1st September 2006
September issue of The Pink News out now
12:00 AM — September's The Pink News is dominated by the Middle East, exploring the impact of the conflict between Hezbollah and Israel on World Pride."IT'S BEEN a tough month for Middle East politics with Israel trying to secure its borders and stop Hezbollah rocket attacks while thousands of Lebanese citizens have been displaced, but beyond the diplomatic, democratic and ideological consequences of the current saga, the international gay community has also felt the brunt of the conflict...."
3rd August 2006
Gay campaigner calls for solidarity with Iranian activists
12:00 AM — Gay and human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell has called on the gay community to show solidarity with the Ahwazi community within Iran following the suspected execution of two gay, Ahwazi teenagers in the country last month."The Iranian regime is planning the imminent execution of 10 Ahwazi human rights activists from Khuzestan province in the south-west of Iran. They were sentenced to death after secret trials in June."
31st July 2006
Madrid Mayor conducts gay wedding despite opposition from his own party
12:00 AM — The mayor of Madrid has been criticised by his own party for officiating at the gay wedding of one of his staffAlberto Ruiz Gallardon is a member of the Spanish People's Party (PP), who themselves opposed the introduction of gay marriage in the country last year.Señor Ruiz Gallardon conducted the ceremony of Javier Gomez, a PP strategist and Manuel Rodenas, a city council employee.
13th July 2006
Senior clergyman attacks “witch hunt”of gays
12:00 AM — A senior Church of England clergyman has attacked evangelical Christians for conducting what he calls a "witch hunt" against gay people."The thought that anybody should be shown the door by the Church, I just find deeply offensive," the Very Reverend Dr John Moses said prior to his final service as Dean of St Paul's Cathedral.
Cameron rejects alliance with Polish homophobes
12:00 AM — Conservative Leader, David Cameron is due to sign a joint declaration of intent with the Czech Civic Democrats (ODS) at 4pm today, announcing their intention to leave the EPP (European Peoples Party) after the next European elections. However, he has avoided consternation within the gay community by rejecting for now an alliance with the homophobic Polish Law and Justice Party (LJP).Conservative MEPs stood for the 2004 European elections as British candidates for the EPP, the right of centre alliance of like minded parties.
HIV awareness concert cancelled following protests 3
12:00 AM — A concert to raise awayness of HIV and AIDs due to take place next week has been cancelled after protests relating to the homophobic lyrics of two of the performers.The gig, due to have been held in New York was to feature Jamaican reggae acts Beenie Man and TOK sparked protests from black LGBT campaigners outraged at the inclusion of the two acts.
12th July 2006
Gay Conservative tipped for Mayor of London challenge 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveFollowing the decision of prominent lesbian businesswoman Margot James to declare that she will not be seeking the Conservative nomination for Mayor of London, a further gay candidate has emerged.PinkNews.co.uk has learnt that Nicholas Boles, Director of the Conservative party aligned think tank, the Policy Exchange is considering standing for the Conservative nomination in an open primary to be held later this year.
11th July 2006
Police officers resign after lesbian abuse
12:00 AM — Six police officers who called a former drug addict a lesbian have resigned from Lincolnshire police force.Mark Connolly, 36, and Simon Alderson, 35, Matthew Dossett, 30, Ryan Duffy, 22, Jody Senior, 27, and Neill Webster, 23, were found guilty of disorderly conduct at Gainsborough Magistrates' Court. They then lost an appeal at Nottingham Crown Court.
8th July 2006
Clinton disappoints gay community over marriage 3
12:00 AM — Presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton has disappointed the New York gay community by specifically leaving out any pledges on gay marriage in her call for equality for gay people.Mrs Clinton, who is a New York Senator, was reacting to the judgement of the New York State Court of Appeals who ruled on Thursday that only a change in law would allow gay marriage and that banning gay marriage was therefore constitutional.
7th July 2006
Sado-masochism art at National Gallery to include warnings to parents 2
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.
Murder toilets popular for gay cruising
12:00 AM — Toilets where an eight-year-old girl was killed last week have emerged as a popular cruising ground for gay men.Sofia Rodriguez-Urrutia Shu was murdered last week in the toilets of the Livingston Marketplace shopping centre in the outskirts of Perth, Australia.The toilets had previously been featured on a popular cruising website, Squirt, promoted as "the dating site that caters to the sex pig".
Robbie Williams accused of hypocrisy over gay jibe 8
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
Celebrity Big Brother star Pete Burns appears in court 1
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.
Jewish gay rights leader tells extremists: “our gentle innocent blood will be on your hands” 23
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 paedophile jailed indefinitely for assault on boy 1
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.
Ken Livingstone looks back to school days to launch anti-homophobia campaign
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.
Prescott to face inquiry over stay with homophobic billionaire
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.
5th July 2006
Jersey Politicians vote to reduce gay age of consent
12:00 AM — Politicians on the island of Jersey have voted for a new sexual offences law that will reduce the age of consent for gay sex to 16.Deputies in the States Assembly voted by 38 votes to 11 to approve the new law that also includes a new offence of grooming a child and abusing a position of trust.Deputies will now debate an amendment that seeks to strengthen laws relating to the abuse of trust.
Prescott under fire for his anti-gay links 1
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.
Gay campaigner Nimrod Ping dies aged 46 5
12:00 AM — A gay former councillor well known in Brighton and Hove died on Monday at the age of 46.Nimrod Ping served for eight years as a councillor at the former Brighton Borough Council (now Brighton and Hove) from 1991. He was twice elected chairman of the planning committee and also the licensing committee.Thanks to his unusual name, Mr Ping attracted national notoriety.