13th November 2006
Gay humanists back Elton John’s religion attack 8
12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has backed comments from Sir Elton John after he claimed that religion promotes the hatred of gays.The gay singing legend launched an attack on religion last weekend accusing it of promoting homophobia and suggested that it should be banned.
Pig-headed gay row over medieval marriage contest
12:00 AM — Committee members organising an ancient marriage event are debating whether to include civil partners in a 900 year old contest to find the happiest married couple.The Dunmow Flitch Trials are held every four years and require married couples to persuade a judge and jury of "6 maidens and 6 bachelors" that they would "not wisht themselves unmarried," but now a debate has emerged between the Essex organisers whether to include same sex couples.
Gay campaigners welcome Sir Elton’s support 1
12:00 AM — Activists have welcomed Sir Elton John's support for gay campaigns after he pledged his support for gay rights.In an interview with The Observer Music Monthly, the gay artist backed a gay pride concert in Moscow, where a gay rights meeting was plagued with violence earlier this year.Sir Elton said: "What we should be doing as musicians is trying to bring people together. The idea for a 'Gay Pride' concert in Moscow is a brilliant idea."
10th November 2006
Comment: Death won’t bring repentance 2
12:00 AM — Gay campaigner Peter Tatchell claims that hanging former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein would not bring repentance.Hanging Saddam Hussein is easy. But is it morally right? Will it best serve the cause of justice? How will it help his victims and their loved ones? Is the Butcher of Baghdad beyond redemption?
Gay soldiers fought for freedom despite discrimination
12:00 AM — It's a shame that lesbian and gay personnel contributed so much to both World Wars but had to return to discrimination in Britain, gay campaigner Peter Tatchell said today on the eve of Remembrance Day.Remembrance day is held to mark the anniversary of the end of the First World War and also to remember the soldiers and civilians who died in other wars, which Mr Tatchell said statistically would have involved a lot of gay and lesbian personnel as well as other members of the community.
9th November 2006
Tourism minister shamed over Jerusalem Gay Pride 23
12:00 AM — An Israeli gay rights campaigner has criticised the country's Tourism Minister for not opposing violence against tomorrow's gay pride march in Jerusalem, while tension builds before the event with vigils being held along with calls for calm.Speaking at a World Travel Market event this week, Israel's Minister for Tourism, Isaac Herzog, encouraged holidaymakers to visit the country, telling PinkNews.co.uk that there are no problems with gays and lesbians coming.
Church leader opposes gay school book 1
12:00 AM — A Staffordshire cleric has launched a campaign to stop literature about gay relationships being shown in schools.Pastor Rod Lewis is calling on local residents to support his opposition to a book called Daddy's Roommate, which contains pictures of two men cuddling on the couch.
Gay designer zips into jungle 1
12:00 AM — A gay fashion designer, a former soap-star and Tony Blair's sister in-law will be roaring into the jungle for the latest series of ITV's reality show I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here next week.Gay designer Scott Henshall, who has dressed stars such as Paris Hilton and Kylie Minogue, says he aims to attract some male talent in the jungle, where he will be joined by ex Neighbours heartthrob Jason Donovan, and Lauren Booth, half-sister of the Prime Minister's wife.
Gay campaigners join calls for equality “shake-up” 12
12:00 AM — Activists from gay, black, disabled, elderly and religious groups gathered in City Hall to discuss the Discrimination Law Review which will set out the manifesto for the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) and will form the Single Equality Act.Alan Wardle, Public and Parliamentary Affairs spokesman for gay charity Stonewall, joined a panel headed by Lee Jasper, Director of Equalities at the London Mayor's Office, which included representatives from the Muslim Council of Britain, trade unions, lesbian MP Angela Eagle and the Disability Rights Commission.
8th November 2006
Israel Tourism Minister backs gay pride debate 23
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGays and lesbians are welcome in Israel but the issue of WorldPride should be left open to debate, the country's Tourism Minister announced last night.Isaac Herzog was unveiling a campaign for ThinkIsrael.com at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium last night, encouraging people to visit the "Holy land" of Israel.
Homophobia is not Wright
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveHomophobia is unacceptable in an office so should not be advocated on a football pitch, former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright said last night.Wright, now a football pundit and part time TV presenter, called on all discrimination to be outlawed as it makes it harder for players to perform.
THT Supper Club raises over £60,000
12:00 AM — Celebrity guests including Tracey Emin, Isabella Blow, Julien MacDonald, Martine McCutcheon and June Sarpong took part in last night's Supper Club event in aid of sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust.40 individual dinner parties were held simultaneously in London's best restaurants and private homes.
Cabinet urged out of closet over peerages 1
12:00 AM — Gay and lesbian fans of equality minister Ruth Kelly will be interested to hear that she has been asked to give evidence of what she knew about loans made to the Labour Party.Ms Kelly, Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government, which will oversee new equality regulations regarding the gay community, has been asked to provide in writing anything she knows in relation to the cash for peerages scandal rocking British politics.
7th November 2006
Police appeal after homophobic assault
12:00 AM — Westminster police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in the early hours of last Wednesday morning.At approximately 0300 hrs on 01/11/06, two male victims in their early twenties were walking along Tottenham Court Road, near Hanway Street, when they were approached by three men.
Stonewall Awards boost homophobia battle 2
12:00 AM — Stonewall's inaugural awards last week helped the charity raise£25,000 which will now go towards their Education for All programme aimed at combating homophobia in schools.Sponsored by Barclays, the awards at the Royal Academy of Arts, celebrated the positive contributions made by individuals and organisations, both gay and straight, to the lives of gay people in Britain.
Chris Smith to head advertising watchdog 1
12:00 AM — The first openly gay MP, former cabinet minister, Chris Smith has been appointed the new chairman of the Advertising Standards Authority.Chris Smith who sits in the House of Lords as Lord Smith of Finsbury will take over from the current chairman, Lord Borrie QC, on the 1st July 2007.Lord Smith was Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and a member of the Cabinet between 1997-2001.
Gay humanists fostering Pride in hostile areas
12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) is hosting a panel discussion meeting and film presentation focusing on homophobia at Moscow Pride in May this year, and in other Eastern European countries.GALHA has lined up five panellists for the event including Russian gay activist, Nicolai Alekseev
6th November 2006
X-Factor judges in homophobic row 3
12:00 AM — Reality show judges Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh launched gay insults at each other during last weekend's X Factor resulting in an off camera confrontation, according to reports.The music moguls who form the show's judging panel along with Sharon Osbourne, are known to have a tempestuous on-screen relationship, but Walsh is alleged to have had enough after Cowell insinuated that the Irish pop scout is gay during the live show.
Christians and Muslims unite against Scottish gays 4
12:00 AM — The Scottish branch of radical religious party the Christian Peoples' Alliance has turned to the Muslim community for help in battling "secular values" and pro-gay laws.The party has garnered over 1,000 signatures from Muslims who are against incoming laws which would allow gay couples to adopt.
Gay star backs World AIDS Day 1
12:00 AM — Hollywood actor Rupert Everett will show his support for World AIDS Day later this month in Manchester.Everett, one of Hollywood's first openly gay actors, will visit the city's gay village on November 22nd as part of a promotional tour for his autobiography Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins.