18th June 2007
Comedian who ‘took the piss out of poofs’ dead 1
11:51 PM — Bernard Manning famous for his racist and homophobic jokes has died at the age of 76.Manning was rushed to hospital with a kidney problem two weeks ago. A spokesman for North Manchester General Hospital said: "He died here at 3.10pm today."He once joked on gays: "I'm no racist. I take the piss out of poofs, too."
TV reality show homophobia claims rejected 1
2:30 PM — Channel 4 have escaped censure over homophobic comments made on a reality show.The broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has ruled that the use of the word "fairy" to describe a gay man did not break the code of conduct.1,453 people complained about the homophobic treatment of student Joe Stone on the show, in which groups of young people are formed into tribes on two neighbouring tropical islands.
Gay swim club celebrates gold medal haul
2:10 PM — London's gay swimming club has raced to fourth place at the recent gay world swimming championships held in Paris - collecting a world record and relay gold, led by twenty-three year old Alex Davis with swept the board with six gold medals.With more than 700 competitors the championships were the most heavily contested of recent history - including a 70-strong Out to Swim contingent which included three water polo teams.
Gay cop to tell all in autobiography
11:53 AM — The UK's most senior gay police officer has signed a six-figure deal with publisher Simon Schuster to write his story about life at the highest levels of the Met.Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick, who recently retired from the force, claims that his boss Commissioner Ian Blair, knew within hours that officers had shot an innocent man at Stockwell tube station in July 2005.
Organisers hail Plymouth Pride a huge success
1:07 AM — Devon and Cornwall's first major Pride event was attended by thousands of people and now organisers want to make it an annual event, with even bigger and better plans for 2008.plymouth prideevent 2007 featured a long weekend of fun activities, ranging from sumo wrestling and line dancing to a bouncy castle and a picnic on Dartmoor alongside LGBT information, advice, and support services.
X-Men actor to host gala AIDS benefit
1:07 AM — Alan Cumming is to host a charity gala performance ofAngels 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."
16th June 2007
Win tickets to BA VIP lounge during London Pride 1
4:43 PM — Pride London comes to town on Saturday 30th June 2007 and British Airways, proud partner of Pride London, is delighted to offer 10 lucky winners, each with a guest, the chance to gain exclusive entry to the VIP British Airways lounge at The Edge, Soho.Guests can soak up the carnival atmosphere from the comfort of the British Airways Lounge.
Survey: the LGBT vote on Deputy Labour Leader 3
12:01 AM — By now you will have read interviews on PinkNews.co.uk, seen them on television debates and read through their policies in the newspapers.Four men and two women are vying to become Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and depending on the mood of Gordon Brown, Deputy Prime Minister.Hilary Benn, Hazel Blears, Jon Cruddas, Peter Hain, Harriet Harman and Alan Johnson have laid out their pro gay and LGBT credientials so PinkNews.co.uk wishes to find out whose actually won round the gay community.
Michael Barrymore released on bail without charge
12:01 AM — Gay comic Michael Barrymore who was arrested with two other men over the death of Stuart Lubbock has been released without charge.Meat factory worker Stuart Lubbock was found dead in Barrymore's swimming pool after a party in March 2001.In June 2001 Barrymore and two other men were arrested and bailed in connection with the incident.
15th June 2007
Channel 4 drama has echoes of Jodi’s murder 8
4:13 PM — The stars of the 1987 film of E M Forster's novel Maurice will reunite for another gay drama. This time the setting will be the beginning of this century rather than the last.Clapham Junction, starring Rupert Graves and James Wilby, will be broadcast in July as part of Channel Four's season to mark the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality.The drama, by playwright Kevin Elyot, also features actors Paul Nicholas and Samantha Bond.
Gay switchboard’s Royal recognition
3:15 PM — London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard (LLGS) has been recognised for its 33-year commitment to the LGBT community with the 2007 Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.It is the only LGBT organisation to be honoured this way in 2007 and is only the second since the award was set up.LLGS received the award in recognition of its history of providing confidential and non-judgemental listening, support, information and referrals for people across the UK.
Acclaimed disabled gay actor fights eviction
2:38 PM — Firdaus Kanga, a gay, disabled writer and actor, who wrote and starred in the semi-autobiographical film Sixth Happiness, is bringing a legal action to halt his eviction from disabled-adapted housing in Islington, north London.Peter Tatchell and LGBTI human rights group OutRage! is backing Mr Firdaus's battle to keep his flat."This case is about the housing rights and security of disabled people, and about the universality of the laws protecting disabled people against discrimination," said Mr Tatchell.
Gay radio station nominated for prestigious award 4
2:12 PM — Gaydar Radio is the running for its third award in less than a year, this time its The Argiva Commercial Radio Digital Station of the Year.In April, GaydarRadio was named UK Digital Terrestrial Station of the Year at the Sony Radio Awards.In October last year listeners voted them the Best Radio Station in the BT Digital Music Awards.
Stonewall helps gay youth develop their potential
2:00 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall's first Gay Youth Event, held last weekend in London, attracted almost 100 participants from around the country.The event, held at London's City Hall and sponsored by Norwich Union and the Greater London Authority, was part of Stonewall's pioneering Education for All programme.It offered practical help about being gay in 21st century Britain through a mix of inspirational speakers and workshops.
Focus on men’s mental and physical heatlh
1:31 PM — It is National Men's Health Week and with three times as many suicides as women and twice as many diagnosed with HIV things aren't looking so good for men.CiC have published a fact sheet of problems affecting men and what employers can do to help.Men are traditionally seen as the dependable ones who support others but men don't seem to be looking after themselves all that well.
Students and graduates target for new gay careers magazine
1:20 PM — A career advice magazine for LGBT students and graduates called Pink's is being launched in the UK on June 19.Pink's is supported by a number of major organisations including the NUS and Stonewall. The first edition will feature a foreword by Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill.The magazine is co-written by students and will provide inspirational and impartial careers advice to the LGBT student and graduate community.
Gay stars to perform for Diana
10:40 AM — It's been 10 years since Diana, Princess of Wales died in a car accident in Paris, but even in death she remains the "People's Princess."On Sunday, July 1st, 2007, on what would have been her 46th birthday, Princes William and Harry are planning a bash of royal proportions to commemorate the life of their mother with the Concert for Diana, which will be broadcast live from London's Wembley Stadium.
14th June 2007
Comment: Look how far we have come 3
6:15 PM — As Tony Blair prepares to leave office, Labour party activist Gavin Hayes argues that gay people should not forget the triumphs of the past ten years, but there is still much to be achieved under Gordon Brown. The Labour government has made huge progress on gay equality in the last 10 years.There is much to be proud of with respect to the government's record on delivering equal rights and social justice to gay people across the country.
Dead man’s father questions police actions in Barrymore case 5
5:22 PM — The father of the young man found dead at Michael Barrymore's house six years ago has spoken of his disappointment over the way the case has been handled by Essex police.Meat factory worker Stuart Lubbock was found dead in Barrymore's swimming pool after a party in March 2001.In June 2001 Barrymore and two other men were arrested and bailed in connection with the incident.
London Assembly urge Moscow to respect human rights
4:53 PM — Representatives of the people of London from all political parties have joined forces to urge the Mayor of Moscow to lift the ban on the city's Gay Pride parade.A motion proposed by openly gay Green Assembly member Darren Johnson was passed unanimously.Last month Russian activists and supporters from other European countries were attacked by a homophobic mob as they attempted to deliver a letter to the Moscow Mayor protesting at his ban on gay Pride events.