20th November 2006
Irish Labour faces revolt over gay marriage
12:00 AM — The leader of Ireland's Labour Party is facing a revolt amongst members over his stance on same sex marriage.Pat Rabbitte, who leads the Republic of Ireland's opposition party, has raised concern after telling a Labour Youth conference that he supported same sex marriage but doubted whether now is the right time to back it in a referendum.
Gay singer gets frog in his throat
12:00 AM — An unlikely alliance of George Michael and the Crazy Frog is set to give X Factor a battle in the race for the Christmas Number 1 this year.To celebrate George Michael's 25th anniversary gig, the Crazy Frog has recorded his rendition of the Wham's 1984 hit single 'Last Christmas' as a tribute to the 1980s icon.
Manchester educates against homophobia
12:00 AM — A new Manchester initiative aimed at ending homophobia through education has been launched today.The scheme, called 'Exceeding Expectations,' has launched a newsletter to be distributed to all adults working at secondary schools across the city.
Police making gaydar a reliable force for community 2
12:00 AM — Seven police forces across the UK are now signing up with social networking site gaydar.co.uk in the ongoing fight against homophobic crime.Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community liaison police officers from the West Midlands, Staffordshire and South Wales forces are now considering profiles on gaydar.co.uk following successful trial partnerships with the Metropolitan Police in London and the Sussex police force.
17th November 2006
Gay designer goes ape in the jungle 1
12:00 AM — It's been a tough first week in the jungle for gay fashion designer Scott Henshall, first he struggled to find any playmates, then he went embarrassingly ape over a bush tucker trail, but worst of all, he had to pluck David Gest's ear and nose hairs.Anyone would have thought the option of a bed with a roof over your head on ITV's I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here would be an enticing one for any of the celebrity campers, but when Scott found a tree house containing two of the camp's beds - no one wanted to bunk down with him.
NUS condemns mental health gay changes 4
12:00 AM — The National Union of Students has expressed concerns over proposals for amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983, describing them as "draconian", and "out of touch with the needs of mental health service users today."NUS views the mental health system as in desperate need of reform, and feels the focus should be on service user involvement, funding and the social model of mental illness.
Campaigners to celebrate LGBT history
12:00 AM — With the third Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) History Month three months away, the Trades Union Congress is hosting a pre-launch event next week to encourage schools, unions and individuals to organise their own events to mark the event next February.Speakers at the launch of LGBT History Month - which takes place at Congress House on Monday include TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber, novelist Stella Duffy, American stand-up comedian and jazz singer Lea Delaria, veteran gay campaigner, Allan Horsfall, and trans campaigner Professor Stephen Whittle.
Outrage expressed over Iran
12:00 AM — Gay activists will hold a protest against recent executions in Iran this weekend.The demonstration, outside the Iranian Embassy in London, will highlight human rights abuses inside the dictatorship.It comes after reports that a man was executed in Iran for being gay.
Barrymore looking to Strike it Lucky
12:00 AM — Gay TV personality Michael Barrymore is back, in digital form at least.Following the trend of Bulleseye and Family Fortunes, cult TV quiz Strike Lucky has been released this week on DVD.Strike it Lucky was one of the biggest shows of the 1980s and 1990s, regularly pulling in audiences of more than 14.5 million viewers.
Wedding planner seeks gay support 1
12:00 AM — A gay wedding planner is calling for support for an equality campaign he is taking to Downing Street on December 5th.Gino Meriano from Pink Weddings is asking gay and lesbians to sign a petition to ensure the new Equality Act doesn't allow any exemptions which would allow venues to refuse providing a location for civil partnerships.
Gay EU group launches new website
12:00 AM — The European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has launched its new website.After having closed the portal for several weeks, the Intergroup's website features a refreshed design, improved functions to help raise awareness and ease of communication.
Campaigners petition UN over homophobic countries
12:00 AM — obel prize winners, politicians and writers have joined calls for the United Nations to approve a resolution decriminalising homosexuality in anti-gay countries.The International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) is leading a major campaign for a UN Resolution which will decriminalise homosexuality.There are 77 countries in the world where homosexuality is illegal and where punishments include imprisonment and the death penalty.
16th November 2006
No straight answers for LGBT homeless
12:00 AM — A national agency representing charities campaigning against homelessness has released a new guide on the unique issues of LGBT homelessness.Released today, the brochure entitled 'No straight answers: homelessness and sexuality,' is produced in association with gay charity the Albert Kennedy Trust.
PM criticised over ‘disgraceful’ Iran offer 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveTony Blair is ignoring human rights abuses in Iran, a gay campaigner has warned.Gay activist Peter Tatchell has accused the Prime Minister of "cosying up to Tehran" for his own political aims while ignoring "gross human rights abuses" against gay people, women, students, trade unionists and ethnic minorities.
Gay channel captures Bad Girls
12:00 AM — US LGBT channel Logo has snapped up prison drama Bad Girls, according to reports.The series, which is has a big lesbian following, was sentenced to mediocrity recently when ITV dropped it from their schedule.A spokesperson for the programme makers, Shed Productions, said all eight series have been sold to Logo.
Transsexual prepares for discrimination claim 1
12:00 AM — A transsexual will take her former employer to tribunal next week seeking half a million pounds in compensation under the Sex Discrimination (Gender Reassignment) Regulations 1999.It is believed to be the biggest discrimination case involving a transsexual.Jessica Bussert, formerly Josh, is seeking £500,000 compensation from Hitachi Data Systems claiming she was demoted after surgery to "feminise" her face and breasts, since moving from the US state of Indiana to work in here.
Man bailed after gay murder 1
12:00 AM — A 50-year-old man arrested following a death at a block of flats in Portsmouth has been bailed.67-year-old Malcolm Bryan, who worked in the entertainment industry booking cabaret artists, was found dead at the bottom of a stairwell in a block of flats in Portsmouth after midnight on September 21.His death is the third gay murder in less than a year. In July Michael Fardon, 45, from Northampton was murdered after a night out at his local the Boston Clipper.
A lesbian with good tennis balls 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Ben Leung hails a great season for a rising lesbian tennis starAt the start of the year, if you went into the bookies and asked for odds on Amelie Mauresmo winning a tennis Grand Slam, they could well have offered you anything between 50-1 to 1000-1.
15th November 2006
Queen’s speech unveils gay interest laws 1
12:00 AM — The next session of Parliament was officially opened today with the Queen unveiling a whole host of bills which will have an impact on the gay community in areas of crime, travel, health and the environment.Gay charity Stonewall's campaign to have homophobic incitement will be buoyed by a new Criminal Justice Bill and disabled people in the community will be pleased to receive free bus travel in England.
Disabled gays welcome bus concessions 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA group representing gay and disabled people has welcomed a commitment to free bus travel for elderly and disabled communities, but warns that more needs to be done.Elderly and disabled people will be able to take advantage of the Concessionary Bus Travel Bill which will provide free travel in England at off-peak times from April 2008.