1st September 2006
Gay community going online for outdoor pursuits 3
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk InvestigationCruising and its indoor partner cottaging have been brought back to the table for debate this month.George Michael started the discussion when, following a News of the World allegation that he had been cruising on Hampstead Heath, he called it "the best cruising ground in London."
Cruising at the British Library 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe British Library has been exposed as an ideal cottaging ground, according to a popular website dedicated to the hobby.A [i PinkNews.co.uk [/i] investigation revealed that the library, which holds around 25 million books and thousand-year-old historical items has been included in a list of top gay cruising and cottaging venues on squirt.org.
31st August 2006
Firemen disciplined after no show at gay pride 5
12:00 AM — Nine firemen from Glasgow have been ordered to undergo an intensive course in "diversity training" as a punishment for refusing to carry out their jobs at the gay Pride Scotia in June.The decision from fire chiefs at Strathclyde Fire and Rescue (SFR) came after days of deliberation over what their response to the case should be.
Paddick denies Commissioner ambition 7
12:00 AM — The most senior gay police officer in the UK has denied he wants to succeed Sir Ian Blair as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. PinkNews.co.uk reported earlier this month on comments Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick allegedly made at a recruitment event for gay and lesbian teenagers.At the sparsely-attended event Mr Paddick made a speech, in which he discussed his future in the police force.
COMMENT: Gay adults must challenge homophobic teachers 5
12:00 AM — A report from the NSPCC this week revealed a rise in the number of LGBT teens calling Childline to ask for help with homophobic bullying.The details of the report make for grim reading, most shocking of all being the hostile attitude of teachers.Tony Grew examines the report and what gay adults can do to help.
Gay groups urge Met to drop GPA investigation 9
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveHuman rights activists have urged the Metropolitan Police Commissioner to drop a faith crime investigation regarding the Gay Police Association (GPA).Outrage! and the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) have each sent a letter to Sir Ian Blair in support of the GPA after Scotland Yard began an investigation last month following complaints regarding an advert in the Independent coinciding with last month's EuroPride event.
30th August 2006
Fertility group backs lesbian IVF access
12:00 AM — Lesbians and single women should be treated the same way as heterosexual couples in access to NHS funded fertility treatment, medical experts recommended today.The British Fertility Society (BFS), the organisation representing professionals working with assisted conception, has issued a series of recommendations on social criteria for access to NHS-funded fertility treatment amid speculation of a postcode lottery in gaining support.
Local party stops modernising Tories
12:00 AM — Controversial Tory Ian Laws has moved back into the fold in his local Conservative party by being allowed to stand as a nominee for the Falmouth Camborne seat, according to The Times.Conservative party member Mr Laws was suspended following his public appeal for openly gay Ashley Crossely to be dumped as the local party candidate for the parliamentary seat at the last election.
Manc police to monitor Gay Village
12:00 AM — A dedicated police officer and community support officer (PCSO) are taking to the beat around Manchester's Gay Village, as part of the city's commitment to neighbourhood policing, prompting accusations of political correctness.PC Sam Tennant and PCSO Ann Marie Lewis are now based in the Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) offices on Princess Street in the city centre.
“Elton is gay” attackers found guilty
12:00 AM — Thugs Henry Peters and Neil Wattley have been found guilty of attacking Elton John fans following the star's concert at Watford football stadium last June, according to HemelHempsteadToday.The pair attacked uncle and nephew Graham and John Brydon shouting "Elton John is f***ing gay" after Peters had spotted the official concert T-shirt Graham Brydon was wearing.
Europe mourns loss of first openly gay referee
12:00 AM — Tributes have been paid this week following the death of the only openly gay referee in the history of professional football.John Blankenstein, 57, a Dutch official who oversaw the 1993 UEFA Cup final and 1992 European Championship matches died last Friday from a kidney disease.
Seamen required for cruising channel 57
12:00 AM — The Big Cruise is looking for seamen to jump aboard when it sets sail next May on its maiden voyage.The luxury liner, described as "one of the campest ships in the fleet" by its owners, will set sail from Dover on a 3 day cruise around the channel, including a day in St Peter's Port, Guernsey.
29th August 2006
Matthew Parris: married on a Thursday 2
12:00 AM — The Times has revealed its star political columnist Matthew Parris has entered into a civil partnership with his long-time boyfriend.Parris, a former Conservative MP, 'tied the knot' in a ceremony in Bakewell, Derbyshire.His partner is Guardian journalist Julian Glover. They have been a couple for 11 years.
Nationwide search for gay man who infected partner 57
12:00 AM — Police have asked for help in tracing a gay man who was convicted earlier this month of recklessly infecting his lover with HIV.Mark James absconded before he was sentenced, and is currently on the run.Acting Detective Inspector Mike Sunman, of Hounslow Police, described James as a danger to public health, and appealed for help in tracing him.
Thousands oppose gay venue closure 1
12:00 AM — Over 16,000 people have signed a petition opposing the closure of the home of the G-A-Y nightclub.The Astoria was sold in June for around ?24 million to Derwent Valley developers who are reportedly planning to turn the venue into shops, offices and flats.Partygoers including the gay community are determined to keep the popular music venue open.
Pride veterans shun gay pride charge
12:00 AM — Two former pride organisers protested against Manchester Pride by taking part in the march on Saturday but refusing to pay the £50 registration charge.In a move aimed at subverting, and protesting against Manchester Pride's charging over £50 for walkers, the pair, Ohmeed Ahi, chief steward of The Pink Festival, and Tim Groves, deputy chief steward of Europride 2006, shunned the registration process last weekend.
“Macho” culture hindering gay lawyers
12:00 AM — The "macho" culture of law firms is hindering gay and lesbian lawyers from coming out at work fearing it will affect their career progression, a report revealed today.Legal regulator, The Law Society's first report on the career experiences of gay and lesbian solicitors discovered "undertones of homophobia" in legal practices with employees feeling restricted by perceptions and expectations of discrimination.
Man City FC sign up to Stonewall diversity scheme 3
12:00 AM — Manchester City have become the first professional football club to join the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme.A spokesman for Stonewall, the leading gay rights organisation, praised the club for being the first to "put their head above the parapet," and hinted that other clubs may soon follow Man City's lead.Over 200 companies and organisations have now signed up for the scheme, which promotes good employment practice.
Gay humanists criticise “spineless” Archbishop 5
12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has been labelled "spineless" after telling gay they are not welcome in his Church unless they "change their ways."The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) criticised remarks made by Dr Rowan Williams in Dutch newspaper Nederlands Dagblad.
Homophobic bullying targeted in Manchester
12:00 AM — The Liberal Democrats launched their Stop Homophobic Bullying Petition in the North West last weekend to coincide with Manchester Gay Pride.John Leech, Lib Dem MP for Manchester Withington, brought the initiative to Manchester, aiming to clamp down on homophobic bullying, encourage anti-bullying policies and training teachers how to deal with it.