8th June 2007
George Michael will not go to jail
12:53 PM — George Michael will not be sent to jail after pleading guilty to driving while unfit.District Judge Katherine Marshall at Brent Magistrates Court ruled out a custodial sentence, instead giving Michael 100 hours community service and a two year driving ban.Today the singer said that he regretted endangering the lives of others.
Outed police officer should have received apology 1
12:42 PM — A gay police officer who was outed at work by his sergeant should have received an apology, Cleveland Police admitted yesterday.The constable, who cannot be named except for legal reasons has been off work with stress since April last year.He claimed in an employment tribunal that he was treated less favourably because of his sexuality.
Simon Hughes protests against Russian treatment of Peter Tatchell 2
11:38 AM — Liberal Democrat Simon Hughes MP requested a meeting with the Russian ambassador to the UK yesterday, to protest about the treatment Peter Tatchell received at Moscow Pride.Mr Tatchell, who is one of Mr Hughes' constituents, was attacked and then arrested by riot police when he joined protestors supporting the right of freedom of expression of lesbian and gay people in Moscow and Russia.
George Michael appears in court for sentencing 2
10:24 AM — Singer George Michael has arrived at court this morning to be sentenced for driving while unfit.He has admitted the offence but claims he was guilty due to "tiredness and prescribed drugs."Michael, 43, arrived at Brent Magistrates Court in north London, to hear his sentence.
7th June 2007
Blears comments ‘deeply disturbing’ say Tories 21
6:12 PM — The Conservative Party have hit back at claims made by Labour deputy leader candidate Hazel Blears that they are a party "riddled with homophobia."Ms Blears made the comments following a survey by Conservatives Home, the unofficial Conservative grassroots website.The survey claimed that a third of all Conservative activists would not attend a Civil Partnership ceremony - even if invited by a friend.
Women’s stage lineup announced for Pride London
5:15 PM — The women's stage line-up for Pride London has been announced today.Emma Hands, vice chair of Pride London said: "We've got some class DJs and some outstanding live acts."We are also delighted to welcome Pride London's newest patron Zoë Lyons to make you laugh!"
Lib Dems call for computing genius to be remembered
3:05 PM — The Liberal Democrats are calling for the House of Commons to remember cryptographer Alan Turing tomorrow, on the 53rd anniversary of his death.Turing famously invented the Turing machine and cracked the German Enigma code during World War Two, but sadly committed suicide after being convicted of having a sexual relationship with another man.
Lesbian use of IVF increasing
2:03 PM — The number of lesbians using IVF is increasing, new figures show.Between 1999 and 2006, the number of treatment cycles for lesbian couples tripled from 300 per year to almost 1,000.During the same time period, the number of treatment cycles undergone by single women only doubled.
Survey finds rise in hate crimes
12:06 PM — A new survey on hate crimes in Europe has found that the level of hate crimes based on sexual orientation is rising, and that governments are failing to report the crimes.The 2007 Hate Crime Survey was released today by Human Right First, a leading human rights organisation, and also covers hate crimes based on race, faith and disability.
Another racist row on Big Brother 3
11:42 AM — A racist contestant on the new series of Big Brother was evicted from the show in the early hours of yesterday morning for calling her housemate a "nigger."Student Emily Parr, 19, was thrown off the show after she said: "Are you pushing it out, you nigger?"The remark was directed at black contestant Charley Uchea, 21.
Health study raises HIV worries in Bromley
11:23 AM — A survey by the London Borough of Bromley has found that 40 per cent of gay men in the area have never had an HIV test.The study of LGBT people was intended to establish their health needs. It covered sexual health, accessing services, drug use and alcohol.It found that one third of respondents, both male and female, had not used any sexual health services in the last year.
Jack Straw to chair Cabinet while Prescott is ill
11:06 AM — Jack Straw is chairing the Cabinet meeting today while Deputy Leader John Prescott remains ill in hospital with pneumonia.Yesterday the 69-year-old politician was moved to a high-dependency unit at University College Hospital.His office insist that this is not because his condition is deteriorating, but to allow closer monitoring.
Interview: Apprentice Lohit Kalburgi 3
10:48 AM — The first openly gay candidate for Sir Alan Sugar's The Apprentice has been expelled, one week from the final, with the damning words "You're fired."Lohit Kalburgi spoke to PinkNews about Sir Alan, his Steady Eddie reputation and being gay in business.Speaking the morning after his dramatic exit from the competition, Lohit wasn't fazed or disappointed.
John Prescott, suffering from pneumonia is moved to high dependency unit 1
12:32 AM — Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, is suffering from pneumonia and has been moved to a high-dependency unit. But, his office insist that this is not because his condition is deteriorating but to allow closer monitoring.The 69-year-old has resigned as deputy leader of the Labour Party, sparking a contest with six candidates vying to replace him with gay rights firmly on the agenda. John Cruddas, Hazel Blears, Harriet Harman, Alan Johnson and Peter Hain have all given interviews to PinkNews.co.uk in recent weeks.
6th June 2007
Lottery win for older gay people
3:11 PM — Older citizens in the Preston area have been awarded a £131,000 lottery bonanza - but this time, the much-needed cash is going straight to the LGBT community.The Preston and South Ribble branch of Age Concern have been awarded the money by the Big Lottery Fund.They will use it to help reduce the social isolation felt by people over the age of 55.
Blears: Tories riddled with homophobia 21
2:52 PM — Hazel Blears has accused the Conservative Party of being "riddled with homophobia."The candidate for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party slammed Tory homophobes after a survey revealed that one third of Conservative Party activists would not attend a Civil Partnership ceremony - even if invited by a friend.Ms Blears said: "This is astonishing. One third of Conservatives would snub a friend's invitation to a Civil Partnership, and the only possible explanation is homophobia."
Church adopts pro-gay guidelines 57
2:06 PM — Northern Ireland's largest Protestant church yesterday adopted guidelines to help clergy deal sensitively with gay church members.The Presbyterian General Assembly in Belfast adopted the pastoral guidelines by 159 votes to 120.The guidelines call on the church to repent for times when gay people have been treated in ways that lack "grace."
Conductor jailed for abusing boys can still teach 57
12:19 PM — A leading orchestra conductor has been jailed for sexually abusing talented young musicians, but will still be able to work with children.Robert King, 46, was convicted of 14 counts of indecent assault over an 11-year period yesterday at London's Isleworth Crown Court.He molested five boys, one of whom was just 12 years old.
Gay victims of domestic violence urged to seek help 58
11:17 AM — Victims of domestic abuse in same-sex relationships are being urged to seek help from the police and victim support organisations.Research suggests that domestic abuse is as common, and as severe, in same-sex couples as among heterosexual couples.Two women a week and 30 men a year die in England and Wales as a result of domestic abuse.
5th June 2007
PinkNews beats internet rival 1
5:32 PM — New statistics show that gay news website PinkNews.co.uk receives 50 times more internet traffic than its rival, PinkPaper.com.Figures from independent company Compete found that PinkNews.co.uk receives 370,000 visits from unique users per month, while PinkPaper.com receives 7,200.Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall, believes that the figures are encouraging for the gay press.