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  • 22nd March 2006

    No time for minor crimes unless they are homophobic, Police Chief admits 3

    No time for minor crime Police Chief, Sean White admits

    12:00 AM — Humberside Police force have admitted that they will not be investigating less serious crimes unless they are racist or homophobic, in a move that Shadow Home Secretary David Davis called "terrifying".Police chiefs on Humberside insisted that the cuts were necessary in order to comply with a Home Office directive to deal with a backlog of 3,500 unsolved serious offences in the city.

  • Conservative Jews divided over gay rights

    The issue of homosexuality has long divided the Jewish community

    12:00 AM — Moves to lift a ban on gay rabbis and marriages has come has proved a sticking point for the leaders of the American Conservative Judaism community convening in an annual meeting in Mexico City.The Conservative Judaism movement who claim to be an attempt to reconcile traditional Judaism and modernity have been overtaken as the largest Jewish group in the USA by the more liberal, Reform movement.

  • Sportswear brand faces ban due to anti-gay and neo-Nazi links 1

    In an attempt to counter this negative image, Lonsdale has sponsored gay rights and immigrant groups

    12:00 AM — One of Britain's largest sportswear brands, Lonsdale may face problems in selling to customers in Europe after the continent's largest mail-order company carries through a threat to ban sales of the firm's line due to their popularity with the far right.Michel Badke, managing director of Quelle, the German based mail-order giant told the Independent: "Quelle wants to distance itself clearly from all tendencies associated with extremism."

  • No tax increase on spirits puts gay bar owners in party mood

    4p tax on wine - let's get stuck into the bubbly!

    12:00 AM — Gay bars breathed a sigh of relief as Chancellor Gordon Brown announced his budget for 2006 today. Spirits and Champagne will not be subject to a tax increase, though beer and wine drinkers will have to drown their sorrows as the beverages are hit with a 1p and 4p tax hike respectively.James Norton, Duty Manager at the gay bar 79CXR said "I'm delighted they're not taxing champagne because we sell quite a lot of that, and spirits too. That's great as far as we're concerned!"

  • Bottoms up! No tax increase on spirits puts gay bar owners in party mood

    4p tax on wine - let's get stuck into the bubbly!

    12:00 AM — Gay bars breathed a sigh of relief as Chancellor Gordon Brown announced his budget for 2006 today. Spirits and Champagne will not be subject to a tax increase, though beer and wine drinkers will have to drown their sorrows as the beverages are hit with a 1p and 4p tax hike respectively.James Norton, Duty Manager at the gay bar 79CXR said "I'm delighted they're not taxing champagne because we sell quite a lot of that, and spirits too. That's great as far as we're concerned!"

  • 21st March 2006

    Gay Tory MP Alan Duncan, criticised by members at local party meeting 1

    Alan Duncan came out as gay four years ago

    12:00 AM — The Conservative party's first openly gay MP was the subject of an extraordinary argument at his local constituency annual meeting, where a member called on him to be replaced as local MP.Alan Duncan, who is currently the shadow trade and industry secretary in David Cameron's shadow cabinet, came out as gay in 2002 after 10 years as an MP. He was attacked by a local party member who claimed that Mr Duncan had been wrong not to declare his sexuality earlier.

  • Hate crimes against transsexuals to be targeted by police

    PSNI Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde claims that hate crime remains the largest problem facing his force

    12:00 AM — Transphobic hate crimes against transsexuals and transvestites in Northern Ireland will from today be recorded separately from other hate crimes to allow the police to gain a greater understanding of the challenges faced by members of the transgendered community.The Democratic Unionist party (DUP) has labelled the move as "political correctness gone mad."

  • Equality review highlights issue of homophobic bullying 4

    Homophobic bullying can lead to trauancy and crime says the government report

    12:00 AM — Trevor Phillips, chair of the government's independent Equalities Review, spoke out about the problems of homophobic bullying in a consultation report published today."We need to focus our efforts to ensure that all of those who are disadvantaged in some way are given the opportunity to reach their full potential and contribute to a vibrant and successful UK economy," said Mr Phillips. The social cost and lost earnings are thought to cost billions of pounds a year.

  • Human rights group condemns Islamists and the Metropolitan Police

    Maryam Namazie called for an end to “political Islam”

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe fifth annual Peter Tatchell Human Rights Fund meeting was held in London last night despite the pulling out of the guest speaker, the liberal Islamic theologian, Sheikh Dr Muhammad Yusuf due to death threats.Instead the main speaker was the Iranian born secularist Maryam Namazie who claimed that supporters "should pay more to hear me speak than some Imam."

  • Councillor expresses concerns about discrimination law opt outs

    No one refused hotel room or table in restaurant because of sexuality, Johnson hopes

    12:00 AM — Simon Williams, the Green Party councillor for Brighton, voiced his concerns today over the government's soon to be implemented anti discrimination legislation.New rules expected to come in in October 2006 will make it illegal for lesbian or gay customers to be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation. Hotels, insurance providers and house sellers or landlords will all be targeted by the policy, which Mr Williams described as "welcome". So why the concern?

  • Council and Clergy gay marriage mix up

    The Council appologises to anti gay marriage vicar for misrepresenting him

    12:00 AM — When The Rev Philip Millen of Randalstown Free Presbyterian Church wrote a letter to Anrtim Borough Council objecting to civil partnerships, he was horrified to see it photocopied on the back of civil partnership application forms.A "clerical error" was blamed for the mix up, but that doesn't stop Mr Millen hinting darkly that "there may be ulterior motives at work".

  • 20th March 2006

    Liberal Islamic scholar forced to pull out of gay rights speech by Muslim leaders

    Peter Tatchell said: “Support for a liberal, progressive Islam is an urgent priority“

    12:00 AM — The liberal Islamic theologian, Sheikh Dr Muhammad Yusuf, has been pressured to pull out of a lecture he was due to give tonight in London to raise funds for the gay rights activist Peter Tatchell, following protests and warnings by Muslim leaders.Dr Yusuf was due to call for an "Islamic Reformation" to an audience primarily made up of gay men and women.The engagement has allegedly provoked the wrath of senior Islamic clerics, who warned they could not guarantee his safety if the lecture went ahead.

  • Beverly Knight hits out against homophobia in black music 2

    Beverly Knight is well known as a gay icon

    12:00 AM — Pop diva Beverly Knight has spoken out against the blatant homophobia in a great deal of music from black artists including Beenie Man.Ms Knight first spoke out against homophobia in 2004 following the death of her friend, the television presenter Tyrone Jameson who died of AIDs.The pop star has in her own right become an icon of the gay community.

  • 19th March 2006

    Gay Briton accused of murder released on bail in Crete

    Ryan Johnson was arrested on Monday and appeared in court on Crete on Thursday

    12:00 AM — A gay British man accused of killing his parents following a rift over his homosexuality has been bailed in Crete.Ryan Johnson, 32, from Newlyn, was arrested on Monday and appeared in court on Crete on Thursday. He is charged with murdering Terry and Jo Johnson, aged 53 and 54, at the weekend. Members of his family arrived on the Greek island on Thursday night.

  • Boyzone star holds gay wedding in London 2

    Former Boyzone singer Stephen Gately today married his gay partner

    12:00 AM — Former Boyzone singer Stephen Gately today married his gay partner in a civil ceremony at an exclusive hotel next door to Buckingham Palace.The 30-year-old singer had previously held a commitment ceremony with the internet entrepreneur, Andy Cowles, in Las Vegas three years ago.A spokesman for the Goring Hotel said that Sir Elton John, who was expected to be one of the guests, was not present.

  • Beckham’s ex says she’s not a lesbian, but is bisexual

    Ms Loos famously masturbated a pig on the reality television programme, the Farm

    12:00 AM — Rebecca Loos, who famously enjoyed a brief affair with England and Real Madrid star David Beckham says that despite being bisexual, she would only settle down with a man.The former personal assistant said: "I love lesbians but I'm not one myself. I'm bisexual. I do fancy some women, but only very occasionally. I rarely walk into a room and am attracted to a girl. I'm very picky. But there is the potential for me to fancy women."

  • Gay police chief believes he is being made the fall guy for the tube shooting 7

    Britain Paddick is furious at being “hung out to dry”

    12:00 AM — Sources close to the most senior gay police officer in Britain say that he has been made "the fall guy" in a campaign to save the job of Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan police commissioner.Colleagues of Britain Paddick, the deputy assistant commissioner say that he is furious at being "hung out to dry" by the force after he gave a testimony on his boss, Sir Ian to the investigators looking into the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, a 27-year-old Brazilian at Stockwell tube station last year.

  • 17th March 2006

    Gay agency offers Greek trip for biggest fundraisers

    The holiday valued at £1,000 is for a seven night stay for two people

    12:00 AM — The National AIDs Trust (NAT) is offering a holiday to the Greek Island of Mykonos for the person who can raise the most money for the charitable organisation.Supporters can fundraise in any way they like and whoever sends the largest amount of proceeds to the NAT will win the trip with gay tour operator, Respect holidays.

  • Gay banker’s sacking was “fair but not perfect” 4

    The head of the disciplinary hearing last year, Charles Laughton-Scott, told the Stratford tribunal, “We considered it had been a fair process. Was it perfect? No“

    12:00 AM — HSBC handled a gay banker's dismissal in a fair but not perfect way, a senior HSBC executive admitted to an employment tribunal yesterday.Peter Lewis, the bank's former equity head, was sacked after a disciplinary hearing where a fellow employee accused him of masturbating in front of him, but Mr Lewis claims he was discriminated against because of his sexual orientation.

  • Gay affair break up captures the nation

    Over 40 people have responded to her article

    12:00 AM — A woman whose engagement fell apart after discovering her fiancé frequently visited gay saunas, has generated a hugely emotive and informative debate in a UK broadsheet.The case of Iris Scott, who just days before her marriage discovered that her boyfriend had betrayed her with sexual encounters with gay men, has caught the heart and minds of readers of The Times.

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