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  • 13th July 2007

    TURING: Of pink pride and prejudice 6

    Your columnist grew up listening to the BBC World Service throughout his childhood, and yet failed to realise he was gay, and that it was normal.

    12:57 PM — Late January, 2002. A middle-aged American family man relaxes in his garden, reading his favourite magazine.Loud, if cheesy, pop music on the street begins to distract him.He joins the rest of his family staring at the rainbow flags, the colourful flotillas and gorgeous hunks with six-packs parading in front of them."Rainbows? Tank Tops? Empowerment? This is the gay pride parade!" the family man cried.

  • Interview: Sex, surveillance and gay royals

    Surveillance stars Tom Harper as Adam.

    12:41 PM — Surveillance is a fast paced sexual and political thriller set in London.It stars Tom Harper as Adam, a gay teacher who lives in Surrey and comes to London on the weekends to go clubbing and pick up men.A casual encounter with a handsome stranger, Jake (Sean Brenden Brosnan) brings Adam to the attention of powerful, unseen forces.

  • I Will Survive singer wants to ‘lead gays to Christ’ 23

    Ms Gaynor perfoming at G.A.Y. nightclub in London in 2003. photo: docklandsboy@flickr.com

    12:01 PM — Gloria Gaynor, the American singer whose hit I Will Survive is seen as a gay anthem, told Radio 4 this morning that gay people should embrace Christ and that her status as a gay icon allows her to lead them to Him.She repeatedly refused to say whether or not she thinks homosexuality is wrong. Many readers have contacted PinkNews.co.uk to complain about her comments.Ms Gaynor, a committed Christian, is currently on a tour of the UK.

  • C4 executive apologises for Big Brother homophobia row 1

    Channel 4 showed clips from their season of programmes marking the 40th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.

    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

    In the UK, PlanetOut publishes UK.Gay.com which competes with the larger gay dating site Gaydar.

    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

    All proceeds from the dog show go to Pride in Brighton and Hove. photo: Paul Englefield@flickr.com

    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

    The National AIDS Trust is also calling on the Department of Health to tackle the continuing high level of HIV stigma and discrimination.

    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

    Mrs Warsi told  The Guardian   that the Conservative party's position on Section 28 has changed but that her personal view is that sex education should be removed from all schools.

    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

    “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.

    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

    Ms Streisand's first London concert will take place later this month.

    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

    Judge Peter Ross has delayed sentencing the pair until he has seen reports, but said they posed a serious risk to the public.

    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

    The NVLA, now known as mediawatch, still regards their founder as the 'late, great Mary Whitehouse.'  photo: www.mediawatch.org

    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

    A spokesperson for the Archdiocese asserted that Quest is not a officially recognised group in the Catholic Church.

    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

    Mr Cameron conceded that the UK has become more tolerant under a Labour government.

    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

    Davies, married three times and the father of two children, later admitted he is bisexual.

    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

    Gasquet made it to the Men's Singles Finals in Hamburg in 2005 and Toronto in 2006 but was beaten by Federer on both occasions.

    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

    Neil (Gordon-Levitt) is a gay hustler who thinks no one could love him as much as Coach.

    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’

    30 presenters and 16 workshops will cover issues on health inequalities experienced by lesbian, gay, bi and trans people.

    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

    Shaun Woodward was appointed to the Cabinet by Gordon Brown last week, as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

    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

    Bourne Free wristbands must be bought for £5 in advance or £8 on the gate.

    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.

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