29th June 2006
Simon Hughes: Coming out is a burden lifted 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveSimon Hughes found himself at the centre of a media storm earlier this year when he unsuccessfully ran for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats following revelations that he was bisexual.In his first interview on his private life since the leadership election, he tells PinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen how he came to the decision to come out, his role in the Bermonsey by-election and why he's proud of his records on gay rights.
Evangelical Alliance: ‘Gays are not superior sinners’ 6
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe relationship between religion and homosexuality has become strained recently, barely a week passes without the Pope criticising gay marriages or the Anglican Church imploding over gay bishops, but Joel Edwards, head of the Evangelical Alliance, tells PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman it's time for positive dialogue. "Why is anything which is not from the gay position defined as homophobic," asks Joel Edwards, general director of the Evangelical Alliance, a Christian charity and lobby group in its 160th year of using a commitment to Christ and the Bible to engage with society.
Union seeks change in societal homophobia 1
12:00 AM — Recent changes in the law mean that lesbians and gay men can now tackle any prejudice they encounter in work or in their everyday lives, but until the UK witnesses a real shift in social attitudes, homophobia and discrimination will continue to make life tough for many, the TUC warned today.Addressing the TUC's annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender conference later today, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber will remind delegates that the past 12 months have seen several important advances which have brought gay equality a step closer. He will highlight the introduction of civil partnerships and changes giving same sex partners similar access to pensions as that enjoyed by married couples.
MSPs back gay couples adoption rights
12:00 AM — MSPs have unanimously supported adoption rights for gay couples in Scotland.Members of the Scottish Executive's Education Committee fully backed the Adoption and Children Bill which aims to address a shortage of carers in Scotland by allowing gay and unmarried couples to adopt.
Gay civil servants join EuroPride 6
12:00 AM — The Civil Service's gay network will join this weekend's EuroPride for the first time.The Civil Service Rainbow Alliance (CSRA) announced its participation this week in EuroPride 2006, Europe's largest and most vibrant gay and lesbian cultural festival.
MEP urges gay community to ‘come out and speak up’ 6
12:00 AM — As London hosts EuroPride 2006 this weekend, thirty-five years since Pride first began in the capital, Green Euro MP Jean Lambert pledged her support for the events tackling issues of bullying, discrimination and homophobic abuse.Ms Lambert, who is a member of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights, said she was pleased to see EuroPride taking place in a variety of countries this month following the recent set backs in Moscow.
HIV research on brain dead is immoral
12:00 AM — A British academic has criticised the Australian ethicist Peter Singer for claiming that HIV research should be conducted on brain damaged humans.Peter Singer, professor of bioethics at Princeton University in the USA is best known for his controversial views on bestiality, euthanasia and disability. In June he suggested that HIV research should be conducted on people in a persistent vegetative state as they are will not suffer because they are "beyond consciousness."
Activist criticises gay gene obsession 2
12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell hits out at the obsession with finding a gay gene and suggests sexual orientation is deemed by a variety of factorsWhy are scientists so preoccupied with what causes homosexuality, to the near-total exclusion of the factors that lead to heterosexuality? I don't object to research into sexual orientation. It is the one-sided obsession that bugs me.
28th June 2006
London Mayor fulfilling ‘gay dream’ 6
12:00 AM — Gay campaigners praised the London Mayor's record on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights last night as around 250 dignitaries gathered at City Hall for the annual pride reception.The event celebrated this weekend's EuroPride parade in London and was addressed by gay campaigners, celebrities and sponsors.
Chris Eubank corners gay cruisers
12:00 AM — A seafront shelter in Brighton is being watched by police after former boxer Chris Eubank complained that it is being used for gay cruising.Eubank complained to Brighton and Hove Council claiming men were meeting at the spot for casual sex, after a friend alerted him to the issue, police said.
27th June 2006
London Mayor welcomes gay community to EuroPride 6
12:00 AM — With up to half a million people expected to join this weekend's EuroPride 06 parade and festival, the Mayor of London has restated his commitment to the capital as a gay friendly destination and city to live and work in.Ken Livingstone, who is hosting his annual Pride reception at City Hall this week, as well as speaking at the EuroPride rally in Trafalgar Square on Saturday, said: "I want to give a very strong London welcome to Europride. With a huge range of bars, clubs and restaurants across the capital, from Soho, to Vauxhall, to Shoreditch, London is one of the best cities to visit for lesbian and gay travellers and I am very pleased to welcome everyone coming to join us this Saturday for EuroPride.
Gay charity aims to end workplace discrimination
12:00 AM — The Welsh branch of gay charity Stonewall has launched an updated version of its "Discrimination at work- it's so over" employee guide regarding sexual orientation in the workplace, in reaction to a recent survey claiming one in five gay employees are discriminated against in Wales because of their sexuality.Available in English and Welsh, the guide gives employees the basic information they need about the regulations protecting them at work, informs them of their rights and advises what to do if they experience problems.
Gay community receives 80,000 condoms for EuroPride
12:00 AM — Terrence Higgins Trust will be distributing 80,000 condoms to revellers at EuroPride this weekend.The condoms will come in packs of two along with some water based lube, in a pack supported by Confident Condoms and Ford, carrying messages about safer sex, sexually transmitted infections and how to use a condom properly.
MPs’ attack BBC’s “casual homophobia” 6
12:00 AM — MPs are calling on the BBC to make its staff more aware of "casual homophobia" after Radio1 DJ Chris Moyles called a mobile phone ring tone "gay" on his breakfast show.The demand is made in a House of Commons motion seeking a debate on the issue, led by Liberal Democrat MP and spokesperson for Women and Equality Lorely Burt, and currently supported by four others from the Lib Dems, Conservatives and Labour.
Archbishop poses gay row solution
12:00 AM — The Anglican Communion's gay row could be resolved by creating two levels of church. the Archbishop of Canterbury suggested today.Dr Rowan Williams proposed provinces whereby those happy to sign up to a formal covenant would be "constituents" and those who held different views would become "associated."
Gay friendly Venezuelan capital joins EuroPride 6
12:00 AM — Representatives of Juan Barreto, Mayor of Venezuelan capital, Caracas, will address a EuroPride conference this evening.The delegation includes Fabiola González, director of the Citizen's Attention Office of the Metropolitan District Mayor's Office, Yislaine Guzmán, member of the Citizen's Attention Office and Hailer Vaamonde, coordinator of GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transvestite) Affairs.
Report highlights homeless gay community’s needs
12:00 AM — Around 20% of Brighton and Hove's homeless people are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), a report claims.The research suggests the LGBT community is over-represented in the homeless population and has negative experiences of local authority homelessness applications.
26th June 2006
The Sun apologises for Ashley Cole “gay orgy” stories
12:00 AM — A second newspaper has apologised regarding reports wrongly claiming England and Arsenal defender Ashley Cole and Choice FM's DJ Mastertepz were involved in a gay orgy.The Sun echoed its sister paper, The News of the World, with a retraction today after publishing a series of articles between the 12th and 19th of February 2006 accompanied with pixelated photographs of Mr Cole and the radio DJ Masterstepz (Ian Thompson) although neither party was named.
Gay MP becomes first minister to have a civil partnership 1
12:00 AM — Ben Bradshaw became the first government minister to have a civil partnership last weekend.The Minister for Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare had a ceremony with Newsnight journalist Neal Dalgleish on Saturday in Herefordshire.
Gay community sceptical about Cameron’s Bill of Rights 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe gay community has reacted with scepticism towards David Cameron's idea of a British Bill of Rights.The leader of the Conservative Party said in a speech at the Centre for Policy Studies, that the current Human Rights Act did not adequately help fight terrorism or crime.He claimed a British Bill of Rights would better reflect rights and responsibilities of UK citizens.