2nd May 2007
DUP minister in gay Pride row 3
11:55 AM — The Democratic Unionist Party are being challenged by their own supporters over a grant from a government department to Belfast Pride.A Free Presbyterian preacher has demanded that the new government minister block a grant to Pride, calling it a "celebration of sodomy."A coalition government will take power in the province next week.
Diverse events in London for IDAHO
11:01 AM — The London boroughs of Lambeth and Wandsworth will be celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) on May 17th.Their celebrations will focus on the area of Clapham Common, which is shared by both boroughs.There will be a memorial for the murder of Jody Dobrowski at the bandstand on the common.
Pride event is a first for Plymouth 5
10:26 AM — Gay pride is coming to the West Country, in the shape of plymouth prideevent 2007, a celebration of LGBT people in Devon and Cornwall.The weekend, which will include a carnival, will be held in and around Plymouth on June 2nd and 3rd.It is the first time that a large-scale pride festival has taken place in the South West, and thousands of people are expected to attend.
1st May 2007
BP boss wanted to keep gay life private 15
5:35 PM — Lord Browne, who resigned today as chief executive of BP after it was revealed he lied to the High Court about where he met his former boyfriend, has said he is disappointed that his private life has become public.The 59-year-old peer had unsuccessfully sought a court injunction against Associated Newspapers to stop them revealing details of his four year relationship with Jeff Chevalier.
Green MSP attacked over opposition to Catholic schools 2
4:37 PM — An MSP who could be a member of the Executive in the next Scottish Parliament has been branded a militant homosexual.Patrick Harvie, a Green Party MSP, has campaigned for gay adoption and for homophobic abuse to be made a hate crime.The party has called for a ban on state funding for Catholic schools, and Mr Harvie is in the firing line because he supports the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA.)
BP boss resigns over gay lie 16
3:58 PM — Lord Browne, one of the foremost businessmen in the UK, has resigned after it was revealed he lied to the High Court.In a statement to the court earlier this year the peer said he met Jeff Chevalier while exercising in Battersea Park.He later admitted this was untrue and apologised.Mr Chevalier, a Canadian citizen, went to the press after Lord Browne ended their relationship last year.
HIV and hepatitis crisis in UK prisons
3:20 PM — Prisoners in the UK are 15 times more likely to be infected with HIV than the general population in the UK, experts say.The most recent figures, from 1997, show that prisons in the UK are facing a health crisis due to inadequate health services.The figures show that prisoners are 20 times more likely to have hepatitis C than the general population, but ten years on experts predict that prisoners are even more likely to be infected.
BP boss’ gay relationship revealed 15
2:50 PM — The chief executive of one of the UK's biggest companies has failed to keep details of his four year relationship with another man out of the press.Lord Browne took his fight as far as the House of Lords in an attempt to stop Associated Newspapers, owners of the Daily Mail and the Evening Standard, publishing details of his relationship with Jeff Chevalier.Mr Chevalier, a Canadian citizen, went to the press after Lord Browne ended their relationship last year.
Five suspected dealers charged after raid on Fire
12:28 PM — Five people have appeared in court on drugs charges following a raid by police on the gay nightclub Fire in the early hours of Saturday morning.57 charges of supplying and possessing Class A drugs were laid before Camberwell Magistrates Court yesterday.Officers with a search warrant raided the club in Vauxhall at 2:15 am on Saturday.
44% of HIV+ men in London undiagnosed
11:52 AM — More than one in three HIV positive gay men say they have unprotected sex, a survey reveals.The surveys were carried out at 90 gay bars, clubs and saunas in London, Manchester and Brighton.Over 2,000 men provided saliva samples. Of these, one in three of the men with HIV did not know they had the virus.
GaydarRadio wins a Sony award
10:30 AM — Digital radio station GaydarRadio was named Digital Terrestrial Station of the Year last night at the Sony Awards.The gay station beat off stiff competition from other finalists BBC Radio Asia and Fun Radio to take the accolade at a ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel.The judges said GaydarRadio was a station: "that captures the heart if its community and gives a vibrant voice."
30th April 2007
Tory councillor’s gay dating profile a hoax 3
4:53 PM — A London councillor who appeared as a contestant on The Apprentice has said a gay dating profile with his picture on it is a hoax.Ben Stanberry is a Conservative councillor in Richmond-upon-Thames. He suspects the fake profile was posted by a disgruntled former student.In the last series of BBC reality show The Apprentice Mr Stanberry was the first contestant to be fired by Sir Alan Sugar.
Campaign highlights illegal treatment of HIV+ people
4:35 PM — Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has launched a new campaign today aimed at helping people with HIV.It aims to ensure that they receive fair and equal treatment in healthcare.The Healthy Respect campaign sets out the standards of care that people should receive from GPs, dentists and hospitals.
Smoking ban comes into force 4
12:46 PM — Belfast's gay bars will become the latest to go smoke-free today, as Northern Ireland becomes the second part of the UK to enforce a smoking ban.Bans are already in place in the Republic of Ireland, Wales and Scotland.Only England remains, where LGBT people only have until the end of June to continue to smoke in enclosed public places like bars and clubs.
Boy George arrested over gay bondage claim
11:45 AM — A Norwegian escort has claimed that singer and DJ Boy George chained him to a wall against his will.George has been arrested by police and bailed to appear before magistrates on charges of forced imprisonment and assault. The Mirror reports that 28-year-old Auden Carlsen met the former Culture Club singer on website Gaydar.
Gordon Brown’s homophobic abuse 3
11:29 AM — The man expected to become Britain's next Prime Minister was verbally assaulted in Soho last week.A gang of hoodies taunted Gordon Brown with anti-gay jibes as he left a restaurant in Greek St.thelondonpaper reports that on Thursday evening the Chancellor was outside the Gay Hussar, a favourite with Westminster politicians, when the gang started to shout abuse.
Discrimination protections become law 5
10:28 AM — The Sexual Orientation Regulations come into force in Britain today.It is now illegal to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation when providing goods, services and facilities.Heterosexual people are also covered by the new law, meaning that it is now illegal to refuse them entry into gay bars.
28th April 2007
Police raid closes gay club for rest of the weekend
8:10 PM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveFire, the club raided by police in the early hours of Saturday morning has confirmed that they will be closed for the remainder of this weekend but will re-open for next week's bank holiday long weekend.Megan Jones promotions manager for Orange Club, who run Fire told PinkNews.co.uk : "The raid was civilised and with the full cooperation from staff and security personnel."
Clubbers filmed raid on gay club
4:00 PM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay clubbers captured the police raid that resulted in the Fire gay nightclub being shut down by Lambeth police in the early hours of Saturday morning. Witnesses claim hundreds of police were involved in the raid.PinkNews.co.uk has heard criticism of the police for taking photographs of clubbers (but not taking their names). One reader pointed out that this was a particular worry for those not yet openly gay.
Concerns raised over police tactics during gay club raid
2:30 PM — The Fire gay nightclub has been temporarily closed following a raid by Lambeth police in the early hours of Saturday morning. Witnesses claim hundreds of police were involved in the raid.PinkNews.co.uk has heard criticism of the police for taking photographs of clubbers (but not taking their names). One reader pointed out that this was a particular worry for those not yet out.Nine people were arrested in the raid that followed a three month long intelligence led operation into Class A drugs- codenamed Pivot.