8th May 2007
George Michael guilty of drug offence
3:22 PM — Pop icon George Michael pleaded guilty at Brent Magistrates Court this morning to a charge of being unfit to drive due to drugs.An additional charge of being in charge of a vehicle while unfit through drugs has been dropped. He will be sentenced later this month"I am perfectly aware that I did something very wrong and got into my car when I was unfit to drive," George Michael said in court.
Entertainers dominate the Pink List 1
1:22 PM — A compilation of the most prominent gay people in the UK has been published. The Independent on Sunday newspaper brought forward publication in the light of Lord Browne's resignation as chief executive of BP last week over a gay scandal.The upper part of the list is dominated by entertainers. Doctor Who producer and writer Russell T Davies is the most powerful gay man in Britain.
7th May 2007
Milliband and Cameron beat Brown in race for gay support 4
11:15 AM — In a nationwide poll of PinkNews.co.uk readers, Tony Blair's legacy has been praised but Gordon Brown substantially lacks support.The appointment of Ruth Kelly is considered the biggest stain on Blair's gay rights legacy.David Milliband was the most popular choice as the next leader of the Labour Party, with 27 per cent support, 14 per cent ahead of Gordon Brown (13%).
5th May 2007
Survey: Blair’s gay rights legacy 1
8:15 PM — Tony Blair is expected to resign as leader of the Labour Party on Thursday, triggering a contest where the eventual winner will become the UK's new Prime Minister.Therefore, PinkNews.co.uk is conducting a reader survey to assess Blair and the Labour Party's LGBT rights record.Simply click here to take part.
4th May 2007
Interview: Fame at last for Steps singer
4:33 PM — After the storm of controversy caused by Celebrity Big Brother this year, and coming out as gay, you would be forgiven for thinking that Ian "H" Watkins is in need of some rest and relaxation.But with redcoat training under his belt (and let's not forget, "H" stands for hyperactive) the ex-Steps popstar has bounced back and is ready for his next big part: Nick Piazza in the West End musical FAME. He told Amy Bourke all about it.
LGB politicians re-elected to Scottish Parliament 6
3:55 PM — Out gay politicians were re-elected to the Scottish Parliament in yesterday's election.Patrick Harvie, who is bisexual, faced a challenge from the Scottish Christian Party.He was re-elected on the Glasgow regional list for the Green party. He told PinkNews.co.uk about some of the slurs and abuse levelled at him during the election.
Tories claim victory in elections
12:40 PM — The Conservative Party say they are on course to win the next general election as the results from last night's council elections in England and Scotland and elections for the Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliament continue to come in.Eric Pickles, the party's vice-chairman, said: "We've got 41% of the vote. We are now back in business."A new dawn is breaking."
BNP vote in Wales nears 10% 10
12:10 PM — The British National Party has polled nearly 10% in parts of Wales.The latest results show the party on 9.4% in Wrexham and 7.1% in both Alyn and Deeside and in Clwyd South. It is not thought they will win a seat in the Welsh Assembly.It was a mixed night for the openly homophobic party.In Maidenhead and Windsor they beat Labour candidates to third place.
Paisley gives £180,000 to “sodomite lobby” 3
11:12 AM — The Northern Ireland government has allocated hundreds of thousands of pounds to help promote gay equality, and from next week the funds will be overseen by a department headed by Ian Paisley.The leader of the DUP becomes First Minister when the reformed Stormont administration takes office on Thursday.Sinn Fein, the DUP, the SDLP and the UUP will all have ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive.
3rd May 2007
Homophobic performer set for Luton gig 1
3:28 PM — A Jamaican dancehall artist notorious for his anti-gay lyrics is to perform this weekend in Luton.Promoters of the gig have said they have made Beenie Man sign a contract promising he will not perform any homophobic songs.Mr Man is appearing with a BBC Radio 1 DJ, Chris Goldfinger, at Club 53 in the town on Bank Holiday Monday.
Transport Police support Equality walk
2:16 PM — The British Transport Police are going to have a visible presence at this weekend's Stonewall Equality Walk.Members of the force and support staff will be placing a stand at Brighton railway station on Sunday 6th May to encourage people to report hate crimes - one of Stonewall's key campaign areas.Some of the BTP staff will then join gay celebrities and hundreds of others on the 10km walk.
Gay entrepreneur in £13m lawsuit 1
12:05 PM — One of the biggest insurance companies in the world has been accused of reneging on a deal with a small gay business, causing it to fold.Ivan Massow, sometime political activist and gay entrepreneur, will have his £13m claim against Zurich for negligence, misrepresentation and breach of contract heard at Bristol Crown Court next month.The legal proceedings have attracted considerable media interest.
Ex BP boss not Chevalier’s first sugar daddy 15
11:15 AM — Lord Browne was not the first older man that escort Jeff Chevalier allowed to fund him, it has emerged.Before coming to the UK, Mr Chevalier had a four-year relationship with a rich Canadian TV executive, John Trickey.Like Lord Browne, Mr Trickey met the younger man when he was working as an escort.
LGBT people urged to vote
10:56 AM — Stonewall and other gay rights groups have urged the LGBT community to vote in today's elections.In Scotland, the 129-member Parliament is being elected. Stonewall Scotland has created a special section on their website where voters can check what the party's manifestos have to say about LGBT issues.The Scottish Christian Party has vowed to unseat Green MSP Patrick Harvie in Glasgow.
2nd May 2007
Comment: Browne shouldn’t have been outed 15
7:03 PM — Peter Tatchell writesIt was ethically wrong for the Mail on Sunday to seek to expose Lord Browne's homosexuality, and especially wrong for the newspaper to plan the publication of uncorroborated 'kiss and tell' revelations from his ex-partner, Jeff Chevalier.The newspaper colluded with a bitter, greedy former boyfriend who demanded money from Lord Browne, and who implicitly threatened him if he did not pay up.
Comment: Is it right to call Lord Browne gay? 15
6:10 PM — Most of the time, I feel perfectly comfortable with my sexuality at Channel 4 News. The Channel has a remit to promote diversity and it's hardly a macho environment.But I did feel a little unsure about our coverage of Lord Browne last night.To me the most interesting thing to emerge from the whole sorry saga is why the Mail on Sunday were that interested in Lord Browne's sexuality.
One hour HIV testing service launched
5:05 PM — Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a rapid service for gay and bisexual men in Newcastle.The city's NHS Primary Care Trust and MESMAC North East are working together with THT to launch a testing service called the "Fastest" clinic.It will offer a one hour HIV testing - results from tests at sexual health clinics can take several days.
Young LGB people invited to Stonewall event
4:58 PM — Gay rights organisation Stonewall is holding a day of inspirational workshops and advice sessions for gay, bisexual and lesbian people aged between 16 and 21.The event, which will be held in City Hall in London, is open to young people from across the UK, and financial assistance with travel expenses is available.The event is a unique opportunity for young people to meet other young gay, lesbian or bisexual people.
Court papers reveal website where BP boss met ex-partner 15
3:33 PM — Lord Browne, who resigned as chief executive of BP yesterday, met his former partner on an escort website.The peer quit his job after it was revealed that he lied to the High Court about where he met Jeff Chevalier.He told the court three times in written statements that they met in Battersea Park.
BP boss could face perjury charges 15
12:48 PM — Lord Browne, who resigned as chief executive of BP yesterday after it was revealed he lied to the High Court, could face a criminal trail.The Mail On Sunday newspaper is reported to be preparing papers to be handed to the Attorney General.Lord Browne three times stated in documents to the High Court that he met his partner of four years, Jeff Chevalier, while exercising in Battersea Park.