10th February 2006
Pete Burns announces gay marriage plans
12:00 AM — Eighties pop star and celebrity big brother contestant, Pete Burns announced his engagement to boyfriend Michael Simpson, last night.The Dead or Alive front man broke the news in a televison interview with Richard and Judy on Channel 4. The couple showed off Vivienne Westwood diamante skull design rings.Mr Burns, who had a hit single in the 1980s with You Spin Me Round, declared how in love they were on the chat show, and confirmed they intend to have a same sex partnership.
Police investigate copycat homophobic posters
12:00 AM — Lancashire Police is investigating homophobic posters in Glasgow which claims to be part of a recruitment campaign for the force.Police in Lancashire are treating it as a "homophobic incident" and are stressing the force has nothing to do with the posters.Insp Ian McCann, from Lancashire Police's diversity unit, told the Lancashire Evening Post, "During the last few days we have become aware of posters that have been found in and around the Glasgow area that purport to be from Lancashire Constabulary."
Student faces investigation over ‘homophobic’ website 1
12:00 AM — A student is facing police and trading standards examinations after public outcries over a website selling products targeting the disabled, gay people and victims of crime.The site offers items featuring homophobic slogans and also attacks wheelchair users, celebrates terrorist attacks and glorifies child killers Ian Huntley and Myra Hindley.
Gay group wants pride march back on calendar
12:00 AM — A Northern Ireland gay rights group is protesting plans to scrap Belfast's Gay Pride March from this year's council calendar advertising local events.The Daily Ireland reports that the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) attempted to remove mention of the Mardi Gras style event from thousands of booklets due to be posted to residents.
Ted Heath was a “gay man” 3
12:00 AM — A book written by a friend of the late Sir Edward Heath is set to revive rumours that the former Prime Minister was homosexual.Gay entrepreneur, Jeremy Norman devotes a whole chapter to Mr Heath in his autobiography, No Make Up: Straight Tales of a Queer Life.Mr Norman, who founded gay club Heaven, told the Evening Standard, "Unquestionably, he was a gay man."
9th February 2006
Residents anger over gay orgies
12:00 AM — A riverside walk in Ireland that has previously inspired poetry by WB Yeats, has now become an attraction for gay orgies, shocked families have told the Irish Mirror.The paper reports that residents are horrified that the pretty wooded area on the side of Lough Gill, Co Sligo, is now being used by men for outdoor sex.It was previously a popular place for walks known locally as "the Back Avenue."
Man jailed for killing gay admirer
12:00 AM — A man who killed a gay admirer by stabbing him six times in the face has been jailed for lifeDaniel Doherty, 24, was found guilty of murdering of Stephen Hewitt, who was found with six knife wounds to his face, including two to his eye sockets, at his flat in Kenneth House. He was ordered to serve a minimum of 15 years by judge Michael Pert, at Nottingham Crown Court.
Tory Chairman: Gay policies were wrong 9
12:00 AM — Conservative chairman, Francis Maude has revealed fears that his Party's past anti gay policies may have been a contributing factor to his homosexual brother's death.In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, he told of his sadness at the death of his openly gay brother, Charles, who died of AIDs 12 years ago and admitted that the government's approach to gay rights in the 1980s and 1990s could have contributed to his plight.
Moving on out or a storm in a coffee cup? 8
12:00 AM — Can the Conservatives really woo the pink vote?The Conservative party are changing; at least that's what leader David Cameron would like you to believe. One of the key architects of the change is Francis Maude, former Foreign Office minister and now chairman of the Conservative Party.In his first major interview on gay rights, he explains toPinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen that his party's approach to gayrights in the 1980s and 1990s were wrong, that Section 28 was amistake and expresses his love for his openly gay brother who died of AIDs 12 years ago.
Council cleared over trans dismissal
12:00 AM — An employment tribunal has dismissed claims that a former gay rights officer was unfairly dismissed after he had a sex change.Brighton and Hove City Council had been accused of sex discrimination and sacking sex change employee, Andy Baldwin when he changed his name from Andrea to Andy.The tribunal ruled that council bosses could not have discriminated against Mr Baldwin because they did not even know he had decided to change his gender.
Gay star: I slept with girls
12:00 AM — Gay Boyzone star, Stephen Gately has admitted to sleeping with girls even though he knew he was gay.The 29-year-old singer told an interview with the Irish Daily Mirror: "I've slept with girls, of course I have. When I was in Boyzone I slept with women but deep down I knew I was always gay.""There were always girls throwing themselves at us when we were in Boyzone. There was a lot of temptation there."
Jude Law in biopic of gay Beatles’ manager
12:00 AM — Actor Jude Law is reported to be lined up to play gay Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, in a film about the music mogul's life.The Liverpool Echo revealed two years ago, Mr Law, star of Alfie - wanted to play the part of the Beatles man and said he had been told he looked like the famous manager.The movie, described as a "quirky, hallucinogenic biopic", is expected to be premiered in Liverpool during Capital of Culture year 2008, according to the paper.
8th February 2006
Rise in homophobic assualts in Northern Ireland 3
12:00 AM — Continuing violent attacks against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community across Northern Ireland has been met with a lack of action from local authorities, forcing many to leave the country, according to a report from Gay.com.Ireland's gay activist group Rainbow Project believes Donegal is losing many lesbians and gay people who believe they are no longer able to live in the area. The area has seen a number of violent attacks over the last two years, the latest of which resulted in a man losing an eye.
Warrant issued for gay film icon
12:00 AM — An arrest warrant has been filed for gay film icon Natasha Lyonne, according to reports in the New York Times.The paper states that a bench warrant has been issued for Miss Lyonne's arrest - the third in a year - for failure to appear in court on charges of criminal mischief, harassment and trespassing.Charges were filed by a former neighbour who alleged the actress threatened to harm her, trashed her apartment and threatened to molest her dog.
KT Tunstall: I’m proud of my lesbian following 58
12:00 AM — Rock chick KT Tunstall has revealed her gratitude to her gay and lesbian following in an interview with a daily newspaper.The 30-year-old singer told the Daily Mirror she was proud to have a massive lesbian fan base, she said: "There's always a gay crowd up the front at my gigs. It's a huge compliment.""I think it's because I'm a singer-songwriter with a personality - balls and some sassiness."
7th February 2006
Students encouraged to give blood because gays and bisexuals can’t 5
12:00 AM — The National Union of Students (NUS UK) today criticised a national newspaper article, which blamed student campaigns for a shortage of blood donors in the UK.The Mail on Sunday article "Crisis as students boycott blood donor sessions in protest over ban on gays" attempted to link low blood donations with a student led campaign highlighting the current National Blood Service (NBS) policy of not allowing any gay or bisexual men to donate blood.
Will Young: I’m not a gay pop star
12:00 AM — Pop Idol winner turned Brit nominee, Will Young, this week said he was open about being gay but did not want to be defined by his sexuality.In a frank and open hearted interview to the Evening Standard he told how he came out to his parents through a friend and said he didn't want to be stereotyped as a gay pop star, "I don't want to be defined as a gay pop star, much the same as I don't want to be defined as a public-school one."
Westlife singer: Coming out makes life better 13
12:00 AM — Westlife singer Mark Feehily has heaped praise on the Civil Partnership Act in the UK, but the gay band member, who came out at the end of last year, insisted he had no plans to get married.In an exclusive web chat on the Sun website, he revealed it was not too difficult to come out, "When you get to the point of feeling OK about doing it, it's just a case of finding a few minutes to actually say the words. Getting to that place was hard, but once I got there I had absolutely no problem."
Durham Bishop to decide future of gay vicar 5
12:00 AM — The Church of England has left the final decision on the future of a gay vicar after he married his partner, to the Bishop of Durham.Rt Rev Tom Wright will decide how to handle Rev Christopher Wardale, vicar of the Holy Trinity Church in Darlington who married Malcolm Macourt in a civil partnership ceremony last December.
Islamic preacher who targeted gays is jailed
12:00 AM — Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri has been convicted and jailed for seven years on charges of inciting murder and race hate.The preacher claimed that Zionists kept homosexual files on how gay politicians were in order to bribe them, and said he disapproved of homosexuality. He said Aids had been sent as a curse on homosexuals, "They have a common punishment amongst them and they have the virus to run after them wherever they go."