10
3:20 PM — Interior designers Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan have become civil partners. The Channel Five stars held a secret ceremony in London last month.Details of their nuptials at Chelsea Old Town Hall in London on February 15th have only come to light now.They first announced their intention to 'tie the knot' in January 2007. Commenting on the delay Mr Ryan, 41, said: "For some reason, we have never got round to making it legal."
Scandal MP’s son outshines Paris Hilton 2
12:55 PM — A man embroiled in of one of the biggest political scandals of 2007 has re-entered the limelight.Conservative MP Derek Conway was suspended from the House of Commons in January after being censured by the Commons Standards and Privileges Committee for paying his son Frederick £50,000 of public money for "work" as a researcher.Mr Conway's elder son Henry, who is gay, had received similar payments during his time at university, totalling £32,000.
Rainbow flag to feature in Mayor’s parade
12:30 PM — The Lord Mayor's Day Parade in Plymouth will feature a gay float this year.The city's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans residents will use a Rainbow Flag theme for their entry in this year's parade on May 17th.The Lord Mayor, councillor David James, has chosen the theme The people and diverse communities of Plymouth. The organisers of plymouth prideevent 2008 want the LGBT community's families and friends to join its float.
Ken hits back over gay World Cup funding 2
12:01 PM — The Mayor of London has said he is a strong backer of the 2008 International Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championship being held in London later this year.The championship became an issue in the election for Mayor yesterday when LGBT activist and Green party candidate Peter Tatchell attacked incumbent Ken Livingstone for reportedly declining to contribute to the funding and or sign a letter of support for a grant application to the lottery fund.
15th April 2008
Two in court over Royal “blackmail plot” 25
4:30 PM — A court at the Old Bailey in London was told today that two men attempted to blackmail an unnamed member of the Royal Family.Sean McGuigan and Ian Strachan obtained an audio recording of a member of the Royal staff claiming his employer had gay sex with him at a party, the jury was told.
Doctor Who writer laughs off “most influential” tag
4:00 PM — TV guru Russell T Davies has dismissed the Independent on Sunday's Pink List as "slightly demeaning" and laughed off their assertion that he is the most influential gay person in the UK.
Ken claims multiculturalism as “great achievement” 1
2:20 PM — At the launch of his community relations manifesto today the incumbent Mayor of London made a strong defence of multiculturalism, which he called "one of the greatest achievements of my administration." Ken Livingstone, who as the Labour candidate is seeking a third term in office, made no mention of the gay and lesbian community in his comments."I will continue to develop the positive celebration of London's diversity, he said.
INTERVIEW: The Socialist alternative for London 26
1:50 PM — Lindsey German may be known to some Londoners for her work with the Stop The War Coalition, but the party she represents is entirely new.The Left List is part of what used to be the Respect party.
Gay World Cup organisers say 90% of funding in place 2
1:15 PM — The 2008 International Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championship being held in London later this year has announced cash sponsorship from a website.The championship became an issue in the election for Mayor of London today when LGBT activist and Green party candidate Peter Tatchell attacked the incumbent for reportedly declining to contribute to the funding and or sign a letter of support for a grant application to the lottery fund.
Scots Parliament considers gay blood ban 18
11:45 AM — A petition calling for an end to the blanket ban on blood donations from gay men will be considered by the Scottish Parliament today.The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service maintains that it is not a question of being gay or bisexual but the risk involved.Rob McDowall, who has led the campaign against the ban, said:"Blood has no sexual preference and being gay does not mean that you sleep about and have serial sexual partners."
EastEnders bisexual storyline continues to develop
12:00 AM — The impending bisexual storyline in the BBC's largest soap opera, EastEnders continues to build pace.PinkNews.co.uk's blog has a sneak preview of the storyline in photographs click here to access them. Star Aaron Sidwell is believed to being written out of the hit television programme as his character Steven Beale comes to terms with his bisexuality.
14th April 2008
Digby Jones to resign from Government
5:00 PM — The position of the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown is continuing to look shaky.The Trade Minister, Lord Digby Jones of Birmingham, the former Director-General of the CBI is to resign before the next election in order to avoid a row that could damage the Government. The Times reports that the controversial minister told business leaders and lobbyists his plans.
Gay Scots footballers collect silverware
4:03 PM — The second and final leg of the inaugural Fitlads Cup, played yesterday in Edinburgh, went to a nail-biting penalties finish after a 3-3 aggregate draw between HotScots FC and London Falcons FC.The first LGBT football team north of the border took victory.HotScots FC was founded last year with the aim of organising socials and regular kickabouts and to provide a social outlet for LGBT people who wish to watch and participate in football with other like-minded people.
Brighton scene mag to go national
1:02 PM — 3SIXTY magazine, one of the mainstays of the gay scene in southern England, is to expand its distribution area.From May 1st the glossy A4 monthly will become a national gay news, lifestyle and scene magazine.3SIXTY, which is monthly, is now in its sixth year of publication and already claims a readership of 60,000. It is popular in its base city of Brighton and Hove and the south of England.
Trans prisoner committed suicide, inquest rules
12:30 PM — A woman who hanged herself in her prison cell after complaining of harassment because she had transitioned committed suicide, an inquest into her death has ruled.Lisa Woodhall was serving a four and half year sentence after she slashed the throat of her boyfriend's ex-lover.She had complained that she was being victimised and picked on by other inmates because she had transitioned from being a man.
Wales may get “ex-gay” ministry 8
12:10 PM — The controversial fundamentalist Christian Stephen Green has hinted that the controversial movement that encourages people to "pray away the gay" and become straight could be established in Wales.Mr Green, who is notorious for his protests at gay Pride events, made his remarks in a BBC Wales current affairs programme, Week In, Week Out. While being interviewed by H from Steps, also known as Ian Watkins, he told the former pop star, who came out in 2007, that he could "walk away" from homosexuality.
Ken releases list of celeb supporters 2
11:15 AM — The Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has compiled a list of actors, entertainers and celebrities who support his campaign for a third term in office. Among his backers are Blur frontman Damon Albarn, comedians Bill Bailey and Jo Brand, artists Anthony Gormley and Banksy.
13th April 2008
Blears: BNP and UKIP voters will boost Boris 6
1:50 PM — The Secretary of State for Communities has said that the Tory candidate for Mayor of London will "depend on attracting support in second preferences from BNP and UKIP supporters" to win the May 1st election.Hazel Blears, who is in charge of the Labour party's local election campaign, made her comments in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph in which she characterised the council elections as vital for David Cameron.