14th March 2006
Gay pride and football prejudice
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAs Ashley Cole files his lawsuit over "gay orgy" allegations, the Football Association's director of Corporate Affairs, Simon Johnson tells PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman, how English football is leading the fight against homophobia and discrimination.When you walk into the FA head office in trendy Soho Square, you are greeted with the three lions roaring with pride as plasma screens blast out the latest sports news alongside pictures of top English stars. A cabinet shows off sparkling trophies that professional football players sweat and strive for each week.
Rape claims in gay sauna
12:00 AM — A man is claiming to have been raped in a gay sauna, according to police.Detectives are investigating the allegation which an 18 year old said took place inside the Pleasuredrome in Waterloo.He says he was attacked last Sunday by an older man inside the 24 hour establishment, which promotes itself as the best sauna for gay and bisexual men.
13th March 2006
Prison service looking for gay recruits
12:00 AM — The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) is looking to shed its "straight man" image by appealing to more gays and lesbians.The service wants to increase its share of homosexual staff to at least six out of every 100 prison officers.They have launched an advertising blitz in gay publications to recruit the gay community in Glasgow, Barlinnie and Edinburgh jails.
Brokeback kiss ranked second sexiest movie moment 7
12:00 AM — The kiss between Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in the gay cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain has been ranked the second sexiest movie moment of all time.The embrace was beaten by the not so elegant spanking scene in 2002 cult film, the Secretary, in a poll conducted by Lovefilm.com.
Talk show blasted for putting lesbians over drugs
12:00 AM — Irish talk show, the Late Late Show has been criticised by drugs groups for "putting lesbians before the drugs issue."Angry campaigners have expressed disgust at the RTE network for allowing more time to discuss gay marriage than to the drugs epidemic.
Government ensures equal access for gay community 1
12:00 AM — Pubs, hotels and restaurants will face prosecution for turning away gay customers, according to government plans announced today.The scheme fulfils a promise made last year that the 2006 Equality Act would ban discrimination based on sexuality in the supply of goods, facilities and services.Trade and Industry secretary Alan Johnson announced the consultation on reforms this afternoon, he said: "It's easy to forget how far we have come in the past eight years. We have repealed clause 28, equalised the age of consent for gay men and introduced civil partnerships."
Group to hear views of gay cancer sufferers
12:00 AM — Cancer patients from the gay community are to be consulted about how services could be made better for them.The Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire Cancer Services network is launching a project to improve their understanding of the needs of cancer sufferers from the gay, lesbian, and transgendered communities.
News of the World could sue PinkNews.co.uk over Ashley Cole stories 25
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk, the gay news website that published an unedited version of a photograph of the footballer Ashley Cole and the radio DJ, Masterstepz may face legal action from the News of the World.Notification was received from solicitors acting for the News of the World this morning stating that they reserve the right to commence third party proceedings against the site in relation to the libel claims of Mr Cole.
10th March 2006
Gay social networking site launches beta test phase
12:00 AM — PinkMates.co.uk the latest site from the team behind PinkNews.co.uk has announced that it is to launch with a beta test period from the 10th March 2006.Up to 10,000 free accounts will be allocated during this pre-launch stage to iron out bugs in the system.
Gay banker not sacked over sexuality, tribunal told 4
12:00 AM — HSBC's human resources manager has insisted that a gay banker was not sacked because of his sexuality.HR manager Natalie Hattrell told an employment tribunal that the bank had followed "entirely correct procedures" when it dismissed Peter Lewis, who claims he was fired because he was gay.
Elton John offers fans his Red Piano
12:00 AM — Music legend Elton John is putting his world renowned red piano up for auction on bidding site eBay.The star is offering his fans a chance to do the crocodile rock with "Fiona," the name of his instrument that he has played at numerous concerts.
EastEnders star turned MEP to hold gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — Former EastEnders actor Michael Cashman will become Britain's first MEP to have a civil partnership this weekend.The Labour MEP for the West Midlands will wed his long term partner, Paul Cottingham tomorrow at a star studded ceremony in South London attended by names such as Barbara Windsor, Patrick Stewart and Tony Blair.
“England team are gay boys”- says Oasis star 1
12:00 AM — Oasis singer Liam Gallagher has used his bands recent tour to launch an attack on the England football team by calling them a bunch of "gay boys"The front man said: "At times the England players seem to play like women. Beckham and others, they're gay boys."
Pension rights for partners of gay police officers 1
12:00 AM — The partners of gay police officers will be given pension benefits for the first time, according to a new scheme announced yesterday.In a landmark move by the police force, officers in same sex or unmarried relationships will be allowed to nominate a partner to receive half their pension after they die, even if they are no longer together at the time of death.
Lesbian Rabbi announces gay marriage
12:00 AM — A homosexual rabbi is to become one of the first lesbians to marry in a synagogueRabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah, of the Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue, will marry her partner of three years Jess Wood on Saturday, March 24 followed by a traditional Jewish wedding at her synagogue.
9th March 2006
First civil ceremony for gay MP 1
12:00 AM — A Labour environment minister will become the first MP to have a civil partnership.Labour MP, Ben Bradshaw announced yesterday that he will be holding a civil ceremony with partner, Neal Dalgleish, who is a BBC Newsnight journalist.Family and friends will witness the representative for Exeter's gay marriage ceremony to his partner in June.
Archbishop dismisses gay debate
12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned Anglican leaders that he does not want to use the Church's upcoming conference as a debating ground for homosexuality.In a letter to communion leaders, Dr Rowan Williams said he felt there was not "much enthusiasm" for reopening the issue which was discussed at the 1998 conference, where it was affirmed that homosexual behaviour is incompatible with the Bible.
UK Census ignores the number of gays in the village 5
12:00 AM — The 2011 Census will contain a civil partnerships section but questions on sexual orientation have been omitted, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.However, a nationwide government survey which includes questions on sexuality will be sent to UK households as part of a bid to calculate the amount lesbian, gay, and bisexual people living in Britain.
Little Britain to register gay catchphrases 5
12:00 AM — The creators of camp comedy, Little Britain, will embrace toilet humour with a range of bathroom products containing famous phrases from the hit show, according to newspaper reports.David Walliams and Matt Lucas are said to have applied to register well known lines from characters such as Daffyd "the only gay in the village", and Emily "I'm a lady!" Howard.
Government minister to become first MP to have gay marriage 2
12:00 AM — Labour MP, Ben Bradshaw announced yesterday that he will be holding a civil ceremony with partner, Neal Dalgleish, who is a BBC Newsnight journalist.Family and friends will witness the representative for Exeter's gay marriage ceremony to his partner in June. His spokesman said: "To celebrate the occasion they're giving a party for family and close friends at Ben's sister's home in Herefordshire."