17th April 2006
Careless Parker: George Michael admits three car smash 4
12:00 AM — George Michael has admitted crashing into three parked cars last weekend in North London, and will now be quizzed by police.The gay star's representative phoned police to report the incident after the crash was revealed by witnesses yesterday.Michael has already made contact with the car owners to arrange financial compensation, according to the Daily Mirror.
16th April 2006
Police raid club in drugs bust- gay club night may be cancelled 2
12:00 AM — Breaking News (updated 1:15 am)Over two hundred police officers from the Metropolitan Police's CO14 specialist clubs and vice squad have raided the Fridge nightclub in the Brixton, south London.The raid that begun at around 11.25 pm last night, was first reported on PinkNews.co.uk at around midnight on Sunday morning.
Police raid club in drugs bust- gay club night may be cancelled 2
12:00 AM — Breaking News (updated 1:00 pm)Over two hundred police officers from the Metropolitan Police's CO14 specialist clubs and vice squad have raided the Fridge nightclub in the Brixton, south London.The raid that begun at around 11.25 pm last night, was first reported on PinkNews.co.uk at around midnight on Sunday morning.
15th April 2006
H8 GAY numberplate finally banned by DVLA
12:00 AM — A homophobic number plate has been withdrawn by the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) after complaints by a leading gay MP who claimed that the number plate H8 GAY was offensive to gay people.The DVLA at first refused to recall the number plate H8 GAY which is read as "hate gay" as it believed that it was not offensive on the grounds of "political, racial or religious sensitivities".
14th April 2006
Slavery and sexuality – A Jewish gay group embraces homosexuality this Passover 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive FeaturePinkNews.co.uk's Nikki Sinclair and Sarah Pinn report on a Jewish gay group using the festival of Passover to celebrate freedom from both oppression and homophobia."I bet when you were a child sitting at the Seder table with your family you never thought one day you would end up here!"This was Rabbi Mark Solomon's opening gambit at the communal Seder night for the Jewish Gay Lesbian Group (JGLG.)
Green Party call for gay guidelines to be sent to schools
12:00 AM — Brighton Hove Green Party today called on their council to send copies of the government's new guidance on Sex Relationships Education to all local schools.The guidance breaks important new ground, by explicitly recommending that primary schools acknowledge lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) identities within families, and that secondary schools acknowledge that some of their students will be starting to identify as LGBT.
Council warns gay cruisers
12:00 AM — Gay people who meet to have sex in public in Wales will not ruin this Easter weekend, according to a local councillor.Carmarthenshire Council in Llanelli, Wales, spoke out after a website recommended several local attractions as ideal hotspots for gay and bisexual cruising.
13th April 2006
Tories deselect single mother and gay Arab 4
12:00 AM — A single mother and a gay Arab have claimed that they were deselected as Conservative party candidates for next months local elections due to prejudice from the right of the party.Both Emile al-Uzaizi and Amanda Lloyd-Harris, who claim to be popular serving councillors, argue that their deselection is due to prejudice from right wing elements of the party in Hammersmith and Fulham. They intend to stand against their old party as independent candidates in local elections next month.
Suicide rates down concludes National report
12:00 AM — The national suicide rate is at its lowest level since records began, according to the third annual report of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy published today.The report shows the most recent suicide rate (for the 3 years2002/3/4) was 8.56 deaths per 100,000 population - a reduction of 6.6% from the 1997/8/9 figures
£11,500 pay out to bullied teenage sports coach
12:00 AM — 18 year old Grace Kinsey told a Sheffield tribunal court that she had been teased and bullied by her employer Lee Dickens. "I justfelt ugly. What he said upset me a lot. I was only 17 at the time," she told The Sun Newspaper.Mr Dickens told Ms Kinsey that she was too soft and needed "breaking in", during the time she worked for him during her school holidays. He inferred that she was a lesbian - a comment which lead Ms Kinsey to grow her hair in an attempt to stop people thinking she was gay.
Danny La Rue to take to the stage again 4
12:00 AM — Danny La Rue may well take to the stage again, after making good progress with his recovery from a debilitating stroke earlier this year.La Rue will tour in Wolverhampton in June, quashing rumours that he is too ill to perform at venues around the UK because of a stroke.
London gay Men’s Chorus to celebrate 15th birthday
12:00 AM — The London gay Men's Chorus is to celebrate it's 15th birthday with a concert on 29th of April at Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square in London."We'll be performing lots of old favourites and things that we're often requested to sing" said ,a member of the choir for 12 years. The programme includes music ranging from Faure's "Cantique de Jean Racine" to Rogers and Hammer stein's "Keep it Gay!"
Where are the gay footballers? asks The Independent’s survey
12:00 AM — A survey in the Independent newspaper has revealed that most footballers believe that the profession is homophobic.Peter Clayton, chief executive of the Middlesex FA and the only openly gay man on the FA council said: "the main difficulty at the moment is that players are assets, They have a market value, which clubs might feel could be affected."
What do kids think about gay football heroes?
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAs a detailed and thorough survey of professional footballers in the UK reveals that 57% consider the sport to be homophobic, PinkNews.co.uk's only slightly less comprehensive children's survey suggests a more tolerant future for gay footballers.Interrupting a kick about in a local playground, the young teens initially giggled when I asked them if sexuality should come into play in football, (my fault - I shouldn't have used the hilarious "s" word), but were happy to talk about their understanding of the "gay footballer" issue.
Helpline for gay married men
12:00 AM — Gay Project Cork research has shown that of 3,000 gay men living and working in Kerry, many are married and leading double lives.David Roche, development manager for Gay Project Cork said that keeping their homosexuality hidden was a priority for some men: "Many remain married after discovering their true sexuality. "The fear of a negative reaction is the most common reason that gay and bisexual men feel that they can't live full lives in their own community".
12th April 2006
Apprentice contestant is a lesbian, friends say 3
12:00 AM — A contestant on Sir Alan Sugar's TV show, "The Apprentice," has been outed by a British tabloid.Ruth Badger, a favourite to win a contract with Sir Alan's company at the end of the BBC2 competition, is reportedly a lesbian and is divorcing her husband, Ian.
HIV man leaves Scotland after “gay paedophile” label 2
12:00 AM — An HIV sufferer is leaving Scotland because of a lack of support and constant abuse including being labelled a "gay paedophile."John Percy is the country's longest surviving man with the illness, but says he is moving to London because his last few years in Edinburgh have been "hell."
10th April 2006
EastEnders star to quit show after lesbian storyline ends
12:00 AM — EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy is to quit the hit soap opera in order to pursue a wider acting career.Casidy who has played Sonia Fowler for thirteen years first arrived on Albert Square as a cheeky, trumpet playing girl.The following years saw her give birth without knowing that she was pregnant, her mother Carol abandoning her, kidnap her adopted child, become engaged to car mechanic Jamie Mitchell and nursing him to death.
Gay priest’s attacker is jailed 1
12:00 AM — A teenager has been jailed for a homophobic attack on a priest after beating him with a metal baseball bat in Bournemouth.Martin Powell,19, had pleaded guilty to assaulting the Most Rev Dr Barry Rathbone twice with the weapon, and was sentenced to two years in a young offenders institute with a further two years on extended licence for the assault.
City awaits gay banker tribunal result 4
12:00 AM — The City is nervously awaiting the outcome of a senior banker's compensation claim against HSBC over allegations that he was sacked because he was openly gay.It is believed to be the biggest case of its kind to have reached an industrial tribunal since December 2004 when sex discrimination rules became applicable to gays and lesbians.