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  • 28th February 2006

    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.

  • 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.

  • 27th February 2006

    Gay star in drugs arrest 4

    The singer, 42, was taken into custody at Hyde Park Corner early on Sunday morning

    12:00 AM — Gay superstar George Michael has been arrested on suspicion of possessing Class C drugs after a member of the public found him collapsed at the wheel of a car.The singer, 42, was taken into custody at Hyde Park Corner early on Sunday morning initially on suspicion of being in no fit state to drive. After a doctor's examination this offence was not followed up.

  • Sexual health clinic opens for Leeds students

    The THT reports that gay men account for 48% of all HIV cases and 59% of all AIDS cases in the UK

    12:00 AM — Terrence Higgins Trust is to launch a clinic which will test and treat university students in Leeds for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).The three hour service, which opens in May, will run one day a week and will be located conveniently for students at the University of Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan University.

  • Scottish bishop attacks gay adoption

    Senior Bishops are seeking a “conscience clause” giving the church and other faith-based groups the right to reject applicants to their adoption agencies on the basis of gender

    12:00 AM — A senior Roman Catholic bishop has joined the row on allowing gay couples to adopt in Scotland.The Rt Rev Joseph Devine, Bishop of Motherwell said he would not support "politically correct zealots" and would not "stand by and watch the destruction of Christian values and truth".In a letter to First Minister of Scotland, Jack McConnell, he stressed that traditional heterosexual family units were the best prospect for the emotional and psychological well-being of a child.

  • Irish youth oppose gay blood donor ban

    The Yong Fine Gael conference in Co. Tipperary, Ireland, passed a motion opposing the Irish Blood Transfusion Service's stance on banning sexually active homosexual men from donating blood

    12:00 AM — An influential Irish youth organisation is calling on the country's blood service to reverse its policy excluding male gay donors.The Yong Fine Gael conference in Co. Tipperary, Ireland, passed a motion opposing the Irish Blood Transfusion Service's stance on banning sexually active homosexual men from donating blood.

  • Gay sex attacker convicted

    The court was told that he kept “trophies“  such as wallets and clothes from his victims in the £300,000 house he shares with his parents

    12:00 AM — A gay sex attacker who kidnapped, drugged, abused and robbed his victims has been convicted in Scotland.The High Court in Glasgow found former DIY store worker, Cyrus Winton, 26, guilty of three attacks and three thefts.The court was told that he kept "trophies" such as wallets and clothes from his victims in the £300,000 house he shares with his parents. Winton abducted straight men and performed sex acts on them in remote spots just two miles from his home.

  • 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.

  • London Mayor appeals against suspension in court 3

    The remaks were said outside a party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Chris Smith coming out as gay

    12:00 AM — London Mayor, Ken Livingstone who was suspended from office for a month after comparing a Jewish journalist to a concentration camp guard has launched a High Court appeal to his suspension.The adjudication panel of the Standards Board for England ruled that the Mayor of London brought his office into disrepute when he acted in an "unnecessarily insensitive" manner following a reception held commemorating 20th anniversary of Chris Smith being the first MP to reveal he was gay.

  • Study reveals homophobic abuse on LGBT teachers

    The study, which marks this month's LGBT History Month, also claims that 71% of respondents experienced discrimination or harassment by their pupils, 46 % by colleagues, 37% experienced it from their managers and 16% from pupils' parents

    12:00 AM — A strict code of conduct is needed in schools to combat homophobic abuse, a teaching survey has revealed.The research, conducted by the Teacher Support Network, a charity providing practical and emotional support to UK teachers and lecturers, claims two thirds of respondents from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teaching community have felt discriminated against in the workplace because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

  • Brosnan: No regrets over removing bisexuality from new film 1

    Pierce Brosnan, who received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in the film, said he almost backed out of The Matador after suffering a confidence crisis

    12:00 AM — Former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan told reporters this week that removing bi-sexual references to his character in his new movie The Matador was the right thing to do, despite the outstanding success of multiple Oscar nominee Brokeback Mountain.Mr Brosnan, who received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in the film, said he almost backed out of The Matador after suffering a confidence crisis.

  • George Michael: “arrest my own stupid fault” 1

    The one time teenage heartthrob was arrested on a street near Hyde Park Corner, London.

    12:00 AM — Gay pop star, George Michael had admitted his arrest yesterday for suspicion of possessing a Class C drugs was his "own stupid fault, as usual".A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "We were called by a member of the public to a man seen slumped over the steering wheel of a car on the street close to Hyde Park Corner. A search of the man revealedwhat was believed to be controlled substances."

  • 24th February 2006

    Asbo for gay hairdresser who played music too loud 1

    One of the cds William Hillan is accused of playing too loud

    12:00 AM — A hairdresser has been handed an Asbo after neighbours complained he was playing music such as country hit Stand By Your Man too loudly.William Hillan from Larkhall, Lanarkshire annoyed neighbours by playing high volume music from his sound system at all hours. They complained the songs were so loud they couldn't hear their TVs and also said he held noisy parties in his back garden.

  • Gay rights row taken to TV

    The couple will appear in an interview on Channel 4's Dispatches programme

    12:00 AM — A couple campaigning for gay rights are taking their local council row onto prime time television.Joe and Helen Roberts have become the focus of national attention after questioning Wyre Council's gay rights policy. The couple will appear in an interview on Channel 4's Dispatches programme which is investigating civil liberties and freedom of speech.

  • UK groups to protest Moscow Gay Pride ban 4

    The demonstration is being called by the organisers of the International Day  Against Homophobia

    12:00 AM — British gay campaigners will protest outside the Russian Embassy next week in opposition to the gay pride march ban in Moscow.The demonstration is being called by the organisers of the International Day Against Homophobia and will coincide with parallel protests in other European cities.Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov last week announced that the city government will not allow a gay parade "in any form" and any attempt to hold a gay event will be "resolutely quashed"

  • High anti gay feelings amongst Haringey school children

    The study notes that “on sexuality a more worrying picture emerged“ and that a “lack of tolerance was experienced in more than one session“ from both boys and girls

    12:00 AM — Homophobia is rife amongst a large number of school children, according to university research.A Middlesex University reported, commissioned by the Haringey Safer Communities Partnership claims: "There exists a high level of homophobia among school age children." The report is based on workshops with school children aged 12 to 13.

  • Simon Hobart died from drink- inquest told 37

    Simon Hobart, who founded Popstarz, Ghetto and Trash Palace is credited for having initiated the gay indie scene in London and far beyond

    12:00 AM — Club promoter Simon Hobart died after an evening of heavy drinking, a South London inquest was told.Mr Hobart, who founded Popstarz, Ghetto and Trash Palace is credited for having initiated the gay indie scene in London and far beyond. He was found dead outside his flat in October last year.

  • Homophobic crime increases in Midlands

    Officials believe the rise is due to more people reporting hate crimes rather than more taking place

    12:00 AM — Homophobic crime has risen in the West Midlands, according to new figures from the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service.However officials believe the rise is due to more people reporting hate crimes rather than more taking place. Jayne Salt, the West Midlands CPS homophobic crime co-ordinator, told the Birmingham Post: "There have been a growing number of crimes we've processed from March 2005-2006."

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