7th February 2006
Islamic preacher who targeted gays is jailed
12:00 AM — Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri has been convicted and jailed for seven years on charges of inciting murder and race hate.The preacher claimed that Zionists kept homosexual files on how gay politicians were in order to bribe them, and said he disapproved of homosexuality. He said Aids had been sent as a curse on homosexuals, "They have a common punishment amongst them and they have the virus to run after them wherever they go."
Students encouraged to give blood because gays and bisexuals can’t 5
12:00 AM — The National Union of Students (NUS UK) today criticised a national newspaper article, which blamed student campaigns for a shortage of blood donors in the UK.The Mail on Sunday article "Crisis as students boycott blood donor sessions in protest over ban on gays" attempted to link low blood donations with a student led campaign highlighting the current National Blood Service (NBS) policy of not allowing any gay or bisexual men to donate blood.
6th February 2006
Aussie star offended by claims of lesbian sex romp 1
12:00 AM — Pop star Dannii Minogue has been hurt by newspaper revelations of a lesbian sex romp, according to a close friend.Images published by The News of the World over the weekend, apparently show the little sister of Kylie Minogue, in steamy and sexual poses with a stripper at the Puss In Boots nightclub.
Gay TV star accused of PR stunt
12:00 AM — The father of Stuart Lubbock, who drowned in Michael Barrymore's pool, has accused the TV presenter of a sickening PR stunt to revive his celebrity status.Reports in The Mirror, reveal that Terry Lubbock felt exploited after meeting the star and allegedly forgiving him over his son's death. Mr Lubbock told the Mirror he had only met Mr Barrymore to get answers about the incident but feels he was the object of a charm offensive.
Cameron makes gay MPs a priority 2
12:00 AM — Tory leader, David Cameron has put gay politicians on a list of priority targets whom the Conservative leadership want to see in Parliament.According to the Independent, the Conservative Party wrote to a number of openly gay figures last week, asking them to apply to join an elite list of "priority" candidates who would have "a much higher change of being selected for a winnable seat, and therefore, of becoming an MP after the next election".
Gay people told: Come to Britain
12:00 AM — Gay people worldwide are being urged to go to Britain, in an attempt to cash in on "the pink pound" of tourism.The national tourist agency VisitBritain is urging gay people, "Isn't it time you came out ... to Britain."Reuters' report that Gay tourism is now worth up to three billion pounds a year to the economy with London positioned to rival New York, Sydney and Amsterdam as a hot spot for gay visitors.
Mixed feelings over gay star’s return 2
12:00 AM — The comeback of gay TV entertainer, Michael Barrymore, has been met with mixed reactions in the press and media world, this weekend.PR guru Max Clifford, a former friend of Mr Barrymore and his ex-wife Cheryl, who died last year of cancer, told the Independent, "I know Michael and he is both manipulative and a very convincing actor. This is just a desperate attempt to get back into British television."
Students protest gay donor ban 5
12:00 AM — British students have launched a protest against The National Blood Service's ban on homosexual donors.Student Unions have started campaigns at Leeds Metropolitan University, while universities including Nottingham, Aberystwyth, Lancaster, Salford and Bangor have mounted "gay blood is good" demonstrations.
IDAHO off to good start 2
12:00 AM — The International Day Against Homophobia campaign has got off to a positive start this year, according to gay group, IDAHO.Last year the first International Day Against Homophobia was marked in over 40 countries throughout the world, including the first gay and lesbian rally in China, and an internet campaign by MAHA, a group of LGBT militants in Iran.
Royal Navy searching for gay recruits 2
12:00 AM — The Royal Navy is looking to increase its gay personnel, despite fears that the move could anger traditionalists within the service.Navy chiefs have been working to build bridges with the gay community for some time since the service's ban on gay and lesbian recruits was lifted five years ago.
5th February 2006
Lib Dem voters back Simon Hughes 19
12:00 AM — Newspaper reports have suggested that Liberal Democrat leadership candidate Simon Hughes is now favourite amongst voters to lead the party.A survey put him on 34 per cent, ahead of Sir Menzies Campbell and Chris Huhne. Bookies put Hughes in third. He was initially seen as an outsider after being accused of lying about his sexuality.
4th February 2006
Gay flamingos celebrate fifth anniversary with their children 24
12:00 AM — Britain's only gay flamingos Carlos and Fernando, are celebrating their fifth anniversary together with their adopted children at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Gloucestershire.The pair surprised staff at the wildlife park after they came out five years ago and began to engage in a series of complex mating rituals. The pink birds have been inseparable ever since and have even raised chicks together after they stole eggs from neighbouring straight couples.
Who do the LGBT community think should lead the Lib Dems? 19
12:00 AM — The Liberal Democrats have hardly been out of the news of late as they build up to the election of a new leader. Sexuality has never been a more important issue in politics since Simon Hughes, the former front-runner for the leadership came out as bisexual.Today, we are asking for your choice as leader of the Liberal Democrats.The Liberal Democrats do not stand in Northern Ireland so for this reason we are only inviting votes from readers residing either in England, Wales or Scotland.
3rd February 2006
THT launch gay drug alcohol support
12:00 AM — The Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a new drug and alcohol support service for young lesbian, gay and bi-sexual (LGB) people in Lambeth. The scheme, called High NRG, is being run in Waterloo and will support under 25's who need advice and information on drugs and alcohol.The service offers one to one counselling and group work and is funded by Lambeth Council's Young People's Substance Misuse Grant.
Pink plaques for gay Brighton
12:00 AM — A Brighton Hove Councillor has suggested erecting pink plaques to celebrate the gay contribution to the city.Green Party cllr Bill Randall welcomed blue plaques to commemorate significant people or buildings, and feels that the 'gay capital' of England should also recognise the significance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population.
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.