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  • 6th September 2006

    Gay equality department hit by resignations

    Chris Mole resigned from DCLG unhappy at the Prime Minister's leadership and his silence regarding a departure date, following junior defence minister Tom Watson this afternoon

    12:00 AM — A minister and six Parliamentary Private Secretaries (PPS) including one from the Department for Communities and Local Government, which represents the gay community as part of its portfolio, have resigned today, heaping more pressure on Tony Blair to announce a departure date.Chris Mole resigned from DCLG unhappy at the Prime Minister's leadership and his silence regarding a departure date, following junior defence minister Tom Watson this afternoon.

  • Stonewall not impressed with new equality head 1

    “There is no overbearing evidence that Trevor has a commitment to gay equality“

    12:00 AM — Leading gay rights organisation Stonewall has expressed concern over press reports that the current chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality is set to take control of the new 'super-commission' for human rights and equality.Trevor Phillips has had a controversial tenure at the CRE, criticising the concept of multi-culturalism and warning against the dangers of de-facto segregation in schools.

  • Cheggers plays homophobe in Extras

    Ricky Gervais called his appearance, “the most excruciating cameo we've done, including Les Dennis“

    12:00 AM — Gay icon Keith Chegwin is to star as a foul-mouthed gay basher in the upcoming series of Ricky Gervais-scripted comedy Extras. Cheggers, known to millions as the lovable face of 1980's kids TV, wowed gay audiences with his chiselled body in the experimental Channel Five show Naked Jungle in 2000.All the contestants in the gameshow were naked - as was Cheggers. Inexplicably, only one episode of the show was ever made.

  • Greenwich councillors experiment with gay surgeries

    (from left to right) Conservative Councillors Andy Jennings, Nigel Fletcher and Chris Taylor

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA trio of Tory councillors are trying to reach out to people in their Greenwich borough by offering a surgery: "that specifically works for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community."The councillors are holding monthly meetings at local LGBT bar The Woolwich Infant to help "younger people who, politically, are not so switched on, and don't know who to get in contact with us," according to one of three Greenwich Conservative councillor who devised the surgeries.

  • Preacher denies Cardiff Mardi Gras charges 2

    Stephen Green was charged at the Cardiff Mardi Gras on saturday

    12:00 AM — Stephen Green, director of Christian Voice, has appeared in magistrates court following his arrest last weekend at Cardiff Mardi Gras.He denied charges that he had used threatening words and behaviour whilst handing out leaflets entitled "Same-sex love - same-sex sex: What does the Bible say?" at the entrance to the Cardiff festival on Saturday, reports BBC News Online.

  • Sharon O vs. Paul O’G – let battle commence

    Now ITV have revamped their teatime schedule with their new chatshow format presented by X Factor judge Sharon Osbourne.

    12:00 AM — She secured her place in the hearts of many a gay man through her camp performances on X Factor. His drag performances made him an icon back in the bad old days of the 1980s.Now Sharon Osbourne and Paul O'Grady are the latest tools in the deadly battle between the UK's two major commercial broadcasters for the lucrative teatime audience.

  • 5th September 2006

    Gay MP to Blair – time to go 1

    Gay MP Chris Bryant has been leading calls for Tony Blair to step down as Prime Minister.

    12:00 AM — Gay MP Chris Bryant has been leading calls for Tony Blair to step down as Prime Minister.Mr Blair has recently faced increased demands to name a departure date as party members and politicians become more split over the direction of Labour and goverment policy.It was revealed this morning that at least two letters have been drafted to Mr Blair requesting his departure.

  • Gay humanists cause a stir in “Cathedral City” 1

    GALHA recently criticised the Archbishop of Canterbury for his “spineless“ abandonment of gay people in the Anglican Church after he came under pressure from right-wing evangelicals

    12:00 AM — Members of the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA), which has chosen Canterbury for its annual residential gathering next week, are bracing themselves for a protest from a Christian group calling itself Christian Family Youth Concern Fellowship.In a letter to the hotel where the event is being held, the Christian group said that they had been tipped off that it was "hosting a rather unsavoury conference" and described GALHA as "promoting sexual deviancy and paganism."

  • Homophobic abuse spurs NHS Trust’s discrimination review

    Staff at a sexual health clinic are to undergo training in dealing with discrimination

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveStaff at a sexual health clinic are to undergo training in dealing with discrimination after a gay patient and his partner complained about homophobic abuse.Robert Brown attended the Caldecot Centre at King's College Hospital, an NHS Trust, earlier this year with his boyfriend and claims he was verbally abused by another visitor who repeatedly shouted homophobic taunts throughout a two hour wait where staff did nothing to help.

  • Stonewall surveys Welsh gay community

    The survey is a vital part of Stonewall Cymru's ongoing campaign work to “ensure fair treatment for lesbian and gay people in Wales” with survey findings presented to the Welsh Assembly

    12:00 AM — Stonewall made use of the Cardiff Mardi Gras to support its All Wales lesbian, gay, and bisexual Survey 2006 last weekend.The survey is a vital part of Stonewall Cymru's ongoing campaign work to "ensure fair treatment for lesbian and gay people in Wales" with survey findings presented to the Welsh Assembly to help towards delivering better services to LGB people across Wales.

  • Gay MP talks about Blair ‘plots’ 1

    The MP initially refused to make any comment when contacted by  PinkNews.co.uk.

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive Gay MP Chris Bryant has spoken to PinkNews.co.uk about news reports that he is urging the Prime Minister to stand down.BBC Radio 4's Today programme reported that a letter from MPs including Bryant asking Blair to set a departure date has been drafted.The MP initially refused to make any comment when contacted by PinkNews.co.uk. 

  • Will Young wary of ‘gay’ image 2

    Will Young has said that he does not feel he can act in the same way as Robbie Williams

    12:00 AM — Will Young has told The Times that he is wary of acting in the same way as other artists because he is gay.In an interview he said: "There are still things that I can't do, being a gay man. You have to think carefully about things — about, for instance, prancing around with my top off in jeans."

  • AIDS infection rise in North West

    There has been a 4% rise in the number of HIV/AIDS infections in the North West

    12:00 AM — There was a 23% increase in the rate of HIV and AIDS infection rates in the North West between 2003 and 2005 according to university researchers.Liverpool's John Moores University has released a report that highlights the jump in gay infections from 300 men in 2003 to 359 in 2004 to 373 in 2005, and representing 44% of the total number of new cases in 2004.

  • 4th September 2006

    Anti gay protester held after Mardi Gras 7

    Mr Green was arrested over a Public Order offence for handing out leaflets at the Cardiff Mardi Gras

    12:00 AM — Stephen Green, director of Christian Voice, was arrested at the Cardiff Mardi Gras for leafleting on Saturday.Mr Green was approached by officers who asked him to stop leafleting people, but he was arrested when he continued to distribute leaflets with extracts taken from the Gospel.

  • Steven Gerrard tops gay Wanted list

    Reporting on the Lust List has become an annual event for the red-top tabloids.

    12:00 AM — It seems that having an unconventional speaking voice continues to be no bar to gay lust.After the squeaks of David Beckham, the nasal whine of Persil's favourite footballer is music to the ears of gay fans.A survey conducted by the Gay Football Supporters Network has revealed that Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard has topped their 2006 'Lust List.'

  • Pupils urged to report homophobic bullying

    So far around 700 people have filled in the questionnaire and Alan Wardle, Stonewall's parliamentary and public affairs spokesman is confident they can get 1000 responses by October when the research ends

    12:00 AM — The summer holidays draw to a close this week and we can soon expect to see our streets adorned in gangs of grey v-necks, untucked shirts and poorly constructed ties, but for some pupils the end of the summer means a return to playgrounds full of homophobic taunts and bullying.Since May, gay charity Stonewall has been hosting an online survey to find out about young gay, lesbian and bisexual people's experiences of homophobic bullying in British schools.

  • Monsters, motors and marchers join Cardiff Mardi Gras

    The festival drew support from local politicians with representation from Wales four main political parties

    12:00 AM — Cardiff held it's 8th annual Mardi Gras last Saturday, with around 40,000 people overcoming the rain to visit the event in the Welsh capital's Cooper's Field.The Mardi Gras festival began in 1999, when it first attracted just 6,000 people, but the event now brings all groups to Wales, from Doctor Who monsters, to a gay rugby tournament, to the "World's First Gay Motor Show."

  • Cameron highlights importance of gay unions 6

    David Cameron has used his keynote speech to the Conservative party conference to affirm his support for civil partnerships

    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."

  • Gay group criticises unholy alliance 6

    Fire-fighters at Euro Pride in London this year

    12:00 AM — A Scottish gay group has criticised an unholy alliance of critics towards the nine Glasgow fire-fighters who were reprimanded for snubbing a gay pride march last June, after the Archbishop of Glasgow and a BNP spokesperson defended the public servants.The Equality Network spoke out against Archbishop Mario Conti and Glasgow BNP organiser Walter Hamilton questioning their dignity in regards to the case.

  • Spinster sisters challenge over gay tax rights

    The spinster Burden sisters Joyce, 88, and Sybil, 81, have written to the Chancellor before every Budget since 1976 asking for exemption for family members from inheritance tax.

    12:00 AM — Two octogenarian sisters are taking the British government to the European Court of Human Rights over a tax dispute..Since the introduction of civil partnerships earlier this year, gay and lesbian couples are now exempted from paying inheritance tax when their partner dies, the same exemption enjoyed by married couples.

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