29th June 2006
The Pink News launches new gay era 6
12:00 AM — Politicians from across the political spectrum mingled with leaders from the gay community, and key figures from the world of business, arts and a select gathering of PinkNews.co.uk readers, to officially launch The Pink News.The Law Society event was addressed by Minister for Women and Equality Meg Munn, Liberal Democrat Party President Simon Hughes, Labour MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch Meg Hillier, Conservative Party Chairman Francis Maude, PinkNews.co.uk and The Pink News editor Benjamin Cohen and David Harvey, editor of 3Sixty magazine, media partners with the new outlet.
Politicians unite to launch gay publication 6
12:00 AM — Senior representatives from Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats joined with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community last night to launch The Pink News, a new gay magazine in conjunction with 3Sixty.Speakers at the event hosted by the Law Society included Minister for Women and Equality Meg Munn, Liberal Democrat Party President Simon Hughes, Labour MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch Meg Hillier, Conservative Party Chairman Francis Maude.
Activist criticises gay gene obsession 2
12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell hits out at the obsession with finding a gay gene and suggests sexual orientation is deemed by a variety of factorsWhy are scientists so preoccupied with what causes homosexuality, to the near-total exclusion of the factors that lead to heterosexuality? I don't object to research into sexual orientation. It is the one-sided obsession that bugs me.
HIV research on brain dead is immoral
12:00 AM — A British academic has criticised the Australian ethicist Peter Singer for claiming that HIV research should be conducted on brain damaged humans.Peter Singer, professor of bioethics at Princeton University in the USA is best known for his controversial views on bestiality, euthanasia and disability. In June he suggested that HIV research should be conducted on people in a persistent vegetative state as they are will not suffer because they are "beyond consciousness."
MEP urges gay community to ‘come out and speak up’ 6
12:00 AM — As London hosts EuroPride 2006 this weekend, thirty-five years since Pride first began in the capital, Green Euro MP Jean Lambert pledged her support for the events tackling issues of bullying, discrimination and homophobic abuse.Ms Lambert, who is a member of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights, said she was pleased to see EuroPride taking place in a variety of countries this month following the recent set backs in Moscow.
Gay civil servants join EuroPride 6
12:00 AM — The Civil Service's gay network will join this weekend's EuroPride for the first time.The Civil Service Rainbow Alliance (CSRA) announced its participation this week in EuroPride 2006, Europe's largest and most vibrant gay and lesbian cultural festival.
MSPs back gay couples adoption rights
12:00 AM — MSPs have unanimously supported adoption rights for gay couples in Scotland.Members of the Scottish Executive's Education Committee fully backed the Adoption and Children Bill which aims to address a shortage of carers in Scotland by allowing gay and unmarried couples to adopt.
Union seeks change in societal homophobia 1
12:00 AM — Recent changes in the law mean that lesbians and gay men can now tackle any prejudice they encounter in work or in their everyday lives, but until the UK witnesses a real shift in social attitudes, homophobia and discrimination will continue to make life tough for many, the TUC warned today.Addressing the TUC's annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender conference later today, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber will remind delegates that the past 12 months have seen several important advances which have brought gay equality a step closer. He will highlight the introduction of civil partnerships and changes giving same sex partners similar access to pensions as that enjoyed by married couples.
Evangelical Alliance: ‘Gays are not superior sinners’ 6
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe relationship between religion and homosexuality has become strained recently, barely a week passes without the Pope criticising gay marriages or the Anglican Church imploding over gay bishops, but Joel Edwards, head of the Evangelical Alliance, tells PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman it's time for positive dialogue. "Why is anything which is not from the gay position defined as homophobic," asks Joel Edwards, general director of the Evangelical Alliance, a Christian charity and lobby group in its 160th year of using a commitment to Christ and the Bible to engage with society.
Simon Hughes: Coming out is a burden lifted 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveSimon Hughes found himself at the centre of a media storm earlier this year when he unsuccessfully ran for the leadership of the Liberal Democrats following revelations that he was bisexual.In his first interview on his private life since the leadership election, he tells PinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen how he came to the decision to come out, his role in the Bermonsey by-election and why he's proud of his records on gay rights.
Bromley campaign riddled with gay questions 4
12:00 AM — Voters in the constituencies of Bromley and Chiselhurst and Blaenau Gwent have been choosing a new representative today after their politicians died recently.The campaign in the former Conservative stronghold of Bromley has had some elements of homophobia after Independent candidate John Hemming-Clark pledged to stop the BBC broadcasting homosexual activity, and questioned Conservative candidate's Bob Neill's sexuality.