4th September 2006
Cameron highlights importance of gay unions 6
12:00 AM — David Cameron has used his keynote speech to the Conservative party conference to affirm his support for civil partnerships.Towards the end of his hour-long address to delegates, the Tory leader covered familiar ground, saying the party should back marriage.He said that there was something special about marriage that is not about religion or morality, but also about "the two of us together, and that really matters."
1st September 2006
September issue of The Pink News out now
12:00 AM — September's The Pink News is dominated by the Middle East, exploring the impact of the conflict between Hezbollah and Israel on World Pride."IT'S BEEN a tough month for Middle East politics with Israel trying to secure its borders and stop Hezbollah rocket attacks while thousands of Lebanese citizens have been displaced, but beyond the diplomatic, democratic and ideological consequences of the current saga, the international gay community has also felt the brunt of the conflict...."
Gay activists go Green
12:00 AM — The Green party's annual conference is set to be dominated by gay issues after human rights activist Peter Tatchell and Polish Green's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) spokesperson Bartek Lech, have agreed to speak.Mr Lech, who has campaigned against nationalism and intolerance in Poland, will be speaking about personal and press freedoms in the country.
NUS campaigns for estranged gay teenagers
12:00 AM — The NUS is leading a campaign for an end to means testing for student funding and grants for estranged students who have been forced from their homes, the committees LGBT officer revealed today.NUS officer Scott Cuthbertson told PinkNews.co.uk of their forthcoming campaigns for gay rights across the UK's universities and colleges, including an increase in funding for students who have been cut off by their families because of their sexuality.
Homophobic archbishop questions gay snub punishment 5
12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Glasgow has expressed dismay over the treatment of nine fire-fighters who will undergo diversity training as punishment for refusing to hand out safety leaflets at a Scotia gay pride event last June.Mario Conti questioned the Strathclyde Fire and Rescue (SFR) service's decision claiming "the duty to obey one's conscience is a higher duty than that of obeying orders."
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.
NSPCC attacked for helping gay kids 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive A charity claiming to protect the interests of children has launched a bizarre attack on Childline and the NSPCC.Despite advertising Childline on their website, the National Society for Children and Family Contact claim the well-respected charity is abandoning the religious views of its founders.
When my parents were young it was illegal to be gay 1
12:00 AM — Meg Hillier, Labour MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ruth Kelly in the Department for Communities and Local Government, analyses how much the government has changed gay rights in Britain.As my children grow up it is unremarked that MPs, cabinet ministers and other public figures are gay and we now see couples celebrating civil partnerships thanks to the Labour Government.
Woman dies in fire at gay sauna
12:00 AM — West Yorkshire police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a woman died in a 'suspicious' fire in Leeds.The Spartan Mantalk Sauna, which formed part of an end-terrace house in the Harehills area of the city, was gutted in the blaze.A woman was rescued by fire crews at around 4am this morning, but she did not survive.
AIDS activists were trailblazers 2
12:00 AM — Margot James praises the input of gay AIDS sufferers in gaining treatment for the disease and campaigning for support in other medical areas.Last month's 16th International Aids Conference in Toronto is worth reflecting on in light of the last two decades.When I started my healthcare PR business in the mid-eighties few of us had heard of HIV and Aids.
No gay pride at protest 2
12:00 AM — Around 200 people protested outside Parliament last night against restrictive laws placed on the right of people in this country to protest.There were dozens of banners, demanding everything from an end to racial profiling to free chocolate and tampons, but a common theme running through the protesters was against government control over their lives and rights.
Charities welcome HIV prosecution review
12:00 AM — AIDS groups have welcomed a move by the Crown Prosecution Service today seeking opinions for a consultation to review criminal prosecutions for HIV transmission.The National AIDS Trust (NAT) and Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) have published guidance, encouraging organisations and people living with HIV to respond to the CPS consultation.
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
“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.