28th September 2006
“Raping me won’t make me straight” lesbian “mini pride” makes its voice heard
12:00 AM — More than 40 South African women took to the streets of Soweto in a "mini pride" march promoted by the Forum for the Empowerment of Women, a gay human rights group based in the township.Holding placards reading "A lesbian with HIV/Aids is still my sister" and "Raping me won't make me straight" the group marched through the Johannesburg suburb, then listened to a series of speeches. Though a minority of residents objected to the event, it progressed without any serious hindrances.
27th September 2006
Pink wine for Pinknews 57
12:00 AM — Is it Autumn or is it still Summer? Who can tell.But as the sun breaks through the clouds over London, here at PinkNews we'll be drinking to the warm weather with a glass of wine the very essence of pink.Wine taster (nice work if you can get it) Sarah Knowles shares her top picks.
Puppini Sisters release first single 57
12:00 AM — The fabulously camp Puppini Sisters release their single Wuthering Heights today. Here at PinkNews we are totally in love with their quirky 1940's style, rock chick attitude and closer than Tom and Katie harmonies.Their update of the Kate Bush classic is witty and winkingly knowing. Arranged by band member Marcella, and owing something to the Supremes, the track is produced by Benoit Charest, the composer of Belle Ville Rendezvous. The track bubbles along like musical champagne - guaranteed to make you smile.
Gay community safer after killer is caught
12:00 AM — A convicted murderer who absconded from a South Wales open prison in July has been found in the Channel Islands, Paul Hunt writes.Lee Dewhurst, 35, from Rochdale, Greater Manchester was found in Jersey and arrested by police after escaping from Prescoed prison where he was serving a life sentence for the murder of a gay man in 1992.
African official jeopardises South African gay marriage. 1
12:00 AM — Deputy president of the African National Congress (ANC) Jacob Zuma has outraged the gay community by calling same sex marriage a ''disgrace to the Nation and to God'', reports The SowetanANC is the majority party in South African government controlling the presidency and more than two-thirds of parliament's seats.
Indian gay law ‘hateful’.
12:00 AM — Sujatha Rao, chief of Indian AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) has joined growing protests in India calling the law banning homosexuality ''hateful and not acceptable" reports Reuters.Ms Rao said scrapping the law is "fundamental" to the fight against AIDS.
Gay campaigners seek universal equality 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe government must make as few exemptions as possible in its new equality laws, gay campaigners have warned.Speaking at the Labour Party annual conference last night in Manchester, a fringe meeting of the Labour Campaign for Lesbian and Gay Rights (LCLGR) and Stonewall, urged the government to ensure any concessions in the incoming Equality Act are minimal.
Entertainers outraged after another gay murder 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveCabaret stars are planning to make a Band Aid style protest song against homophobia after another shocking gay murder - this time a pensioner on his way home from the pub.67-year-old Malcolm Bryan, who worked in the entertainment industry booking cabaret artists, was found dead at the bottom of a stairwell in a bock of flats in Portsmouth last week.
Gay Welsh youth vulnerable
12:00 AM — There are 3,500 lesbian, gay and bisexual youths aged 15 to 25 living in and around Cardiff currently suffering from inadequate services, warns the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT).The warning comes from a report entitled 'Starting Out' published today by the THT which is concerned Welsh gay people are putting their sexual health at risk due to a lack of support.
How offensive is “poofter” – football comment opens debate 9
12:00 AM — Paul Scholes, apparently used a homophobic insult last night after he received a yellow card during Manchester United's Champion's League victory against Portuguese side Benfica.But in the context of being carded and angry, is the insult "poofter" really wilfully anti gay, or just a throw away swear word? Is there a difference, and should this difference be important to us? PinkNews.co.uk took to the streets of Kings Cross to find out.
Prescott escapes homophobic pal probe
12:00 AM — John Prescott has escaped a criminal investigation into his association with US homophobe Philip Anschutz.Scotland Yard has cleared the Deputy Prime Minister over claims he broke anti corruption laws after staying at the US tycoon's ranch this summer.
26th September 2006
Northampton gives “Kiss Goodbye to Homophobia” 1
12:00 AM — Northampton's gay community along with LGBT supporters across the country overcame homophobic threats to hold an anti-homophobia event last weekend, PinkNews.co.uk reports on the evening.At 2.30 am on July 15th 2006, Michael Fardon finished his drink at the Boston Clipper in Northampton and set off home. That was the last time he was seen alive. His body was found one week later just 200yds away from the venue. He had been brutally attacked and murdered and then his body had been dumped in a rubbish container.
Peter Tatchell attacks ”double standards from Labour”
12:00 AM — Peter Tatchell used the Green Party annual conference LGBT fringe meeting last week to launch a fierce attack on what he calls Labour's 'double standards,' calling on the public to complain to their MPs, the Equalities Minister and Tony Blair.Mr Tatchell, OutRage! activist, speaking at Hove Town Hall on Saturday 23rd September described Labour as blowing hot and cold over gay rights.
London to host gay hip hop festival 4
12:00 AM — Gay culture and hip-hop have always had what can best be described as an icy relationship, yet it is hoped the hosting of a gay hip hop festival may go some way in helping to thaw this notoriously difficult relationship.US stars Mary J. Blige, Kanye West and L'il Kim have all campaigned on gay issues and tried to in part heal rifts between hip hop culture and gay lifestyle.
Gay rights highlight for Blair career 1
12:00 AM — Tony Blair has listed greater equal rights for the gay community as a highlight of his tenure as Prime Minister.Speaking at his last Labour Party conference, he referred to "changes for gay people denied equal rights," pointing out the way his party has changed Britain since coming to power in 1997.
Search for gay HIV man who infected partner goes abroad 2
12:00 AM — The hunt for a man convicted of "recklessly" infecting his lover with HIV has gone international.Mark James absconded before he was sentenced last month, and police are now considering that he may be abroad, possibly in France.Launching a nationwide search last month, Acting Detective Inspector Mike Sunman, of Hounslow Police, described James as a danger to public health, and appealed for help in tracing him.
Cashman praises “brilliant” Blair conference speech 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay Labour MEP Michael Cashman has heaped praise on Tony Blair's final conference speech this afternoon.The former EastEnder turned West Midlands MEP said it was "brilliant" that the Prime Minister mentioned the gay and lesbian community in his address and also included himself and partner Paul Cottingham in the pre-speech video talking about the repeal of Section 28.
EU gay group welcomes Bulgaria and Romania
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveBulgaria and Romania's accession into the European Union has been hailed as a good way of ensuring they come into line with the rest of Europe's standards, members of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights (IGLR) said today.The Eastern European countries are believed to have fulfilled the political body's requirements to gain entry in January 2007, on the basis that immigration is controlled and that Sofia and Bucharest curb problems of organised crime.
25th September 2006
From car parks to pop charts 3
12:00 AM — When reporter Tony Grew first heard Jake Hook's music, he was sure there must be a team of producers and writers behind it.It turns out that Jake, while looking like the face any music guru would pick to launch a 'brand,' is in fact the genius behind all his own music and lyrics. PinkNews.co.uk sent Tony off into the wilds of North London to find out more.
Tears expected as Blair’s last party conference begins 1
12:00 AM — Don't have time to sit at home and watch the party conferences live? Tony Grew gives us a quick guide to the week ahead at the Labour party conference in Manchester, with some tips on the key speeches and some analysis of the New Labour way of holding a conference.The Labour conference was kicked off yesterday by rival TV interviews from Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.