8th March 2006
Gay media monitor launched
12:00 AM — A new scheme has been launched by gay charity, Stonewall, to monitor the portral of gay people in the media, after the BBC was slammed for its coverage of homosexual issues.The project will allow TV viewers, radio listeners and newspaper readers to log any instances of homophobia they witness in the media.
MP defends meeting with anti gay Muslim group 2
12:00 AM — Former cabinet minister, Clare Short, has defended a meeting she held with a radical Muslim group last week, amid anger from fellow Labour MPs and gay rights activists.The former international development secretary invited Islamic group, Hizb ut-Tahrir, which the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, wishes to ban from Britain, to speak to MPs.
Ashley Cole uses internet to discover impact of “gay” rumours 23
12:00 AM — The solicitors for footballer Ashley Cole in his libel case against the News of the World and the Sun are taking to the internet to decipher how articles relating to a "gay orgy" have affected the public perception of the Arsenal and England star.Answers to the questions will be used as evidence in a civil court case against the papers involved, and some of the respondents may be called as witnesses.
HSBC “masturbator” secretly filmed disciplinary hearing, tribunal told 4
12:00 AM — The gay, former HSBC investment banker who is claiming unfair dismissal told an employment tribunal that he secretly filmed his disciplinary appeal hearing because he did not trust his employer.Peter Lewis, claims he was sacked by the bank because he is gay. He was dismissed by the banking giant for "gross personal misconduct". The incident in question relates to an encounter between Mr Lewis and another male employee of the bank, which ultimately resulted in a complaint of "sexual harassment".
7th March 2006
Further student protests at gay blood discrimination 6
12:00 AM — Inequality in the Scottish blood transfusion service is being highlighted this week with a series of events being held by students across Scotland.Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dunfermline and Kilmarnock will all see events held outside blood transfusion venues on 9 March, where students will urge members of the public to give blood because gay and bisexual men are banned from doing so. Scotland needs 1,000 blood donations per day to keep up with demand.
More gay people should be welcomed to the Church, dean says
12:00 AM — A senior Portsmouth Reverend is calling for gay people to be welcomed into the Church.The Dean of Portsmouth Cathedral, the Very Rev David Brindley, said openly gay people should be welcomed into church communities and allowed to become priests. According to Church policy gay clergy should not be sexually active.
Scientologist John Travolta to play woman in camp film 7
12:00 AM — The Scientologist, John Travolta is to play a the role of a woman in the a film version of the hit camp Broadway musical Hairspray.The Hollywood star has been cast to play the role of Edna Turnblad, the mother of a teenage aspiring dancer, in the silver screen adaptation of the hit musical, itself adapted from the 1988 cult movie of the same name, then staring Ricki Lake.
EastEnders actress explains lesbian role
12:00 AM — EastEnders actress Natalie Cassidy answered questions about her character's upcoming lesbian storyline on a visited to a North London hospital radio station this weekRadio Brockley, which has been based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital for forty years, hosted Ms Cassidy, who plays Sonia Fowler in the BBC prime time soap. She told the show the storyline was a strange experience.
Gay men more aware of HIV drug
12:00 AM — Gay men's awareness of a drug which could prevent HIV infection when someone has been exposed to the virus has doubled in the UK following a targeted national education campaign. The drug, called Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), has an 80% chance of preventing HIV infection if taken within 72 hours of exposure, for 28 days.According to new data from the National Gay Men's Sex Survey undertaken by Sigma Research, gay men in the UK in 2005 were twice as likely to be aware of PEP than they were in 2003, an increase from 22% to 39% following an awareness campaign coordinated by Terrence Higgins Trust.
6th March 2006
Google may face legal action over Ashley Cole searches 5
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe internet search engine, Google, may face legal action following the way it presents search results relating to the Arsenal and England defender, Ashley Cole.Customers seeking information using the keywords, "Ashley Cole" are controversially now shown additional information for the keywords, "Ashley Cole gay" within the main body of their requested search results.
Banker to tell tribunal he was sacked because he was gay 4
12:00 AM — A banker's £5m compensation claim against HSBC over allegations that the City giant sacked him because he was openly gay is due to start at an employment tribunal in east London today.An investment banker who claims he was sacked from HSBC because he was gay will have his case heard at an employment tribunal this week.
Ex-stripper tops the UK music charts with “Chico Time” 1
12:00 AM — The former stripper and X-Factor constant Chico, has topped the UK charts with his debut single, "Chico Time."The singer who has quickly grown a following in the gay community thanks to his cheesy pop tunes, knocked gay icon and pop queen Madonna off her perch at the top of the charts.Fellow gay icons, the Pussycat Dolls missed out on another number one, their single "Beep" went in just below Chico at number two.
Gay Jews may get marriage rights
12:00 AM — The UK Masorti movement has said it would never consider Jewish same sex unions, in reaction to its US equivalent considering allowing gay marriage and gay rabbis this week.American gay Jews may soon be allowed to get married and become rabbis after the Conservative Judaism movement meets this week.Previously the group, which is in the centre of Jewish thought between liberal and orthodox movements, has banned same sex marriage and gay rabbis.
Pensioners demand right to be anti gay 2
12:00 AM — Two Christian pensioners are planning to sue their local police and council claiming they have the right to be anti gay.The retired couple faced a police investigation for "potentially homophobic" comments in December after objecting to Wyre Borough Council's stance on gay issues.Devout Christians, Joe Roberts 73, and his wife Helen, 68, of Fleetwood, Lancashire, wrote to the Council accusing them of "pandering" to minority groups. They said they felt discriminated against.
Gay Boyzone star to wed partner
12:00 AM — Gay Boyzone star Stephen Gately is set to have a star studded civil partnership ceremony with his partner, internet entrepreneur, Andy Cowles, after setting a date this week.The singer is reported to have set a date for March 20 for a ceremony thought to be held at his London home.
DJ files legal action over gay orgy claims 24
12:00 AM — The DJ who was featured in an internet picture with footballer Ashley Cole after tabloid allegations of a gay orgy has initiated legal action against the Sun and the News of the World.Ian Thompson, known as DJ Masterstepz, was not named by either newspaper, both of which printed stories claiming a well-known DJ had taken part in gay sex acts with Premiership footballers. An unedited version of the obscured picture that the News of the World printed was later published on PinkNews.co.uk.
Free fertility treatment for lesbians 5
12:00 AM — Single women and lesbians will soon be able to get free fertility treatment on the NHS, according to reports.Currently the Health Service allows one free IVF cycle to mixed-sex couples where the woman is under 40. Some health trusts are now saying they will extend the offer of one treatment to single or lesbian women who are experiencing fertility problems, at the same priority as a married couple.
The Simpsons come alive on TV
12:00 AM — Now we'll be honest, this doesn't really have very much to do with gay rights but we couldn't resist covering this story. So sit back, grin and bear the tortuously weak link.Gay icons* the Simpsons are to come to life in a new promotion to be shown on British television.A typical British family complete with slob dad, prim and proper mum and devil-child son present their own take on the Simpson's opening credits.
Retired officer charged over lesbian remark
12:00 AM — A former policeman has been charged for allegedly calling a female officer a "dyke"John Atkinson, 45, from North Wales, is accused of making the offensive remark at a former colleague's funeral. He was arrested and charged under the Public Order Act for using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour likely to cause alarm or distress.
5th March 2006
Archbishop: Church faces rupture over gay clergy
12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned that the Anglican communion faces a "rupture" following divisions over homosexuality.Dr Rowan Williams told the BBC that he fears a split that could take years to heal."If there is a rupture, it's going to be a more visible rupture, it is not going to settle down quietly to being a federation," he said.