18th July 2007
Sir Ian stands up for Singapore’s gays 3
5:46 PM — Veteran actor Sir Ian McKellen has once again used his international celebrity to further the cause of gay equality.Speaking in Singapore, the Lord of the Rings star urged the country's government to ditch draconian colonial-era laws still in place which criminalise homosexuality among consenting adults.Homosexuals face a maximum of two years in prison for gay sex in Singapore.
EXCLUSIVE: The man who took a bishop to a tribunal and won 8
4:51 PM — Landmark is one of those words that inevitably loses its value due to over-use, but there is no other way to describe today's ruling by an employment tribunal against the Bishop of Hereford.The tribunal agreed with youth worker John Reaney that he had been discriminated against on the grounds of his sexual orientation.The 2003 law that protects gay, bisexual and lesbian people in employment contains an exemption for religious organisations.
Doctor Who creator praises gay Coronation St character
2:00 PM — Russell T Davies, the writer of Queer As Folk and Doctor Who, has said that the representation of gay people on television is the best it has ever been.He cited the arrival of a gay character on ITV soap Coronation St as evidence that times have changed.Mr Davies, who included a bisexual character in Doctor Who, also praised teen soap Hollyoaks for its handing of a storyline where one of the characters deals with his sexuality.
Bournemouth shows its Pride
11:21 AM — The Bourne Free Pride Festival attracted thousands of people from across the UK on Saturday 14th July with the event reaching its highest ever numbers.The sun came out just in time for the nautical themed Beachfront Parade, which included lots of sexy sailors, colourful drag queens and even mermaids on electric wheelchairs.Spectators along the promenade watched as local groups and a huge 30 metre rainbow flag travelled past to the sounds of classic camp pop.
Bishop guilty of gay discrimination 8
9:40 AM — An employment tribunal has ruled in favour of John Reaney, the gay man who brought a claim of discrimination claim against the Bishop of Hereford.The case was supported and funded by Stonewall.John Reaney was interviewed by a panel of eight people for the post of Youth Officer in the Diocese of Hereford last summer.
17th July 2007
TUC report analyses cases of orientation discrimination
6:12 PM — A government-funded report into cases brought to employment tribunals under the sexual orientation and religion or belief protections introduced December 2003 has highlighted the need for employers to apply equal opportunities policies.The TUC was funded by the now abolished DTI to carry out a project studying all cases concerning the regulations, and to prepare a report of the conclusions of that study.The work involved analysing published employment tribunal decisions.
Gay Times advert banned by London Underground 11
5:00 PM — A gay lifestyle magazine cover proved too racy for London Underground, who asked that the image be substituted for one more sedate.The offending cover of GTironically marks the 40th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.Tube bosses rejected the image because they felt that one of the models was in a state of undress. A second version, reproduced below, was approved.
Pink Singers support gay mayor’s charity night
1:55 PM — The first openly gay Mayor of Richmond, Cllr Marc Cranfield-Adams, will hold a Rainbow Night concert on the Sunken Lawn of York House on Friday 27th July.The concert is in keeping with the theme of his Mayoral year, diversity and inclusiveness.It is being held to raise money for his chosen charities Diabetes UK and Stepping on Out.
G-A-Y brand is secure says owner 2
12:30 PM — Jeremy Joseph, the creator and owner of the G-A-Y brand, has assured customers that reports on sales of shares will not affect the business.He co-owns G-A-Y bar and G-A-Y Late in London with the Mean Fiddler Group, through a company called Manto Soho.As reported, an offer has been made by the MAMA group to Mean Fiddler for their shares.
Exclusive: Prime Minister Gordon Brown answers your questions 19
12:15 PM — Last month we asked readers to submit questions to the Prime Minister.Well, let it not be said that Gordon Brown has had a quiet introduction to life in Downing St.Among the CORBA meetings, inspecting flood damage, trips to meet our European partners and setting out Britain's future direction, Mr Brown found time this week to address some of the questions PinkNews.co.uk readers sent in.
16th July 2007
Oxford Pride – idyllic in every way
6:05 PM — The fifth Oxford Pride, held on Saturday, was well-attended and went off without any unfortunate rain.It was held on Oxpens Field and the patrons for this year's event were Peter Tatchell, Lord Waheed Ali and Sir Ian McKellan.Live music from acts including Natalie Powers and Lizzy Drip featured on the main stage, sponsored by public service trade union Unison.
Gay candidate welcomes Boris to Mayoral race 7
4:44 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Andrew Boff, a candidate for the Conservative candidate Mayor of London, has welcomed MP Boris Johnson to the contest.Nominations closed at noon today. Mr Boff, who is gay, was one of the first Tories to put himself forward for the job of taking on Ken Livingstone.The 49-year-old is former leader of Hillingdon council but failed to be elected Mayor of Hackney. He is up against a range of candidates.
Sex scandal peer opens up about being bi 4
3:54 PM — Lord Montagu, who was jailed after a notorious trial for homosexual offences in 1954, has said that he is bisexual and that to describe his sexuality any other way would be 'dishonest.'He will appear in a Channel 4 documentary about the case and its fascinating aftermath, when the public and press unexpectedly began to question the law which criminalised homosexuality.
Interview: Nemesis talk God, Clinton and Michael Jackson 1
1:01 PM — Pop duo Nemesis Rising normally get noticed because of the way they look - and hey, even I had my head turned by these identical twins.They certainly got a lot of attention when cameras from Logo TV followed them around for a reality series called Jacob and Joshua: Nemesis Rising.Jacob (blond) and Joshua (dark) showed off their gay life in LA, but also took an emotional trip home to Montana to come out to their Jehovah's Witness family.
G-A-Y bars partner to sell shares
12:25 PM — Mean Fiddler, the company which co-owns G-A-Y Bar and G-A-Y Late, is considering a provisional offer from MAMA group to sell these night spots.Mean Fiddler's Managing Director Melvin Benn has said that he sees this as good for business.G-A-Y is co-owned by promoter Jeremy Joseph and the Mean Fiddler Group, a subsidiary of the American advertising and media giant Clear Channel.
15th July 2007
Brian Paddick may be Lib Dem candidate for Mayor 1
3:43 PM — Fresh rumours appearing to be emanating from spin doctors at the Liberal Democrats imply that Brian Paddick, until his retirement, the most senior openly gay British police officer, may stand as a candidate for Mayor of London.PinkNews.co.uk first reported the suggestions last May when the then Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner, casually mentioned the possibility of standing for the post at the launch of the Way We Are Now, a collection of essays from gay community members.
13th July 2007
Suicide shocks Derry gay community 1
4:35 PM — Eamon Johnston, the winner of Mr Gay Derry 2003, has committed suicide. He was 22.His body was discovered on Wednesday and he was pronounced dead at Altnagelvin hospital. Mr Johnston was a hairdresser and support counsellor for gay group Rainbow Project.His mother told Derry Journal that her son was a "lovely wee boy" and appealed to other suicidal people to seek help instead of taking their lives.
Gay MEP accuses David Cameron of ignoring homophobia 2
4:15 PM — Michael Cashman, a Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands, has revealed he has written to David Cameron three times about the failure of Tory MEPs to vote against homophobia, but has not received a reply.On Wednesday we revealed that five Labour MPs wrote to Mr Cameron in 2006 asking him to distance himself from the homophobic campaign literature used by Sayeeda Warsi at the last election. The Leader of the Opposition did not respond to that letter either.
TURING: Of pink pride and prejudice 6
12:57 PM — Late January, 2002. A middle-aged American family man relaxes in his garden, reading his favourite magazine.Loud, if cheesy, pop music on the street begins to distract him.He joins the rest of his family staring at the rainbow flags, the colourful flotillas and gorgeous hunks with six-packs parading in front of them."Rainbows? Tank Tops? Empowerment? This is the gay pride parade!" the family man cried.
Interview: Sex, surveillance and gay royals
12:41 PM — Surveillance is a fast paced sexual and political thriller set in London.It stars Tom Harper as Adam, a gay teacher who lives in Surrey and comes to London on the weekends to go clubbing and pick up men.A casual encounter with a handsome stranger, Jake (Sean Brenden Brosnan) brings Adam to the attention of powerful, unseen forces.