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  • 27th April 2006

    Drug offences on the rise

    Home secretary Charles Clarke expressed a commitment to driving down violent crime

    12:00 AM — Offences known to affect the gay community have risen , despite overall crime remaining stable, according to Home Office Figures.Although the report does not publish whether incidents were homophobic or gay related, violent crime which may include homophobia rose by one per cent and drug offences by 21 per cent.

  • First gay church opens in Blackpool

    The church describes itself as an “inclusive church that welcomes everyone who celebrates the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people“

    12:00 AM — Blackpool's first "gay affirming" church will hold its inaugural meeting tonight.Liberty Church, inspired by the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) network, is looking to set up a gay and lesbian congregation.

  • BBC interview with homophobic reggae star sparks protests 7

    BBC radio station, 1Xtra, compiled a package celebrating dancehall culture and included an interview with Buju Banton, an artist who became notorious in the early 1990s with a homophobic song

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA BBC radio interview with a reggae singer known for anti gay lyrics sparked complaints from gay activists this week.BBC radio station, 1Xtra, compiled a package celebrating dancehall culture and included an interview with Buju Banton, an artist who became notorious in the early 1990s with his homophobic hit single, Boom Bye Bye, which incited his audience to shoot gay people in the head in the head, pour acid over them and set them on fire.

  • 26th April 2006

    Crystal meth use still low amongst UK gay men 5

    The initial findings from the survey show that fewer than 3% of gay men had used crystal met

    12:00 AM — New data from the annual National Gay Men's Sex Survey 2005 shows that only a small minority of gay men in the UK had used the drug crystal meth in the last year.The annual survey, undertaken by Sigma Research and funded by Terrence Higgins Trust, asked over 16,000 gay and bisexual men questions about their recreational drug use, during the summer of 2005.

  • Dublin welcomes gay theatre

    The third International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival launched last week

    12:00 AM — The third International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival launched last week, bringing an exciting line-up of World Premieres, European and Irish Premieres and five Edinburgh Festival Smash hits.Highlights of the Dublin Theatre Festival include productions from across the globe with performers from three continents performing. Late night revues and a nightly festival after-show club, a seminar and exhibition enhance this smorgasbord of Dublin theatrical delights.

  • Lord Nelson was gay, historian claims 3

    Was Lord Nelson gay?

    12:00 AM — Many of Britain's legendary naval heroes could have been gay, according to a German historian.Klaus Hympenhahl, in a new book, Sins on the Open Sea- the Erotic History of Christian Voyages, claims seafarers such as Sir Francis Drake and Lord Nelson, resorted to homosexuality when they were on long voyages away from women.

  • Arsonists target gay friendly pub

    Firefighters extinguished the blaze before it spread to the rest of the establishment (photo by alisdair)

    12:00 AM — Two men are being questioned after a gay friendly pub was set on fire in Bolton.Arsonists targeted the Star and Garter Public House in the early hours of this morning, setting fire to the front door after pouring petrol around it.

  • Lesbian drama in top five ad complaints

    Viewers complained that the L Word promotions were degrading to women

    12:00 AM — An advert for Living TV's lesbian drama, the L Word, received the second largest amount of complaints from viewers last year.The figures in the Advertising Standard Authority's (ASA) annual 2005 report revealed 650 complaints regarding posters for the series, which viewers complained were degrading to women.

  • Mark Oaten’s wife reveals gay affair reaction 5

    Mark Oaten had stepped down from the Liberal Democrat leadership contest prior to the revelations, and resigned from his home affairs post after

    12:00 AM — The wife of former Liberal Democrat leadership contender, Mark Oaten, attacked and threw her wedding ring at him after finding out about his six month gay affair.Belinda Oaten revealed her feelings in a five page magazine interview with Hello magazine, detailing her reaction to a News of the World story in January, which said the married father of two had been involved in a relationship with a "rent boy."

  • Gay BBC executive’s murder reconstructed on Crimewatch 1

    Crimewatch presenter Fiona Bruce introduced the reconstruction

    12:00 AM — The murder of a gay retired BBC executive was reconstructed on the BBC One Crimewatch programme last night in a bid to bring the killer to justice.Hallam Tennyson, the 85 year-old great-grandson of Victorian Poet Laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was discovered in his flat in Highgate, north London on December 21 2005. Mr Tennyson, who was gay had suffered serious head injuries, and had several stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • 25th April 2006

    The trouble with a documentary on gay men 3

    The Trouble With.... Gay Men was broadcast last night on BBC3

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Adam Smith expresses relief that he didn't tell his mum to watch last night's BBC3 Trouble With... Gay Men documentary.PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveSimon Fanshawe's documentary looking at the problems with gay men promised a look at the upsides and drawbacks to being a gay man in the UK in 2006. I was looking forward to seeing a balanced view of gay life in contemporary Britain. Maybe the title should have warned me, but what I saw was a hand-wringing despair of gay life in London, focusing on the actions of a minority of gay men, albeit a large minority.

  • Gay love poem to Oscar Wilde among literary treasures donated to university

    The documents lecture notes from Oscar Wilde's 1882 tour of America

    12:00 AM — Rare documents chronicling the rise and fall of Oscar Wilde together with a poem by Wilde's gay lover, Lord Alfred Douglas are among the literary treasures donated to the University of Leeds yesterday by a wealthy New York based couple.The newly acquired treasures include Wilde's lectures notes from his 1882 tour of America, marking his rise to fame in addition to a rare copy of the Oxford University journal The Chameleon that played a part in his fall from grace.

  • Tim Healy joins Coronation Street to play gay Sean’s dad 1

    Tim Healy has signed up for seven episodes

    12:00 AM — Comedy actor Tim Healy is set to go from bricklaying in Newcastle to walking the cobbles of Coronation Street.The Auf Wiedersehen Pet star will play gay character, Sean Tully's long lost father in the prime time soap.According to the Sun, they will meet at a funeral, an insider told the paper, "Sean's forced into making contact with his dad and it opens a whole can of worms. Brian doesn't even know Sean is gay."

  • Police investigate homophobic crime reporting fears

    Police are launching an investigation into why residents of Surrey, particularly women, rarely report homophobic incidents

    12:00 AM — Surrey Police has commissioned the support and training charity EACH (Educational Action Challenging Homophobia) to conduct a comprehensive investigation into why residents of Surrey, particularly women, rarely report homophobic incidents to them.EACH will seek the views of Surrey residents and service users, leading to a report that will highlight the relevant issues, make recommendations to assist Surrey Police's understanding of homophobia and contribute to subsequent police practice.

  • 24th April 2006

    Win tickets to the London Oddbins Wine Fair

    Win a pair of tickets to the wine fair

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk and Oddbins are offering you the chance to win tickets to the 30th Oddbins Wine Fair.Now a fully established event on the wine tasting circuit, the Oddbins Wine Fair is the place to try wines that you'd never consider tasting before. With over 500 wines, champagnes and spirits on show, this event is the original and best London Wine Fair and it's the place to taste your way around the Oddbins shelves and meet the people behind the wines.

  • Gay night is only popular “bankrupt” Stringfellows evening, says dancer 2

    The owner, Peter Stringfellow denied the claims  and said he was “delighted” with the Dublin  club

    12:00 AM — The legendary Stringfellows club will go bankrupt in the next month, a lap dance trainer has claimed.Dancer BillieGean Finn said the Irish branch of the chain is empty most of the week, and the only busy time is the gay night.She told the Sunday Mirror, "The girls are not happy because they were told they would earn EUR3,500 a night when they joined the club.

  • Gay group slams Archbishop of Canterbury for “appeasing homophobia”

    Dr Williams refused to comment on Reverend Peter Akinola's support for the anti-gay law

    12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury is "appeasing homophobia," according to a gay rights group.Outrage condemned Dr Rowan William's silence over a ministers support of anti gay laws in Nigeria which make gay unions illegal and ban gay organisations.

  • George Michael tickets sell out in “two hours”

    George Michael will play 14 dates around the UK in November and December 2006

    12:00 AM — Tickets for gay star George Michael's first tour in 15 years sold out in two hours this morning.Around 200,000 tickets went on sale from 10 am and were all gone by lunch time, prompting a new set of dates to be added.A spokeswoman for Ticketmaster said she was not surprised, "It is not surprising that the tickets sold so well as, after all, it is George Michael.

  • The trouble with gay men 4

    The programme argues that gay men are obsessed with their looks, drugs and sex

    12:00 AM — A BBC3 documentary starting this evening will explore issues from saunas to same sex ceremonies surrounding being a gay man in Britain in the 21st Century.The programme, The Trouble With... Gay Men, is presented by writer Simon Fanshawe, who looks at issues in the gay community.

  • Lord Chancellor bans use of word “homosexual”

    Lord Falconer has ordered for the word to be removed on the grounds that it “may be considered offensive”

    12:00 AM — The Lord Chancellor is facing accusations of political correctness after banning the word "homosexual" from official documents in his department.Lord Falconer has ordered for the word to be removed on the grounds that it "may be considered offensive."

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