19th June 2006
Cameron backs gay marriage benefits
12:00 AM — Gay couples in a civil partnership should get the same tax benefits as married heterosexuals, the leader of the Conservative Party will announce today.David Cameron is expected to back marriage for gay and straight couples at the National Family and Parenting Institute tomorrow, as well as promising equal "marriage" taxes for gay and lesbian couples.
17th June 2006
G-A-Y under threat following sale of Astoria
12:00 AM — The Astoria theatre, home to the G-A-Y night club has been sold for almost £24 million to a developer who intends to turn the venue into shops, offices and flats.G-A-Y is owned by the Mean Fiddler Group a subsidiary of the American advertising and media giant Clear Channel. Managed by Jeremy Joseph the gay night has played host to Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, the Spice Girls, Girls Aloud, Sugar Babes together with X-factor winner Shane Ward.
16th June 2006
Gay barman murderers await sentence 2
12:00 AM — Two men who pleaded guilty last month to murdering a gay barman on Clapham Common, face a minimum of 30 years in prison when they are sentenced later today.Thomas Pickford, 25, and Scott Walker, 33, both of no fixed address admitted killing Jody Dobrowski in October 2005 after earlier denying the charge.
NUS discusses gay discrimination
12:00 AM — Homophobic bullying, the shortcomings of the Government-sponsored Equalities Review, and the National Blood Service's ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood are just a few of the heated debates set to take place at the annual NUS Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) conference in Sheffield this weekend.Students from institutions across the UK will attend the event, which will take place from today at Sheffield University.
Pair get life for gay barman murder 3
12:00 AM — Two men who kicked, punched and stamped a 24-year-old man to death because he was gay have been sentenced to life at the Old Bailey today.Thomas Pickford, 26, unemployed, of no fixed address and Scott Walker, 33, a decorator from the Clapham area, pleaded guilty last month to the murder of Jody Dobrowski.
Jody’s family calls for end to homophobia 3
12:00 AM — The family of murdered gay barman Jody Dobrowski have called the killing of their son an "act of terrorism."Thomas Pickford, 25, and Scott Walker, 33, both of no fixed address were sentenced to life in prison today after earlier admitted killing Mr Dobrowski in October 2005.
Clapham Common authority promise to fight homophobia 2
12:00 AM — The local authority in charge of Clapham Common, where gay barman Jody Dobrowski was murdered in a homophobic attack, has promised to create a safer area.Thomas Pickford, 25, and Scott Walker, 33, both of no fixed address were sentenced to life in prison today after earlier admitted killing Mr Dobrowski in October 2005.
Gay hotel opens in Ireland 1
12:00 AM — Residents in the Irish town of Carlow have expressed concern after the country's first gay hotel was launched in the area.Cosmo Brown's Gay Resort Hotel, to be opened next month, offering 19 rooms, a club, and a bar, aimed at the "pink pound" has been received with some scepticism from locals.
15th June 2006
Volunteer head sacked over gay remark
12:00 AM — The chairman of the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has been forced to resign after publicly disapproving of teaching about homosexuality in schools.Bashir Maan, Scottish Chairman of the Muslim Council of Britain, made the remarks in a letter to the Herald disproving of gay sex education in Scotland.
Irish politician calls for crackdown on gay cruising
12:00 AM — An Irish newspaper has exposed a website offering gay cruising areas in Ulster.The Belfast Telegraph found the internet site contained 76 recommended listings including public railway station toilets, and invites feedback from users.
Gay clubbing drug to be reclassified 5
12:00 AM — Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker confirmed the rumours at a meeting of the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee after the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) recommended the move last week.Mr Coaker said: ""Countries have to decide how to respond to a drug when it has no significant prevalence but potential for serious social problems. Methylamphetamine is a very substantial problem in many countries outside the European Union (EU) but not within it. Reports that the United Kingdom (UK) is on the verge of a crystal meth explosion have been repeated for some years but to date there has been no reliable evidence to support this.
Gay man denied partner’s NHS pension rights
12:00 AM — A gay man whose partner unexpectedly died of heart failure weeks before their 15th anniversary last March has voiced disapproval at the NHS Pensions Agency after it has emerged he will not be entitled to pensions or death gratuity.Nigel Holland-Williams, 46, claimed Mark Holland, 48, a former NHS worker, expressed a wish that the benefits would go to him, but as the couple were not in a civil partnership, it may instead be transferred to Mr Holland's ex wife.
14th June 2006
Panel requests gay policy officer for Brighton
12:00 AM — Brighton and Hove's gay community should have a dedicated policy officer, the local council's review panel has recommended.The Equalities and Review Panel at Brighton and Hove City Council tasked with reviewing the way the local authority treats its diverse groups concluded yesterday that a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) policy officer should be appointed along with an update of the LGBT community strategy.
Lesbian drama star joins Manchester play
12:00 AM — The lead in a Channel Four hit adaptation of a lesbian teen novel is to star in a new play set in Manchester this week.Sugar Rush star and University of Manchester final year drama student Olivia Hallinan will join the cast of Wake Me Later, a new play by Nicola Schofield, to be premiered at the University.
EU urged to address homophobia 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveHomophobia must be targeted by members of the European Union (EU) or "anarchy" will prevail, the president of the EU's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights warned today.European politicians are currently debating a joint draft resolution addressing an increase in racist and homophobic violence on the continent, to be voted on tomorrow.
Teachers must “challenge homophobia” in class
12:00 AM — Teachers must include the gay community when teaching about issues such as equality, families and the media to help challenge homophobic bullying in schools, an education consultant advised today.Mark Jennett, an expert in teaching on sexuality, told a conference of the NASUWT teaching union that the classroom is a place where sexuality can easily be talked about.
13th June 2006
Lesbian Tory rules herself out of mayor race 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe openly lesbian vice-chairman of the Conservative party has officially ruled herself out of standing to become Mayor of London.Margot James, who is the vice-chairman of the Conservative party with responsibility for women says that she is concentrating on her campaign to become elected to the House of Commons."It's a hard decision but parliament is my goal."
Heather sues over lesbian prostitute claims
12:00 AM — Heather Mills McCartney will take legal action over tabloid claims that she was a lesbian prostitute, her lawyers have announced.Lady McCartney's representatives said the News of the World reports were "untrue and highly defamatory."She will launch proceedings after her divorce from former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney is complete.
BBC targets homophobic remarks 6
12:00 AM — The BBC has introduced disciplinary procedures for any radio presenters who swear or use offensive language on air in reaction to a report from communication watchdog Ofcom.The move comes after complaints regarding Radio1 DJ Chris Moyles claiming he used the word gay in a derogatory way to describe a ringtone.
Scottish schools failing to confront homophobic bullying
12:00 AM — Scottish schools must do more to combat homophobic bullying, a report claims.The Scottish Executive study found a "long list of damaging and distressing" homophobic incidents and concluded that "anti-homophobia is not seen as a priority by many schools."