28th January 2006
Simon Hughes claims saying he was not gay was not “morally or factually incorrect” 19
12:00 AM — Simon Hughes, candidate for the leader of the Liberal Democrats today told the Independent that his previous statements regarding his sexuality were not morally or factually wrong."What I said to this paper [that I was not gay] was not intended to mislead. I was trying to reinforce that barrier around my private life. It is not dishonest to protect your privacy. What I said wasn't morally wrong. It was not factually wrong."
27th January 2006
Britain remembers the evils of holocaust
12:00 AM — Wales yesterday played host to Britain's national Holocaust Memorial Day, commemorating the 61st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by allied troops.The event held at the Cardiff Millennium Centre was the highlight of a week of remembrance across the nation. It marked the anniversary of the liberation of the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, where Nazis murdered Jews, Poles, Romas and Gypsies, gay men and women, political prisoners, people with disabilities, and others during the Second World War.
26th January 2006
Simon Hughes: “I’m bisexual” 21
12:00 AM — Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat leadership contender has finally revealed that he is bisexual and that he has had gay relationships in the past. In the past weeks, he publicly stated that he was not gay.In an interview published this morning in the Sun, Mr Hughes admitted that he has had, "both homosexual and heterosexual relationships in the past." In the interview he admitted using a gay telephone chat service. This morning, Mr Hughes confirmed to PinkNews.co.uk that he is "bisexual."
Tatchell: “I thought that Simon Hughes was queer too” 19
12:00 AM — Peter Tatchell, who was defeated as the Labour candidate in the 1983 Bermondsey by-election that saw Simon Hughes enter Parliament today claims that he always believed Mr Hughes had a gay past."It is good that Simon is finally being frank and honest about his sexuality." Mr Tatchell said in reaction to Mr Hughes's admission that he is bisexual. "It is a shame he felt he needed to deny it but now he has made the decision to be truthful we should leave it at that and move on."
Hughes considered quitting over bisexual revelations 19
12:00 AM — Simon Hughes, who today revealed that he is bisexual, said that considered quitting the race to become leader of the Liberal Democrats after he was forced to admit that he had lied about his gay past.Mr Hughes who is the Lib Dems' president had previously denied that he was gay but revealed today in the Sun that he has had, "both homosexual and heterosexual relationships in the past." This morning, Mr Hughes confirmed to PinkNews.co.uk that he is "bisexual."
Comment: So what if Hughes and Oaten are gay or bisexual? 19
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen considers the sexual controversies that have engulfed the Liberal Democrats.You'd have had to be on another planet to have missed the news that two of the candidates for leader of the Liberal Democrats have been "outed" by the tabloid press. But does this really matter in modern Britain, and what does it say about our society that they couldn't out themselves?
Simon Hughes admits to gay relationships and apologises for lying 19
12:00 AM — Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat leadership contender has finally revealed that he has had gay relationships in the past. In the past weeks, he publicly stated that he was not gay.In an interview published this morning in the Sun, Mr Hughes admitted that he has had, "both homosexual and heterosexual relationships in the past." In the interview he admitted using a gay telephone chat service.
24th January 2006
Simon Hughes apologises for homophobic smears in 1983 22
12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat leadership contender, Simon Hughes has belatedly apologised for homophobic campaigning that led to his election as an MP in 1983.Mr Hughes won the Bermondsey by-election in 1983 against the gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, then representing the Labour party in what should have been a safe seat.
Simon Cowell slammed by gay rights groups
12:00 AM — Pop Idol and X Factor judge, Simon Cowell, has been condemned by a leading gay rights group over a comment he made to a contestant on American Idol.Mr Cowell told a male contestant to "shave off your beard wear a dress" in the first episode of the fifth series, while fellow judge Randy Jackson asked one: "Are you a girl?"
Muslim leader will not face charges over gay comments 12
12:00 AM — Sir Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, will not face charges over allegedly homophobic remarks he made in a BBC radio interview, it was confirmed yesterday.It emerged earlier this month that Sir Iqbal would face investigation over the comments made on civil partnerships and gay rights in an interview for Radio 4's PM programme.
23rd January 2006
PM’s website hosts petition to dismiss Ruth Kelly 18
9:40 PM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusivePinkNews.co.uk has discovered that Prime Minister Tony Blair's own website is currently running a petition calling on him to remove Ruth Kelly from her role as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Minister for Women and Equality."Ruth Kelly is incompatible with this position as she holds views about homosexuality (and other issues) which are contrary to the equality agenda which it is her ministerial duty to promote."
Youths jailed for gay killing 2
12:00 AM — Four people convicted of killing a gay London man in a "happy slapping" attack in 2004 have been handed long prison terms.Reece Sargeant, 21, Darren Case, 18, and David Blenman, 17, were each given 12-year sentences in the unprovoked murder of David Morley. Chelsea O'Mahoney, who was 15 at the time, was sentenced to eight years.
22nd January 2006
Lib Dem MP resigns over “gay” relationship 5
12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, Mark Oaten has resigned after newspaper allegations of a gay relationship with a male prostitute.Mr Oaten, 41, reacted to claims in the News of the World, which said the married father of two had been involved in a relationship with a "rent boy," in 2004. The paper revealed that he was in a "lengthy" relationship with the man, 23, which included "three-in-a-bed sex."
21st January 2006
Rural gay support group opens 1
12:00 AM — A gay group is expanding in Gloucestershire to provide further support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the area.Gay-Glos, funded by the Big Lottery, will launch Friendship Support Groups in February for LGBT people, their families and friends.
19th January 2006
Gay weddings “unbiblical” and “unworkable” 29
12:00 AM — A senior Church of England bishop has criticised his colleague's stance over gay "weddings" for priests as "unbiblical" and unworkable.The Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, said guidance issued by the House of Bishops in response to civil partnerships was against Church teaching and unity.
Brokeback Mountain gets BAFTA nominations 5
12:00 AM — Having just saddled up from a successful evening at the Golden Globes, gay love story, Brokeback Mountain has now been nominated for 9 British Academy Film Awards.The cowboy movie will battle with race relations thriller Crash, and Capote, a biopic on author Truman Capote, for best film at the awards which are announced on February 19.
18th January 2006
Columnist issues apology to gay campaigner 3
12:00 AM — A high profile Respect Party member has apologised for causing any distress towards gay rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell, for comments made in a newspaper column last week.However, he stood by his comments labelling Mr Tatchell as one of Britain's "most hate filled bigots" insisting it was a personal comment and by no means aimed at the gay community.
Comment: Letter of the week 5
12:00 AM — We regularly receive encouraging and inspiring letters and comments at the offices of PinkNews.co.uk, this week has been no different.PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman received one gem from a nice lady called Barbara, who has helped remind us why the struggle for sexual equality continues.
17th January 2006
Outrage at lack of respect for gay campaigner 3
12:00 AM — Gay rights group, Outrage, is accusing a prominent member of George Galloway's Respect Party, of encouraging homophobia and violence against leader, Peter Tatchell.In his column in Asian weekly entertainment newspaper, Desi Xpress, Adam Yosef denounced Mr Tatchell as a "bigot" who "needs a good slap in the face." Yosef urges the Australian-born activist and his "queer campaign army" to "pack their bent bags and head back to Australia".
Lib Dem candidate gets gay backing 57
12:00 AM — Gay rights activist, Peter Tatchell put previous political battles aside this week to express his support for Liberal Democrat leadership candidate, Simon Hughes.Mr Tatchell a former Labour candidate, was defeated by Mr Hughes in the 1983 Bermondsey by-election, which was marred by homophobic taunts and violence towards Peter Tatchell's campaign.