7th June 2007
Jack Straw to chair Cabinet while Prescott is ill
11:06 AM — Jack Straw is chairing the Cabinet meeting today while Deputy Leader John Prescott remains ill in hospital with pneumonia.Yesterday the 69-year-old politician was moved to a high-dependency unit at University College Hospital.His office insist that this is not because his condition is deteriorating, but to allow closer monitoring.
Interview: Apprentice Lohit Kalburgi 3
10:48 AM — The first openly gay candidate for Sir Alan Sugar's The Apprentice has been expelled, one week from the final, with the damning words "You're fired."Lohit Kalburgi spoke to PinkNews about Sir Alan, his Steady Eddie reputation and being gay in business.Speaking the morning after his dramatic exit from the competition, Lohit wasn't fazed or disappointed.
John Prescott, suffering from pneumonia is moved to high dependency unit 1
12:32 AM — Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, is suffering from pneumonia and has been moved to a high-dependency unit. But, his office insist that this is not because his condition is deteriorating but to allow closer monitoring.The 69-year-old has resigned as deputy leader of the Labour Party, sparking a contest with six candidates vying to replace him with gay rights firmly on the agenda. John Cruddas, Hazel Blears, Harriet Harman, Alan Johnson and Peter Hain have all given interviews to PinkNews.co.uk in recent weeks.
6th June 2007
Lottery win for older gay people
3:11 PM — Older citizens in the Preston area have been awarded a £131,000 lottery bonanza - but this time, the much-needed cash is going straight to the LGBT community.The Preston and South Ribble branch of Age Concern have been awarded the money by the Big Lottery Fund.They will use it to help reduce the social isolation felt by people over the age of 55.
Blears: Tories riddled with homophobia 21
2:52 PM — Hazel Blears has accused the Conservative Party of being "riddled with homophobia."The candidate for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party slammed Tory homophobes after a survey revealed that one third of Conservative Party activists would not attend a Civil Partnership ceremony - even if invited by a friend.Ms Blears said: "This is astonishing. One third of Conservatives would snub a friend's invitation to a Civil Partnership, and the only possible explanation is homophobia."
Church adopts pro-gay guidelines 57
2:06 PM — Northern Ireland's largest Protestant church yesterday adopted guidelines to help clergy deal sensitively with gay church members.The Presbyterian General Assembly in Belfast adopted the pastoral guidelines by 159 votes to 120.The guidelines call on the church to repent for times when gay people have been treated in ways that lack "grace."
Conductor jailed for abusing boys can still teach 57
12:19 PM — A leading orchestra conductor has been jailed for sexually abusing talented young musicians, but will still be able to work with children.Robert King, 46, was convicted of 14 counts of indecent assault over an 11-year period yesterday at London's Isleworth Crown Court.He molested five boys, one of whom was just 12 years old.
Gay victims of domestic violence urged to seek help 58
11:17 AM — Victims of domestic abuse in same-sex relationships are being urged to seek help from the police and victim support organisations.Research suggests that domestic abuse is as common, and as severe, in same-sex couples as among heterosexual couples.Two women a week and 30 men a year die in England and Wales as a result of domestic abuse.
5th June 2007
PinkNews beats internet rival 1
5:32 PM — New statistics show that gay news website PinkNews.co.uk receives 50 times more internet traffic than its rival, PinkPaper.com.Figures from independent company Compete found that PinkNews.co.uk receives 370,000 visits from unique users per month, while PinkPaper.com receives 7,200.Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall, believes that the figures are encouraging for the gay press.
British authors won’t create gay villains 57
4:43 PM — Authors cannot create a modern villain because of political correctness, according to a best-selling British spy author.Anthony Horowitz has complained that writers who attempt to create a truly evil character such as Captain Hook or Long John Silver are having to self-censor.Horowitz, 52, is the successful author of the Alex Rider spy books, the seventh volume of which is due to be published in November.
Paris Hilton doing well in prison, waxwork mocked
11:02 AM — Heiress, socialite and gay icon Paris Hilton is said to be "doing very well" after her first night behind bars after she began her jail sentence for violating probation after a number of driving offences in Los Angeles.Paris Hilton's jail term had already been cut from 45 days to 23 days. "Paris Hilton has turned herself in to begin serving her sentence for violating probation at a Los Angeles County Jail located in Lynwood, California."
Interview: Mr Johnson goes to Dorneywood 57
10:31 AM — It's the kind of thing journalists have nightmares about. There you are, in the 7th floor office of Her Majesty's Secretary of State for Education and Skills.Stunning views of Westminster Abbey. Classy cream leather sofas. A senior minister ready to give you his undivided attention.You turn on your Dictaphone. It doesn't work. The batteries are dead.
PinkNews.co.uk is looking for a Managing Director
10:25 AM — We're looking for someone quite exceptional for a very senior position.Reading this, you should already be familiar with PinkNews.co.uk and know that we're the most visited work safe gay website in Europe and the third most visited in the USA.PinkNews.co.uk is going to expand over the coming months and we're looking for someone to lead the expansion by managing the team and spearheading the next round of investment.
4th June 2007
Angels in America AIDS gala 57
1:20 PM — Alan Cumming is to host a charity gala performance of Angels in America at the Lyric Hammersmith in aid of the National AIDS Trust.The performance, which is to be held on 4th July, will raise money and awareness for the cause of HIV/AIDS prevention.Tony award-winning actor Alan Cumming said: "Unfortunately HIV-related stigma and discrimination is still with us today, fifteen years after this play was written."
Christian groups fight gay equality laws 57
12:02 PM — Churches go to the High Court in Belfast today to argue that the Sexual Orientation Regulations restrict their human rights.If they are successful, the regulations that protect gay rights could be declared unlawful.The case, which has been brought by The Christian Institute along with other Christian groups, is scheduled to last three days.
London will stage gay World Cup 57
11:20 AM — London is to be home to the footballing gay world cup in 2008, it has emerged.The International Gay and Lesbian Football Association (IGLFA) is to hold their world championship at Leftfooters FC in London next August.Leftfooters FC, a gay football club based in Regent's Park, have been working with the Football Association for the past two years.
3rd June 2007
Interview: Harriet Harman warns gay youth off dangerous Dave 3
11:30 AM — Justice Minister Harriet Harman has something she wants to say to the gay community, particularly those who grew up during the Blair years."Young people, remember! Remember! Be afraid!"Hoodies, perhaps? Terrorism? The threat of a nude Keith Chegwin returning to our television screens?No - the resurgent Conservative party.
1st June 2007
Gays gather in London to learn about their legal rights
5:00 PM — Around 70 people attended a special free event in London last night designed to inform gay, lesbian and bisexual people of their rights.Pink Law - Know Your Rights At Home, At Work At Play was organised by award-winning solicitors Russell Jones Walker and sponsored by PinkNews.co.ukBen Summerskill, chief executive of gay equality organisation Stonewall, opened proceedings.
Interview: Mrs Pritchard aims for the Deputy Leadership 3
4:15 PM — Hazel Blears is a Marmite politician. Many are impressed and enthused by the indomitable energy of the Labour Party Chair. Others find her drive and organisational zeal irritating.She provokes love or hate from members of her party, but never apathy.For my money, it is always good to see an enthusiastic politician - but boy has she got high hopes.
Interview: The Queen of the D List talks politics 3
1:15 PM — Kathy Griffin is mad. In that good way that makes for great comedy, but still, manic.Her new series, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, which is premiering this Sunday night at 10.30pm on E! Entertainment Television, will be a chance for UK viewers to get a peek at the inside of life on Hollywood's lower slopes.Kathy has always been popular with gay audiences, and this fly-on-the-wall documentary series demonstrates why.