20th July 2006
Call for Indian legalisation of homosexuality 57
12:00 AM — In their push for a reduction in the rate of HIV infection, the Indian government's HIV/AIDS control body has filed a statement in the Delhi High Court supporting the legalisation of homosexuality.In a boost for gay rights in India, where a 145 year old law dating back to British colonial rule is still used by police to harass gay people, the National AIDS Control Organisation's (NACO) statement calls for section 377 of the Indian penal code to be abandoned.
“I’m a lesbian and our guitarist has one hand” 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Katherine Knowles meets a band proudly challenging physical, emotional and musical barriers."We're all equal here, man" says Jackie Romeu, the lead singer of new band Nelson Romeu. "I'm a lesbian and our guitarist only has one hand!""People always want to know how he plays the guitar with one hand. All I can say is, he's always had one arm with not all his fingers, so he just has got by over the years. He lays the guitar on a piano stand and strums away. He makes his own path, you know what I'm saying?"
BBC defends ‘gay car’ comment 29
12:00 AM — The BBC has again been forced to defend one of its big name presenters following the recent furore surrounding the controversial use of the word gay by Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles.On Sunday's Top Gear programme, presenter Jeremy Clarkson asked an audience member if he would buy a certain car, the audience member said, "No, it's a bit gay."
19th July 2006
Lawyer receives damages over gay passport slur
12:00 AM — An immigration lawyer has received £20,000 in damages after the Sunday Times falsely reported that he was advising asylum seekers to have fake gay marriages to obtain residency in the UK.The paper apologised to Dr Akbar Malik of Malik Law Chambers for the story, which also erroneously appeared on PinkNews.co.uk, claiming the lawyer told immigrants that they could obtain a passport quicker by entering a sham civil partnership.
Fire-fighters investigated after abstaining from gay pride 3
12:00 AM — Ten members of Glasgow's fire service may face disciplinary action after refusing to distribute safety leaflets at a recent gay pride march in the city.The Cowcaddens fire-fighters had been asked to hand out leaflets at the rally in a publicity exercise but are believed to have refused on moral grounds.
Drug tests to take place at Brighton Gay Pride 4
12:00 AM — A human rights group is advising attendees of next week's Brighton Gay Pride how to deal with police who may ask to conduct a voluntary drug test.Sussex Police will be using the Ion Track device, which detects small traces of illegal substances, at the event, but the Release group fears lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender revellers will be unfairly targeted.
Jewish columnist “inciting homophobia” 23
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Jewish gay community has reacted angrily to a newspaper columnist who criticised the upcoming World Pride Jerusalem march branding it "stomach churning."Howard Palmer, a writer for The Jewish News, spoke out against the parade in his regular column, calling it embarrassing for Israel and the Jewish people.
NAT to Walk for Life
12:00 AM — The National AIDS Trust's finance director is to embark on Crusaid's Walk for Life at the end of this month, wearing a 9ft red ribbon.The event is Europe's biggest HIV fundraising walk, wearing a 9 ft red ribbon, and Tim Gutteridge will represent the Trust by wearing its symbol on the 10km walk through Central London.
18th July 2006
London Mayor backs Brits at Gay Games 3
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Mayor of London has sent good luck wishes to the athletes taking part in this week's Gay Games in Chicago and the upcoming Outgames in Montreal.The weeklong Chicago event, expected to draw nearly 12,000 athletes from 65 countries, started last weekend and will be staged in 33 venues across Chicago and the suburbs.
Gay asylum group push for Iranian protection
12:00 AM — The UK Lesbian Gay Immigration Group has written to Liam Byrne, the Home Office Minister responsible for immigration, requesting the suspension of removals to Iran of lesbian and gay asylum seekers.The Group has urged the Minister to ensure that no Iranian lesbian or gay asylum seeker be removed from the UK whilst there are genuine concerns that those suspected of having gay sexual relationships are at risk of persecution.
Darren Hayes celebrates gay union 4
12:00 AM — Former Savage Garden frontman, Darren Hayes, has ended speculation over his sexuality after he came out yesterday and revealed he has had a civil partnership.The solo singer has often remained silent on his private life, but yesterday afternoon he published a statement on his website celebrating his civil ceremony with his partner of two years, Richard.
Guernsey may lower gay age of consent 3
12:00 AM — Guernsey Chief Minister Laurie Morgan has signalled that the island may follow neighbouring Jersey's lead in lowering the gay age of consent.His remarks came after the issue was raised at a meeting of the Crown Dependencies of Guernsey, Jersey, and the Isle of Man, after the fellow Channel Island of Jersey lowered the age of gay consent from 18 to 16 recently.
Police appeal for help after homophobic assault
12:00 AM — Officers from the Westminster Community Safety Unit are appealing for information following a homophobic assault during the Euro Pride event on Saturday 1 July.At approx 1640 the female victim was walking with her girlfriend in Dean Street W1, near to the junction with Bateman Street when an unknown man approached them, attacked the victim and made a homophobic remark.
Gay community to remember hanged teenagers
12:00 AM — Labour MP Chris Bryant will be hosting a meeting at the House of Commons tomorrow evening to mark the first anniversary of Iran's hanging of two gay teenagers.Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni were publicly executed in Iran last year, because according to the regime they were rapists, however gay campaigners insist the boys were killed under Sharia law for the crime of homosexuality.
15th July 2006
Ashley Cole to marry in “wedding of the year” 1
12:00 AM — England footballer Ashley Cole is to marry Girls Aloud star, Cheryl Tweedy on Saturday in what is being dubbed, "the celebrity magazine wedding of the year."Cole and Tweedy are to tie the knot at Highclere Castle, Berkshire, the venue for singer Peter Andre and model Jordan's marriage last September.
14th July 2006
Brighton venue issues apology over homophobic performer 7
12:00 AM — A music venue in Brighton has apologised to the LGBT community for booking a notoriously homophobic Jamaican rap artist.The Concorde 2 live music venue, which is situated near the 'gay village' in Brighton's Kemp Town area, cancelled the gig by Buju Banton on 5th July. Initially, the club was unrepentant and admitted only cancelling the concert after pressure from Brighton and Hove Council and the LGBT community.
Up to 20 per cent of gay men have tried crystal meth 7
12:00 AM — Research published today by City University, London has found that up to twenty ten per cent of gay men in London have tried the clubbing drug crystal methamphetamine (crystal meth). Of these men, most use it only infrequently.Crystal meth is a very strong stimulant which brings on an intense feeling of euphoria and lowers the user's inhibitions.
13th July 2006
Government promises IVF for lesbians 1
12:00 AM — Lesbians are to gain the right to fertility treatment without the stipulation of a father being present, according to new government proposals.Public Health Minister, Caroline Flint, told the Science and Technology Committee that the Government recognises the need for reform to the "need for a father" requirement which has been deemed "offensive" to unconventional families.
Senior clergyman attacks “witch hunt”of gays
12:00 AM — A senior Church of England clergyman has attacked evangelical Christians for conducting what he calls a "witch hunt" against gay people."The thought that anybody should be shown the door by the Church, I just find deeply offensive," the Very Reverend Dr John Moses said prior to his final service as Dean of St Paul's Cathedral.
Foreign Office pays for homophobic cleric’s stay in luxury hotel
12:00 AM — Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Islamicist fundamentalist organisation, the Muslim Brotherhood, was put up in the five star Ceylan InterContinental Hotel for a two day conference paid for by the Governemnt.The controversial cleric made headlines in 2004 when he came to London as a guest of Ken Livingstone, who was then heavily criticised by gay rights campaigners and Jewish organisations for inviting him.