3rd August 2006
Gay issues contribute to increase in celebrity libel cases
12:00 AM — Libel cases brought by the likes of gay artist Sir Elton John and footballer Ashley Cole over "gay orgy" allegations have contributed to a two fold increase in defamation cases over the last year.The number of reported defamation cases involving claims by celebrities against newspapers has more than doubled in the last year, a legal information service revealed today.
Police seize gay clubbing drug
12:00 AM — Police have seized £1 million of the date rape drug, GHB in a raid in Stanley, County Durham.The drug, which is colourless and odourless when dissolved in water has in the past been linked to drinks being spiked by sexual predators.GHB, also known as liquid ecstasy has become popular within the gay scene.
2nd August 2006
Nurses back Manchester gay festival
12:00 AM — Under the banner 'Make discrimination history, pride in nursing' the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) North West region has announced its support for this year's Mardi Gras Parade in Manchester.Steve Flanagan, RCN Regional Director for the North West said: "Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues are very important to us as an organisation, both for our members and as professional nurses sensitive to the needs of LGBT clients and patients."
Gay anthems become uncool classics
12:00 AM — Two gay anthems have made a list of uncool records which are secretly okay to enjoy.The top ten "guilty pleasures" include S Club 7's Don't Stop Movin and Gloria Gaynor's classic I Will Survive.The collection was compiled by Q magazine which hopes to "restore a veritable treasure trove of music to glory."
Sexual health funds ‘missing front line’
12:00 AM — A substantial portion of the £300 million funding earmarked for sexual health that accompanied the Choosing Health White Paper is not reaching front-line sexual health services, says a survey undertaken by the Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV (IAG).The findings contradict Government promises which have previously identified sexual health and GUM as a top six priority for the NHS this year.
Gay man loses police discrimination case
12:00 AM — A former policeman who claims he was discriminated against for being gay has lost his case.Ben Stokes, 23, a former member of the Nottingham Police claims he was discriminated against by his force after his sexuality was revealed when he started a relationship with a male teenager.
Brighton bars lead gay pride revolt 4
12:00 AM — Brighton's gay bars and clubs are taking revenge against Pride organisers after a "serious communication breakdown" that has led to the cancellation of the annual Street Party.Three bars have already joined the revolt by withdrawing all donations promised to Pride, with many more expected to follow suit.Last year, venues raised more than £10,000 over the festival weekend, which was donated to Brighton Pride in order to help fund the festival.
Gay bar accuses Brighton police of ‘bully boy tactics’ 4
12:00 AM — One of Brighton's most popular gay pubs is accusing the police of bully boy tactics over Brighton Pride.The Queens Arms has won a 'David and Goliath' style fight over the right to have a street bar after it went to Brighton and Hove Council's licensing appeal panel.
1st August 2006
THT opens sexual health clinic for Leeds students
12:00 AM — On August 7, Terrence Higgins Trust is opening a clinic which will test and treat university students in Leeds for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).The clinic will run from 4-7pm on Mondays at the Terrence Higgins Trust offices, 2 Oxford Place.
Humanists and Christians tussle over gay marriage 10
12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has expressed its disapproval of yesterday's judgement meted out by the High Court to the lesbian couple seeking to have their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK.Sir Mark Potter, President of the Family Division of the High Court, ruled that Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger, who legally married in Canada, could only be recognised as civil partners in the UK.
Gay police defend EuroPride ad 9
12:00 AM — The Gay Police Association has issued a statement regarding its controversial EuroPride advert which attributed recent homophobic attacks to religious belief.Scotland Yard was reported to be considering an investigation into the group after it placed an advertisement in The Independent's diversity supplement which coincided with the EuroPride rally, displaying a pool of blood next to a Bible.
Gay school group stand up to homophobia
12:00 AM — A lobby group campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in schools has launched a petition asking the BBC Board of Governors to reconsider their recent decision to dismiss complaints about Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles' derogatory use of the word 'gay' on his Radio 1 Breakfast show.The BBC recognised Moyles' comments may have caused offence, after he called a ring tone "gay," but said the use of the word to mean "lame" or "rubbish" was widespread amongst young people, promoting accusations that the station was condoning homophobia.
Straight couples campaign for gay marriage rights 3
12:00 AM — A group campaigning for heterosexual access to civil partnerships has expressed solidarity with a lesbian couple who were yesterday told their Canadian marriage could not be recognised in the UK.A High Court judge told Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson that they can only be recognised as civil partners to respect the "age-old institution (of marriage), valued and valuable, respectable and respected, as a means not only of encouraging monogamy but also the procreation of children."
Survey questions gay perception of Northern Ireland
12:00 AM — A majority of people in Northern Ireland say they are tolerant of lesbian, gay and bisexual people (LGB) in society, according to a new survey from Ipsos MORI Ireland.The survey, commissioned by Lesbian Advocacy Services Initiative (LASI), shows a majority of people (88%) are supportive of the principle that LGB people should not be discriminated against.
Sexuality affecting lesbian patient care in New Zealand
12:00 AM — Healthcare providers react more positively to men than women who reveal they're gay, according to research in the Journal of Advanced Nursing.Women patients reported that healthcare providers were more likely to assume they were heterosexual, adding that more than one in ten were uncomfortable when they disclosed they were lesbian or bisexual.
Gay Dean has secret civil partnership 3
12:00 AM — The Church of England's first openly gay Dean, the Very Rev Jeffrey John, has had a secret civil partnership with another Anglican clergyman, according to reports.Dr John, currently Dean of St Albans, is rumoured to have had a civil partnership with Reverend Grant Holmes last week.
31st July 2006
Gay Tory applies to be London Mayor
12:00 AM — London could be getting its first gay mayor after Nick Boles director of Conservative aligned think tank Policy Exchange today confirmed that he will apply for the Tory's open primary to be held later this year.Mr Boles, this morning confirmed the rumours which were published recently on PinkNews.co.uk, and other political blogs, that he would put forward an application to stand for London Mayor in 2008.
Lesbian couple fail in gay marriage bid 10
12:00 AM — The High Court has today rejected a lesbian couple's bid to have their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK.Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson, a British lesbian couple married lawfully in Canada, challenged the UK government's laws claiming that their human rights were impeded by only being viewed as civil partners.
Yorkshire’s gay picnic celebrates 20th anniversary
12:00 AM — Yorkshire once again demonstrated 'there's nowt as queer as folk' last weekend, writes Paul Hunt.Despite the Pennine showers, thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people travelled to Huddersfield to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Annual Pink Picnic.Face Painting, Karaoke and live music was just some of the attractions on offer.
Most families welcome civil partnerships, study shows
12:00 AM — The first major research into attitudes to same sex civil partnerships since they were legalised in December 2005 has shown general acceptance from families and friends, with some exceptions.The study, carried out by sociologists at The University of Manchester, was based on interviews and focus groups with 91 gay men and lesbians who are either planning or have had a civil partnership.