14th February 2006
Gay bars not ready for smoking ban 1
12:00 AM — Research conducted by PinkNews.co.uk has revealed that gay venues in London are unprepared for a possible ban on smoking in public places.The city's top pubs and clubs were phoned and asked how much of an impact a ban would have on their trade. Some places had little idea about the legislation and others felt it would make no difference.
Gay marriage creates healthy body and mind
12:00 AM — Civil partnerships help boost mental and physical health among homosexuals and lesbians, according to research.British researchers highlight evidence that, among heterosexuals, individuals who are married have generally lower rates of depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse and suicide and are in better physical shape than single people.
Well known gay figure murdered in Oxford 1
12:00 AM — Two people have been arrested over the murder of a well known man on the Oxford gay scene.Detectives are remaining quiet over the death of Guy Thomas, 41, whose body was found in a flat in Cowley, Oxford, on Friday.Mr Thomas, 41, died from loss of blood from a head injury. Police believe he had been assaulted. A man aged 32 and woman aged 33 were arrested on the weekend. Yesterday, magistrates gave them until midday today to continue holding them.
Lesbian gay and bisexual support for Shropshire 2
12:00 AM — A gay youth group is to be launched in Shropshire to help young people cope with homosexual issues.The Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), an HIV and sexual health charity, has started an organisation for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) young people. It will add to a number of services run from the charity's new office in Wellington.
Isle of Man minister labelled a ‘homophobe’
12:00 AM — The Isle of Man's education minister, David Anderson, is facing allegations of homophobia and has been told to quit over comments that homosexuality has 'huge health implications, it's being claimed.The Glenfaba MHK is also said to believe gay lifestyles should not be promoted as equal to heterosexual relationships.
Smoking banned, but are gay bars ready?
12:00 AM — Research conducted by PinkNews.co.uk has revealed that gay venues in London are not prepared for the newly passed ban on smoking in public places that will become law next summer.London's top pubs and clubs were phoned and asked how much of an impact a ban would have on their trade. Some places had little idea about the legislation and others felt it would make no difference.
13th February 2006
Gay sex to be described in school textbooks 3
12:00 AM — Parents are outraged at a school guidebook which contains a chapter describing graphic details of gay sex.The Daily Mail reports that a school pamphlet teaching children to 'talk dirty' and use cling film to avoid sexually transmitted diseases, is being used to provide sex education to students from 14 years old. It has already sold 60,000 copies.
Scotland holds three gay weddings a day
12:00 AM — At least three gay weddings have taken place in Scotland every day since the Civil Partnerships Act came into force.A survey by Scotland on Sunday has revealed a big demand for the civil partnership ceremonies and registrations, with 173 taking place in the past 53 days.The paper reports that another 385 homosexual couples have booked registrations to take place over the next three months.
Princess Diana’s home opened for gay weddings
12:00 AM — Earl Spencer, the brother of the late Diana, Princess of Wales has been accused of cashing in on his late sister's memory by opening up her ancestral home for gay weddings.Althrop House, where the late wife of Prince Charles was brought up, can be rented out for £50,000 as a luxury wedding venue for gay and straight couples.
“Neighbours from hell” evicted after homophobic and anti-disabled abuse 2
12:00 AM — A family described by the police as as a "neighbours from hell" have been evicted from their Cheltenham home after they taunted abuse at gay people and attacked a disabled man.The single mother and her three daughters shouted abuse at visitors to the gay EXS nightclub on Cheltenham High Street from their home nearby.
12th February 2006
Gay star hits out at “old fashioned” Hollywood
12:00 AM — Sir Ian McKellen, the openly gay star of the Lord of the Rings has criticised Hollywood's attitude to homosexuality during a speech at the Berlin Film Festival.Sir Ian who was receiving a lifetime achievement award said that it was very hard for gay actors in America to be open about their sexuality."The film industry is very old fashioned in California," he said.
“Bisexual football stars in gay orgy”- tabloid claims 23
12:00 AM — A tabloid newspaper has today claimed that two leading Premiership footballers are bisexual and have engaged in a gay orgy.The News of the World, said that the footballers who can not be named for legal reasons were caught on camera in an orgy with well known music industry figure.The newspaper claims that one player engaged in sexual acts using a mobile phone as a sex toy.
10th February 2006
Pete Burns announces gay marriage plans
12:00 AM — Eighties pop star and celebrity big brother contestant, Pete Burns announced his engagement to boyfriend Michael Simpson, last night.The Dead or Alive front man broke the news in a televison interview with Richard and Judy on Channel 4. The couple showed off Vivienne Westwood diamante skull design rings.Mr Burns, who had a hit single in the 1980s with You Spin Me Round, declared how in love they were on the chat show, and confirmed they intend to have a same sex partnership.
Police investigate copycat homophobic posters
12:00 AM — Lancashire Police is investigating homophobic posters in Glasgow which claims to be part of a recruitment campaign for the force.Police in Lancashire are treating it as a "homophobic incident" and are stressing the force has nothing to do with the posters.Insp Ian McCann, from Lancashire Police's diversity unit, told the Lancashire Evening Post, "During the last few days we have become aware of posters that have been found in and around the Glasgow area that purport to be from Lancashire Constabulary."
Student faces investigation over ‘homophobic’ website 1
12:00 AM — A student is facing police and trading standards examinations after public outcries over a website selling products targeting the disabled, gay people and victims of crime.The site offers items featuring homophobic slogans and also attacks wheelchair users, celebrates terrorist attacks and glorifies child killers Ian Huntley and Myra Hindley.
Gay group wants pride march back on calendar
12:00 AM — A Northern Ireland gay rights group is protesting plans to scrap Belfast's Gay Pride March from this year's council calendar advertising local events.The Daily Ireland reports that the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) attempted to remove mention of the Mardi Gras style event from thousands of booklets due to be posted to residents.
Ted Heath was a “gay man” 3
12:00 AM — A book written by a friend of the late Sir Edward Heath is set to revive rumours that the former Prime Minister was homosexual.Gay entrepreneur, Jeremy Norman devotes a whole chapter to Mr Heath in his autobiography, No Make Up: Straight Tales of a Queer Life.Mr Norman, who founded gay club Heaven, told the Evening Standard, "Unquestionably, he was a gay man."
9th February 2006
Tory Chairman: Gay policies were wrong 9
12:00 AM — Conservative chairman, Francis Maude has revealed fears that his Party's past anti gay policies may have been a contributing factor to his homosexual brother's death.In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, he told of his sadness at the death of his openly gay brother, Charles, who died of AIDs 12 years ago and admitted that the government's approach to gay rights in the 1980s and 1990s could have contributed to his plight.
Moving on out or a storm in a coffee cup? 8
12:00 AM — Can the Conservatives really woo the pink vote?The Conservative party are changing; at least that's what leader David Cameron would like you to believe. One of the key architects of the change is Francis Maude, former Foreign Office minister and now chairman of the Conservative Party.In his first major interview on gay rights, he explains toPinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen that his party's approach to gayrights in the 1980s and 1990s were wrong, that Section 28 was amistake and expresses his love for his openly gay brother who died of AIDs 12 years ago.
Council cleared over trans dismissal
12:00 AM — An employment tribunal has dismissed claims that a former gay rights officer was unfairly dismissed after he had a sex change.Brighton and Hove City Council had been accused of sex discrimination and sacking sex change employee, Andy Baldwin when he changed his name from Andrea to Andy.The tribunal ruled that council bosses could not have discriminated against Mr Baldwin because they did not even know he had decided to change his gender.