28th April 2006
Senior gay police officer claims he may be forced to quit post 1
12:00 AM — Brian Paddick, the Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Britain's most senior gay police officer has said that he maybe forced to quit the force by the end of the year.The Pandora column in the Independent claimed that whilst attending a fund-raising party for Stonewall, Mr Paddick told guests that he had fallen out with the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Ian Blair.
“God Hates Fags” church continues to make homophobic protests at military funerals 12
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive FeatureA church in Kansas has continued its protests of funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq, claiming that their deaths are punishments from God for homosexuality.The Westboro Baptist church who run a website called GodHatesFags have protested at over 100 funerals of soldiers killed in the line of duty in Iraq. Their campaign is called "Thank God for Improvised Explosive Devices."
Care assistant tells tribunal he was sacked for being gay
12:00 AM — A care assistant from Blakenhall, Wolverhampton has told an employment tribunal that he was unfairly sacked from caring for the elderly because he is gay.Sean Williams is seeking damages from the Woodhaven residential home where he worked caring for those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia. He claims that he was sacked after a years service without his employers carrying out a disciplinary or dismissal procedure.
27th April 2006
Students demand dismissal of “homophobic” basketball coach
12:00 AM — Students from Pennsylvania State University held a protest yesterday demanding the dismissal of a basketball coach who they allege is homophobic.The group of students representing gay and black students together with an HIV education group and delegates from the students' union protested outside the office of university president Graham Spainer.The students demanded a change in the way that the institution deals with issues relating to gay people and other minority groups.
Dairylea owner will sponsor Gay Games
12:00 AM — Shareholders in the makers of Dairylea, Philadelphia and Terry's Chocolate Orange have voted to continue to sponsor the Gay Games.Shareholders in the American company Kraft Foods who own a variety of brands in Britain and the USA were asked whether the company should drop its sponsorship of this summer's Gay Games.The issue was raised following a shareholder resolution calling for Kraft to cease sponsorship of the Gay Games and other gay events.
Graham Norton: “I’m too old to be attractive to gay men” 3
12:00 AM — Camp television personality Graham Norton claims that he is too old to find love.The 43-year-old gay presenter of Strictly Come Dancing things that he's too ancient to be attractive to other gay men.He told Closer magazine: "People don't ever throw themselves at me. They come over and say hello but they're not going to waste time having sex with you when you're an older man."
26th April 2006
New Zealand civil unions branded a “waste of time”
12:00 AM — The introduction of civil unions in New Zealand have been branded as a "waste of time" after only 458 gay and straight couples have chosen to civil unions over 20,000 straight couples who opted for marriages.New Zealand introduced civil unions a year ago today for both gay and straight couples although only straight couples are entitled to marry under the legislation within the Marriage Act. National Party MP Bill English, who opposed them said: "It was largely a waste of time."
Gay BBC executive’s murder reconstructed on Crimewatch 1
12:00 AM — The murder of a gay retired BBC executive was reconstructed on the BBC One Crimewatch programme last night in a bid to bring the killer to justice.Hallam Tennyson, the 85 year-old great-grandson of Victorian Poet Laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was discovered in his flat in Highgate, north London on December 21 2005. Mr Tennyson, who was gay had suffered serious head injuries, and had several stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
25th April 2006
Gay love poem to Oscar Wilde among literary treasures donated to university
12:00 AM — Rare documents chronicling the rise and fall of Oscar Wilde together with a poem by Wilde's gay lover, Lord Alfred Douglas are among the literary treasures donated to the University of Leeds yesterday by a wealthy New York based couple.The newly acquired treasures include Wilde's lectures notes from his 1882 tour of America, marking his rise to fame in addition to a rare copy of the Oxford University journal The Chameleon that played a part in his fall from grace.
Vatican bans church service for gays 1
12:00 AM — The Vatican has banned a service for gay Catholics at a church in Bavaria due to its close proximity to a gay pride festival being held in the area.Josef Heigl, vicar general for the diocese of Augsburg told the Reuters news agency that the Vatican had stopped the service, which has been taking place during the Christopher Street Day gay festival since 1999, to allay fears that it might give the impression that the Catholic Church endorsed gay rights.
23rd April 2006
Dutch MP condemns Islam’s homophobia
12:00 AM — A Dutch Muslim-born politician has condemned Islam's attitudes to homosexuality and claims that the Netherlands have not done enough to protect gay asylum seekers who face death in their country of origin.Ayaan Hirsi Ali, first gained international attention with a film documenting voilence against women within Islamic societies. Her new film claims that Islam is responsible for a great deal of homophobia.
22nd April 2006
Appeal court upholds ban on homophobic t-shirts in US schools 1
12:00 AM — American high schools have been told by an appeal court that they can ban students from wearing t-shirts that can be hurtful to fellow students after a San Diego school banned a pupil from wearing a t-shirt proclaiming that "homosexuality is shameful."Teenager Tyler Harper student sued Poway High School, claiming that banning him from wearing the t-shirt violated his free speech, religious freedom and due process rights.
Spain still supports gay marriage a year on
12:00 AM — Despite it being a predominantly Catholic country, most in Spain believe that introducing gay marriage was right.A survey by the Instituto Opina polling organisation found that 61 per cent of those questioned agreed with the statement: "Do you agree or disagree with the government's decision to legalize same-sex marriage."On June 30th 2004, Spanish minister of justice Juan Fernando López Aguilar announced legislation to extend the right to marriage to same-sex couples.
Elton John “shocked” that George Michael blames him for woes
12:00 AM — The gay pop star Sir Elton John said yesterday that that he was shocked that fellow gay star George Michael blames him over his troubled lifestyle.In an interview to be broadcast this evening, George Michael will tell Michael Parkinson: "The trajectory of my particular soap opera launched from that statement Elton made about 18 months ago when he hadn't seen me for years."
21st April 2006
80 years of the Queen 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveTo celebrate the 80th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen, PinkNews.co.uk looks back at the tremendous changes to the rights of gay people during her lifetime and in particular her illustrious 54 year reign.At her birth on the 21st April 1926 , the then Princess Elizabeth of York would have found a country with a completely different view of homosexuality than we see today, homosexual activities between consenting males was still a serious criminal offence punishable by a spell in prison.
19th April 2006
Barrymore pool death case re-opened 1
12:00 AM — Essex police have announced that they are reviewing the death of a man who was found dead in the swimming pool of the openly gay television personality Michael Barrymore.Stuart Lubbock, 31, was pronounced dead in hospital the morning after a party at Mr Barrymore's home in March 2001. During the inquest that followed, an open verdict was reached and to date no-one has been charged in connection with Mr Lubbock's death.
Dave the Chameleon? 2
12:00 AM — The Labour party have warned the gay community that Conservative leader David Cameron would "move stealthily" against the gay community if the Tories return to power.Katie Hanson, co-chair of the Labour committee for Lesbian and Gay Rights told PinkNews.co.uk, "David Cameron might appear to be fresher in his thinking but we believe he is out of kilter with the bulk of his Party. As we know, one day David the Chameleon is blue, the next pink, the next green."
18th April 2006
Gay club night proceeds as three face trial after police drugs bust 1
12:00 AM — Three men are due to appear at a Tower Bridge court after a police drugs raid on a nightclub last weekend.Over two hundred police officers from the Metropolitan Police's CO14 specialist clubs and vice squad raided the Fridge nightclub in the Brixton, south London on Saturday.
EastEnders’ Martin to kill lesbian wife
12:00 AM — Sonia Fowler, lesbian nurse and estranged wife of Martin may be killed off in the hit soap EastEnders.The rumours of the dramatic storyline comes after Natalie Cassidy who plays Sonia and James Alexandrou who plays Martin both announced their decision to leave the long running drama.The Daily Star claims that Martin will either face life in jail or commit suicide after he kills his estranged wife.
How to be an “A” list gay- according to the Sunday Times 1
12:00 AM — The Sunday Times, the long-time bastion for middle class home counties readers, has produced its own guide to being a gay celebrity in 2006.It claims that the gay glitterati can be split into three camps, the "Business A lists", the "Party A lists" and the "Hip A lists".Surprisingly, they didn't include reading PinkNews.co.uk as being a characteristic of the "Business A lists." Over 30% of readers access us from their work computers at blue chip companies