13th July 2007
C4 executive apologises for Big Brother homophobia row 1
10:43 AM — The head of Legal and Compliance at Channel 4 has told a gay audience that they made mistakes in their handling of a contestant on Big Brother who used the word 'poof.'Jan Tomalin was speaking at an event organised by the channel entitled "Homosexuality and the Media: How far have we come?"She frankly admitted when asked about the incident: "we got it wrong."
12th July 2007
Gay.com to close London office
5:50 PM — PlanetOut Inc, owner of Gay.com, has announced it is to close its London office."While we plan to continue serving our global audience, we made this decision to streamline our business operations and reduce expenses," said Karen Magee, chief executive officer, PlanetOut.It is unclear what will happen to the UK portal of Gay.com, which offers personals, chat, job adverts and scene information as well as news, entertainment and health stories.
Gay dogs show off and compete for Best In Show
1:53 PM — Brighton and Hove Pride's annual pooch parade was hailed the by organisers as the most successful in years, with 560 entries to the novelty, pedigree and condition classes.Hove Rugby Club played host to the fifth annual Pride Companion Dog Show. More than 700 people attended last Sunday, which was the sunniest day in Brighton for many weeks.The best in show and this year was Coco the Whippet whose owner, Lisa Uba of Peacehaven, was thrilled to take first prize
New strategies required on HIV says AIDS Trust
1:35 PM — The National AIDS Trust today launched Updating Our Strategies, a report from a recent expert seminar on HIV testing and prevention.The seminar brought together experts in the field, including representatives from the Department of Health, the NHS, the Health Protection Agency and leading HIV organisations.They discussed how HIV testing and prevention strategies should be updated and refreshed within the National Strategy on Sexual Health and HIV.
11th July 2007
‘Homophobic’ leaflet used again by Tory candidate 28
5:01 PM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive Sayeeda Warsi, who was appointed to the Conservative Shadow Cabinet last week by party leader David Cameron, has said she regrets the hostile language used in her 2005 election leaflets.It has now emerged that a Tory candidate at last year's council election used the same campaign literature.PinkNews.co.uk has obtained a letter sent to David Cameron last July by a group of Labour MPs representing the Kirklees District Council area complaining about homophobic campaigning.
Homophobic bus driver brought to book by gay motorist 3
1:43 PM — Former Grenadier Guardsmen Lee Wardle caused traffic mayhem in south London last month after being subject to a bus driver's homophobic abuse."Is it because you are a dirty, f***ing batty boy," the irate driver of the No 200 bus screamed at him during a road rage incident.Mr Wardle called the police after blocking in the bus driver with his car when the driver refused to repeat his homophobic comments on June 26th.
Win tickets to see Barbra Streisand in London 2
1:30 PM — Acclaimed singer and actress Barbra Streisand will be playing her first ever show in Europe later this month and internet company AOL are offering PinkNews.co.uk readers the chance of a lifetime.Just click here for your chance to win 2VIP tickets to Barbra's first ever European show on 25th July at The O2 arena.
Birmingham towpath rapists might get life
11:38 AM — A judge at Birmingham Crown Court told two man convicted of robbing and then raping his male victim that they could be given a life sentence.Daniel Myers,20, of Barry Jackson Tower in Aston, was found guilty alongside Nikos Johnson, 26, of Rawling Street, Ladywood, of one charge of robbery and two of rape.The Birmingham Post reports that during the trial Myers revealed under cross-examination that he is HIV+
Gay poem still contrary to ‘law of the land’ 1
10:10 AM — Today marks the 30th anniversary of the day when Denis Lemon was found guilty of committing libel against Christianity.He was the editor of the now defunct but iconic UK newspaper Gay News.Mary Whitehouse, founder of the National Viewers and Listeners Association, (NVLA) announced her intention to sue in December 1976 after she read the poem entitled The Love Which Cannot Speak Its Name by James Kirkup, published in Gay News.
10th July 2007
Catholic hierarchy tussle with gay group over Mass rights 2
5:25 PM — Quest, the lesbian and gay group for Catholics, has accused the Catholic Church of un-Christian behaviour after the Archdiocese of Liverpool prevented them from using the University Catholic Chaplaincy for a Mass.The service was intended to help gay Catholics discuss their experiences and pray for understanding of issues of faith.Following the ban the meeting was held in a location not controlled by the church.
Cameron’s families speech doesn’t mention civil partnerships 12
4:45 PM — David Cameron's big speech on social policy today ran to nearly 1,800 words, but several phrases were missing, among them 'civil partnerships.'The Tory leader set out proposals to encourage marriage through the tax system, which might introduce a married couples tax allowance, worth around £20 a week, aimed at making it easier for one parent to stay at home.Mr Cameron was responding to a report from former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith.
Blair laughed then worried about minister’s cruising 1
3:05 PM — It has emerged that Prime Minister Tony Blair laughed when first told that Welsh Secretary Ron Davies had been mugged while cruising on Clapham Common in 1998.However, after another gay revelation he started to worry that his government's image might be damaged.Alistair Campbell, the former Prime Minister's communications chief, published a bowdlerised version of his diaries yesterday, called The Blair Years.
Wimbledon star quashes gay rumours
2:34 PM — A semi-finalist in the Wimbledon Men's Singles tennis competition has said he is angry at a report in a French magazine that he is gay and in a relationship with an older man.21-year-old Richard Gasquet beat Andy Roddick last week to reach a career-high ranking of seventh in the world. He was knocked out of the tournament by eventual winner Roger Federer.Le Point reported that the French player was having an affair with a 46-year-old married businessman.
Win tickets to see acclaimed gay movie in London
12:53 PM — The Vue Islington cinema is hosting a double bill feature of the critically acclaimed Mysterious Skin and Shortbus on Monday 16th July and PinkNews.co.uk has two pairs of tickets to give away. Mysterious Skin features two teens from the same small town, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Brady Corbett, who couldn't seem more different.Yet they have one, devastating thing in common: both were molested by their little league baseball coach.
LGBT health summit will ‘empower choice’
12:27 PM — The title of this year's LGBT Health Summit - Choices, Voices, Knowledge and Power - makes clear the strong themes delegates will get to grips with in Manchester on the 20th and 21st of August.30 presenters and 16 workshops will cover issues on health inequalities experienced by lesbian, gay, bi and trans people.One aim of the summit is to provide information and training on LGBT health issues such as disability, crime, mental health, the impact of stereotypes and identity, ageing and drugs
Cherie Blair persuaded Tory to defect over Section 28
11:40 AM — The much-anticipated diaries of spin doctor Alistair Campbell may have disappointed politics junkies with their lack of information about the decade-long feud between No 10 and No 11 Downing St, but his reminiscences still contain some interesting insights into the Blair years.One such nugget is the revelation that the Prime Minister's wife and a former gay Radio 1 DJ helped persuade a senior Tory MP defect to the Labour party because he was about to be sacked for supporting gay rights.
9th July 2007
Boybands, boats and BBQ at Bournemouth Pride
4:41 PM — The Bourne Free Pride Festival, held on 14th July, will see a welcome return of the popular beach front parade, as well as live shows and a brand new dance arena street party.The Bournemouth event is now in its fourth year.The day begins at 1pm with a nautical-themed parade travelling from the suburb of Alum Chine along the beach to the promenade.
Synod fails to heal Anglican divisions on gay issues
4:03 PM — This weekend's General Synod in York resolved to create a disciplinary covenant that might see some gay-friendly clergy and bishops thrown out of the Anglican church.There is no resolution in sight as the Church of England continues to equivocate on the issue of the ordination of gay clergy.The rows over the blessing of same-sex relationships and the ordination of gay clergy threatens to split the worldwide Church.
Blair to recommend Peter Mandelson for House of Lords
3:11 PM — Former Prime Minister Tony Blair is to recommend his close political ally Peter Mandelson for a peerage.Traditionally a departing PM draws up a resignation honours list, though for the first time the names put forward for the House of Lords will be scrutinised by the appointments commission.It is thought Mr Blair will only nominate a few people to the Lords because of the ongoing 'cash for peerages' criminal investigation.
TURING: An ungainly obsession 3
2:18 PM — PinkNews.co.uk's new pseudonymous contributor reflects on lessons that can be learnt from the life and death of the genius who is the inspiration for his new weekly column.Alan Turing is no gay icon - and fortunately so.Today, that epithet is more representative of superficial (so-called) celebrities and their obsession with sex, drugs, fashion and every thing else that have come to epitomise popular culture.