12th August 2006
Tory councillor faces trial for gay slur 14
12:00 AM — A Tory councillor is to go on trial after pleading not guilty at Brighton Magistrates to public order charges after allegedly making homophobic remarks.Cllr Peter Willows, 75, of Brighton and Hove City Council allegedly likened homosexuals to paedophiles.
11th August 2006
Beenie Man claims ‘I am not homophobic’ 2
12:00 AM — Controversial rapper Beenie Man has told The Independent newspaper that the true meaning of his lyrics have been misinterpreted due to cultural differences.Mr Man claims that in Jamaica the word 'gay' is synonymous with rape, and that unlike the consensual homosexual relationships found in England, the only 'gay' relationships that exist in Jamaica are young men who are forced into gay sex by poverty.
Stephen Williams on life at Westminster for an out gay MP
12:00 AM — For the aspiring political journalist, getting an MP to even speak to you can be a struggle. So it is a tribute to Stephen Williams that he was the first one to say yes to PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew.For this reason alone it would have seemed rude to give him a rough ride.But the honest truth is that there would be no need to get all "Paxman" with Williams.
UK Black Pride Festival set for Southend next weekend 1
12:00 AM — The first UK Black Pride (UKBP) festival will be held on Saturday 19th August at the seaside resort of Southend-on-Sea.Organisers hope the festival will become an annual summer event. It aims to foster pride, empowerment and a positive presence for black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the UK.
New scheme for reporting hate crimes at gay bars 1
12:00 AM — An innovative method of reporting homophobic attacks has been hailed a success by the West London Gay Men's Project.Over 30 incidents have been reported via an i-kiosk installed inside the well-known Birdcage pub in Chiswick.The aim of the project is to increase monitoring of hate crimes, and victims have the option of requesting further assistance from police if they wish to pursue the incident.
10th August 2006
Gay Iraqis show pride in Gloucester
12:00 AM — Three gay Iraqis are set to join the Gloucestershire Rainbow Day march through Gloucester city centre on Saturday.Ali Hili, who co-ordinates Iraqi LGBT, a gay help and information group in Baghdad and London, will be joined by two other Iraqis who have fled their home country as hard-line insurgent groups started targeting gay men, many of whom have been murdered.
Gay cruising zips up nudist beach 6
12:00 AM — British naturists claim their rights are being stripped after the Ministry of Defence (MoD) closed a nudist beach area in Cornwall because it was allegedly attracting gay sex near the military training camp.The MoD along with the Perranzabuloe parish council and Haven Holiday Park decided to close the area claiming it had no problem with homosexuality but wanted to eliminate the "bad elements."
Town divided over gay Dean’s union
12:00 AM — Local residents are split over the recent civil partnership of the Dean of St Albans.Last week the Church of England's first openly gay Dean, the Very Rev Jeffrey John had a secret civil partnership ceremony with Anglican clergyman, the Reverend Grant Holmes.
Can A-list gays slay Mayor Ken? 5
12:00 AM — Tongue firmly in cheek, Tony Grew takes a look at the Tories hoping to be London's next mayorA few months ago Dave "I ride huskies" Cameron announced that from now on the Tories would embrace "American-style" selection tactics for the race to be the Tory candidate for mayor in the 2008 election.In what the party like to describe as an "X-factor" competition, Londoners of all parties and none will be invited to vote on the various candidates and pick a winner.
Ex-Take That boss offers reward for gay club attack
12:00 AM — The owner of a nightclub is offering up a £5,000 reward for information about a vicious homophobic murder in Manchester's gay village.The attack, which took place on May 11 2003, was so brutal that it left Martin Salinas, an American living in the UK at the time, with permanent brain damage.
Transsexual lottery winner regrets paying for gender reassignment 4
12:00 AM — A transsexual who came to prominence in 2003 for funding her sex-change operation from a national lottery win has revealed to her local newspaper that she now regrets paying £21,000 for the procedure.Mick Parltrow, then a 52-year-old lorry driver, won £250,000 and travelled to Thailand for the operation Over the next two years Mick transformed into Melanie.
Tory councillor snubs gay slur court appearance 14
12:00 AM — A Tory councillor has declined to appear at his first magistrates hearing for allegedly making homophobic remarks.Peter Willows, 75, of Brighton and Hove City Council allegedly said to guests at a reception hosted by the mayor of Brighton and Hove that he believed homosexuals were paedophiles.
9th August 2006
Football fans convicted for homophobic jibes in landmark case
12:00 AM — Two football supporters have become the first fans to be convicted of chanting homophobic abuse.James Monkhouse and Michael Church, followers of Norwich City, were found guilty by Norwich Magistrates' Court of disorderly behaviour after reportedly shouting anti-gay chants aimed at Brighton football club fans earlier this year.
Witnesses sought after gay man is robbed and beaten
12:00 AM — Police in Streatham are appealing for witnesses after a gay man was assaulted and robbed on the common near Copgate Woods in the early hours of last Friday.Three black males attacked the man at approximately 3am as he took refuge in his car, assaulting him and stealing credit cards, which they later used to withdraw money from ATMs.
Belfast Pride attracts thousands despite protests
12:00 AM — An estimated 6,500 people came out to celebrate 'Belfast Pride' on Saturday, despite some classic Irish weather and traditional Christian demonstrations.The parade, held every year since 1991, has received public funding to create a spectacle for the city.
Brighton Gay Pride pictures out now 4
12:00 AM — If like the staff at Pink News HQ your recollection of last weekend's Brighton Pride is a bit hazy, you can now take a look at 3Sixty magazine's website, where our publishing partner has uploaded photos of the event which should help you piece the missing parts together.Brighton Pride brought a significant cash boost for the region's clubs, bars and restaurants as 120,000 people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community attended the parade and other events.
Anti-gay Christians lampooned after Pride complaint 5
12:00 AM — A notoriously radical right-wing Christian group has lodged an official complaint with Sussex Police after the chief of police took part in the Brighton Pride parade.Joe Edwards, who became the first police chief in the country to march in a gay pride parade, was condemned by Christian Voice director Stephen Green for taking part in the event.
Gay man cleared of “reckless” HIV transmission
12:00 AM — Sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has welcomed the acquittal of a gay man who was charged with 'recklessly' passing on HIV to his partner.Kingston Crown Court cleared him of the allegations earlier today after the judge ordered the jury to do so, considering the defence's case that it could not be proven that the defendant had infected his partner.
Gay sauna encounter delayed Damilola trial 57
12:00 AM — An encounter at a Chariots gay sauna between a juror and a witness caused the first Damilola murder trial to be delayed.The second trial ended today as brothers Danny and Ricky Preddie were convicted of the manslaughter of Damilola Taylor in November 2000. They had been acquitted of murder at the previous trial in April.
Transgender crew member criticises ship’s “mob culture” 2
12:00 AM — A transgender woman was quizzed about her "balls" and deliberately referred to as a "he," an employment tribunal has been told.Drusilla Philippa Marland, a P O Ferries crew member claims she was forced out of her job after the company did not protect her from discrimination.