16th January 2007
Gay judge hearing Tube bomb trial 1
12:14 PM — The first openly gay man to be appointed a High Court judge is presiding over the trial of six men accused of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause explosions.The charges relate to an attempt to bomb the London underground system on July 21st 2005, two weeks after the devastating attacks of July 7th.Muktar Ibrahim, Manfo Asiedu, Hussein Osman, Yassin Omar, Ramzi Mohammed and Adel Yahya all deny the charges.
Suppressed gay play comes to London 1
11:28 AM — He is regarded as one of the greatest American dramatists of the 20th century.From A Streetcar Named Desire to Sweet Bird of Youth Tennessee Williams brought alive a Southern, decadent and decaying world, dripping with homosexual subtext and tragic female characters.Now a play that Williams would not have performed in his own lifetime is to come to the UK this March, The Independent reports.
Men and women involved in homophobic attack
10:20 AM — Two brothers were set upon by a gang of men and women, punched, kicked and knocked to the ground in a homophobic attack in County Durham.The attack happened in the village of Spennymoor in the early house of Monday morning.The brothers, aged 26 and 21, were on their way home from a nightclub when they passed the Victoria Inn, the BBC reports.
Sir Ian to launch LGBT History Month 3
10:05 AM — Actor and activist Sir Ian McKellen will be the featured speaker at the launch of LGBT History Month next month.The launch will form part of the annual Schools Out conference, on Saturday 3rd February at the Drill Hall theatre in London.Schools Out is one of the oldest gay campaigning groups in the UK.
15th January 2007
Gay unions in South Africa delayed by bureaucracy 57
2:17 PM — Lesbian and gay couples in South Africa hoping to get married in church are facing delays because of a backlog of people waiting to take a qualification exam.Government "registrars," called marriage officers, were all trained about the Civil Unions Act last year, before the Act became law.
Model’s tell-all book reveals Madonna and Jolie lesbian affairs 2
12:09 PM — Lesbian pin up Jenny Shimizu has revealed that she was having sexual relationships with popstar Madonna and actress Angelina Jolie at the same time.Shimizu is best known as one of the faces of CK One. She was voted sexiest woman in a 2005 poll for The Pink Paper. Angelina Jolie has spoken publicly about their relationship, and is open about her bisexuality.
Scottish government backs hate crimes bill 74
11:20 AM — Ministers, MSPs, police chiefs, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and gay rights activists have welcomed the announcement that the government in Scotland will support an extension of the country's hate crimes legislation to protect LGBT people and the disabled.The Sentencing of Offences Aggravated by Prejudice (Scotland) Bill was proposed by Patrick Harvie, a Scottish Green MSP.It will bring Scotland into line with England and Wales.
Transsexual postal worker convicted of hiding mail 2
11:02 AM — A postman who is on the NHS waiting list for gender reassignment surgery has been convicted of hiding and dumping post.43-year-old Michael Pearson, from Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, told Dewsbury Magistrates Court that gangs of youths were victimising him during his postal round in Birstall, throwing stones at him and taunting him about his effeminate appearance.
Queer as Folk actor wins Soapstar Superstar 57
10:02 AM — Antony Cotton has won the singing competition Soapstar Superstar. The 31-year-old, who currently stars in Coronation Street, beat Emmerdale star Hayley Tamaddon in a live final over the weekend.His prize was a £200,000 donation to the Elton John Aids Foundation.
12th January 2007
Gay sex scandal minister’s political comeback
11:48 AM — The politician who provided the first sex scandal of Tony Blair's government has told ITV that he intends to stand for the Welsh Assembly.Ron Davies was Secretary of State for Wales in 1998, when an incident on Clapham Common forced him to resign from the government.
Jason Donovan to play G-A-Y 1
11:48 AM — 80s heart throb Jason Donovan is to follow in the footsteps of his Neighbours wife and play at legendary London nightclub G-A-Y tomorrow night.The performance marks a new high in the 38-year-old Australian's love-hate relationship with the gay community.Donovan caused a tabloid storm in 1992, suing The Face magazine for alleging he was gay.
Attitude’s January edition missing 11
11:48 AM — Readers of gay magazine Attitude have expressed concern that the January edition is yet to appear.The gay glossy should have hit the streets before the New Year and is now two weeks overdue.Mr Bob Flood, from Exeter, contacted PinkNews.co.uk wanting to know if we had any news.
Pressure on Ruth Kelly over gay rights law 4
11:48 AM — The defeat of a motion in the House of Lords to rescind the Sexual Orientation Regulations in Northern Ireland has been welcomed by gay activists.The debate has also added to the pressure on Ruth Kelly to ensure that the same regulations are introduced to England and Wales.The SOR were meant to come into force in England and Wales on January 1st, but Communities Secretary Kelly delayed them.
COMMENT:Tatchell on the rise of US-style Christian activists 2
10:57 AM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell argues that Tuesday's victory for gay rights was also a setback for the zealous, authoritarian tactics of US-style Christian fundamentalism. The religious right was trounced this week. An attempt to neuter new laws protecting gay people against discrimination was defeated, 199 votes to 68.This stunning three to one victory happened in the House of Lords - the traditional stomping ground of religious, conservative and homophobic parliamentarians.
Gay-friendly Brighton Council “not complacent” 3
10:23 AM — The leader of the council in Brighton and Hove has welcomed the council's status as one of the most gay-friendly employers in the UK - but has revealed that the organisation is far from complacent.Council leader Simon Burgess's comments come after gay rights group Stonewall named Brighton Hove City Council the seventh most friendly employer to the gay community.
Survey finds 5% of gay men face discrimination
10:03 AM — In the last year 5% of gay men and 4% of lesbians have been refused goods or services because of their sexuality.The findings come in the week the House of Lords rejected an attempt by Christian activists to rescind the Sexual Orientation Regulations that came into force in Northern Ireland on January 1st.
11th January 2007
Lesbian Avengers studio could close 6
4:23 PM — BBC Television Centre, the iconic West London building that for 50 years has been the embodiment of the Corporation in the eyes of viewers, may close as part of a cost-cutting exercise.The BBC's desire to move production of children's programming, sport and other departments to Manchester could sound the death knell for the Wood Green studios.Corporation bosses are considering closing Television Centre and selling the 13-acre site.
£9,000 gay chatline bill run up by thief 1
3:23 PM — An unlucky Liverpool businesswomen has been told by a judge that she is still liable for £9,000 worth of calls to gay chatlines made on her mobile phone.The Liverpool Echo reports the unusual case of Mrs Anne Jeffrey, who runs a successful ironing business.The business had several mobile phones on contract from Genesis Communications, one of which Mrs Jeffrey lent to her son.
EuroGay regatta comes to Brighton
2:19 PM — The Gay UK Sailing Team has announced that Barclays will be sponsoring the seventh annual EuroGay Cup Regatta, to be held in Brighton on the 9th and 10th of June.This is the second time GUST will be hosting the event in the UK. The regatta is expected to attract up to 60 competitors in teams of four or five crew.The Gay UK sailing team was set up in 2000 to provide a competitive team for the 2002 Sydney Gay Games.
Leicester bar attacked in hate crime
11:29 AM — Police in Leicester are treating a series of attacks on a bar popular with gay people as hate crimes.The Leicester Mercury reports that a gang of young men armed with hammers and baseball bats smashed windows and verbally abused customers at the Amber bar in Northampton Street last Friday night.The bar is popular with gay and lesbian people.