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  • 15th August 2006

    Gay PC appeals for right to wear ear stud

    The Hampshire Constabulary's dress code policy only allows women to wear small earrings on duty but not men, but PC Bloomfield, a special branch contracts officer, alleges other men flouted the rules but were not punished

    12:00 AM — A policeman is accusing his force of sexual discrimination claiming he was banned from wearing an earring because he is gay.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.

  • Homophobic crime still a problem in London

    Homophobic crime figures have increased in boroughs with a large lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) population

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk InvestigationThe Metropolitan Police are today hailing London as a safer place to live with figures revealing an overall fall in crime, including an overall reduction in reported homophobic attacks.The release of figures describing incidents in the 12 months up to July 2006 claim that crime is falling across the capital.

  • London Underground deny ‘gay discrimination’ 1

    There will be a separate vote by 80 staff at Canary Wharf station, with claims of harassment and vicitmisation against a gay member of staff. (picture: LU)

    12:00 AM — The RMT union is planning to ballot 6,500 staff over a pay dispute. Members could vote for tube drivers strike, meaning travel misery for millions of Londoners.There will be a separate strike vote by 80 staff at Canary Wharf station, after union claims of harassment and vicitmisation against gay and female members of staff.

  • Gay radio station hits airwaves with pride

    Gaydio will operate as a community project and organisers are keen for the whole community to get involved

    12:00 AM — A lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) radio station has hit the airwaves in Manchester, coinciding with the city's pride festival this weekend.The organisers of "Gaydio" intend for the station to have its first broadcast this week and to go on for a fortnight.

  • 14th August 2006

    Gay sex at 16 legal, Man

    The controversial scrapping of section 38 arose after government consultation on the bill.

    12:00 AM — The 'Tynwald', the Isle of Man's independent legislature, has voted to bring the homosexual age of consent into line with that of heterosexuals on the island, simultaneously scrapping rules stopping the discussion of homosexuality in schools on the island between teacher and pupil.The Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act will come into force on September 1 2006 after the bill was passed with 15 votes for and 3 against, with the amended law felt by many to be long overdue.

  • Opening doors for older generations 57

    the beginning of the 21st century is more positive, secure and affirming than ever before

    12:00 AM — A new resource pack has been launched to help those working in care homes and extra-care housing support older lesbians, gay men and bisexuals (OLGB).'We at Age Concern recognise that the situation for most lesbian, gay and bisexual people at the beginning of the 21st century is more positive, secure and affirming than ever before' says the Age Concern website.

  • Will Mark Oaten be a TV fixture? 57

    12:00 AM — In the seven months since Mark Oaten was exposed by the News of the World, the MP for Winchester could hardly be accused of keeping a low profile. Could it be that the politician best known for visiting rent boys is planning a future on telly? Tony Grew examines the evidence. The curious tale of Mark Oaten continues to fascinate people and, like a bad da Vinci-themed novel, we just can't put it down until we get to the end.

  • Homophobic pensioner is given gagging ASBO

    A 76-year-old man from north London has been placed under an anti-social behaviour order for racial and homophobic verbal abuse directed at fellow care home residents.

    12:00 AM — A 76-year-old man from north London has been placed under an anti-social behaviour order for racial and homophobic verbal abuse directed at fellow care home residents.David Lilley, who lives in a sheltered housing complex in Cricklewood, has a record of abusing, threatening and spitting at staff and other residents.

  • Northern Ireland police to monitor gay recruitment 57

    Applicants to the Police Service of Northern Ireland are to be asked their sexual orientation for the first time.

    12:00 AM — Applicants to the Police Service of Northern Ireland are to be asked their sexual orientation for the first time. Currently all GB forces monitor the number of gay and lesbian people working for them.Potential officers will also be able to declare if they are in a civil partnership.

  • 12th August 2006

    Tory councillor faces trial for gay slur 14

    Peter Willows will stand trial later this year

    12:00 AM — A Tory councillor is to go on trial after pleading not guilty at Brighton Magistrates to public order charges after allegedly making homophobic remarks.Cllr Peter Willows, 75, of Brighton and Hove City Council allegedly likened homosexuals to paedophiles.

  • Tory councillor faces trial for gay slur 15

    Peter Willows will stand trial later this year

    12:00 AM — A Tory councillor is to go on trial after pleading not guilty at Brighton Magistrates to public order charges after allegedly making homophobic remarks.Cllr Peter Willows, 75, of Brighton and Hove City Council allegedly likened homosexuals to paedophiles.

  • Gay Humanists welcome pride support

    Belfast Pride last weekend played host to a group of Humanists marching in solidarity with gay and lesbian people.

    12:00 AM — Belfast Pride last weekend played host to a group of Humanists marching in solidarity with gay and lesbian people.The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association has praised the support given by the Belfast Humanist Group, who marched in solidarity with the gay community at the Pride event.

  • 11th August 2006

    Beenie Man claims ‘I am not homophobic’ 2

    Controversial rapper Beenie Man has told  The Independent  newspaper that  the true meaning of his lyrics have been misinterpreted due to cultural differences.

    12:00 AM — Controversial rapper Beenie Man has told The Independent newspaper that the true meaning of his lyrics have been misinterpreted due to cultural differences.Mr Man claims that in Jamaica the word 'gay' is synonymous with rape, and that unlike the consensual homosexual relationships found in England, the only 'gay' relationships that exist in Jamaica are young men who are forced into gay sex by poverty.

  • Stephen Williams on life at Westminster for an out gay MP

    “Being gay is not an advantage in most scenarios. It is less of an issue, but it is still an issue. Scratch the surface of the Tory party and you will still find a lot of prejudice.“

    12:00 AM — For the aspiring political journalist, getting an MP to even speak to you can be a struggle. So it is a tribute to Stephen Williams that he was the first one to say yes to PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew.For this reason alone it would have seemed rude to give him a rough ride.But the honest truth is that there would be no need to get all "Paxman" with Williams.

  • UK Black Pride Festival set for Southend next weekend 1

    Organisers hope the festival will become an annual summer event. It aims to foster pride, empowerment and a positive presence for black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the UK

    12:00 AM — The first UK Black Pride (UKBP) festival will be held on Saturday 19th August at the seaside resort of Southend-on-Sea.Organisers hope the festival will become an annual summer event. It aims to foster pride, empowerment and a positive presence for black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the UK.

  • New scheme for reporting hate crimes at gay bars 1

    Over 30 incidents have been reported via an i-kiosk installed inside the well-known Birdcage pub in Chiswick.

    12:00 AM — An innovative method of reporting homophobic attacks has been hailed a success by the West London Gay Men's Project.Over 30 incidents have been reported via an i-kiosk installed inside the well-known Birdcage pub in Chiswick.The aim of the project is to increase monitoring of hate crimes, and victims have the option of requesting further assistance from police if they wish to pursue the incident.

  • 10th August 2006

    Tory councillor snubs gay slur court appearance 14

    Peter Willows, 75, of Brighton and Hove City Council allegedly said to guests at a reception hosted by the mayor of Brighton and Hove that he believed homosexuals were paedophiles

    12:00 AM — A Tory councillor has declined to appear at his first magistrates hearing for allegedly making homophobic remarks.Peter Willows, 75, of Brighton and Hove City Council allegedly said to guests at a reception hosted by the mayor of Brighton and Hove that he believed homosexuals were paedophiles.

  • Gay Iraqis show pride in Gloucester

    Ali Hili, who co-ordinates Iraqi LGBT, a gay help and information group in Baghdad and London, will be joined by two other Iraqis who have fled their home country

    12:00 AM — Three gay Iraqis are set to join the Gloucestershire Rainbow Day march through Gloucester city centre on Saturday.Ali Hili, who co-ordinates Iraqi LGBT, a gay help and information group in Baghdad and London, will be joined by two other Iraqis who have fled their home country as hard-line insurgent groups started targeting gay men, many of whom have been murdered.

  • Gay cruising zips up nudist beach 6

    British naturists claim their rights are being stripped after the Ministry of Defence (MoD) closed a nudist beach area in Cornwall  (Photo: inferis)

    12:00 AM — British naturists claim their rights are being stripped after the Ministry of Defence (MoD) closed a nudist beach area in Cornwall because it was allegedly attracting gay sex near the military training camp.The MoD along with the Perranzabuloe parish council and Haven Holiday Park decided to close the area claiming it had no problem with homosexuality but wanted to eliminate the "bad elements."

  • Town divided over gay Dean’s union

    Under House of Bishops guidelines, the clerics are allowed to enter into a civil partnership because they claim they are not engaging in sexual relations

    12:00 AM — Local residents are split over the recent civil partnership of the Dean of St Albans.Last week the Church of England's first openly gay Dean, the Very Rev Jeffrey John had a secret civil partnership ceremony with Anglican clergyman, the Reverend Grant Holmes.

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