22nd August 2006
COMMENT: Time for a gay schism? 2
12:00 AM — It has been a bad month for gay identity. Whatever that is. From gay police to overweight pop idols, it seems everyone has something to say about how best to express their sexuality.Tony Grew examines what it means to be gay in 2006 If I was to wear an earring, what would that indicate to you? According to gay police officer Neil Bloomfield, it is an indication of sexual preference. He took his employers to a tribunal because male officers are not allowed to wear earrings, while women officers are.
Comment: Is newspaper backlash aid to homophobia?
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Dave McElhill ponders press reporting regarding EU enlargement and asks if the tones are helping the international gay community.The recent headlines have been full of commentary regarding the likely influx of new immigrants when Bulgaria and Romania join the EU.
Suicide linked to cruising arrest 2
12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigners in Northern Ireland say they know of at least one man who has killed himself after being arrested for cruising.PA Mag Lochlainn, a well-known activist, told The Mirror: "The danger is people who haven't made their sexuality public find themselves outed."The damage it can do is immense. We know one man who has taken his own life after an arrest."
21st August 2006
McKellen and Gervais clash over Extras script
12:00 AM — Gay icon Sir Ian McKellen has revealed that his guest appearance in the upcoming series of BBC hit comedy Extras caused tension with creator Ricky Gervais.The series features famous actors playing grotesque versions of themselves and has previously starred Kate Winslet, Ben Stiller and Samuel L Jackson.Writing on his official website, McKellen revealed that he wanted rewrites to the script.
‘Gay’ issues cause Anglican split? 4
12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury is to host a summit next month between to two sides of the American Anglican church to deal with potential problems over homosexuality.This is to avoid the "nightmare" scenario of a church split due to a decision in 2003 to allow a gay priest to become a bishop in America.
Ofcom slaps C4′s wrist over Elton’s teatime cursing
12:00 AM — Television regulator Ofcom has criticised Channel 4 over an episode of the Paul O'Grady show in which Elton John used the word "wanker."MediaGuardian reports that the regulator regarded the use of the curse word as unfortunate.Although the term is regarded as mild, a large part of O'Grady's audience are older people, and therefore more likely to be offended by its use.
Gloucester celebrates first Mardi Gras
12:00 AM — Hundreds turned out in Gloucester last Saturday, 12 August, for its first Gay Pride March, held in memory of Jody Dobrowski, who was murdered last year in London for being gay.Bristol meanwhile held its Mardi Gras and FRINGE events despite the cancellation of the Bristol Pride March several weeks ago following a problem planning the event between organisers, police and the local council.
18th August 2006
PinkEnergy lightening gay community’s burden
12:00 AM — UK energy bill payers are yet again set to become victims of gas prices rises with Powergen announcing an 18.5% increase in gas bills yesterday following British Gas's recent spike.But there is no need for consumers to be kept in the dark over prices and watchdogs are highlighting the importance of shopping around for the best value, which is where PinkEnergy.co.uk switches into gear.
Glastonbury to host pink picnic
12:00 AM — Better known for its almost annual music festival, the sleepy Somerset town of Glastonbury is going pink.A community LGBT picnic will be held on September 9th in Abbey Park.Organisers hope the al-fresco event will highlight the problems for gay people living in rural areas.
Lesbian lover responds to verdict
12:00 AM — Alison Lewis, the lesbian lover of murdered mother Mandy Power, has responded with relief to the guilty verdict of David Morris, telling BBC reporters that "I want him to rot in jail for the rest of his life.""He will spend the rest of his life being punished for what he did," she told the BBC, adding "there has been justice for Mandy, Katie, Emily and Doris."
The local band challenging national anti-gay laws
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveOn Monday Pink News brought you the story of Paparazzi Whore cancelling a gig in Pacha Marrakech over problems with Moroccan law regarding homosexuality, Dave McElhill meets a band challenging African attitudes.Speaking to lead singer Micci leaves you in no doubt that Paparazzi Whore are a band on the rise, with their strong lyrics and fun take on life.
17th August 2006
Woman denies seducing 14-year-old lesbian 57
12:00 AM — A 27-year-old security guard has denied seducing a teenage girl at a lesbian 'vicars and tarts' themed house party last year.Sandra Scrivener is on trial at Cambridge Crown Court, and denies charges of performing a sex act on a minor and supplying her with cannabis.She says they became friends and would meet up to talk through the girl's problems.
‘Noxious substance’ causes evacuation of Comptons 1
12:00 AM — Famous London venue Comptons of Soho was evacuated last night after what police describe as a 'noxious substance' was released.A statement from Comptons said: " At around 7pm last night, staff and customers noticed a strong smell of something similar to gas. As a precautionary measure, the bar was evacuated and the police were called."
Paddick: I want boss’s job – and Ken’s 7
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe highest ranking gay police officer in the UK today revealed he has his sights set on the top job in policing - and possibly even the mayor's office.Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick said he was confident he has the experience to take on the job of Britain's most senior officer.
Mayor attacked for Pride support 4
12:00 AM — London Assembly Member Brian Coleman has attacked London Mayor Ken Livingstone for caring "more about Estonian Gay Pride than he does about Londoners" after last week's terror attacks.The attack came in the wake of the announcement of Mayor Ken's support for the Tallinn march yesterday following violence at the event, as reported by the Pink News.
Graham Norton set for another three years with Auntie
12:00 AM — The BBC today announced that comedian Graham Norton has renewed his exclusive contract with the corporation for another three years.Norton, who joined the BBC in 2004, has been the face of a string of hits for BBC1, including How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? and Strictly Dance Fever.
Builder guilty of lesbian family murder
12:00 AM — A former builder who murdered a lesbian and her family after having his sexual advances rejected has been jailed for life today.David Morris, 44, was found guilty of murder at Newport Crown Court today in a retrial relating to the killing of four family members across three generations in 1999.
Agreement reached over gay PC’s stud
12:00 AM — A gay police officer has reached a settlement with his force after taking them to an employment tribunal over the right to wear an earring.PC Neil Bloomfield, 39, told a Southampton Industrial Tribunal that his gold ear stud was a statement of his sexuality and claimed he was unfairly targeted while other heterosexual officers avoided reprisal.
Caribbean gays reject Beenie Man 3
12:00 AM — The organisers of the current Stanford 20/20 Cricket Tournament in the Caribbean have been urged to drop dancehall music star, Beenie Man, as the singer of the official tournament anthem because of his homophobic lyrics.The call comes from C-FLAG, the Caribbean Forum for Lesbians, All-sexuals and Gays.
Faceparty liaison leads to assault for teenage lesbian 1
12:00 AM — A 16-year-old lesbian was assaulted by the angry girlfriend of a 19-year-old woman she met online.The teenagers had met on the popular chat site Faceparty. Clare Bullock, 19, of Wimslow, Cheshire, had met the unnamed younger girl, and formed an online friendship.They exchanged intimate information and text messages and arranged to meet on January 2nd this year.