9th February 2006
Residents anger over gay orgies
12:00 AM — A riverside walk in Ireland that has previously inspired poetry by WB Yeats, has now become an attraction for gay orgies, shocked families have told the Irish Mirror.The paper reports that residents are horrified that the pretty wooded area on the side of Lough Gill, Co Sligo, is now being used by men for outdoor sex.It was previously a popular place for walks known locally as "the Back Avenue."
Man jailed for killing gay admirer
12:00 AM — A man who killed a gay admirer by stabbing him six times in the face has been jailed for lifeDaniel Doherty, 24, was found guilty of murdering of Stephen Hewitt, who was found with six knife wounds to his face, including two to his eye sockets, at his flat in Kenneth House. He was ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years by judge Michael Pert, at Nottingham Crown Court.
Tory Chairman: Gay policies were wrong 9
12:00 AM — Conservative chairman, Francis Maude has revealed fears that his Party's past anti gay policies may have been a contributing factor to his homosexual brother's death.In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, he told of his sadness at the death of his openly gay brother, Charles, who died of AIDs 12 years ago and admitted that the government's approach to gay rights in the 1980s and 1990s could have contributed to his plight.
8th February 2006
Rise in homophobic assualts in Northern Ireland 3
12:00 AM — Continuing violent attacks against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community across Northern Ireland has been met with a lack of action from local authorities, forcing many to leave the country, according to a report from Gay.com.Ireland's gay activist group Rainbow Project believes Donegal is losing many lesbians and gay people who believe they are no longer able to live in the area. The area has seen a number of violent attacks over the last two years, the latest of which resulted in a man losing an eye.
Warrant issued for gay film icon
12:00 AM — An arrest warrant has been filed for gay film icon Natasha Lyonne, according to reports in the New York Times.The paper states that a bench warrant has been issued for Miss Lyonne's arrest - the third in a year - for failure to appear in court on charges of criminal mischief, harassment and trespassing.Charges were filed by a former neighbour who alleged the actress threatened to harm her, trashed her apartment and threatened to molest her dog.
KT Tunstall: I’m proud of my lesbian following 58
12:00 AM — Rock chick KT Tunstall has revealed her gratitude to her gay and lesbian following in an interview with a daily newspaper.The 30-year-old singer told the Daily Mirror she was proud to have a massive lesbian fan base, she said: "There's always a gay crowd up the front at my gigs. It's a huge compliment.""I think it's because I'm a singer-songwriter with a personality - balls and some sassiness."
7th February 2006
Students encouraged to give blood because gays and bisexuals can’t 5
12:00 AM — The National Union of Students (NUS UK) today criticised a national newspaper article, which blamed student campaigns for a shortage of blood donors in the UK.The Mail on Sunday article "Crisis as students boycott blood donor sessions in protest over ban on gays" attempted to link low blood donations with a student led campaign highlighting the current National Blood Service (NBS) policy of not allowing any gay or bisexual men to donate blood.
Will Young: I’m not a gay pop star
12:00 AM — Pop Idol winner turned Brit nominee, Will Young, this week said he was open about being gay but did not want to be defined by his sexuality.In a frank and open hearted interview to the Evening Standard he told how he came out to his parents through a friend and said he didn't want to be stereotyped as a gay pop star, "I don't want to be defined as a gay pop star, much the same as I don't want to be defined as a public-school one."
Westlife singer: Coming out makes life better 13
12:00 AM — Westlife singer Mark Feehily has heaped praise on the Civil Partnership Act in the UK, but the gay band member, who came out at the end of last year, insisted he had no plans to get married.In an exclusive web chat on the Sun website, he revealed it was not too difficult to come out, "When you get to the point of feeling OK about doing it, it's just a case of finding a few minutes to actually say the words. Getting to that place was hard, but once I got there I had absolutely no problem."
Durham Bishop to decide future of gay vicar 5
12:00 AM — The Church of England has left the final decision on the future of a gay vicar after he married his partner, to the Bishop of Durham.Rt Rev Tom Wright will decide how to handle Rev Christopher Wardale, vicar of the Holy Trinity Church in Darlington who married Malcolm Macourt in a civil partnership ceremony last December.
Islamic preacher who targeted gays is jailed
12:00 AM — Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri has been convicted and jailed for seven years on charges of inciting murder and race hate.The preacher claimed that Zionists kept homosexual files on how gay politicians were in order to bribe them, and said he disapproved of homosexuality. He said Aids had been sent as a curse on homosexuals, "They have a common punishment amongst them and they have the virus to run after them wherever they go."
6th February 2006
Aussie star offended by claims of lesbian sex romp 1
12:00 AM — Pop star Dannii Minogue has been hurt by newspaper revelations of a lesbian sex romp, according to a close friend.Images published by The News of the World over the weekend, apparently show the little sister of Kylie Minogue, in steamy and sexual poses with a stripper at the Puss In Boots nightclub.
Gay TV star accused of PR stunt
12:00 AM — The father of Stuart Lubbock, who drowned in Michael Barrymore's pool, has accused the TV presenter of a sickening PR stunt to revive his celebrity status.Reports in The Mirror, reveal that Terry Lubbock felt exploited after meeting the star and allegedly forgiving him over his son's death. Mr Lubbock told the Mirror he had only met Mr Barrymore to get answers about the incident but feels he was the object of a charm offensive.
Cameron makes gay MPs a priority 2
12:00 AM — Tory leader, David Cameron has put gay politicians on a list of priority targets whom the Conservative leadership want to see in Parliament.According to the Independent, the Conservative Party wrote to a number of openly gay figures last week, asking them to apply to join an elite list of "priority" candidates who would have "a much higher change of being selected for a winnable seat, and therefore, of becoming an MP after the next election".
Gay people told: Come to Britain
12:00 AM — Gay people worldwide are being urged to go to Britain, in an attempt to cash in on "the pink pound" of tourism.The national tourist agency VisitBritain is urging gay people, "Isn't it time you came out ... to Britain."Reuters' report that Gay tourism is now worth up to three billion pounds a year to the economy with London positioned to rival New York, Sydney and Amsterdam as a hot spot for gay visitors.
Mixed feelings over gay star’s return 2
12:00 AM — The comeback of gay TV entertainer, Michael Barrymore, has been met with mixed reactions in the press and media world, this weekend.PR guru Max Clifford, a former friend of Mr Barrymore and his ex-wife Cheryl, who died last year of cancer, told the Independent, "I know Michael and he is both manipulative and a very convincing actor. This is just a desperate attempt to get back into British television."
Students protest gay donor ban 5
12:00 AM — British students have launched a protest against The National Blood Service's ban on homosexual donors.Student Unions have started campaigns at Leeds Metropolitan University, while universities including Nottingham, Aberystwyth, Lancaster, Salford and Bangor have mounted "gay blood is good" demonstrations.
IDAHO off to good start 2
12:00 AM — The International Day Against Homophobia campaign has got off to a positive start this year, according to gay group, IDAHO.Last year the first International Day Against Homophobia was marked in over 40 countries throughout the world, including the first gay and lesbian rally in China, and an internet campaign by MAHA, a group of LGBT militants in Iran.
Royal Navy searching for gay recruits 2
12:00 AM — The Royal Navy is looking to increase its gay personnel, despite fears that the move could anger traditionalists within the service.Navy chiefs have been working to build bridges with the gay community for some time since the service's ban on gay and lesbian recruits was lifted five years ago.
5th February 2006
Lib Dem voters back Simon Hughes 19
12:00 AM — Newspaper reports have suggested that Liberal Democrat leadership candidate Simon Hughes is now favourite amongst voters to lead the party.A survey put him on 34 per cent, ahead of Sir Menzies Campbell and Chris Huhne. Bookies put Hughes in third. He was initially seen as an outsider after being accused of lying about his sexuality.