17th August 2006
Graham Norton set for another three years with Auntie
12:00 AM — The BBC today announced that comedian Graham Norton has renewed his exclusive contract with the corporation for another three years.Norton, who joined the BBC in 2004, has been the face of a string of hits for BBC1, including How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? and Strictly Dance Fever.
Builder guilty of lesbian family murder
12:00 AM — A former builder who murdered a lesbian and her family after having his sexual advances rejected has been jailed for life today.David Morris, 44, was found guilty of murder at Newport Crown Court today in a retrial relating to the killing of four family members across three generations in 1999.
16th August 2006
Comment: Why gays should be embracing David Cameron 7
12:00 AM — With the launch of the 'new' Tory party's mini-manifesto, Tony Grew explains why the gay community should be embracing the aspirations of David Cameron. Stung by constant criticism that he is all sound bite and no substance, David Cameron today launched a 'mini manifesto.' The purpose of the document is to outline the aims and values of the Conservative Party.
Busy week for Bristol gays
12:00 AM — Bristol is preparing to hold its annual Mardi Gras Festival, with the organisers hoping to bring 10,000 people to the city during the week long event.The Bristol FRINGE event has been running all week, beginning last Sunday, with its closing party planned for the same day as the Mardi Gras on Saturday 19 August.
‘Date rape’ drug victims get Revenge at gay bar
12:00 AM — Brighton nightclub Revenge has become the first gay venue in the city to offer protection against drink spiking.The club, which is the biggest gay venue on the south coast, is now giving customers the choice of numerous anti-spiking devices when they order a drink.
Gay community still wary of reporting hate crimes 2
12:00 AM — An in-depth study by charity Victim Support has concluded that many victims of hate crimes are unwilling to report them to the police.Only one in five victims that did report incidents to the police were happy with the way they were treated.
Pink bar turns heads in Stoke 57
12:00 AM — The sleepy city of Stoke-on-Trent is getting its second gay bar, and the bright pink exterior is causing some residents to see red.The Pink Lounge and Bar will open next Thursday in the city's Piccadilly area.Nearby traders told the The Sentinel newspaper that they do not feel the paint job is in keeping with the ambience of the area.
Ken condemns police failures at Estonia gay pride march
12:00 AM — The Mayor of London has added his voice to the criticism of police and politicians who failed to protect gay and lesbians from attack during a gay rights parade in Estonia.Ken Livingstone slammed the authorities in the capital, Tallinn, calling their lack of action inexcusable.
MP questions homophobic preacher lecture
12:00 AM — An Islamic Preacher who branded all single men in New York as "gay sodomites" has faced a furore over his planned speech in Cardiff.Questions have been asked over the suitability of Dr Zakir Naik's lecture to 'Educating the Educators' conference the St Davids Hall, Cardiff.
15th August 2006
Gay rights group launch marriage appeal 10
12:00 AM — Gay rights group Outrage has launched an appeal seeking support for a lesbian couple whose Canadian marriage was deemed invalid by the UK High Court last month.The High Court in London ruled that Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger's legal Canadian marriage is not valid in the UK, and claimed any discrimination was ruled out by the Civil Partnership Act.
Sikh policeman suspended over gay escort allegations 2
12:00 AM — A police officer has been suspended by the Strathclyde force after The Sunday Mail exposed his alleged double life as a male prostitute.Constable Suckbir Mann, a 34-year-old married officer, is Sikh, and has been used by the force in the past as a symbol of their multi-culturalism.
Gay PC appeals for right to wear ear stud
12:00 AM — A policeman is accusing his force of sexual discrimination claiming he was banned from wearing an earring because he is gay.PC Neil Bloomfield, 39, told a Southampton Industrial Tribunal that his gold ear stud was a statement of his sexuality and claimed he was unfairly targeted while other heterosexual officers avoided reprisal.
Homophobic crime still a problem in London
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk InvestigationThe Metropolitan Police are today hailing London as a safer place to live with figures revealing an overall fall in crime, including an overall reduction in reported homophobic attacks.The release of figures describing incidents in the 12 months up to July 2006 claim that crime is falling across the capital.
London Underground deny ‘gay discrimination’ 1
12:00 AM — The RMT union is planning to ballot 6,500 staff over a pay dispute. Members could vote for tube drivers strike, meaning travel misery for millions of Londoners.There will be a separate strike vote by 80 staff at Canary Wharf station, after union claims of harassment and vicitmisation against gay and female members of staff.
Gay radio station hits airwaves with pride
12:00 AM — A lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) radio station has hit the airwaves in Manchester, coinciding with the city's pride festival this weekend.The organisers of "Gaydio" intend for the station to have its first broadcast this week and to go on for a fortnight.
14th August 2006
Homophobic pensioner is given gagging ASBO
12:00 AM — A 76-year-old man from north London has been placed under an anti-social behaviour order for racial and homophobic verbal abuse directed at fellow care home residents.David Lilley, who lives in a sheltered housing complex in Cricklewood, has a record of abusing, threatening and spitting at staff and other residents.
Northern Ireland police to monitor gay recruitment 57
12:00 AM — Applicants to the Police Service of Northern Ireland are to be asked their sexual orientation for the first time. Currently all GB forces monitor the number of gay and lesbian people working for them.Potential officers will also be able to declare if they are in a civil partnership.
Gay sex at 16 legal, Man
12:00 AM — The 'Tynwald', the Isle of Man's independent legislature, has voted to bring the homosexual age of consent into line with that of heterosexuals on the island, simultaneously scrapping rules stopping the discussion of homosexuality in schools on the island between teacher and pupil.The Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act will come into force on September 1 2006 after the bill was passed with 15 votes for and 3 against, with the amended law felt by many to be long overdue.
Opening doors for older generations 57
12:00 AM — A new resource pack has been launched to help those working in care homes and extra-care housing support older lesbians, gay men and bisexuals (OLGB).'We at Age Concern recognise that the situation for most lesbian, gay and bisexual people at the beginning of the 21st century is more positive, secure and affirming than ever before' says the Age Concern website.
Will Mark Oaten be a TV fixture? 57
12:00 AM — In the seven months since Mark Oaten was exposed by the News of the World, the MP for Winchester could hardly be accused of keeping a low profile. Could it be that the politician best known for visiting rent boys is planning a future on telly? Tony Grew examines the evidence. The curious tale of Mark Oaten continues to fascinate people and, like a bad da Vinci-themed novel, we just can't put it down until we get to the end.