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  • 17th March 2006

    Scottish hoteliers fear equal gay rights 2

    The Equality Act is expected to come into force in October

    12:00 AM — The Equality Act, which gives gays and lesbians equal access to products and services, could cause big loss for Highland tourism, it has been claimed.Hotel owners have voiced fears that religious views in the area could see places being shut down and tourists deliberately staying away.

  • Former nurse jailed for murdering gay pensioner

    Mark Pacelli Papazian, 50, was sentenced at the Old Bailey after pleading guilty

    12:00 AM — A man was jailed for 23 years today for murdering a gay retired English teacher who had treated him as a lover.The former psychiatric nurse was imprisoned after being found guilty of killing 65 year old Roger Hendra at his flat in Hampstead, London, last June.

  • Gay agency offers Greek trip for biggest fundraisers

    The holiday valued at £1,000 is for a seven night stay for two people

    12:00 AM — The National AIDs Trust (NAT) is offering a holiday to the Greek Island of Mykonos for the person who can raise the most money for the charitable organisation.Supporters can fundraise in any way they like and whoever sends the largest amount of proceeds to the NAT will win the trip with gay tour operator, Respect holidays.

  • Gay banker’s sacking was “fair but not perfect” 4

    The head of the disciplinary hearing last year, Charles Laughton-Scott, told the Stratford tribunal, “We considered it had been a fair process. Was it perfect? No“

    12:00 AM — HSBC handled a gay banker's dismissal in a fair but not perfect way, a senior HSBC executive admitted to an employment tribunal yesterday.Peter Lewis, the bank's former equity head, was sacked after a disciplinary hearing where a fellow employee accused him of masturbating in front of him, but Mr Lewis claims he was discriminated against because of his sexual orientation.

  • Gay affair break up captures the nation

    Over 40 people have responded to her article

    12:00 AM — A woman whose engagement fell apart after discovering her fiancé frequently visited gay saunas, has generated a hugely emotive and informative debate in a UK broadsheet.The case of Iris Scott, who just days before her marriage discovered that her boyfriend had betrayed her with sexual encounters with gay men, has caught the heart and minds of readers of The Times.

  • 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.

  • 16th March 2006

    Gay Navy officers to march with pride 2

    The Royal Navy was the first of the UK armed forces to sign up to a Stonewall scheme to promote fair treatment of gays, lesbians and bisexuals in the workplace

    12:00 AM — Navy officers may be allowed to wear their uniforms at this year's EuroPride event in London, according to newspaper reports.The Royal Navy is expected to push the proposal at a conference on gay rights later today in an address by second sea lord, Vice Admiral Adrian Johns.He will refer to the navy's work with gay group Stonewall and the possibility of an "overt service presence" at the parade on July 1.

  • Homophobia being kicked out of sport

    The MPs welcomed Stonewall FC's efforts in challenging homophobia within sport

    12:00 AM — Gay footballers are looking to give homophobia a thrashing after highlighting the issue in a 7-0 friendly victory against the UK Parliamentary Football Club.The match, between gay football team Stonewall FC and the all party parliamentary side, was arranged to raise awareness of homophobia.

  • Benefits mix up leaves gay couple in the dark

    Brian Strange and Chris Davis had to live without hot water and lighting when they couldn't afford to top up their electricity meter

    12:00 AM — A gay couple were left with no utilities for two days because changes in the law caused them to lose a significant amount of their benefits.Brian Strange and Chris Davis had to live without hot water and lighting when they couldn't afford to top up their electricity meter after the Civil Partnership Act legislated that gay couples no longer receive separate benefits.

  • Win a copy of Antiques Antiques, the musical 57

    We've got five copies of this great DVD to give away!

    12:00 AM — Acorn Antiques, the musical, written by the multi award-winning comedian and writer Victoria Wood, is now available on DVD.Filmed at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London's West End during its sell-out run, the new production reunites the legendary Julie Walters (Mrs Overall), Celia Imrie (Miss Babs) and Duncan Preston (Mr Clifford) - the original cast of the spoof soap opera, first seen on television 21 years ago.We've got five copies of this camp extravaganza to give away.

  • Report slams gay housing provisions 2

    spokeswoman from the Mid Wales Housing Association told PinkNews.co.uk: “We don't make any distinctions between who the partnership is between, there is total equality“

    12:00 AM — Housing providers have a severe lack of knowledge of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) housing requirements, according to a study.A report by Stonewall Cymru and Triangle Wales revealed gaps in housing provision for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people, which they blame on homophobia and low awareness of the needs of the gay community.

  • Gay singer auctioned for HIV charity

    The auction, now in its tenth year, was held at Christie's and saw a fantastic array of luxury items, bespoke packages and 'money can't buy' experiences (courtesy of: Salamander Photo)

    12:00 AM — An erotic Tracey Emin print and a night out with gay star George Michael were two of the auction lots which helped to raise over £230,000 at the Lighthouse Gala Auction last night.The auction, sponsored by Barclays, was attended by Tracey, Kenny and other celebrity supportersincluding Penny Smith, Richard Arnold, Lee Otway and Lord Brockett.

  • Craig David wants to rewind gay rumours 3

    He explained that rumours started about his sexual orientation after he deliberately shied away from fans

    12:00 AM — British R B singer Craig David has blamed his lack of luck with the opposite sex on reports earlier in his career that he is gay.He explained that rumours started about his sexual orientation after he deliberately shied away from fans because of their age and experience.

  • Gay barman in “rape lie” 1

    The jury heard that Mr Schwan became upset during an evening out and that he felt there was someone outside who wanted to “get him“.

    12:00 AM — A gay barman is being accused of perverting the course of justice after telling police he had been raped.Daniel Schwan, 29, an employee of the Chicago Rock Café in Hertfordshire, is on trial at a Cheshunt court for alleging he was attacked in a railway station car park.

  • 15th March 2006

    Daily Star apologises to Ashley Cole over “gay” stories 26

    The Daily Star has retracted the articles and will apologise to Mr Cole

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAshley Cole is due to receive an apology from The Daily Star after the tabloid printed stories relating to the News of the World "gay orgy" articles which eventually led to the identification of the footballer.The Arsenal and England star objected to articles from three separate editions of the paper, one which retold the News of the World story, a picture of Mr Cole looking feminine with a caption by his phone, an image from websites claiming to be of the footballers involved, and a falsely attributed headline from the star saying, "I'm no rear gunner."

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