27th June 2006
MPs’ attack BBC’s “casual homophobia” 6
12:00 AM — MPs are calling on the BBC to make its staff more aware of "casual homophobia" after Radio1 DJ Chris Moyles called a mobile phone ring tone "gay" on his breakfast show.The demand is made in a House of Commons motion seeking a debate on the issue, led by Liberal Democrat MP and spokesperson for Women and Equality Lorely Burt, and currently supported by four others from the Lib Dems, Conservatives and Labour.
26th June 2006
The Sun apologises for Ashley Cole “gay orgy” stories
12:00 AM — A second newspaper has apologised regarding reports wrongly claiming England and Arsenal defender Ashley Cole and Choice FM's DJ Mastertepz were involved in a gay orgy.The Sun echoed its sister paper, The News of the World, with a retraction today after publishing a series of articles between the 12th and 19th of February 2006 accompanied with pixelated photographs of Mr Cole and the radio DJ Masterstepz (Ian Thompson) although neither party was named.
Gay MP becomes first minister to have a civil partnership 1
12:00 AM — Ben Bradshaw became the first government minister to have a civil partnership last weekend.The Minister for Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare had a ceremony with Newsnight journalist Neal Dalgleish on Saturday in Herefordshire.
Gay community sceptical about Cameron’s Bill of Rights 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe gay community has reacted with scepticism towards David Cameron's idea of a British Bill of Rights.The leader of the Conservative Party said in a speech at the Centre for Policy Studies, that the current Human Rights Act did not adequately help fight terrorism or crime.He claimed a British Bill of Rights would better reflect rights and responsibilities of UK citizens.
Cameron proposes British Bill of Rights 4
12:00 AM — Conservative leader David Cameron set out plans today to introduce a British Bill of Rights which would make up for what he describes as the negative consequences of the Human Rights Act on terrorism and crime.The full text of his speech, which was quashed by the Attorney General last night, can be read here.
Where does the gay community fit into a Bill of Rights? 1
12:00 AM — Conservative leader David Cameron wants to introduce a British Bill of Rights which would make up for what he describes as the negative consequences of the Human Rights Act on terrorism and crime, PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman warns that the gay community must not be left out.David Cameron's latest policy would mean introducing a codified document setting out principles of law which must be abided by, similar to the US Constitution, which as regular PinkNews.co.uk readers will know, can often dangerously be used against the gay community.
25th June 2006
Ashley Cole receives damages for gay orgy slur 3
12:00 AM — England and Arsenal player Ashley Cole has received an apology and damages following a series of newspaper articles that wrongly claimed him to have been involved in a gay orgy.The News of the World and the Sun published a series of articles between the 12th and 19th of February 2006 accompanied with pixelated photographs of Mr Cole and the radio DJ Masterstepz (Ian Thompson) although neither party were named.
Navy officers march with gay pride 6
12:00 AM — Navy officers may be allowed to wear their uniforms at this year's EuroPride event in London next Saturday, according to newspaper reports.The ruling is rumoured to have come from Vice-Adml Adrian Johns as a way of encouraging more gay recruits.
23rd June 2006
World Cup fans remember gay holocaust victims 3
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveEngland fans at the World Cup in Germany will travel to a former concentration camp outside of Munich today to pay their respects to those who lost their lives during the holocaust.More than 150 fans will travel to Dachau where they will hear from two holocaust survivors and be shown the first concentration camp to be set up by the Nazis, culminating in a wreath laying ceremony.
Gay activist opposes British Megan’s Law 1
12:00 AM — Gay campaigner Peter Tatchell claims giving children more sexual rights and education will help protect against abuse better than a British Megan's Law.Why is the whole debate around child sex abuse framed almost entirely in terms of repressing the abusers, to near the total neglect of any attempt to empower young people to resist and report abuse?
No health reasons against lowering Jersey gay age of consent
12:00 AM — Jersey's health minister has backed lowering the age of consent for gay men.The Channel Island's Minister Stuart Syvret told States Members there were no medical reasons to oppose the legislation, which would lower the age from 18 to 16, the same as heterosexuals and UK same sex couples.
Will Young to come out as a thesbian
12:00 AM — The gay Pop Idol winner, Will Young is to make his professional stage début as an effeminate 1920s drug addict in the Noel Coward play, the Vortex.Young, who came out as gay shortly after winning the first series of Pop Idol was enroled on a musical theatre course when he won the television talent contest.
Over six thousand gay couples in partnerships
12:00 AM — Gay couples in England and Wales has formed over six thousand civil partnerships since legislation came into place last December.The figures released by the General Register Office today show that out of 6,516 same sex unions, 4311 gay couples and 2,205 lesbian couples registered their partnerships between December 21 2005 and March 31 2006.
Gay child abuse couple jailed 3
12:00 AM — A gay foster couple have been sentenced to a combined 11 years in jail for sexually abusing young boys in their care.Ian Wathey, 40, and Craig Faunch, 32, were found guilty of taking advantage of children as young as eight, put in their care by Wakefield Council in West Yorkshire, at Leeds Crown Court last month.
‘Police can’t stop cruising’ residents told
12:00 AM — The Metropolitan Police claim to be powerless in their battle to halt the growing popularity of gay cruising and straight dogging in a spot noted for its natural beauty.Scratchwood Open Space is near Borehamwood in Hertfordshire but is owned by Barnet Council. In the past three years, the site has seen its popularity grow for both straights and gays to meet for anonymous sex.
22nd June 2006
Elton John headlines EuroPride 6
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveSir Elton John will perform at this summer's EuroPride Show in the Royal Albert Hall.The chairperson of Pride London, Steven Cootes, confirmed the rumour to PinkNews.co.uk amid speculation of whom the events' mystery guest would be at the gay pride's 2006 climax show on July 2 2006.
Tory MEPs accused of failing to stop homophobia 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLabour MEP Michael Cashman has accused the Conservative Party of failing to condemn violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Europe.Mr Cashman,president of the European Parliament's Intergroup for Gay and Lesbian Rights' remarks come after Tory MEPs abstained in an EU vote last week that condemned racist and homophobic violence.
THT campaign alerts gay men to HIV
12:00 AM — HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust is launching a new campaign today to raise gay men's awareness of their proximity to HIV.The number of gay men living with HIV has doubled in the last ten years and the campaign aims to make men think about how close they are to HIV.
Gays are most ‘unfairly treated’ group in Northern Ireland 3
12:00 AM — Most people in Northern Ireland have no problem with working or living near a gay person despite a consensus that lesbian, gay, and bisexual people are amongst the most unfairly treated in the country, a survey shows.The findings are part of an Equality Awareness Survey commissioned by the Equality Commission which assesses awareness of equality issues amongst the general public in Northern Ireland.
Gay favourite Kylie returns
12:00 AM — Gay icon Kylie Minogue will relaunch her Australian Showgirl tour this November after recovering from breast cancer surgery, it was announced today.Minogue had to cancel the Australian leg of her world tour last May after being diagnosed with cancer, but concert promoter, and long term friend, Michael Gudinski told reporters today that she is "fit as a fiddle."