30th October 2006
Gay historian backs Pope’s Islam remarks 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveHistorian David Starkey has backed the Pope's recent controversial comments over Islam, describing it as a 'religion of conquest.'The outspoken gay intellectual described Islam as a conquering religion with a "clear doctrine of holy war."On a recent visit to his German homeland, Pope Benedict quoted from a 14th Century philosopher that the prophet Muhammad only brought the world violence.
Pop tycoon funds gay pride fire appeal 1
12:00 AM — A former pop mogul turned politician has promised to back an appeal from nine fire-fighters disciplined for refusing to distributing fire safety leaflets at a gay pride event.George Hargreaves, who launched gay icons such as Sinitta, is donating £50,000 to an appeal, vowing to take the case all the way to the House of Lords.
27th October 2006
Gay activist criticises Barker “witch-hunt” 10
12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has accused the British press of being "sensationalist" in its treatment of Tory Environment spokesman Gregory Barker's marriage break up after reports that he had a gay affair.Newspapers have been full of accusations over the last week that the Bexhill MP's marriage to Celeste broke down because he had an affair with a man, a claim which he denies.
Madonna’s £3100 charity boots
12:00 AM — A pair of Doctor Martin boots designed by Madonna have raised £3100 for the National AIDS Trust (NAT).The customised designs, which were donated as part of National Giving Week, were sold to the highest bidder on internet auction site eBay."Celebrity support can be instrumental both in raising awareness about HIV and vital funds to continue our work," said Deborah Jack, Chief Executive of NAT.
Brighton’s gay bars rethink security as violence escalates
12:00 AM — Gay venues in Brighton are introducing revolutionary measures to prevent violent attacks as disorderly behaviour continues to rise in the city.Innovative new identification devices are planned for numerous bars and clubs as Brighton's gay scene fights back against increasing aggression and violence.
Gay wedding planner opposes “lazy equality” 1
12:00 AM — A gay wedding planner is calling for support of a campaign to make sure the new Equality Act doesn't allow any exemptions which would allow venues to refuse providing a location for civil partnerships.Pink Weddings is seeking over 3,000 signatures to take a petition to Downing Street in December to show opposition to "lazy equality."The government has faced criticism of a delay in implementing new guidelines protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination in the provision of goods and services.
Does beer + football + girls = a man?
12:00 AM — A poster campaign asking 'What does it mean to be a man?' has been launched by Somerset County Council.The new 'passionate and proud' posters aim to challenge stereotypical views of men and issues such as aggression and homophobia. Launching this month, the posters form part of an ongoing drive to educate young men that regardless of their background or culture, understanding what it means to be a man can be a minefield.
The politics of a personal life 11
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew asks if Tory spokesman Gregory Barker's privacy pleas amid reports of a gay affair are warranted..The free paper LondonLite made much of yesterday's revelation that a leading Tory MP has left his wife and three children and embarked on an affair.Given that the paper often talks about sexual liaisons in a knockabout fashion, runs speed dating competitions and sex tips, it seems strange that it took such a straight-laced tone when reporting what would appear to be a marriage breakdown. After all, the majority of marriages end in divorce.
26th October 2006
Tory spokesman seeks privacy after alleged gay affair 10
12:00 AM — A Conservative shadow minister has appealed for privacy after it was reported that he has left his wife for a man.Tory Environment spokesman Greg Barker, has split from his wife of 14 years Celeste, after having a year long gay affair, according to reports.The MP for Bexhill and Battle, a close ally of Tory leader David Cameron, has since confirmed that he has separated from Celeste but says the rest is a private matter, a statement backed by his party.
Stonewall encourages gay leadership
12:00 AM — Stonewall is holding its second leadership programme, providing personal development for lesbian and gay professionals who have the capacity to be senior decision-makers within five years.The two-day programme, held from 26 -27 October and hosted by Henley Management College, is designed in collaboration with the Cambridge Leadership programme at Harvard University.
Gay-friendly Labour MPs to stand down 1
12:00 AM — The Labour Party is set to lose two of its longest serving supporters of gay rights after two Brighton MPs announced they would be standing down at the next General Election.Brighton based MPs Des Turner and David Lepper, who have consistently supported gay rights in Parliament for their high density of lesbian and gay constituents, both announced they would not run for re-election, citing their age as a reason, as well as discontent with the direction of the government.
Trans group pick up award
12:00 AM — The support network for transgender people in the civil service has picked up a diversity award.It is the second award ceremony for diversity, which the cabinet office champion as a demonstration of "successes in policy, employment and service delivery across Government".The a;gender network is a group which aims to "provide confidential and mutual support" whilst offering advice and work towards eradicating Transphobia in the government and civil service.
25th October 2006
Gay community invited to north of Cyprus 4
12:00 AM — Amid reports that the Turkish owned region of Cyprus will legalise homosexuality, property experts are predicting there has never been a better time to visit for homebuyers and holidaymakers.The region, only recognised as a state by Turkey, is known for its hot balmy summers, mild winters and natural unspoiled landscapes, leading Hillcrest Estates, the only agent in the area to belong to the UK trade body, the Guild of Professional Estate Agents, to recommend it as a top destination.
Gay campaigner criticises Muslim ‘double standards’ 2
12:00 AM — Peter Tatchell claims there is a whiff of hypocrisy among some Muslims who, in the name of being spared offence, want to censor other people's opinions.Monday night's Channel Four studio debate, Muslims and Free Speech, exemplified the double-standards of some Muslim leaders. They object to people offending their religious sensibilities, but happily cause offence to others whenever it suits them.
Gay community should B Aware of Hepatitis B 1
12:00 AM — "If one was to announce that an HIV preventative immunisation was available there would undoubtedly be pandemonium, unprecedented demand," a Hepatitis B sufferer announced on the launch of a campaign to raise awareness of the virus.It is therefore of particular consternation, according to the Hepatitis B Foundation, then that people are reluctant to or don't even know that there is a vaccination for a far more infectious and widespread disease: Hepatitis B.
Doctor ‘rushed’ transsexual into surgery 3
12:00 AM — A woman has accused a transgender psychiatrist of being "too nice" in encouraging her to undergo gender reassignment.The patient, told a General Medical Council (GMC) hearing in London, that she regretted the change and is now restricted from having a relationship after Dr Russell Reid allegedly diagnosed that she had gender identity disorder too early.
24th October 2006
EU expansion rules risk more rough sleeping
12:00 AM — Westminster City Council has warned that new government rules on workers from Bulgaria and Romania could lead to an explosion of rough sleeping on London's streets, impacting on popular gay areas such as Soho and the West End.The council fears that new rules will not discourage thousands from arriving in the UK in the hope of securing a visa, and ending up destitute when they fail.
Shirley West: ‘Irreplaceable’ community figure dies
12:00 AM — Shirley West, treasurer of Brighton Women's Centre, Pride volunteer and all-round treasure, died suddenly on Thursday 19th October at the age of 56.PinkNews.co.uk's Torsten Hojer documents some of the touching tributes to the inspirational lady.
Gay star to be godfather to Madonna’s boy 1
12:00 AM — The tedium of the Madonna adopts African boy story continues as it is reported that gay actor Rupert Everett is set to be the child's godfather.The actor, who appeared alongside the singer in comedy flop The Next Best Thing, has been asked to become involved in the life of David Banda, sources claim.
Callous hoax targets help line
12:00 AM — A hoaxer has sent mass texts to thousands of people requesting they ring the number for the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard.The text message purports to be a friend whose mobile phone has run out of battery.Many of the 150 plus volunteers were subjected to abuse by their co victims who mistakenly believed that the help-line was responsible for the rogue texts.