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April 2007

  • 30th April 2007

    Will and Grace creators settle dispute with NBC 3

    The show was the first successful US sitcom based on gay characters

    8:15 PM — David Kohan and Jason "Max" Mutchnick, who created the hit gay sitcom Will and Grace have settled a dispute with the American broadcaster NBC that claimed they were cheated out of the show's revenue.The pair sought sought $55m (£27.6m) from NBC after claiming did not pay them a fair market value for the series.

  • Tory councillor’s gay dating profile a hoax 3

    In the last series of BBC reality show  The Apprentice  Mr Stanberry was the first contestant to be fired by Sir Alan Sugar.

    4:53 PM — A London councillor who appeared as a contestant on The Apprentice has said a gay dating profile with his picture on it is a hoax.Ben Stanberry is a Conservative councillor in Richmond-upon-Thames. He suspects the fake profile was posted by a disgruntled former student.In the last series of BBC reality show The Apprentice Mr Stanberry was the first contestant to be fired by Sir Alan Sugar.

  • Campaign highlights illegal treatment of HIV+ people

    The law has changed and now covers everybody who knows they have HIV.

    4:35 PM — Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has launched a new campaign today aimed at helping people with HIV.It aims to ensure that they receive fair and equal treatment in healthcare.The Healthy Respect campaign sets out the standards of care that people should receive from GPs, dentists and hospitals.

  • Smoking ban comes into force 4

    The NHS estimate that 12,000 gay men die from smoking related diseases every year, vastly more than die from HIV/AIDS.

    12:46 PM — Belfast's gay bars will become the latest to go smoke-free today, as Northern Ireland becomes the second part of the UK to enforce a smoking ban.Bans are already in place in the Republic of Ireland, Wales and Scotland.Only England remains, where LGBT people only have until the end of June to continue to smoke in enclosed public places like bars and clubs.

  • Outspoken bishop gets more death threats 10

    Monsignor Bagnasco was appointed head of the Bishops Conference in March.

    12:12 PM — An Italian bishop who compared moves to give gay couples some rights to incest and child abuse is under police guard after he was sent a live bullet in the post.The guard was put in place earlier this month after Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco's cathedral was attacked by vandals.At Sunday Mass security was stepped up with two bodyguards accompanying the Archbishop.

  • Child sexual abuse may lead to risky behaviour

    The study's authors recommended further research to help determine how childhood sexual abuse contributes to sexual risk taking.

    12:00 PM — A study has found that gay and bisexual men who were victims of childhood sexual abuse are more likely to engage in sexual behaviours that put them at higher risk of contracting HIV.A survey of 862 randomly selected gay and bisexual men who were enrolled in a community festival found that almost one in seven had been victims of childhood sexual abuse.Those who reported regular childhood sexual abuse were at significantly greater risk for being HIV positive.

  • Boy George arrested over gay bondage claim

    The Metropolitan Police confirmed to the paper they are investigating Mr Carlsen's claims.

    11:45 AM — A Norwegian escort has claimed that singer and DJ Boy George chained him to a wall against his will.George has been arrested by police and bailed to appear before magistrates on charges of forced imprisonment and assault. The Mirror reports that 28-year-old Auden Carlsen met the former Culture Club singer on website Gaydar.

  • Gordon Brown’s homophobic abuse 3

    Yesterday  The Sunday Times  reported that Tony Blair is going to publicly back Mr Brown for the leadership.

    11:29 AM — The man expected to become Britain's next Prime Minister was verbally assaulted in Soho last week.A gang of hoodies taunted Gordon Brown with anti-gay jibes as he left a restaurant in Greek St.thelondonpaper reports that on Thursday evening the Chancellor was outside the Gay Hussar, a favourite with Westminster politicians, when the gang started to shout abuse.

  • Feuding McGreeveys told to think of the child 1

    The former couple are battling for temporary custody of 5-year-old Jacqueline.

    11:16 AM — The judge presiding over the highly publicised divorce of the openly gay New Jersey ex-Governor James McGreevey and his estranged wife urged them on Friday to use "common sense" during their split.The Associated Press reports that Judge Karen Cassidy also called McGreevey's sexual orientation insignificant to the case.The courtroom session with McGreevey and Dina Matos McGreevey was their first public appearance together.

  • Gay rights on the agenda as elections called in Ireland

    The Labour party's Civil Unions Bill was debated in the Dáil in February and was well received by all political parties represented.

    11:00 AM — Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern asked the country's President to dissolve Parliament yesterday.A general election will be held on May 24th. It is expected to be a close race.Last week a website was launched to raise awareness among the gay community of the forthcoming election.

  • US gay hate crime bill moves forward 7

    Most US states recognise the problem of hate violence.

    10:46 AM — Last week the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act passed out of the Judiciary Committee.The legislation now makes its way to the floor of the United States House of Representatives for consideration by the full chamber."Law enforcement is now one step closer to getting the extra tools they need to combat hate violence," said Joe Solmonese, President of the Human Rights Campaign.

  • Discrimination protections become law 5

    After weeks of debate Tony Blair announced that faith-based adoption agencies have until the end of 2008 to comply with the regulations.

    10:28 AM — The Sexual Orientation Regulations come into force in Britain today.It is now illegal to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation when providing goods, services and facilities.Heterosexual people are also covered by the new law, meaning that it is now illegal to refuse them entry into gay bars.

  • 28th April 2007

    Police raid closes gay club for rest of the weekend

    PinkNews.co.uk has heard criticism of the police for taking photographs of clubbers (but not taking their names).

    8:10 PM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveFire, the club raided by police in the early hours of Saturday morning has confirmed that they will be closed for the remainder of this weekend but will re-open for next week's bank holiday long weekend.Megan Jones promotions manager for Orange Club, who run Fire told PinkNews.co.uk : "The raid was civilised and with the full cooperation from staff and security personnel."

  • Clubbers filmed raid on gay club

    The A:M night at fire, taken at an earlier date (promotional photograph)

    4:00 PM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay clubbers captured the police raid that resulted in the Fire gay nightclub being shut down by Lambeth police in the early hours of Saturday morning. Witnesses claim hundreds of police were involved in the raid.PinkNews.co.uk has heard criticism of the police for taking photographs of clubbers (but not taking their names). One reader pointed out that this was a particular worry for those not yet openly gay.

  • Concerns raised over police tactics during gay club raid

    Nine people were arrested in the raid that followed a three month long intelligence led operation into Class A drugs- codenamed Pivot.

    2:30 PM — The Fire gay nightclub has been temporarily closed following a raid by Lambeth police in the early hours of Saturday morning. Witnesses claim hundreds of police were involved in the raid.PinkNews.co.uk has heard criticism of the police for taking photographs of clubbers (but not taking their names). One reader pointed out that this was a particular worry for those not yet out.Nine people were arrested in the raid that followed a three month long intelligence led operation into Class A drugs- codenamed Pivot.

  • Gay nightclub Fire shut down after raid by police

    The A:M night at fire, taken at an earlier date (promotional photograph)

    1:50 PM — The Fire gay nightclub has been temporarily closed following a raid by Lambeth police in the early hours of Saturday morning.Nine people were arrested in the raid that followed a three month long intelligence led operation into Class A drugs- codenamed Pivot.Officers armed with a search warrant raided the club in Vauxhall at 2:15 am on Saturday. Suspects are being held in a central London police station.

  • 27th April 2007

    BBC’s gay programme extended to one hour

    Gay Night is broadcast as part of the Citizen Manchester strand of community programmes on BBC Radio Manchester.

    5:48 PM — The only gay radio show on the BBC is moving timeslots. Gay Night on BBC Radio Manchester will now be broadcast on Mondays - and it will be twice as long.The popular community show, previously called GayTalk, is moving from 6.30pm Wednesday to Monday evenings at 8pm.With the show now an hour long, there will be twice as many features and guests and more music.

  • Gay MEP questions Tory tactics on homophobia

    Mr Cashman represents the West Midlands and is one of only two out gay MEPs.

    5:34 PM — Labour MEP Michael Cashman has strongly condemned the actions of Conservative MEPs who sided with extreme-right political groups in an attempt to suppress a debate on homophobia.On Wednesday the European Parliament voted to send a fact-finding mission to Poland to investigate a new laws that seek to suppress discussion of gay issues in schools.The extreme-right Union for Europe of the Nations (UEN) Group attempted to suppress the debate.

  • Analysis: Gays – football’s last taboo 3

    Well-known footballers should be encouraged to front media campaigns calling on homophobia to be kicked out of football.

    5:15 PM — An article by Portsmouth goalkeeper David James, published in The Observer earlier this month, has re-ignited one of the crucial but rarely asked questions in football: why are there no openly gay players?There were times when reading the article that I laughed out loud at some of his comments.My favourite section reads: "Down the years I could easily have been accused of being gay."

  • Gay bishop plans civil union

    Bishop Robinson lives with his partner of eighteen years, Mark Andrew, a state health care administrator.

    3:21 PM — Gene Robinson has welcomed the introduction of civil unions in the state where he is bishop, and said he hopes to take advantage of his new rights as soon as possible.His election as Bishop of New Hampshire in 2002 made him the first openly gay man to reach such a high position in the Anglican church.His elevation also caused an ongoing row within the church.

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