28th March 2006
Freed gay hostage to be welcomed home
12:00 AM — The inhabitants of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario are tying ribbons to the trees, and hanging out flags and signs reading, "Prayers Answered" to welcome home freed Iraq hostage James Loney.The 42 year old peace activist, was taken hostage Baghdad along with Norman Kember, fellow Canadian Harmeet Sooden, and American Tom Fox, whose bullet-ridden body was found earlier this month. He returned to Canada on Sunday having been freed by coalition forces in Iraq, where he was greeted by his partner, Dan Hunt.
Peter Tatchell on “Queen” Mugabe and the scary prospect of being an establishment figure
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's editor, Benjamin Cohen meets Peter Tatchell of the human rights group OutRage! to discuss gay rights, the progress made in Britain and whether Robert Mugabe could be considered a closet case.Climbing the steps of a slightly dingy south London housing estate, you have little sense that you are on route to the headquarters of one of Britain's foremost human rights campaign groups.
211 complaints to BBC over gay EastEnders storyline, but do the public care? 5
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe lesbian storyline between Sonia and Naomi on EastEnders has been bringing in its fair share of complaints.211 emails calls and letters have been received by the EastEnders press office, objecting to the storyline which saw the break up of Sonia's marriage, fueled by her first gay kiss with a friend.
Danny La Rue has stroke 6
12:00 AM — Female impersonator Danny la Rue is bowing out of public life having suffered a stroke.A close friend, Pat Lake-Smith told The Stage that "Danny has a stroke but without paralysis." She announced the performer's tour cancellation, saying "he has been ordered by his doctors to rest completely. He has great inner strength and is deeply grateful for all the kindness that has been shown to him at this difficult time".
Mugabe might be “repressed queen” 3
12:00 AM — "I wouldn't be surprised if Mugabe is himself a closet, self loathing, repressed queen. He fits the archetype," claims gay rights activist Peter Tatchell. "His demonstrative, ostentatious, anti-gay tirades, must lead us to question why he is so obsessed with homosexuality."In an interview to Pinknews, Tatchell said he suspected that the Zimbabwean president "could be one of Professor Adams's 80% of homophobic men who are secret, repressed, self-hating fags."
Jersey to reduce age of gay consent to 16
12:00 AM — A report delivered this morning by the Corporate Services Panel says there is "no alternative" to lowering the age of consent for homosexual consent.The Island's laws currently set the age of consent at 18 for homosexual couples, and 16 for heterosexual couples. This, the report claims, is in breech of Jersey's obligations under the European Convention of Human Rights.
Disney to scrap Elton movie
12:00 AM — Amid cries of "wherefore?" Elton John's animated movie "Gnomeo Juliet," has been scrapped by bosses at Disney.The retelling of Shakespeare's famous play was to have been the second Disney collaboration with Elton John, following the success of The Lion King, which saw Elton and lyricist Tim Rice collect an Oscar for the song "Can you hear the love tonight?"
27th March 2006
Pope’s gay views “in line with Hitler” 4
12:00 AM — Pope Benedict XVI's gay stance is as bad as prejudices of "Hitler and Himmler" in Nazi Germany, according to an Irish Senator.Senator David Norris criticise the pontiff over his constant condemnation of homosexuality and refused to take "moral instructions from a man with a swastika on his arms."
Homophobic lecturer suspended
12:00 AM — The university lecturer at the centre of racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments, has been suspended pending disciplinary action.Dr Frank Ellis, an academic at the University of Leeds, was blasted by students and minority groups last week after telling the student magazine that homosexuality is wrong and should be "weeded out of theological seminaries and that "there is a persistent gap in average black and white average IQ."
Win £100 of luxury Italian cheese (plus accessories) 3
12:00 AM — Delicious Grana Padano hard Italian cheese is as good for your waist line as it is for your taste buds. 50g contains just 190 calories (the same as a small fruit smoothie) and all the goodness of a pint and a half of skimmed milk.Thanks to our friends at Grana Padano, we've got a Win a half round of gourmet Grana Padano cheese worth over £100 to give away, in addition to a professional cheese knife and top of the range grater so that you can eat it in style.
Scottish gay bars ready as smoking ban ignites 5
12:00 AM — Smoking has now been stubbed out across bars and pubs in Scotland.The ban, which came into force yesterday to a mixed reception, applies to public places including restaurants, bars and clubs.A spokesman from gay establishment, the Claremont Bar in Edinburgh told PinkNews.co.uk, "We have been ready since the end of January, it is no big shock to us."
FCUK grooming kit worth £150 up for grabs 1
12:00 AM — Already popular in the gay community, the FCUK grooming range has been repackaged and restyled with a funky new look.To celebrate their launch, PinkNews.co.uk has teamed up with French Connection to offer a massive goody bag complete with every item in the range (worth around £150) for one lucky reader . Five runners up will each receive a weekend travel kit which retails at £14.
Freedom march organiser looking to build on success 1
12:00 AM — The organiser of last weekend's March for Free Expression, Peter Risdon, has openly praised the Muslim Action Committee's Ismaeel-Haneef, for helping to ensure peaceful rallies in London and Birmingham.He thanked him in an open letter in which he expressed hope that problems between Muslim and non Muslim communities had been reduced and invited him to a further debate on the controversial Danish cartoons satirising the Islamic Prophet Muhammed.
Pink claims brother stole her lesbian lover
12:00 AM — Pop star Pink has revealed tales of heartbreak after her brother stole her lesbian lover when she was a young teenager.The singer, real name Alecia Moore, told the Independent she received therapy after the break up and was still upset about it years later.She said the girl was her first love, "I had a girlfriend when I was 13 and she left me for my brother!"
Gay groups voice concern over Bulger killer’s outing 6
12:00 AM — Gay groups have expressed dismay at a media frenzy over allegations that one of Jamie Bulger's killers, Robert Thompson, is gay.Thomson, who abducted and murdered toddler Jamie Bulger, with his friend Jon Venables when they were ten years old in 1993, is now believed to be living with a gay lover.
Will Young has joined “anti-gay” Church- press claim 4
12:00 AM — The gay Pop Idol winner, Will Young has joined a Christian group that allegedly "frowns on homosexuality and labels it an 'illness'."The Daily Mail today claims that the singer has joined a small group of disciples meeting in a formerly derelict church in South Kensington, West London. According to the newspaper, he became a regular worshipper after completing a controversial initiation programme criticised for brainwashing its devotees.
Transgendered man documents hair raising life
12:00 AM — A transgendered man who excelled in female beauty pageants around the UK is set to reveal all in a book documenting his journey from life as a woman to being a man.The former female model, now called Rico Adrian Paris has courted media interest with his autobiography, Transman Bitesize, which tells the tale of 37 years as a woman called Helen Thompson, two marriages, and four children, until having a sex change.
26th March 2006
Diverse crowd join in London to attend rally in support of free speech 2
12:00 AM — Over a thousand people braved the pouring rain to listen to a diverse range of speakers enthusing over the rights of freedom of speech in Trafalgar Square on Saturday afternoon.The human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell of the gay rights group, OutRage!, was reserved the key note speaker position to address a largely peaceful crowd.
25th March 2006
Jackpot for gay group in Gloucestershire.
12:00 AM — The national lottery has agreed to donate £120, 000 to Gay-Glos, a charity which runs gay friendship groups in Gloucestershire.The money comes from an amount allocated to help the minority groups living in the UK, and will be used to create a gay friendship group for the over 60s, and a mobile group for young people between the ages of 18 and 25. The groups will offer advice and help to gay people living in the more remote areas of the rural county.
24th March 2006
Patients won’t tell doctors “I am Gay” 1
12:00 AM — An online survey conducted by Rainbow Network has revealed a worrying statistic - many gay people do not come out to their doctor and other healthcare professionals.The survey might be a uncontrolled internet poll, but the trends that it exposes have a widespread significance. 33% of people who answered the survey said that they had not come out to their doctor and further 11% worried that they would be discriminated against if they did.