25th September 2007
Transsexuals are happy with gender reassignment surgery in Britain
1:00 PM — Most post operative transsexuals are happy with their surgery, according to a recent report in the British Journal of Urology (BJU).The survey, which studied the experiences of 222 gender reassignment patients revealed that 88 per cent of them said that they were happy with the results at their first post-op appointments.The report surveyed 70 participants with an average age of 43, that had been gender reassignment patients at the hospital between 1994 and 2004.
24th September 2007
European Commission approves HIV drug
11:00 PM — Only days after news of the failure of a major Merck HIV vaccine research trial, rival pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. has announced the European Commission (EC) approval of the company's AIDS drug, Celsentri, known generically as maraviroc. The drug is the first in a new class of oral HIV medicines in more than a decade.Maraviroc, discovered and developed by Pfizer in Sandwich, Kent, blocks viral entry of the HIV virus into white blood cells.
NI politician praises police cruising sting operation
5:30 PM — A controversial operation against men looking for sex in public toilets in the Northern Ireland town of Coleraine has been praised by a local SDLP representative.Twelve men have been brought before the courts after the Police Service of Northern Ireland launched a surveillance operation at public toilets in the town after complaints from local residents.A 46-year-old man from Londonderry and a 44-year-old from Coleraine were fined £250 by North Antrim Magistrates Court after being convicted of "intentionally engaging in sexual activity."
Gordon Brown conference address – no election date
3:31 PM — Gordon Brown has addressed the Labour party conference for the first time as Prime Minister.While not giving any indication about the date of the next general election, his speech clearly puts the government and the party on an election footing.The Prime Minister made strong statements on support for Britain's membership of the EU and taking the lead on climate change.
COMMENT: Bullying guidance useless if not enforced 8
2:47 PM — We at Schools OUT should be jumping up and down with joy.In our 33 years of existence we have asked no more than that schools be made proper and safe places for the LGBT people that attend them, that they speak the truth of LGBT people's lives and achievements and thereby counter the prejudice and stereotyping that is rife in our society.At the end of last week the Department for Children, Schools and Families published such guidance that, if followed, would accomplish all the above for lesbian, gay and bisexual people at least.
PinkNews.co.uk to launch LGBT jobs site
2:05 PM — Europe's largest dedicated LGBT news service is to launch a dedicated jobs website at jobs.pinknews.co.uk.The site, currently in live beta testing will feature jobs from avariety of sectors including the media, central government, financeand law.A number of employers have signed up to the beta version includingGoogle, Russell Jones and Walker, Wisteria, Stonewall and the Olympics Development Agency.
New exhibition focuses on 20 years of HIV
12:54 PM — A solo exhibition coming to London next month will explore the changing perception of HIV in the capital over the last 20 years.Rebound will be shown at Wellcome Collection, a new cultural venue on London's Euston Road, between 11 and 28 October.It will display the sketches and diary notes of artist Paul Ryan. The materials provide a compelling insight into the HIV epidemic in London from 1987, when the first clear information about the disease emerged, to 2007, by which time successful treatments have been established.
23rd September 2007
EXCLUSIVE: Boris Johnson courts gay vote 14
9:40 PM — When I meet Boris Johnson in a Westminster cafe for his PinkNews.co.uk interview, it becomes apparent, immediately after he shambles in and launches himself into a chair, that 10am is not optimum Boris time.As he puts it in his diary of the 2001 election campaign, Friends, Voters, Countrymen, it is "a pretty ungodly hour for someone accustomed to journalism."The interview had been in the pipeline well before Labour activists started taking swipes at him over his views.
Travel: The awesome Panama Canal
4:00 PM — Few journeys through the engineering history books are as impressive or beautiful as a trip down the "eighth wonder of the engineering world - the Panama Canal.Linking the mighty Atlantic and Pacific oceans took over three centuries of work by two nations. The Panama Canal is beauty and function on a scale beyond compare, with nature, machine and man working in total harmony.
Travel: A passage to India
4:00 PM — If lying on a beach is not your thing and you yearn for a bit of adventure set against an exotic backdrop, have you thought about the possibilities the vast sub-content of India has to offer?The country offers a wealth of ancient temples and monuments for lovers of culture and heritage and many travel companies now offer fantastic sight-seeing trips.
A gay Greek Island hop 1
12:02 PM — The beautiful Greek islands are just perfect for a spot of hopping, as many students will tell you. But you don't need to live out of a backpack and navigate your way round the island's hostels - hop aboard a luxury liner for a tour of the very best places in Greece.We take a trip in style around the islands just for you.
Travel: White knuckle rafting in Scotland
12:02 PM — The sport of white water rafting has been growing in popularity in Scotland since the 1970s and has since become one of Europe's favoured destinations for enthusiasts. The rapids of rivers such as the River Tummel attract thousands of newcomers and experienced rafters every year.Scotland and white water rafting now go hand-in-hand for a number of reasons, not least the quality facilities and beautiful rural surroundings.
Holidays for opera lovers 1
12:02 PM — The popularity of opera has risen in leaps and bounds in recent years and graduated from being regarded as an elitist interest of the rich cognoscenti to being far more accessible to all-comers.The aria Nessun Dorma from Turandot became familiar to millions who had probably never heard it before it was performed by the Three Tenors - Pavarotti, Domingo and Carreras - as the theme for the Italia 1990 World Cup.
Archbishop of Canterbury: Homosexuality is not a disease 6
12:02 PM — "I do not assume that homosexual inclination is a disease," the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, told bishops of the American branch of the Anglican Communion.He warned that "violence against gay and lesbian people is inexcusable," adding: "Gay and lesbian people have a place in the Church as do all the baptised."
Travel: The architectural wonders of Europe
12:02 PM — Europe's great ruins and cities are mighty testament to the ancient and modern world. These are cities of legendary proportions, each with its unique charm, history and works of classical and modern art. Europe is on your doorstep: take a journey through its wondrous history.Here we take a tour of the best picks for a short break.
Travel: Fly-drive to Transylvania and beyond 1
12:02 PM — Note- Although homosexuality is legal in Romania, public displays of gay relationships are frowned upon and in some instances can be illegal. Homosexuality is however tolerated in areas popular with Western tourists.When you think of fly-drive holidays, the US probably springs to mind. A fly-drive holiday to Romania, including the region of Transylvania, offers something a little different and in many ways more magical than anything Mickey Mouse can offer.
Travel: Finca el Cerrillo
12:02 PM — When is a hotel not a hotel? When it is the Finca el Cerrillo - one of the best kept secrets of southern SpainOwned by the aptly named Gordon and Sue Kind, the now restored 200-year-old farmhouse that serves as one of Andalucia's best kept secrets was used as an olive mill from 1805 until 1960. It sounds like a cliché calling this place a home from home - but the number of visitors who return are testament to the welcome this fascinating property offers its guests.
22nd September 2007
Councillor guilty of paedophile slurs against opponent 130
1:15 PM — A Labour party councillor has been barred from public office for three years and fined £1000 for making false allegations of paedophilia against her gay opponent.Miranda Grell, who works as a researcher for London's Deputy Mayor Nicky Gavron, wept as District Judge John Woollard passed sentence.Ms Grell, 29, was also ordered to pay £3000 towards prosecution costs.
21st September 2007
Nominees for Stonewall politics award “honoured” 52
4:40 PM — Senior politicians from across the political divide have spoken to PinkNews.co.uk about their nominations for a Stonewall Award.Two Cabinet ministers, a member of the Scottish Parliament, a Tory frontbench spokesperson, a junior Treasury minister and the only openly gay peer in the House of Lords are in contention for the coveted Politician of the Year award.Alan Johnson, the Secretary of State for Health, was instrumental in getting the Sexual Orientation Regulations onto the statute books.
Clary returns to the West End
3:23 PM — Julian Clary will be replacing James Dreyfus to play the role of Emcee in The Lyric Theatre's production of Cabaret.The comedian, TV presenter, actor and novelist is joining the cast of the hit musical from 2 October, returning to the West End after a successful run as Leigh Bowery in Boy George's musical Taboo in 2002.Directed by Rufus Norris, the production celebrates its first year on 10 October. Julian is one of several cast changes.