7th November 2006
Chris Smith to head advertising watchdog 1
12:00 AM — The first openly gay MP, former cabinet minister, Chris Smith has been appointed the new chairman of the Advertising Standards Authority.Chris Smith who sits in the House of Lords as Lord Smith of Finsbury will take over from the current chairman, Lord Borrie QC, on the 1st July 2007.Lord Smith was Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and a member of the Cabinet between 1997-2001.
6th November 2006
X-Factor judges in homophobic row 3
12:00 AM — Reality show judges Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh launched gay insults at each other during last weekend's X Factor resulting in an off camera confrontation, according to reports.The music moguls who form the show's judging panel along with Sharon Osbourne, are known to have a tempestuous on-screen relationship, but Walsh is alleged to have had enough after Cowell insinuated that the Irish pop scout is gay during the live show.
Christians and Muslims unite against Scottish gays 4
12:00 AM — The Scottish branch of radical religious party the Christian Peoples' Alliance has turned to the Muslim community for help in battling "secular values" and pro-gay laws.The party has garnered over 1,000 signatures from Muslims who are against incoming laws which would allow gay couples to adopt.
Gay star backs World AIDS Day 1
12:00 AM — Hollywood actor Rupert Everett will show his support for World AIDS Day later this month in Manchester.Everett, one of Hollywood's first openly gay actors, will visit the city's gay village on November 22nd as part of a promotional tour for his autobiography Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins.
Gay councillor attacks The Sun’s gay report
12:00 AM — A gay councillor is to lobby the government after the Press Complaints Commission rejected his claims that The Sun newspaper had broken editorial guidelines over a story about the Gay World Cup.Northampton councillor Peter Evans, complained to the PCC after the paper printed a story about London applying to host the 2008 World Cup and featured a "fantasy gay football team" allegedly ridiculing the names of existing players such as Ivan Campo and Darren Bent.
Petition combats Iraqi homophobia
12:00 AM — A Brighton MP has presented the House of Commons with a petition signed by around 250 local residents calling on the government act against the reported targeting of gays and lesbians in Iraq.David Lepper forwarded the document organised by The Pink News media partner 3SIXTY Magazine, to Commons Speaker Michael Martin.
PinkNews named Publication of the Year 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk was named Publication of the Year at the Stonewall Awards last week.The site was described by the host Sir Ian McKellen as "the only one-stop shop for all news with a gay slant" at the charity's inaugural awards ceremony inside the Royal Academy of Arts.
3rd November 2006
Stonewall Hero praises “courageous” gay community 2
12:00 AM — The mother of murdered gay barman Jody Dobrowski praised 'courageous' and 'unashamed' openly gay and lesbian people after being named Stonewall Hero of the Year at the charity's inaugural awards ceremony last night.Sheri Dobrowski picked up the award at the Royal Academy of Arts after being singled out for her bravery and the way she has spoken out against homophobia since her son's killers were sentenced to 28 years in prison last June.
Borat – Parody or Prejudice? 3
12:00 AM — Gay campaigner Peter Tatchell asks if controversial film Borat Cultural Learnings of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, is parodying prejudice or pandering to it?The comedy revolves around the US adventures of Kazakh documentary-maker, Borat. It has been accused of being racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic and misogynist.
BBC backs gay Bully of the Year 3
12:00 AM — Friends of Radio1 DJ Chris Moyles have leapt to the presenter's defence after he was named Bully of the Year at the Stonewall Awards last night.Stonewall supporters chose Moyles out of a list of public figures including former Muslim Council of Britain head Sir Iqbal Sacranie and the Archbishop of Westminster, who are seen to have caused distress in the gay community recently.
2nd November 2006
Rugby can help tackle homophobia
12:00 AM — Rugby can lead the fight against homophobia, the sport's chief said last night.Unveiling a new poster campaign against homophobia, Bob Rogers, the president of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said the pastime's values of respect can help create an impact on wider society.
Students call for end to “archaic” gay blood ban 5
12:00 AM — Students from all over the UK will converge on blood donation centres in their town today campaigning for the National Union of Students Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (NUS LGBT) day of action.Students say that the current National Blood Service policy, which bans gay and bisexual men from giving blood for life is archaic and they are calling for a review of the policy.
Gay artists Think Pink for World AIDS Day 1
12:00 AM — Hastings, home of the saucy postcard, will be raising eyebrows once more this December with the launch of a major new art exhibition, Think Pink, bringing together a bevy of the UK's leading gay artists.Opening on World Aids Day, December 1st, the show challenges near-neighbour Brighton's seaside gay monopoly by combining art with key messages on safer sex and modern gay life.
Gay Germany snappers can go a long way
12:00 AM — A new online promotion lets you choose your favourite image of Germany and enter to win free Air Berlin tickets to Germany.MyGayGermany is a new promotion by the German National Tourist Office designed especially for UK and Irish residents.Once a person selects their favourite photo, they are entered into a prize draw to win one of four prizes of two return airline tickets flying Air Berlin to any of Air Berlin's German destinations from the UK.
Archbishop holding meetings over gay rift 3
12:00 AM — Conservative Anglican leaders will meet with the Archbishop of Canterbury to discuss a split from the communion amid disagreement over the ordination of gay clergy in the denomination.The Daily Telegraph reports that a secret meeting has been planned between Dr Rowan Williams and disheartened bishops from Africa.
Stonewall prepares for first gay awards 2
12:00 AM — Stonewall will tonight host its first annual awards ceremony at London's Royal Academy of Arts.The awards, to be presented by Sir Ian McKellen, celebrate the positive contributions being made by individuals and organisations to the lives of gay people in Britain.
Kick homophobia up the Arsenal 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman questions the effectiveness of anti-homophobia campaigns in sport.Kick It Out, a campaign group against discrimination in sport just finished a week long awareness extravaganza. Although there were not many events against homophobia, sports fans have been warned all week that discrimination is wrong and to show others' respect.So I couldn't help but smile as I sat in Arsenal Football Club's plush new Emirates' Stadium last night when the host announced that all fans should respect the travelling supporters for CSKA Moscow "because discrimination is wrong."
THT hits Scotland
12:00 AM — HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust is today officially launching 'Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland', with offices in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness.The launch follows the finalisation of a merger with PHACE Scotland, Scotland's leading HIV and sexual health charity and a successful bid to provide services in the Highlands.
McCain bites back
12:00 AM — Chips have had a lot of bad press of late.French fries always find themselves lumbered with a bad name as they are often mistakenly associated with a bad diet, but now chip manufacturer McCain is biting back.McCain is offering chips off the old block the chance to win an Ultimate McCain Moment by entering their prize draw and special rewards for vouchers collected from packets of the oven chips.
Stonewall celebrates gay friendly Britain 2
12:00 AM — Writers, broadcasters, politicians, campaigners, actors and actresses will gather at the Royal Academy of Arts tonight to celebrate the contribution of gay and lesbian personalities as well as gay friendly public figures.The event marks gay charity Stonewall's first award's ceremony, PinkNews.co.uk assesses this year's nominees.