13th April 2006
Helpline for gay married men
12:00 AM — Gay Project Cork research has shown that of 3,000 gay men living and working in Kerry, many are married and leading double lives.David Roche, development manager for Gay Project Cork said that keeping their homosexuality hidden was a priority for some men: "Many remain married after discovering their true sexuality. "The fear of a negative reaction is the most common reason that gay and bisexual men feel that they can't live full lives in their own community".
Tories deselect single mother and gay Arab 4
12:00 AM — A single mother and a gay Arab have claimed that they were deselected as Conservative party candidates for next months local elections due to prejudice from the right of the party.Both Emile al-Uzaizi and Amanda Lloyd-Harris, who claim to be popular serving councillors, argue that their deselection is due to prejudice from right wing elements of the party in Hammersmith and Fulham. They intend to stand against their old party as independent candidates in local elections next month.
Suicide rates down concludes National report
12:00 AM — The national suicide rate is at its lowest level since records began, according to the third annual report of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy published today.The report shows the most recent suicide rate (for the 3 years2002/3/4) was 8.56 deaths per 100,000 population - a reduction of 6.6% from the 1997/8/9 figures
£11,500 pay out to bullied teenage sports coach
12:00 AM — 18 year old Grace Kinsey told a Sheffield tribunal court that she had been teased and bullied by her employer Lee Dickens. "I justfelt ugly. What he said upset me a lot. I was only 17 at the time," she told The Sun Newspaper.Mr Dickens told Ms Kinsey that she was too soft and needed "breaking in", during the time she worked for him during her school holidays. He inferred that she was a lesbian - a comment which lead Ms Kinsey to grow her hair in an attempt to stop people thinking she was gay.
12th April 2006
Apprentice contestant is a lesbian, friends say 3
12:00 AM — A contestant on Sir Alan Sugar's TV show, "The Apprentice," has been outed by a British tabloid.Ruth Badger, a favourite to win a contract with Sir Alan's company at the end of the BBC2 competition, is reportedly a lesbian and is divorcing her husband, Ian.
HIV man leaves Scotland after “gay paedophile” label 2
12:00 AM — An HIV sufferer is leaving Scotland because of a lack of support and constant abuse including being labelled a "gay paedophile."John Percy is the country's longest surviving man with the illness, but says he is moving to London because his last few years in Edinburgh have been "hell."
10th April 2006
International Day Against Homophobia launches 2
12:00 AM — An audience of over 100 witnessed the official launch of the UK's International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) campaign in the auditorium of Amnesty International Human Rights Centre last Friday evening.Louis-Georges Tin, founder of IDAHO, explained how the campaign which started last year had spread to over 40 countries.
Lesbian immigrant has right to family life, judge says
12:00 AM — An Albanian lesbian has been granted residency in the UK as deporting her would breach her human rights to life with her partner, a judge has ruled.The illegal immigrant, Emine Krasniqi, 54 had a deportation ruling overturned by three judges at the Court of Appeal yesterday to protect her private family life with Albana Lamaj.
Ex detective cleared of “dyke” lesbian remarks
12:00 AM — A former detective has been cleared of homophobic charges after calling a senior female officer a "dyke."Magistrates in Flint took just 40 minutes to clear John Atkinson, 45, of causing "harassment, distress or alarm'' and asked why arresting officers, one of them a lesbian, had waited nearly six months to express "shock'' at his comments.
Muslim Council gay rights u-turn “welcomed”
12:00 AM — Revelations that the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has agreed to combat homophobia in the Muslim community have been "warmly welcomed" by OutRage!, the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender human rights group.MCB policy advisor, Muhammed Aziz, revealed a five-year plan against homophobia in an interview with PinkNews.co.uk last week.
Anti-gay attacks fall in Derry
12:00 AM — Homophobic attacks have continued to fall in Londonderry, according to figures released today.The Northern Ireland city has seen a decrease in attacks on the gay community over the last three years.A report by the institute of Conflict Resolution commissioned by the Northern Ireland Policing Board and the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland found a significant reduction of attacks in Derry compared to the provinces.
Gay employee rights updated
12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall will today launch un updated version of the 2003 employment regulations relating to sexual orientation in the workplace.The 'Discrimination at work - it's so over' guide is the result of a joint initiative between Stonewall and the Trades Union Congress (TUC.)
Do you fancy a bagel? Meet the Jewish gay students group
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive FeatureBenjamin Cohen went to meet BaGeLs, the Jewish LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) students group meeting for the first time in Soho bar, the Friendly Society."What would you like on your bagel? We've got humus, cream cheese, salmon pate or smoked salmon with cream cheese." I was asked as I arrived to the inaugural meeting of BaGeLs (standing I think for Bisexual and Gay even Lesbian students).
Prankster looks for lesbian love in Church
12:00 AM — Churchgoers have expressed shock after finding adverts for lesbian encounters in their Catholic newspaper.The advertisement appeared in Alive, an Irish church magazine, from a "Catholic lady" looking for a lesbian partner.It said, "Single Catholic lady, 38, seeks female companion for fun trip to Lesbania" and included a box number for replies.
Police say homophophic attack must remind party-goers to be vigilant
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Metropolitan Police have warned gay party-goers to be vigilant when leaving venues following the two gay men being subjected to a homophobic assault whilst waiting for a bus in Brixton during the early hours of Sunday morning.The incident that took place at or around 3 am on Sunday 9th April 2006 required both victims to receive medical attention from the London Ambulance Service.
No evidence of gay “bug chasers,” AIDs group say
12:00 AM — The National AIDs Trust (NAT) has dismissed suggestions that gay men "fantasise about passing on HIV."A BBC3 documentary, "I love being HIV+," to be shown this evening, warns viewers that "bug chasers" may encourage people to try to get infected with the virus.
EastEnders star to quit show after lesbian storyline ends
12:00 AM — EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy is to quit the hit soap opera in order to pursue a wider acting career.Casidy who has played Sonia Fowler for thirteen years first arrived on Albert Square as a cheeky, trumpet playing girl.The following years saw her give birth without knowing that she was pregnant, her mother Carol abandoning her, kidnap her adopted child, become engaged to car mechanic Jamie Mitchell and nursing him to death.
Gay priest’s attacker is jailed 1
12:00 AM — A teenager has been jailed for a homophobic attack on a priest after beating him with a metal baseball bat in Bournemouth.Martin Powell,19, had pleaded guilty to assaulting the Most Rev Dr Barry Rathbone twice with the weapon, and was sentenced to two years in a young offenders institute with a further two years on extended licence for the assault.
City awaits gay banker tribunal result 4
12:00 AM — The City is nervously awaiting the outcome of a senior banker's compensation claim against HSBC over allegations that he was sacked because he was openly gay.It is believed to be the biggest case of its kind to have reached an industrial tribunal since December 2004 when sex discrimination rules became applicable to gays and lesbians.
7th April 2006
Anti homophobia event to be launched 2
12:00 AM — The International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) will be formally launched this evening, amongst cross party support.IDAHO was inaugurated last May to commemorate the World Health Organisation's removal of homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.