31st March 2006
Gay Lib Dem MSP weds partner
12:00 AM — A Liberal Democrat has become the first MSP to have a civil partnership, after she wed her partner on the weekend.Margaret Smith, 45, MSP for Edinburgh West, registered her relationship with Suzanne Main in a ceremony with family and friends on Saturday.
30th March 2006
Gay star gets drugs caution 5
12:00 AM — Gay singer George Michael has been given a police caution for drugs possession after he was found slumped at the wheel of his car in Hyde Park, London, last month.The former WHAM! member was taken into custody at the end of February when police arrested him on suspicion of possessing class C drugs and being unfit to drive.
Schoolboy bullied by gay jibes website 1
12:00 AM — A young pupil was forced to move school after bullies set up a website accusing him of being gay.The 13 year old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was deliberately targeted for almost a year with bogus and abusive claims including false lists of likes and dislikes which labelled him as gay.
Lesbian and Gay film festival rides into town
12:00 AM — The 20th London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival was launched in the West End last night by former Friends star Lisa Kudrow.Leicester Square welcomed the comedy actress who played dipsy Phoebe in the sitcom, along with director Don Ross, who wrote Happy Endings, starring Kudrow, which was shown last night.
Website launched to report homophobic crime
12:00 AM — A support website has been set up to help make it easier to deal with and report homophobic and hate crimes.The site, Silence is Not Golden, aims to provide support for victims of homophobic incidents, in partnership with Hertfordshire Police.Users can find out how homophobic incidents are classified and how and why these incidents should be reported.
School removes gay bullying site
12:00 AM — A school internet chat room has been removed after complaints that it was being used to organise bullying campaigns.Parents of pupils at Holy Rood High in Scotland, complained to teachers about the contents of the site which included lists of the ugliest schoolchildren and suspicions of homosexuality amongst classmates.
Gay groups question Lambeth councillor revelation 3
12:00 AM — A local paper has exposed a Lambeth councillor who posed naked on a gay website, prompting a negative response from gay groups.The front page story of today's South London Press, revealed the openly gay Liberal Democrat councillor, Charles Anglin, posted nude pictures of himself and recounted sexual wrestling fantasies on the Gaydar internet site.
29th March 2006
High suicide risk amongst gay men
12:00 AM — A mental health report will highlight a prevalence of self harm, suicide contemplation and poor mental health amongst gay and bisexual men in Northern Ireland, at a Belfast conference today.The three year study, Out on Your Own, conducted by the Rainbow Project, reveals a quarter of gay men have attempted suicide, two thirds have considered it and 30 per cent have self harmed.
Scotland considers adoption for gay couples
12:00 AM — Gay couples in Scotland will be given adoption and fostering rights if upcoming legislation is passed by parliament.The Adoption Bill, which was produced yesterday, aims to counter a significant reduction in families available for vulnerable children by allowing gay and unmarried couples to adopt.
28th March 2006
Mugabe might be “repressed queen” 3
12:00 AM — "I wouldn't be surprised if Mugabe is himself a closet, self loathing, repressed queen. He fits the archetype," claims gay rights activist Peter Tatchell. "His demonstrative, ostentatious, anti-gay tirades, must lead us to question why he is so obsessed with homosexuality."In an interview to Pinknews, Tatchell said he suspected that the Zimbabwean president "could be one of Professor Adams's 80% of homophobic men who are secret, repressed, self-hating fags."
Jersey to reduce age of gay consent to 16
12:00 AM — A report delivered this morning by the Corporate Services Panel says there is "no alternative" to lowering the age of consent for homosexual consent.The Island's laws currently set the age of consent at 18 for homosexual couples, and 16 for heterosexual couples. This, the report claims, is in breech of Jersey's obligations under the European Convention of Human Rights.
Disney to scrap Elton movie
12:00 AM — Amid cries of "wherefore?" Elton John's animated movie "Gnomeo Juliet," has been scrapped by bosses at Disney.The retelling of Shakespeare's famous play was to have been the second Disney collaboration with Elton John, following the success of The Lion King, which saw Elton and lyricist Tim Rice collect an Oscar for the song "Can you hear the love tonight?"
Freed gay hostage to be welcomed home
12:00 AM — The inhabitants of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario are tying ribbons to the trees, and hanging out flags and signs reading, "Prayers Answered" to welcome home freed Iraq hostage James Loney.The 42 year old peace activist, was taken hostage Baghdad along with Norman Kember, fellow Canadian Harmeet Sooden, and American Tom Fox, whose bullet-ridden body was found earlier this month. He returned to Canada on Sunday having been freed by coalition forces in Iraq, where he was greeted by his partner, Dan Hunt.
Peter Tatchell on “Queen” Mugabe and the scary prospect of being an establishment figure
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's editor, Benjamin Cohen meets Peter Tatchell of the human rights group OutRage! to discuss gay rights, the progress made in Britain and whether Robert Mugabe could be considered a closet case.Climbing the steps of a slightly dingy south London housing estate, you have little sense that you are on route to the headquarters of one of Britain's foremost human rights campaign groups.
211 complaints to BBC over gay EastEnders storyline, but do the public care? 5
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe lesbian storyline between Sonia and Naomi on EastEnders has been bringing in its fair share of complaints.211 emails calls and letters have been received by the EastEnders press office, objecting to the storyline which saw the break up of Sonia's marriage, fueled by her first gay kiss with a friend.
Danny La Rue has stroke 6
12:00 AM — Female impersonator Danny la Rue is bowing out of public life having suffered a stroke.A close friend, Pat Lake-Smith told The Stage that "Danny has a stroke but without paralysis." She announced the performer's tour cancellation, saying "he has been ordered by his doctors to rest completely. He has great inner strength and is deeply grateful for all the kindness that has been shown to him at this difficult time".
27th March 2006
Homophobic lecturer suspended
12:00 AM — The university lecturer at the centre of racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments, has been suspended pending disciplinary action.Dr Frank Ellis, an academic at the University of Leeds, was blasted by students and minority groups last week after telling the student magazine that homosexuality is wrong and should be "weeded out of theological seminaries and that "there is a persistent gap in average black and white average IQ."
Win £100 of luxury Italian cheese (plus accessories) 3
12:00 AM — Delicious Grana Padano hard Italian cheese is as good for your waist line as it is for your taste buds. 50g contains just 190 calories (the same as a small fruit smoothie) and all the goodness of a pint and a half of skimmed milk.Thanks to our friends at Grana Padano, we've got a Win a half round of gourmet Grana Padano cheese worth over £100 to give away, in addition to a professional cheese knife and top of the range grater so that you can eat it in style.
Scottish gay bars ready as smoking ban ignites 5
12:00 AM — Smoking has now been stubbed out across bars and pubs in Scotland.The ban, which came into force yesterday to a mixed reception, applies to public places including restaurants, bars and clubs.A spokesman from gay establishment, the Claremont Bar in Edinburgh told PinkNews.co.uk, "We have been ready since the end of January, it is no big shock to us."
FCUK grooming kit worth £150 up for grabs 1
12:00 AM — Already popular in the gay community, the FCUK grooming range has been repackaged and restyled with a funky new look.To celebrate their launch, PinkNews.co.uk has teamed up with French Connection to offer a massive goody bag complete with every item in the range (worth around £150) for one lucky reader . Five runners up will each receive a weekend travel kit which retails at £14.