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Author photoTony Grew

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

  • 24th August 2006

    In my Liverpool homo

    The exhibition features a recreation of a steward's cabin featuring a flamboyant dress of the type worn during camp crew shows.

    12:00 AM — Life for gay men in austere 1950's Britain was grim. Homosexual relationships were illegal and the country had a buttoned-up moral and social atmosphere.One way to escape was to join the merchant navy, where gay flamboyance was tolerated, even welcomed.Now the Merseyside Maritime Museum is hosting an exhibition, entitled Hello Sailor! documenting these hidden gay lives.

  • Gays in Nepal demand legal protection

    Gay, lesbian and transgender people in Nepal face regular abuse, beatings and rapes at the hands of  the security forces.(photo: steve evans)

    12:00 AM — It is arguably the last feudal society on earth, ruled with an iron fist by a royal dictator.Gay, lesbian and transgender people in Nepal face regular abuse, beatings and rapes at the hands of the security forces.Now The Blue Diamond Society, surely among the bravest gay rights activists in the world, have publicly announced that they want Nepal to give them legal protection.

  • Gay activists to picket ex-gay conference

    TWO have mocked some of the more extreme methods of the ex-gay movement, such as banning men from wearing Abercrombie  Fitch or Calvin Klein clothing.

    12:00 AM — In an amusing spot of role-reversal, gay activists in Texas are planning to protest outside a church holding a conference for ex-gays.Truth Wins Out will picket the church in Carrollton, TX, this Saturday, as a one day conference by Christian organisation Living Hope covers topics such as "Raising Gender-Healthy Kids" and "Homosexuality and the Bible."

  • Lesbian Barbie upsets Mattel 6

    Barbie's owners are sensitive to the implication that their chattel is not 100% heterosexual. (photo: mickey glitter)

    12:00 AM — The honour of a tiny 46-year-old plastic woman is at the centre of an argument between a Brazilian artist and a major toy manufacturer.The pneumatic curves of the iconic Barbie doll have provided inspiration to photographer Karin Schwarz.Her pictures of the blonde in compromising situations with other female models have upset Mattel

  • “Gay sex party” ends in tragedy

    A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “A man in his late 30s was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.“

    12:00 AM — A party at the flat of a German aristocrat ended in tragedy last night when a man fell 60ft from a window of a Chelsea property.The man, in his late thirties, was pronounced dead at hospital. The incident happened at approximately 5.30 this morning.Police sources told The Sun newspaper that a 'gay sex party' was taking place at the flat of Count Gottfried von Bismarck.

  • Swedish gays may get church weddings 1

    Earlier this year, the church approved blessings of same-sex partnerships and actively welcomed LGBT clergy. (photo: megan ann@flickr)

    12:00 AM — We are told it is what every girl dreams of: the big church wedding.Proposals before the Swedish government could see that dream become a reality for the country's gay and lesbian couples.Until 2000 the Church of Sweden was established, meaning was is the official state religion. It now has autonomy from the government.

  • 23rd August 2006

    EU “naïve” over the reality of gay acceptance

    With the Ukraine and Serbia lined up for accession talks, it is clear the EU has to think again about what actual social change there will be in these countries.(photo: alibaba0, flickr)

    12:00 AM — Human rights activists have criticised the EU for being naïve in thinking that legislation alone would change social attitudes in the former communist countries of eastern Europe.Hate crimes against LGBT people and ethnic minorities are on the rise across the former Eastern Bloc, with attacks on gay pride parades in Latvia and Estonia merely high-profile examples of everyday harassment.

  • Homophobia, or just time moving on? 1

    “There was not enough of the gay community coming in here to make it a viable proposition. I just want a family-friendly bar which makes money. I am not homophobic.“

    12:00 AM — A Bromley man has told his local paper he fears that a former gay pub is being homophobic by displaying signs informing customers that it is no longer gay.Chris Jones told The Bromley News Shopper that the pub, the Crown Anchor, closed for refurbishment since the start of the month, has been at the centre of gay life in the area for over 20 years.

  • Manc pride to feature 12ft gay angel 2

    Manchester Pride parade will be held this Saturday, and should be the highlight of the week-long festivities.

    12:00 AM — Age Concern are set to make an impression at this year's Manchester pride, with an ingenious float and some custom-made wheel chairs.The charity want to highlight the support they give to older LGBT people, and after individual appearances at a range of pride events, Age Concern branches from across the NorthWest have joined forces.

  • South Australia under pressure to grant gay rights

    The state government estimates some 2,500 gay couples will be affected by the proposed new law.

    12:00 AM — A decade after the first Australian state granted equal rights to gay and lesbian couples, the government in South Australia are still dragging their heels.Despite a 2002 manifesto commitment to update the law, the ruling Labour party still have not passed the required legislation.Opposition politicians in the state of 1.5 million people have had enough, and today vowed to unite to force the issue when the state parliament gets back to work next week.

  • 22nd August 2006

    California LGBT teens get legal protection at school 1

    The revised  bill is expected to pass the Senate and be signed into law by the Governor later this year. (photo: jimw@flickr.com)

    12:00 AM — The California State Assembly has finally passed a bill which will protect gay and lesbian students and school staff from abuse.The measure has been very controversial, but by a 46 to 31 vote, the bill will now to go the state Senate for approval.The Speaker of the Assembly, Fabina Nunez, welcomed the new law.

  • Suicide linked to cruising arrest 2

    The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has reported a sharp rise in complaints about men using public areas for sex

    12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigners in Northern Ireland say they know of at least one man who has killed himself after being arrested for cruising.PA Mag Lochlainn, a well-known activist, told The Mirror: "The danger is people who haven't made their sexuality public find themselves outed."The damage it can do is immense. We know one man who has taken his own life after an arrest."

  • Democrats want more LGBT delegates at 2008 convention

    Many pundits name Hilary Clinton as the most likely choice for her party's nomination. (photo: jessamyn)

    12:00 AM — The Democratic National Committee has agreed delegate selection rules that should see more gay and lesbian representation at the next party convention.The set-piece convention will pick the Democratic candidate for the next presidential election in August 2008.Many pundits name Hilary Clinton as the most likely choice for her party's nomination.

  • Cardiff Mardi Gras to feature scary monster

    The organisers of a Doctor Who exhibition at the city's Red Dragon Centre will have a stall at this year's Mardi Gras, and have hinted they may bring along one of the Doctor's enemies to party with the LGBT community.

    12:00 AM — The organisers of this year's Cardiff Mardi Gras are expecting a record 40,000 people to party on the streets of the Welsh capital on the 2nd September.Now in its seventh year, the event has grown into the second-largest free gay event in the UK.But changes in the licensing laws mean that revellers will no longer be able to bring their own alcohol to the party

  • COMMENT: Time for a gay schism? 2

    Hampstead Heath has a reputation as an urban oasis of calm - but some areas are off-limits for straight people (photo: SlipstreamJC, Flickr)

    12:00 AM — It has been a bad month for gay identity. Whatever that is. From gay police to overweight pop idols, it seems everyone has something to say about how best to express their sexuality.Tony Grew examines what it means to be gay in 2006 If I was to wear an earring, what would that indicate to you? According to gay police officer Neil Bloomfield, it is an indication of sexual preference. He took his employers to a tribunal because male officers are not allowed to wear earrings, while women officers are.

  • 21st August 2006

    Gay partnerships face serious opposition in Ireland 1

    Gay rights in Ireland have advanced significantly since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1993.

    12:00 AM — The Irish Department of Justice has revealed that of the 4,000 submissions to their working group on domestic partnership, most are opposed to changing the law.The group was established by the Justice Minister, Michael McDowell, to examine the issue of how a partnership would be defined and which benefits will be extended to gay and lesbian couples. It is due to report in October.

  • Australia runs low, but still won’t accept gay blood 5

    Currently the Red Cross Blood Service will not accept donations from sexually active gay or bisexual men.

    12:00 AM — Yesterday the Australian blood service pleaded with people to donate, saying that it only has 36 hours worth of supplies left.Today, the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Tribunal will hear why the Australian Red Cross thinks gay blood isn't safe enough.23-year-old Michael Cain is bringing the action against the Red Cross.

  • Where are all the gays, GLAAD asks TV networks

    He has broken taboos by kissing his boyfriend, being topless in bed with him, and seducing his mother's lover. (copyright: ABC)

    12:00 AM — American gay rights activists have revealed that only 1.3% of characters on network entertainment programming are LBGT.The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) said that despite the increased interest in gay and lesbian issues at the cinema, the conservative big six networks were still not anywhere near representative.

  • McKellen and Gervais clash over Extras script

    McKellen's  Extras  appearance will be aired on BBC2 later this year.

    12:00 AM — Gay icon Sir Ian McKellen has revealed that his guest appearance in the upcoming series of BBC hit comedy Extras caused tension with creator Ricky Gervais.The series features famous actors playing grotesque versions of themselves and has previously starred Kate Winslet, Ben Stiller and Samuel L Jackson.Writing on his official website, McKellen revealed that he wanted rewrites to the script.

  • Thorpe: gay rumours don’t bother me

    Thorpe pointedly refuses to deny he is gay, leading to more speculation about one of Australia's sporting heroes. (photo: matthew blank)

    12:00 AM — Olympic legend Ian Thorpe has said that persistent rumours about his sexuality are not based in fact.The 23-year-old swimmer also hit back at rumours that he has grown fat while training in LA.Known as 'The Thorpedo', he won five Olympic gold medals for Australia, and has high hopes for more glory at the 2008 Beijing.

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