10th March 2006
Gay social networking site launches beta test phase
12:00 AM — PinkMates.co.uk the latest site from the team behind PinkNews.co.uk has announced that it is to launch with a beta test period from the 10th March 2006.Up to 10,000 free accounts will be allocated during this pre-launch stage to iron out bugs in the system.
Gay banker not sacked over sexuality, tribunal told 4
12:00 AM — HSBC's human resources manager has insisted that a gay banker was not sacked because of his sexuality.HR manager Natalie Hattrell told an employment tribunal that the bank had followed "entirely correct procedures" when it dismissed Peter Lewis, who claims he was fired because he was gay.
Elton John offers fans his Red Piano
12:00 AM — Music legend Elton John is putting his world renowned red piano up for auction on bidding site eBay.The star is offering his fans a chance to do the crocodile rock with "Fiona," the name of his instrument that he has played at numerous concerts.
EastEnders star turned MEP to hold gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — Former EastEnders actor Michael Cashman will become Britain's first MEP to have a civil partnership this weekend.The Labour MEP for the West Midlands will wed his long term partner, Paul Cottingham tomorrow at a star studded ceremony in South London attended by names such as Barbara Windsor, Patrick Stewart and Tony Blair.
“England team are gay boys”- says Oasis star 1
12:00 AM — Oasis singer Liam Gallagher has used his bands recent tour to launch an attack on the England football team by calling them a bunch of "gay boys"The front man said: "At times the England players seem to play like women. Beckham and others, they're gay boys."
9th March 2006
First civil ceremony for gay MP 1
12:00 AM — A Labour environment minister will become the first MP to have a civil partnership.Labour MP, Ben Bradshaw announced yesterday that he will be holding a civil ceremony with partner, Neal Dalgleish, who is a BBC Newsnight journalist.Family and friends will witness the representative for Exeter's gay marriage ceremony to his partner in June.
Archbishop dismisses gay debate
12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned Anglican leaders that he does not want to use the Church's upcoming conference as a debating ground for homosexuality.In a letter to communion leaders, Dr Rowan Williams said he felt there was not "much enthusiasm" for reopening the issue which was discussed at the 1998 conference, where it was affirmed that homosexual behaviour is incompatible with the Bible.
UK Census ignores the number of gays in the village 5
12:00 AM — The 2011 Census will contain a civil partnerships section but questions on sexual orientation have been omitted, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.However, a nationwide government survey which includes questions on sexuality will be sent to UK households as part of a bid to calculate the amount lesbian, gay, and bisexual people living in Britain.
Little Britain to register gay catchphrases 5
12:00 AM — The creators of camp comedy, Little Britain, will embrace toilet humour with a range of bathroom products containing famous phrases from the hit show, according to newspaper reports.David Walliams and Matt Lucas are said to have applied to register well known lines from characters such as Daffyd "the only gay in the village", and Emily "I'm a lady!" Howard.
Government minister to become first MP to have gay marriage 2
12:00 AM — Labour MP, Ben Bradshaw announced yesterday that he will be holding a civil ceremony with partner, Neal Dalgleish, who is a BBC Newsnight journalist.Family and friends will witness the representative for Exeter's gay marriage ceremony to his partner in June. His spokesman said: "To celebrate the occasion they're giving a party for family and close friends at Ben's sister's home in Herefordshire."
Homophobic attack victim invites culprit to church
12:00 AM — A gay faith worker who was the victim of a homophobic attack, has invited his aggressor to his church.Dr Barry Rathbone, who runs a multi-faith group, the Beacon Project, in the coastal town of Boscombe, was attacked with a baseball bat and left with broken ribs and suspected spleen damage, by Martin Powell in November last year.
8th March 2006
Gay pride is music to Virgin’s ears 6
12:00 AM — Virgin Mobile is the first blue chip company sign up as a gold sponsor for the massive EuroPride London festival taking place across the city during the last two weeks in June and featuring EuroPride day on Saturday, July 1.The mobile phone service provider will host, as their main attraction, the Virgin Mobile Cabaret Stage in London's Leicester Square following the largest ever LGBT Pride Parade through central London from Oxford Street.
Pub owner charged for reprimanding kissing lesbians
12:00 AM — An Irish pub owner has been charged with discrimination after ordering a lesbian couple to stop kissing in his establishment.Judges ruled yesterday that the request breached the Equal Status Act because it was discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.The case was brought by the Equality Authority on behalf of Eileen Twomey and Myra McGuirk, against publican Michael Malone of Malone's Pub in Cork.
Gay media monitor launched
12:00 AM — A new scheme has been launched by gay charity, Stonewall, to monitor the portral of gay people in the media, after the BBC was slammed for its coverage of homosexual issues.The project will allow TV viewers, radio listeners and newspaper readers to log any instances of homophobia they witness in the media.
MP defends meeting with anti gay Muslim group 2
12:00 AM — Former cabinet minister, Clare Short, has defended a meeting she held with a radical Muslim group last week, amid anger from fellow Labour MPs and gay rights activists.The former international development secretary invited Islamic group, Hizb ut-Tahrir, which the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, wishes to ban from Britain, to speak to MPs.
Ashley Cole uses internet to discover impact of “gay” rumours 23
12:00 AM — The solicitors for footballer Ashley Cole in his libel case against the News of the World and the Sun are taking to the internet to decipher how articles relating to a "gay orgy" have affected the public perception of the Arsenal and England star.Answers to the questions will be used as evidence in a civil court case against the papers involved, and some of the respondents may be called as witnesses.
HSBC “masturbator” secretly filmed disciplinary hearing, tribunal told 4
12:00 AM — The gay, former HSBC investment banker who is claiming unfair dismissal told an employment tribunal that he secretly filmed his disciplinary appeal hearing because he did not trust his employer.Peter Lewis, claims he was sacked by the bank because he is gay. He was dismissed by the banking giant for "gross personal misconduct". The incident in question relates to an encounter between Mr Lewis and another male employee of the bank, which ultimately resulted in a complaint of "sexual harassment".
Gay banker masturbated in front of employee, tribunal told 4
12:00 AM — A gay banker was allegedly sacked by HSBC for masturbating in front of a male employee in the work gym shower, an employment tribunal has been told.43-year-old Peter Lewis, claims he was sacked by the bank because he is gay. He was dismissed by the banking giant for "gross personal misconduct". The incident in question relates to an encounter between Mr Lewis and another male employee of the bank, which ultimately resulted in a complaint of "sexual harassment".
7th March 2006
More gay people should be welcomed to the Church, dean says
12:00 AM — A senior Portsmouth Reverend is calling for gay people to be welcomed into the Church.The Dean of Portsmouth Cathedral, the Very Rev David Brindley, said openly gay people should be welcomed into church communities and allowed to become priests. According to Church policy gay clergy should not be sexually active.
Scientologist John Travolta to play woman in camp film 7
12:00 AM — The Scientologist, John Travolta is to play a the role of a woman in the a film version of the hit camp Broadway musical Hairspray.The Hollywood star has been cast to play the role of Edna Turnblad, the mother of a teenage aspiring dancer, in the silver screen adaptation of the hit musical, itself adapted from the 1988 cult movie of the same name, then staring Ricki Lake.