3rd July 2006
Ian McKellen ranked most influential gay man 8
12:00 AM — Gay acting legend Sir Ian McKellen has topped the annual Pink List of influential gay and lesbian people in Britain.The highly acclaimed thespian, star of Lord of the Rings, and the Da Vinci Code, who was an integral part of last weekend's EuroPride rally as its patron and organiser of its finale, came first, ahead of signer Sir Elton John in second place.
Gay minister criticises church’s civil partnership stance 1
12:00 AM — Ben Bradshaw, the first government minister to have a civil partnership, has criticised the Church of England's stance on same-sex unions.The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs warned that the Church could become sidelined over its gay stance.
Gay carers in the community
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThis week the Alzheimer's Society is launching a campaign to raise awareness of dementia, PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman discovers the effect of the disease on the gay community.The phrase "gay community" is often thrown into the ring when talking about same-sex issues such as HIV, discrimination, marriage, and homophobia, but under the rainbow flags and civil partnership certificates, an increasing section of the group appear to be overlooked, despite having unique needs.
1st July 2006
“Gorgeous” gay community fills London with EuroPride 6
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAround half a million people gathered in London this afternoon to celebrate EuroPride.Gay politicians, campaigners and supporters including London Mayor Ken Livingstone, actor Sir Ian McKellen, Labour MEP Michael Cashman, Conservative MP Alan Duncan, and Outrage's Peter Tatchell were just a few of the names leading the parade.
30th June 2006
Conservatives hold Bromley from anti-gay candidate 3
12:00 AM — The Conservative Party narrowly held onto its Bromley and Chiselhurst seat yesterday in a by-election which has been riddled with homophobia and personal abuse.Bob Neill won the seat which was vacant after the death of Eric Forth in May, beating Liberal Democrat candidate Ben Abbotts by 633 votes, reducing the party's majority in the area from 13,342 to 700.
Diocese stands up for gay rights in bishop nominations 7
12:00 AM — The Diocese of Newark defied the Episcopalian church's recent decision to prevent LGBT clergy from becoming bishops by nominating a gay priest from San Francisco as a bishop candidate."By nominating an openly gay priest from San Francisco as one of four candidates to become their 10th Bishop, the Diocese of Newark has reaffirmed that our church does not discriminate against LGBT people," Oasis President Reverend John Kirkley said.
An alternative night out after EuroPride
12:00 AM — Bar and club owners have been criticised in the past for hiking up prices for Pride weekend and this weekend's Europride will be no exception. However, one promoter is offering an alternative to the hiked up prices if you journey South of the River Thames.Running for the eleventh year in a row, South London performance and club night Duckie is running their Gay Shame special. This year, the event will have a European theme and has been renamed EuroShame.
Less gay men seeking HIV tests
12:00 AM — A gay health group is calling for more sexual health campaigns after a survey revealed that significantly less gay men are seeking HIV tests.The number of gay men in Ireland seeking HIV tests has dropped by 33% over the last four years, according to the Gay Men's Health Project.The organisation conducted a survey called Representation, Empowerment, Assessment and Location (REAL) for the fourth All-Ireland Gay Health Forum, to highlight the realities of the lives of gay and bisexual men in Ireland
Gay community awaiting EuroPride 6
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman looks ahead to this weekend's EuroPride rally.It's been a revolutionary year for the UK gay community, unlike the last gay pride in London, same sex couples will be attending this weekend's EuroPride rally as civil partners, confident that they are protected by law in the workplace and eventually in the supply of goods and services.
Ian McKellen praises local gay group
12:00 AM — GAY-GLOS, the organisation formerly known as Gay and Lesbian Friend Helpline, launched its new name and promotional materials at the Guildhall Arts Centre, Gloucester at a lunchtime event today.Celebrating 16 years of supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Gloucestershire, the new name was chosen to reflect that the organisation is no longer just a Helpline.
29th June 2006
MEP urges gay community to ‘come out and speak up’ 6
12:00 AM — As London hosts EuroPride 2006 this weekend, thirty-five years since Pride first began in the capital, Green Euro MP Jean Lambert pledged her support for the events tackling issues of bullying, discrimination and homophobic abuse.Ms Lambert, who is a member of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights, said she was pleased to see EuroPride taking place in a variety of countries this month following the recent set backs in Moscow.
HIV research on brain dead is immoral
12:00 AM — A British academic has criticised the Australian ethicist Peter Singer for claiming that HIV research should be conducted on brain damaged humans.Peter Singer, professor of bioethics at Princeton University in the USA is best known for his controversial views on bestiality, euthanasia and disability. In June he suggested that HIV research should be conducted on people in a persistent vegetative state as they are will not suffer because they are "beyond consciousness."
Activist criticises gay gene obsession 2
12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell hits out at the obsession with finding a gay gene and suggests sexual orientation is deemed by a variety of factorsWhy are scientists so preoccupied with what causes homosexuality, to the near-total exclusion of the factors that lead to heterosexuality? I don't object to research into sexual orientation. It is the one-sided obsession that bugs me.
Politicians unite to launch gay publication 6
12:00 AM — Senior representatives from Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats joined with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community last night to launch The Pink News, a new gay magazine in conjunction with 3Sixty.Speakers at the event hosted by the Law Society included Minister for Women and Equality Meg Munn, Liberal Democrat Party President Simon Hughes, Labour MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch Meg Hillier, Conservative Party Chairman Francis Maude.
Bromley campaign riddled with gay questions 4
12:00 AM — Voters in the constituencies of Bromley and Chiselhurst and Blaenau Gwent have been choosing a new representative today after their politicians died recently.The campaign in the former Conservative stronghold of Bromley has had some elements of homophobia after Independent candidate John Hemming-Clark pledged to stop the BBC broadcasting homosexual activity, and questioned Conservative candidate's Bob Neill's sexuality.
The Pink News launches new gay era 6
12:00 AM — Politicians from across the political spectrum mingled with leaders from the gay community, and key figures from the world of business, arts and a select gathering of PinkNews.co.uk readers, to officially launch The Pink News.The Law Society event was addressed by Minister for Women and Equality Meg Munn, Liberal Democrat Party President Simon Hughes, Labour MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch Meg Hillier, Conservative Party Chairman Francis Maude, PinkNews.co.uk and The Pink News editor Benjamin Cohen and David Harvey, editor of 3Sixty magazine, media partners with the new outlet.
Simon Hughes: Coming out is a burden lifted 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveSimon Hughes found himself at the centre of a media storm earlier this year when he unsuccessfully ran for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats following revelations that he was bisexual.In his first interview on his private life since the leadership election, he tells PinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen how he came to the decision to come out, his role in the Bermonsey by-election and why he's proud of his records on gay rights.
Evangelical Alliance: ‘Gays are not superior sinners’ 6
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe relationship between religion and homosexuality has become strained recently, barely a week passes without the Pope criticising gay marriages or the Anglican Church imploding over gay bishops, but Joel Edwards, head of the Evangelical Alliance, tells PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman it's time for positive dialogue. "Why is anything which is not from the gay position defined as homophobic," asks Joel Edwards, general director of the Evangelical Alliance, a Christian charity and lobby group in its 160th year of using a commitment to Christ and the Bible to engage with society.
Union seeks change in societal homophobia 1
12:00 AM — Recent changes in the law mean that lesbians and gay men can now tackle any prejudice they encounter in work or in their everyday lives, but until the UK witnesses a real shift in social attitudes, homophobia and discrimination will continue to make life tough for many, the TUC warned today.Addressing the TUC's annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender conference later today, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber will remind delegates that the past 12 months have seen several important advances which have brought gay equality a step closer. He will highlight the introduction of civil partnerships and changes giving same sex partners similar access to pensions as that enjoyed by married couples.
MSPs back gay couples adoption rights
12:00 AM — MSPs have unanimously supported adoption rights for gay couples in Scotland.Members of the Scottish Executive's Education Committee fully backed the Adoption and Children Bill which aims to address a shortage of carers in Scotland by allowing gay and unmarried couples to adopt.