22nd January 2007
Gay helplines attacked by hoaxers
6:17 PM — The Gloucestershire gay helpline has been the victim of a text message scam that is reducing its ability to respond to genuine calls.Text messages are being sent to random phones asking the recipient to call the free helpline number urgently. During one day in December over 30 calls were made in one hour.The Gay and Lesbian Switchboard has also been the victim of similar scam texts.
Eagle speaks out against the “very, very few”
1:39 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive The vice-chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party has said that "very, very few" of the party's MPs want a change to the Sexual Orientation Regulations.Angela Eagle, the MP for Wallasey, spoke out after the Independent on Sunday reported that Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly wants to allow adoption agencies controlled by the Roman Catholic Church to turn away gay or lesbian couples.
Police warn of internet dangers
1:03 PM — The Metropolitan Police have issued a warning to gay men to be more cautious when sending pictures online after a London man was humiliated by an internet sneak.The two men met on an internet dating site and the victim sent the other man a sexually explicit picture of himself.When they stopped chatting online, the other man reprinted the image on a poster with libellous text.
Gay MPs lambast Kelly opt-out
11:15 AM — Labour politicians and gay rights activists have responded to press reports that Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly wants to grant exemptions to the new Equality Act.The Independent on Sunday reported that Kelly wants to give Roman Catholic adoption agencies an opt-out from the Sexual Orientation Regulations, which outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services.
Online suicide bid highlights trans isolation
10:50 AM — A Welsh transsexual woman took an overdose of pills, then sent emails to health groups and media outlets, protesting at the way in which gender reassignment surgery is regarded.The unnamed woman, from Llanelli, swallowed a large quantity of painkilling medication and then sent the email suicide note.A friend of the woman called the police when he read the contents of her email.
Ruth Kelly in new row over gay adoption
10:10 AM — Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly has ignited another cabinet row over the Sexual Orientation Regulations.The new rules, which protect gay, bisexual and lesbian people in England and Wales from discrimination when accessing goods and services, are due to come into force in April.It emerged over the weekend that Kelly and Prime Minister Tony Blair want to exempt Roman Catholic adoption agencies from the regulations.
19th January 2007
Robbie Williams to strip for Elton? 57
4:56 PM — Elton John's upcoming 60th birthday celebrations have been a source of endless speculation, with the latest report claiming that former Take That! singer Robbie Williams is going to perform a striptease on the night.What is certain is that John will be celebrating the landmark birthday on 25th March with a performance for friends and celebrities at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Prescott reveals a fear of gays 2
4:36 PM — Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has spoken to BBC Radio 4 about his days as a merchant seaman, and revealed that he was uncomfortable sharing a cabin with gay crew.The 68-year-old, who is due to stand down as Labour party deputy leader later this year, worked as a steward on the Cunard Line in the 1950's.A documentary about his time at sea, called Prescott At Your Service, has been made by the BBC radio station.
Homophobic Muslim preacher faces police probe 2
11:21 AM — The Birmingham mosque exposed in a Channel 4 documentary as a Mecca for extremist Muslims is being investigated by police after calls from an MP for police to intervene.The Dispatches programme, broadcast on Monday, showed undercover footage of preacher Abu Usamah calling for gay people to be executed.The controversial preacher was caught on camera at Green Lane Mosque in Birmingham.
18th January 2007
Bristol ready for LGBT History Month 1
3:43 PM — The important contribution that LGBT Bristolians make to the city's economy and cultural scene is to be celebrated through a range of events.They will take place under the banner of LGBT History Month, and begin with a film double bill at the Arnolfini cinema on Saturday 29th January.There are two further LGBT film double bills at the Arnolfini on Sundays 4th and 11th of February.
Brighton Pride mourn their “true champion” 9
2:18 PM — The organisers of Brighton Pride have spoken of their sadness at the news that Paul Wilde has died aged 51.As reported by PinkNews.co.uk, Mr Wilde died in his sleep and yesterday was found in his flat above his venue South Central, in Vauxhall, London.He was the mastermind behind the most successful Pride events in the country.
Education Secretary stands up for gay song 1
12:11 PM — Alan Johnson, Secretary of State for Education and Skills, has told BBC Radio 4 listeners that he would be happy if the song (Sing If You're) Glad To Be Gay is included in a book for schoolchildren.The Daily Express reports that the comments have "sparked a major row."
Gay homeless charity gets new chief
11:30 AM — The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), a charity that works with and supports homeless LGBT teenagers, has a new chief executive.Tim Sigsworth has joined AKT from the Lesbian and Gay Foundation in Manchester.Mr Sigsworth replaces Richard McKendrick, who left AKT at the end of 2006 to take up a new role as Director of Operations at Addaction.
Daffyd’s home village becomes conservation area
10:58 AM — The Welsh village made famous by the Little Britain gay caricature Daffyd Thomas is to be given conservation status.Ceredigion County Council revealed yesterday that Llanddewi Brefi had been chosen because of its new-found fame.The council said the conservation statue will help maintain the village's character.
Crystal meth users now face seven years in jail
10:05 AM — People who take and deal in methamphetamine, commonly known as crystal meth, face the severest penalties possible from today when it is reclassified from a Class B to a Class A substance.The Home Office decided to reclassify last year, after an explosion in the use of the drug amongst gay men who attend nightclubs.
17th January 2007
THT get £1.5m Lottery grant for youth project 2
5:56 PM — HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has been awarded close to £1.5m by the Big Lottery Fund.The grant will be used to establish a sex and relationships education (SRE) project for young people across England.The three-year project will be launched in April with the title "Young Leaders," and will be directed entirely by the young people involved.
Pride guru Paul Wilde dies 9
5:06 PM — London club owner Paul Wilde, the mastermind behind the most successful Pride events in the country, has died aged 51.Paul died in his sleep and was found this morning in his flat above his venue South Central, in Vauxhall, London.Paul ran Wilde Ones Event Services, which has been the production backbone of Brighton Pride for the last 7 years.
Boyzone star out-drinks rugby hardman
12:25 PM — Gay performer Stephen Gately can hold his drink better than one of England's rugby heroes, it has been revealed.The 30-year-old singer, who came out in 1999, was actually born on the booziest day of the year, St Patrick's Day. (17th March)Rugby star Kyran Bracken has told The Sun newspaper that he has been mocked by fellow players after he admitted that the gay pop star drank more than him on a night out.
Time to get on the piste with gay skiers
10:22 AM — Gay snow enthusiasts from across Europe are trying on their lurid clothing and unpacking their skis in preparation for a huge gay outing.The annual Alternative Ski event is being held this year at the world's largest ski domain, Les Trois Vallees in the French Alps, from Saturday March 10th to Saturday March 17th. At an altitude of 2,300 metres, the slopes at Les Trois Vallées are the highest in Europe.
16th January 2007
Ex-archbishop steps into Exeter student row 4
3:37 PM — George Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, has involved himself in the ongoing dispute between student groups at Exeter University.As previously reported on PinkNews.co.uk, a group of Christian students at Exeter University are going to court to try to set a legal precedent about acceptance of gay rights.