20th September 2006
Big Brother cleared of exploiting vulnerable housemates 14
12:00 AM — Channel 4's reality show Big Brother has been cleared of accusations that it exploited vulnerable people for entertainment in this year's series.Mental health organisations complained to media regulator Ofcom claiming the reality show was putting unfair stress on unstable housemates such as Shahbaz who threatened to kill himself on air, Tourette's sufferer Pete and pre-op transsexual Sam.
Launch of LGBT Youth Council
12:00 AM — A new LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) youth council has been launched to give young people the chance to influence key decision makers across the capital.The London LGBT Youth Council, a project funded by Comic Relief and managed by the Consortium of LGBT Voluntary Community Organisations, is set to open its doors to all LGBT people, aged 13 to 25 who live, work or study in London this week.
Minister for Police pledges support for anti-gay hatred law 7
12:00 AM — Home office minister Tony McNulty is promising to review the lack of a law to stop the incitement of anti-gay hatred.The Minister for Police, Security and Community Safety made his pledge on a visit to the offices of PinkNews.co.uk's media partners 3SIXTY in Brighton.
Bisexual MP encourages community links 19
12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat politicians must re-engage with local communities to have a chance of overtaking Labour in the polls, the party President warned today.Speaking at the party's annual conference in Brighton, Simon Hughes, the bisexual politician, discussed the Liberal Democrat electoral successes over the last twelve months in local and by-elections and expressed a desire to see politicians engaging with people at a local level and dealing with issues that affect their everyday lives.
Dis-Orientations: A Chinese gay revolution?
12:00 AM — A new play in London aims to tell the tale of modernisation and self-expression in developing areas of China, PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman asks if this production can help challenge the country's taboo attitude towards homosexuality."We will have to turn the lights down on the gay sex scene," Dis-Orientations' artistic director Michael Walling admits when asked if his new play, which attempts to merge Chinese Opera and British theatre, would work in China.
19th September 2006
Arsenal fans warned against “gay” Cole taunts 2
12:00 AM — Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has pleaded with fans not to tease former defender Ashley Cole after some were heard chanting homophobic songs about the former player who recently left the club for London rivals Chelsea.The chants were heard at Arsenal's win over Manchester United last weekend, relating to tabloid allegations which wrongly reported that Cole had been involved in a gay orgy.
Gay Jews celebrate High Holy days
12:00 AM — Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Jews on both sides of the Atlantic are gearing up to celebrate the upcoming Jewish new year in LGBT Synagogue services.In London, the LGBT Jewish community are invited to celebrate the festivals of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at the Beit Klal Yisrael Synagogue, Notting Hill Gate, W10, which is liberal affiliated and a member of the World Congress of Gay and Lesbian Jews organisations.
European Parliament fights homophobic bullying
12:00 AM — The European Parliament has launched a report on social exclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people.Members of the European Parliament (MEP) taking part at the launch agreed to draw up a declaration to stop homophobic behaviour in schools. MEPs from the Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights committed to take a lead on this initiative.
Blazin Squad, gay 4 pay?
12:00 AM — Blazin' Squad are back, but with a few fundamental changes, PinkNews.co.uk's James Phillips asks whether the group are really gay friendly or just chasing the pink pound.Gone are the ten 16-year-old rappers who had previously been criticised for being pioneers of chav culture. Blazin' squad split in 2005, after three members went off to form Friday Hill, with three more members working on 'solo material' whilst the remaining four members consisting of Stuart, Sam, Plat'num and Melo - d now make up the new and revitalised Blazin Squad.
Ex-lover kills newly-out lesbian girlfriend
12:00 AM — A man killed and almost decapitated his newly-out girlfriend, a court heard today.James Seaton, 46, killed Jacqueline Queen at his flat and then enlisted the help of his brother John, 37, to dispose of her body.
18th September 2006
Gay bars detecting drink spiking 2
12:00 AM — Following from recent PinkNews.co.uk articles addressing the problem of drink spiking come further developments in the war on drink drugging.By now a large portion of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community will have likely seen the anti drink spiking caps as demonstrated at both Brighton pride and currently being used within numerous South coast gay clubs. Yet now comes a new way of protecting yourself on a night out.
Christian Group seeks gay conscience clause 12
12:00 AM — The Christian Peoples Alliance (CPA) party has called on the Government to include a 'conscience clause' in the new Sexual Orientation Regulations going before Parliament next month.The Government's new regulations are intended to ensure that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community are not discriminated against in the provision of goods, facilities and services.
Jailed newlywed lesbian stands by her woman 1
12:00 AM — A lesbian woman is standing by her abusive partner who was jailed for battering her black and blue in a jealous attack.Sarah Smith is starting her 14-month prison sentence after lashing out at Tracy McVeigh only days after their civil partnership ceremony.
15th September 2006
Lawyers defend “homophobic” industry
12:00 AM — Lawyers on the South Coast are divided over a report by the Law Society which says that the industry is institutionally homophobic.It reveals a "macho culture" in law firms which is hindering career progression of gay and lesbian lawyers. It describes "constant trips to Spearmint Rhino (a lap dancing club), rugby matches and drinking sessions" as holding undertones of homophobia.
Westminster celebrates 500th civil partnership
12:00 AM — The City of Westminster celebrated a gay milestone today as the 500th gay couple took their vows at the Old Town Hall in Marylebone.Julien Hartley, 40, and his new civil partner, Christopher Godlove, 37, were joined by around 50 family and friends for the ceremony.
14th September 2006
China facing gay AIDS epidemic
12:00 AM — One of China's major cities risks facing an AIDS epidemic reminiscent of San Francisco 25 years ago if authorities do not act, a study warns.British Sociological Association member, Jennifer Chapman, will argue that gay men in Shenzhen require a better understanding of sexual health, at the organisation's Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference in Edinburgh which starts today.
Sarah Waters makes Booker prize shortlist
12:00 AM — Sarah Waters, who brought lesbian fiction to greater prominence with her novel Tipping The Velvet, is on the short list for this year's Man Booker prize, it has been announced.Waters, 40, has been nominated for her most recent work, The Night Watch, which explores the lives of several lesbian, gay and straight characters in 1940's London.
Gay clubs queue up to stop drink spiking 1
12:00 AM — Gay clubs across the south are queuing up to get hold of drink anti-spiking devices after a nightclub in Brighton became the first to offer the protection last month.PinkNews.co.uk reported in August that Revenge nightclub, which is the biggest gay venue on the south coast, was to offer its customers drink protection after a nasty increase in drink-spiking incidents was reported by venues in the area.
Clare Short causes outrage – again
12:00 AM — First she offended the gay community by meeting with a radical anti-gay Muslim group.Now former cabinet minister Clare Short has angered the Labour government by saying the country would be better off with a hung parliament after the next election.The government Chief Whip, Jacqui Smith, branded the maverick MP's comments as unacceptable and hinted that she will be disciplined when Parliament returns next month.
Gay worker wins homophobic graffiti case
12:00 AM — A gay man who was suspended for complaining about anti-gay graffiti has won his case at an employment tribunal.Chris Martin was employed by Parkam Foods, in West Yorkshire. The company supply pre-packaged meats to many of the major UK supermarkets.Finding offensive pornographic material in the men's toilet with his name written next to it, Martin complained to his superiors.