27th March 2006
FCUK grooming kit worth £150 up for grabs 1
12:00 AM — Already popular in the gay community, the FCUK grooming range has been repackaged and restyled with a funky new look.To celebrate their launch, PinkNews.co.uk has teamed up with French Connection to offer a massive goody bag complete with every item in the range (worth around £150) for one lucky reader . Five runners up will each receive a weekend travel kit which retails at £14.
Freedom march organiser looking to build on success 1
12:00 AM — The organiser of last weekend's March for Free Expression, Peter Risdon, has openly praised the Muslim Action Committee's Ismaeel-Haneef, for helping to ensure peaceful rallies in London and Birmingham.He thanked him in an open letter in which he expressed hope that problems between Muslim and non Muslim communities had been reduced and invited him to a further debate on the controversial Danish cartoons satirising the Islamic Prophet Muhammed.
26th March 2006
Diverse crowd join in London to attend rally in support of free speech 2
12:00 AM — Over a thousand people braved the pouring rain to listen to a diverse range of speakers enthusing over the rights of freedom of speech in Trafalgar Square on Saturday afternoon.The human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell of the gay rights group, OutRage!, was reserved the key note speaker position to address a largely peaceful crowd.
25th March 2006
Jackpot for gay group in Gloucestershire.
12:00 AM — The national lottery has agreed to donate £120, 000 to Gay-Glos, a charity which runs gay friendship groups in Gloucestershire.The money comes from an amount allocated to help the minority groups living in the UK, and will be used to create a gay friendship group for the over 60s, and a mobile group for young people between the ages of 18 and 25. The groups will offer advice and help to gay people living in the more remote areas of the rural county.
24th March 2006
Gay sex attacker sentenced to five years 1
12:00 AM — A gay sex attacker who kidnapped, drugged, abused and robbed his victims has been jailed for five years.The High Court in Glasgow found former DIY store worker, Cyrus Winton, 26, guilty of three attacks and three thefts. Sentencing Winton, the judge described him as a very dangerous man. He was also placed under a five-year supervision order on release.
Homophobic law might hamper AIDS effort, Human Rights group fears. 2
12:00 AM — Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo's outlawing of homosexuality looks set to become law. The ex military dictator was elected in 1999, but his government is offering little resistance to his legislative desires.Justice Minister Bayo Ojo said that the new bill which makes homosexuality a criminal offence had been approved during a cabinet meeting chaired by president Obasanjo, and would be forwarded immediately to lawmakers to be written into the constitution.
Banks must review discrimination policy lawyers say 5
12:00 AM — As the unfair dismissal for being gay trail continues, lawyers urge city banks to address implicit homophobic attitudes.Speaking to Reuters, Michelle Mendelsson head of European diversity and inclusion at Credit Suisse said that: "One of our challenges ... is how we engage this group."Lawyers are warning bamks that they need to take diversity training seriously, as new legislation tightens up discrimination employment laws.
Coming out for Mothers Day
12:00 AM — A Big Up survey ahead of mother's day has revealed that Black mothers are more supportive when their sons come out than people think.A Sigma Research Poll taken in 2002 revealed that 11% of gay black men had been discriminated against by their own families, where as half as many white men received the same sort of treatment. But things appear to be changing.
Lesbian who poured boiling bleach on lover is jailed
12:00 AM — "Help you? I wouldn't spit on you," said Juliet Wilson as she poured boiling bleach over her girlfriend in a jealous rage.In her trial at Wood Green Crown Court, prosecutor Mark Kimsey explained that Ms Wilson has become upset when her girlfriend Ms Grizzle had arranged to meet an ex lover and returned late back to the house that she shared with Ms Wilson's children, aged 8 and 11.
Patients won’t tell doctors “I am Gay” 1
12:00 AM — An online survey conducted by Rainbow Network has revealed a worrying statistic - many gay people do not come out to their doctor and other healthcare professionals.The survey might be a uncontrolled internet poll, but the trends that it exposes have a widespread significance. 33% of people who answered the survey said that they had not come out to their doctor and further 11% worried that they would be discriminated against if they did.
23rd March 2006
Comment: Why I support free speech even if it mocks me 1
12:00 AM — In the run up to a Freedom of Expression Rally to be held at 2pm in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 25th March 2006, Human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell explains to PinkNews.co.uk readers why he feels free speech is under attack and needs defending.The rally is backed mostly by secular, humanist and libertarian groups, but with support from some left-wingers and liberal Muslims but some of my friends on the left are refusing to take part...
Piece of Gay History for sale in Texas 1
12:00 AM — America's first gay and lesbian hotel situated, in a 1946 building has already had 40 enquiries since it came on the market at the end of last year, priced at $1.5 million.Opened in 1999 and designed around a Hollywood theme, the 22 units were named after former movie stars including Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable and Lucille Ball.
Director for Public Health talks of “escalating” HIV “problem” 2
12:00 AM — Professor Mark Bellis, director of Public health at the centre for public health at Liverpool John Moores University, spoke out today about his fears over rising numbers of people in his region being in infected with HIV. He expressed his concern that "the true figures were probably even higher because of a slight reporting delay in new cases."The number of gay people being diagnosed with HIV each year has doubled over the last 4 years in Lancashire. Dramatic rises have also been reported in Cumbria, Liverpool and Manchester.
Statement from the editor
12:00 AM — Statement from the editor in relation to a complaint made by 4D Telecom Ltd under section 3 of PinkNews.co.uk's Editorial Policy.On 23 March 2006 we published an article headed "Telecoms company fined after Gay Times advert led callers to child porn", which reported that 4D Telecom had been fined in relation to telephone lines containing under-age gay sex fantasies. We also stated that 4D Telecom had advertised the sex lines in a gay magazine
Homophobic attack on Clapham Common
12:00 AM — A violent homophobic assault on Clapham Common left the victim unconscious in hospital with a broken leg.6 days after the attack, the victim has spoken to Police for the first time about the vicious assault that has left him with serious facial scarringThe 40 year old man was approached on Saturday at 4am as he walked near a wooded area of Clapham Common. He spoke to his attacker, and told him that he was gay. He was then brutally assaulted. A witness alerted the ambulance and the police.
“Ecumenical winter” in Rome as Archbishop plans to visit Pope 1
12:00 AM — The Anglican church might be tearing itself to pieces trying to decide whether to consecrate gay bishops, but Pope Benedict certainly knows where he stands on the issue.The American church's decision to consecrate gay bishop Gene Robinson has set the Anglicans and Catholics further apart, and the blessing of same-sex unions in Canada's Anglican Church has added to the tension between the two largest branches of the Christian church. It's a climate that former Archbishop John Carey has called "ecumenical winter".
Tipping point for gay marriage in America?
12:00 AM — When the Pew Research Centre conducted their annual poll examining people's attitudes towards the gay community, they had a pleasant surprise. In every category support for gay people had increased.On the thorny subject of gay marriage, 51% of the people questioned opposed it. This is a small but significant drop in objectors since 2004, when the poll reported that 63% of Americans were against it, many of whom "strongly objected".
22nd March 2006
Bottoms up! No tax increase on spirits puts gay bar owners in party mood
12:00 AM — Gay bars breathed a sigh of relief as Chancellor Gordon Brown announced his budget for 2006 today. Spirits and Champagne will not be subject to a tax increase, though beer and wine drinkers will have to drown their sorrows as the beverages are hit with a 1p and 4p tax hike respectively.James Norton, Duty Manager at the gay bar 79CXR said "I'm delighted they're not taxing champagne because we sell quite a lot of that, and spirits too. That's great as far as we're concerned!"
No time for minor crimes unless they are homophobic, Police Chief admits 3
12:00 AM — Humberside Police force have admitted that they will not be investigating less serious crimes unless they are racist or homophobic, in a move that Shadow Home Secretary David Davis called "terrifying".Police chiefs on Humberside insisted that the cuts were necessary in order to comply with a Home Office directive to deal with a backlog of 3,500 unsolved serious offences in the city.
Conservative Jews divided over gay rights
12:00 AM — Moves to lift a ban on gay rabbis and marriages has come has proved a sticking point for the leaders of the American Conservative Judaism community convening in an annual meeting in Mexico City.The Conservative Judaism movement who claim to be an attempt to reconcile traditional Judaism and modernity have been overtaken as the largest Jewish group in the USA by the more liberal, Reform movement.