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July 2006

  • 7th July 2006

    London Bombings remembered

    The terrorist attack on London was remebered all over the country

    12:00 AM — All over the country people remembered the London Bombings.Outside our central London offices, the streets were silent. Cars stopped and observed the silence. Office workers came out of their buildings to stand in solidarity on the streets .As the rain began to spit, we remembered those who had perished underground or in Tavistock square.

  • Sado-masochism art at National Gallery to include warnings to parents 2

    Detail from Self Portrait, 1980 © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

    12:00 AM — An exhibition of photographs by the late Robert Mapplethorpe at the National Gallery of Scotland will contain a warning to parents that images are of an "explicit nature."The gay photographer died of AIDS in 1989 and since his death the value of his work has rocketed.Mapplethorpes photographs range from relatively tame images of nude men and women to extremely explicit examples of sado-masochism.

  • Robbie Williams accused of hypocrisy over gay jibe 8

    Stonewall: Robbie Williams “risks appearing hypocritical”

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveRobbie Williams, the former Take That star who successfully sued the People and the Daily Star over claims that he was secretly gay, has been accused of hypocrisy after he joked that his footballer friend Robbie Savage, is gay.Williams told a packed Amsterdam Arena that he had news about the Blackburn Rovers star Savage. Williams said: "he's coming out."

  • 6th July 2006

    Lesbian star Mauresmo to play in Wimbledon final 2

    Finally into a Wimbledon final!

    12:00 AM — Amelie Mauresmo has made it to her first Wimbledon final, breaking her two year jinx of being knocked out in the semis.The French tennis star said that she was "very happy" to be through to Saturday's match against Justine Henin - Hardenne, after a hard fought contest against the Russian number 4, Maria Sharapova.Mauresmo won the match 6-3 3-6 6-2.

  • Bi today, gay tomorrow? The Times of India wonders 1

    Bi to gay in the wink of an eye? (photo: raminber p.s.)

    12:00 AM — The Times of India has published an extraordinary story today, about the benefits of bisexuality."A few years ago, Angelina Jolie famously said she enjoyed spending time with her female lovers. Though no such high-profile entity has advocated the cause of bisexuality in India, it is a phenomenon that is being talked about," claims the paper.

  • Ken Livingstone looks back to school days to launch anti-homophobia campaign

    Mayor of London, Ken Livinstone and Stonewall's Ben Summerskill at the launch of 'Spell it Out'

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone joined with teachers andeducationalists to launch an anti-homophobic bullying campaign spearheaded by the gay rights charity Stonewall.He drew on his own "behind the bike sheds" experiences to illustrate the change in educational needs relating to homophobia since the 1950s.

  • “Marriage” defined as only between one man and one woman? 1

    Gay right's groups are determined to stop the proposal getting to the ballot papers

    12:00 AM — In Chicago the controversy over the proposal to define marriage as between one man and one woman takes another twist.The conservative Illinois Family Institute have formally challenged the initial findings of state officials, that the proposal does not have enough valid signatures to make it onto the November 7th ballot.The petition has 345,000 signatures. State law requires that more than 95% of a petition's signatures must be valid in order for it to be processed and eventually end up on the ballot.

  • Prescott to face inquiry over stay with homophobic billionaire

    The decision to keep Mr Prescott in office is one that can only be made the Prime minister, Tony Blair

    12:00 AM — The deputy prime minister, John Prescott has told the BBC that he will not resign despite pressure over his meetings with a homophobic billionaire who aims to turn the Millennium Dome into a super-casino.Mr Prescott told BBC Radio 4: "I will get on with doing my job and I'm not leaving it."However, the decision to keep Mr Prescott in office is one that can only be made the Prime minister, Tony Blair.

  • Couple speak out about concept of Catholic family

    Gay marriage is an “eclipse of God“ the Pope claims

    12:00 AM — Although Emilio Menendez and Carlos Baturin have been together for 30 years and were the first gay couple to get married in Spain when the law was changed last year, their "family" will not be welcome at the Catholic World Meeting of Families this weekend in Valencia.The Vatican has branded gay marriages an "eclipse of God".Pope Benedict XVI will be visiting the meeting this weekend, and is likely to reiterate the Catholic Church's official views.

  • Faking HIV? AIDS campaigner arrested on fraud charges

    MS Weierbach is accused of falsifying her medical records and test results.

    12:00 AM — Cassey Weierbach, a 27 year old lesbian from Pennsylvania has been touring the US, speaking in youth groups, churches and medical conferences about her tragic childhood rape and infection with the HIV virus.But Ms Weierbach will have to put her lecture tour on hold while serious allegations that she may not in fact have HIV are investigated.

  • Gay marriages illegal in New York- court rules

    Gay weddings held in New York will only be legal with a change in the law

    12:00 AM — The Court of Appeal in New York state has ruled that gay marriages are illegal.The judges at the state's highest court in a four against two decision rejected arguments from LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) campaigners that their inability to obtain marriage licences violated their constitutional rights.

  • Indian Prince disinherited for being gay 4

    “I have found a family in the (gay) community“ Manvendra said.

    12:00 AM — Prince Manvendra (from the Royal family of Gujarat in North West India) has officially stated what has been long believed - that he is gay.Indeed, the Prince has never really sought to hide his sexual orientation, producing and staring in the gay film "Emotionally Yours", and setting up an HIV- awareness NGO to educate gay men about the dangers of the disease. This NGO, Lakshya, has solemnized gay "marriages" and is conducting research into acceptance for homosexuality in Holy Scriptures.

  • Ex HSBC banker to appeal against unfair dismissal judgement 2

    HSBC face unfair dismissal appeal

    12:00 AM — The HSBC tribunal drama continues as the former employee, Peter Lewis, announces his plans to appeal against a judgement that ruled in favour of the bank.Although the tribunal ruled that Mr Lewis had "received less favourable treatment on the grounds of sexual orientation" during the bank's internal investigation into allegations of personal misconduct, it judged that the bank had not dismissed Mr Lewis because of his sexual orientation.

  • Homophobic harassment could lead to 6 figure pay out

    CP publishing could face a £100, 000 fine

    12:00 AM — A publishing company may be required to pay more than £100,000 to an ex employee who claims that he was harassed and then fired for being gay.Jonah Ditton has been awarded £1033 in lost wages by an employment tribunal in Glasgow yesterday, but the details of his compensation are yet to be decided upon.

  • Jewish gay rights leader tells extremists: “our gentle innocent blood will be on your hands” 23

    Gay rights organisers say: “our gentle innocent blood will be on their hands“

    12:00 AM — A Jewish gay rights leader says that he will be ignoring threats from the religious communities within Israel to approach Temple Mount during the WorldPride march in Jerusalem next month.Charles Merrill, 72, was reacting to a statement by Arab member of the Israeli Parliament (Knesset), Ibrahim Sarsur, who said: " If gays will dare approach the Temple Mount during the parade, they will do so over our dead bodies."

  • Gay Jews to be welcomed at conference.

    “As an openly gay rabbi, I am proud to be a member of a movement that is making a difference,” Rabbi Young said.

    12:00 AM — Inclusiveness is at the top of the agenda at the Movement for Reform Judaism's biennial conference.The theme for the conference is "counting all of us in", and there will be sessions specifically aimed at gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews.Rabbi Roderick Young, who is leading one of these meetings said; "LGBT singles and couples form an important part of the Jewish community."

  • Gay paedophile jailed indefinitely for assault on boy 1

    Judge Dutton said: “It is clear you have an unhealthy sexual attitude towards young people.“

    12:00 AM — A convicted paedophile from Warrington who sexually assaulted an 11-year-old boy has been imprisoned indefinitely after a judge labelled him as causing a "significant risk of danger" to young people.Sentencing Scott Worrall to a minimum of four years, Judge Roger Dutton said that he will not be released for as long as he remains a danger to society.

  • Celebrity Big Brother star Pete Burns appears in court 1

    The Celebrity Big Brother contestant was accused of waging a month-long harassment campaign

    12:00 AM — The cross dressing former front man of 1980s band Dead or Alive appeared in court yesterday accused of threatening to kill his ex-gay lover.The Celebrity Big Brother contestant was accused of waging a month-long harassment campaign against his former boyfriend Jason Peters. The 46-year-old appeared late in the court dressed in a kimono and platform shoes.

  • 5th July 2006

    Prescott under fire for his anti-gay links 1

    John Prescott is now under fire for his host's anti-gay links

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott has come under fire from the gay community for his decision to stay with an American billionaire who is not only bidding to run a government licensed casino, but is also a well known for his anti-gay views.This is just the latest in a long lines of scandals to have engulfed Mr Prescott in recent months and centres on his undeclared stay with senior civil servants on Philip Anschutz's ranch in July of last year.

  • Gangster jailed for 35 years for gay masseur murder

    Judge Jeremy Roberts told Johnson that he was a sadistic individual who had shown a lack of remorse for his crimes.

    12:00 AM — A British gangster was sentenced for a minimum of 35 years for the brutal murder of a Thai gay masseur.Darren Marcus Johnson, nicknamed Chaos, was convicted of murder at the Old Bailey after the body of gay Thai man, Niphan Trikhana, was found in his flat in 2004.Judge Jeremy Roberts told Johnson that he was a sadistic individual who had shown a lack of remorse for his crimes.

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