21st August 2007
Gay MP’s wedding sparks media frenzy 4
12:40 PM — A Canadian MP has become the first federal politician in the country to marry his same-sex partner.Scott Brison, Liberal MP for the Nova Scotia riding of Kings-Hants, wed his partner Maxime St. Pierre at a ceremony near Brison's country home in Cheverie on Saturday.The couple walked down the aisle to It's a Wonderful World and walked back to I Can See Clearly Now.Guests described the ceremony as joyful and emotional, according to CTV.ca.
Queen of Mean dies ages 87
12:05 PM — She was as famous for her hotel holdings as she was for the razor sharp comments that allegedly came out of her mouth, but no matter how the press painted Leona Helmsley, one thing she did not do was go quietly into the night.The New York hotelier died of heart failure over the weekend at 87 years of age, leaving behind a legacy of accusations, jail time and discrimination charges that dubbed the billionaire (heiress by some accounts) the "queen of mean."
20th August 2007
Police probe safety of lesbians and trans people in London
4:23 PM — A new survey commissioned by the Metropolitan Police aims to improve understanding of the levels of safety among bisexual and lesbian women and trans people in the capital.The research aims to give the Met a better understanding of the extent of homophobic and transphobic incidents experienced and the effect this has on people's lives.The survey focuses on these particular groups because they are the least likely to report hate crimes.
17th August 2007
TURING: The case for a boycott 4
10:40 AM — Despite reasonable arguments to the contrary, it is better stay away from homophobic countries.The United States, not particularly known for its gay rights record, surprised a good many people in 2005 when its State Department, in its annual report on human rights, included for the first time a list of countries guilty of LGBT abuses.A painful evidence of the Bush administration's hypocrisy, it may well have been.
16th August 2007
Hotel chain seeks gay suppliers 1
5:07 PM — Marriott International, Inc. today announced plans to increase spending among diverse suppliers to 15% by 2009.Additionally, the programme will expand to include a new category for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) suppliers and those in international markets."Last year, our company reached record levels in spending," said Mike Tobolski, senior director, Diversity Initiatives, Marriott International, Inc.
15th August 2007
Circumcision “ineffective” as HIV prevention in gay men 1
11:43 AM — With male circumcision showing effectiveness in reducing female-to-male HIV transmission among African heterosexual men, some are questioning whether the tool might also be effective in other populations affected by HIV, including gay men and other groups of men who have sex with men (MSM).Two contrasting studies examining this issue were presented at last month's International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Sydney.
14th August 2007
Corporate benefits of gay-friendly marketing
4:50 PM — A survey conducted by an American marketing company has revealed new information about the spending patterns of gay and lesbian consumers in the US.85% of both gay men and lesbians said that advertising in gay media favourably influences their decision to purchase products or do business with a company.The survey, the largest of its type ever, includes psychographic and demographic information based on a America-wide survey of more than 12,000 gay men and more than 10,000 lesbians.
Increase in eating disorders among men 3
11:39 AM — New research from the Department of Health has found that over the past three years there has been a 90% increase in the number of men reported with eating disorders.Over the same time, there was a 25% increase amongst women. There are now thought to be at least 1.1 million people in the UK who are affected by an eating disorder.People in the age group of 14-25 are most likely to develop this type of illness.
Scientists study gay brothers in search for cause of homosexuality 1
11:30 AM — Scientists investigating a genetic basis for homosexuality will be recruiting more pairs of gay brothers in Chicago this weekend.The Molecular Genetic Study of Sexual Orientation is the most extensive study of its kind.It was embarked upon by a team of researchers from Chicago universities four years ago. Researchers hope that by gathering DNA samples from 1,000 sets of gay brothers they will be able to find genetic linkages smaller studies failed to detect.
7th August 2007
Iranian paper shut down for interviewing lesbian 1
12:45 PM — A leading Iranian newspaper has been shut down for publishing an interview with a woman accused of being a "counter-revolutionary" homosexual.The ban on Shargh, the favourite newspaper of Iranian liberals, comes amid growing pressure on the press in Iran and follows the closure of fellow moderate daily Ham Mihan last month.It is the second time in less than a year that Shargh has been shut down by Iranian officials.
6th August 2007
Revealed: The 237 reasons for having sex
12:50 PM — A recent study from psychology researchers David Buss and Cindy Meston from the University of Texas uncovered 237 motivations ranging from attraction to revenge as the motives for sexual encounters.Their study, which will appears in the August issue of Archives of Sexual Behaviour, is just the beginning of an ongoing mission to discover just why people are having sex. Seems like such a simple question, but most people would be surprised about all the reasons behind "doing the deed."
3rd August 2007
Conference to discuss fire and rescue LGBT issues
3:51 PM — Gay rights organisation, trade unions, politicains and fire and rescue professionals from across the country are to meet later this year to discuss LGBT topics.Avon Fire Service, the Fire Brigades Union, Stonewall and Unison are holding a groundbreaking conference to discuss LGBT equality in the fire and rescue service.The two-day conference, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality in the Fire Service - an Absolute Taboo? will feature speeches from Ben Summerskill and Brian Paddick.
TURING: An awkward trip to the seaside
12:40 PM — The young couple still looked devastated.Their faces somehow managed to capture the ephemeral nature of human facial expression, and transform it into a permanent imprint, a record, if you will, of human emotions.They existed outside the law then; they exist outside the law now. In a strange land where the national passport allows for their existence, the law doesn't.
2nd August 2007
PlanetOut reveals second quarter figures
4:28 PM — Leading gay media company PlanetOut has posted its second quarter results for 2007. The figures show a fall in advertising revenue, down from $7.3m (£3.7m) in the second quarter of 2006 to $6.7m in 2007.Total revenue for the second quarter of 2007 was $18.5m, an increase of 14% compared to $16.3 million for the same period one year ago.Last month PlanetOut announced a 15% cut in its employees.
1st August 2007
Gender reassignment same as aversion therapy claims Bindel 10
4:05 PM — Journalist Julie Bindel attempted to win over an audience of doctors and transsexuals in a Radio 4 programme airing tonight by arguing that sex-change surgery is aversion therapy for gay and lesbian people.In the Radio 4 debate show Hecklers, Guardian columnist and feminist campaigner Ms Bindel will argue that 'being trapped in the wrong body' is a homophobic diagnosis created in the 1950's, and that gender re-assignment surgery is unnecessary mutilation.
China gets serious about condom distribution
10:43 AM — In a belated response to the spread of the HIV/AIDS virus in the general population, China has ordered all hotels, holiday resorts and public showers to provide condoms.It is part of nationwide efforts to fight the spread of AIDS, according to recent reports.The regulation, issued by the commerce and health ministries, also required pamphlets about AIDS prevention to be displayed, the Beijing News reports.
31st July 2007
Gay ignorance about Hep B worries charity
4:40 PM — 62% of gay men don't think Hepatitis B is serious, according to a recent sample survey conducted in Soho.The poll was conducted by the Hep B vaccination programme Sorted.It found that most gay men don't worry about the virus, despite the fact that it can cause life-long liver disease and is 100 times more infectious than HIV. The potentially fatal disease is preventable by a simple vaccination.
YE5 I GAY numberplate up for sale
12:09 PM — In April 2006 PinkNews.co.uk reported that a homophobic numberplate had been withdrawn by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) after complaints by a leading gay MP.Chris Byrant felt that plate H8 GAY was offensive to gay people.Well, we can now reveal that another, less offensive numberplate is up for sale. Earlier this month PinkNews.co.uk was contacted by a man named Pete, who claimed to have the plate YE5 I GAY.
Hong Kong opens China’s first gay centre 1
10:10 AM — A new chapter in the slow opening up of China started this month with the opening of a new social support centre for the gay community in Hong Kong.The centre is the first of its kind in the country.This was made possible with a one-year grant of HK$430,000 (£26,750) from the AIDS Trust Fund. The donation will pay the rent for the premises and support one full time staff member for one year.
30th July 2007
Comment: How PinkNews.co.uk changed the gay media 2
6:33 PM — PinkNews.co.uk founder Benjamin Cohen reflects on the first two years of this unique publication.PinkNews.co.uk was born minutes before the 38th anniversary of the Royal Assent of the Sexual Offences Act - the legislation that partially decriminalised male homosexuality in England and Wales.This weekend we have been celebrating four decades of laws making the lives of British LGBT people better, while I was also celebrating two years of this website.