9th November 2006
Gay campaigners join calls for equality “shake-up” 12
12:00 AM — Activists from gay, black, disabled, elderly and religious groups gathered in City Hall to discuss the Discrimination Law Review which will set out the manifesto for the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) and will form the Single Equality Act.Alan Wardle, Public and Parliamentary Affairs spokesman for gay charity Stonewall, joined a panel headed by Lee Jasper, Director of Equalities at the London Mayor's Office, which included representatives from the Muslim Council of Britain, trade unions, lesbian MP Angela Eagle and the Disability Rights Commission.
8th November 2006
Israel Tourism Minister backs gay pride debate 23
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGays and lesbians are welcome in Israel but the issue of WorldPride should be left open to debate, the country's Tourism Minister announced last night.Isaac Herzog was unveiling a campaign for ThinkIsrael.com at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium last night, encouraging people to visit the "Holy land" of Israel.
Homophobia is not Wright
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveHomophobia is unacceptable in an office so should not be advocated on a football pitch, former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright said last night.Wright, now a football pundit and part time TV presenter, called on all discrimination to be outlawed as it makes it harder for players to perform.
THT Supper Club raises over £60,000
12:00 AM — Celebrity guests including Tracey Emin, Isabella Blow, Julien MacDonald, Martine McCutcheon and June Sarpong took part in last night's Supper Club event in aid of sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust.40 individual dinner parties were held simultaneously in London's best restaurants and private homes.
Cabinet urged out of closet over peerages 1
12:00 AM — Gay and lesbian fans of equality minister Ruth Kelly will be interested to hear that she has been asked to give evidence of what she knew about loans made to the Labour Party.Ms Kelly, Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government, which will oversee new equality regulations regarding the gay community, has been asked to provide in writing anything she knows in relation to the cash for peerages scandal rocking British politics.
7th November 2006
Gay humanists fostering Pride in hostile areas
12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) is hosting a panel discussion meeting and film presentation focusing on homophobia at Moscow Pride in May this year, and in other Eastern European countries.GALHA has lined up five panellists for the event including Russian gay activist, Nicolai Alekseev
Police appeal after homophobic assault
12:00 AM — Westminster police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in the early hours of last Wednesday morning.At approximately 0300 hrs on 01/11/06, two male victims in their early twenties were walking along Tottenham Court Road, near Hanway Street, when they were approached by three men.
Stonewall Awards boost homophobia battle 2
12:00 AM — Stonewall's inaugural awards last week helped the charity raise£25,000 which will now go towards their Education for All programme aimed at combating homophobia in schools.Sponsored by Barclays, the awards at the Royal Academy of Arts, celebrated the positive contributions made by individuals and organisations, both gay and straight, to the lives of gay people in Britain.
Chris Smith to head advertising watchdog 1
12:00 AM — The first openly gay MP, former cabinet minister, Chris Smith has been appointed the new chairman of the Advertising Standards Authority.Chris Smith who sits in the House of Lords as Lord Smith of Finsbury will take over from the current chairman, Lord Borrie QC, on the 1st July 2007.Lord Smith was Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and a member of the Cabinet between 1997-2001.
6th November 2006
X-Factor judges in homophobic row 3
12:00 AM — Reality show judges Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh launched gay insults at each other during last weekend's X Factor resulting in an off camera confrontation, according to reports.The music moguls who form the show's judging panel along with Sharon Osbourne, are known to have a tempestuous on-screen relationship, but Walsh is alleged to have had enough after Cowell insinuated that the Irish pop scout is gay during the live show.
Christians and Muslims unite against Scottish gays 4
12:00 AM — The Scottish branch of radical religious party the Christian Peoples' Alliance has turned to the Muslim community for help in battling "secular values" and pro-gay laws.The party has garnered over 1,000 signatures from Muslims who are against incoming laws which would allow gay couples to adopt.
Gay star backs World AIDS Day 1
12:00 AM — Hollywood actor Rupert Everett will show his support for World AIDS Day later this month in Manchester.Everett, one of Hollywood's first openly gay actors, will visit the city's gay village on November 22nd as part of a promotional tour for his autobiography Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins.
Gay councillor attacks The Sun’s gay report
12:00 AM — A gay councillor is to lobby the government after the Press Complaints Commission rejected his claims that The Sun newspaper had broken editorial guidelines over a story about the Gay World Cup.Northampton councillor Peter Evans, complained to the PCC after the paper printed a story about London applying to host the 2008 World Cup and featured a "fantasy gay football team" allegedly ridiculing the names of existing players such as Ivan Campo and Darren Bent.
Petition combats Iraqi homophobia
12:00 AM — A Brighton MP has presented the House of Commons with a petition signed by around 250 local residents calling on the government act against the reported targeting of gays and lesbians in Iraq.David Lepper forwarded the document organised by The Pink News media partner 3SIXTY Magazine, to Commons Speaker Michael Martin.
PinkNews named Publication of the Year 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk was named Publication of the Year at the Stonewall Awards last week.The site was described by the host Sir Ian McKellen as "the only one-stop shop for all news with a gay slant" at the charity's inaugural awards ceremony inside the Royal Academy of Arts.
3rd November 2006
Stonewall Hero praises “courageous” gay community 2
12:00 AM — The mother of murdered gay barman Jody Dobrowski praised 'courageous' and 'unashamed' openly gay and lesbian people after being named Stonewall Hero of the Year at the charity's inaugural awards ceremony last night.Sheri Dobrowski picked up the award at the Royal Academy of Arts after being singled out for her bravery and the way she has spoken out against homophobia since her son's killers were sentenced to 28 years in prison last June.
Borat – Parody or Prejudice? 3
12:00 AM — Gay campaigner Peter Tatchell asks if controversial film Borat Cultural Learnings of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, is parodying prejudice or pandering to it?The comedy revolves around the US adventures of Kazakh documentary-maker, Borat. It has been accused of being racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic and misogynist.
BBC backs gay Bully of the Year 3
12:00 AM — Friends of Radio1 DJ Chris Moyles have leapt to the presenter's defence after he was named Bully of the Year at the Stonewall Awards last night.Stonewall supporters chose Moyles out of a list of public figures including former Muslim Council of Britain head Sir Iqbal Sacranie and the Archbishop of Westminster, who are seen to have caused distress in the gay community recently.
2nd November 2006
Stonewall prepares for first gay awards 2
12:00 AM — Stonewall will tonight host its first annual awards ceremony at London's Royal Academy of Arts.The awards, to be presented by Sir Ian McKellen, celebrate the positive contributions being made by individuals and organisations to the lives of gay people in Britain.
Kick homophobia up the Arsenal 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman questions the effectiveness of anti-homophobia campaigns in sport.Kick It Out, a campaign group against discrimination in sport just finished a week long awareness extravaganza. Although there were not many events against homophobia, sports fans have been warned all week that discrimination is wrong and to show others' respect.So I couldn't help but smile as I sat in Arsenal Football Club's plush new Emirates' Stadium last night when the host announced that all fans should respect the travelling supporters for CSKA Moscow "because discrimination is wrong."