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  • 3rd September 2007

    Osbourne sacked from X-Factor for calling Cowell gay 1

    Mr Cowell allegedly sacked Sharon Osbourne for constantly telling everyone he was gay

    4:13 PM — In an explosive interview given to a tabloid paper, David Arden, Sharon Osbourne's brother, claims Simon Cowell had her fired from X-Factor because she repeatedly told him he was gay."She tells everyone he's gay. She claims he's in the closet and doesn't know yet he's homosexual, which is ridiculous," Mr Arden said."Sharon told me that at the end of series one Simon actually got her fired for her jibes and nastiness to him and the contestants."

  • Lesbians hide sexuality for job interviews

    Lesbians try to disguise their sexuality during interviews

    1:35 PM — Lesbians frequently hide their sexuality in job interviews by changing the way they dress, a study revealed today.Many lesbians admitted disguising their sexuality by dressing 'gender neutral', and most thought they would never get a job if they dressed how they really wanted.Researchers Dr Helen Woodruffe-Burton and Dr Sam Bairstow, who conducted the study at Cumbria and Glamorgan University, gave the problem a name - 'My interview dilemma'.

  • 29th August 2007

    Civil partnerships and marriages to be treated the same by insurers 17

    Nick Starling, the ABI's Director of General Insurance and Health.

    11:30 PM — The Association of British Insurers (ABI) is proposing the abolition of exemptions in insurance law regarding sexual orientation.According to the ABI, insurance companies see no need and do not wish to differentiate for insurance purposes between customers in civil partnerships and married couples.The proposal forms part of the ABI's detailed response to the Government's current consultation on its Discrimination Law Review.

  • Earthquake hits Manchester’s gay village 2

    Residents living near the city's gay village, Canal Street, were amongst those who felt the earthquakes tremors early this morning.

    11:30 PM — Residents in Manchester were woken today by the sixth earthquake in a month to hit the city.Residents living near the city's gay village, Canal Street, were amongst those who felt the earthquakes tremors early this morning.People reported wardrobe doors rattling and buildings creaking as the earthquake measuring an initial 2.4 on the Richter scale shook the city centre at about 5:45 a.m, according to Reuters.

  • Euro-Parliament takes up the case of Iranian lesbian facing deportation 3

    The European Parliament Presidency has committed to sending the letter to Gordon Brown regarding Pegah without delay.

    11:30 PM — European Parliament President Hans Gert Pöettering has said he will write a letter to Prime Minister Gordon Brown regarding the fate of Pegah Emambakhsh, the Iranian lesbian woman who risks expulsion from Great Britain to Iran.His actions follow proposals by Italian MEP Giusto Catania (PRC), representing the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) Group in the European Parliament during today's Conference of Presidents, and Graham Watson, President of the Parliament's Liberal Group.

  • BBC celebrates 50th anniversary of Wolfenden report 2

    The Hidden Lives series will be shown on BBC4 from Saturday 1st September.  Photo: BBC

    11:30 PM — The BBC is due to screen a week-long series of LGBT programmes to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Wolfenden report.The season is called Hidden Lives Week and programmes range from documentaries to drama.The BBC say the programmes are intended to raise awareness of the landmark report that led to the legalisation of homosexuality in the UK.The Wolfenden report was commissioned 50 years ago this coming Monday (3rd September).

  • English traffic officers visit pride event for the first time 11

    Pictured is Traffic Officer Supervisor Paul Airlie who works at the Millness Outstation in Cumbria covering the M6 in the county and Manchester Pride visitor Martin Walker from Birmingham (picture by Bill Cooney, Highways Agency).

    11:30 PM — Highways Agency Traffic Officers - England's newest uniformed service - really got into the swing of things at last weekend's Manchester Pride event.It was the first time that Traffic Officers had ever officially visited a pride event in England.The Agency took a stand to the event as well as several Traffic Officers from the North West Traffic Officer Service and one of their high-visibility 4WD patrol vehicles.

  • Stonewall Cymru to ‘Shout OUT’ at Mardi Gras

    The Shout OUT campaign will encourage the LGBT community to have their say about gay life in Wales and will tackle issues such as hate crimes, health care, education and employment.

    11:30 PM — Stonewall Cymru is launching a new community activism campaign ahead of Saturday's Mardi Gras in Cardiff.The Shout OUT campaign will encourage the LGBT community to have their say about gay life in Wales and will tackle issues such as hate crimes, health care, education and employment.Cardiff's Lesbian and Gay Mardi Gras is set to draw massive crowds this weekend.

  • Reading to celebrate fourth annual Pride Festival

    The Reading Pride festival began in 2004, attracting 6,000 people.

    11:30 PM — The fourth Reading Pride event is due to take place next weekend.The event was set up to celebrate the LGBT community, to ensure a sense of belonging and build strong and positive relations between people of different backgrounds, whilst working towards equality and inclusion in Reading and its surrounding areas.

  • Cornish LGBT officer responds to events at Pride 22

    Cornwall's first Gay Pride event earned rave reviews from those who attended, despite complaints of police harassment.

    11:30 PM — Following reports of police harassment at Cornwall's first gay Pride, Aaron PiperDiversity Manager for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has issued this statement to PinkNews.co.uk:"I would like to take this opportunity to reply to the article posted on PinkNews.co.uk entitled 'Cornish police accused of homophobia at Pride.'

  • Talksport homophobic comments “highly offensive” 3

    Ofcom ruled: “Rule 2.3 of the Code requires broadcasters to ensure that material which may cause offence is justified by the context.“

    11:34 AM — The broadcasting watchdog has heavily criticised two homophobic outbursts broadcast on talk radio station Talksport - both of them from presenters.Ofcom said that a bizarre series of comments from Mike Mendoza in May comparing gay people to paedophiles were highly offensive.The radio station said that Mendoza had been suspended for a week after the incident.

  • ‘Ambisexual’ singer Mika nominated for music award 2

    Mika insists that people should be more concerned about his material than his sexuality.

    11:27 AM — Chart-topping singer-songwriter, Mika, has been nominated for the prestigious BT Digital Music Awards 2007.Under the category of 'Best Pop Artist in association with TV Hits', the Beirut-born singer will be up against Natasha Bedingfield, Simon Webb, Lil Chris and The Hoosiers for the award.The 23-year-old's hit single Grace Kelly spent weeks at the top of the charts and his debut album Life In Cartoon Motion has sold half a million copies since it was released in February this year.

  • One in four women would bed another woman 2

    Of more than 200 women questioned in the survey, seven per cent admitted they had had sex with another woman.

    11:27 AM — One in four women would consider having sex with another woman according to a new online survey of the nation's female sex lives.Ninety-one per cent of the women questioned described themselves as either heterosexual or straight in the survey, but 26 per cent admitted that they would consider having sex with a women, or that they had fantasised about it.Of more than 200 women questioned in the survey, conducted by lesbian personals site GaydarGirls.com, seven per cent admitted they had had sex with another woman.

  • National AIDS Trust remembers Princess Diana

    Diana was patron of the National AIDS Trust from 1991 until her death in 1997.

    11:27 AM — As the tenth anniversary of the death of Princess Diana approaches, the chief executive of National AIDS has spoken of the ground-breaking work the 'people's princess' did for people living with HIV and AIDS.In the early 1990s, when HIV and AIDS were surrounded by hysteria and prejudice, Diana become patron of the National AIDS Trust, the UK's leading independent policy and campaigning voice on HIV and AIDS.She was patron of the National AIDS Trust from 1991 until her death in 1997.

  • BBC3 commissions new teen transexual documentary 2

    Lucy has already undergone two years of hormone treatment, psychological analysis and surgery, making her one of Britain's youngest transsexuals.

    11:27 AM — BBC3 has commissioned eight documentaries for its third Body Image season, including the story of an 18-year-old trans woman who travels to Thailand to undergo genital surgery.BBC3 will follow up last season's Lucy: Teen Transsexual with Lucy: Teen Transsexual in Thailand, which continues the story of 18-year-old Lucy Parker as she travels to Thailand to undergo male-to-female genital reconstruction surgery to bring her body into harmony with her gender identity.Lucy has already undergone two years of hormone treatment, psychological analysis and surgery, making her one of Britain's youngest transsexual women.

  • Volunteers to clean up London’s cruising grounds

    The THT is using the event as an opportunity to offer safer sex information and free condoms to men as part of their 25th Anniversary of supporting people living with HIV.

    11:27 AM — GaydarRadio and the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) have joined forces on a mission to clean up two of London's most popular cruising grounds.The Keep It Clean action day is set to take place in London this Sunday 2nd September.GaydarRadio and THT are teaming up with LGBT police liaison officers and volunteers to promote the event.Hampstead Heath and Clapham Common are famous cruising locations among gay men, as was popularised by the recent TV drama Clapham Junction.

  • Stonewall launches 2008 Workplace Equality Index

    Participating in the Index is a key tool in demonstrating an organisation's commitment to diversity.

    11:27 AM — Stonewall have begun compiling their 2008 Workplace Equality Index, which lists the UK's top 100 employers for gay people.Participating in the Index is a key tool in demonstrating an organisation's commitment to diversity.It is read by many of Britain's 1.7 million gay employees and 3.6 million gay consumers.By tangibly giving credit for improvements, it shows employees that the organisations they work in take diversity and their staff seriously.

  • Comment: Nigeria’s anti-gay witch-hunt 1

    Peter Tatchell is a human rights campaigner

    11:27 AM — Peter Tatchell comments on Nigeria's treatment of gay peopleThe arrest on 5 August of 18 men at a private party in the northernstate of Bauchi is the latest incident in a wave of on-goinghomophobic persecution in Nigeria - much of which is incited byChristian bishops and Muslim imams.Bauchi is a predominantly Muslim region which has adopted Sharia(Islamic) law. Police officers acted on a tip-off from the HisbahIslamic anti-vice squad of the Bauchi Sharia Commission. They seizedthe men, aged 18 to 22, in rooms at the Benko Hotel in Bauchi.

  • 28th August 2007

    LGBT arts festival gaining international momentum 1

    The GFest festival will be showing LGBT films, visual art and performances

    3:47 PM — The GFest arts festival, due to begin in November, is starting to whip up international artistic interest as it begins to receive submissions from across the globe.The event, sponsored in part by PinkNews.co.uk, aims to provide a platform for LGBT artists to express themselves.Divided into three broad categories, the festival will show short film screenings, performance events and a visual arts exhibition.

  • Cornish police accused of homophobia at Pride 21

    Police action failed to dampen spirits at the event

    3:05 PM — Cornwall's first Gay Pride event earned rave reviews from those who attended, despite complaints of police harassment.Following a unanimous vote by Cornwall Pride's steering committee for police to not be involved in the event, a committee member was promptly arrested and detained for 16 hours before being released without charge.The arrest comes as gay activists in Cornwall persist in calling on local forces to address the homophobia in their ranks.

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