13th September 2006
PinkNews nominated for gay contribution award 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk has been shortlisted as Publication of the Year in the Stonewall Awards.Nominees were announced today for the 2006 ceremony which includes awards recognising the contribution to the gay community of broadcasters, writers and publications such as PinkNews.co.uk which is the only lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) news service shortlisted along with lesbian magazine Diva, The Economist, Guardian Unlimited, and The Independent.
12th September 2006
Sisters argue for gay union and marriage inheritance rights
12:00 AM — Two elderly sisters are set to argue for inheritance tax exemptions which usually apply to civil partners and married couples.The siblings have been living together in Wiltshire since they were born, but Joyce, 88, and Sybil Burden, 80, fear that one of them will be left with a large inheritance tax bill when the other passes away.
Lesbian kiss fails to boost profits 3
12:00 AM — An advert featuring a lesbian catfight and embrace has failed to boost fashion designer French Connection's profits after it announced its first loss in 14 years today.The brand, which dropped its FCUK logo for a £2 million Fashion versus Style campaign, announced losses of over £3 million for the first six months of this year, compared to profits of over £5 million previously.
Catholics losing faith over gay adoption
12:00 AM — Religious leaders have lost faith in Scotland's First Minister over controversial plans to allow gay couples to adopt.Jack McConnell met clergymen yesterday amid reports that the Bishop of Motherwell, Joseph Devine, a vocal opponent of the Adoption and Children Bill, wrote to Labour and Liberal Democrat MSPs outlining his disillusionment with the Scottish Executive.
Gay groups wary after killer escapes jail
12:00 AM — A man who was jailed for murdering a gay singer in 1992 escaped from jail two months ago, it has been revealed this week.Gay groups are outraged that it has taken Gwent Police so long to inform them that Lee Dewhurst had failed to return to Prescoed open prison in South Wales where he was serving a life sentence for the murder of Stephen O'Hara.
Gay man appointed to influential nursing post
12:00 AM — Members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) the world's largest trade union of nurses - have appointed a gay man to one of its most influential posts for the first time.Jason Warriner, a sexual health nurse from London, has been elected to serve as chairman of the RCN's annual Congress, where thousands of nurses gather to debate the future policies of the organisation.
Westminster encouraging gay business
12:00 AM — Gay businesses, bars, clubs and community centres in the popular area of Soho are to be encouraged and improved under a public consultation by Westminster City Council aimed at regenerating the area for its diverse communities.The Soho Action Plan was launched today and seeks public views on how the West End, which includes popular gay areas such as Old Compton Street and Soho Square, can serve its visitors better.
11th September 2006
Anglican bishops attempt gay truce
12:00 AM — Senior church leaders will meet in New York this week to draw up a temporary agreement to amend the Anglican Church's rift over homosexuality, according to reports.US conservatives and liberals are rumoured to be meeting under the direction of Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, to agree on a truce until the denomination's Lambeth Conference in 2008.
Trans gynaecologist returns to work
12:00 AM — A gynaecologist who underwent gender reassignment surgery in January has returned to work today feeling like a new woman.Celia Macleod, worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn Norfolk since 1982 as Colin Bone.The 60-year old was previously known for her bow tie collection, which will now be auctioned to raise money for the hospital.
8th September 2006
Phillips must ‘prove himself’ in gay equality role
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveCampaigners have immediately called on Trevor Phillips to prove himself to the gay community after he was officially appointed as the leader of the new equality and human rights body this morning.Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, today announced the appointment of Mr Phillips as the Chair of the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR).
Gay stories from around the world
12:00 AM — What's hot on the web? PinkNews.co.uk brings you a little taster of some of the gay-related news items on the net today. The Sun Biting football lesbian is caged A LESBIAN footballer who bit off her lover's EAR has been jailed indefinitely. Ex-Arsenal ace Katie Saunders, 28, leapt on Emily Kelly, 25, after chasing her down the street.
Interview: Stonewall’s Diversity Champion
12:00 AM — The news that Manchester City have become the first Premiership football club to sign up for Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme is another coup for the UK's premier gay rights organisation.Tony Grew spoke to Stonewall's director of workplace programmes about football, life in the Royal Navy and the smart multi-national companies who understand that workers who can be open about their sexuality are more productive.
Gay bar criticises hate crime response 1
12:00 AM — A publican has criticised local police for not doing enough to stop hate crime in Northampton.Matt Morris, landlord for the Boston Clipper gay bar, is arranging a memorial event for a customer who was murdered last July after leaving the venue.Michael Fardon was found 200 yards from the venue behind a dumpster with broken ribs and head and facial injuries, his family were unaware that the 45 year old was gay.
Thug gets four years for glassing gay man
12:00 AM — Colin Black and his boyfriend Paul were enjoying a Boxing Day drink with family members in the City Arms pub in Saltney, Cheshire.The couple were excited - they had planned to have a civil partnership ceremony a few days after Christmas.As Black returned from the toilet, he was verbally abused. When he turned to see who had called him a queer, a bottle was smashed in his face by Anthony Close.
7th September 2006
Gordon Brown: Homophobic or too busy? 25
12:00 AM — As Tony Blair is expected to outline his resignation plans later today, PinkNews.co.uk analyses the Prime Minister's likely successor.The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, has consistently failed to support gay rights in Parliament since the Labour party was elected in 1997.
Matt Lucas gay ‘marriage’ rumours 1
12:00 AM — Little Britain star Matt Lucas is planning to contract a civil partnership with his boyfriend, according to The Sun .The 32-year-old comedian is reported to have proposed last May, and reveals in a new book about the hit series, Inside Little Britain, that he feels that he feels he and his boyfriend are "destined to be together."
Gay community protests violent porn bill 6
12:00 AM — Sections of the gay community have joined protests against proposed legislation which would make possession of violent and extreme pornographic material a crime.The controversial law has been put through consultation by the Home Office after a campaign from family and friends of Jane Longhurst who was murdered in 2003 by a violent porn addict.
Gay rebel MP unhappy with Blair’s timing 1
12:00 AM — Gay MP Chris Bryant, who earlier in the week signed a letter calling on Tony Blair to go, has told PinkNews.co.uk that he is not happy with Mr Blair's announcement this afternoon that he will stand down before the 2007 party conference.When asked if he was pleased that the Prime Minister has agreed to what Mr Bryant and others had demanded, he replied: "Well he hasn't."
6th September 2006
Stonewall not impressed with new equality head 1
12:00 AM — Leading gay rights organisation Stonewall has expressed concern over press reports that the current chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality is set to take control of the new 'super-commission' for human rights and equality.Trevor Phillips has had a controversial tenure at the CRE, criticising the concept of multi-culturalism and warning against the dangers of de-facto segregation in schools.
Cheggers plays homophobe in Extras
12:00 AM — Gay icon Keith Chegwin is to star as a foul-mouthed gay basher in the upcoming series of Ricky Gervais-scripted comedy Extras. Cheggers, known to millions as the lovable face of 1980's kids TV, wowed gay audiences with his chiselled body in the experimental Channel Five show Naked Jungle in 2000.All the contestants in the gameshow were naked - as was Cheggers. Inexplicably, only one episode of the show was ever made.