19th December 2006
Councillors spur action on city HIV/AIDS budget cuts
12:00 AM — Brighton and Hove councillors have called on the local NHS to report on the impact of budget cuts into HIV/AIDS services in the city.Spending on HIV/AIDS services in the city has fallen from £437,000 in 2002/03 to £307,380 for this financial year (2006/7) and represents a cut of 30% if inflation is included.
Court rejects gay banker’s discrimination appeal 1
12:00 AM — A gay banker who claims he was sacked because of his sexual orientation has had his appeal rejected at an employment appeals tribunal.Peter Lewis, who earned in the region of £1 million a year at HSBC, was seeking £5 million in damages from the bank in what was seen as one of the biggest gay discrimination cases in the UK.
Police investigate internal gay rows 1
12:00 AM — Police are investigating religious expression within the force after rows have broken out between gay and Christian colleagues, according to reports.The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) will produce guidelines after the review to recommend the best way forward.
Cardinal compares gay unions to paedophilia 6
12:00 AM — The Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh has been criticised for comparing same sex partnerships to paedophiliaCardinal Keith O'Brien made the statements in a speech at the Scottish InterFiath Leaders' conference last month, and then left without allowing himself to be challenges.
18th December 2006
EU nations “sharply divided” over gay marriage
12:00 AM — Attitudes towards gay marriage are sharply divided depending on where in Europe you live, a survey has found.A EU funded Eurobarometer poll, which asks 30,000 people around Europe on a range of issues twice a year, found that European nations are split on whether gays should be allowed to marry.
Stormont criticised for allowing gay equality 3
12:00 AM — A cleric who is prepared to go to jail by opposing new gay rights laws in Northern Ireland, has criticised the Assembly for failing to stop the legislation, prompting criticism from gay groups.The Sexual Orientation Regulations, which protect the LGBT community from discrimination in goods and services, are due in Northern Ireland next month, but the Reverend Eric McComb, a Pentecost Church minister, says the law only passed through because politicians "lack the moral fibre" to oppose it.
Young gay Londoners defend free buses
12:00 AM — Young LGBT people have hit out at the deputy chairman of the London Assembly's transport committee for proposing to abolish free bus travel for under-18s.Conservative Assembly Member Roger Evans claims on his blog that the free travel scheme for young Londoners is costing £55 million and is being abused through anti-social behaviour.
MEP welcomes fight against Polish homophobia
12:00 AM — A Finnish MEP has welcomed commitments from the European Commission that it will fight homophobia in Poland.It comes after Piia-Noora Kauppi (EPP-ED) submitted a question to the European Commission on a current case of homophobia in Poland, on this occasion, the Polish Selection Committee of the YOUTH Program had decided to reject the funding application of the European Voluntary Project on grounds that it would "propagate homosexual behaviour and attitudes among young people".
Clarkson reprimanded for ‘gay car’ comment 27
12:00 AM — The BBC has pleased gay campaigners after upholding a complaint that Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson was behaving in a derogatory manner after referring to a car as "gay" on the programme.Four viewers complained about an exchange during BBC Two's Top Gear last July in which Clarkson picked up a remark from an audience that a certain car was "gay", the presenter then backed it up by saying, "a bit gay, yes very ginger beer" which is cockney rhyming slang for queer.
Christians launch legal challenge to gay equality 3
12:00 AM — A coalition of Christian groups has been granted permission to seek a judicial review regarding new gay equality laws in Northern Ireland.The Christian Institute has led calls to delay the Sexual Orientation Regulations, due in Northern Ireland next month, claiming they were rushed through and constitute an attack on freedom of conscience.
Gay activists back Theatre Museum
12:00 AM — Gay campaigners are calling on the community to support a campaign to stop the closure of the Theatre Museum in London.The Theatre Museum claims to hold the largest collections of documents and artefacts relating to the performing arts, but now faces closure and relocation by its owner The Victoria and Albert Museum.
Transsexual wins damages over ferry discrimination case 2
12:00 AM — A transsexual has been awarded £64,962 in damages after a tribunal concluded that Drusilla Philippa Marland was "forced to endure at work an atmosphere of intimidation and hostility."Ms Marland, a P O Ferries crew member claims she was forced out of her job after the company did not protect her from discrimination.
£70,000 distributed to Manchester gay groups
12:00 AM — Operation Fundraiser has distributed £70,000 raised from Manchester Pride 2006 to LGBT and HIV good causes throughout Greater Manchester.The money raised from this year's Manchester Pride has been distributed to help HIV and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender charities in Greater Manchester.
Anglican Church faces more splits over gay rift
12:00 AM — Two of America's oldest religious congregations have split from the Episcopal Church causing a further dent in the car crash being caused by the Anglican Communion's rift over homosexuality.The Truro Church and the Falls Church, which date back to British colonial times, have voted to be placed under the authority of African Anglican Archbishop Peter Akinola, a vocal opponent of gay clergy and same sex marriage.
17th December 2006
Little Britain star holds gay wedding
12:00 AM — Little Britain star Matt Lucas today held a civil partnership ceremony with long term boyfriend, television producer Kevin McGee in London.The gay wedding was a rather formal affair with guests including onscreen partner, David Walliams, tv presenter Dale Winton and comic Rob Brydon reportedly wearing suits.The wedding reception and party is however expected to be rather extravagant with guests invited to appear as pantomime characters.
15th December 2006
Brighton set to celebrate first anniversary of civil partnerships in spectacular style
12:00 AM — Dignitaries and drag queens are all busy selecting outfits and big hats as Brighton gears up to celebrate the first anniversary of civil partnerships on December 21st at one of the most flamboyant weddings the city has seen.The Mayor of Brighton and Hove, senior Councillors and faces from the world of gay business will join Brighton couple Jamie Hakim and Graeme Youngs as they tie the knot in style at Brighton Town Hall.
Romney repeats gay marriage opposition 2
12:00 AM — Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has reaffirmed his homophobic credentials amid reports that he once courted the gay lobby.The religious right in the US have been seeking answers from the potential Republican presidential candidate after it was revealed that he once courted the gay community for their support in a 1994 campaign for the US Senate.
Lesbian comic apologises to Chinese community 2
12:00 AM — Lesbian comedian Rosie O'Donnell has apologised for mocking Chinese people on her talk show The View.O'Donnell was criticised by Asian Americans across the country after imitating Chinese broadcasters in a discussion about actor Danny DeVito being drunk.
Comment: Gay icons behaving badly
12:00 AM — It's 4am on a Monday morning in Los Angeles—the majority of the city has long been asleep... a restless few are already turning over in bed to the sound of alarms, harkening the beginning of a new week. And in Burbank, Nicole Richie is heading West on the eastbound side of the 134 freeway, chatting away with one of her socialite friends on her cellphone, traces of pot and Vicodin working their way through her bloodstream.Granted, I'm sure all of us know a gay or two who partied a few too many hours past closing and wound up in the slammer for a DUI, but when even Nicole Richie can't seem to find someone to guide her home in the wee hours of the morning, Hollywood, I fear, is in crisis.
Gay activists welcome ‘advances’ in equality 46
12:00 AM — Gay activists have welcomed "pro-active advances" in gay rights as New Jersey looks set to sign two gay equality bills into law.New Jersey lawmakers passed two pieces of legislation today that are seen as positive steps forward for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality in that state.