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  • 24th October 2006

    Shirley West: ‘Irreplaceable’ community figure dies

    To say that she will be terribly missed doesn't even begin to describe the loss of this remarkable woman - Al Brookes

    12:00 AM — Shirley West, treasurer of Brighton Women's Centre, Pride volunteer and all-round treasure, died suddenly on Thursday 19th October at the age of 56.PinkNews.co.uk's Torsten Hojer documents some of the touching tributes to the inspirational lady.

  • Gay star to be godfather to Madonna’s boy 1

    The tedium of the Madonna adopts African boy story continues as it is reported that gay actor Rupert Everett is set to be the child's godfather

    12:00 AM — The tedium of the Madonna adopts African boy story continues as it is reported that gay actor Rupert Everett is set to be the child's godfather.The actor, who appeared alongside the singer in comedy flop The Next Best Thing, has been asked to become involved in the life of David Banda, sources claim.

  • Callous hoax targets help line

    The text message purports to be a friend whose mobile phone has run out of battery

    12:00 AM — A hoaxer has sent mass texts to thousands of people requesting they ring the number for the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard.The text message purports to be a friend whose mobile phone has run out of battery.Many of the 150 plus volunteers were subjected to abuse by their co victims who mistakenly believed that the help-line was responsible for the rogue texts.

  • Beenie Man defends anti-gay lyrics by blaming Israel 5

    Beenie Man, once appeared on the BBC's Top of the Pops

    12:00 AM — Controversial rapper Beenie Man has denied he is homophobic by turning to anti-Zionism.Beenie Man is regularly criticised by gay campaigners for the use of the anti-gay lyrics in his songs, he has previously blamed it on Jamaican culture, but has now accused Israel of being even worse on gay rights.

  • THT opens youth sexual health clinic

    The clinic is based at Terrence Higgins Trust, 314 Gray's Inn Rd, London

    12:00 AM — A new sexual health clinic has opened in London for young people under 25.The Mortimer Market Centre has opened a new clinic to provide a sexual health testing treatment service for young people aged 25 and under.The clinic is based at Terrence Higgins Trust, 314 Gray's Inn Rd, London.

  • EU expansion rules risk more rough sleeping

    Prior to today's announcement Westminster Councils rough sleeping unit estimated 300 Romanians and Bulgarians a year would have ended up sleeping rough in its borough alone

    12:00 AM — Westminster City Council has warned that new government rules on workers from Bulgaria and Romania could lead to an explosion of rough sleeping on London's streets, impacting on popular gay areas such as Soho and the West End.The council fears that new rules will not discourage thousands from arriving in the UK in the hope of securing a visa, and ending up destitute when they fail.

  • 23rd October 2006

    New drama stars gay performer 2

    Torchwood Star: John barrowman

    12:00 AM — The new sci-fi thriller Torchwood, starring gay actor John Barrowman as lead Captain Jack, attracted BBC Three's largest audience when it began last night.The Doctor Who spin off is set and produced in Wales and despite being based on a character from the series, no stories will inter link.Both episodes drew over four million viewers to the digital channel last night.

  • Support for Irish gay unions grows

    As one Irish couple aim to get their Canadian marriage recognised by Irish courts, it appears that two-thirds of the country's electorate have sympathy for their plight.

    12:00 AM — As one Irish couple aim to get their Canadian marriage recognised by Irish courts, it appears that two-thirds of the country's electorate have sympathy for their plight.Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan are currently awaiting a High Court decision on the status of their marriage in Ireland, and a survey by the Sunday Tribune and Millward Brown will bring great comfort to the couple after it showed increasing support for gay and lesbian couples having the same legal and financial rights as married couples.

  • Gay activists criticise “Catholic Taleban” 3

    On the website, Catholic Truth claims that naming suspected gay clergy is “a great work of charity“ and promises to investigate allegations made against priests by the public

    12:00 AM — A Catholic activist in Scotland has been condemned as a "modern-day witch hunter" by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) after she harassed a priest over allegations of homosexuality.According to this week's Catholic publication The Tablet, Patricia McKeever, of radical Christian group Catholic Truth, has been "harassing and intimidating" Fr Ed Hone, a Redemptorist at St Patrick's in Edinburgh.

  • British Embassy hosting gay unions 1

    The Irish government, as yet does not recognise same sex unions

    12:00 AM — The British Embassy in Dublin is controversially hosting civil partnerships.The unions are illegal under Irish law but the embassy is legally British territory.At least one partner has to be a British citizen. The move comes as growing pressure, both public and institutional mounts for the Republic to follow the lead of the UK and permit gay unions.

  • Gay actor to perform in Doctor Who

    former Boyzone star Stephen Gately

    12:00 AM — Former Boyzone singer, Stephen Gately, is set to appear in a BBC 7 dramatisation of cult classic series Doctor Who for radio.Alongside more established actors such as Paul McGann and Sheridan Smith, Gately will play the Glam rock hopeful Tommy Tomorrow in the story called Doctor Who: Horror of Glam Rock.The role will involve the pop star turned actor performing his first solo work since 2001, doing a "T-Rex style" number.

  • Activists protest Menzies Campbell Iran support 2

    Leader of the Lib Dems; Menzies Campbell

    12:00 AM — Gay activists are criticising Menzies Campbell, leader of the Liberal Democrats, who is set to award an St Andrews University honorary doctorate to the former Iranian president Mohamed Khatami at the end of October.Campaigners are out raged at the move by the Lib Dem leader. Khatami is known to be a supporter of Sharia law, which is by nature homophobic and has been known to have condemned thousands to persecution and many to death in Iran during his regime.

  • Elton John joins John Peel Tribute 7

    Singer Elton John

    12:00 AM — Elton John has become the latest and perhaps best known star to join the tribute to the late but great radio dj.Sir Elton will play piano and sing on a single, a cover of the Buzzcocks song 'ever fallen in love' to be released on November 21 the proceeds of which will go to human rights charity Amnesty International.

  • An electrifying evening of cabaret

    The room united in awe as Bruce Airhead attempted to climb inside a six foot balloon

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman plugs himself in for some apple flavoured electric cabaret courtesy of Smirnoff.Camden Town is known for its wackiness, nowhere else can vagrants, drug dealers, market traders and trendy bars and clubs exist in such harmony, so how could the people at Smirnoff fulfil their promise to create an "exclusive live event" in a place already known for its flamboyance?

  • Police appeal for help after gay attack

    A group of ten youths followed the friends on to the bridge. After a verbal altercation, the victim was beaten about the head and then asked if he was gay

    12:00 AM — Westminster police are making a fresh appeal for information one month after a 28-year old man was subjected to a vicious assault.At approx. 0315 on September 23 2006, the victim and two friends approached the footbridge at Hungerford Bridge from the direction of Northumberland Avenue, WC2.A group of ten youths followed the friends on to the bridge. After a verbal altercation, the victim was beaten about the head and then asked if he was gay.

  • Gay charity refutes Beeb’s ‘gay workplace’

    The report alleges that BBC officials and presenters agreed that the broadcaster has a left-leaning and admitted that there is a lot of political correctness at the corporation, citing a large number of homosexual staff as an example

    12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall has cast doubts on reports that the BBC's commitment to diversity has seen it overrun with lesbian and gay employees.It comes after the Mail on Sunday reported that the channel recently had an "impartiality summit" where issues of bias and representation were discussed.

  • 20th October 2006

    Gay Tory row over Attitude photo shoot 2

    The storm in a teacup contrasts with the Conservative's effort to portray itself as a homo-friendly party.

    12:00 AM — A war of words has broken out in Wakefield over a topless photo. Former Tory council candidate Nathan Garbutt has resigned from the party after local activists allegedly tried to stop him posing for gay magazine Attitude .Members of the Conservative Group on Wakefield council have dismissed his claims, and told Wakefield Today that Mr Garbutt, 21, left the party over a disagreement about policy.

  • George smokes joint in front of Melvyn

    The programme starts with a disclaimer, pointing out that Michael has never tested positively for driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    12:00 AM — George Michael has broken yet another taboo by openly smoking cannabis in front of a Labour peer.In the course of an interview for The South Bank Show, the former Wham! front man and gay icon puffed on a joint.Michael was speaking to Melvyn Bragg, the veteran arts presenter, who was made a life peer by Tony Blair in 1998.

  • Manchester Imam defends execution of gay people 3

    “Muslim and gay people know the pain of prejudice and discrimination. We should be working together to challenge homophobia and Islamophobia.“ photo: horizon @ flickr

    12:00 AM — A Manchester Imam has allegedly stated that the execution of sexually active gay men is justified.Mr. Arshad Misbahi, who is based at the Manchester Central Mosque, is said to have confirmed his views in a conversation to Dr John Casson, a local psychotherapist.Dr Casson told PinkNews "I asked if the execution of gay Muslims in Iran and Iraq was an acceptable punishment in Sharia law"

  • Kelly faces Commons questions on gay rights

    At Communities questions yesterday, the Conservative MP for Buckingham, John Bercow, demanded that the government set out when the new rules would laid before Parliament.

    12:00 AM — Two MPs have challenged Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly about the delay in implementing new guidelines protecting gay people from discrimination.At Communities questions yesterday, the Conservative MP for Buckingham, John Bercow, demanded that the government set out when the new rules would be laid before Parliament.Kelly replied that the new regulations would be presented to the House of Commons in good time for them to be introduced by April 2007.

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