15th December 2005
Sir Elton and David Furnish face £10,000 policing bill for wedding
12:00 AM — Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish face a £10,000 bill to cover the policing of their gay wedding next week.The pop star and his film producer boyfriend David Furnish have been in a relationship for tweleve years and are planning a relatively low-key ceremony at Windsor Guildhall. The hall was the venue for one of the year's key weddings; the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Gay couple claim to have lost £6000 in benefits since Civil Partnerships introduced 57
12:00 AM — A gay couple from Kent claim that the introduction of the Civil Partnerships Act has meant a reduction in their level of state benefits of over £6000 per year.Andrew Brettell, 63 and his 44-year-old partner have cohabited for 18 years and have held a joint mortgage since 1989.Mr Brettell claims that ill health has meant he receives a pension credit.
14th December 2005
Gay ex-minister Stephen Twigg arrested for drunkenness
12:00 AM — Stephen Twigg, the openly gay former education minister has been fined £50 after being arrested for drunken behaviour.Mr Twigg, was the first openly gay President of the National Union of Students and the first MP to have been elected as an out gay man. He lost his Enfield Southgate seat at the last election, but is hoping to return to Parliament in the very near future as one of Labour's preferred parliamentary candidates.
Teen gang convicted of manslaughter of gay barman 2
12:00 AM — A teenage girl who asked a gay barman to "pose for the camera" before she filmed her friends kicking him to death, was today found guilty of manslaughter.The girl who can not be named for legal reasons and her co-defendants Reece Sargeant, 21, Darren Case, 18, a youth; aged 17, and the girl, aged 15 were found guilty of the manslaughter of the gay barman David Morley. They were also convicted of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm.
13th December 2005
Transsexual killer convicted of attempted rape has sentence reduced 6
12:00 AM — A transsexual who was convicted of attempting to rape a shop assistant just days after being released from prison for killing her lover, has had her sentence reduced by the Court of Appeal.Karen Lawson, aged 24, was known as Mark Jones prior to a sex change operation pleaded guilty to attempted rape in Bolton Crown Court in July of 2003.
12th December 2005
Diana fancied gay pop star George Michael- singer claims
12:00 AM — The late Princess Diana was obsessed with gay pop star George Michael according to claims make this week by the singer.The pop star has alleged that the Princess of Wales was "very attracted to him" and that they nearly got into a physical relationship.Mr Michael said: "there were certain things that happened that made it clear she was very attracted to me. There was no question."
8th December 2005
Gay Conservative appointed Shadow Trade Industry Secretary
12:00 AM — The Conservatives' first openly gay MP has been appointed the Shadow Secretary of State for Trade Industry and shadow cabinet member responsibility for equality.Alan Duncan, the 48 year old MP for Rutland Melton was handed the Trade Industry portfolio following the reshuffle carried out afterDavid Cameron's election as leader of the Conservative Party and Her Majesty's Opposition.
AIDs campaigner found dead after abduction in Jamaica 1
12:00 AM — A Jamaican AIDs activist was abducted and murdered by gunmen on theeve on Worlds Aids Day, it emerged this week.Police in the Caribbean Island confirmed that least four assailantsforced their way into home of Steve Harvey (30) when he returned fromwork around 1 a.m. They tied up him and two people staying with him,before stealing a number of their possessions, and then abducting the activist in his company car.
7th December 2005
First man to hold a gay marriage in Britain dies 1
12:00 AM — A terminally ill cancer sufferer who was given permission to wed his partner in a gay wedding ceremony on Monday has died.Matthew Roche, 46, died on Tuesday 6th December at St Barnabas Hospice in Worthing, West Sussex, just a day his and his partner, Christopher Cramp held their partnership ceremony in the hospice.The Civil Partnership Act normally requires a 15-day waiting period between the application for a partnership and the ceremony.
6th December 2005
Robbie Williams receives damages over claims he is secretly gay 8
12:00 AM — Pop star, Robbie Williams has accepted substantial libel damages from the publishers of the People Newspaper and the publishers of the Daily Star over claims that he is secretly gay.The claims that we made in the People newspaper, Star and Hot Stars Magazine in 2004 claimed that the former Take That star had engaged in casual gay sex.Mr William's barrister, Tom Shields QC, told the court that the singer "is not, and has never been, homosexual."
Green Party calls for more awareness of gay benefits changes
12:00 AM — The Green Party today urged for greater awareness of the changes in the benefits system that the Civil Partnerships Act has brought in.Following yesterday's introduction of the Civil Partnership Act, most cohabiting same-sex couples that claim state benefits will experience a reduction in the amount of money they receive.
5th December 2005
British couples get ready to hold gay wedding ceremonies
12:00 AM — Couples the length and breadth of Britain today made the first steps to cementing their relationships under the Civil Partnerships Act.The Civil Partnership Act, which came into force today, will allow gay couples to register their relationship in a civil ceremony and receive the vast majority of the rights that straight married couples receive. However, unlike a wedding, churches and other places of worship can refuse to allow their members to hold a ceremony on their property.
4th December 2005
Britain’s gay marriage scheme is “sexual apartheid” say human rights group 5
12:00 AM — Gay rights group OutRage! said today that the Civil Partnerships Scheme is "welcome, but flawed". The group called for same-sex marriages.The Civil Partnership Act that comes into force on December 5th 2005, will allow gay weddings in all but name. However, OutRage!, led by human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell said that Britain operates a "sexual apartheid" system of marriage.
30th November 2005
George Michael reveals his plans for a gay wedding 4
12:00 AM — Former Wham! Front man, George Michael has made public his plans to marry long term partner Kenny Goss when gay weddings become legal in Britain.The popstar who has been in a ten year relationship with Mr Goss said that they plan to register their partnership shortly after the Civil Partnership Act comes into force in England and Wales with a ceremony due in the early part of 2006.
Gay Soap star attacked by homophobic gang 1
12:00 AM — Soap star Anthony Cotton was rescued by minders on Thursday after he was allegedly attacked by a homophobic gang.The Daily Mirror claims that Mr Cotton, who plays gay factory worker and barman Sean Tully in Coronation Street, was surrounded by a gang of eight teens outside the set of the hit soap.A witness described the attack in the Daily Mirror: "These lads looked like serious trouble. They homed in on poor Anthony for whatever reason. They were like a pack of animals.
ASBO teen jailed for homophobic attack
12:00 AM — A teenager has been jailed for six years after being found guilty for his part in a homophobic attack on a man in Cheltenham.Steven Aubrey, 18, of Crabtree Place, Cheltenham, was 17 when he dragged Ian Mason, 33, out of his car and subjected him to a series of punches and kicks.The attack took place in a venue known by the police to be linked to gay cruising.
25th November 2005
“Happy Slapping” girl asked gay murder victim to “pose for the camera”, court told 2
12:00 AM — A teenage girl asked a gay barman to "pose for the camera" before she filmed her friends kicking him to death, a court heart.The trial relates to the murder of David Morley, 37, a survivor of the 1999 Soho nail bomb attack, who was chatting with a friend, Alistair Whiteside, on the South Bank, when a gang pounced.
Liberal Judaism launches gay marriage ceremonies in Britain
12:00 AM — Liberal Judaism is to be come the first mainstream religious group to perform gay marriage services.The movement, which includes four lesbian Rabbis, and two gay Rabbis will introduce its 'Covenant of Love' to coincide with the Civil Partnership Act which comes into force on December 5th.However, the ceremony does not replace the need for a couple to perform a civil partnership, as there are no legal entitlements flowing from the blessing.
Social worker suspended over gay porn accusations
12:00 AM — The head of a Scottish council's social work team faces the sack after gay porn was allegedly found on his work laptop computer.Jim Hadderty was immediately suspended after technicians said that they found pornographic material on his machine whilst carrying out repairs.Mr Hadderty was relieved of his duties as manager of a divisional social work department at Renfrewshire Council.
24th November 2005
20,000 British people may have HIV without knowing it
12:00 AM — A third of people who have HIV in the UK remain undiagnosed, a report by the Health Protection Agency has found.Despite over seven thousand new cases being diagnosed in the UK over 2005, almost twenty thousand people with the disease do not know that they are infected.Deborah Jack, the Chief Executive of the National AIDS trust says the results should be a wake up call to gay men to get tested.