26th January 2006
Hughes considered quitting over bisexual revelations 19
12:00 AM — Simon Hughes, who today revealed that he is bisexual, said that considered quitting the race to become leader of the Liberal Democrats after he was forced to admit that he had lied about his gay past.Mr Hughes who is the Lib Dems' president had previously denied that he was gay but revealed today in the Sun that he has had, "both homosexual and heterosexual relationships in the past." This morning, Mr Hughes confirmed to PinkNews.co.uk that he is "bisexual."
Comment: So what if Hughes and Oaten are gay or bisexual? 19
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen considers the sexual controversies that have engulfed the Liberal Democrats.You'd have had to be on another planet to have missed the news that two of the candidates for leader of the Liberal Democrats have been "outed" by the tabloid press. But does this really matter in modern Britain, and what does it say about our society that they couldn't out themselves?
24th January 2006
Muslim leader will not face charges over gay comments 12
12:00 AM — Sir Iqbal Sacranie, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, will not face charges over allegedly homophobic remarks he made in a BBC radio interview, it was confirmed yesterday.It emerged earlier this month that Sir Iqbal would face investigation over the comments made on civil partnerships and gay rights in an interview for Radio 4's PM programme.
Simon Hughes apologises for homophobic smears in 1983 22
12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat leadership contender, Simon Hughes has belatedly apologised for homophobic campaigning that led to his election as an MP in 1983.Mr Hughes won the Bermondsey by-election in 1983 against the gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, then representing the Labour party in what should have been a safe seat.
Simon Cowell slammed by gay rights groups
12:00 AM — Pop Idol and X Factor judge, Simon Cowell, has been condemned by a leading gay rights group over a comment he made to a contestant on American Idol.Mr Cowell told a male contestant to "shave off your beard wear a dress" in the first episode of the fifth series, while fellow judge Randy Jackson asked one: "Are you a girl?"
23rd January 2006
PM’s website hosts petition to dismiss Ruth Kelly 18
9:40 PM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusivePinkNews.co.uk has discovered that Prime Minister Tony Blair's own website is currently running a petition calling on him to remove Ruth Kelly from her role as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Minister for Women and Equality."Ruth Kelly is incompatible with this position as she holds views about homosexuality (and other issues) which are contrary to the equality agenda which it is her ministerial duty to promote."
Youths jailed for gay killing 2
12:00 AM — Four people convicted of killing a gay London man in a "happy slapping" attack in 2004 have been handed long prison terms.Reece Sargeant, 21, Darren Case, 18, and David Blenman, 17, were each given 12-year sentences in the unprovoked murder of David Morley. Chelsea O'Mahoney, who was 15 at the time, was sentenced to eight years.
22nd January 2006
Lib Dem MP resigns over “gay” relationship 5
12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, Mark Oaten has resigned after newspaper allegations of a gay relationship with a male prostitute.Mr Oaten, 41, reacted to claims in the News of the World, which said the married father of two had been involved in a relationship with a "rent boy," in 2004. The paper revealed that he was in a "lengthy" relationship with the man, 23, which included "three-in-a-bed sex."
21st January 2006
Rural gay support group opens 1
12:00 AM — A gay group is expanding in Gloucestershire to provide further support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the area.Gay-Glos, funded by the Big Lottery, will launch Friendship Support Groups in February for LGBT people, their families and friends.
19th January 2006
Gay weddings “unbiblical” and “unworkable” 29
12:00 AM — A senior Church of England bishop has criticised his colleague's stance over gay "weddings" for priests as "unbiblical" and unworkable.The Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, said guidance issued by the House of Bishops in response to civil partnerships was against Church teaching and unity.
Brokeback Mountain gets BAFTA nominations 5
12:00 AM — Having just saddled up from a successful evening at the Golden Globes, gay love story, Brokeback Mountain has now been nominated for 9 British Academy Film Awards.The cowboy movie will battle with race relations thriller Crash, and Capote, a biopic on author Truman Capote, for best film at the awards which are announced on February 19.
18th January 2006
Columnist issues apology to gay campaigner 3
12:00 AM — A high profile Respect Party member has apologised for causing any distress towards gay rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell, for comments made in a newspaper column last week.However, he stood by his comments labelling Mr Tatchell as one of Britain's "most hate filled bigots" insisting it was a personal comment and by no means aimed at the gay community.
Comment: Letter of the week 5
12:00 AM — We regularly receive encouraging and inspiring letters and comments at the offices of PinkNews.co.uk, this week has been no different.PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman received one gem from a nice lady called Barbara, who has helped remind us why the struggle for sexual equality continues.
17th January 2006
Outrage at lack of respect for gay campaigner 3
12:00 AM — Gay rights group, Outrage, is accusing a prominent member of George Galloway's Respect Party, of encouraging homophobia and violence against leader, Peter Tatchell.In his column in Asian weekly entertainment newspaper, Desi Xpress, Adam Yosef denounced Mr Tatchell as a "bigot" who "needs a good slap in the face." Yosef urges the Australian-born activist and his "queer campaign army" to "pack their bent bags and head back to Australia".
Lib Dem candidate gets gay backing 57
12:00 AM — Gay rights activist, Peter Tatchell put previous political battles aside this week to express his support for Liberal Democrat leadership candidate, Simon Hughes.Mr Tatchell a former Labour candidate, was defeated by Mr Hughes in the 1983 Bermondsey by-election, which was marred by homophobic taunts and violence towards Peter Tatchell's campaign.
16th January 2006
Police force is top gay employer 57
12:00 AM — Staffordshire Police has helped the British law enforcement sector overcome previous allegations of institutional homophobia by becoming the nation's top gay-friendly employer.The force that encourages gay officers to go on marches, take parenting leave and organise parties with local homosexual groups was ranked first in the Workplace Equality Index, compiled by gay activist charity, Stonewall.
Gay groups angered by Scottish Catholics 1
12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigners and adoption groups have been angered by the Catholic church in Scotland's plans to seek an exemption from allowing gay couples to adopt.Senior Bishops are seeking a "conscience clause" giving the church and other faith-based groups the right to reject applicants to their adoption agencies on the basis of gender.
15th January 2006
Comment: Would the Pope face arrest for homophobia? 13
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman asks if the Pope would be welcome in Britain after his comments on gay marriage.It's been a busy month for gay rights activists. After a brief respite from the Muslim Council of Britain's, Sir Iqbal Sacranie's homophobic comments, now the Pope Benedict XVI has used a public platform to denounce homosexuality.
14th January 2006
“Gay horse” case dropped
12:00 AM — A student from Oxford University who labelled a police horse as "gay" will not be prosecuted.Sam Brown, originally from Belfast, approached a mounted police officer during a night out with friends in Oxford and said: "Excuse me, do you realise your horse is gay?"Following the comments, police backup arrived in two squad cars and arrested Mr Brown under the Public Order Act.
13th January 2006
Gay Doctor Who star was too straight for Will and Grace 7
12:00 AM — John Barrowman, the gay star of Doctor Who was told he was "too straight" to play the part of Will in the hit US comedy Will and Grace.The 38 year old actor who is well known across the world as Doctor Who's bisexual sidekick Captain Jack Harkness claimed that offering the led role in the gay sitcom to a straight actor, Eric McCormack was typical of "homophobic" Hollywood.