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January 2007

  • 18th January 2007

    Education Secretary stands up for gay song 1

    Alan Johnson, a candidate for the deputy leader of the Labour party once John Prescott stands down, stood up for gay rights during the recent Cabinet row over the Sexual Orientation Regulations.

    12:11 PM — Alan Johnson, Secretary of State for Education and Skills, has told BBC Radio 4 listeners that he would be happy if the song (Sing If You're) Glad To Be Gay is included in a book for schoolchildren.The Daily Express reports that the comments have "sparked a major row."

  • Gay homeless charity gets new chief

    16 year old Albert Kennedy fell to his death from the top of a car park in Manchester whilst trying to escape a car load of queerbashers.

    11:30 AM — The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), a charity that works with and supports homeless LGBT teenagers, has a new chief executive.Tim Sigsworth has joined AKT from the Lesbian and Gay Foundation in Manchester.Mr Sigsworth replaces Richard McKendrick, who left AKT at the end of 2006 to take up a new role as Director of Operations at Addaction.

  • Daffyd’s home village becomes conservation area

    What Ceredigion council are not empahsising is that none of the Daffyd sketches were even filmed in Wales, never mind  Llanddewi Brefi.

    10:58 AM — The Welsh village made famous by the Little Britain gay caricature Daffyd Thomas is to be given conservation status.Ceredigion County Council revealed yesterday that Llanddewi Brefi had been chosen because of its new-found fame.The council said the conservation statue will help maintain the village's character.

  • Red carpet row escalates 4

    Earlier in the week another star of Greys Anatomy attacked Washington's public denials that he used homophobic language.

    10:35 AM — The ongoing feud over what was or was not said in the heat of an on-set argument between the stars of hit US drama Grey's Anatomy shows no sign of dying down.GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, are demanding that actor Isaiah Washington apologise for using the word 'faggot' when he denied calling co-star TR Knight a faggot on set.

  • Crystal meth users now face seven years in jail

    Gay men who use crystal meth were between two and three times more likely to have unsafe sex as those who do not use the drug. photo: DEA

    10:05 AM — People who take and deal in methamphetamine, commonly known as crystal meth, face the severest penalties possible from today when it is reclassified from a Class B to a Class A substance.The Home Office decided to reclassify last year, after an explosion in the use of the drug amongst gay men who attend nightclubs.

  • 17th January 2007

    THT get £1.5m Lottery grant for youth project 2

    THT plans to establish boards of young people aged 13 to 18 in seven regions in England.

    5:56 PM — HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has been awarded close to £1.5m by the Big Lottery Fund.The grant will be used to establish a sex and relationships education (SRE) project for young people across England.The three-year project will be launched in April with the title "Young Leaders," and will be directed entirely by the young people involved.

  • Pride guru Paul Wilde dies 9

    “He is going to leave an enormous hole in all of our lives.“

    5:06 PM — London club owner Paul Wilde, the mastermind behind the most successful Pride events in the country, has died aged 51.Paul died in his sleep and was found this morning in his flat above his venue South Central, in Vauxhall, London.Paul ran Wilde Ones Event Services, which has been the production backbone of Brighton Pride for the last 7 years.

  • Moscow Gay Pride row moves to Euro court 1

    Over 120 people including a German MP were arrested during the chaotic scenes at Moscow Pride as gay campaigners from all over the world converged in the Russian capital.

    1:53 PM — The ongoing dispute between gay activists in Russia and the Moscow city authorities will now move to the European Court of Human Rights.As reported on PinkNews.co.uk, in May 2006 the city's mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, refused to issue a permit for the Pride march.Gay activists pressed on with Moscow Pride on 27th May, despite the ban, police arrests, and violence from neo-fascists.

  • Boyzone star out-drinks rugby hardman

    The 30-year-old singer, who came out in 1999, was actually born on the booziest day of the year, St Patrick's Day.

    12:25 PM — Gay performer Stephen Gately can hold his drink better than one of England's rugby heroes, it has been revealed.The 30-year-old singer, who came out in 1999, was actually born on the booziest day of the year, St Patrick's Day. (17th March)Rugby star Kyran Bracken has told The Sun newspaper that he has been mocked by fellow players after he admitted that the gay pop star drank more than him on a night out.

  • Homophobia row spills onto red carpet 4

    TR Knight, who plays Dr George O'Malley on the show.

    12:20 PM — The stars of hit medical drama Grey,s Anatomy are engaged in a very public war of words over an alleged incident of homophobic abuse.Speaking at the Golden Globe awards on Monday, cast member Isaiah Washington attempted to rehabilitate his image.He was accused last October of abusing fellow actor TR Knight, who plays Dr George O'Malley on the show.

  • Top Manhattan firm in gay lawsuit

    Mr Charney wants a jury trial and is asking for undisclosed damages.

    11:11 AM — One of New York's most prestigious law firms is being sued for discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation by one of their own lawyers.28-year-old associate Aaron B Charney says in his suit that senior colleagues subjected him to "lewd and illegal conduct," The New York Times reports.Sullivan Cromwell, founded in 1879, is one of America's best known - and profitable - law firms.

  • Football stars talk about being gay – anonymously 3

    The magazine praises the UK for its anti-homophobia campaigns, and claims the German football authorities could learn from our example.

    10:48 AM — Two stars of the German football league have given in-depth interviews to a magazine about life as a gay man in the top flight of soccer - on condition that their identities were kept secret.RUND magazine spent two years gaining the trust of the players and researching homophobia in the beautiful game.Just like the UK, there are no out gay professional footballers in the German leagues.

  • Gay-friendly Obama to run for President 2

    As well as being anti-war, Obama is pro-choice, favours civil unions for lesbian and gay couples and supports universal health care.

    10:24 AM — Senator Barack Obama took the first step on the road to the White House yesterday.The 45-year-old junior Senator from Illinois announced that he is forming an exploratory committee, which allows him to raise funds and put together a campaign.Obama is the only African-American in the Senate, and his candidacy is already being compared to that of President John F Kennedy.

  • Time to get on the piste with gay skiers

    Contact Alternative Holidays via their website www.alternative-holidays.com or call 020 8902 7177.

    10:22 AM — Gay snow enthusiasts from across Europe are trying on their lurid clothing and unpacking their skis in preparation for a huge gay outing.The annual Alternative Ski event is being held this year at the world's largest ski domain, Les Trois Vallees in the French Alps, from Saturday March 10th to Saturday March 17th. At an altitude of 2,300 metres, the slopes at Les Trois Vallées are the highest in Europe.

  • 16th January 2007

    Arnie faces pressure from gay Republicans 1

    The Austrian-American has a poor record on gay rights.

    6:09 PM — The Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is under pressure from gay activists in his own party to approve a gay marriage bill.The former action star is seen as a moderate Republican who learned to work with the Democrat-controlled state legislature since he took office in 2003.Now members of the Log Cabin Republicans, an LGBT lobbying group, are calling on the governor to treat gay rights as a civil rights issue.

  • Ex-archbishop steps into Exeter student row 4

    Lord Carey has given a written statement to the High Court, supporting the ECU.

    3:37 PM — George Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, has involved himself in the ongoing dispute between student groups at Exeter University.As previously reported on PinkNews.co.uk, a group of Christian students at Exeter University are going to court to try to set a legal precedent about acceptance of gay rights.

  • Gay judge hearing Tube bomb trial 1

    His appointment as a High Court judge in 2002 was the first time that an openly homosexual QC had been elevated to the court.

    12:14 PM — The first openly gay man to be appointed a High Court judge is presiding over the trial of six men accused of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause explosions.The charges relate to an attempt to bomb the London underground system on July 21st 2005, two weeks after the devastating attacks of July 7th.Muktar Ibrahim, Manfo Asiedu, Hussein Osman, Yassin Omar, Ramzi Mohammed and Adel Yahya all deny the charges.

  • Czech gay man wins landmark discrimination case

    In court the centre's management said they had found a better qualified candidate for the job.

    11:51 AM — In yet another sign of positive change in the new EU states, a gay man has won damages after being denied a job as a masseur because of his sexuality.Lech Sydor, a 43-year-old Czech citizen, was awarded 70,000 koruna (£1,660) and received an apology for his treatment, AFP reports.The landmark ruling is the first time that a Czech court has ruled on an issue of work discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

  • Suppressed gay play comes to London 1

    The playwright's own death ten years later is still a source of controversy.

    11:28 AM — He is regarded as one of the greatest American dramatists of the 20th century.From A Streetcar Named Desire to Sweet Bird of Youth Tennessee Williams brought alive a Southern, decadent and decaying world, dripping with homosexual subtext and tragic female characters.Now a play that Williams would not have performed in his own lifetime is to come to the UK this March, The Independent  reports.

  • Transsexual’s two passports request denied 1

    In the UK, the Gender Recognition Act came into effect in 2005 and granted legal recognition to transsexuals. photo: jcorrius@flickr

    10:51 AM — Norwegian police officials have turned down a request from a transsexual to be issued with two passports.The 63-year-old, reported to be a crime fiction author, accused the authorities of trans discrimination.The Aftenposten newspaper in Oslo reported yesterday that the Ministry of Justice had dismissed the accusation of discrimination.

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