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2005

  • 23rd October 2005

    Family pay tribute to London gay legend, Simon Hobart 37

    Simon Hobart's family descibed him as “a wonderful, unique person who will be sadly missed“

    12:00 AM — Simon Hobart, the legendry founder of the London's alternative gay scene died in the early hours of Sunday morning. Much of London's gay community was in shock as the news spread over the course of the week.Simon who founded Popstarz, Ghetto and Trash Palace is credited for the having initiated the gay indie scene in London and far beyond. Police have confirmed that the body of a man matching Mr Hobart's description was found on Sunday morning outside his home. They are not treating the death as suspicious.

  • London gay legend, Simon Hobart has died 37

    Trash Palace was Simon Hobart's most recent venture

    12:00 AM — Simon Hobart, the legendry founder of the London's alternative gay scene died in the early hours of Sunday morning.Mr Hobart who founded Popstarz, Ghetto and Trash Palace is credited for the having initiated the gay indie scene in London and far beyond.

  • 22nd October 2005

    Two arrested in Clapham gay murder case

    Mr Jody Dobrowski was murded in the early hours of Saturday 15th October 2005

    12:00 AM — Two men, aged 33 and 25, were arrested in connection with the suspected anti-gay murder of Jody Dobrowski (pictured) and police have announced that they are contiuing to hold the pair for further questioning.Mr Dobrowski was found unconscious in the early hours of Saturday but died later in hospital. He had suffered a violent, homophobic attack that caused head, neck and facial injuries.

  • Authors support USA school challenged for studying gay book

    The school refused to cave into its patron's wishes

    12:00 AM — A private school in Texas recently returned a three million dollar donation rather than submit to the donor's request that a controversial book be removed from the school's reading list.A group of teen book authors was so impressed by the school's actions that they gave themselves a name, Authors Supporting Intellectual Freedom (or AS IF!), and are now all donating signed copies of their books, which the school will display in a planned 'Freedom Library'.

  • 20th October 2005

    It’s got to be Cameron for the Conservatives to get the gay vote 27

    David Cameron was just a baby when homosexuality was decriminalised

    12:00 AM — So the young pretender David Cameron has jumped from virtual non-entity to the winner of the Parliamentary stage of the Conservative leadership contest.The party membership need to make sure that they pick a winner this time and not repeat the debacle of the Duncan-Smith era.

  • Liam Fox says his impending marriage should prove he isn’t gay 56

    Dr Fox says his marriage should prove that he's not gay

    12:00 AM — Liam Fox (pictured) the rightwing contender for the Conservative Party leadership has spoken for the first time about rumours of his gay past.In an interview for the London Evening Standard he claimed that his impending marriage to Jesme Baird should mean an end to any gossip about his private life. However, he refused to deny that he might have had a gay relationship in the past.

  • New leads on the Clapham gay murder case

    Jody Dobrowski was murded in the early hours of Saturday 15th October 2005

    12:00 AM — The Metropolitan police have announced that they believe that the men who murdered gay bar manager, Jody Dobrowski (pictured), 24, on Clapham Common verbally abused a woman fifteen minutes earlier in a nearby street.Mr Dobrowski was found unconscious in the early hours of Saturday but died later in hospital. He had suffered a violent, homophobic attack that caused head, neck and facial injuries.

  • 18th October 2005

    Ex-wife to be “best woman” at husband’s gay wedding 4

    12:00 AM — A Belgian woman offered up her services as "best woman" when her ex-husband married her hairdresser in a gay wedding. Tania Van Rysselberghe, 41, from Ghent, said her ex-husband, Guy Van Autreve, 40, and Danny Van der Heyden, 44, were like 'Ying and Yang.'

  • US City Mayor visited gay sex sites during official business hours 27

    12:00 AM — City investigations have revealed that Spokane mayor James E. West used his city computer to check out online profiles of gay men while traveling on official business, The Spokesman-Review reported Saturday.

  • Doctor Who spin off for Bisexual/ Gay Character

    12:00 AM — An adult version of the popular Doctor Who series has been commissioned by the BBC to explore Doctor Who's bisexual sidekick Captain Jack Harkness played by John Barrowman (pictured).

  • Two men wanted for anti-gay London murder

    Jody Dobrowski, was found unconscious in the early hours of Saturday

    12:00 AM — The Metropolitan Police are hunting to men who beat a man to death in a homophobically influenced attack on Clapham Common in south London.

  • 10th October 2005

    Anti-Gay comment halts employment tribunal 1

    12:00 AM — Marc Cranfield-Adams (pictured), a former Richmond counsellor has complained to the chairman of the regional employment tribunal board after a tribunal member made what he deemed to be an anti-gay comment.Mr Cranfield-Adams brought his case to an employment tribunal after he became depressed and suffered a nervous breakdown allegedly caused by harassment by staff at the Specialist Schools Trust.

  • Poll questions US Army’s approach to gays 1

    12:00 AM — Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) has questioned the results of a new poll exploring the impact of the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' ban on the decision of potential recruits to enlist.Similar polls conducted in Canada and Britain prior to the repeal of gay bans in those nations predicted dire consequences if gays were allowed to serve openly, yet those predictions never materialized after the fact, the group said this week.

  • Gay banker to sue HSBC for £5m after dismissal 1

    12:00 AM — A gay investment banker at HSBC has begun a £5m court case over his dismissal, which he claims was motivated by his sexuality.43-year-old Peter Lewis is openly gay and was sacked by the banking giant for "gross personal misconduct". The incident in question relates to an encounter between Mr Lewis and another male employee of the bank, which ultimately resulted in a complaint of "sexual harassment".

  • Bromley u-turn on gay wedding ceremonies 4

    Ken Livinstone, the Mayor of London wrote to the Stephen Carr, the leader of the council involved

    12:00 AM — The executive committee of Bromley Council has reversed their previous decisions on allowing civil partnership ceremonies to take place in their buildings. The leader of the Conservative controlled council had previously vowed to refuse couples to have a ceremony in their properties.The move comes after Ken Livinstone (pictured), the Mayor of London wrote to the Stephen Carr, the leader of the council saying "Having sought legal opinion I remain firm in my belief that Bromley Council is acting in a discriminatory and unlawful way by refusing civil partnership ceremonies to same-sex couples."

  • South African hospital denies surrogacy to gay couple on religious grounds 4

    12:00 AM — A gay couple looking forward to having their own baby after 16 years together have had their dreams dashed after the Catholic Church refused to approve test tube babies for gay couples.

  • London’s first gay freshers fair 37

    12:00 AM — London's first gay freshers fair will be taking place at indie bar, Trash Palace on Sunday 23rd October.

  • Sinead O’Connor slams church for gay priest witch hunt 4

    12:00 AM — Irish singer Sinead O'Connor (pictured) has slammed what she calls the Catholic Church's "witch hunt" against gay priests, warning church leaders that they are "blasphemous" for criticizing gay people.The controversial singer said she believes senior figures in the Catholic Church are now "preaching against love" in the campaign against lesbian and gay people.

  • Boy George back in UK but faces prison in the USA over cocaine charge 4

    12:00 AM — Boy George (pictured), the 44-year-old former Culture Club front man returned to Britain today after appearing in court in New York where he was charged with possessing cocaine.The star is accused of possessing 5g of cocaine that police say were found in 134 small packets in his flat in the Little Italy district of the city.

  • 11 year olds selling gay sex as rent boys 5

    12:00 AM — A Leicester politician has revealed that there are male prostitutes or rent boys as young as 11 selling sex to men in the city's parks.Councillor Mark Farmer, spokesman on crime and disorder issues told his local newspaper, the Leicester Mercury that he has received reports of up to six children, aged between 11 and 13, working in the trade.

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