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  • 8th March 2006

    Ashley Cole uses internet to discover impact of “gay” rumours 23

    Mr Cole wishes to find how his fans found out about the rumours

    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

    Mr Lewis was global head of equity trading and was believed to have earned around £1m a year

    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".

  • 7th March 2006

    EastEnders actress explains lesbian role

    The 22-year-old star spoke openly about her breast enlargement and her character's upcoming shock lesbian affair

    12:00 AM — EastEnders actress Natalie Cassidy answered questions about her character's upcoming lesbian storyline on a visited to a North London hospital radio station this weekRadio Brockley, which has been based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital for forty years, hosted Ms Cassidy, who plays Sonia Fowler in the BBC prime time soap. She told the show the storyline was a strange experience.

  • Gay men more aware of HIV drug

    The campaign also had a significant impact on the numbers of gay men seeking PEP

    12:00 AM — Gay men's awareness of a drug which could prevent HIV infection when someone has been exposed to the virus has doubled in the UK following a targeted national education campaign. The drug, called Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), has an 80% chance of preventing HIV infection if taken within 72 hours of exposure, for 28 days.According to new data from the National Gay Men's Sex Survey undertaken by Sigma Research, gay men in the UK in 2005 were twice as likely to be aware of PEP than they were in 2003, an increase from 22% to 39% following an awareness campaign coordinated by Terrence Higgins Trust.

  • Further student protests at gay blood discrimination 6

    Students across the UK are involved in the campaign and several colleges and universities have held local events to highlight the campaign

    12:00 AM — Inequality in the Scottish blood transfusion service is being highlighted this week with a series of events being held by students across Scotland.Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dunfermline and Kilmarnock will all see events held outside blood transfusion venues on 9 March, where students will urge members of the public to give blood because gay and bisexual men are banned from doing so. Scotland needs 1,000 blood donations per day to keep up with demand.

  • More gay people should be welcomed to the Church, dean says

    The Very Rev David Brindley, said openly gay people should be welcomed into church communities and allowed to become priests

    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

    The casting of Mr Travolta is controversial

    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.

  • 6th March 2006

    Google may face legal action over Ashley Cole searches 5

    Visitors to Google are presented with information relating to the keywords “Ashley Cole gay” when they search for the Arsenal star (ChoiceFM publicity photo)

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe internet search engine, Google, may face legal action following the way it presents search results relating to the Arsenal and England defender, Ashley Cole.Customers seeking information using the keywords, "Ashley Cole" are controversially now shown additional information for the keywords, "Ashley Cole gay" within the main body of their requested search results.

  • Banker to tell tribunal he was sacked because he was gay 4

    Mr Lewis was global head of equity trading and is believed to earn around £1m a year

    12:00 AM — A banker's £5m compensation claim against HSBC over allegations that the City giant sacked him because he was openly gay is due to start at an employment tribunal in east London today.An investment banker who claims he was sacked from HSBC because he was gay will have his case heard at an employment tribunal this week.

  • Ex-stripper tops the UK music charts with “Chico Time” 1

    Former stipper Chico scored a number one single

    12:00 AM — The former stripper and X-Factor constant Chico, has topped the UK charts with his debut single, "Chico Time."The singer who has quickly grown a following in the gay community thanks to his cheesy pop tunes, knocked gay icon and pop queen Madonna off her perch at the top of the charts.Fellow gay icons, the Pussycat Dolls missed out on another number one, their single "Beep" went in just below Chico at number two.

  • Gay Jews may get marriage rights

    Conservative Judaism believes in Jewish law and tradition (halakhah,) while adapting to modern conditions

    12:00 AM — The UK Masorti movement has said it would never consider Jewish same sex unions, in reaction to its US equivalent considering allowing gay marriage and gay rabbis this week.American gay Jews may soon be allowed to get married and become rabbis after the Conservative Judaism movement meets this week.Previously the group, which is in the centre of Jewish thought between liberal and orthodox movements, has banned same sex marriage and gay rabbis.

  • Pensioners demand right to be anti gay 2

    pensioner Joe Roberts, 73 and his wife Helen, 68, are demanding £10,000 compensation for being denied the rights to freedom of expression and to hold religious beliefs

    12:00 AM — Two Christian pensioners are planning to sue their local police and council claiming they have the right to be anti gay.The retired couple faced a police investigation for "potentially homophobic" comments in December after objecting to Wyre Borough Council's stance on gay issues.Devout Christians, Joe Roberts 73, and his wife Helen, 68, of Fleetwood, Lancashire, wrote to the Council accusing them of "pandering" to minority groups. They said they felt discriminated against.

  • Gay Boyzone star to wed partner

    The singer is reported to have set a date for March 20 for a ceremony

    12:00 AM — Gay Boyzone star Stephen Gately is set to have a star studded civil partnership ceremony with his partner, internet entrepreneur, Andy Cowles, after setting a date this week.The singer is reported to have set a date for March 20 for a ceremony thought to be held at his London home.

  • DJ files legal action over gay orgy claims 24

    DJ Masterstepz was not named by either newspaper,  both of which printed stories claiming a well-known DJ had taken part in gay sex acts with Premiership footballers (Choice FM publicity picture)

    12:00 AM — The DJ who was featured in an internet picture with footballer Ashley Cole after tabloid allegations of a gay orgy has initiated legal action against the Sun and the News of the World.Ian Thompson, known as DJ Masterstepz, was not named by either newspaper, both of which printed stories claiming a well-known DJ had taken part in gay sex acts with Premiership footballers. An unedited version of the obscured picture that the News of the World printed was later published on PinkNews.co.uk.

  • Free fertility treatment for lesbians 5

    Some health trusts are now saying they will extend the offer of one treatment to single or lesbian women who are experiencing fertility problems, at the same priority as a married couple

    12:00 AM — Single women and lesbians will soon be able to get free fertility treatment on the NHS, according to reports.Currently the Health Service allows one free IVF cycle to mixed-sex couples where the woman is under 40. Some health trusts are now saying they will extend the offer of one treatment to single or lesbian women who are experiencing fertility problems, at the same priority as a married couple.

  • The Simpsons come alive on TV

    Bart and Homer sit back and enjoy some television

    12:00 AM — Now we'll be honest, this doesn't really have very much to do with gay rights but we couldn't resist covering this story. So sit back, grin and bear the tortuously weak link.Gay icons* the Simpsons are to come to life in a new promotion to be shown on British television.A typical British family complete with slob dad, prim and proper mum and devil-child son present their own take on the Simpson's opening credits.

  • Retired officer charged over lesbian remark

    The North Wales Daily Post reported that he used the term during a private conversation with his officers

    12:00 AM — A former policeman has been charged for allegedly calling a female officer a "dyke"John Atkinson, 45, from North Wales, is accused of making the offensive remark at a former colleague's funeral. He was arrested and charged under the Public Order Act for using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour likely to cause alarm or distress.

  • 5th March 2006

    Archbishop: Church faces rupture over gay clergy

    Dr Rowan Williams told the BBC that he fears a split that could take years to heal

    12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned that the Anglican communion faces a "rupture" following divisions over homosexuality.Dr Rowan Williams told the BBC that he fears a split that could take years to heal."If there is a rupture, it's going to be a more visible rupture, it is not going to settle down quietly to being a federation," he said.

  • Lowri Turner criticised by Welsh Assembly over gay comments 5

    12:00 AM — The television presenter Lowri Turner has been publicly criticised by member's of the Welsh Assembly's equality committee in relation to a "homophobic" column she wrote for a Welsh newspaper.During the height of the controversy surrounding the revelations that Liberal Democrat leadership contender Mark Oaten had engaged in a lengthy relationship with a rent-boy and that Simon Hughes, fellow candidate was bisexual, Ms Turner claimed that gay men would not make good political leaders.

  • 3rd March 2006

    Spectator readers show support for gay rights and pornography

    The Spectator survey used slightly stronger wording, but it still demonstrates a clear change in public perception of homosexuality

    12:00 AM — It might be the bastion of Tory middle England, but the Spectator has proven that its nickname the "Sextator" might be quite apt. A surprising survey of readers found that most had rather liberal attitudes to homosexuality and pornography.The Spectator, the right leaning, Conservative supporting news magazine found in a survey of readers that women were more liberal than their husbands when it came to homosexuality. Only 14 per cent of female readers considered homosexuality to be "morally wrong in all circumstances" compared to 27 per cent of men.

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