6th September 2006
Gay equality department hit by resignations
12:00 AM — A minister and six Parliamentary Private Secretaries (PPS) including one from the Department for Communities and Local Government, which represents the gay community as part of its portfolio, have resigned today, heaping more pressure on Tony Blair to announce a departure date.Chris Mole resigned from DCLG unhappy at the Prime Minister's leadership and his silence regarding a departure date, following junior defence minister Tom Watson this afternoon.
BNP back anti-gay preacher 4
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe British National Party has come out in support of anti-gay protester Stephen Green, who was arrested at the Cardiff Mardi Gras for handing out leaflets condemning same sex relationships.On their website the BNP has questioned the grounds for Mr Green's arrest, and have noted how the BNP and Christian Voice share the same aims: "the Christian Voice Web site broadly echoes the BNP's national outlook."
Sharon O vs. Paul O’G – let battle commence
12:00 AM — She secured her place in the hearts of many a gay man through her camp performances on X Factor. His drag performances made him an icon back in the bad old days of the 1980s.Now Sharon Osbourne and Paul O'Grady are the latest tools in the deadly battle between the UK's two major commercial broadcasters for the lucrative teatime audience.
Preacher denies Cardiff Mardi Gras charges 2
12:00 AM — Stephen Green, director of Christian Voice, has appeared in magistrates court following his arrest last weekend at Cardiff Mardi Gras.He denied charges that he had used threatening words and behaviour whilst handing out leaflets entitled "Same-sex love - same-sex sex: What does the Bible say?" at the entrance to the Cardiff festival on Saturday, reports BBC News Online.
Greenwich councillors experiment with gay surgeries
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA trio of Tory councillors are trying to reach out to people in their Greenwich borough by offering a surgery: "that specifically works for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community."The councillors are holding monthly meetings at local LGBT bar The Woolwich Infant to help "younger people who, politically, are not so switched on, and don't know who to get in contact with us," according to one of three Greenwich Conservative councillor who devised the surgeries.
Cheggers plays homophobe in Extras
12:00 AM — Gay icon Keith Chegwin is to star as a foul-mouthed gay basher in the upcoming series of Ricky Gervais-scripted comedy Extras. Cheggers, known to millions as the lovable face of 1980's kids TV, wowed gay audiences with his chiselled body in the experimental Channel Five show Naked Jungle in 2000.All the contestants in the gameshow were naked - as was Cheggers. Inexplicably, only one episode of the show was ever made.
Stonewall not impressed with new equality head 1
12:00 AM — Leading gay rights organisation Stonewall has expressed concern over press reports that the current chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality is set to take control of the new 'super-commission' for human rights and equality.Trevor Phillips has had a controversial tenure at the CRE, criticising the concept of multi-culturalism and warning against the dangers of de-facto segregation in schools.
Transsexual recognition increasing in South Korea
12:00 AM — South Korea has seen an increasing amount of transsexuals applying for gender reassignment since a landmark case allowed a transgender male to be legally recognised earlier this year.The Supreme Court announced that 17 transsexuals have applied to have their gender registered on legal records since the ruling last June.
US military gay policy deteriorating female presence 5
12:00 AM — Women continue to be discharged at twice the rate of their presence in the armed forces under the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law banning openly lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members, according to new data obtained by Servicemembers Legal Defence Network.While women account for approximately 15 percent of the armed forces, they totalled 30 percent of those dismissed under the gay ban in fiscal year 2005.
Anti gay groups courting minority churches
12:00 AM — Conservative groups pushing for the passage of a constitutional ban on gay marriage in Virginia are asking leaders of the state's minority churches for their support."African-American churches and social conservatives have more in common in our belief system than anyone could imagine," Chris Freund, of the Family Foundation, told a group of mostly black and Latino ministers last month at Pat Robertson's Regent University, reports The Associated Press.