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  • 14th June 2007

    Comment: Look how far we have come 3

    Under Margaret Thatcher gay people were actively scapegoated, ghettoised and discriminated against by the state.

    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

    Essex police have confirmed that they seized some tapes from Mr Cowell's house but would not comment on their contents.

    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

    The Assembly motion points to the role that Pride parades and events play in the life of London and other cities.

    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.

  • 75% of Brighton gays have suffered abuse

    900 of the estimated 35,000 LGBT residents of Brighton and Hove took part in the Count Me In Too report.

    2:32 PM — Research into the levels of homophobia on the streets of the UK's gayest city has revealed that three-quarters of gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans residents have been on the receiving end of physical or verbal abuse in the last five years.900 of the estimated 35,000 LGBT residents of Brighton and Hove took part in the Count Me In Too report by the University of Brighton and Spectrum LGBT forum.

  • Michael Barrymore arrested on suspicion of murder 5

    In 2006, a former solicitor attempted to initiate a private prosecution against Mr Barrymore alleging drug misuse.

    12:32 PM — Three men have been arrested by police investigating the death of Stuart Lubbock at the house of former TV star Michael Barrymore in 2001.The Daily Mail reports that Mr Barrymore is one of men being held by police. Two other men, aged 32 and 37, have also been arrested.Mr Lubbock's suspicious death ruined the career of Barrymore, who came out as a gay man in 1995.

  • 13th June 2007

    Lesbian woman shot dead by police

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating her death.

    5:08 PM — A 37-year-old woman who was killed by a police marksman in the early hours of yesterday morning was a lesbian, it has emerged.Friends and work colleagues have described Ann Sanderson as a gentle, loyal and helpful person who suffered from mental illness.Police in the suburban town of Sevenoaks are investigating her death. She was brandishing a firearm at officers, which she refused to put down when confronted.

  • New equality proposals “oblivious” to needs of trans people 2

    The government proposes extending protection against discrimination when accessing goods and services to trans people.

    2:22 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive The government has published its long-awaited Discrimination Law Review, and is asking the public for their views on a proposed new Equality Act.The purpose of the new legislation is to simplify the current piecemeal discrimination laws and to strengthen the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights, which comes into being this autumn.

  • Gay bashing reggae performers promise to stop the hate 2

    The fight against other homophobic performers continues.

    12:21 PM — Three of the world's top reggae and dancehall singers have renounced homophobia and condemned violence against lesbians and gay men.Beenie Man, Sizzla and Capleton had previously released anti-gay hate songs, including incitements to murder lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.They have now signed up to the Reggae Compassionate Act in a deal brokered with top reggae promoters and Stop Murder Music activists.

  • 12th June 2007

    Review: Two Men Talking

    Two Men Talking is about the power of storytelling.

    11:50 AM — In a tiny, intimate venue in the heart of Whitehall, two men perform a play that records their lives as gay, Jewish South Africans.Two Men Talking starts in sweltering South Africa where Paul Browde and Murray Nossel are schoolchildren during Apartheid.Their tale takes us takes us to New York and London, through their experiences of career struggles, coming out as gay and dealing with HIV and AIDS, and finally recalling their reunion in America.

  • 11th June 2007

    Paisley confused over homophobic son 27

    Northern Ireland's Lord Chief Justice, Sir Brian Kerr, rejected an attempt to overturn the current law banning adoption by unmarried couples of any sexual orientation.

    5:42 PM — The First Minister of Northern Ireland has faced questions in the province's Assembly about the anti-gay views of his son, who is a junior minister in the devolved government.Ian Paisley Snr told Assembly members that he is opposed to any sort of discrimination, but would not give an assurance that Ian Jnr would be kept away from equality duties.Paisley Jnr angered political opponents when he said he finds gay and lesbian people repulsive.

  • Analysis: Football is coming homo

    Representatives from all of London's gay football teams were present.

    4:55 PM — The news that the Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championship is coming to London next year will be music to the ears of the ever-growing gay football community in the UK.Last week's launch event at the Football Association headquarters in Soho Square was attended by the great and the good from the gay community and the football world.Several Members of Parliament were there to lend their support along with gay rights activist Peter Tatchell.

  • Gays to feature at free West End musical event

    The West End has the highest concentration of theatres of anywhere in the world.

    3:21 PM — The London Gay Men's Chorus will sing to thousands of fans at the UK's biggest free theatre festival in the heart of the capital next week.The chorus - the best known gay choir in Europe, with 200 singing members - will perform at West End Live in Leicester Square.They will join a host of top West End shows at the festival such as Dirty Dancing, Avenue Q, Fame, Mamma Mia, Little Shop of Horrors, Menopause the Musical, Drowsy Chaperone and the Sound of Music.

  • 9th June 2007

    Lee wins Any Dream Will Do, will become Joseph 4

    Lee wil be Joseph

    10:26 PM — Lee has won Any Dream Will Do, the BBC talent show to find the star of Joseph was hosted by gay comic and television presenter, Graham Norton.The series was judged by Joseph composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber and his esteemed panel of experts - Broadway and West End leading lady Denise Van Outen, celebrated theatre producer Bill Kenwright, Torchwood star John Barrowman and outspoken vocal coach Zoe Tyler.

  • George Michael performs first concert at new Wembley Stadium

    George Michael performed first gig at Wembely Stadium

    10:26 PM — Just a day after being sentenced to 100 hours of community service and receiving a two year driving ban, George Michael has played the first ever concert at the new Wembley, seven years since Bon Jovi played the last concert at the old stadium in August 2000.District Judge Katherine Marshall at Brent Magistrates Court ruled out a custodial sentence, instead giving the gay singer 100 hours community service and a two year driving ban. He admitted the offence but claimed he was guilty due to "tiredness and prescribed drugs."

  • Lewis loses out in Any Dream Will Do, so won’t star in Joseph 3

    lewis will not be Joseph

    9:05 PM — Lewis has been voted off Any Dream Will Do, the hit BBC talent contest to find the next star of Joseph.The programme, hosted by Graham Norton and judged by judged by Joseph composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber and his esteemed panel of experts - Broadway and West End leading lady Denise Van Outen, celebrated theatre producer Bill Kenwright, Torchwood star John Barrowman and outspoken vocal coach Zoe Tyler.

  • 8th June 2007

    Big Brother welcomes gay house mates 3

    Big Brother's new housemate

    11:42 PM — Two gay men have entered the Big Brother House to join an all female cast apart from a lone heterosexual male, Ziggy31-year-old Gerry is a gay Paris Hilton loving gallery researcher who describes himself as a hedonistic hypocrite and a total control freak.Once a month he goes to fetish clubs and loves leather, kilts and boots. He has four wardrobes full of clothes, and thinks his life would be vastly improved by a dressing room and a personal butler.

  • Singer raises £1,000 for charity

    The money raised by the chair will go towards the care of thousands of trees.

    4:56 PM — Singer Will Young has turned designer by creating his own deckchair, which sold for £1,000 in a charity auction this week.The deckchair was a multi-coloured design with the words "The leaves are brown and the sky is gay" emblazoned across.The chair was designed for the Deckchair Dreams campaign, in order to raise money for London's Royal Parks.

  • George Michael will not go to jail

    The singer, who will not go to jail, said that he regretted endangering the lives of others.

    12:53 PM — George Michael will not be sent to jail after pleading guilty to driving while unfit.District Judge Katherine Marshall at Brent Magistrates Court ruled out a custodial sentence, instead giving Michael 100 hours community service and a two year driving ban.Today the singer said that he regretted endangering the lives of others.

  • Outed police officer should have received apology 1

    The constable, who cannot be named, was outed without his permission in February 2005

    12:42 PM — A gay police officer who was outed at work by his sergeant should have received an apology, Cleveland Police admitted yesterday.The constable, who cannot be named except for legal reasons has been off work with stress since April last year.He claimed in an employment tribunal that he was treated less favourably because of his sexuality.

  • Simon Hughes protests against Russian treatment of Peter Tatchell 2

    Peter Tatchell shortly after his attack

    11:38 AM — Liberal Democrat Simon Hughes MP requested a meeting with the Russian ambassador to the UK yesterday, to protest about the treatment Peter Tatchell received at Moscow Pride.Mr Tatchell, who is one of Mr Hughes' constituents, was attacked and then arrested by riot police when he joined protestors supporting the right of freedom of expression of lesbian and gay people in Moscow and Russia.

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