30th November 2005
Gay Soap star attacked by homophobic gang 1
12:00 AM — Soap star Anthony Cotton was rescued by minders on Thursday after he was allegedly attacked by a homophobic gang.The Daily Mirror claims that Mr Cotton, who plays gay factory worker and barman Sean Tully in Coronation Street, was surrounded by a gang of eight teens outside the set of the hit soap.A witness described the attack in the Daily Mirror: "These lads looked like serious trouble. They homed in on poor Anthony for whatever reason. They were like a pack of animals.
ASBO teen jailed for homophobic attack
12:00 AM — A teenager has been jailed for six years after being found guilty for his part in a homophobic attack on a man in Cheltenham.Steven Aubrey, 18, of Crabtree Place, Cheltenham, was 17 when he dragged Ian Mason, 33, out of his car and subjected him to a series of punches and kicks.The attack took place in a venue known by the police to be linked to gay cruising.
26th November 2005
Elton John and David Furnish opt for private gay wedding ceremony
12:00 AM — Sir Elton John's gay wedding to his partner David Furnish will be a private affair after he turned sown an offer worth over £6m to broadcast the occasion.The popstar and his entertainment producer partner will be one of the first couples in Britain to take advantage of the Civil Partnership Act, which will allow 'gay marriages' in all but name from the 21st December.
25th November 2005
Social worker suspended over gay porn accusations
12:00 AM — The head of a Scottish council's social work team faces the sack after gay porn was allegedly found on his work laptop computer.Jim Hadderty was immediately suspended after technicians said that they found pornographic material on his machine whilst carrying out repairs.Mr Hadderty was relieved of his duties as manager of a divisional social work department at Renfrewshire Council.
Liberal Judaism launches gay marriage ceremonies in Britain
12:00 AM — Liberal Judaism is to be come the first mainstream religious group to perform gay marriage services.The movement, which includes four lesbian Rabbis, and two gay Rabbis will introduce its 'Covenant of Love' to coincide with the Civil Partnership Act which comes into force on December 5th.However, the ceremony does not replace the need for a couple to perform a civil partnership, as there are no legal entitlements flowing from the blessing.
“Happy Slapping” girl asked gay murder victim to “pose for the camera”, court told 2
12:00 AM — A teenage girl asked a gay barman to "pose for the camera" before she filmed her friends kicking him to death, a court heart.The trial relates to the murder of David Morley, 37, a survivor of the 1999 Soho nail bomb attack, who was chatting with a friend, Alistair Whiteside, on the South Bank, when a gang pounced.
24th November 2005
Conservative Equality Spokeswoman explains her party’s gay rights policies 1
12:00 AM — Earlier this week, we reported that a Labour MP (Angela Eagle) described the Eleanor Laing, Conservative spokeswoman on Equality's attitude to the Equality Bill as 'sad'.Today, Ms Laing took advantage of our policy of allowing a right of reply to all articles by asking us to reprint this letter which she hopes will make her own views on the matter clear.
Gays can become Catholic priests if they can prove they’re celibate 12
12:00 AM — Gay men will be allowed to be Roman Catholic priests as long as they can prove that they have been celibate for a minimum of three years.The Vatican which was commissioned by the Pope, Benedict XIV, says that the church will ban gays who "publicly manifest their homosexuality or show an overwhelming attraction" to homosexual culture even if it is only intellectually".
20,000 British people may have HIV without knowing it
12:00 AM — A third of people who have HIV in the UK remain undiagnosed, a report by the Health Protection Agency has found.Despite over seven thousand new cases being diagnosed in the UK over 2005, almost twenty thousand people with the disease do not know that they are infected.Deborah Jack, the Chief Executive of the National AIDS trust says the results should be a wake up call to gay men to get tested.
23rd November 2005
Conservative Equality Spokeswoman slammed over gay rights 1
12:00 AM — Britain's only openly lesbian MP has condemned the Conservative Party for trying to allow small hotels and bbs (bed and breakfasts) to ban gay couples.The Equality Bill, which is currently having its second reading in the House of Commons, will ban the discrimination of people in the provision of goods and services due to their religion or their sexuality.
22nd November 2005
Lisburn set for u-turn over gay weddings ban
12:00 AM — Lisburn City Council is due to make a u-turn over the banning of gay wedding ceremonies on council properties.The council, in Northern Ireland has previously announced that it would not allow civil partnership ceremonies to take place in their wedding suite.Local authorities are forced to offer civil partnership registrations under the Civil Partnership Act that comes into effect in December of this year. However, they are free to decide whether to offer facilities for ceremonies on their properties.
Gay rights officer claims he was sacked because of a sex change
12:00 AM — Brighton and Hove council's gay rights officer was hounded out of a job because he had a sex change, a tribunal heard this week.Andy Baldwin, 34, says he was forced out of his job for the local authority after he changed his name from Andrea. He claims that he lost his £26,000-a-year job due to a "culture of prejudice and discrimination against transsexuals."
21st November 2005
Police Investigating Disappearance of Gay Man
12:00 AM — (London, UK) - Detectives from London's Specialist Crime Directorate are investigating the disappearance of 61-year-old Alexandre Madeira Marques, known as Alex.Alexandre, originally from Portugal, was last seen at 11:00am on Sunday, October 16 when a neighbor saw him at his home in Notting Hill. He apparently arranged with a friend to meet for a drink at the Notting Hill Gate Cafe, but then did not show up or call.Alexandre works in London as a waiter and at the ARTS club in Mayfair and failed to show up the following day for work. Coworkers said he was known for being very reliable and punctual.
Serial killer Rose West in lesbian relationship
12:00 AM — The Sunday Mirror claims that serial killer Rose West has embarked on a lesbian affair with a fellow prisoner.West, 51 met Chantelle Easton, 39, who is serving a sentence for robbery at Bronzefield prison in Ashford.They are both being held in the prison's segregation unit. West is kept there for her own safety, whilst Easton was transferred there after being abusive to an officer.
19th November 2005
Northern Ireland politician claims gays are “abominable and filthy” 6
12:00 AM — A councillor for the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), led by Dr Ian Paisley ha branded gays as "abominable and filthy" and to blame for Hurricane Katrina and the spread of AIDs in Africa.Maurice Mills councillor in Ballymena, Northern Ireland claimed that Hurricane Katrina was a judgement from God: "the media failed to report that the hurricane occurred just two days prior to the annual homosexual event called the Southern Decadence Festival, which the previous year had attracted an estimated 125,000 people.
17th November 2005
Church of England’s position on gay rights is evil, says right wing Bishops 2
12:00 AM — The split in the Anglican Church over the issue of homosexuality has continued today, with ultra-conservative church leaders condemning the policies of the Church of England as evil.The "Global South", a group of ultra-right wing, anti-gay bishops led by the Nigerian archbishop, Dr Peter Akinola in letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, urge him to reconsider his personal views on homosexuality: "we urge you to rethink your personal view and embrace the Church's consensus and to act on it, based as it is on the clear witness of Scripture."
Charles Clarke hints at Crystal Meth re-classification
12:00 AM — The Home Secretary, Charles Clarke has made the strongest hints yet that Crystal Meth (methylamphetamine) could be reclassified as a class-A drug.His comments follow a report from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), which examined toxicity, risk, manufacture and prevalence of the drug and considered whether the current classification is appropriate.The ACMD did not recommend the immediate re-classification of the drug but voiced concern over the growing use of the drug.
16th November 2005
Gay Wedding expo hits London 1
12:00 AM — Britain's first gay wedding exhibition is to take place in North London this weekend.The Modern Life show is billed as a one-stop shop to assist couples embarking on a civil partnership. Taking place at the Islington Design Centre it will feature exhibitors including Moss Bros, Debenhams, wedding venues, financial advisors, photographers and cake makers.The exhibition has been publicised across the gay media and through more traditional outlets including posters at tube stations. Tickets cost £10 (including a £1 donation to the Elton John Foundation).
UK travel industry unprepared for gay honeymooners
12:00 AM — The United Kingdom's travel industry is expected to struggle to meet the sudden demand for gay honeymoons when same-sex weddings become legal next month.Beginning the fifth of December, gay and lesbian couples will be able to formalize their relationships with local authorities under the Civil Partnership Bill. Already, the UK based Out Now Consulting has predicted nearly 275,000 gay couples will take advantage of the new law.
15th November 2005
Doctors warn gays on crystal meth dangers
12:00 AM — Britain is on the brink of gay club drug epidemic Doctors warned today. Crystal meth or Methamphetamine use is already rife amongst the gay dance scene and is about to spiral out of control into the UK's mainstream culture.Also known as 'tina', 'krank' or 'ice', the ease of production and euphoric effects have ensured dramatic escalation of the drug's distribution worldwide. Crystal users experience a temporary sense of supreme confidence, alertness and have an increased perception of self-attractiveness. On the other hand it also delivers paranoia, agitation and violence in some individuals.