4th August 2006
Glasgow gay festival gets cash boost
12:00 AM — Glasgow's gay pride festival has been given an increase in funding allowing it to continue celebrating the community's culture for the next three years.The money, which is expected to double the event's turnover to just under 200k will allow the celebration to move onto a more arts production type theme rather than just a presentation festival.
Straight constable proudly leading gay police in Brighton 4
12:00 AM — A new milestone will be reached in Brighton when a Chief Constable will lead his officers in a Pride parade for the first time.Heterosexual Chief Constable Joe Edwards will head the front of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Sussex Police officers at Brighton Pride tomorrow.
Gay man sentenced for reckless HIV transmission 3
12:00 AM — The first gay man prosecuted for recklessly passing on HIV has been sentenced today, despite a warrant still being out for him.Mark James of West Sussex admitted to the charges last April but failed to turn up for sentencing last week as well as today, prompting the Isleworth Crown Court judge to pass down sentence in his absence.
Gays and straights masturbate for charity 7
12:00 AM — Police will be holding their truncheons tightly this weekend on standby to protect the controversial screening of Europe's fist ever sponsored Masturbate-A-Thon.Protests are rumoured to be arranged from groups opposed to pornography or sex on television this weekend outside Drop Studios in Clerkenwell Road, where Channel 4 is filming a programme seeking to raise awareness of, and dispel the taboos that persist around the sexual activity.
Brighton Pride heats up 4
12:00 AM — Brighton is preparing for a right old Carry On this weekend as the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community head south for Gay Pride.The parade leaves Madeira Drive at 11am on Saturday and twists through the streets of Brighton, making its way to Preston Park.Expect camp emulations of the Carry On stars including a few Kenneth Williams look-a-likes.
3rd August 2006
Police seize gay clubbing drug
12:00 AM — Police have seized £1 million of the date rape drug, GHB in a raid in Stanley, County Durham.The drug, which is colourless and odourless when dissolved in water has in the past been linked to drinks being spiked by sexual predators.GHB, also known as liquid ecstasy has become popular within the gay scene.
Gay A-Lister selected for Tory seat
12:00 AM — An openly gay member of the Conservative Party's A-list has been selected to run as Eltham's Parliamentary candidate in Greenwich after a primary selection process this week.David Gold beat Jackie Doyle-Price, the Parliamentary candidate in Sheffield Hillsbrough last year, and Eric Ollerenshaw, former opposition leader of the London Assembly and leader of Hackney Conservatives.
Stonewall FC celebrate golden Gay Games performance
12:00 AM — Gay football team Stonewall FC have this week been celebrating a gold medal won at last month's Gay Games in Chicago.The side entered into the Men's Division One to compete for the title of World and Olympic Champions, and made it into the final with an un-beaten record.
Drug sniffer dogs to be used at Brighton Gay Pride 4
12:00 AM — Drug sniffer dogs are being deployed by police at Brighton Pride, the first time such a tactic has been used at a Pride event.Officers will also be testing anyone if they have reasonable suspicion that they are in possession of illegal drugs at the Festival in Preston Park this weekend.
Gay issues contribute to increase in celebrity libel cases
12:00 AM — Libel cases brought by the likes of gay artist Sir Elton John and footballer Ashley Cole over "gay orgy" allegations have contributed to a two fold increase in defamation cases over the last year.The number of reported defamation cases involving claims by celebrities against newspapers has more than doubled in the last year, a legal information service revealed today.
2nd August 2006
Gay anthems become uncool classics
12:00 AM — Two gay anthems have made a list of uncool records which are secretly okay to enjoy.The top ten "guilty pleasures" include S Club 7's Don't Stop Movin and Gloria Gaynor's classic I Will Survive.The collection was compiled by Q magazine which hopes to "restore a veritable treasure trove of music to glory."
Sexual health funds ‘missing front line’
12:00 AM — A substantial portion of the £300 million funding earmarked for sexual health that accompanied the Choosing Health White Paper is not reaching front-line sexual health services, says a survey undertaken by the Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV (IAG).The findings contradict Government promises which have previously identified sexual health and GUM as a top six priority for the NHS this year.
Gay man loses police discrimination case
12:00 AM — A former policeman who claims he was discriminated against for being gay has lost his case.Ben Stokes, 23, a former member of the Nottingham Police claims he was discriminated against by his force after his sexuality was revealed when he started a relationship with a male teenager.
Brighton bars lead gay pride revolt 4
12:00 AM — Brighton's gay bars and clubs are taking revenge against Pride organisers after a "serious communication breakdown" that has led to the cancellation of the annual Street Party.Three bars have already joined the revolt by withdrawing all donations promised to Pride, with many more expected to follow suit.Last year, venues raised more than £10,000 over the festival weekend, which was donated to Brighton Pride in order to help fund the festival.
Gay bar accuses Brighton police of ‘bully boy tactics’ 4
12:00 AM — One of Brighton's most popular gay pubs is accusing the police of bully boy tactics over Brighton Pride.The Queens Arms has won a 'David and Goliath' style fight over the right to have a street bar after it went to Brighton and Hove Council's licensing appeal panel.
Nurses back Manchester gay festival
12:00 AM — Under the banner 'Make discrimination history, pride in nursing' the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) North West region has announced its support for this year's Mardi Gras Parade in Manchester.Steve Flanagan, RCN Regional Director for the North West said: "Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues are very important to us as an organisation, both for our members and as professional nurses sensitive to the needs of LGBT clients and patients."
1st August 2006
THT opens sexual health clinic for Leeds students
12:00 AM — On August 7, Terrence Higgins Trust is opening a clinic which will test and treat university students in Leeds for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).The clinic will run from 4-7pm on Mondays at the Terrence Higgins Trust offices, 2 Oxford Place.
Humanists and Christians tussle over gay marriage 10
12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has expressed its disapproval of yesterday's judgement meted out by the High Court to the lesbian couple seeking to have their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK.Sir Mark Potter, President of the Family Division of the High Court, ruled that Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger, who legally married in Canada, could only be recognised as civil partners in the UK.
Gay police defend EuroPride ad 9
12:00 AM — The Gay Police Association has issued a statement regarding its controversial EuroPride advert which attributed recent homophobic attacks to religious belief.Scotland Yard was reported to be considering an investigation into the group after it placed an advertisement in The Independent's diversity supplement which coincided with the EuroPride rally, displaying a pool of blood next to a Bible.
Gay school group stand up to homophobia
12:00 AM — A lobby group campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in schools has launched a petition asking the BBC Board of Governors to reconsider their recent decision to dismiss complaints about Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles' derogatory use of the word 'gay' on his Radio 1 Breakfast show.The BBC recognised Moyles' comments may have caused offence, after he called a ring tone "gay," but said the use of the word to mean "lame" or "rubbish" was widespread amongst young people, promoting accusations that the station was condoning homophobia.