8th September 2006
Interview: Stonewall’s Diversity Champion
12:00 AM — The news that Manchester City have become the first Premiership football club to sign up for Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme is another coup for the UK's premier gay rights organisation.Tony Grew spoke to Stonewall's director of workplace programmes about football, life in the Royal Navy and the smart multi-national companies who understand that workers who can be open about their sexuality are more productive.
Gay bar criticises hate crime response 1
12:00 AM — A publican has criticised local police for not doing enough to stop hate crime in Northampton.Matt Morris, landlord for the Boston Clipper gay bar, is arranging a memorial event for a customer who was murdered last July after leaving the venue.Michael Fardon was found 200 yards from the venue behind a dumpster with broken ribs and head and facial injuries, his family were unaware that the 45 year old was gay.
Thug gets four years for glassing gay man
12:00 AM — Colin Black and his boyfriend Paul were enjoying a Boxing Day drink with family members in the City Arms pub in Saltney, Cheshire.The couple were excited - they had planned to have a civil partnership ceremony a few days after Christmas.As Black returned from the toilet, he was verbally abused. When he turned to see who had called him a queer, a bottle was smashed in his face by Anthony Close.
Phillips must ‘prove himself’ in gay equality role
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveCampaigners have immediately called on Trevor Phillips to prove himself to the gay community after he was officially appointed as the leader of the new equality and human rights body this morning.Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, today announced the appointment of Mr Phillips as the Chair of the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR).
7th September 2006
Gordon Brown: Homophobic or too busy? 25
12:00 AM — As Tony Blair is expected to outline his resignation plans later today, PinkNews.co.uk analyses the Prime Minister's likely successor.The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, has consistently failed to support gay rights in Parliament since the Labour party was elected in 1997.
Matt Lucas gay ‘marriage’ rumours 1
12:00 AM — Little Britain star Matt Lucas is planning to contract a civil partnership with his boyfriend, according to The Sun .The 32-year-old comedian is reported to have proposed last May, and reveals in a new book about the hit series, Inside Little Britain, that he feels that he feels he and his boyfriend are "destined to be together."
Gay community protests violent porn bill 6
12:00 AM — Sections of the gay community have joined protests against proposed legislation which would make possession of violent and extreme pornographic material a crime.The controversial law has been put through consultation by the Home Office after a campaign from family and friends of Jane Longhurst who was murdered in 2003 by a violent porn addict.
Gay rebel MP unhappy with Blair’s timing 1
12:00 AM — Gay MP Chris Bryant, who earlier in the week signed a letter calling on Tony Blair to go, has told PinkNews.co.uk that he is not happy with Mr Blair's announcement this afternoon that he will stand down before the 2007 party conference.When asked if he was pleased that the Prime Minister has agreed to what Mr Bryant and others had demanded, he replied: "Well he hasn't."
6th September 2006
Stonewall not impressed with new equality head 1
12:00 AM — Leading gay rights organisation Stonewall has expressed concern over press reports that the current chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality is set to take control of the new 'super-commission' for human rights and equality.Trevor Phillips has had a controversial tenure at the CRE, criticising the concept of multi-culturalism and warning against the dangers of de-facto segregation in schools.
Cheggers plays homophobe in Extras
12:00 AM — Gay icon Keith Chegwin is to star as a foul-mouthed gay basher in the upcoming series of Ricky Gervais-scripted comedy Extras. Cheggers, known to millions as the lovable face of 1980's kids TV, wowed gay audiences with his chiselled body in the experimental Channel Five show Naked Jungle in 2000.All the contestants in the gameshow were naked - as was Cheggers. Inexplicably, only one episode of the show was ever made.
Greenwich councillors experiment with gay surgeries
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA trio of Tory councillors are trying to reach out to people in their Greenwich borough by offering a surgery: "that specifically works for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community."The councillors are holding monthly meetings at local LGBT bar The Woolwich Infant to help "younger people who, politically, are not so switched on, and don't know who to get in contact with us," according to one of three Greenwich Conservative councillor who devised the surgeries.
Preacher denies Cardiff Mardi Gras charges 2
12:00 AM — Stephen Green, director of Christian Voice, has appeared in magistrates court following his arrest last weekend at Cardiff Mardi Gras.He denied charges that he had used threatening words and behaviour whilst handing out leaflets entitled "Same-sex love - same-sex sex: What does the Bible say?" at the entrance to the Cardiff festival on Saturday, reports BBC News Online.
Sharon O vs. Paul O’G – let battle commence
12:00 AM — She secured her place in the hearts of many a gay man through her camp performances on X Factor. His drag performances made him an icon back in the bad old days of the 1980s.Now Sharon Osbourne and Paul O'Grady are the latest tools in the deadly battle between the UK's two major commercial broadcasters for the lucrative teatime audience.
BNP back anti-gay preacher 4
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe British National Party has come out in support of anti-gay protester Stephen Green, who was arrested at the Cardiff Mardi Gras for handing out leaflets condemning same sex relationships.On their website the BNP has questioned the grounds for Mr Green's arrest, and have noted how the BNP and Christian Voice share the same aims: "the Christian Voice Web site broadly echoes the BNP's national outlook."
Gay equality department hit by resignations
12:00 AM — A minister and six Parliamentary Private Secretaries (PPS) including one from the Department for Communities and Local Government, which represents the gay community as part of its portfolio, have resigned today, heaping more pressure on Tony Blair to announce a departure date.Chris Mole resigned from DCLG unhappy at the Prime Minister's leadership and his silence regarding a departure date, following junior defence minister Tom Watson this afternoon.
5th September 2006
Stonewall surveys Welsh gay community
12:00 AM — Stonewall made use of the Cardiff Mardi Gras to support its All Wales lesbian, gay, and bisexual Survey 2006 last weekend.The survey is a vital part of Stonewall Cymru's ongoing campaign work to "ensure fair treatment for lesbian and gay people in Wales" with survey findings presented to the Welsh Assembly to help towards delivering better services to LGB people across Wales.
Gay MP talks about Blair ‘plots’ 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive Gay MP Chris Bryant has spoken to PinkNews.co.uk about news reports that he is urging the Prime Minister to stand down.BBC Radio 4's Today programme reported that a letter from MPs including Bryant asking Blair to set a departure date has been drafted.The MP initially refused to make any comment when contacted by PinkNews.co.uk.
Will Young wary of ‘gay’ image 2
12:00 AM — Will Young has told The Times that he is wary of acting in the same way as other artists because he is gay.In an interview he said: "There are still things that I can't do, being a gay man. You have to think carefully about things — about, for instance, prancing around with my top off in jeans."
AIDS infection rise in North West
12:00 AM — There was a 23% increase in the rate of HIV and AIDS infection rates in the North West between 2003 and 2005 according to university researchers.Liverpool's John Moores University has released a report that highlights the jump in gay infections from 300 men in 2003 to 359 in 2004 to 373 in 2005, and representing 44% of the total number of new cases in 2004.
Gay MP to Blair – time to go 1
12:00 AM — Gay MP Chris Bryant has been leading calls for Tony Blair to step down as Prime Minister.Mr Blair has recently faced increased demands to name a departure date as party members and politicians become more split over the direction of Labour and goverment policy.It was revealed this morning that at least two letters have been drafted to Mr Blair requesting his departure.