22nd June 2006
Gay group joins police to address community concerns
12:00 AM — Irish police have responded to lesbian and gay concerns about safety issues and developed a new community safety strategy for the Dublin region.Launched by Minister of Justice Michael McDowell this morning, at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community centre Outhouse, the strategy will be piloted for a year before being rolled out nationally.
Gay campaigner condemns Bromley candidate’s “gutter politics” 3
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has accused an Independent candidate for next week's Bromley and Chislehurst by-election of using "gutter politics" after his team raised questions regarding the sexuality of Conservative candidate Bob Neill.The candidate, John Hemming-Clark said on his website, "Leaflets are dropping aplenty through the letter boxes of Bromley and Chislehurst with the main candidates extolling their married with children credentials.
Elton John headlines EuroPride 6
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveSir Elton John will perform at this summer's EuroPride Show in the Royal Albert Hall.The chairperson of Pride London, Steven Cootes, confirmed the rumour to PinkNews.co.uk amid speculation of whom the events' mystery guest would be at the gay pride's 2006 climax show on July 2 2006.
Tory MEPs accused of failing to stop homophobia 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLabour MEP Michael Cashman has accused the Conservative Party of failing to condemn violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Europe.Mr Cashman,president of the European Parliament's Intergroup for Gay and Lesbian Rights' remarks come after Tory MEPs abstained in an EU vote last week that condemned racist and homophobic violence.
21st June 2006
Paddick snubbed for honour- newspaper claims
12:00 AM — A newspaper is claiming that Britain's most senior gay police officer has been snubbed for a top honour.The right of centre Daily Mail claims that Brian Paddick, the Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police is furious that he has not been awarded the Queen's Police Medal in last week's Birthday Honours list.Friends of Mr Paddick have claimed that he was promised an award.
EuroPride unveils gay parade route 6
12:00 AM — EuroPride 06 today unveiled the final route for the major parade taking place through the streets of London on Saturday 1 July.The EuroPride parade is expected to be one of the biggest London has ever seen, and will feature 40 floats, around 200 costumed groups and walking bands, and thousands of individual paraders.
Gay youth socially excluded in Europe 2
12:00 AM — Young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people across Europe face discrimination and exclusion in their everyday life, a report claims.The report, Social Exclusion of Young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People (LGBT) in Europe, by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Youth and Student Organization (IGLYO) and ILGA-Europe claims LGBT youth experience estrangement from family, bullying and marginalisation at school, which can lead to such problems as underachievement and school drop-out, low self-esteem and mental ill-health.
19th June 2006
Calls to recognise “gay” primary schoolchildren 2
12:00 AM — Researchers are calling on the Scottish government to give gay primary schoolchildren minders to protect them from homophobic bullying and depression.The report from the Edinburgh University Centre for Education for Racial Equality and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Youth Scotland, recommended "buddy" programmes in schools and anti homophobia classes.
Singer to discuss ‘kill gays’ lyrics 7
12:00 AM — A gay councillor has held talks with a Brighton concert venue to find a way to resolve possible confrontation over the visit to the city on 5 July 2006 of Jamaican dancehall singer Buju Banton who is known for his homophobic lyrics.The artist has so far refused to apologise personally for his notorious 1990s hit 'Boom Bye Bye' which incites the burning, shooting in the head of gay people and pouring acid over their faces.
Cameron backs gay marriage benefits
12:00 AM — Gay couples in a civil partnership should get the same tax benefits as married heterosexuals, the leader of the Conservative Party will announce today.David Cameron is expected to back marriage for gay and straight couples at the National Family and Parenting Institute tomorrow, as well as promising equal "marriage" taxes for gay and lesbian couples.
17th June 2006
G-A-Y under threat following sale of Astoria
12:00 AM — The Astoria theatre, home to the G-A-Y night club has been sold for almost £24 million to a developer who intends to turn the venue into shops, offices and flats.G-A-Y is owned by the Mean Fiddler Group a subsidiary of the American advertising and media giant Clear Channel. Managed by Jeremy Joseph the gay night has played host to Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, the Spice Girls, Girls Aloud, Sugar Babes together with X-factor winner Shane Ward.
16th June 2006
Gay barman murderers await sentence 2
12:00 AM — Two men who pleaded guilty last month to murdering a gay barman on Clapham Common, face a minimum of 30 years in prison when they are sentenced later today.Thomas Pickford, 25, and Scott Walker, 33, both of no fixed address admitted killing Jody Dobrowski in October 2005 after earlier denying the charge.
NUS discusses gay discrimination
12:00 AM — Homophobic bullying, the shortcomings of the Government-sponsored Equalities Review, and the National Blood Service's ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood are just a few of the heated debates set to take place at the annual NUS Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) conference in Sheffield this weekend.Students from institutions across the UK will attend the event, which will take place from today at Sheffield University.
Pair get life for gay barman murder 3
12:00 AM — Two men who kicked, punched and stamped a 24-year-old man to death because he was gay have been sentenced to life at the Old Bailey today.Thomas Pickford, 26, unemployed, of no fixed address and Scott Walker, 33, a decorator from the Clapham area, pleaded guilty last month to the murder of Jody Dobrowski.
Jody’s family calls for end to homophobia 3
12:00 AM — The family of murdered gay barman Jody Dobrowski have called the killing of their son an "act of terrorism."Thomas Pickford, 25, and Scott Walker, 33, both of no fixed address were sentenced to life in prison today after earlier admitted killing Mr Dobrowski in October 2005.
Clapham Common authority promise to fight homophobia 2
12:00 AM — The local authority in charge of Clapham Common, where gay barman Jody Dobrowski was murdered in a homophobic attack, has promised to create a safer area.Thomas Pickford, 25, and Scott Walker, 33, both of no fixed address were sentenced to life in prison today after earlier admitted killing Mr Dobrowski in October 2005.
Gay hotel opens in Ireland 1
12:00 AM — Residents in the Irish town of Carlow have expressed concern after the country's first gay hotel was launched in the area.Cosmo Brown's Gay Resort Hotel, to be opened next month, offering 19 rooms, a club, and a bar, aimed at the "pink pound" has been received with some scepticism from locals.
15th June 2006
Gay clubbing drug to be reclassified 5
12:00 AM — Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker confirmed the rumours at a meeting of the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee after the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) recommended the move last week.Mr Coaker said: ""Countries have to decide how to respond to a drug when it has no significant prevalence but potential for serious social problems. Methylamphetamine is a very substantial problem in many countries outside the European Union (EU) but not within it. Reports that the United Kingdom (UK) is on the verge of a crystal meth explosion have been repeated for some years but to date there has been no reliable evidence to support this.
Gay man denied partner’s NHS pension rights
12:00 AM — A gay man whose partner unexpectedly died of heart failure weeks before their 15th anniversary last March has voiced disapproval at the NHS Pensions Agency after it has emerged he will not be entitled to pensions or death gratuity.Nigel Holland-Williams, 46, claimed Mark Holland, 48, a former NHS worker, expressed a wish that the benefits would go to him, but as the couple were not in a civil partnership, it may instead be transferred to Mr Holland's ex wife.
Volunteer head sacked over gay remark
12:00 AM — The chairman of the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has been forced to resign after publicly disapproving of teaching about homosexuality in schools.Bashir Maan, Scottish Chairman of the Muslim Council of Britain, made the remarks in a letter to the Herald disproving of gay sex education in Scotland.