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  • 5th June 2007

    PinkNews beats internet rival 1

    PinkNews.co.uk receives 370,000 visits from unique users per month

    5:32 PM — New statistics show that gay news website PinkNews.co.uk receives 50 times more internet traffic than its rival, PinkPaper.com.Figures from independent company Compete found that PinkNews.co.uk receives 370,000 visits from unique users per month, while PinkPaper.com receives 7,200.Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall, believes that the figures are encouraging for the gay press.

  • British authors won’t create gay villains 57

    Authors can no longer create disabled villains such as Long John Silver for fear of breaking politically correct legislation.

    4:43 PM — Authors cannot create a modern villain because of political correctness, according to a best-selling British spy author.Anthony Horowitz has complained that writers who attempt to create a truly evil character such as Captain Hook or Long John Silver are having to self-censor.Horowitz, 52, is the successful author of the Alex Rider spy books, the seventh volume of which is due to be published in November.

  • Paris Hilton doing well in prison, waxwork mocked

    Paris is now behind bars

    11:02 AM — Heiress, socialite and gay icon Paris Hilton is said to be "doing very well" after her first night behind bars after she began her jail sentence for violating probation after a number of driving offences in Los Angeles.Paris Hilton's jail term had already been cut from 45 days to 23 days. "Paris Hilton has turned herself in to begin serving her sentence for violating probation at a Los Angeles County Jail located in Lynwood, California."

  • Interview: Mr Johnson goes to Dorneywood 57

    Alan Johnson has a reputation for supporting gay rights

    10:31 AM — It's the kind of thing journalists have nightmares about. There you are, in the 7th floor office of Her Majesty's Secretary of State for Education and Skills.Stunning views of Westminster Abbey. Classy cream leather sofas. A senior minister ready to give you his undivided attention.You turn on your Dictaphone. It doesn't work. The batteries are dead.

  • PinkNews.co.uk is looking for a Managing Director

    Would you like to help run PinkNews.co.uk?

    10:25 AM — We're looking for someone quite exceptional for a very senior position.Reading this, you should already be familiar with PinkNews.co.uk and know that we're the most visited work safe gay website in Europe and the third most visited in the USA.PinkNews.co.uk is going to expand over the coming months and we're looking for someone to lead the expansion by managing the team and spearheading the next round of investment.

  • 4th June 2007

    Angels in America AIDS gala 57

    Tony award-winning actor Alan Cumming will host the gala performance

    1:20 PM — Alan Cumming is to host a charity gala performance of Angels in America at the Lyric Hammersmith in aid of the National AIDS Trust.The performance, which is to be held on 4th July, will raise money and awareness for the cause of HIV/AIDS prevention.Tony award-winning actor Alan Cumming said: "Unfortunately HIV-related stigma and discrimination is still with us today, fifteen years after this play was written."

  • Christian groups fight gay equality laws 57

    A recent YouGov poll  found that 85% of Britons support the 2007 Sexual Orientation Regulations.

    12:02 PM — Churches go to the High Court in Belfast today to argue that the Sexual Orientation Regulations restrict their human rights.If they are successful, the regulations that protect gay rights could be declared unlawful.The case, which has been brought by The Christian Institute along with other Christian groups, is scheduled to last three days.

  • London will stage gay World Cup 57

    Up to 50 teams from across the world will apply to the tournament.

    11:20 AM — London is to be home to the footballing gay world cup in 2008, it has emerged.The International Gay and Lesbian Football Association (IGLFA) is to hold their world championship at Leftfooters FC in London next August.Leftfooters FC, a gay football club based in Regent's Park, have been working with the Football Association for the past two years.

  • 3rd June 2007

    Interview: Harriet Harman warns gay youth off dangerous Dave 3

    Harriet Harman warns against jumping ship to Cameron's Conservatives

    11:30 AM — Justice Minister Harriet Harman has something she wants to say to the gay community, particularly those who grew up during the Blair years."Young people, remember! Remember! Be afraid!"Hoodies, perhaps? Terrorism? The threat of a nude Keith Chegwin returning to our television screens?No - the resurgent Conservative party.

  • 1st June 2007

    Gays gather in London to learn about their legal rights

    Pink Law - Know Your Rights At Home, At Work  At Play was a free event.

    5:00 PM — Around 70 people attended a special free event in London last night designed to inform gay, lesbian and bisexual people of their rights.Pink Law - Know Your Rights At Home, At Work At Play was organised by award-winning solicitors Russell Jones Walker and sponsored by PinkNews.co.ukBen Summerskill, chief executive of gay equality organisation Stonewall, opened proceedings.

  • Interview: Mrs Pritchard aims for the Deputy Leadership 3

    If they ever make a movie about Hazel Blears, Jane Horrocks would be perfect casting.

    4:15 PM — Hazel Blears is a Marmite politician. Many are impressed and enthused by the indomitable energy of the Labour Party Chair. Others find her drive and organisational zeal irritating.She provokes love or hate from members of her party, but never apathy.For my money, it is always good to see an enthusiastic politician - but boy has she got high hopes.

  • Interview: The Queen of the D List talks politics 3

    Bitchy? She makes Joan Rivers look like Esther Rantzen.

    1:15 PM — Kathy Griffin is mad. In that good way that makes for great comedy, but still, manic.Her new series, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, which is premiering this Sunday night at 10.30pm on E! Entertainment Television, will be a chance for UK viewers to get a peek at the inside of life on Hollywood's lower slopes.Kathy has always been popular with gay audiences, and this fly-on-the-wall documentary series demonstrates why.

  • BBC to make drama on Wolfenden report 57

    The film will examine the debate within the Wolfenden committee over homosexuality

    10:39 AM — Lion Television Scotland's first drama will focus on the debate leading to the 1957 Wolfenden report.The report was a turning point for British gays, and was a step towards the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967.The 75-minute programme Consenting Adults , commissioned by BBC Drama for Lion Television Scotland and BBC Four, will feature Charles Dance as Wolfenden and Sean Biggerstaff as his son Jeremy.

  • 31st May 2007

    New guidance on bullying in schools to be unveiled 2

    Mr Johnson revealed that he has never been invited to the Prime Minister's country home, Chequers.

    2:20 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Education Secretary Alan Johnson has revealed that the government is working on new guidelines for schools to protect children from bullying.In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk he said he hoped to be able to make an announcement at the Stonewall Education for All conference in July.Mr Johnson is one of six candidates for Deputy Leader of the Labour party.

  • Homophobic Paisley is his father’s problem says Sinn Fein 27

    Mr Paisley Jnr is a member of the DUP representing Antrim North in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

    1:45 PM — The Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland has assured gay and lesbian people that their rights will be upheld despite the hostile comments of a junior minister.Martin McGuinness said that Ian Paisley Jnr was not speaking on behalf of the devolved administration when he said that he found homosexuals repulsive.The Sinn Fein politician told listeners to The Nolan Show: "Gay rights are enshrined in legislation and we as first and deputy first minister have a duty to uphold that."

  • University lecturers question faith school teaching

    Delegates at the annual conference of the University and College Union called on tougher guidelines on how children are taught.

    1:13 PM — Members of a major education union have attacked the Sexual Orientation Regulations for not banning faith schools from teaching that homosexuality is a sin.Delegates at the annual conference of the University and College Union called on tougher guidelines on how children are taught.The union does not represent primary or secondary school teachers but lecturers in further or higher education.

  • NHS provides best route to kicking the tobacco habit

    The benefits of stopping start almost immediately.

    12:31 PM — Today is World No Tobacco Day, is another excellent opportunity for smokers to get support to help them give up smoking.For those who are giving up for the first time or need more support since quitting on No Smoking Day, there are lots of health professionals waiting to give you a helping hand.One in five smokers say they want to give up before the smokefree legislation comes into force in England in July and the best way to quit is by using an NHS stop smoking service.

  • 30th May 2007

    Big Brother bounces back after scandal 3

    Big Brother includes some odd balls

    10:52 PM — Broadcasting an apology for "serious editorial misjudgements" in this year's Celebrity Big Brother, Channel 4's hit reality programme returned with a wide mix of female only contestants.Last week, media regulator, Ofcom ruled that the show breached its code of conduct over racist incidents involving the Indian actress Shilpa Shetty.The show's constants, who are all women are a mix of celebrity seekers, the odd and the vaguely sane.

  • Gay football tournament comes to London

    The top three teams will be presented with their trophies on the main stage in Trafalgar Square at the Pride London rally on June 30th.

    2:42 PM — Some 20 men and women's teams from around the country have signed up for the first-ever Ford Pride London Football Tournament.Organised by London Falcons FC, the free event on June 23rd will see gay, lesbian and bi-friendly six-a-side teams thrashing it out at the Goals Soccer Centre in Wembley.It's the first major gay-friendly football event seen in London and will kick off the night before when the draw for the groups will take place.

  • Northern Ireland minister Ian Paisley Jr calls gay people repulsive 27

    Mr Paisley was appointed a junior minister in the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister by his father only three weeks ago.

    2:00 PM — A minister in the government of Northern Ireland has caused outrage with homophobic comments made in a magazine interview.Ian Paisley Jnr, who is the son of the Democratic Unionist First Minister, told Hotpress magazine that lesbians and gay men harm society.Mr Paisley, who was once dubbed the "baby dinosaur of the 21st century," has been criticised by gay equality organisation Stonewall.

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