11th July 2007
Birmingham towpath rapists might get life
11:38 AM — A judge at Birmingham Crown Court told two man convicted of robbing and then raping his male victim that they could be given a life sentence.Daniel Myers,20, of Barry Jackson Tower in Aston, was found guilty alongside Nikos Johnson, 26, of Rawling Street, Ladywood, of one charge of robbery and two of rape.The Birmingham Post reports that during the trial Myers revealed under cross-examination that he is HIV+
Gay poem still contrary to ‘law of the land’ 1
10:10 AM — Today marks the 30th anniversary of the day when Denis Lemon was found guilty of committing libel against Christianity.He was the editor of the now defunct but iconic UK newspaper Gay News.Mary Whitehouse, founder of the National Viewers and Listeners Association, (NVLA) announced her intention to sue in December 1976 after she read the poem entitled The Love Which Cannot Speak Its Name by James Kirkup, published in Gay News.
10th July 2007
Catholic hierarchy tussle with gay group over Mass rights 2
5:25 PM — Quest, the lesbian and gay group for Catholics, has accused the Catholic Church of un-Christian behaviour after the Archdiocese of Liverpool prevented them from using the University Catholic Chaplaincy for a Mass.The service was intended to help gay Catholics discuss their experiences and pray for understanding of issues of faith.Following the ban the meeting was held in a location not controlled by the church.
Cameron’s families speech doesn’t mention civil partnerships 12
4:45 PM — David Cameron's big speech on social policy today ran to nearly 1,800 words, but several phrases were missing, among them 'civil partnerships.'The Tory leader set out proposals to encourage marriage through the tax system, which might introduce a married couples tax allowance, worth around £20 a week, aimed at making it easier for one parent to stay at home.Mr Cameron was responding to a report from former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith.
Blair laughed then worried about minister’s cruising 1
3:05 PM — It has emerged that Prime Minister Tony Blair laughed when first told that Welsh Secretary Ron Davies had been mugged while cruising on Clapham Common in 1998.However, after another gay revelation he started to worry that his government's image might be damaged.Alistair Campbell, the former Prime Minister's communications chief, published a bowdlerised version of his diaries yesterday, called The Blair Years.
Wimbledon star quashes gay rumours
2:34 PM — A semi-finalist in the Wimbledon Men's Singles tennis competition has said he is angry at a report in a French magazine that he is gay and in a relationship with an older man.21-year-old Richard Gasquet beat Andy Roddick last week to reach a career-high ranking of seventh in the world. He was knocked out of the tournament by eventual winner Roger Federer.Le Point reported that the French player was having an affair with a 46-year-old married businessman.
Win tickets to see acclaimed gay movie in London
12:53 PM — The Vue Islington cinema is hosting a double bill feature of the critically acclaimed Mysterious Skin and Shortbus on Monday 16th July and PinkNews.co.uk has two pairs of tickets to give away. Mysterious Skin features two teens from the same small town, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Brady Corbett, who couldn't seem more different.Yet they have one, devastating thing in common: both were molested by their little league baseball coach.
LGBT health summit will ’empower choice’
12:27 PM — The title of this year's LGBT Health Summit - Choices, Voices, Knowledge and Power - makes clear the strong themes delegates will get to grips with in Manchester on the 20th and 21st of August.30 presenters and 16 workshops will cover issues on health inequalities experienced by lesbian, gay, bi and trans people.One aim of the summit is to provide information and training on LGBT health issues such as disability, crime, mental health, the impact of stereotypes and identity, ageing and drugs
Cherie Blair persuaded Tory to defect over Section 28
11:40 AM — The much-anticipated diaries of spin doctor Alistair Campbell may have disappointed politics junkies with their lack of information about the decade-long feud between No 10 and No 11 Downing St, but his reminiscences still contain some interesting insights into the Blair years.One such nugget is the revelation that the Prime Minister's wife and a former gay Radio 1 DJ helped persuade a senior Tory MP defect to the Labour party because he was about to be sacked for supporting gay rights.
9th July 2007
Boybands, boats and BBQ at Bournemouth Pride
4:41 PM — The Bourne Free Pride Festival, held on 14th July, will see a welcome return of the popular beach front parade, as well as live shows and a brand new dance arena street party.The Bournemouth event is now in its fourth year.The day begins at 1pm with a nautical-themed parade travelling from the suburb of Alum Chine along the beach to the promenade.
Synod fails to heal Anglican divisions on gay issues
4:03 PM — This weekend's General Synod in York resolved to create a disciplinary covenant that might see some gay-friendly clergy and bishops thrown out of the Anglican church.There is no resolution in sight as the Church of England continues to equivocate on the issue of the ordination of gay clergy.The rows over the blessing of same-sex relationships and the ordination of gay clergy threatens to split the worldwide Church.
Blair to recommend Peter Mandelson for House of Lords
3:11 PM — Former Prime Minister Tony Blair is to recommend his close political ally Peter Mandelson for a peerage.Traditionally a departing PM draws up a resignation honours list, though for the first time the names put forward for the House of Lords will be scrutinised by the appointments commission.It is thought Mr Blair will only nominate a few people to the Lords because of the ongoing 'cash for peerages' criminal investigation.
TURING: An ungainly obsession 3
2:18 PM — PinkNews.co.uk's new pseudonymous contributor reflects on lessons that can be learnt from the life and death of the genius who is the inspiration for his new weekly column.Alan Turing is no gay icon - and fortunately so.Today, that epithet is more representative of superficial (so-called) celebrities and their obsession with sex, drugs, fashion and every thing else that have come to epitomise popular culture.
Married woman pleads guilty to civil partnership charges 2
1:32 PM — A married woman admitted to a court this morning that she made a false statement to a registrar, after she illegally entered into a civil partnership.Suzanne Mitchell appeared at Shrewsbury Crown Court before Judge Robin Onions, who chastised her for giving a press interview about her story.The 29-year-old lives in Wingfield Gardens in Shrewsbury. Ms Mitchell, a mother of three children, denied the charges at an earlier magistrates hearing in March.
Feature: The long road to decriminalisation 1
12:07 PM — 40 years ago this month, a campaiging Welsh Labour MP by the name of Leo Abse managed to guide a Bill through both Houses of Parliament.By a combination of smart tactics and appealing to politicians to pity those 'less fortunate' than themselves, he got them to agree to a partial decriminalisation of male homosexual relations.It brought an end to hundreds of years of legal persecution, as Alex Bryce explains.
8th July 2007
David Cameron defends his appointment of anti-gay campaigner 21
3:01 PM — Conservative Leader, David Cameron today defended the appointment to his Shadow Cabinet of a Muslim who previous campaigned against gay rights.As she failed in her attempts to be democratically electesd to the House of Commons, Sayeeda Warsi, will be ennobled as a "working peer" to become David Cameron's Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion. On the 6th July, PinkNews.co.uk reported that Mrs Warsi conducted a homophobic campaign in a failed attempt to become elected in the constituency of Dewsbury.
Read PinkNews directly on Facebook
12:01 AM — After a not inconsiderable time testing it, we can reveal the PinkNews.co.uk Facebook Application.Developed and maintained by PinkNews.co.uk founder and Channel Four News correspondent, Benjamin Cohen; the application, once added, allows you to view, post and share the latest PinkNews.co.uk articles and features within Facebook.For example, when a story comes along of particular interest, you can post the headline together with a comment of your own onto your Facebook Wall.
6th July 2007
“Homophobic” housemate Laura voted out of Big Brother House 8
10:07 PM — The housemate that placed Channel 4 in another row over Big Brother has been voted out of the Big Brother House by viewers. Laura received 66 per cent of the public vote.The contestant who dreams of owning her own funeral home was convinced that she was going to be evictited tonight.Laura used the word "poof" in a derogative way, to imply that another housemate, Liam, was not masculine.
Antony Cotton to host ITV daytime chat show
3:31 PM — Actor Antony Cotton, best known for his role as Sean Tully in ITV soap Coronation St, is the latest talent to try and take on Richard and July.The openly gay performer has been given his own chat format, called That Antony Cotton Show, to be broadcast on weekdays at 5pm on ITV1. It will start a five-week run next month.The hour-long programme, described as a mix of celebrity interviews and topical humour, will pit him against the housewives' favourites Richard and Judy on Channel 4.
Clubbers ignore signs of hearing damage says charity
2:55 PM — The UK is facing a hearing loss timebomb, according to Royal National Institute for the Deaf. Research reveals that 90% of young people experience the signs of hearing damage after a night out, yet do nothing to prevent it.The charity's Like it Loud? report shows that 70% of clubbers, 68% of gig-goers and 44% of people who go to bars experience the symptoms of hearing damage, such as dullness of hearing or tinnitus - ringing in the ears.