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Author photoTony Grew

Tony Grew edited PinkNews.co.uk between 2007 and 2009. He now edits ePolitix.com

  • 5th December 2006

    Top gay destination is Canada 2

    Vancouver is often rated one of the best cities to live in worldwide and will host the 2010 Winter Olympics.

    12:00 AM — The Canadian city of Vancouver is the number one travel destination for gay and lesbians in the USA, a new survey has revealed.For the second year running, Canada beat the UK as the top international choice for gay travellers.The west coast city of Vancouver, famed for its cosmopolitan restaurants and relaxed atmosphere, has been assiduously courting US gays and lesbians.

  • Anniversary protest against Ruth Kelly at No10

    Gino and Mike Meriano spent the first part of their anniversary at Downing St, handing in a petition to the Prime Minister calling on Ruth Kelly to resign.

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveIt was certainly a novel way to spend your first anniversary. Most gay couples would choose dinner, or maybe drinks with friends. Perhaps a nice cruise - on a ship, obviously.Gino and Mike Meriano instead spent the first part of their special day at Downing St, handing in a petition to the Prime Minister calling on Ruth Kelly to resign.

  • Gay nativity scene not all it seems 4

    The group chose Lenin, Marx and Stalin as the Three Wise Men.

    12:00 AM — Rightwing students at the University of Texas have created a novel Nativity scene, with a gay couple called Gary and Joseph standing in for the Holy Family.The Young Conservatives group at the university's Austin campus have created the alternative scene to protest at what they perceive to be anti-Christian bias.The focus of their anger is the American Civil Liberties Union, long a bogey man of the American right.

  • US eases travel restrictions on HIV+ people

    President Bush will use an executive order to allow HIV+ people a “categorical waiver,“ similar to the 60 day automatic visas that UK business and tourist visitors receive.

    12:00 AM — The White House used World Aids Day last week to announce a change in the rules relating to people with HIV travelling into the USA.President Bush made no mention of travel restrictions during his remarks to the press on Friday, focusing instead on the problems AIDS poses in Africa.He pledged $15bn to continue programmes to make retroviral drugs available to people in developing nations.

  • 4th December 2006

    Minister welcomes gay partnership explosion 2

    Tens of thousands of gay men and women have shown their desire for legal recognition, and the government are keen to remind the gay community that it was Labour that delivered the required legislation.

    12:00 AM — A government minister has spoken of her delight at the number of gay and lesbians entering civil partnerships.Deputy Equality minister Meg Munn called the Civil Partnership Act, which came into force last December, one of the most significant pieces of legislation introduced by the Blair government.The Office of National Statistics revealed today that over 15,000 partnerships were registered up to September this year.

  • 20th October 2006

    Gay Tory row over Attitude photo shoot 2

    The storm in a teacup contrasts with the Conservative's effort to portray itself as a homo-friendly party.

    12:00 AM — A war of words has broken out in Wakefield over a topless photo. Former Tory council candidate Nathan Garbutt has resigned from the party after local activists allegedly tried to stop him posing for gay magazine Attitude .Members of the Conservative Group on Wakefield council have dismissed his claims, and told Wakefield Today that Mr Garbutt, 21, left the party over a disagreement about policy.

  • George smokes joint in front of Melvyn

    The programme starts with a disclaimer, pointing out that Michael has never tested positively for driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    12:00 AM — George Michael has broken yet another taboo by openly smoking cannabis in front of a Labour peer.In the course of an interview for The South Bank Show, the former Wham! front man and gay icon puffed on a joint.Michael was speaking to Melvyn Bragg, the veteran arts presenter, who was made a life peer by Tony Blair in 1998.

  • Grey’s Anatomy star comes out

    Grey's Anatomy  follows a group of surgical interns, the physicians who serve as mentors to the interns, and the complicated sexual and personal relationships between them.

    12:00 AM — Hit US medical drama Grey's Anatomy, has been a cult hit with gay and lesbian viewers since its debut on Channel 5 earlier this year.Now TR Knight, who plays surgical intern Dr George O'Malley in the show, has released a statement to People magazine revealing that he is gay.

  • Pope attacks “weak and deviant” gay relationships 3

    Italian gay rights group Gayleft accused the Pope of having “offended the dignity of millions of Italian men and women.“

    12:00 AM — The leader of the world's largest Christian denomination has called upon Italians to oppose moves to grant a form of civil partnership to gay and lesbian couples.The centre-left coalition government of Prime Minister Romano Prodi, elected in May, has promised some limited form of partnership legislation.

  • Gay priest denies Foley abuse allegations

    The Foley scandal has been a major embarrassment for the Republicans in the run-up to the November 7th elections.

    12:00 AM — A 72-year-old Roman Catholic priest has admitted to a series of sexual encounters with a teenage Mark Foley, but denied the relationship was abusive.The Daily Telegraph reports that Fr Anthony Mercieca became close to Foley while he was working as a priest at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lake Worth, Florida, in the late 1960s.

  • Manchester Imam defends execution of gay people 3

    “Muslim and gay people know the pain of prejudice and discrimination. We should be working together to challenge homophobia and Islamophobia.“ photo: horizon @ flickr

    12:00 AM — A Manchester Imam has allegedly stated that the execution of sexually active gay men is justified.Mr. Arshad Misbahi, who is based at the Manchester Central Mosque, is said to have confirmed his views in a conversation to Dr John Casson, a local psychotherapist.Dr Casson told PinkNews "I asked if the execution of gay Muslims in Iran and Iraq was an acceptable punishment in Sharia law"

  • Kelly faces Commons questions on gay rights

    At Communities questions yesterday, the Conservative MP for Buckingham, John Bercow, demanded that the government set out when the new rules would laid before Parliament.

    12:00 AM — Two MPs have challenged Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly about the delay in implementing new guidelines protecting gay people from discrimination.At Communities questions yesterday, the Conservative MP for Buckingham, John Bercow, demanded that the government set out when the new rules would be laid before Parliament.Kelly replied that the new regulations would be presented to the House of Commons in good time for them to be introduced by April 2007.

  • Maverick Clare Short resigns from Labour

    In her 23-year parliamentary career, the maverick MP has resigned from Labour's front bench on three occasions, twice over the Gulf Wars and once over prevention of terrorism legislation.

    12:00 AM — Former cabinet minister Clare Short has announced that she has resigned as a Labour MP. She will sit as an independent for the rest of this parliament and will not vote with the government.In a letter to the Chief Whip, Ms Short said she could no longer remain in the Parliamentary Labour Party. The 60-year-old political veteran had previously announced that she will not contest the next election.

  • Presidential hopeful confused over gay marriage 1

    On the divisive issue of gay marriage, the senior Senator for Arizona is clearly trying to please both sides of the argument.

    12:00 AM — With the mid-term elections only weeks away, a leading contender for the Republican nomination for President has spoken out in favour of gay marriages - and against them.Senator John McCain, seen by many gay and lesbians as the most acceptable Republican candidate for President in 2008, was answering questions at Iowa State University on Wednesday, as part of a tour of universities for MSNBC.

  • 3rd October 2006

    Cameron attacks homophobic record profits 6

    Although Mr Cameron was vocal in his criticism of record companies, he did not offer any solutions to preventing homophobic music from being sold or distributed

    12:00 AM — Conservative leader David Cameron has strongly attacked record companies profiting from homophobia.In his first speech to his party's autumn party conference as leader, Mr Cameron set out his vision for a Britain free from state interference. He called on citizens to take responsibility from central government, saying "state responsibility has failed."

  • 20th September 2006

    Charismatic Clegg wows LibDems

    Clegg recently conceded even he is bored of constantly being talked up as a successor to Ming Campbell

    12:00 AM — At the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton this week, the party's Home Affairs spokesman Nick Clegg made an impassioned speech in defence of liberal values, PinkNews.co.uk's political correspondent Tony Grew interviewed Clegg earlier in the summer, and explains why many pundits see him as a future leader.Charismatic. Articulate. Passionate. Crowd-pleasing. Funny. Not the usual qualities one expects in Liberal Democrats.

  • 15th September 2006

    Westminster celebrates 500th civil partnership

    Julien Hartley, 40, and his new civil partner, Christopher Godlove, 37, were joined by around 50 family and friends for the ceremony.

    12:00 AM — The City of Westminster celebrated a gay milestone today as the 500th gay couple took their vows at the Old Town Hall in Marylebone.Julien Hartley, 40, and his new civil partner, Christopher Godlove, 37, were joined by around 50 family and friends for the ceremony.

  • 14th September 2006

    Sarah Waters makes Booker prize shortlist

    Earlier this week, Waters was nominated in the Writer of the Year category at the Stonewall Awards. (photo: BBC)

    12:00 AM — Sarah Waters, who brought lesbian fiction to greater prominence with her novel Tipping The Velvet, is on the short list for this year's Man Booker prize, it has been announced.Waters, 40, has been nominated for her most recent work, The Night Watch, which explores the lives of several lesbian, gay and straight characters in 1940's London.

  • Clare Short causes outrage – again

    Ms Short has previously been supportive of gay rights, voting for the equalisation of the age of consent in 1999 and the Civil Partnership Bill in 2004.

    12:00 AM — First she offended the gay community by meeting with a radical anti-gay Muslim group.Now former cabinet minister Clare Short has angered the Labour government by saying the country would be better off with a hung parliament after the next election.The government Chief Whip, Jacqui Smith, branded the maverick MP's comments as unacceptable and hinted that she will be disciplined when Parliament returns next month.

  • Pope in trouble for anti-Muslim remarks 12

    Just before his visit to Germany, Benedict castigated a delegation of Canadian bishops visiting the Vatican.

    12:00 AM — The leader of the world's largest Christian denomination has followed up his homophobic comments last week with alleged anti-Muslim remarks.Speaking during a trip to his German homeland, Pope Benedict XVI quoted a 14th century Christian ruler's view that the Prophet Mohammad had brought only evil to the world.

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