13th June 2007
New equality proposals “oblivious” to needs of trans people 2
2:22 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive The government has published its long-awaited Discrimination Law Review, and is asking the public for their views on a proposed new Equality Act.The purpose of the new legislation is to simplify the current piecemeal discrimination laws and to strengthen the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights, which comes into being this autumn.
Gay bashing reggae performers promise to stop the hate 2
12:21 PM — Three of the world's top reggae and dancehall singers have renounced homophobia and condemned violence against lesbians and gay men.Beenie Man, Sizzla and Capleton had previously released anti-gay hate songs, including incitements to murder lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.They have now signed up to the Reggae Compassionate Act in a deal brokered with top reggae promoters and Stop Murder Music activists.
12th June 2007
Review: Two Men Talking
11:50 AM — In a tiny, intimate venue in the heart of Whitehall, two men perform a play that records their lives as gay, Jewish South Africans.Two Men Talking starts in sweltering South Africa where Paul Browde and Murray Nossel are schoolchildren during Apartheid.Their tale takes us takes us to New York and London, through their experiences of career struggles, coming out as gay and dealing with HIV and AIDS, and finally recalling their reunion in America.
11th June 2007
Paisley confused over homophobic son 27
5:42 PM — The First Minister of Northern Ireland has faced questions in the province's Assembly about the anti-gay views of his son, who is a junior minister in the devolved government.Ian Paisley Snr told Assembly members that he is opposed to any sort of discrimination, but would not give an assurance that Ian Jnr would be kept away from equality duties.Paisley Jnr angered political opponents when he said he finds gay and lesbian people repulsive.
Analysis: Football is coming homo
4:55 PM — The news that the Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championship is coming to London next year will be music to the ears of the ever-growing gay football community in the UK.Last week's launch event at the Football Association headquarters in Soho Square was attended by the great and the good from the gay community and the football world.Several Members of Parliament were there to lend their support along with gay rights activist Peter Tatchell.
Gays to feature at free West End musical event
3:21 PM — The London Gay Men's Chorus will sing to thousands of fans at the UK's biggest free theatre festival in the heart of the capital next week.The chorus - the best known gay choir in Europe, with 200 singing members - will perform at West End Live in Leicester Square.They will join a host of top West End shows at the festival such as Dirty Dancing, Avenue Q, Fame, Mamma Mia, Little Shop of Horrors, Menopause the Musical, Drowsy Chaperone and the Sound of Music.
9th June 2007
Lee wins Any Dream Will Do, will become Joseph 4
10:26 PM — Lee has won Any Dream Will Do, the BBC talent show to find the star of Joseph was hosted by gay comic and television presenter, Graham Norton.The series was judged by Joseph composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber and his esteemed panel of experts - Broadway and West End leading lady Denise Van Outen, celebrated theatre producer Bill Kenwright, Torchwood star John Barrowman and outspoken vocal coach Zoe Tyler.
George Michael performs first concert at new Wembley Stadium
10:26 PM — Just a day after being sentenced to 100 hours of community service and receiving a two year driving ban, George Michael has played the first ever concert at the new Wembley, seven years since Bon Jovi played the last concert at the old stadium in August 2000.District Judge Katherine Marshall at Brent Magistrates Court ruled out a custodial sentence, instead giving the gay singer 100 hours community service and a two year driving ban. He admitted the offence but claimed he was guilty due to "tiredness and prescribed drugs."
Lewis loses out in Any Dream Will Do, so won’t star in Joseph 3
9:05 PM — Lewis has been voted off Any Dream Will Do, the hit BBC talent contest to find the next star of Joseph.The programme, hosted by Graham Norton and judged by judged by Joseph composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber and his esteemed panel of experts - Broadway and West End leading lady Denise Van Outen, celebrated theatre producer Bill Kenwright, Torchwood star John Barrowman and outspoken vocal coach Zoe Tyler.
8th June 2007
Big Brother welcomes gay house mates 3
11:42 PM — Two gay men have entered the Big Brother House to join an all female cast apart from a lone heterosexual male, Ziggy31-year-old Gerry is a gay Paris Hilton loving gallery researcher who describes himself as a hedonistic hypocrite and a total control freak.Once a month he goes to fetish clubs and loves leather, kilts and boots. He has four wardrobes full of clothes, and thinks his life would be vastly improved by a dressing room and a personal butler.
Singer raises £1,000 for charity
4:56 PM — Singer Will Young has turned designer by creating his own deckchair, which sold for £1,000 in a charity auction this week.The deckchair was a multi-coloured design with the words "The leaves are brown and the sky is gay" emblazoned across.The chair was designed for the Deckchair Dreams campaign, in order to raise money for London's Royal Parks.
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.