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  • 2nd March 2006

    British politicians back protests for Moscow gay pride

    12:00 AM — British political parties have stated their support for international protests against the Moscow Gay Pride ban taking place outside Russian Embassies this afternoon.Gay groups will picket outside Russian Embassies in London, Paris and Warsaw this afternoon against Yury Luzhkov, the mayor of Moscow who announced that the city government will notallow a gay parade "in any form" and any attempt to hold a gay event will be "resolutely quashed".

  • Jewish writer challenges religion with lesbian story

    The book seeks to reconcile religiosity and homosexuality

    12:00 AM — A Jewish novelist is challenging her religious upbringing in a debut book about a lesbian affair with an Orthodox rabbi's wife.Naomi Alderman, 31, wrote "Disobedience" to raise questions of the central values of Orthodox Judaism and to highlight women's issues in the religion.

  • Menzies Campbell wins Lib Dem leadership race

    Lib Dem vice president Lord Dholakia announced this afternoon that  Sir Menzies Campbell will be the party's new leader

    12:00 AM — Bisexual MP Simon Hughes has missed out on the Liberal Democrat leadership post to acting leader Sir Menzies Campbell (sometimes referred to as Ming Campbell.)Lib Dem vice president Lord Dholakia announced this afternoon that Sir Menzies Campbell will be the party's new leader after Charles Kennedy resigned at the end of January. Over 70% of party members turned out to vote between Simon Hughes, Sir Menzies Campbell and Chris Huhne.

  • Pro gay Campbell prepares to lead Lib Dems 2

    The MP for North East Fife had been acting leader since Charles Kennedy resigned in January

    12:00 AM — Sir Menzies Campbell has raced Britain at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games and has previously held the British 100m record, but nothing could have prepared him for this closely fought Liberal Democrat leadership election..He was appointed the party leader today defeating defeating Chris Huhne 57% to 43% after a six week campaign between him, Chris Huhne and Simon Hughes.

  • Bisexual politician fails in attempt to lead party

    Simon Hughes failed in his second attempt to lead his party

    12:00 AM — Simon Hughes has failed in his second attempt to secure the leadership of the Liberal Democrats, Britain's third largest political party.Mr Hughes, the 54 year old MP for North Southwark and Bermondsey previously came second to Charles Kennedy in the 1999 leadership election, following the retirement of Paddy Ashdown.

  • Cameron invites gay community to vote Conservative

    This statement echoes his vision of modern compassionate Conservatism which he spelt out earlier this week as part of  a plan for general election success

    12:00 AM — The gay community should seriously consider supporting the Conservative Party, according to David Cameron.Mr Cameron, leader of The Conservatives told PinkNews.co.uk: "We want the gay community to look at us and hear what we have to say so that they can decide if we look and sound like their kind of party."We are an open and inclusive party and we are passionate about acting to ensure that at every level, we are representative of modern Britain."

  • International protests against gay pride ban

    The Moscow Gay Pride parade is scheduled to take place on 27 May, the anniversary of the 1993 abolition of Soviet era laws against male homosexuality

    12:00 AM — Demonstrators picketed the Russian Embassy in London today in protest at the ban on the Moscow Gay Pride parade by the city's mayor. They also condemned the threats of violence against the Pride marchers by Russian religious leaders.Today's London protest coincided with simultaneous protests Paris, Stockholm, Vienna and Warsaw.

  • 1st March 2006

    Clare Short under fire for meeting with anti-gay Muslims 2

    Clare Short invited Hizb ut-Tahrir to speak to MPs

    12:00 AM — Former cabinet minister Clare Short has angered fellow Labour MPs for meeting today with an anti-gay radical Muslim group.The former international development secretary invited Hizb ut-Tahrir, a group which the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, wishes to ban from Britain, to speak to MPs.The former international development secretary invited Hizb ut-Tahrir, a group which the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, wishes to ban from Britain, to speak to MPs.

  • London Mayor wins first stage of appeal 3

    The High Court has delayed a four-week suspension of London's Mayor Ken Livingstone

    12:00 AM — The High Court has delayed a four-week suspension of London's Mayor Ken Livingstone imposed for comparing a Jewish reporter to a concentration camp guard outside a party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first openly gay MP.Mr Livingstone was ordered suspended for a month beginning March 1 by a tribunal last week for bringing his office into disrepute during an exchange with the reporter outside a party.

  • Contraception scientist pens lesbian comedy with Doctor Who star 1

    Taboos explores the consequences of becoming a biological and legal parent, and covers controversial issues such as sperm and embryo donation

    12:00 AM — The man who invented the Contraceptive Pill is now embracing more family planning issues by writing a lesbian comedy.Carl Djerassi, is one of the world's most famous scientists and is credited with starting a social revolution in the 1960s. The play, Taboos, explores the consequences of becoming a biological and legal parent, and covers controversial issues such as sperm and embryo donation.

  • Warship to host gay wedding 1

    The Warrior is known as the pride of Queen Victoria, launched in the 1860s, it revolutionaries warship construction. It was fuelled by steam and sail

    12:00 AM — One of the 19th Century's fastest and largest battleships is set to make more waves when she hosts her first civil partnership.Lieutenant Commander Jim Phillips, 31, will become the second Royal Navy officer to have a same sex ceremony when he registers his partnership to Marcus Rutter on HMS Warrior this weekend.

  • Popular gay clubbing drug becoming global issue

    Also known as 'tina', 'krank' or 'ice', the ease of production due to poor restrictions on manufacturing the chemicals, and euphoric effects have ensured dramatic escalation of the drug's distribution worldwide

    12:00 AM — The use of crystal meth is becoming a global problem, according to the United Nations.Crystal meth, or methamphetamine is already rife amongst the gay dance scene and doctors predict it will spiral out of control into the UK's mainstream culture.Also known as 'tina', 'krank' or 'ice', the ease of production due to poor restrictions on manufacturing the chemicals, and euphoric effects have ensured dramatic escalation of the drug's distribution worldwide.

  • 28th February 2006

    Gay killer quizzed over second murder 1

    Police are now speculating whether Nudds murdered 83 year old Colonel Riley Workman after a gay affair

    12:00 AM — A man jailed yesterday for killing an alleged gay lover is facing fresh questioning over the murder of an ex colonel.Northampton Crown Court found Christopher Nudds, 27, guilty of shooting traveller Fred Moss, dismembering his body and burning it in the countryside. He was jailed for 30 years.However, police are now speculating whether the killer also shot 83 year old Colonel Riley Workman after a gay affair.

  • Senior Bishop backs gay support group

    Changing Attitude has branches in more than half the dioceses of the Church of England and has sister organisations in Scotland and New Zealand

    12:00 AM — A senior Suffolk bishop has sparked controversy amongst worshippers after helping to launch a gay Christian support groupThe Rt Rev Richard Lewis, Bishop of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese, will launch the Gay Christian Support Group which will recognise the contributions that gay and lesbian Christians make.Rev Lewis is a patron of Changing Attitude, a worldwide Anglican group which works for gay and lesbian affirmation within the community

  • Sheffield gay bar ransacked

    Sheffield gay bar, Club X-es was trashed by a gang of five early on Sunday morning

    12:00 AM — Gay clubbers were attacked on the weekend in a suspected homophobic attack on a Sheffield night club.Sheffield gay bar, Club X-es was trashed by a gang of five early on Sunday morning. Three patrons who tried to intervene were injured and many others were hurt in the crossfire of smashed windows and optics.South Yorkshire Police confirmed they are treating it as "a homophobic incident".

  • Gang leader gets Asbo for gay abuse

    The gang abused and threw stones at tormented residents in Lancaster and raced high speed cars with music at loud volumes

    12:00 AM — A gang ringleader has been given an Asbo after a hate campaign against a gay man and transgender female.The gang abused and threw stones at tormented residents in Lancaster and raced high speed cars with music at loud volumes.Carl Carter, 27, was handed an ASBO before city magistrates on Friday

  • Report criticises BBC gay coverage 3

    The report suggests the BBC needed “balanced and unsensational” coverage in its news and current affairs programmes, and should develop authentic gay characters in their programmes

    12:00 AM — Gays and lesbians are rarely featured positively by the BBC, according to research.The study by gay charity Stonewall revealed that only 0.06% of airtime was devoted to sexual diversity. The figures suggest that lesbian and gay lives were covered in just six minutes out of 168 hours of prime time television.

  • Anti racist gay group dismiss Outrage claims 1

    The group says Sir Iqbal had another engagement on the day of the conference and another MCB representative was sent instead

    12:00 AM — The Lesbian and Gay Coalition Against Racism this week reacted to Outrage's outburst against the Muslim Council of Britain and allegations that he was dropped from the Unite Against Fascism conference last weekend.PinkNews.co.uk is publishing this letter from the LAGCAR as part of our right to reply policy. We would welcome a response from Sir Iqbal Sacranie if he would like to talk directly to the gay community.

  • 27th February 2006

    Government tells gay bars to let in straights

    Gay bars may no longer be allowed to turn away straight people

    12:00 AM — As predicted on PinkNews.co.uk in November of last year, gay bars and clubs will be unable to turn away straight revellers on the basis of their sexuality or gender when the Equality Bill comes into force, according to a leaked Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) memo."If customers were turned away only because their answers to these questions indicated that they were straight, this could be discrimination," the memorandum states.

  • Footballer offers to “cure” lesbian MSP 1

    The Ibrox defender, who is a devout Christian, labelled gays “an abomination“

    12:00 AM — A footballer in Scotland has been criticised over comments about gays and lesbians.Gay groups voiced concern over Rangers Trinidad and Tobago star Marvin Andrews after he said his church could "cure" lesbian Liberal Democrat MSP Margaret Smith, who announced her civil partnership plans last week.

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