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  • 12th January 2007

    Jason Donovan to play G-A-Y 1

    His appearance in the most recent series of ITV reality show  I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!  has brought him back to the attention of a wider audience.  photo: ITV

    11:48 AM — 80s heart throb Jason Donovan is to follow in the footsteps of his Neighbours wife and play at legendary London nightclub G-A-Y tomorrow night.The performance marks a new high in the 38-year-old Australian's love-hate relationship with the gay community.Donovan caused a tabloid storm in 1992, suing The Face magazine for alleging he was gay.

  • Attitude’s January edition missing 11

    Attitude  is owned by Remnant Media, who are also not answering the phone.

    11:48 AM — Readers of gay magazine Attitude have expressed concern that the January edition is yet to appear.The gay glossy should have hit the streets before the New Year and is now two weeks overdue.Mr Bob Flood, from Exeter, contacted PinkNews.co.uk wanting to know if we had any news.

  • Pressure on Ruth Kelly over gay rights law 4

    The SOR were meant to come into force in England and Wales on January 1st, but Communities Secretary Kelly delayed them.

    11:48 AM — The defeat of a motion in the House of Lords to rescind the Sexual Orientation Regulations in Northern Ireland has been welcomed by gay activists.The debate has also added to the pressure on Ruth Kelly to ensure that the same regulations are introduced to England and Wales.The SOR were meant to come into force in England and Wales on January 1st, but Communities Secretary Kelly delayed them.

  • COMMENT:Tatchell on the rise of US-style Christian activists 2

    Much of the success of the religious right in the US has been based on scaremongering tactics,

    10:57 AM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell argues that Tuesday's victory for gay rights was also a setback for the zealous, authoritarian tactics of US-style Christian fundamentalism. The religious right was trounced this week. An attempt to neuter new laws protecting gay people against discrimination was defeated, 199 votes to 68.This stunning three to one victory happened in the House of Lords - the traditional stomping ground of religious, conservative and homophobic parliamentarians.

  • Gay-friendly Brighton Council “not complacent” 3

    The leader of Brighton and Hove Council Simon Burgess said receiving the Stonewall award is a “great honour“.

    10:23 AM — The leader of the council in Brighton and Hove has welcomed the council's status as one of the most gay-friendly employers in the UK - but has revealed that the organisation is far from complacent.Council leader Simon Burgess's comments come after gay rights group Stonewall named Brighton Hove City Council the seventh most friendly employer to the gay community.

  • Survey finds 5% of gay men face discrimination

    The government puts the population of lesbian and gay people in the country at 3 million.

    10:03 AM — In the last year 5% of gay men and 4% of lesbians have been refused goods or services because of their sexuality.The findings come in the week the House of Lords rejected an attempt by Christian activists to rescind the Sexual Orientation Regulations that came into force in Northern Ireland on January 1st.

  • 11th January 2007

    Lesbian Avengers studio could close 6

    Viewers of a certain age will also be dismayed at the prospect that the hallowed ground of the Blue Peter garden might be under threat from developers.

    4:23 PM — BBC Television Centre, the iconic West London building that for 50 years has been the embodiment of the Corporation in the eyes of viewers, may close as part of a cost-cutting exercise.The BBC's desire to move production of children's programming, sport and other departments to Manchester could sound the death knell for the Wood Green studios.Corporation bosses are considering closing Television Centre and selling the 13-acre site.

  • £9,000 gay chatline bill run up by thief 1

    Police managed to trace Thomas via a call he made to a family member.

    3:23 PM — An unlucky Liverpool businesswomen has been told by a judge that she is still liable for £9,000 worth of calls to gay chatlines made on her mobile phone.The Liverpool Echo reports the unusual case of Mrs Anne Jeffrey, who runs a successful ironing business.The business had several mobile phones on contract from Genesis Communications, one of which Mrs Jeffrey lent to her son.

  • EuroGay regatta comes to Brighton

    GUST will also be organising a social event for other LGBT sailors to coincide with the regatta. photo: www.eurogaycup.org

    2:19 PM — The Gay UK Sailing Team has announced that Barclays will be sponsoring the seventh annual EuroGay Cup Regatta, to be held in Brighton on the 9th and 10th of June.This is the second time GUST will be hosting the event in the UK. The regatta is expected to attract up to 60 competitors in teams of four or five crew.The Gay UK sailing team was set up in 2000 to provide a competitive team for the 2002 Sydney Gay Games.

  • Leicester bar attacked in hate crime

    The Amber opened last year, and for the last three months has been a focus for vandals, and replacing smashed windows has cost £6,000.

    11:29 AM — Police in Leicester are treating a series of attacks on a bar popular with gay people as hate crimes.The Leicester Mercury reports that a gang of young men armed with hammers and baseball bats smashed windows and verbally abused customers at the Amber bar in Northampton Street last Friday night.The bar is popular with gay and lesbian people.

  • Lesbian loses rape charity tribunal

    At the tribunal in Glasgow, the chairman, Roderick MacKenzie, found that Ms Phillips had not been victimised or dismissed from her job because of her sexuality.

    10:35 AM — A 40-year-old Glasgow woman has lost an employment tribunal against Scottish Rape Crisis Network.Claire Phillips had claimed that she was fired after complaining that she had been outed as a lesbian by a fellow employee.She did not want her colleagues to know she is gay, she told the tribunal.

  • Orkney composer cancels ceremony plans 5

    The Sanday registrar, a friend of Sir Peter, Charlie Ridley, has resigned his post in protest at being told he could not perform the civil partnership ceremony.

    10:05 AM — Composer Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies has decided to shelve plans to marry his partner on the Orkney Islands.Sir Peter, the Master of the Queen's Music, was at the centre of a media storm earlier in the week when he accused council officials on the islands of homophobia.Orkney Island Council had told Sir Peter, 72, that the registrar on the island of Sanday, where the composer lives, is not legally able to carry out civil partnerships ceremonies.

  • Colin and Justin set a date for civil ceremony 11

    Colin, 37, met Justin 22 years ago, in a Glasgow nightclub. photo: Channel Five

    9:44 AM — Interior designers Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan are to become civil partners. The Channel Five stars revealed their plans to LondonLite newspaper yesterday.The duo have become household names with programmes like Million Pound Property Experiment and How Not To Decorate. Justin, 38, revealed that they plan to have the ceremony in March.

  • 10th January 2007

    COMMENT: A gay old time in their Lordships’ House

    Lord Tebbit rejected the comparison between discrimination against an ethnic minority and discrimination on the grounds of sexuality

    5:52 PM — Call him a freak if you want, but PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew actually enjoys Parliamentary debates. He sits at home and watches BBC Parliament as if it were Celebrity Big Brother.Last night's House of Lords debate on the Sexual Orientation Regulations was like a double eviction for Tony, and for the elucidation of PinkNews.co.uk's busy readers, he gives us the best, and worst, bits. 

  • George Michael pleads not guilty

    2006 was a bad year for the former Wham! front man, who came out of the closet in 1998 after being arrested in Los Angeles for cottaging.

    3:41 PM — Pop icon George Michael's lawyer has entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of being unfit to drive at Brent Magistrates Court in north west London.The singer, who recently completed a sell-out European tour, was not in court. A further hearing has been set for 7th March.The charge arises from an incident last October.

  • Gay groups welcome Lords decision 15

    The House of Lords debate coincided with a protest of around 1,000 evangelical Christians and Muslims.

    3:04 PM — Gay and lesbian groups have welcomed the vote in the House of Lords last night which confirmed the introduction of the Sexual Orientation Regulations in Northern Ireland.The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association expressed their pleasure that a campaign of campaign of "distortion and exaggeration" had been defeated.

  • COMMENT: Eye-witness report from last night’s protest 15

    Outside the House of Lords, where I found myself tonight, there were “hundreds of people“ (I would say about 2000) demonstrating in support of the motion.

    2:23 PM — It was not just protesters out in Parliament Square last night. Blogger Nicolas Chinardet went along to meet the enemy, and was surprised to find some of them confused about the actual nature of the Sexual Orientation Regulations. Here is his account of events outside the House of Lords. I am still a little cold almost an hour after I got home. But looking back it was all worth it.

  • Rebel Labour MPs attempt to weaken gay hate law 100

    Gay equality organisation Stonewall welcomed last night's vote on the new offence of homophobic incitement.

    1:58 PM — Twelve Labour MPs defied the government last night to vote in favour of an amendment to the proposed offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.The amendment sought to allow "discussion of, criticism of, or expression of antipathy towards conduct relating to a particular sexual orientation, or urging persons of a particular sexual orientation to refrain from or modify conduct according to that orientation."It was defeated by 338 to 169. Five Tory MPs voted against the amendment.

  • Stonewall reveals top employers for gay people

    Any organisation can take part free of charge.

    1:49 PM — The third annual Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, which lists the top employers for gay people, has revealed that companies and organisations across the country are making progress in encouraging and supporting their gay staff.To qualify as one of the 100 best UK employers in 2007, bosses had to demonstrate significantly higher standards of good practice in a wide range of areas.

  • George Michael case before magistrates today 1

    Michael was found at the wheel semi-conscious, taken to hospital and then arrested for suspected possession of drugs.

    11:18 AM — Pop icon George Michael will face charges of being unfit to drive today, following an incident last October when he was found by police in his car in Cricklewood, north London, allegedly passed out.It is not thought that Michael, 43, will appear in person before magistrates in Brent north west London, and his lawyers are expected to enter a plea in his absence.

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