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  • 22nd March 2006

    No tax increase on spirits puts gay bar owners in party mood

    4p tax on wine - let's get stuck into the bubbly!

    12:00 AM — Gay bars breathed a sigh of relief as Chancellor Gordon Brown announced his budget for 2006 today. Spirits and Champagne will not be subject to a tax increase, though beer and wine drinkers will have to drown their sorrows as the beverages are hit with a 1p and 4p tax hike respectively.James Norton, Duty Manager at the gay bar 79CXR said "I'm delighted they're not taxing champagne because we sell quite a lot of that, and spirits too. That's great as far as we're concerned!"

  • Bottoms up! No tax increase on spirits puts gay bar owners in party mood

    4p tax on wine - let's get stuck into the bubbly!

    12:00 AM — Gay bars breathed a sigh of relief as Chancellor Gordon Brown announced his budget for 2006 today. Spirits and Champagne will not be subject to a tax increase, though beer and wine drinkers will have to drown their sorrows as the beverages are hit with a 1p and 4p tax hike respectively.James Norton, Duty Manager at the gay bar 79CXR said "I'm delighted they're not taxing champagne because we sell quite a lot of that, and spirits too. That's great as far as we're concerned!"

  • 21st March 2006

    Equality review highlights issue of homophobic bullying 4

    Homophobic bullying can lead to trauancy and crime says the government report

    12:00 AM — Trevor Phillips, chair of the government's independent Equalities Review, spoke out about the problems of homophobic bullying in a consultation report published today."We need to focus our efforts to ensure that all of those who are disadvantaged in some way are given the opportunity to reach their full potential and contribute to a vibrant and successful UK economy," said Mr Phillips. The social cost and lost earnings are thought to cost billions of pounds a year.

  • Human rights group condemns Islamists and the Metropolitan Police

    Maryam Namazie called for an end to “political Islam”

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe fifth annual Peter Tatchell Human Rights Fund meeting was held in London last night despite the pulling out of the guest speaker, the liberal Islamic theologian, Sheikh Dr Muhammad Yusuf due to death threats.Instead the main speaker was the Iranian born secularist Maryam Namazie who claimed that supporters "should pay more to hear me speak than some Imam."

  • Councillor expresses concerns about discrimination law opt outs

    No one refused hotel room or table in restaurant because of sexuality, Johnson hopes

    12:00 AM — Simon Williams, the Green Party councillor for Brighton, voiced his concerns today over the government's soon to be implemented anti discrimination legislation.New rules expected to come in in October 2006 will make it illegal for lesbian or gay customers to be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation. Hotels, insurance providers and house sellers or landlords will all be targeted by the policy, which Mr Williams described as "welcome". So why the concern?

  • Council and Clergy gay marriage mix up

    The Council appologises to anti gay marriage vicar for misrepresenting him

    12:00 AM — When The Rev Philip Millen of Randalstown Free Presbyterian Church wrote a letter to Anrtim Borough Council objecting to civil partnerships, he was horrified to see it photocopied on the back of civil partnership application forms.A "clerical error" was blamed for the mix up, but that doesn't stop Mr Millen hinting darkly that "there may be ulterior motives at work".

  • Gay Tory MP Alan Duncan, criticised by members at local party meeting 1

    Alan Duncan came out as gay four years ago

    12:00 AM — The Conservative party's first openly gay MP was the subject of an extraordinary argument at his local constituency annual meeting, where a member called on him to be replaced as local MP.Alan Duncan, who is currently the shadow trade and industry secretary in David Cameron's shadow cabinet, came out as gay in 2002 after 10 years as an MP. He was attacked by a local party member who claimed that Mr Duncan had been wrong not to declare his sexuality earlier.

  • Hate crimes against transsexuals to be targeted by police

    PSNI Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde claims that hate crime remains the largest problem facing his force

    12:00 AM — Transphobic hate crimes against transsexuals and transvestites in Northern Ireland will from today be recorded separately from other hate crimes to allow the police to gain a greater understanding of the challenges faced by members of the transgendered community.The Democratic Unionist party (DUP) has labelled the move as "political correctness gone mad."

  • 20th March 2006

    Beverly Knight hits out against homophobia in black music 2

    Beverly Knight is well known as a gay icon

    12:00 AM — Pop diva Beverly Knight has spoken out against the blatant homophobia in a great deal of music from black artists including Beenie Man.Ms Knight first spoke out against homophobia in 2004 following the death of her friend, the television presenter Tyrone Jameson who died of AIDs.The pop star has in her own right become an icon of the gay community.

  • Liberal Islamic scholar forced to pull out of gay rights speech by Muslim leaders

    Peter Tatchell said: “Support for a liberal, progressive Islam is an urgent priority“

    12:00 AM — The liberal Islamic theologian, Sheikh Dr Muhammad Yusuf, has been pressured to pull out of a lecture he was due to give tonight in London to raise funds for the gay rights activist Peter Tatchell, following protests and warnings by Muslim leaders.Dr Yusuf was due to call for an "Islamic Reformation" to an audience primarily made up of gay men and women.The engagement has allegedly provoked the wrath of senior Islamic clerics, who warned they could not guarantee his safety if the lecture went ahead.

  • 19th March 2006

    Gay Briton accused of murder released on bail in Crete

    Ryan Johnson was arrested on Monday and appeared in court on Crete on Thursday

    12:00 AM — A gay British man accused of killing his parents following a rift over his homosexuality has been bailed in Crete.Ryan Johnson, 32, from Newlyn, was arrested on Monday and appeared in court on Crete on Thursday. He is charged with murdering Terry and Jo Johnson, aged 53 and 54, at the weekend. Members of his family arrived on the Greek island on Thursday night.

  • Boyzone star holds gay wedding in London 2

    Former Boyzone singer Stephen Gately today married his gay partner

    12:00 AM — Former Boyzone singer Stephen Gately today married his gay partner in a civil ceremony at an exclusive hotel next door to Buckingham Palace.The 30-year-old singer had previously held a commitment ceremony with the internet entrepreneur, Andy Cowles, in Las Vegas three years ago.A spokesman for the Goring Hotel said that Sir Elton John, who was expected to be one of the guests, was not present.

  • Beckham’s ex says she’s not a lesbian, but is bisexual

    Ms Loos famously masturbated a pig on the reality television programme, the Farm

    12:00 AM — Rebecca Loos, who famously enjoyed a brief affair with England and Real Madrid star David Beckham says that despite being bisexual, she would only settle down with a man.The former personal assistant said: "I love lesbians but I'm not one myself. I'm bisexual. I do fancy some women, but only very occasionally. I rarely walk into a room and am attracted to a girl. I'm very picky. But there is the potential for me to fancy women."

  • Gay police chief believes he is being made the fall guy for the tube shooting 7

    Britain Paddick is furious at being “hung out to dry”

    12:00 AM — Sources close to the most senior gay police officer in Britain say that he has been made "the fall guy" in a campaign to save the job of Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan police commissioner.Colleagues of Britain Paddick, the deputy assistant commissioner say that he is furious at being "hung out to dry" by the force after he gave a testimony on his boss, Sir Ian to the investigators looking into the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, a 27-year-old Brazilian at Stockwell tube station last year.

  • 17th March 2006

    Dutch group tackles gay Muslim tensions

    Muslim-gay friction will be the theme of the football matches to be held next week

    12:00 AM — A Dutch multicultural group is hoping to attack tensions between gay and Muslim groups with a football tournament.The Institute of Multicultural Development (IMD) will hold the competition next week in reaction to a survey by the Police Research Academy which blamed people of Moroccan and Turkish origin for a significant amount of homophobic attacks.

  • Iraqi Ayatollah sparks outrage after decreeing death to gays 2

    Haydar Faiek, aged 40, a transsexual Iraqi, was allegedly beaten and burned to death

    12:00 AM — A gay rights group will hold an anti war protest in London this weekend after a senior Iraqi Shia leader called for homosexuals to be killed in the ""worst, most severe way," according to gay rights activists.Outrage claim that Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani of Iraq is encouraging the murder of gays and lesbians through his website where he replied to a question on sodomy and lesbianism saying it is punishable by death.

  • Son denies gay family rift

    Mr Johnson is being tried for murder on the Greek Island

    12:00 AM — A gay man has denied murdering his parents and vowed to find their killers.Speaking outside a court in Chania in Crete, where magistrate's had privately questioned him, Ryan Johnson refused to comment on claims that his sexuality caused rifts between him and his family.

  • Gay officer heats up tube shooting debate 8

    Brian Paddick may face a probe from The Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) for leaking the information

    12:00 AM — A senior gay police officer has revealed he may pursue legal action against the Metropolitan police to defend claims that a member of Met chief Sir Ian Blair's private team knew the Stockwell Tube shooting victim Charles de Menezes was an innocent man just six hours after his death.Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Brian Paddick believes he is being accused of lying after the Met said that rumours of a senior officer knowing Mr Menezes was wrongfully shot just six hours after his death were untrue.

  • Gay star’s partner says no to Wife Swap

    Michael Barrymore will appear on a gay celebrity Wife Swap

    12:00 AM — Gay singer George Michael's partner has refused to take part in a gay celebrity Wife Swap episode with TV presenter Michael Barrymore.Kenny Goss ruled out the switch at the Terrence Higgins Trust celebrity auction at Christies this week, where a dinner date with his partner was auctioned off.

  • Gay couple’s civil celebrations blocked

    The incoming Equality Bill would make it against the law for service providers such as hotels, to refuse products and access

    12:00 AM — A gay couple were not allowed to celebrate their civil partnership ceremony after a hotel refused to accept large celebrations.The four star, New World Hotel , told Richard Minns and Paul Rice that same sex celebrations could not have more than eight people at the reception.

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