24th July 2006
Tory councillor charged for alleged anti-gay remarks 14
12:00 AM — A Tory councillor has been summonsed to appear before magistrates for allegedly making homophobic remarks.Peter Willows, 75, of Brighton and Hove City Council allegedly said to guests that he believed homosexuals were paedophiles at a reception hosted by the mayor of Brighton and Hove.
Marriage quiz show urged to include gay partners
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay campaigners have called on the makers of a new version of classic game show Mr and Mrs, to bring it into the 21st Century by allowing civil partners to compete as well.Production company Celador has announced that it will be revamping the 1970s quiz show where married couples would be tested on their knowledge of each other, but gay campaigners say it should now reflect the modern world.
23rd July 2006
Tabloid claims George Michael was cruising on Hampstead Heath 1
12:00 AM — A tabloid newspaper has published photographs of pop star George Michael in which they claim he is cruising for sex.The News of the World published a series of photographs of the star which they claim prove that he was illegally having sex in a public place.The photographs they published both in print and on their website simply show him walking to his car through Hampstead Heath.
21st July 2006
Prescott cleared over anti-gay tycoon links
12:00 AM — Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott broke ministerial rules when he did not immediately declare his stay at an anti-gay US tycoon's ranch, a Parliament watchdog concluded today.However, the House of Commons standards committee cleared the minister for not registering a cowboy outfit he received from Philip Anschutz after a stay at his Colorado home.
Gay community going green
12:00 AM — Gays and lesbians are going greener faster than any other group of people, according to research.Findings by advertising and marketing agency, Gasoline, suggest the pink pound, a measure of the amount of money the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community group has to spend, is going green faster than any other group.
God save the queers 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Katherine Knowles meets the man behind those pink flags which have dominated gay pride marches across the country and the world.First there was the flag. Pink and cheerful and vibrant, spilling silkily out of the envelope, bringing a smile to the bleary eyed 9am workers in the PinkNews.co.uk office, then gracing the lectern at our paper launch party, where it drew admiring glances from MPs and members of the gay choir alike.
London Mayor criticises Latvia’s “attack on human rights” 1
12:00 AM — The Mayor of London has called the decision to ban Latvia's Gay Pride "an unacceptable attack on human rights."His words have been echoed by gay rights group Outrage, Amnesty International and the Latvian President, who have all criticised the authorities in Riga for cancelling the parade in the capital on public order grounds.
Government urged to debate gay adoption “ramifications” 1
12:00 AM — The Leader of the House of Commons Jack Straw has been called to initiate a debate on the "ramifications" of allowing gay couples to adopt in Northern Ireland.Mr Straw, setting out the timetable for debates leading up to and after Parliament's summer recess, was yesterday asked by Democratic Unionist MP for Strangford Iris Robinson, to schedule a gay adoption debate after the break as a matter of "urgency."
Gay star reveals suicide attempt
12:00 AM — Gay actor Stephen Fry will reveal his struggle with depression and suicide contemplation in a new BBC documentary highlighting the condition later this year.The screen and stage star, presenting BBC2's The Secret Life of A Manic Depressive, will recount the time he walked out on the West End play Cell Mates in 1995 and sat in his car considering whether to turn on the ignition and kill himself with the exhaust fumes.
London gay pride group condemn Riga’s “return to dark ages” 1
12:00 AM — Campaigning charity and organiser of Europe's largest gay event, Pride London, today condemned the decision of the City Council of Riga to ban the city's Gay Pride amid threats of violence from extremist groups.Pride London hosted EuroPride 06, the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender celebration this year, attended by 600,000 people from all over Europe.
20th July 2006
BBC defends ‘gay car’ comment 29
12:00 AM — The BBC has again been forced to defend one of its big name presenters following the recent furore surrounding the controversial use of the word gay by Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles.On Sunday's Top Gear programme, presenter Jeremy Clarkson asked an audience member if he would buy a certain car, the audience member said, "No, it's a bit gay."
Jewish News responds to criticism from gay community 23
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveDefending columnist Howard Palmer's anti-gay pride column in last week's Jewish News, editor Zeddy Lawrence today told PinkNews.co.uk that it was simply reflecting a view held by a large sector of the Jewish community and that his comments do not reflect the newspaper's stance.Gay British Jewry reacted with outrage this week after Palmer's column described the upcoming gay pride march in Jerusalem as "a circus of stomach-churning stunts of sin."
Campaigners condemn gay hangings
12:00 AM — To mark the first anniversary of Iran's hanging of two gay teenagers, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni, in the city of Mashhad, Labour MP Chris Bryant hosted a public meeting at the House of Commons last night.Speakers included Chris Bryant MP and Azar Majedi, Chair of the Organisation for Women's Liberation in Iran. Simon Forbes and Peter Tatchell of OutRage! revealed new information exposing the Iranian regime's "lies and propaganda" about the execution of Mahmoud and Ayaz.
Gay community backs GPA’s anti-religion ad 9
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe gay community has backed an advert by the Gay Police Association (GPA) which attributed recent homophobic attacks to religious belief.Scotland Yard is considering an investigation into the group after it placed an advertisement in The Independent's diversity supplement which coincided with the EuroPride rally, displaying a pool of blood next to a Bible.
Scottish homophobic attacks spur gay protection calls 1
12:00 AM — The Scottish Executive is facing pressure to make homophobia a hate crime after new figures reveal a significant rise in anti-gay attacks.Figures obtained by a Scottish newspaper investigation suggest there has been a 100 per cent increase in incidents over the last year.The Scotsman claims that "In the Lothian and Borders region, police have revealed that 30 homophobic offences have been recorded this year, compared with 37 for the whole of 2005. In 2003, just 19 incidents were recorded.
Homophobic attack victim remembered in school award 2
12:00 AM — An annual award for human kindness and consideration has been created in the memory of murdered gay bar manager Jody Dubrowski at his old school in Stroud.Announcing the award Dubrowski's step father Mike Haddock told the children "We are all different but we have to know how to treat each other. If we dare not meet the difficulties in ourselves and others, we may not grow into the healthy adults we can become."
Call for Indian legalisation of homosexuality 57
12:00 AM — In their push for a reduction in the rate of HIV infection, the Indian government's HIV/AIDS control body has filed a statement in the Delhi High Court supporting the legalisation of homosexuality.In a boost for gay rights in India, where a 145 year old law dating back to British colonial rule is still used by police to harass gay people, the National AIDS Control Organisation's (NACO) statement calls for section 377 of the Indian penal code to be abandoned.
“I’m a lesbian and our guitarist has one hand” 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Katherine Knowles meets a band proudly challenging physical, emotional and musical barriers."We're all equal here, man" says Jackie Romeu, the lead singer of new band Nelson Romeu. "I'm a lesbian and our guitarist only has one hand!""People always want to know how he plays the guitar with one hand. All I can say is, he's always had one arm with not all his fingers, so he just has got by over the years. He lays the guitar on a piano stand and strums away. He makes his own path, you know what I'm saying?"
19th July 2006
Fire-fighters investigated after abstaining from gay pride 3
12:00 AM — Ten members of Glasgow's fire service may face disciplinary action after refusing to distribute safety leaflets at a recent gay pride march in the city.The Cowcaddens fire-fighters had been asked to hand out leaflets at the rally in a publicity exercise but are believed to have refused on moral grounds.
Drug tests to take place at Brighton Gay Pride 4
12:00 AM — A human rights group is advising attendees of next week's Brighton Gay Pride how to deal with police who may ask to conduct a voluntary drug test.Sussex Police will be using the Ion Track device, which detects small traces of illegal substances, at the event, but the Release group fears lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender revellers will be unfairly targeted.