26th January 2006
Tatchell: “I thought that Simon Hughes was queer too” 19
12:00 AM — Peter Tatchell, who was defeated as the Labour candidate in the 1983 Bermondsey by-election that saw Simon Hughes enter Parliament today claims that he always believed Mr Hughes had a gay past."It is good that Simon is finally being frank and honest about his sexuality." Mr Tatchell said in reaction to Mr Hughes's admission that he is bisexual. "It is a shame he felt he needed to deny it but now he has made the decision to be truthful we should leave it at that and move on."
Simon Hughes: “I’m bisexual” 21
12:00 AM — Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat leadership contender has finally revealed that he is bisexual and that he has had gay relationships in the past. In the past weeks, he publicly stated that he was not gay.In an interview published this morning in the Sun, Mr Hughes admitted that he has had, "both homosexual and heterosexual relationships in the past." In the interview he admitted using a gay telephone chat service. This morning, Mr Hughes confirmed to PinkNews.co.uk that he is "bisexual."
Simon Hughes admits to gay relationships and apologises for lying 19
12:00 AM — Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat leadership contender has finally revealed that he has had gay relationships in the past. In the past weeks, he publicly stated that he was not gay.In an interview published this morning in the Sun, Mr Hughes admitted that he has had, "both homosexual and heterosexual relationships in the past." In the interview he admitted using a gay telephone chat service.
25th January 2006
USA votes with Iran to deny gay rights representation at the UN 1
12:00 AM — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force has denounced the United States' vote against two gay rights organizations' applications to join the United Nations Economic and Social Council.The United States joined the repressive, anti-gay regimes of Iran, Zimbabwe, China, Cameroon and others in voting against even granting a hearing to the application of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) and the Danish Association of Gays and Lesbians (Landsforeningen for Bosser og Lesbiske — LBL).
24th January 2006
Muslim leader will not face charges over gay comments 12
12:00 AM — Sir Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, will not face charges over allegedly homophobic remarks he made in a BBC radio interview, it was confirmed yesterday.It emerged earlier this month that Sir Iqbal would face investigation over the comments made on civil partnerships and gay rights in an interview for Radio 4's PM programme.
Will Grace to end with a wedding 3
12:00 AM — The makers of the hit Channel 4 sitcom Will Grace, NBC, has announced that the series will end after eight years."It is a bittersweet moment for all of us at NBC to confirm that this will be the final season of the comedy Will Grace," said NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly yesterday.The show's producers say that the series will end with a two-hour finale which will include a baby and a wedding.
Simon Cowell slammed by gay rights groups
12:00 AM — Pop Idol and X Factor judge, Simon Cowell, has been condemned by a leading gay rights group over a comment he made to a contestant on American Idol.Mr Cowell told a male contestant to "shave off your beard wear a dress" in the first episode of the fifth series, while fellow judge Randy Jackson asked one: "Are you a girl?"
Simon Hughes apologises for homophobic smears in 1983 22
12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat leadership contender, Simon Hughes has belatedly apologised for homophobic campaigning that led to his election as an MP in 1983.Mr Hughes won the Bermondsey by-election in 1983 against the gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, then representing the Labour party in what should have been a safe seat.
23rd January 2006
PM’s website hosts petition to dismiss Ruth Kelly 18
9:40 PM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusivePinkNews.co.uk has discovered that Prime Minister Tony Blair's own website is currently running a petition calling on him to remove Ruth Kelly from her role as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Minister for Women and Equality."Ruth Kelly is incompatible with this position as she holds views about homosexuality (and other issues) which are contrary to the equality agenda which it is her ministerial duty to promote."
Youths jailed for gay killing 2
12:00 AM — Four people convicted of killing a gay London man in a "happy slapping" attack in 2004 have been handed long prison terms.Reece Sargeant, 21, Darren Case, 18, and David Blenman, 17, were each given 12-year sentences in the unprovoked murder of David Morley. Chelsea O'Mahoney, who was 15 at the time, was sentenced to eight years.
22nd January 2006
Lib Dem MP resigns over “gay” relationship 5
12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, Mark Oaten has resigned after newspaper allegations of a gay relationship with a male prostitute.Mr Oaten, 41, reacted to claims in the News of the World, which said the married father of two had been involved in a relationship with a "rent boy," in 2004. The paper revealed that he was in a "lengthy" relationship with the man, 23, which included "three-in-a-bed sex."
21st January 2006
Rural gay support group opens 1
12:00 AM — A gay group is expanding in Gloucestershire to provide further support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the area.Gay-Glos, funded by the Big Lottery, will launch Friendship Support Groups in February for LGBT people, their families and friends.
20th January 2006
World Aids Day hits record numbers 2
12:00 AM — Nearly 5 million people pledged their support to the2005 World AIDS Day, the National Aids Trust revealed today.Record numbers of advocates logged onto wordaidsday.orgin the five weeks since the event, double the 2004 figures.For the first time in recent years, Red Ribbons were also widely available across the country, via collection boxes in Carphone Warehouse outlets and selected Fire Brigades, including all 111 fire stations in London.
19th January 2006
Brokeback Mountain gets BAFTA nominations 5
12:00 AM — Having just saddled up from a successful evening at the Golden Globes, gay love story, Brokeback Mountain has now been nominated for 9 British Academy Film Awards.The cowboy movie will battle with race relations thriller Crash, and Capote, a biopic on author Truman Capote, for best film at the awards which are announced on February 19.
Gay weddings “unbiblical” and “unworkable” 29
12:00 AM — A senior Church of England bishop has criticised his colleague's stance over gay "weddings" for priests as "unbiblical" and unworkable.The Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, said guidance issued by the House of Bishops in response to civil partnerships was against Church teaching and unity.
18th January 2006
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.
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.
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
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".