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  • 22nd January 2007

    Ruth Kelly in new row over gay adoption

    It is thought that Tony Blair supports Ms Kelly over the exemptions from the SOR for Catholic adoption agencies.

    10:10 AM — Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly has ignited another cabinet row over the Sexual Orientation Regulations.The new rules, which protect gay, bisexual and lesbian people in England and Wales from discrimination when accessing goods and services, are due to come into force in April.It emerged over the weekend that Kelly and Prime Minister Tony Blair want to exempt Roman Catholic adoption agencies from the regulations.

  • 19th January 2007

    Robbie Williams to strip for Elton? 57

    The paper reports that Elton John has already asked Williams to perform at his birthday gig.

    4:56 PM — Elton John's upcoming 60th birthday celebrations have been a source of endless speculation, with the latest report claiming that former Take That! singer Robbie Williams is going to perform a striptease on the night.What is certain is that John will be celebrating the landmark birthday on 25th March with a performance for friends and celebrities at New York's Madison Square Garden.

  • Prescott reveals a fear of gays 2

    Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay rights lobby Stonewall, was clear that he for one does not think Mr Prescott was being anti-gay.

    4:36 PM — Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has spoken to BBC Radio 4 about his days as a merchant seaman, and revealed that he was uncomfortable sharing a cabin with gay crew.The 68-year-old, who is due to stand down as Labour party deputy leader later this year, worked as a steward on the Cunard Line in the 1950's.A documentary about his time at sea, called Prescott At Your Service, has been made by the BBC radio station.

  • Homophobic Muslim preacher faces police probe 2

    The controversial preacher was caught on camera at Green Lane Mosque in Birmingham.

    11:21 AM — The Birmingham mosque exposed in a Channel 4 documentary as a Mecca for extremist Muslims is being investigated by police after calls from an MP for police to intervene.The Dispatches programme, broadcast on Monday, showed undercover footage of preacher Abu Usamah calling for gay people to be executed.The controversial preacher was caught on camera at Green Lane Mosque in Birmingham.

  • 18th January 2007

    Bristol ready for LGBT History Month 1

    The full list of events can be found online at: www.bristol.gov.uk/lgbthistorymonth

    3:43 PM — The important contribution that LGBT Bristolians make to the city's economy and cultural scene is to be celebrated through a range of events.They will take place under the banner of LGBT History Month, and begin with a film double bill at the Arnolfini cinema on Saturday 29th January.There are two further LGBT film double bills at the Arnolfini on Sundays 4th and 11th of February.

  • Brighton Pride mourn their “true champion” 9

    The Pride Board will now consider a suitable and fitting tribute to Mr Wilde at this year's Preston Park event on Saturday 4th August.

    2:18 PM — The organisers of Brighton Pride have spoken of their sadness at the news that Paul Wilde has died aged 51.As reported by PinkNews.co.uk, Mr Wilde died in his sleep and yesterday was found in his flat above his venue South Central, in Vauxhall, London.He was the mastermind behind the most successful Pride events in the country.

  • Education Secretary stands up for gay song 1

    Alan Johnson, a candidate for the deputy leader of the Labour party once John Prescott stands down, stood up for gay rights during the recent Cabinet row over the Sexual Orientation Regulations.

    12:11 PM — Alan Johnson, Secretary of State for Education and Skills, has told BBC Radio 4 listeners that he would be happy if the song (Sing If You're) Glad To Be Gay is included in a book for schoolchildren.The Daily Express reports that the comments have "sparked a major row."

  • Gay homeless charity gets new chief

    16 year old Albert Kennedy fell to his death from the top of a car park in Manchester whilst trying to escape a car load of queerbashers.

    11:30 AM — The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), a charity that works with and supports homeless LGBT teenagers, has a new chief executive.Tim Sigsworth has joined AKT from the Lesbian and Gay Foundation in Manchester.Mr Sigsworth replaces Richard McKendrick, who left AKT at the end of 2006 to take up a new role as Director of Operations at Addaction.

  • Daffyd’s home village becomes conservation area

    What Ceredigion council are not empahsising is that none of the Daffyd sketches were even filmed in Wales, never mind  Llanddewi Brefi.

    10:58 AM — The Welsh village made famous by the Little Britain gay caricature Daffyd Thomas is to be given conservation status.Ceredigion County Council revealed yesterday that Llanddewi Brefi had been chosen because of its new-found fame.The council said the conservation statue will help maintain the village's character.

  • Crystal meth users now face seven years in jail

    Gay men who use crystal meth were between two and three times more likely to have unsafe sex as those who do not use the drug. photo: DEA

    10:05 AM — People who take and deal in methamphetamine, commonly known as crystal meth, face the severest penalties possible from today when it is reclassified from a Class B to a Class A substance.The Home Office decided to reclassify last year, after an explosion in the use of the drug amongst gay men who attend nightclubs.

  • 17th January 2007

    THT get £1.5m Lottery grant for youth project 2

    THT plans to establish boards of young people aged 13 to 18 in seven regions in England.

    5:56 PM — HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has been awarded close to £1.5m by the Big Lottery Fund.The grant will be used to establish a sex and relationships education (SRE) project for young people across England.The three-year project will be launched in April with the title "Young Leaders," and will be directed entirely by the young people involved.

  • Pride guru Paul Wilde dies 9

    “He is going to leave an enormous hole in all of our lives.“

    5:06 PM — London club owner Paul Wilde, the mastermind behind the most successful Pride events in the country, has died aged 51.Paul died in his sleep and was found this morning in his flat above his venue South Central, in Vauxhall, London.Paul ran Wilde Ones Event Services, which has been the production backbone of Brighton Pride for the last 7 years.

  • Boyzone star out-drinks rugby hardman

    The 30-year-old singer, who came out in 1999, was actually born on the booziest day of the year, St Patrick's Day.

    12:25 PM — Gay performer Stephen Gately can hold his drink better than one of England's rugby heroes, it has been revealed.The 30-year-old singer, who came out in 1999, was actually born on the booziest day of the year, St Patrick's Day. (17th March)Rugby star Kyran Bracken has told The Sun newspaper that he has been mocked by fellow players after he admitted that the gay pop star drank more than him on a night out.

  • Time to get on the piste with gay skiers

    Contact Alternative Holidays via their website www.alternative-holidays.com or call 020 8902 7177.

    10:22 AM — Gay snow enthusiasts from across Europe are trying on their lurid clothing and unpacking their skis in preparation for a huge gay outing.The annual Alternative Ski event is being held this year at the world's largest ski domain, Les Trois Vallees in the French Alps, from Saturday March 10th to Saturday March 17th. At an altitude of 2,300 metres, the slopes at Les Trois Vallées are the highest in Europe.

  • 16th January 2007

    Ex-archbishop steps into Exeter student row 4

    Lord Carey has given a written statement to the High Court, supporting the ECU.

    3:37 PM — George Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, has involved himself in the ongoing dispute between student groups at Exeter University.As previously reported on PinkNews.co.uk, a group of Christian students at Exeter University are going to court to try to set a legal precedent about acceptance of gay rights.

  • Gay judge hearing Tube bomb trial 1

    His appointment as a High Court judge in 2002 was the first time that an openly homosexual QC had been elevated to the court.

    12:14 PM — The first openly gay man to be appointed a High Court judge is presiding over the trial of six men accused of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause explosions.The charges relate to an attempt to bomb the London underground system on July 21st 2005, two weeks after the devastating attacks of July 7th.Muktar Ibrahim, Manfo Asiedu, Hussein Osman, Yassin Omar, Ramzi Mohammed and Adel Yahya all deny the charges.

  • Suppressed gay play comes to London 1

    The playwright's own death ten years later is still a source of controversy.

    11:28 AM — He is regarded as one of the greatest American dramatists of the 20th century.From A Streetcar Named Desire to Sweet Bird of Youth Tennessee Williams brought alive a Southern, decadent and decaying world, dripping with homosexual subtext and tragic female characters.Now a play that Williams would not have performed in his own lifetime is to come to the UK this March, The Independent  reports.

  • Men and women involved in homophobic attack

    A gang  of men and women confronted them and hurled homophobic abuse the pair, then assaulted them.

    10:20 AM — Two brothers were set upon by a gang of men and women, punched, kicked and knocked to the ground in a homophobic attack in County Durham.The attack happened in the village of Spennymoor in the early house of Monday morning.The brothers, aged 26 and 21, were on their way home from a nightclub when they passed the Victoria Inn, the BBC  reports.

  • Sir Ian to launch LGBT History Month 3

    The History Month seeks to reclaim the position of LGBT people in the curriculum and in wider society.

    10:05 AM — Actor and activist Sir Ian McKellen will be the featured speaker at the launch of LGBT History Month next month.The launch will form part of the annual Schools Out conference, on Saturday 3rd February at the Drill Hall theatre in London.Schools Out is one of the oldest gay campaigning groups in the UK.

  • 15th January 2007

    Gay unions in South Africa delayed by bureaucracy 57

    In the UK, churches are specifically barred from performing civil partnerships.

    2:17 PM — Lesbian and gay couples in South Africa hoping to get married in church are facing delays because of a backlog of people waiting to take a qualification exam.Government "registrars," called marriage officers, were all trained about the Civil Unions Act last year, before the Act became law.

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