21st November 2006
UNISON backs total gay equality 1
12:00 AM — The UK's largest trade union has backed calls for sexual orientation regulations to be universal.UNISON President Malcom Cantello, speaking at the group's LGBT network conference in Manchester, said there should not be any exemptions for religious groups in the new goods and services bill, which is due next April.
Sopranos kills off gay mobster 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Ben Leung analyses homophobia in the mob, well the fictional one at least.Last week on British television, the unlikeliest mobster to emerge out of HBO's acclaimed series 'The Sopranos' met with a grisly end at the hands of his bitter cousin-in-law, who was not only bashed him to death, but died with a snooker cue rammed into his backside.
20th November 2006
George Michael considers Corrie cameo 4
12:00 AM — Gay singer George Michael begins his first British tour in 15 years this week, amid rumours that he is set to appear on the cobbles of Coronation Street.The artist, whose album, Twenty Five, reached number 1 over the weekend, is rumoured to have been offered a cameo role in a Christmas special of hit soap Coronation Street.
Gay councillor questions Brighton’s HIV/AIDS cuts
12:00 AM — Gay Green Party Councillor Simon Williams is leading calls for Brighton and Hove City Council to investigate the impact of recent budget cuts on people living with HIV and AIDS in the city.NHS HIV/AIDS budgets in the city have been cut by a third in three years if inflation is included, the party claims.
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.
Barker faces party snub over alleged gay affair 10
12:00 AM — A Conservative spokesman who's marriage ended allegedly because of a gay affair may be deselected, according to reports.Environment spokesperson, Greg Barker, split from his wife Celeste earlier this year, telling his local party that there was no-one else involved, but reports recently claimed that he had been having an affair with an interior designer.
Christian Union’s ‘ex-gay’ course banned 4
12:00 AM — Edinburgh University's Christian Union is considering legal action against the academic institution after being banned from teaching a course which included literature on "curing" homosexuality.The Union's PURE course on abstinence was heavily criticised after recommending books on "ex-gay" groups, leading Edinburgh University to ban its teaching, describing it as inappropriate.
Gay venue owner given £20 million facelift
12:00 AM — London's biggest gay nightclub owner is to be given a restructure which will balue it at around £20 million.Soho Clubs and Bars, which owns many of the West End's most famous venues such as Bar Soho, Cheers and Candy Bar, is to be given a managerial facelift with 67-year old owner, Geoffrey Rose believed to be keen to wind down his involvement.
17th November 2006
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.
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.
16th November 2006
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.