4th November 2005
Racist and anti-gay magazine publishers given jail sentences 1
12:00 AM — Five white supremacist homophobes were jailed today for their producing and distributing 'Stormer', a magazine that published instructions on making bombs and aimed to initiate a "racial holy war.Articles included a tribute to David Copeland, who murdered three people in a series of nail bombs targeting members of ethnic minorities and the gay community in London. The bombing of the Admiral Duncan pub on Old Compton Street, Soho, in 1999 killed three people including a pregnant woman, her husband's best man and a her close friend.
Gay Bishop says Church will eventually accept gays and lesbians 29
12:00 AM — Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Anglican Bishop, said today that he believed that the Anglican Communion will eventually come to embrace gay men and women, although it is unlikely to be in his lifetime.He told the BBC, "I believe that the acceptance of gay and lesbian people into the life of the Church is something that is going to happen. It may not happen in my lifetime, but that is all right. It will happen in God's own time."
3rd November 2005
Gay football stars are too scared to come out 4
12:00 AM — There are at least two gay Premiership football stars that are gay, but are too afraid to come out. At least that's what Stonewall FC, the leading gay football team claim.Andrew Walmsley, the chairman of Stonewall FC, said the gay stars were staying quiet about their sexuality due to a deal of abuse from fans and fellow players.
2nd November 2005
Gay shop worker claims he was treated as an infected animal after revealing he was HIV positive 1
12:00 AM — A gay employee of Clinton Cards claims he was suspended the day after he told his boss that he had been diagnosed with HIV.Karl Nugent, 23 from Northallerton in north Yorkshire told an employment tribunal investigating his suspension that he was told to stay away from the other staff's mugs and cutlery in the staff kitchen. He also claims that he was given £20 to purchase his own towels and not to use the staff toilet in order "to avoid other staff catching HIV".
1st November 2005
Liverpool’s gay pride event kicks off 1
12:00 AM — Homotopia, Liverpool's annual gay pride event kicked off on Monday and will last for the next two weeks.The event, which is in its second year, will feature gay films, exhibitions, artwork and stage shows.Homotopia will also feature a host of guest speakers including OutRage! founder Peter Tatchell.
Police search Liverpool gay bar after drug illnesses 1
12:00 AM — Police searched a gay bar in Liverpool on Monday after three people fell ill after allegedly taking drugs inside the popular, GBar.Two women, aged 23 and 25 were taken to hospital at 1.30 am on Monday morning after collapsing inside the door. The younger woman was initially classed as being 'critically ill' but her health has improved to treatment.
31st October 2005
Church of Scotland backs gay adoption 4
12:00 AM — The Church of Scotland (the Kirk) has cautiously welcomed proposals for unmarried and gay couples to adopt.The Kirk was responding to the policies of the Scottish Executive that will overhaul the adoptions law in the country. Under the current legal system in Scotland, only one member of an unmarried gay or straight couple can legally be considered the adoptive parent of a child, with the other partner being granted only the right for the child to reside with them.
29th October 2005
Sonia’s EastEnders Lesbian Kiss 4
12:00 AM — EastEnders' Sonia Fowler played by Natalie Cassidy will be caught up in a lesbian embrace with her best friend Naomi (Petra Letang).The pair indulge in a lesbian kiss after Sonia admits to her friend that her marriage to Martin (James Alexandrou) is dying. Her friend tells Sonia that she has had held feelings for Sonia since they first met.
28th October 2005
Gay marriage ceremony will tell partners not to fear their love 5
12:00 AM — The Association of Registration and Celebratory Services have released the wording for civil partnership ceremonies.The ceremonies that will take place in England and Wales after the 5th December describes the ceremony as one that will "enable the love and respect that they [partners] have for each other to develop into a deep and lasting relationship."
27th October 2005
Lisburn ban on gay marriage ceremonies sparks protest 4
12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigners descended on Lisburn City Council offices on Wednesday to protest on their ban on civil partnership ceremonies.Local authorities are forced to offer civil partnership registrations under the Civil Partnership Act that comes into effect in December of this year. However, they are free to decide whether to offer facilities for ceremonies on their properties.
Bishop of London refuses to ban gay Bishop from church service 29
12:00 AM — The Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, has refused to ban the American gay Bishop Gene Robinson from attending a Church of England service.The Bishop of London's refusal comes after a letter was sent to him by the London Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship, urging the Bishop to try an ban the gay cleric from visiting London or attending any church services in England.
Government hits back at claims that gay couples will receive benefit pensions cuts 4
12:00 AM — OutRage! the gay rights group led by human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell claims that gay couples may see a reduction in state benefits as a result of the Civil Partnership Act. However, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) say this is equality in action.Tatchell says that all cohabiting same-sex couples will experience a reduction in state benefits, as a side effect the new Civil Partnership Act.
25th October 2005
Family pay tribute to London gay legend, Simon Hobart 37
12:00 AM — Simon Hobart, the legendry founder of the London's alternative gay scene died in the early hours of Sunday morning. Much of London's gay community was in shock as the news spread over the course of the week.Simon who founded Popstarz, Ghetto and Trash Palace is credited for the having initiated the gay indie scene in London and far beyond. Police have confirmed that the body of a man matching Mr Hobart's description was found on Sunday morning outside his home. They are not treating the death as suspicious.
24th October 2005
Men appear in court over Clapham gay murder
12:00 AM — Two men appeared at a magistrates court earlier today in connection with the death of the gay bar man, Jody Dobrowski.Thomas Pickford (25) who is homeless and Scott Walker (33) a homeless decorator appeared at South Western Magistrates' Court.They spoke only to confirm their names and date of birth. Their solicitors made no application for bail and the pair have been remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on 31st January 2006.
23rd October 2005
London gay legend, Simon Hobart has died 37
12:00 AM — Simon Hobart, the legendry founder of the London's alternative gay scene died in the early hours of Sunday morning.Mr Hobart who founded Popstarz, Ghetto and Trash Palace is credited for the having initiated the gay indie scene in London and far beyond.
20th October 2005
New leads on the Clapham gay murder case
12:00 AM — The Metropolitan police have announced that they believe that the men who murdered gay bar manager, Jody Dobrowski (pictured), 24, on Clapham Common verbally abused a woman fifteen minutes earlier in a nearby street.Mr Dobrowski was found unconscious in the early hours of Saturday but died later in hospital. He had suffered a violent, homophobic attack that caused head, neck and facial injuries.
Liam Fox says his impending marriage should prove he isn’t gay 56
12:00 AM — Liam Fox (pictured) the rightwing contender for the Conservative Party leadership has spoken for the first time about rumours of his gay past.In an interview for the London Evening Standard he claimed that his impending marriage to Jesme Baird should mean an end to any gossip about his private life. However, he refused to deny that he might have had a gay relationship in the past.
It’s got to be Cameron for the Conservatives to get the gay vote 27
12:00 AM — So the young pretender David Cameron has jumped from virtual non-entity to the winner of the Parliamentary stage of the Conservative leadership contest.The party membership need to make sure that they pick a winner this time and not repeat the debacle of the Duncan-Smith era.
10th October 2005
Tory Leadership Contender Promises Gay Agenda
12:00 AM — In launching his bid yesterday to become leader of the Conservative Party, and leader of the Opposition, David Davis explicitly mentioned uniting the various communities in Britain to form one nation.Mr Davis famously stood up for gay rights when he intervened in the torturing of a gay pupil by a gang of bullies at his tough inner London school.
Arrests at Latvia Pride
12:00 AM — Latvian police arrested a number of protesters Saturday during the city's first gay pride march.