13th September 2006
Gay man wins graffiti discrimination claim
12:00 AM — A gay man who was suspended from a food manufacturing company after complaining about homophobic and pornographic graffiti has won a claim of constructive dismissal against his former employer.Chris Martin, a quality assurance assistant at Parkam Foods, a national poultry supplier, complained to his managers in May 2005 after finding offensive pornographic graffiti in the men's toilets, in what his lawyers are calling just one of a number of complaints against the company based on sexual harassment and discrimination laws.
Anti-gay pastor “promoting hatred” 11
12:00 AM — Gay groups have expressed concern at a controversial Christian pastor who is currently touring the country holding debates on Christianity and sexual ethics.Pentecost Ake Green was convicted of hate crimes in 2004 after referring to gay people as a tumour on society in a sermon in Kalmar, Sweden, he was later acquitted but is now drawing criticism for a series of talks with Evangelical charity The Christian Institute.
Seagulls act against homophobia
12:00 AM — Brighton and Hove Albion football club is launching a campaign against homophobia as a result of an increase in anti-gay chants at matches.The club, nicknamed The Seagulls, says that it is receiving more and more complaints about the verbal abuse, which is aimed at fans due to Brighton's reputation as a 'gay city'.
Scottish gay adoption bill passes first stage
12:00 AM — The Scottish Parliament has given its backing to a new law allowing gay couples to adopt.Despite calls from the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland to oppose the bill, MSPs backed the principles of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill by 103 votes to eight, with eight abstentions, potentially giving unmarried couples and gay partners the right to adopt children.
Ashley Cole tackles gay tabloid allegations 2
12:00 AM — Chelsea and Englander defender Ashley Cole has spoken openly for the first time about tabloid allegations earlier this year that he is gay.The footballer says the "ugly episode" got under his skin in his book Ashley Cole: My Defence, which is being serialised by The Times this week.
12th September 2006
Sisters argue for gay union and marriage inheritance rights
12:00 AM — Two elderly sisters are set to argue for inheritance tax exemptions which usually apply to civil partners and married couples.The siblings have been living together in Wiltshire since they were born, but Joyce, 88, and Sybil Burden, 80, fear that one of them will be left with a large inheritance tax bill when the other passes away.
Lesbian kiss fails to boost profits 3
12:00 AM — An advert featuring a lesbian catfight and embrace has failed to boost fashion designer French Connection's profits after it announced its first loss in 14 years today.The brand, which dropped its FCUK logo for a £2 million Fashion versus Style campaign, announced losses of over £3 million for the first six months of this year, compared to profits of over £5 million previously.
Catholics losing faith over gay adoption
12:00 AM — Religious leaders have lost faith in Scotland's First Minister over controversial plans to allow gay couples to adopt.Jack McConnell met clergymen yesterday amid reports that the Bishop of Motherwell, Joseph Devine, a vocal opponent of the Adoption and Children Bill, wrote to Labour and Liberal Democrat MSPs outlining his disillusionment with the Scottish Executive.
Gay groups wary after killer escapes jail
12:00 AM — A man who was jailed for murdering a gay singer in 1992 escaped from jail two months ago, it has been revealed this week.Gay groups are outraged that it has taken Gwent Police so long to inform them that Lee Dewhurst had failed to return to Prescoed open prison in South Wales where he was serving a life sentence for the murder of Stephen O'Hara.
Gay man appointed to influential nursing post
12:00 AM — Members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) the world's largest trade union of nurses - have appointed a gay man to one of its most influential posts for the first time.Jason Warriner, a sexual health nurse from London, has been elected to serve as chairman of the RCN's annual Congress, where thousands of nurses gather to debate the future policies of the organisation.
Westminster encouraging gay business
12:00 AM — Gay businesses, bars, clubs and community centres in the popular area of Soho are to be encouraged and improved under a public consultation by Westminster City Council aimed at regenerating the area for its diverse communities.The Soho Action Plan was launched today and seeks public views on how the West End, which includes popular gay areas such as Old Compton Street and Soho Square, can serve its visitors better.
11th September 2006
Anglican bishops attempt gay truce
12:00 AM — Senior church leaders will meet in New York this week to draw up a temporary agreement to amend the Anglican Church's rift over homosexuality, according to reports.US conservatives and liberals are rumoured to be meeting under the direction of Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, to agree on a truce until the denomination's Lambeth Conference in 2008.
Trans gynaecologist returns to work
12:00 AM — A gynaecologist who underwent gender reassignment surgery in January has returned to work today feeling like a new woman.Celia Macleod, worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn Norfolk since 1982 as Colin Bone.The 60-year old was previously known for her bow tie collection, which will now be auctioned to raise money for the hospital.
8th September 2006
Phillips must ‘prove himself’ in gay equality role
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveCampaigners have immediately called on Trevor Phillips to prove himself to the gay community after he was officially appointed as the leader of the new equality and human rights body this morning.Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, today announced the appointment of Mr Phillips as the Chair of the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR).
Gay stories from around the world
12:00 AM — What's hot on the web? PinkNews.co.uk brings you a little taster of some of the gay-related news items on the net today. The Sun Biting football lesbian is caged A LESBIAN footballer who bit off her lover's EAR has been jailed indefinitely. Ex-Arsenal ace Katie Saunders, 28, leapt on Emily Kelly, 25, after chasing her down the street.
Interview: Stonewall’s Diversity Champion
12:00 AM — The news that Manchester City have become the first Premiership football club to sign up for Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme is another coup for the UK's premier gay rights organisation.Tony Grew spoke to Stonewall's director of workplace programmes about football, life in the Royal Navy and the smart multi-national companies who understand that workers who can be open about their sexuality are more productive.
Gay bar criticises hate crime response 1
12:00 AM — A publican has criticised local police for not doing enough to stop hate crime in Northampton.Matt Morris, landlord for the Boston Clipper gay bar, is arranging a memorial event for a customer who was murdered last July after leaving the venue.Michael Fardon was found 200 yards from the venue behind a dumpster with broken ribs and head and facial injuries, his family were unaware that the 45 year old was gay.
Thug gets four years for glassing gay man
12:00 AM — Colin Black and his boyfriend Paul were enjoying a Boxing Day drink with family members in the City Arms pub in Saltney, Cheshire.The couple were excited - they had planned to have a civil partnership ceremony a few days after Christmas.As Black returned from the toilet, he was verbally abused. When he turned to see who had called him a queer, a bottle was smashed in his face by Anthony Close.
7th September 2006
Gay community protests violent porn bill 6
12:00 AM — Sections of the gay community have joined protests against proposed legislation which would make possession of violent and extreme pornographic material a crime.The controversial law has been put through consultation by the Home Office after a campaign from family and friends of Jane Longhurst who was murdered in 2003 by a violent porn addict.
Gay rebel MP unhappy with Blair’s timing 1
12:00 AM — Gay MP Chris Bryant, who earlier in the week signed a letter calling on Tony Blair to go, has told PinkNews.co.uk that he is not happy with Mr Blair's announcement this afternoon that he will stand down before the 2007 party conference.When asked if he was pleased that the Prime Minister has agreed to what Mr Bryant and others had demanded, he replied: "Well he hasn't."