18th May 2006
Gay Asylum – a pressing issue 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveOutrage's Brett Lock tells PinkNews.co.uk the issues facing gay asylum seekersYesterday was the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO). Today, six countries still impose the death penalty for homosexuality, and more than ten times that many criminalise us and persecute us. In many more countries, homophobia is so institutionalised that the police and authorities do very little - if anything at all - to defend gay people from abuse and discrimination.
Family values MP dies 1
12:00 AM — Right wing Conservative MP, Eric Forth, died at the age of 61 last night after battling with cancer.The MP for Bromley Chislehurst was known for his strange dress sense and campaigns to limit gay rights and keep fox hunting.Mr Forth, born in Glasgow in 1944, was first elected as an MP in Mid Worcestershire in 1983, and switched to Bromley and Chislehurst, which he held until 1997.
Gay rumours rife as Big Brother begins 14
12:00 AM — British tabloids are rife with rumours of what this year's 14 Big Brother housemates will have awaiting them as the reality show starts this evening.Put away your Desperate Housewives DVDs, forget the OC, and tape Lost, as the next three months of Channel 4 coverage will be Big Brother dominated.
Gay couple victims of “bizarre” abuse claims 3
12:00 AM — A gay couple accused of abusing young children in their care are victims of "bizarre" and "incredible" allegations, Leeds Crown Court heard today.Ian Wathey, 40, and Craig Faunch, 32, allegedly took advantage of children put in their care by Wakefield Council in West Yorkshire, and molested several children.
17th May 2006
Ex officer accused of ‘underage gay relationships’
12:00 AM — A police officers' flat was searched after he was suspected of having underage gay relationships, a tribunal heard yesterday.Ben Stokes, 23, a former member of the Nottingham Police claims he was discriminated against by his force after his sexuality was revealed when he started a relationship with a male teenager.
Education group reveals gay teacher plight
12:00 AM — Four out of five gay teachers and lecturers experience homophobia at work, according to a report by the Teacher Support Network.The study comes in response to the International Day Against Homophobia, which takes place today, recognising the homophobia that remains in society.
Bisexual MP supports gay asylum seekers 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLiberal Democrat Party President, Simon Hughes, attended a demonstration outside the Home Office today to mark the second International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), and raise awareness of the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender asylum seekers.The bisexual politician briefly addressed the crowd of gay activists, looking to highlight the problems facing asylum seekers who have fled homophobic persecution in countries like Pakistan, Uganda, Sudan, Jamaica, Iran, Belarus, Algeria, Iraq, Nigeria and Egypt.
Girls school facing lesbian abuse investigation
12:00 AM — One of Ireland's most prestigious girls school is under investigation for lesbian sex abuse, according to reports.The Health Service Executive (HSE) West is looking into allegations of inappropriate sexual activity at Kylemore Abbey school in County Galway, in the West of Ireland.
Homophobic stigma – A community cause 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveIn accordance with international demonstrations marking the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman examines how much stigma and prejudice has been eliminated.Today marks 16 years since the World Health Organisation (WHO) removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) as a mental disorder, on May 17 1990, the World Health Organisation endorsed an intention to remove homosexuality from a list of mental disorders.
Gay groups aim to silence homophobia 2
12:00 AM — Supporters of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) are asking LGBT groups and their supporters to observe a minute's silence to mark the second International Day Against Homophobia today.Activists are hoping the UK will join a silences taking place in France, Peru, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and Brazil.
Star Trek actor backs gay rights battle
12:00 AM — Sci-fi legend, George Takei, also known as Star Trek's Mr Sulu, has revealed the importance of fighting for gay rights.The actor, who steered the USS enterprise for 40 years, came out last year after becoming despondent with slow gay legislation in his home State of California.
Poor education making gay men ‘more vulnerable’ to HIV
12:00 AM — Young gay men are made more vulnerable to HIV due to the failure of schools to address homophobia and provide relevant sexual health information, according to the National AIDs Trust (NAT).To mark the second International Day against Homophobia, today, the NAT is highlighting the failure of many schools to either tackle homophobia or provide sex and relationships education (SRE) that addresses sexual orientation and HIV risk.
16th May 2006
Lesbian couple seek UK marriage recognition 10
12:00 AM — The Green Party has been invited to submit evidence to the High Court in support of a lesbian couple's bid to get their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK.Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson were married in Canada in 2003 and for the first two years, their marriage had no legal standing in the UK, instead being converted into a Civil Partnership, but the couple are now fighting for the status of marriage.
Reverend backs gay marriage
12:00 AM — A Scottish minister has given his backing to civil partnerships after calling on the General Assembly of Scotland to reject an evangelical group's protest against priests conducting the gay service.The Reverend Bob Brown of Queen's Cross Church in Aberdeen voiced disapproval of a campaign by Christian group, Forward Together, who want ministers and deacons banned from conducting the ceremonies because they believe it is against the Bible.
Channel 4 rapped over lesbian sex ad
12:00 AM — Channel 4 has been criticised after broadcasting an advert showing lesbian sex and nudity.The E4 trailer for sister channel More4, featured topless women in thongs kissing and touching each other.Although it was shown after midnight, the Ofcom media watchdog said it should have carried a warning.
CCTV captures homophobic attackers, police claim
12:00 AM — Detectives believe they have uncovered new evidence relating to a homophobic attack which left a man with serious head injuries this year.Greater Manchester Police are appealing for help in identifying four men from CCTV pictures believed to be responsible for a hate crime in which two men were seriously assaulted in Manchester City Centre in the early hours of March 18 2006.
Simon Hughes supports gay refugee plight
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLiberal Democrat Party President Simon Hughes will address a rally raising awareness of gay asylum seekers tomorrow to mark the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO).Mr Hughes, MP for North Southwark and Bermondsey will make an appearance at the event which aims to highlight the plight of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) refugees.
‘Bogus’ lesbian refugee avoids deportation
12:00 AM — An asylum seeker who pretended to be a lesbian to ensure she could remain in the UK, has won the right to stay because the Home Office delayed over her appeal, a judge ruled today.Carol Ajoh claimed she was a lesbian to avoid being sent back to Jamaica in 2000, claiming she would be persecuted over her sexuality if she returned to her home country.
15th May 2006
Newcastle gay club evacuated after arson attack 1
12:00 AM — Over a thousand clubbers at a gay venue had to be evacuated in the early hours of Saturday morning following an arson attack at a club in Newcastle.The entrance to the The Loft Luxe club in Newcastle, northern England was doused in petrol and set alight at approximately 3.50 am on Saturday morning.
‘Framed’ gay Muslim appeals conviction 2
12:00 AM — A gay Muslim prisoner has launched an appeal against a conviction for grievous bodily harm, claiming he was framed by the men who had been targeting him in a homophobic hate campaign.The 28 year old, Mohamed S, whose full identity cannot be revealed for safety reasons, was jailed for eight years in 2002, but has had his case accepted for review by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC,) who decide if a conviction should be sent to appeal.