18th January 2006
Comment: Letter of the week 5
12:00 AM — We regularly receive encouraging and inspiring letters and comments at the offices of PinkNews.co.uk, this week has been no different.PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman received one gem from a nice lady called Barbara, who has helped remind us why the struggle for sexual equality continues.
First International Gay Film Festival 57
12:00 AM — The first International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival began this week, at the Festival Del Sol in Gran Canaria.Twenty-five films will showcase the diverse realities of gay and lesbian life around the world. The 5 day event willfeature movies from a variety of genres such as comedy, drama and thrillers.
Columnist issues apology to gay campaigner 3
12:00 AM — A high profile Respect Party member has apologised for causing any distress towards gay rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell, for comments made in a newspaper column last week.However, he stood by his comments labelling Mr Tatchell as one of Britain's "most hate filled bigots" insisting it was a personal comment and by no means aimed at the gay community.
17th January 2006
Brokeback Mountain rides home victorious
12:00 AM — It was a good evening to be gay in Hollywood as cowboy drama Brokeback Mountain scooped top honours at the Golden Globe awards in Los Angeles, last night.The highly tipped movie won best film, best screenplay, best original song and best director for Ang Lee. However, lead actor Heath Ledger lost out on the best dramatic actor award to Philip Seymour Hoffman for Capote.
Lib Dem candidate gets gay backing 57
12:00 AM — Gay rights activist, Peter Tatchell put previous political battles aside this week to express his support for Liberal Democrat leadership candidate, Simon Hughes.Mr Tatchell a former Labour candidate, was defeated by Mr Hughes in the 1983 Bermondsey by-election, which was marred by homophobic taunts and violence towards Peter Tatchell's campaign.
Outrage at lack of respect for gay campaigner 3
12:00 AM — Gay rights group, Outrage, is accusing a prominent member of George Galloway's Respect Party, of encouraging homophobia and violence against leader, Peter Tatchell.In his column in Asian weekly entertainment newspaper, Desi Xpress, Adam Yosef denounced Mr Tatchell as a "bigot" who "needs a good slap in the face." Yosef urges the Australian-born activist and his "queer campaign army" to "pack their bent bags and head back to Australia".
16th January 2006
Police force is top gay employer 57
12:00 AM — Staffordshire Police has helped the British law enforcement sector overcome previous allegations of institutional homophobia by becoming the nation's top gay-friendly employer.The force that encourages gay officers to go on marches, take parenting leave and organise parties with local homosexual groups was ranked first in the Workplace Equality Index, compiled by gay activist charity, Stonewall.
EU debates homophobia 1
12:00 AM — The European Parliament is this evening debating a resolution on homophobia in Europe.The resolution strongly condemns homophobia and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in EU member states and calls on European institutions to promote and protect the human rights of all persons regardless of their sexuality.
Gay groups angered by Scottish Catholics 1
12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigners and adoption groups have been angered by the Catholic church in Scotland's plans to seek an exemption from allowing gay couples to adopt.Senior Bishops are seeking a "conscience clause" giving the church and other faith-based groups the right to reject applicants to their adoption agencies on the basis of gender.
15th January 2006
Comment: Would the Pope face arrest for homophobia? 13
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman asks if the Pope would be welcome in Britain after his comments on gay marriage.It's been a busy month for gay rights activists. After a brief respite from the Muslim Council of Britain's, Sir Iqbal Sacranie's homophobic comments, now the Pope Benedict XVI has used a public platform to denounce homosexuality.
14th January 2006
“Gay horse” case dropped
12:00 AM — A student from Oxford University who labelled a police horse as "gay" will not be prosecuted.Sam Brown, originally from Belfast, approached a mounted police officer during a night out with friends in Oxford and said: "Excuse me, do you realise your horse is gay?"Following the comments, police backup arrived in two squad cars and arrested Mr Brown under the Public Order Act.
13th January 2006
Gay Doctor Who star was too straight for Will and Grace 7
12:00 AM — John Barrowman, the gay star of Doctor Who was told he was "too straight" to play the part of Will in the hit US comedy Will and Grace.The 38 year old actor who is well known across the world as Doctor Who's bisexual sidekick Captain Jack Harkness claimed that offering the led role in the gay sitcom to a straight actor, Eric McCormack was typical of "homophobic" Hollywood.
NHS criticised over lack of planning for sexual health
12:00 AM — NHS trusts in England have been accused of neglecting to plan adequately for sexual health provision by a consortium of sexual health charities.A report published today claims that despite central government funding being available for planning, half of all Primary Care Trust (PCT) local delivery plans for the next three years fail to mention specific targets to improving access to sexual health services.
Gay rights groups protest over Pope’s stance on same sex marriage 13
12:00 AM — Gay rights activists protested outside St Peter's Square this evening, following the condemnation of gay marriage by the Pope, Benedict XVI on Thursday.The group avoided entering the square, which is Vatican territory, but demonstrated just outside of it with banners criticising the Church's stance on homosexuality.
12th January 2006
South Africa bans gays from giving blood
12:00 AM — South Africa has followed many other countries in banning sexually active gay men from donating blood"A man who has had sex with another man within the last five years, whether oral or anal sex, with or without a condom ... is not permitted to donate blood and must please not do so," Dr. Robert Crookes, head of the national blood service said today.South Africa has the world's highest number of HIV cases with more than 5 million people infected.
Muslim leader to be investigated by police over gay comments 12
12:00 AM — Sir Iqbal Sacranie, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, is under investigation by the Metropolitan police over allegations that comments he made on homosexuality may have breached the Public Order Act.Scotland Yard said in a statement that it had : "received a report of comments made in a radio interview which the complainant believed were homophobic in nature and asked us to investigate."
New Jersey moves towards gay marriage
12:00 AM — New Jersey politicians voted this week to give same-sex couples the same rights as married couples regarding inheritance and funeral arrangements and to extend gay couples' access to health benefits in the public sector.The two bills were passed overwhelmingly in the state legislature and will now be sent to the state's Governor, Richard Codey, who is expected to sign both.
11th January 2006
Brokeback Mountain 5
12:00 AM — In one of the most remarkable films of recent years, Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal play a pair of cowboys desperately and secretly in a love in rural American.Ledger plays Ennis Del Mar, a young ranch hand of few words, set side by side with chatty rodeo cowboy Jack Twist (Gyllenhaal).During a season herding sheep across the mountains, the pair become close and experience a passionate sexual relationship.
Government denies that marriage is a dirty word 1
12:00 AM — The government have denied allegations made today in a national newspaper claiming that the words "marriage" and "weddings" will be consigned to the dustbin of history in order to avoid offending gay couples.The Daily Mail reported that the Department of Trade and Industry's Women and Equality Unit together with the Treasury and local authorities have sent a checklist of changes to registry offices following the introduction of the Civil Partnerships Act last year.
Gay police officers face homophobia from Christians and Muslims 15
12:00 AM — Gay police officers are facing "faith based" homophobia from colleagues, the Gay Police Association (GPA) claims.The GPA claims that its 24-hour help line has received a 75 per cent increase in calls and warns that much of this is caused by homophobia from Christian and Muslim officers.Vic Codling, the GPA's national co-ordinator told Police Review that there were 14 cases last year of so-called "faith based" homophobia.