23rd August 2006
Gay stars dominate Channel 4 schedule
12:00 AM — Celebrities including gay stars George Michael and Boy George are to be lampooned in a new satirical sketch show on Channel 4.Star Stories, launched as part of the station's autumn line-up, will include pastiches of the 1985 Live Aid concert featuring George Michael and of Boy George doing his recent community service.
Gay MP labelled “conscience of the Commons” over Iran 2
12:00 AM — British MPs from all parties have signed an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons condemning Iran's execution of gay people and children.The motion was tabled by gay Labour MP, Chris Bryant, who represents the south Wales working class constituency of the Rhondda.
Gay anxiety leading to self harm
12:00 AM — Self harming is common amongst school pupils anxious about their sexual orientation, according to a study.Research carried out by the Samaritans, the Centre for Suicide Research at the University of Oxford and the University of Bath found that girls are four times more likely to have engaged in deliberate self-harm compared to boys, with worries about sexual orientation being one of the contributing factors.
Gay presenter to front music quiz show
12:00 AM — Gay comic and ex-Pop World presenter, Simon Amstell, has been announced as the new host of music quiz show Never Mind the Buzzcocks.Amstell, who guest hosted an episode of the show in March, joins the show as full time host, replacing Mark Lamarr, from the next series which will be shown on BBC2 later this year.
Homophobia, or just time moving on? 1
12:00 AM — A Bromley man has told his local paper he fears that a former gay pub is being homophobic by displaying signs informing customers that it is no longer gay.Chris Jones told The Bromley News Shopper that the pub, the Crown Anchor, closed for refurbishment since the start of the month, has been at the centre of gay life in the area for over 20 years.
22nd August 2006
Suicide linked to cruising arrest 2
12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigners in Northern Ireland say they know of at least one man who has killed himself after being arrested for cruising.PA Mag Lochlainn, a well-known activist, told The Mirror: "The danger is people who haven't made their sexuality public find themselves outed."The damage it can do is immense. We know one man who has taken his own life after an arrest."
Transsexual deported despite discrimination claim
12:00 AM — A transsexual who recently filed the largest discrimination suit against a former employer has been asked to leave the country as her permit is no longer valid because she is no longer employed by the company she is suing.Jessica Bussert, formerly Josh, is seeking £500,000 compensation from Hitachi Data Systems claiming she was demoted after surgery to "feminise" her face and breasts, since moving from the US state of Indiana to work in here.
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Cardiff Mardi Gras to feature scary monster
12:00 AM — The organisers of this year's Cardiff Mardi Gras are expecting a record 40,000 people to party on the streets of the Welsh capital on the 2nd September.Now in its seventh year, the event has grown into the second-largest free gay event in the UK.But changes in the licensing laws mean that revellers will no longer be able to bring their own alcohol to the party
AIDS groups back gay campaigner’s partnership proposal
12:00 AM — AIDS charities have backed gay campaigner Peter Tatchell's call for partnership between the developed and developing world in combating HIV.Speaking at the International AIDS Conference in Toronto, Canada last week, Mr Tatchell suggested the "rich north" should partner the "poor south" with funding, equipment, training and travel.
COMMENT: Time for a gay schism? 2
12:00 AM — It has been a bad month for gay identity. Whatever that is. From gay police to overweight pop idols, it seems everyone has something to say about how best to express their sexuality.Tony Grew examines what it means to be gay in 2006 If I was to wear an earring, what would that indicate to you? According to gay police officer Neil Bloomfield, it is an indication of sexual preference. He took his employers to a tribunal because male officers are not allowed to wear earrings, while women officers are.
Comment: Is newspaper backlash aid to homophobia?
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Dave McElhill ponders press reporting regarding EU enlargement and asks if the tones are helping the international gay community.The recent headlines have been full of commentary regarding the likely influx of new immigrants when Bulgaria and Romania join the EU.
21st August 2006
McKellen and Gervais clash over Extras script
12:00 AM — Gay icon Sir Ian McKellen has revealed that his guest appearance in the upcoming series of BBC hit comedy Extras caused tension with creator Ricky Gervais.The series features famous actors playing grotesque versions of themselves and has previously starred Kate Winslet, Ben Stiller and Samuel L Jackson.Writing on his official website, McKellen revealed that he wanted rewrites to the script.
‘Gay’ issues cause Anglican split? 4
12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury is to host a summit next month between to two sides of the American Anglican church to deal with potential problems over homosexuality.This is to avoid the "nightmare" scenario of a church split due to a decision in 2003 to allow a gay priest to become a bishop in America.
Ofcom slaps C4’s wrist over Elton’s teatime cursing
12:00 AM — Television regulator Ofcom has criticised Channel 4 over an episode of the Paul O'Grady show in which Elton John used the word "wanker."MediaGuardian reports that the regulator regarded the use of the curse word as unfortunate.Although the term is regarded as mild, a large part of O'Grady's audience are older people, and therefore more likely to be offended by its use.
Gloucester celebrates first Mardi Gras
12:00 AM — Hundreds turned out in Gloucester last Saturday, 12 August, for its first Gay Pride March, held in memory of Jody Dobrowski, who was murdered last year in London for being gay.Bristol meanwhile held its Mardi Gras and FRINGE events despite the cancellation of the Bristol Pride March several weeks ago following a problem planning the event between organisers, police and the local council.
18th August 2006
The local band challenging national anti-gay laws
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveOn Monday Pink News brought you the story of Paparazzi Whore cancelling a gig in Pacha Marrakech over problems with Moroccan law regarding homosexuality, Dave McElhill meets a band challenging African attitudes.Speaking to lead singer Micci leaves you in no doubt that Paparazzi Whore are a band on the rise, with their strong lyrics and fun take on life.
PinkEnergy lightening gay community’s burden
12:00 AM — UK energy bill payers are yet again set to become victims of gas prices rises with Powergen announcing an 18.5% increase in gas bills yesterday following British Gas's recent spike.But there is no need for consumers to be kept in the dark over prices and watchdogs are highlighting the importance of shopping around for the best value, which is where PinkEnergy.co.uk switches into gear.
Glastonbury to host pink picnic
12:00 AM — Better known for its almost annual music festival, the sleepy Somerset town of Glastonbury is going pink.A community LGBT picnic will be held on September 9th in Abbey Park.Organisers hope the al-fresco event will highlight the problems for gay people living in rural areas.
Lesbian lover responds to verdict
12:00 AM — Alison Lewis, the lesbian lover of murdered mother Mandy Power, has responded with relief to the guilty verdict of David Morris, telling BBC reporters that "I want him to rot in jail for the rest of his life.""He will spend the rest of his life being punished for what he did," she told the BBC, adding "there has been justice for Mandy, Katie, Emily and Doris."