3rd February 2006
Government asks how many gays are in the village 5
12:00 AM — The Department of Trade and Industry is to start asking about sexual orientation as part of an attempt to count the number of gay people in Britain.According to reports in The Economist, people may be asked about their sexuality when they register at a doctors surgery or fill in a crime survey, and a sexuality section may appear on the 2011 census.
Bishop opposes gay blessings 30
12:00 AM — The Bishop of Lichfield has expressed concern at plans for a gay and bisexual church serviceAccording to the BBC, he said he wished an event publicised in the diocese newspaper to devise services for gay and bisexual people was not happening. The newspaper said the Lichfield branch of Changing Attitude, who campaign for lesbian and gay affirmation in the Anglican Church, is holding an event called Liturgies for Love.
Comment: Playing it Straight 1
12:00 AM — The recent popularity of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender genre as seen in award winning films such as Brokeback Mountain and Transamerica, has helped bring gay issues to the fore and raise the profile of many of the actors involved.PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman asks why none of these stars are actually gay.
Simon Hughes- Media can’t get its head around bisexuality 2
12:00 AM — The coverage of Simon Hughes's outing as bisexual demonstrates the media's confusion of bisexuality according to research by gay news provider, PinkNews.co.ukPinkNews.co.uk, the largest news service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (lgbt) outside of North America has found that out of 116 reports of Simon Hughes's sexuality, only ten articles correctly defined his sexuality as bisexual. 87% of PinkNews.co.uk readers believe that the British media as a whole does not understand what bisexuality is.
2nd February 2006
Making homophobia history
12:00 AM — A survey of top lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender historical figures will be compiled over the next few weeks as part of this year's LGBT History Month.The month of events in February, backed by Schools Out, who aim to provide a support network for all lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transpersons in education, will provide a comprehensive history of homosexuality in the UK.
First gay marriage in British Army
12:00 AM — A lesbian couple have become the first gay army recruits to have a civil partnership.The Sun revealed that Privates Sonya Gould, 19, and Vanessa Haydock, 18, got married under new civil laws.Vanessa, based at Hullavington, Wilts, told the Sun said: "It was wonderful to get married and being the first was the icing on the cake. We want to be together forever."
Oaten wants to remain an MP 19
12:00 AM — Former Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, Mark Oaten spoke to the public for the first time since tabloid allegations of a gay sex scandal to reveal his desire to stay in Parliament.Mr Oaten, who has kept a low profile over the last couple of weeks, told his local paper, the Hampshire Chronicle, he wanted to remain an MP but insisted that his priority was to salvage his marriage following reports that he paid a rent boy for sex.
Jersey review age of consent
12:00 AM — An official review into the age of consent for gay men in Jersey is taking place over the next two months.The Parliament of the Channel Island's Bailiwick of Jersey has asked the Corporate Affairs Scrutiny Panel to review proposals to lower the age of consent from 18 to 16.Last week, Jersey's Community Relations Trust said it would take away the criminalisation of what it says is a natural act.
1st February 2006
Gay kiss advert cleared for broadcast
12:00 AM — The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that an advert for Dolce Gabbana that features two men kissing is suitable for broadcast at any time.The television advertisement for DG watches showed various brief shots of people in cafes, restaurants and on a dance floor. In each shot, they were wearing two DG watches. In the final scene, a man loading groceries into his car gave one of his watches to a second man, after which they kissed briefly on the lips.
Cameron’s Conservatives may form homophobic alliance 2
12:00 AM — The Conservative Party may join forces with one of Europe's most homophobic political parties.David Cameron, Conservative Party leader, has sanctioned talks with Poland's governing party, whose policies include banning gay pride marches.The negotiations with the Law and Justice party, which were criticised last night by gay rights campaigners, highlight the challenge facing Mr Cameron as he seeks to break away from Europe's main centre-right grouping.
BBC may silence GayTalk
12:00 AM — The BBC's continuous cost cutting has hit the airwaves of gay radio show, Gay Talk, after almost ten years of transmitting to Manchester's gay communities.Gay Talk, transmitted as part of BBC GMR, will end in April despite its unrivalled record of covering major gay events on the BBC network.The BBC's decision has prompted a campaign to save the show headed by the team behind it.
31st January 2006
Man may loose his sight after homophobic attack 1
12:00 AM — A gay man from County Donegal, Northern Ireland has been told that he may loose the sight in one eye after being beaten in a suspected homophobic attack.The unnamed 20-year-old, was attacked by two men in as he walked along a quiet street on Sunday.The attackers punched the man on the face and knocked him to the ground. He is now recuperating in hospital.
Men appear in court over gay murder
12:00 AM — Two men appeared in court on today charged with murdering the gay bar manager, Jody Dobrowski, on Clapham Common last year.Unemployed Thomas Pickford and decorator Scott Walker denied murdering the 24 year old last October.Mr Pickford, 25, and Mr Walker, 33, who appeared at the Old Bailey by video link were remanded in custody. Their trial will begin on June 12th 2006.
30th January 2006
Dead man’s father doesn’t blame gay TV star Barrymore 2
12:00 AM — The father of the man found dead in the swimming pool of TV star Michael Barrymore five years ago, said today that he didn't blame the star for the death of his son.Stuart Lubbock, 31, was pronounced dead in hospital the morning after a party at Mr Barrymore's home in March 2001.His 61 year-old-father, Terry, met with Mr Barrymore for the first time this weekend and then told the Sun that he would work with Mr Barrymore.
700 gay weddings in London since December
12:00 AM — 700 gay couples from London have tied the knot in civil partnerships since the introduction of civil partnerships during December of last year.A further 500 London couples are expected to hold gay weddings over February.The City of Westminster appears to be the most popular with couples with 38 weddings having already taken place with a futher 230 expected over the next few months.
29th January 2006
Barrymore set to marry gay lover and return to UK 2
12:00 AM — Having been placed as the runner up in the hit Channel 4 series, Celebrity Big Brother, former TV star Michael Barrymore says that he's going to marry his gay lover.Mr Barrymore was mired in controversy in 2001 following the death of Stuart Lubbock, who was found with sexual injuries after drowning in Mr Barrymore's swimming pool. Following newspaper revelations, Mr Barrymore fled to New Zealand where he attempted to re-launch his career as a stage actor.
Israeli claims he had internet sex meet with Hughes 19
12:00 AM — An Israeli engineer has claimed in national newspaper that he had a one night stand with the Liberal Democrats leadership candidate Simon Hughes.Greg Nesbett, 28, told the Sunday Mirror that he met up with the MP after exchanging messages on a popular gay website."It was rapid and businesslike, he made contact with me in the chatroom, came to my house then we got straight into it."
Gay man’s body found in country lane 1
12:00 AM — The remains of a gay man from Notting Hill have been found next to a country lane in Luton, Bedfordshire.Alexandre Marques, 61, emigrated to London from Portugal in 1972 and disappeared from his bedsit in Notting Hill on Sunday 16th October 2005.Colleagues at the exclusive ARTS club in Mayfair reported him missing on October 21, after he failed to appear at work for five days.
28th January 2006
Simon Hughes claims saying he was not gay was not “morally or factually incorrect” 19
12:00 AM — Simon Hughes, candidate for the leader of the Liberal Democrats today told the Independent that his previous statements regarding his sexuality were not morally or factually wrong."What I said to this paper [that I was not gay] was not intended to mislead. I was trying to reinforce that barrier around my private life. It is not dishonest to protect your privacy. What I said wasn't morally wrong. It was not factually wrong."
Synagogue appoints gay rabbi five years after rejecting lesbian
12:00 AM — Finchley Reform Synagogue in north London has appointed an openly gay rabbi just five years after it rejected a lesbian Rabbi to be the community's spiritual head.The synagogue was embroiled in controversy following the proposal to appoint an openly lesbian Rabbi, Melina Carr in 2000. Her appointment was recommended by the synagogue's rabbinical committee but was vetoed by the community. The synagogue later apologised to Rabbi Carr for "unwarranted intrusion into aspects of her private life."