16th March 2006
Benefits mix up leaves gay couple in the dark
12:00 AM — A gay couple were left with no utilities for two days because changes in the law caused them to lose a significant amount of their benefits.Brian Strange and Chris Davis had to live without hot water and lighting when they couldn't afford to top up their electricity meter after the Civil Partnership Act legislated that gay couples no longer receive separate benefits.
15th March 2006
Daily Star apologises to Ashley Cole over “gay” stories 26
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAshley Cole is due to receive an apology from The Daily Star after the tabloid printed stories relating to the News of the World "gay orgy" articles which eventually led to the identification of the footballer.The Arsenal and England star objected to articles from three separate editions of the paper, one which retold the News of the World story, a picture of Mr Cole looking feminine with a caption by his phone, an image from websites claiming to be of the footballers involved, and a falsely attributed headline from the star saying, "I'm no rear gunner."
Westlife star: “being a gay icon is a great challenge” 8
12:00 AM — Gay Westlife star Mark Feehily has claimed that becoming a gay icon has been his biggest challenge so far.The singer who came out last August after announcing his relationship with Kevin McDaid, a former member of the boy band V.Mr Feehily told the Irish Mirror: "If somebody does come out that is in the public eye then they're going to represent all homosexuals, not just themselves."
Councillor slams gay cruising website
12:00 AM — Council officials in Swansea are worried after a website listed 19 public places it recommended for gay sex and "cruising" in the area.Castle Ward councillor David Phillips said he was concerned that many of the areas were in busy public places such as toilets in local supermarkets, park locations, bus stations and car parks.
Leeds students protest against homophobic lecturer
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveStudents at the University of Leeds are raising concerns over a lecturer they claim made openly homophobic, racist and misogynistic remarks in a interview with the student union paper.Dr Frank Ellis, lecturer in Russian and Slavonic Studies said that homosexuality is wrong and should be "weeded out of theological seminaries."
Prisoner kept calm by gay porn 1
12:00 AM — A convicted paedophile has been issued with gay porn by a psychologist at the top security Broadmoor prison hospital, a tabloid has claimed.John Leather, 47, was reported to have been given pictures of naked and aroused men in an attempt by medical experts to keep him calm in his room.
Hearing didn’t listen to gay banker’s view, tribunal told 4
12:00 AM — An HSBC manager didn't adequately probe claims of gross misconduct, a tribunal was told today.Lawyers for Peter Lewis, who claims he was sacked from the bank because he was gay, accused Mark Bucknall, HSBC's co-head of global investment banking, of being biased after not considering Mr Lewis's side of the story before dismissing him.
14th March 2006
Gay pride and football prejudice
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAs Ashley Cole files his lawsuit over "gay orgy" allegations, the Football Association's director of Corporate Affairs, Simon Johnson tells PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman, how English football is leading the fight against homophobia and discrimination.When you walk into the FA head office in trendy Soho Square, you are greeted with the three lions roaring with pride as plasma screens blast out the latest sports news alongside pictures of top English stars. A cabinet shows off sparkling trophies that professional football players sweat and strive for each week.
Rape claims in gay sauna
12:00 AM — A man is claiming to have been raped in a gay sauna, according to police.Detectives are investigating the allegation which an 18 year old said took place inside the Pleasuredrome in Waterloo.He says he was attacked last Sunday by an older man inside the 24 hour establishment, which promotes itself as the best sauna for gay and bisexual men.
Church thanks gay bishop for facing alcohol issues 5
12:00 AM — Portsmouth parishioners have thanked Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson for publicly admitting to his alcohol problems.The bishop was praised after delivering a sermon at St. John's Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, on saving the soul.He told the Associated Press, "It feels like a homecoming, people are always friendly here, but they are unusually warm today."
13th March 2006
Government ensures equal access for gay community 1
12:00 AM — Pubs, hotels and restaurants will face prosecution for turning away gay customers, according to government plans announced today.The scheme fulfils a promise made last year that the 2006 Equality Act would ban discrimination based on sexuality in the supply of goods, facilities and services.Trade and Industry secretary Alan Johnson announced the consultation on reforms this afternoon, he said: "It's easy to forget how far we have come in the past eight years. We have repealed clause 28, equalised the age of consent for gay men and introduced civil partnerships."
Group to hear views of gay cancer sufferers
12:00 AM — Cancer patients from the gay community are to be consulted about how services could be made better for them.The Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire Cancer Services network is launching a project to improve their understanding of the needs of cancer sufferers from the gay, lesbian, and transgendered communities.
News of the World could sue PinkNews.co.uk over Ashley Cole stories 25
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk, the gay news website that published an unedited version of a photograph of the footballer Ashley Cole and the radio DJ, Masterstepz may face legal action from the News of the World.Notification was received from solicitors acting for the News of the World this morning stating that they reserve the right to commence third party proceedings against the site in relation to the libel claims of Mr Cole.
Prison service looking for gay recruits
12:00 AM — The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) is looking to shed its "straight man" image by appealing to more gays and lesbians.The service wants to increase its share of homosexual staff to at least six out of every 100 prison officers.They have launched an advertising blitz in gay publications to recruit the gay community in Glasgow, Barlinnie and Edinburgh jails.
Brokeback kiss ranked second sexiest movie moment 7
12:00 AM — The kiss between Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in the gay cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain has been ranked the second sexiest movie moment of all time.The embrace was beaten by the not so elegant spanking scene in 2002 cult film, the Secretary, in a poll conducted by Lovefilm.com.
Talk show blasted for putting lesbians over drugs
12:00 AM — Irish talk show, the Late Late Show has been criticised by drugs groups for "putting lesbians before the drugs issue."Angry campaigners have expressed disgust at the RTE network for allowing more time to discuss gay marriage than to the drugs epidemic.
10th March 2006
EastEnders star turned MEP to hold gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — Former EastEnders actor Michael Cashman will become Britain's first MEP to have a civil partnership this weekend.The Labour MEP for the West Midlands will wed his long term partner, Paul Cottingham tomorrow at a star studded ceremony in South London attended by names such as Barbara Windsor, Patrick Stewart and Tony Blair.
“England team are gay boys”- says Oasis star 1
12:00 AM — Oasis singer Liam Gallagher has used his bands recent tour to launch an attack on the England football team by calling them a bunch of "gay boys"The front man said: "At times the England players seem to play like women. Beckham and others, they're gay boys."
Pension rights for partners of gay police officers 1
12:00 AM — The partners of gay police officers will be given pension benefits for the first time, according to a new scheme announced yesterday.In a landmark move by the police force, officers in same sex or unmarried relationships will be allowed to nominate a partner to receive half their pension after they die, even if they are no longer together at the time of death.
Lesbian Rabbi announces gay marriage
12:00 AM — A homosexual rabbi is to become one of the first lesbians to marry in a synagogueRabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah, of the Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue, will marry her partner of three years Jess Wood on Saturday, March 24 followed by a traditional Jewish wedding at her synagogue.