4th October 2007
Firefighters fined for disturbing cruising ground activity 41
11:42 AM — A group of firefighters have been disciplined over an incident on Bristol Downs where they "interrupted" four gay men in a cruising ground.They shone their torches from their engine into bushes catching men engaged in outdoor sex.One of the men caught by the torch light then filed a complaint under advice from HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust.
Stonewall FC set their sights on London World Cup
10:45 AM — They took silver in Buenos Aires last week, but gay football team Stonewall FC are going for gold at next year's International Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championships in London.The annual event, established in 1997, took place in South America for the first time this year.Douglas Edward, Stonewall FC's first team striker, was upbeat despite losing 1-0 to Argentine team Los Dogos. "The tournament was fantastic and Stonewall FC again proved that we are the premier gay football team," he said.
3rd October 2007
Elton John closes exhibition after child pornography probe 3
10:04 AM — An exhibition of photographs from Sir Elton John's personal collection has been closed, a week after one of the works of art was removed by police in a child pornography probe.The gay star asked the Baltic Centre to close the exhibition of the work of the renowned American photographer Nan Goldin just nine days after it was opened. Police seized Klara and Edda Belly Dancing which features two semi naked young girls playing.
Kylie turns into a drag queen
10:04 AM — It appears Kylie Minogue was so mesmerised by London's club scene that she decided to turn herself into a drag queen for her new music video, Two Hearts.Following a DJ set in East London's Boombox during London Fashion Week, the pop diva, enamoured by the weird and wonderful get-ups on display, set out on the circuit looking to establish her new look.She is said to have quickly made two new friends in the shape of queens Tasty Tim and Princess Julia.
Lesbian coach forced me into sex, girl tells court 1
10:04 AM — An award winning tennis coach threatened to wreck the career of a promising 13 year old pupil unless she continued to have sex with her, Liverpool Crown Court heard today.Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) coach Claire Lyte, 29, denies five counts of unlawful sexual activity with a child, and claims the allegations have been made up by the girl's mother.But the alleged victim says her coach threatened to throw her out of the Loughborough LTA academy if she revealed the affair to anyone.
Tory welcome for new equality commission 2
10:04 AM — A senior member of the Conservative Shadow Cabinet has welcomed the creation of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (ECHR).Speaking at a reception at the party conference in Blackpool, Theresa May paid tribute to the work of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC).The ECHR came into being on Monday. It incorporates the Commission for Racial Equality, the Disability Rights Commission and the EOC.
Cameron praises controversial minister but makes no mention of equality 7
10:04 AM — David Cameron used his vital leadership speech at the Tory party conference to praise the work of Baroness Warsi, the controversial shadow community cohesion secretary who said BNP voters have some "very legitimate views."The passage praising Baroness Warsi constituted the only part of the speech where he mentioned equality.The Conservative leader said he was proud to have the first Muslim woman in a cabinet or shadow cabinet.
1st October 2007
Scotland considers new law to protect gays 1
5:37 PM — Scotland's lawmakers are set to consider new laws to protect gays after a private members bill was lodged in Holyrood yesterday calling for violence towards gay and disabled groups to be treated as seriously as violence against religious or ethnic groups.The Sentencing of Offences Aggravated by Prejudice (Scotland) Bill, proposed by Patrick Harvie, a Scottish Green MSP, would bring Scotland into line with England and Wales, where courts have been able to impose tougher sentences for offences committed due to the victims disability or sexual orientation since April 2003.
Ken: UK anti-discrimination law ‘not working’ 3
4:43 PM — London's Mayor, Ken Livingstone, has launched an attack against Britain's anti-discrimination law on the day the new Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is established.The Commission brings together a number of anti-discrimination commissions into one equality body designed to enforced anti-discrimination legislation and offer employers, public sector bodies and individuals practical advice.But the mayor claims that the current level of legal protection is inadequate.
England defeated in Gay World Cup final
4:09 PM — Britain's dreams of retaining their Gay World Cup trophy were in tatters yesterday as the Argentinean team Los Dogos beat the reigning champions 1-0 Buenos Aires' Defensores de Belgrano stadium.London's Stonewall squad fought valiantly against the team, who were participating for the first time in the event."The people supported us and I hope it's always like this," said Dogos coach Nestor Gammella.
Killer Huntley on hunger strike over “gay lover” 1
1:13 PM — The murderer of 10-year olds Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, Ian Huntley, has gone on hunger-strike after prison authorities denied him access to his gay lover, a convicted killer by the name of Dean Wood.Wakefield prison authorities have so far denied four of the pair's requests for a visit, and the 33 year old has now decided to raise the stakes."I have not eaten and I will not," Mr Huntley said.
Top Tory: BNP voters ‘legitimate views’ 10
12:10 PM — The Conservative shadow secretary for community cohesion has caused outrage in political circles by claiming that BNP voters hold some "very legitimate views."Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, a Muslim, was one of David Cameron's most celebrated appointments to the front bench earlier this year, but her comments have reopened accusations of a drift to the right on the eve of Mr Cameron's vital leader's speech at the party conference.In an interview with the Independent, Baroness Warsi said: "There are a lot of people out there who are voting for the British National Party and it's those people that we mustn't just write off and say 'well, we won't bother because they are voting BNP or we won't engage with them'.
Nearly half of Brits face discrimination
10:49 AM — Research conducted for the new Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) indicates that 46 percent of Brits believe they have faced some form of discrimination.The new commission, which incorporates the Commission for Racial Equality, the Disability Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunities Commission, is being launched today.Its Chair, Trevor Phillips, said: "We live in an age of difference where most of us believe that people must be judged on their abilities, not their age, what they look like, their disability or their families and private lives."
30th September 2007
Will Cameron make it three in a row for Stonewall? 3
6:40 PM — As the Conservative party conference began in Blackpool today, speculation about whether or not Prime Minister Gordon Brown will ask the Queen to dissolve Parliament and call a general election continues to mount.While election fever grips the press, PinkNews.co.uk is just as interested in whether Mr Cameron will find time to attend the "gay disco" in Blackpool tomorrow night, more formally known as the Absolutely Equal reception.
Preview: Stephen Fry – HIV and Me 2
12:13 PM — Following on from his widely acclaimed series The Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive, Stephen Fry tackles the world of HIV and AIDS in this two-part documentary.In the early 1980s, little was known about AIDS or how to treat it but, in the UK, people were warned of its dangers via the "Don't Die of Ignorance" campaigns. Twenty years later, however, we are told that we're "losing the fight against AIDS."
George Michael hid being gay to avoid upsetting mother 1
11:56 AM — In a frank and revealing interview for the BBC's Desert Island Discs, George Michael said he hid his sexuality for decades for fear of upsetting his mother. He also revealed a love for insect collectingMichael says he was "sick of the secret" at the time his unintentionally outed after he exposed himself in a toilet to an undercover Beverly Hills policeman in 1998.
28th September 2007
Games company defends homophobic Scrabble
6:25 PM — A concerned Irish dad contacted computer software manufacturers after discovering a homophobic term in Junior Scrabble 2007, a game on Nintendo DS.Zachary McAdam, from Holywood, Co Down, was playing the game with his seven-year-old daughter, when he was offered the word 'lesbo' as the solution to a five-letter anagram reports the Belfast Telegraph."The term 'lesbo' is a slang name intentionally meant to cause offence," Mr McAdam said.
Three months in prison for homophobic abuse 1
5:21 PM — An Essex businessman has been sentenced to three months in prison after drunkenly threatening and shouting homophobic abuse at his neighbours.43-year-old asbestos contractor Stuart Makemson of Twelve Acres, Braintree, brandished a snooker cue at Andrew Morrison saying: "I'm going to take that nose off your face with this."Mr Morrison and his wife had been woken earlier by Mr Makemson verbally abusing their gay son and his boyfriend, reported the Essex Chronicle.
Tory leader’s wife spoke up for gays 2
5:05 PM — An out gay Conservative who is a close friend of David and Sarah Cameron has revealed that the party leader's wife persuaded her husband to support the abolition of Section 28.Speaking to The Guardian Nick Boles, founder of the Policy Exchange thinktank, said that David Cameron's change of heart on gay issues was in part due to Sarah.Referring to Mr Cameron's previous support for Section 28, Mr Boles said: "I think she had a much stronger sense of how unacceptable that piece of legislation was."
Lord Browne bounces back with board appointment
4:30 PM — The former chief executive of BP who was forced to resign after allegations made by his ex-boyfriend became public is to join the board of a leading architects firm.The Mail on Sunday newspaper was responsible for exposing that Lord John Browne lied in court documents about where he met his former lover, Jeff Chevalier.Lord Browne is to join the board of Foster + Partners as a non-executive director.