26th March 2006
Diverse crowd join in London to attend rally in support of free speech 2
12:00 AM — Over a thousand people braved the pouring rain to listen to a diverse range of speakers enthusing over the rights of freedom of speech in Trafalgar Square on Saturday afternoon.The human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell of the gay rights group, OutRage!, was reserved the key note speaker position to address a largely peaceful crowd.
24th March 2006
Cockles and Muscles (Crustaces et Coquillages)
12:00 AM — Cockles and Muscles is a delightful, light-hearted tale of the intricacies of modern French family life.Set in the sea side resort of Côte d'azur where mechanic father, Marc (Gilbert Melki) and his half Dutch wife Beatrix (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi) take their son Charly (Romain Torres) to enjoy an idyllic summer in the house that Marc spent his youth.
23rd March 2006
Statement from the editor
12:00 AM — Statement from the editor in relation to a complaint made by 4D Telecom Ltd under section 3 of PinkNews.co.uk's Editorial Policy.On 23 March 2006 we published an article headed "Telecoms company fined after Gay Times advert led callers to child porn", which reported that 4D Telecom had been fined in relation to telephone lines containing under-age gay sex fantasies. We also stated that 4D Telecom had advertised the sex lines in a gay magazine
22nd March 2006
Sportswear brand faces ban due to anti-gay and neo-Nazi links 1
12:00 AM — One of Britain's largest sportswear brands, Lonsdale may face problems in selling to customers in Europe after the continent's largest mail-order company carries through a threat to ban sales of the firm's line due to their popularity with the far right.Michel Badke, managing director of Quelle, the German based mail-order giant told the Independent: "Quelle wants to distance itself clearly from all tendencies associated with extremism."
Conservative Jews divided over gay rights
12:00 AM — Moves to lift a ban on gay rabbis and marriages has come has proved a sticking point for the leaders of the American Conservative Judaism community convening in an annual meeting in Mexico City.The Conservative Judaism movement who claim to be an attempt to reconcile traditional Judaism and modernity have been overtaken as the largest Jewish group in the USA by the more liberal, Reform movement.
21st March 2006
Gay Tory MP Alan Duncan, criticised by members at local party meeting 1
12:00 AM — The Conservative party's first openly gay MP was the subject of an extraordinary argument at his local constituency annual meeting, where a member called on him to be replaced as local MP.Alan Duncan, who is currently the shadow trade and industry secretary in David Cameron's shadow cabinet, came out as gay in 2002 after 10 years as an MP. He was attacked by a local party member who claimed that Mr Duncan had been wrong not to declare his sexuality earlier.
Hate crimes against transsexuals to be targeted by police
12:00 AM — Transphobic hate crimes against transsexuals and transvestites in Northern Ireland will from today be recorded separately from other hate crimes to allow the police to gain a greater understanding of the challenges faced by members of the transgendered community.The Democratic Unionist party (DUP) has labelled the move as "political correctness gone mad."
International gay group still aiming for UN recognition
12:00 AM — An international group representing lesbians and gays have said that they will seek to put pressure on the United Nations to grant full recognition of lesbian and gay human rights through their biannual conference to be held in Geneva next week.The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) said the conference would be addressed by delegates from all continents, including countries where homosexuality is banned.
Human rights group condemns Islamists and the Metropolitan Police
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe fifth annual Peter Tatchell Human Rights Fund meeting was held in London last night despite the pulling out of the guest speaker, the liberal Islamic theologian, Sheikh Dr Muhammad Yusuf due to death threats.Instead the main speaker was the Iranian born secularist Maryam Namazie who claimed that supporters "should pay more to hear me speak than some Imam."
20th March 2006
Australian state premier bars gay marriage bill 1
12:00 AM — The premier of the Australian state of Victoria has declared his opposition to proposals for a gay marriage bill similar to the British Civil Partnerships Act to be introduced in his state.Steve Bracks, the Australian Labor [sic] party Victoria premier has refused to allow an official who is responsible for drafting legislation to assist independent MP, Andrew Olexander to draft a civil unions bill.
Beverly Knight hits out against homophobia in black music 2
12:00 AM — Pop diva Beverly Knight has spoken out against the blatant homophobia in a great deal of music from black artists including Beenie Man.Ms Knight first spoke out against homophobia in 2004 following the death of her friend, the television presenter Tyrone Jameson who died of AIDs.The pop star has in her own right become an icon of the gay community.
Liberal Islamic scholar forced to pull out of gay rights speech by Muslim leaders
12:00 AM — The liberal Islamic theologian, Sheikh Dr Muhammad Yusuf, has been pressured to pull out of a lecture he was due to give tonight in London to raise funds for the gay rights activist Peter Tatchell, following protests and warnings by Muslim leaders.Dr Yusuf was due to call for an "Islamic Reformation" to an audience primarily made up of gay men and women.The engagement has allegedly provoked the wrath of senior Islamic clerics, who warned they could not guarantee his safety if the lecture went ahead.
19th March 2006
Gay Briton accused of murder released on bail in Crete
12:00 AM — A gay British man accused of killing his parents following a rift over his homosexuality has been bailed in Crete.Ryan Johnson, 32, from Newlyn, was arrested on Monday and appeared in court on Crete on Thursday. He is charged with murdering Terry and Jo Johnson, aged 53 and 54, at the weekend. Members of his family arrived on the Greek island on Thursday night.
British men jailed for gay abuse of children in India
12:00 AM — Two British men have been jailed for six years in India after they were found guilty of abusing boys at a children's shelter that one of the pair had set-up in Bombay.The court found Duncan Grant, a charity worker, and Allan Waters guilty of child sex abuse and engaging in unnatural acts with children. They were sentenced to six years in prison and a fine of £20,000 each.
Boyzone star holds gay wedding in London 2
12:00 AM — Former Boyzone singer Stephen Gately today married his gay partner in a civil ceremony at an exclusive hotel next door to Buckingham Palace.The 30-year-old singer had previously held a commitment ceremony with the internet entrepreneur, Andy Cowles, in Las Vegas three years ago.A spokesman for the Goring Hotel said that Sir Elton John, who was expected to be one of the guests, was not present.
Beckham’s ex says she’s not a lesbian, but is bisexual
12:00 AM — Rebecca Loos, who famously enjoyed a brief affair with England and Real Madrid star David Beckham says that despite being bisexual, she would only settle down with a man.The former personal assistant said: "I love lesbians but I'm not one myself. I'm bisexual. I do fancy some women, but only very occasionally. I rarely walk into a room and am attracted to a girl. I'm very picky. But there is the potential for me to fancy women."
Gay police chief believes he is being made the fall guy for the tube shooting 7
12:00 AM — Sources close to the most senior gay police officer in Britain say that he has been made "the fall guy" in a campaign to save the job of Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan police commissioner.Colleagues of Britain Paddick, the deputy assistant commissioner say that he is furious at being "hung out to dry" by the force after he gave a testimony on his boss, Sir Ian to the investigators looking into the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, a 27-year-old Brazilian at Stockwell tube station last year.
15th March 2006
Westlife star: “being a gay icon is a great challenge” 8
12:00 AM — Gay Westlife star Mark Feehily has claimed that becoming a gay icon has been his biggest challenge so far.The singer who came out last August after announcing his relationship with Kevin McDaid, a former member of the boy band V.Mr Feehily told the Irish Mirror: "If somebody does come out that is in the public eye then they're going to represent all homosexuals, not just themselves."
13th March 2006
Hillary Clinton still banking on gay support despite gay marriage row 5
12:00 AM — Ticket sales for a gay and lesbian fund-raising event for Hillary Clinton have remained high despite a high profile row concerning the New York senator's views on gay marriage.Mrs Clinton, the former first lady and wife of President Bill Clinton is widely believed to be considering standing to become the Democrat's nominee for the next Presidential election.Mrs Clinton supports civil unions, a similar system to the British civil partnership scheme, gay marriage in all but name. However, she continues to support the Defence of Marriage Act, enacted by her husband that maintains that marriages must be between partners of the opposite sex.
11th March 2006
Keanu Reeves brushes off gay rumours 7
12:00 AM — The Hollywood star, Keanu Reeves, prefers to laugh off rumours questioning his sexuality rather than consult his expensive lawyer.He told the New York Post: "I try not to live my life by what other people say. People were gossiping about what the king and queen were doing way back when."It's just human nature. We like talking about other people."