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  • 24th April 2006

    Gay groups welcome Irish PM’s gay marriage promise

    PinkNews.co.uk reported at the beginning of the month that Bertie Ahern had announced plans to introduced gay marriage laws

    12:00 AM — The Irish Prime Minister has reiterated his promise to introduce laws recognising gay partnerships.Taoiseach Bertie Ahern insisted his government is committed to legislation by the next election, echoing a previous statement made to the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN), earlier this month.

  • Graham Norton fed up with being made to play gay 1

    Graham Norton is fed up with being forced to constantly make overt references to his sexuality

    12:00 AM — Gay TV presenter Graham Norton is fed up with being forced to constantly make overt references to his sexuality, he tells a BBC documentary.He complains on the BBC3 programme, The Trouble With . . .Gay Men, that he is forced to make gay jokes and innuendos by straight producers.

  • Wolverhampton HIV and hepatitis testing expanded

    The aim of the service is to provide an alternative testing environment for people who are not able to access services during the normal working day

    12:00 AM — Due to increasing demand Terrence Higgins Trust has just expanded its sexual health testing services in Wolverhampton.Tests for HIV and hepatitis are available and the public can also drop in for condoms and advice.Testing normally takes place on a Saturday at the Terrence Higgins Trust offices in Bond Street, Wolverhampton every fortnight from 10.30am -1pm.

  • 23rd April 2006

    Gay policy sparks Muslim council dispute 14

    PinkNews.co.uk last week revealed informal MCB talks regarding gay rights in reaction to Sir Iqbal Sacranie's Radio 4 comments

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive InvestigationA dispute appears to be emerging within the board of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and its advisors in regards to their policy on gay issues.Last week PinkNews.co.uk revealed an informal 5 year MCB plan to combat homophobia amongst Muslims and Islamophobia in the gay community, after talking to the group's policy consultant, Muhammed Aziz.

  • 22nd April 2006

    George Michael talks cars, drugs and gay marriage 4

    George Michael has announced his first international tour for 15 years from this September

    12:00 AM — George Michael has revealed plans to have a civil partnership and jokingly blamed his recent troubles on Sir Elton John, in an interview with Michael Parkinson to be broadcast this weekend.The gay star, who has been branded a "stoned waster" by friends after a drugs caution, and was questioned by police this week over crashing into three cars, described himself as a "terrible driver" and "vulnerable to the press."

  • Elton John “shocked” that George Michael blames him for woes

    Sir Elton asked a friend: “Did I crash George's car?“

    12:00 AM — The gay pop star Sir Elton John said yesterday that that he was shocked that fellow gay star George Michael blames him over his troubled lifestyle.In an interview to be broadcast this evening, George Michael will tell Michael Parkinson: "The trajectory of my particular soap opera launched from that statement Elton made about 18 months ago when he hadn't seen me for years."

  • 21st April 2006

    Homophobic crimes down in London

    The reports suggests overall crime is down three percent, bringing the number of crimes committed down to under a million

    12:00 AM — Homophobic crimes in London have dropped over the last five years, according to the Metropolitan Police Service's (MPS) annual figuresThis year's crime figures revealed by the force show a drop in offences and more cases being solved, including racist, homophobic and domestic incidents.

  • 80 years of the Queen 2

    The Queen is 80 today

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveTo celebrate the 80th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen, PinkNews.co.uk looks back at the tremendous changes to the rights of gay people during her lifetime and in particular her illustrious 54 year reign.At her birth on the 21st April 1926 , the then Princess Elizabeth of York would have found a country with a completely different view of homosexuality than we see today, homosexual activities between consenting males was still a serious criminal offence punishable by a spell in prison.

  • Man found dead in gay sauna

    Police were called to the sauna after a man's body was discovered

    12:00 AM — Police have ended internet speculation over the closure of a gay sauna last week after revealing that a 25- year-old man was found dead in the establishment.The Shoreditch branch of gay sauna chain, Chariots, was closed over the whole Easter bank holiday weekend after a man was found dead in one of the sauna cabins by staff.

  • Boy attacked because of lesbian mum

    She said she was receiving support from local residents and police are investigating the incident

    12:00 AM — An Irish mum spoke has spoken of her anger after her 17-year-old son was attacked because she is a lesbian.Eleanor McManus, from Schull, West Cork, revealed her boy, Erin, is lucky to be alive after he was assaulted after a party last Sunday evening.

  • Ian McKellen dreams of X-Men gay scene 8

    Sir Ian McKellen plays Magneto in the X-Men trilogy

    12:00 AM — Gay actor Sir Ian McKellen has complained that his character in the upcoming X-Men film should have had some gay scenes.Legendary thespian, Sir Ian, plays Magneto in the third X-Men movie, and claims it would have been nice to have a homoerotic sub plot in his role.

  • 20th April 2006

    Westlife star denies gay marriage plans 9

    Mark Feehily insists there are no wedding bells with his partner  yet

    12:00 AM — Westlife singer Mark Feehily has dismissed rumours that he plans to marry his gay partnerThe gay artist met his partner, a member of former boy band V, Kevin McDaid, last year, and despite being engaged, insists there are no wedding bells yet.

  • Anti-homophobia lessons for schools

    Lifelong learning select committee chairman Councillor Susan Ridney welcomed the idea and admitted there have been reports of homophobic name calling in local schools

    12:00 AM — Dudley primary school children will be given anti-homophobia lessons, according to local authority plans.Education officers at Dudley Council are reported to be worried about the effects of bullying on young children and look set to push through anti bullying legislation this week.

  • 19th April 2006

    Brokeback makes best book-to-film shortlist

    Brokeback Mountain was based on a work by Annie Proulx

    12:00 AM — Gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain has been included in a shortlist of the top 50 books adapted into a film.The list, which is being organised by the Guardian and the British Book Marketing Society, recognises literature which has been turned into successful movies.

  • Barrymore pool death case re-opened 1

    Michael Barrymore welcome the inquiry (Photo: Joy Padmore)

    12:00 AM — Essex police have announced that they are reviewing the death of a man who was found dead in the swimming pool of the openly gay television personality Michael Barrymore.Stuart Lubbock, 31, was pronounced dead in hospital the morning after a party at Mr Barrymore's home in March 2001. During the inquest that followed, an open verdict was reached and to date no-one has been charged in connection with Mr Lubbock's death.

  • Gay charity fights workplace discrimination in Wales 1

    The project by Stonewall Cymru will help lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Wales get the advice they need

    12:00 AM — Stonewall Cymru has launched a project to raise awareness of the 2003 Employment Equality Regulations covering sexual orientation amongst information and advice providers in Wales.The project will help lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Wales get the advice they need, improve the quality of advice available to them, and remove the barriers to securing justice.

  • Gay representatives to join sexual health lobby

    Students will also draw attention to recent cuts in funding for local sexual health provision

    12:00 AM — Sexual health provision needs to be drastically improved in order to cut the rates of sexually transmitted infections amongst the student population, MPs will hear today.At a lobbying event organised by National Union of Students (NUS UK) and the Terrence Higgins Trust, students from across the UK, including LGBT officers (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) will describe the difficulties they face in accessing sexual healthcare, from long waiting times at GUM clinics to a lack of free condoms.

  • Transgendered chicken baffles animal experts 4

    Animal experts say a chicken sex change is a one in 10,000 rarity

    12:00 AM — A chicken has caused immense clucking amongst animal experts, and this time there isn't even a little squawk of bird flu.Freaky the hen has undergone a natural sex change, after growing red flaps and a thick tail of feathers, to become a cockerel.She had been laying eggs for her owner for eight months until waking up one day with a totally different personality.

  • Senior gay police officer may be forced to quit 7

    Sources told the Daily Mail, that Brian Paddick could leave or be moved into a “less visible” role at the Metropolitan Police

    12:00 AM — Britain's most senior gay police officer may be forced out of Scotland Yard, according to reports.Brian Paddick, the Deputy Assistant Commissioner, could leave the force after conflicts between his account of the tube shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes last year, and the official police statement.

  • Gay star is a “stoned waster” 4

    George Michael has been questioned “under caution” by police over allegations he hit three parked cars last weekend

    12:00 AM — George Michael's music career and his health is under threat because of a cannabis addiction, a colleague claims.Toby Bourke, who sang with Michael on the song, Waltz Away Dreaming, says the singer has become a "stoned waster" and smokes 20 joints a day.

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