3rd December 2005
HIV Rate Hits All Time High for Gay Men in UK 2
12:00 AM — As the world gathered to celebrate World AIDS Day 2005 this week, new figures in the United Kingdom suggested the country's gay community saw more gay men testing positive for HIV last year than any year since records began.So far, 2,185 positive tests have been reported among gay men during 2004 to the Health Protection Agency (HPA), and this number is likely to rise further as late reports come in.
PinkNews.co.uk Editor, released from hospital 3
12:00 AM — Readers will be pleased to hear that the Editor of PinkNews.co.uk, Benjamin Cohen, has been released from hospital following his recent illness.Benjamin was admitted after suffering serious problems with his vision, balance and co-ordination.Doctors at Barnet General Hospital in North London have found that two lesions on the right hand side of his brain had caused his problems.
1st December 2005
Pink news will not update until Monday 5th December at the earliest 3
12:00 AM — Due to the unexpected hospitalisation of pinknews.co.uk's editor, Benjamin Cohen (23), there will not be any updates to articles. We will update this page as soon as any information becomes available on Benjamin.
30th November 2005
George Michael reveals his plans for a gay wedding 4
12:00 AM — Former Wham! Front man, George Michael has made public his plans to marry long term partner Kenny Goss when gay weddings become legal in Britain.The popstar who has been in a ten year relationship with Mr Goss said that they plan to register their partnership shortly after the Civil Partnership Act comes into force in England and Wales with a ceremony due in the early part of 2006.
Gay Soap star attacked by homophobic gang 1
12:00 AM — Soap star Anthony Cotton was rescued by minders on Thursday after he was allegedly attacked by a homophobic gang.The Daily Mirror claims that Mr Cotton, who plays gay factory worker and barman Sean Tully in Coronation Street, was surrounded by a gang of eight teens outside the set of the hit soap.A witness described the attack in the Daily Mirror: "These lads looked like serious trouble. They homed in on poor Anthony for whatever reason. They were like a pack of animals.
ASBO teen jailed for homophobic attack
12:00 AM — A teenager has been jailed for six years after being found guilty for his part in a homophobic attack on a man in Cheltenham.Steven Aubrey, 18, of Crabtree Place, Cheltenham, was 17 when he dragged Ian Mason, 33, out of his car and subjected him to a series of punches and kicks.The attack took place in a venue known by the police to be linked to gay cruising.
26th November 2005
Elton John and David Furnish opt for private gay wedding ceremony
12:00 AM — Sir Elton John's gay wedding to his partner David Furnish will be a private affair after he turned sown an offer worth over £6m to broadcast the occasion.The popstar and his entertainment producer partner will be one of the first couples in Britain to take advantage of the Civil Partnership Act, which will allow 'gay marriages' in all but name from the 21st December.
25th November 2005
Social worker suspended over gay porn accusations
12:00 AM — The head of a Scottish council's social work team faces the sack after gay porn was allegedly found on his work laptop computer.Jim Hadderty was immediately suspended after technicians said that they found pornographic material on his machine whilst carrying out repairs.Mr Hadderty was relieved of his duties as manager of a divisional social work department at Renfrewshire Council.
Liberal Judaism launches gay marriage ceremonies in Britain
12:00 AM — Liberal Judaism is to be come the first mainstream religious group to perform gay marriage services.The movement, which includes four lesbian Rabbis, and two gay Rabbis will introduce its 'Covenant of Love' to coincide with the Civil Partnership Act which comes into force on December 5th.However, the ceremony does not replace the need for a couple to perform a civil partnership, as there are no legal entitlements flowing from the blessing.
“Happy Slapping” girl asked gay murder victim to “pose for the camera”, court told 2
12:00 AM — A teenage girl asked a gay barman to "pose for the camera" before she filmed her friends kicking him to death, a court heart.The trial relates to the murder of David Morley, 37, a survivor of the 1999 Soho nail bomb attack, who was chatting with a friend, Alistair Whiteside, on the South Bank, when a gang pounced.
24th November 2005
Gays can become Catholic priests if they can prove they’re celibate 12
12:00 AM — Gay men will be allowed to be Roman Catholic priests as long as they can prove that they have been celibate for a minimum of three years.The Vatican which was commissioned by the Pope, Benedict XIV, says that the church will ban gays who "publicly manifest their homosexuality or show an overwhelming attraction" to homosexual culture even if it is only intellectually".
20,000 British people may have HIV without knowing it
12:00 AM — A third of people who have HIV in the UK remain undiagnosed, a report by the Health Protection Agency has found.Despite over seven thousand new cases being diagnosed in the UK over 2005, almost twenty thousand people with the disease do not know that they are infected.Deborah Jack, the Chief Executive of the National AIDS trust says the results should be a wake up call to gay men to get tested.
Conservative Equality Spokeswoman explains her party’s gay rights policies 1
12:00 AM — Earlier this week, we reported that a Labour MP (Angela Eagle) described the Eleanor Laing, Conservative spokeswoman on Equality's attitude to the Equality Bill as 'sad'.Today, Ms Laing took advantage of our policy of allowing a right of reply to all articles by asking us to reprint this letter which she hopes will make her own views on the matter clear.
23rd November 2005
Conservative Equality Spokeswoman slammed over gay rights 1
12:00 AM — Britain's only openly lesbian MP has condemned the Conservative Party for trying to allow small hotels and bbs (bed and breakfasts) to ban gay couples.The Equality Bill, which is currently having its second reading in the House of Commons, will ban the discrimination of people in the provision of goods and services due to their religion or their sexuality.
22nd November 2005
Lisburn set for u-turn over gay weddings ban
12:00 AM — Lisburn City Council is due to make a u-turn over the banning of gay wedding ceremonies on council properties.The council, in Northern Ireland has previously announced that it would not allow civil partnership ceremonies to take place in their wedding suite.Local authorities are forced to offer civil partnership registrations under the Civil Partnership Act that comes into effect in December of this year. However, they are free to decide whether to offer facilities for ceremonies on their properties.
Gay rights officer claims he was sacked because of a sex change
12:00 AM — Brighton and Hove council's gay rights officer was hounded out of a job because he had a sex change, a tribunal heard this week.Andy Baldwin, 34, says he was forced out of his job for the local authority after he changed his name from Andrea. He claims that he lost his £26,000-a-year job due to a "culture of prejudice and discrimination against transsexuals."
21st November 2005
Police Investigating Disappearance of Gay Man
12:00 AM — (London, UK) - Detectives from London's Specialist Crime Directorate are investigating the disappearance of 61-year-old Alexandre Madeira Marques, known as Alex.Alexandre, originally from Portugal, was last seen at 11:00am on Sunday, October 16 when a neighbor saw him at his home in Notting Hill. He apparently arranged with a friend to meet for a drink at the Notting Hill Gate Cafe, but then did not show up or call.Alexandre works in London as a waiter and at the ARTS club in Mayfair and failed to show up the following day for work. Coworkers said he was known for being very reliable and punctual.
Serial killer Rose West in lesbian relationship
12:00 AM — The Sunday Mirror claims that serial killer Rose West has embarked on a lesbian affair with a fellow prisoner.West, 51 met Chantelle Easton, 39, who is serving a sentence for robbery at Bronzefield prison in Ashford.They are both being held in the prison's segregation unit. West is kept there for her own safety, whilst Easton was transferred there after being abusive to an officer.
19th November 2005
Northern Ireland politician claims gays are “abominable and filthy” 6
12:00 AM — A councillor for the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), led by Dr Ian Paisley ha branded gays as "abominable and filthy" and to blame for Hurricane Katrina and the spread of AIDs in Africa.Maurice Mills councillor in Ballymena, Northern Ireland claimed that Hurricane Katrina was a judgement from God: "the media failed to report that the hurricane occurred just two days prior to the annual homosexual event called the Southern Decadence Festival, which the previous year had attracted an estimated 125,000 people.
17th November 2005
Church of England’s position on gay rights is evil, says right wing Bishops 2
12:00 AM — The split in the Anglican Church over the issue of homosexuality has continued today, with ultra-conservative church leaders condemning the policies of the Church of England as evil.The "Global South", a group of ultra-right wing, anti-gay bishops led by the Nigerian archbishop, Dr Peter Akinola in letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, urge him to reconsider his personal views on homosexuality: "we urge you to rethink your personal view and embrace the Church's consensus and to act on it, based as it is on the clear witness of Scripture."