9th August 2007
Bears meet gorillas at London Zoo’s gay day
5:54 PM — London Zoo will host its third annual Gay Sunday on September 16th.The event, now in its third year, is an opportunity for LGBT people to spend a leisurely day exploring the unique environment at the Zoo in Regent's Park.Gay Sunday is the brainchild of the Head of Communications at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Simon Rayner."It is a great day out and a chance for us to broaden our reach and make people aware of the work we do here," he told PinkNews.co.uk
Wales’ new gay rights champion
4:46 PM — The lesbian, gay and bisexual organisation Stonewall Cymru has appointed a new Director.Liz Morgan will take the lead in promoting LGB equality across Wales.She has extensive knowledge of equality and diversity and joins Stonewall Cymru from Cardiff Council, where she was Diversity Officer for Adult Services and previously HR Lead Advisor for Equalities.Liz has also served for six months as Acting Director of Stonewall Cymru.
London’s festival of Black Pride announced
3:25 PM — Outburst UK has revealed details of a Black Pride Festival to take place in London later this month.The official launch party will take place on Saturday 25th August at the Renaissance Rooms in Vauxhall, starting at midday.There will be 16 performers at the event, including X Factor finalist Rowetta Satchell. Other highlights include a fashion show, DJs and the chance to win a trip to Jamaica.
LGBT rights activist claims Jesus was gay 20
1:12 PM — A leading campaigner for gay equality in Northern Ireland has hit back at criticism of a placard carried at last weekend's Belfast Pride by stating he is convinced Jesus was a gay man.Belfast City councillor Christopher Staltford led calls for restrictions on future gay parades, claiming he was offended by a placard reading "Jesus is a fag."In a discussion on BBC Radio Ulster P A MacLochlainn responded that in his view the details of Jesus' life as presented in the Bible led him to conclude that he was a homosexual.
Paisley attacked over gay rights law
11:30 AM — The First Minister of Northern Ireland, Ian Paisley, is under pressure from a Unionist MEP to repeal legislation protecting gay people in the province from discrimination.The Sexual Orientation Regulations, which were imposed by then-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Hain before self-government resumed, outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services.Their introduction was extremely controversial.
8th August 2007
AIDS charity and magazine close 1
6:15 PM — UK Coalition of People Living with HIV and AIDS (UKC) has ceased operations.The charity was founded in 1993 as a national patient group charity run by and for people living with HIV.UKC's magazine, Positive Nation, has ceased publication in May after 133 issues.The coalition and the magazine were praised for the meaningful way in which they engaged with people with HIV.
Floods force Gloucester Pride to cancel march
5:18 PM — Major changes have been made to Gloucester Pride due to the devastation caused by the recent floods.The event, due to take place on Saturday, will still go ahead but will be significantly scaled down.The floods have been the worst experienced in Britain for over 50 years and are estimated to have caused more than £2 billion worth of damage.
Police report C4 over Muslim homophobia documentary 2
4:35 PM — Broadcaster Channel 4 has hit back at allegations from West Midlands police that they distorted the truth in documentary that showed Muslim preachers calling for homosexuals to be killed.The Dispatches programme, broadcast on January, showed undercover footage of preacher Abu Usamah calling for gay people to be executed."If I were to call homosexuals perverted, dirty, filthy dogs who should be murdered, that's my freedom of speech, isn't it?" he told followers.
Play your part in London’s gay arts festival
12:28 PM — Organisers of Pride London have already started preparing for next year's Arts Festival, following the overwhelming success of the events this year.The Arts Festival has become a key part of Pride London, which promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender culture and understanding.Pride London is now looking for people to help shape the 2008 festival, including programmers, fundraisers, publicity experts and steering committee members.
Brighton’s businesses benefit from Pride visitors 4
11:54 AM — Figures from Brighton Pride's organising committee confirm the success of this year's event.It is estimated that the festival generated £7.5 million for the local economy and businesses, with a record-breaking 150,000 revellers in attendance.After a massive operation, tons of litter was removed from Preston Park, which is back to "pristine condition."
7th August 2007
Win tickets to see Elton John perform in London! 57
12:45 PM — PinkNews.co.uk has teamed up with AOL to offer our readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to see the legendary Sir Elton John perform at The O2 Arena, formerly the Millennium Dome.Sir Elton, 60, is bringing his Red Piano Tour to London.Win tickets to the show and help Sir Elt celebrate his 60th birthday live in concert.The show was a massive success in Las Vegas.
6th August 2007
John Inman’s friends organise memorial gig 2
4:58 PM — John Inman is to be honoured with a tribute show in London next month.He was best known for playing one of the most prominent camp characters in British TV history.Mr Inman's portrayal of Mr Humphries in the popular BBC comedy Are You Being Served made him a household name.In March he died in St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London, aged 71.
Suspended sentence for married woman in civil partnership 2
4:18 PM — A mother of five children was today spared jail by a judge sentencing her for entering into a civil partnership with another woman while still married to a man.Last month Suzanne Mitchell appeared at Shrewsbury Crown Court before Judge Robin Onions and pleaded guilty to breaching the Civil Partnership Act.The judge today decided that in the interests of her children he would not send her to jail.
Archives reveal Churchill’s Cabinet discussed gays
3:45 PM — New documents released by the National Archives give an enlightening account of the views of Prime Minister Winston Churchill and other Cabinet ministers on homosexual men in 1950s Britain.The notebooks kept by the Cabinet Secretaries contain short handwritten accounts of the conversations of ministers on a range of issues, and have just been released to the public.On the 24th February 1954 the Cabinet discussed the issues of prostitution and homosexuality.
Home Office grants will support hate crime victims 1
2:25 PM — More than £100,000 of government funding has been awarded to groups working with LGBT communities across the UK to support victims of homophobia and other forms of hate crime.The funding from the Home Office has been given to a range of community and campaign groups.The Intercom Trust was given the largest grant, £28,290, to fund their work in rural south west England.
Revealed: The 237 reasons for having sex
12:50 PM — A recent study from psychology researchers David Buss and Cindy Meston from the University of Texas uncovered 237 motivations ranging from attraction to revenge as the motives for sexual encounters.Their study, which will appears in the August issue of Archives of Sexual Behaviour, is just the beginning of an ongoing mission to discover just why people are having sex. Seems like such a simple question, but most people would be surprised about all the reasons behind "doing the deed."
Sun shines on Brighton’s ‘perfect’ Pride 4
12:20 PM — The UK's most gay city welcomed visitors from across Britain to its Pride event on Saturday.A huge parade through the streets of Brighton was cheered on by thousands on onlookers as the sun shone down.An estimated 150,000 people took part in the festivities at Preston Park, where fairground rides, dance tents and food stalls did a roaring trade throughout the afternoon.
4th August 2007
Gay former police chief to run for London Mayor 2
12:40 PM — As PinkNews.co.uk had previously speculated, Brian Paddick, who was until his retirement, Britain's most senior openly gay police officer, has been short-listed to run as the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Mayor of London.A Liberal Democrat source said: "We have been in talks with Brian Paddick and we hope and expect him to go forward for nomination as part of a full and open selection process."
3rd August 2007
Conference to discuss fire and rescue LGBT issues
3:51 PM — Gay rights organisation, trade unions, politicains and fire and rescue professionals from across the country are to meet later this year to discuss LGBT topics.Avon Fire Service, the Fire Brigades Union, Stonewall and Unison are holding a groundbreaking conference to discuss LGBT equality in the fire and rescue service.The two-day conference, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality in the Fire Service - an Absolute Taboo? will feature speeches from Ben Summerskill and Brian Paddick.
Akinola to ordain dissident English bishop 15
3:40 PM — The gay-hostile Archbishop of Nigeria is planning to ordain his own 'flying bishop' in England, in a direct challenge to the authority of Rowan Williams.Archbishop Peter Akinola has already appointed a bishop to minister to Anglicans in America who object to gay people in the church, despite a plea from the Archbishop of Canterbury not to split the worldwide Communion.A source describing himself as a 'worker in the Nigerian diocese' said Archbishop Akinola's plans were common knowledge.