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Author photoTony Grew

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

  • 21st August 2006

    Ofcom slaps C4′s wrist over Elton’s teatime cursing

    During the O'Grady show on the 9th May, Elton John discussed his birth name of Reginald Dwight. He said it was the name of a banker, or possibly wanker.

    12:00 AM — Television regulator Ofcom has criticised Channel 4 over an episode of the Paul O'Grady show in which Elton John used the word "wanker."MediaGuardian reports that the regulator regarded the use of the curse word as unfortunate.Although the term is regarded as mild, a large part of O'Grady's audience are older people, and therefore more likely to be offended by its use.

  • Lesbian stabs unwanted male admirer 1

    The woman, reported to be under 5ft tall, then produced a large steak knife. (copyright: flickr)

    12:00 AM — An incident in New York involving a DVD hawker and a gang of lesbians has left a 28-year-old man hospitalised with stab wounds.The man, Dwayne Buckle, is alleged to have approached a group what the New York Daily News described as "a gang of petite but ornery lesbians."Buckle singled out a 19-year-old woman, telling her she was pretty.

  • 18th August 2006

    Australian judge urges everyone out of the closet

    Justice Kirby said a fear of difference was behind prejudice against the LGBT community. (photo: Dave Roberts)

    12:00 AM — The most high-profile gay judge in Australia has called on all homosexual people to come out of the cloest and fight homophobia.Michael Kirby, a Justice of the High Court, has lived openly with his partner for the last 37 years.In a speech in Sydney last night he said he did not believe that prejudice would be eradicated in his lifetime.

  • Glastonbury to host pink picnic

    Organisers hope the al-fresco event will highlight the problems for gay people living in rural areas.

    12:00 AM — Better known for its almost annual music festival, the sleepy Somerset town of Glastonbury is going pink.A community LGBT picnic will be held on September 9th in Abbey Park.Organisers hope the al-fresco event will highlight the problems for gay people living in rural areas.

  • Martina urges gay N-Sync star to become role model 1

    “Coming out to your family and friends is hard enough; to do so to the world is a lot harder. I know, as I took this step more than 25 years ago“.

    12:00 AM — Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has written to People magazine praising N-Sync star Lance Bass for coming out.Bass revealed his sexuality in a cover story for the popular US magazine last month, and also spoke about his relationship with his boyfriend, TV presenter and model Reichen Lehmkuhl.Martina's letter, published in the most recent edition of People, reads: "Lance Bass is a courageous young man."

  • Jewish gay porn actor to entertain Israeli troops 15

    “I am very proud to be going to my home away from home and entertain gay Israelis in a time of war.”

    12:00 AM — It's not quite Bob Hope being helicoptered into Siagon to entertain the boys in khaki.An American-based porn actor has announced on his website that he will be performing for the troops during a trip to Israel later this month.

  • Joan Rivers searches NYC for perfect gay sidekick

    Entertainment fixture Joan Rivers has been scouring New York for the perfect gay man to co-host her new TV series.

    12:00 AM — Entertainment legend Joan Rivers has been scouring New York for the perfect gay man to co-host her new TV series.The untitled project for Bravo has generated gossip among the better-off gay residents of Manhattan.One of those who auditioned for the coveted role told the New York Observer: "It was as if they took all the notable gays in the city and brought them in."

  • Gay teens find refuge at summer camp

    The Camping-OUT programme which finishes today in Northern Michigan, is one of six scattered across the USA.  (photo: ninahale)

    12:00 AM — It is an American rite-of-passage familiar anyone who watches The Simpsons - summer camp. There are fat camps, Jewish camps, girls-only camps, NASA space camps.Now gay and lesbian teens are being offered the opportunity to spend the summer by a lake with like-minded peers.As well as the usual activities such as crafts, campfires and kayaking, LGBT teens have sessions discussing the problems that face them back in the real world.

  • 17th August 2006

    Faceparty liaison leads to assault for teenage lesbian 1

    A 16-year-old lesbian was assaulted by the angry girlfriend of a 19-year-old woman she met online.

    12:00 AM — A 16-year-old lesbian was assaulted by the angry girlfriend of a 19-year-old woman she met online.The teenagers had met on the popular chat site Faceparty. Clare Bullock, 19, of Wimslow, Cheshire, had met the unnamed younger girl, and formed an online friendship.They exchanged intimate information and text messages and arranged to meet on January 2nd this year.

  • 20 arrested at gay ‘wedding’ in Saudi Arabia 57

    Some 250 people were detained but later released. The remaining 20 will be charged, and could face jail and being lashed.

    12:00 AM — Police have arrested 20 men after raiding what was described as the wedding party of two men in the town of Jizan, in the south of the Gulf kingdom. Al Watan newspaper reports that some 400 men were attending an underground gay event in the town when the authorities struck.

  • Woman denies seducing 14-year-old lesbian 57

    A 27-year-old security guard has denied seducing a teenage girl at a lesbian 'vicars and tarts' themed house party last year.

    12:00 AM — A 27-year-old security guard has denied seducing a teenage girl at a lesbian 'vicars and tarts' themed house party last year.Sandra Scrivener is on trial at Cambridge Crown Court, and denies charges of performing a sex act on a minor and supplying her with cannabis.She says they became friends and would meet up to talk through the girl's problems.

  • ‘Noxious substance’ causes evacuation of Comptons 1

    “ At around 7pm last night, staff and customers noticed a strong smell of something similar to gas.“

    12:00 AM — Famous London venue Comptons of Soho was evacuated last night after what police describe as a 'noxious substance' was released.A statement from Comptons said: " At around 7pm last night, staff and customers noticed a strong smell of something similar to gas. As a precautionary measure, the bar was evacuated and the police were called."

  • Paddick: I want boss’s job – and Ken’s 7

    Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick said he was confident he has the experience to take on the job of Britain's most senior officer.

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe highest ranking gay police officer in the UK today revealed he has his sights set on the top job in policing - and possibly even the mayor's office.Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick said he was confident he has the experience to take on the job of Britain's most senior officer.

  • Graham Norton set for another three years with Auntie

    Norton, who joined the BBC in 2004, has been the face of a string of hits for BBC1, including  How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?  and  Strictly Dance Fever.

    12:00 AM — The BBC today announced that comedian Graham Norton has renewed his exclusive contract with the corporation for another three years.Norton, who joined the BBC in 2004, has been the face of a string of hits for BBC1, including How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? and Strictly Dance Fever. 

  • 16th August 2006

    Gay community still wary of reporting hate crimes 2

    As reported by  PinkNews,co.uk , in London there has been a sharp rise in the number of homophobic crimes reported to the Metropolitan police in the past year.

    12:00 AM — An in-depth study by charity Victim Support has concluded that many victims of hate crimes are unwilling to report them to the police.Only one in five victims that did report incidents to the police were happy with the way they were treated.

  • Race for Governor marred by bestiality comparisons 57

    “For some people, the alternative lifestyle is bestiality. Do we allow a man to marry a sheep?“

    12:00 AM — The contest to become Governor of Colorado has been rocked by comments from a Republican candidate comparing gay marriage to bestiality.Bob Beaurprez caused outrage by picking maverick right-winger Janet Rowland as his running mate in the gubernatorial contest.Rowland was a controversial choice, especially since a radio interview in March where she said:

  • Pink bar turns heads in Stoke 57

    The sleepy city of Stoke-on-Trent is getting its second gay bar, and the bright pink exterior is causing some residents to see red.

    12:00 AM — The sleepy city of Stoke-on-Trent is getting its second gay bar, and the bright pink exterior is causing some residents to see red.The Pink Lounge and Bar will open next Thursday in the city's Piccadilly area.Nearby traders told the The Sentinel newspaper that they do not feel the paint job is in keeping with the ambience of the area.

  • Sligo hosts first ever pride celebration 57

    Sligo is famous as the home of three members of Westlife, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan.

    12:00 AM — The picturesque Irish town of Sligo will be transformed into a queer paradise this weekend, as part of the Pride Northwest festival.Lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transsexuals will be joined by heterosexual people parading under the banner 'Straight But Not Narrow - Heterosexuals Supporting LGBT Rights.'The parade will move through the town this Saturday.

  • Canadian MP takes on religious right over gay marriage 57

    Garth Turner has defied his party in support of gay marriage.

    12:00 AM — A maverick Tory MP in the Canadian Federal Parliament has said he is bullish about attempts by fundamentalist Christians to unseat him.Garth Turner has defied his party in support of gay marriage. His Christian opponents held meetings last night to explore their options - including challenging him at an upcoming nomination meeting for the riding of Halton.

  • Ken condemns police failures at Estonia gay pride march

    Ken Livingstone slammed the authorities in the capital, Tallinn, calling their lack of action inexcusable.

    12:00 AM — The Mayor of London has added his voice to the criticism of police and politicians who failed to protect gay and lesbians from attack during a gay rights parade in Estonia.Ken Livingstone slammed the authorities in the capital, Tallinn, calling their lack of action inexcusable.

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