8th July 2006
Gay animal celebration at London Zoo 2
12:00 AM — London Zoo in Regents Park is throwing a party to encourage debate on homosexuality in the animal kingdom. The event, Gay Sunday, is expected to attract hundreds of gay visitors, who will be entertained by drag queens and fire eaters, as they explore the zoo and meet some of the most endangered animals on the planet.Cocktails will be served in a specially built VIP terrace bar, to the accompaniment of jazz classics and the growls, squeaks, hisses and chirrups of the six hundred and fifty animal, reptile and bird species who make the zoo their home.
7th July 2006
Robbie Williams accused of hypocrisy over gay jibe 8
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveRobbie Williams, the former Take That star who successfully sued the People and the Daily Star over claims that he was secretly gay, has been accused of hypocrisy after he joked that his footballer friend Robbie Savage, is gay.Williams told a packed Amsterdam Arena that he had news about the Blackburn Rovers star Savage. Williams said: "he's coming out."
Sado-masochism art at National Gallery to include warnings to parents 2
12:00 AM — An exhibition of photographs by the late Robert Mapplethorpe at the National Gallery of Scotland will contain a warning to parents that images are of an "explicit nature."The gay photographer died of AIDS in 1989 and since his death the value of his work has rocketed.Mapplethorpes photographs range from relatively tame images of nude men and women to extremely explicit examples of sado-masochism.
London Bombings remembered
12:00 AM — All over the country people remembered the London Bombings.Outside our central London offices, the streets were silent. Cars stopped and observed the silence. Office workers came out of their buildings to stand in solidarity on the streets .As the rain began to spit, we remembered those who had perished underground or in Tavistock square.
No “gunshot for a funny man” in Brighton or Bornemouth 7
12:00 AM — "Me not apologising to no funnyman (gay man)"."Fire fi the man dem that looking man" (burn gay men)"Gunshot for a funnyman" (shoot gay men)Concerts by homophobic reggae stars Buju Banton and Beenie Man have been cancelled.
Roll over Colleen and Victoria, the real Footballer’s wives are back!
12:00 AM — Sharpen your perfectly manicured nails and pour yourself a glass of Moet. The real Footballer's wives are back!For one episode only, Tanya Turner recovers from poisoning, and Amber Gates escapes the mental hospital, to have one last fling with television star Graham Norton.He'll be playing a mysterious hunk, the fabulously named Nigel Spunk, who may or may not be the new signing to Earl's Park.
6th July 2006
Celebrity Big Brother star Pete Burns appears in court 1
12:00 AM — The cross dressing former front man of 1980s band Dead or Alive appeared in court yesterday accused of threatening to kill his ex-gay lover.The Celebrity Big Brother contestant was accused of waging a month-long harassment campaign against his former boyfriend Jason Peters. The 46-year-old appeared late in the court dressed in a kimono and platform shoes.
Gay paedophile jailed indefinitely for assault on boy 1
12:00 AM — A convicted paedophile from Warrington who sexually assaulted an 11-year-old boy has been imprisoned indefinitely after a judge labelled him as causing a "significant risk of danger" to young people.Sentencing Scott Worrall to a minimum of four years, Judge Roger Dutton said that he will not be released for as long as he remains a danger to society.
Gay Jews to be welcomed at conference.
12:00 AM — Inclusiveness is at the top of the agenda at the Movement for Reform Judaism's biennial conference.The theme for the conference is "counting all of us in", and there will be sessions specifically aimed at gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews.Rabbi Roderick Young, who is leading one of these meetings said; "LGBT singles and couples form an important part of the Jewish community."
Homophobic harassment could lead to 6 figure pay out
12:00 AM — A publishing company may be required to pay more than £100,000 to an ex employee who claims that he was harassed and then fired for being gay.Jonah Ditton has been awarded £1033 in lost wages by an employment tribunal in Glasgow yesterday, but the details of his compensation are yet to be decided upon.
Ex HSBC banker to appeal against unfair dismissal judgement 2
12:00 AM — The HSBC tribunal drama continues as the former employee, Peter Lewis, announces his plans to appeal against a judgement that ruled in favour of the bank.Although the tribunal ruled that Mr Lewis had "received less favourable treatment on the grounds of sexual orientation" during the bank's internal investigation into allegations of personal misconduct, it judged that the bank had not dismissed Mr Lewis because of his sexual orientation.
Prescott to face inquiry over stay with homophobic billionaire
12:00 AM — The deputy prime minister, John Prescott has told the BBC that he will not resign despite pressure over his meetings with a homophobic billionaire who aims to turn the Millennium Dome into a super-casino.Mr Prescott told BBC Radio 4: "I will get on with doing my job and I'm not leaving it."However, the decision to keep Mr Prescott in office is one that can only be made the Prime minister, Tony Blair.
Ken Livingstone looks back to school days to launch anti-homophobia campaign
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone joined with teachers andeducationalists to launch an anti-homophobic bullying campaign spearheaded by the gay rights charity Stonewall.He drew on his own "behind the bike sheds" experiences to illustrate the change in educational needs relating to homophobia since the 1950s.
Bi today, gay tomorrow? The Times of India wonders 1
12:00 AM — The Times of India has published an extraordinary story today, about the benefits of bisexuality."A few years ago, Angelina Jolie famously said she enjoyed spending time with her female lovers. Though no such high-profile entity has advocated the cause of bisexuality in India, it is a phenomenon that is being talked about," claims the paper.
Lesbian star Mauresmo to play in Wimbledon final 2
12:00 AM — Amelie Mauresmo has made it to her first Wimbledon final, breaking her two year jinx of being knocked out in the semis.The French tennis star said that she was "very happy" to be through to Saturday's match against Justine Henin - Hardenne, after a hard fought contest against the Russian number 4, Maria Sharapova.Mauresmo won the match 6-3 3-6 6-2.
5th July 2006
Brighton gay group welcomes Banton gig cancellation 7
12:00 AM — A Brighton based gay group has applauded the local authority and police after a performance by reggae artist Buju Banton, scheduled for tonight, was cancelled because of outrage over the singer's homophobic lyrics.The Spectrum lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) group thanked Brighton and Hove Council and police for stopping Banton's Concorde 2 gig after he has categorically refused to apologise for his notorious 1990s hit 'Boom Bye Bye' which appears to incite the burning, shooting in the head of gay people and pouring acid over their faces.
London Mayor backs Cuban gay revolution 4
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Mayor of London has given his backing to reports of a gay revolution in Cuba.Ken Livingstone, who yesterday joined gay charity Stonewall to launch an anti-homophobic bullying campaign in schools, said Cuba should look to fellow Latino's in Venezuela where the capital Caracas has been declared a "homophobia free zone."
Madonna’s gay brother fed up of sibling questions
12:00 AM — Madonna's gay brother has told a gay magazine that he's sick of men only speaking to him because of his famous sister.Christopher Ciccone, the brother of the gay icon, Madonna told Attitude: "A fan doesn't put me off; it just annoys me when the questioning continues."He went on to say: "Sometimes I'll meet a guy at a bar and they won't stop talking about her."
Gangster to be sentenced for gay masseur murder
12:00 AM — A British gangster will be sentenced today for the murder of a gay masseur.Darren Marcus Johnson, nicknamed Chaos, was convicted of murder at the Old Bailey after the body of gay Thai man, Niphan Trikhana, was found in his flat in 2004.
Gay campaigner Nimrod Ping dies aged 46 5
12:00 AM — A gay former councillor well known in Brighton and Hove died on Monday at the age of 46.Nimrod Ping served for eight years as a councillor at the former Brighton Borough Council (now Brighton and Hove) from 1991. He was twice elected chairman of the planning committee and also the licensing committee.Thanks to his unusual name, Mr Ping attracted national notoriety.