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  • 12th July 2006

    Bloggers protest at homophobic line-up

    A Brighton music venue last week caved into pressure from the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community, Brighton and Hove City Council and Police by cancelling a performance by singer Buju Banton, who has refused to apologise personally for his notorious 1990s hit 'Boom Bye Bye' which appears to incite the burning, shooting in the head of gay people and pouring acid over their faces.

    12:00 AM — A group of black gay and lesbian campaigners have launched a campaign against a concert organiser's decision to allow reggae artists whose songs include homophobic lyrics to perform at an upcoming HIV/AIDs awareness concert.Bloggers from the US black gay community are protesting against scheduled performances by Beenie Man and TOK, calling on the HIV awareness group, LIFEbeat, organisers of the event on July 18 2006 in New York, to change the line-up.

  • “Bullied” gay man secures landmark workplace ruling

    Court of Appeal decision leaves responsibility to create a safe place at work in the hands of the employers.

    12:00 AM — In a landmark Court of Appeal ruling William Majrowski, an alleged victim of homophobic workplace harassment by his manager, was granted the right by the Law Lords to pursue a case of "vicarious harassment" against the employers of his manager.Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead explained how Mr Majrowski's boss, Sandra Freeman, allegedly "bullied and intimidated him" because he is homosexual and she is homophobic.

  • Gay MPs accused of snubbing LGBT charity 5

    Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and the most senior gay Tory MP, Alan Duncan, told PinkNews.co.uk: “I applaud the work of the AKT and thank PinkNews.co.uk for pointing it out to me”

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay MPs have been accused of snubbing an Early Day Motion tabled by Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington Diane Abbot in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teenager's support service The Albert Kennedy Trust.The Chief Executive of the Trust, Richard McKendrick said, "It is really shocking that more openly gay MP's haven't signed this motion in support of the work that we do."

  • Gay Conservative tipped for Mayor of London challenge 1

    The Conservative Party are holding an open primary for Mayor of London

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveFollowing the decision of prominent lesbian businesswoman Margot James to declare that she will not be seeking the Conservative nomination for Mayor of London, a further gay candidate has emerged.PinkNews.co.uk has learnt that Nicholas Boles, Director of the Conservative party aligned think tank, the Policy Exchange is considering standing for the Conservative nomination in an open primary to be held later this year.

  • Brighton Conservatives’ “shallow” gay pride pledge 14

    Peter Willows a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faced widespread condemnation over comments labelling gay people as paedophiles

    12:00 AM — A motion by the local Brighton and Hove Conservative Party to fly a rainbow flag from council buildings has been met with scepticism in the local authority.The proposal comes as suspended Tory councillor, Peter Willows, a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, is currently being investigated by police over alleged comments labelling gay people as paedophiles, and opposing flying the rainbow flag, a symbol of the gay community, asking "why should any country have to fly a flag because of men sleeping together to have sex?"

  • 11th July 2006

    Gay couple found guilty of child abuse

    Reading Crown Court sentences gay couple

    12:00 AM — Reading Crown Court yesterday found a gay couple guilty of the sexual abuse of a young child.Alan Howitt, 38, a former soldier had admitted to eleven charges of indecent assault. His lover, 33 year old James Rae, a mannequin dresser in Marks and Spencer, had denied any involvement in the abuse of the child.

  • Police appeal for information on missing man

    Police are anxious for Gustavo William-Coleman's safety

    12:00 AM — Police are appealing for anyone who can help them locate a 44-year-old man who has been reported missing from his home in Wembley by his partner.Gustavo William-Coleman was last seen 12.30 on Monday 10 July 2006 inChalkhill Road, Wembley, when he left his home. He has not been seen since.He is described as having a mental age of 11 and suffers from asthma.

  • Police officers resign after lesbian abuse

    Deputy chief constable Richard Crompton confirmed the resignation of the officers

    12:00 AM — Six police officers who called a former drug addict a lesbian have resigned from Lincolnshire police force.Mark Connolly, 36, and Simon Alderson, 35, Matthew Dossett, 30, Ryan Duffy, 22, Jody Senior, 27, and Neill Webster, 23, were found guilty of disorderly conduct at Gainsborough Magistrates' Court. They then lost an appeal at Nottingham Crown Court.

  • “Gay people like men;” Big Brother contestant wisdom 14

    nikki wonders: is Michael really gay?

    12:00 AM — Despite being self professedly gay, Big Brother housemate Michael is finding himself an unlikely ladies man.Housemate Jayne suggested that maybe Michael might not be gay after all, because she was convinced he fancied her. The two shared a bubble bath, though, no doubt to the chagrin of the producers, nothing remotely exciting happened.

  • 10th July 2006

    Martina Navratilova, lesbian icon, quits professional tennis 2

    tennis star takes her 20 winning trophies and walks off court at Wimbledon for the last time

    12:00 AM — The powerful left-handed tennis star, Martina Navratilova has retired from the professional circuit at the age of 49.The Czechoslovakian player, who was born in 1956, had never been on a grass court before arriving at the pre-Wimbledon tournament at queens. She spoke at the time of her amazement that the grass was so short - she had expected it to be long like a football pitch! Despite this, she soon discovered that this was a surface ideally suited to her aggressive style and incredible level of fitness.

  • Should I sell photos of my boyfriend to a gay sex mag?

    hell hath no fury like a woman scorned ...

    12:00 AM — A Sunday Mirror reader gets into a bit of an intellectual quandary, as she splits up from her boyfriend and seeks an appropriate method of revenge to take her mind off her heart ache.Writing to the paper's agony aunt, Dr Catherine Hood, the reader reveals, "he's been having an affair. I'm a keen photographer and have several photos of him wearing my underwear. I'm thinking of sending them to a gay sex magazine. Do you think I'd be justified in doing this?"

  • “Don’t ask, don’t tell” for gay women in the city

    “It's different at work. People couldn't help judging me, and it would be too complicated“. Gay women reluctant to come out in the city

    12:00 AM — Gay women working in the city are three times less likely then gay man to come out, a new survey claims.The recruitment firm The Blomfield Group conducted the survey, which suggests that although the City of London had improved, it was still a challenging place for gay people to work in, especially gay women.

  • 8th July 2006

    UK’s first gay prom to be held in London

    The Astor bar in London will host the prom

    12:00 AM — Gay Prom UK will hit London next weekend for an evening of dressing up and getting down on the dance floor for gay 16 - 19 year olds.Based on successful events run in Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles, the organisers hope to send a positive message to gay teens struggling to come to terms with their sexuality that it's perfectly normal to be gay.

  • Gay animal celebration at London Zoo 2

    From South Park gag to serious scientific debate - are there gay animals?

    12:00 AM — London Zoo in Regents Park is throwing a party to encourage debate on homosexuality in the animal kingdom. The event, Gay Sunday, is expected to attract hundreds of gay visitors, who will be entertained by drag queens and fire eaters, as they explore the zoo and meet some of the most endangered animals on the planet.Cocktails will be served in a specially built VIP terrace bar, to the accompaniment of jazz classics and the growls, squeaks, hisses and chirrups of the six hundred and fifty animal, reptile and bird species who make the zoo their home.

  • Lesbian tennis star lifts Wimbledon trophy 2

    Amilie Mauresmo triumphed over Justine Henin-Hardenne in the Wimbledon final

    12:00 AM — Following a semi-final against Maria Sharapova, where it looked as though Amilie Mauresmo's semi-final jinx might return to haunt her once more, she beat Justine Henin-Hardenne in the tense final of Wimbledon.This is not the first time Ms Mauresmo has beaten Ms Henin-Hardenne in the finals of a major grand slam; She won the Australian Open when her opponent retired with the score at 6-1 2-0 to Mauresmo.

  • Gay Pride dog show announced

    Could your dog have the waggliest tail?

    12:00 AM — Pampered puppies and polished pooches get preened to perfection in preparation for Pride dog show.The annual Brighton and Hove Pride Dog show is scheduled for Sunday 9th of July, and is giving competitive canines a lot of bark about.The competition runs the whole gamut of events, from the highly competitive and hotly contested, to the happened to be passing with my dog and just wondered ...

  • 7th July 2006

    Robbie Williams accused of hypocrisy over gay jibe 8

    Stonewall: Robbie Williams “risks appearing hypocritical”

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveRobbie Williams, the former Take That star who successfully sued the People and the Daily Star over claims that he was secretly gay, has been accused of hypocrisy after he joked that his footballer friend Robbie Savage, is gay.Williams told a packed Amsterdam Arena that he had news about the Blackburn Rovers star Savage. Williams said: "he's coming out."

  • Sado-masochism art at National Gallery to include warnings to parents 2

    Detail from Self Portrait, 1980 © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

    12:00 AM — An exhibition of photographs by the late Robert Mapplethorpe at the National Gallery of Scotland will contain a warning to parents that images are of an "explicit nature."The gay photographer died of AIDS in 1989 and since his death the value of his work has rocketed.Mapplethorpes photographs range from relatively tame images of nude men and women to extremely explicit examples of sado-masochism.

  • London Bombings remembered

    The terrorist attack on London was remebered all over the country

    12:00 AM — All over the country people remembered the London Bombings.Outside our central London offices, the streets were silent. Cars stopped and observed the silence. Office workers came out of their buildings to stand in solidarity on the streets .As the rain began to spit, we remembered those who had perished underground or in Tavistock square.

  • No “gunshot for a funny man” in Brighton or Bornemouth 7

    Mr Tatchell's campaign to stop the concerts has been successful

    12:00 AM — "Me not apologising to no funnyman (gay man)"."Fire fi the man dem that looking man" (burn gay men)"Gunshot for a funnyman" (shoot gay men)Concerts by homophobic reggae stars Buju Banton and Beenie Man have been cancelled.

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