27th December 2006
Comment: Labour must not ruin record in new equality law
12:00 AM — Labour MEP Michael Cashman calls on the party to uphold its record on gay rights with the new Sexual Orientation Regulations.I am celebrating an anniversary, and not my own.I am in fact referring to the Civil Partnerships Act which came into force just over a year ago, permitting same-sex unions and providing entitlements equal to those of heterosexual couples.
All countries should decriminalise homosexuality 1
12:00 AM — Gay activist Louis-Georges Tin outlines the importance of a worldwide decriminalisation of homosexualityOn January 1st 2003, to start the new year in a gentle way, 3 young men were beheaded in Saudi Arabia. Why?They were presumed to be gay.
Transsexual calls for gender education 3
12:00 AM — A transsexual is calling on schools to raise better awareness of gender and sexuality issues after claiming she was subjected to two weeks of "urban terrorism."Hull based Rikki Arundel says a gang of 10 youths are repeatedly targeting her with rocks and mud as well as jibes such as "tranny."She says the culprits, who wore balaclavas and only stopped when more police took to the streets, also caused hundreds of pounds of damage to her home.
Bush opponents call for impeachment over Iraq
12:00 AM — The American Green Party has expressed support for a motion to impeach US President George W Bush, citing illegal spying on groups and lies over the Iraq war.Democratic Representative put forward the proposal Cynthia McKinney's, echoing calls from the Green Party in 2003.
Gay community faces ‘police liaison lottery’ 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLocating an LGBT Liaison Officer if you're a victim of a gay hate crime can be a "lottery," the Gay Police Association (GPA) has warned.The statement comes as police take further steps to encourage the community to report homophobic crimes.The current situation has prompted calls for major improvements to facilities.
USA mourns Gerald Ford 1
12:00 AM — America is mourning the loss of Former US President Gerald Ford after the ex-leader died last night aged 93.He was the only un-elected US President after taking over from Richard Nixon in 1974 following the Watergate scandal, but it could have all been so different had Ford's life not been saved by a gay man.
Syphilis marketing campaign a success for San Francisco gays
12:00 AM — A social marketing campaign urging gay and bisexual men in San Francisco to get checked for syphilis has been branded a success.Cartoons advocating the tests were placed in a gay newspaper, and poster-sized reproductions were posted on the streets, on bus shelters, on Webs sites and in gay bars.
Massachusetts court defends gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that lawmakers cannot be forced to vote on the state's gay marriage laws.Outgoing Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has previously called for a new debate on gay marriage laws in the state in the hope of rescinding the current law which makes it the part of America which allows same sex couples to marry.
25th December 2006
Have a very lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Christmas
12:00 AM — Festive greetings from all at PinkNews.co.uk, The Pink News and our publishing partners 3Sixty.The team being a mixed bunch of sexualities, genders and religions, we know that everyone spends this time of year in a different way.For Christan readers we wish a Merry Christmas and wish for the New Year to dawn a new age within all the church's many denominations.
24th December 2006
Victory for gay row Christians is not a victory for common sense 12
12:00 AM — "Hallelujah!" squeals the Daily Mail on the news that Joe and Helen Roberts are to receive £10,000 compensation and costs after an 80 minute interview by police resulting from comments they made about gay rights and civil partnerships.The couple who claim to be Christian told a council worker that they found the civil partnership literature displayed in public libraries in Lancashire "discriminativly offensive [sic]."
23rd December 2006
Couple awarded for homophobia 5
12:00 AM — A retired couple have won out of court damages after being questioned by police regarding their views on homosexuality.Devout Christians, Joe Roberts 73, and his wife Helen, 68, of Fleetwood, Lancashire, wrote to Wyre Borough Council accusing them of "pandering" to minority groups by distributing leaflets about homosexuality in their buildings.
22nd December 2006
Christmas comes early for gay equality 3
12:00 AM — Gay campaigners have received an "early Christmas present" after a High Court judge in Belfast rejected pleas from Christian groups to postpone the introduction of the Sexual Orientation Regulations next month.The law, which protects LGBT people from discrimination in goods and services, will now be introduced in Northern Ireland in January 2007, followed by the rest of the UK in April.
New Jersey gay unions ‘just the beginning’ 46
12:00 AM — Gay activists have described gay union laws passed in New Jersey yesterday as "just the beginning."Joe Solmonese, President of the Human Rights Campaign, reacted to New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine's signing of a civil unions bill which gives same sex couples the same rights as married couples without using the word 'marriage.'
Gay campaigners demand removal of Catholic director
12:00 AM — MassEquality, a statewide organisation that has fought to preserve marriage equality, this week demanded that Catholic Citizenship immediately remove its executive director following a physical assault of a marriage supporter this past weekend.The assault occurred when VoteonMarriage.org, which opposes marriage equality, held a rally in Worcester.
Gay ‘page dog’ hails Brighton’s 680th civil partnership
12:00 AM — A gay dog, a gay choir and a drag queen bridesmaid helped bring in Brighton's 680th civil partnership yesterday.Jamie Hakim, co owner of PinkNews.co.uk's media partner 3SIXTY magazine took the plunge with Graeme Youngs at Brighton Town Hall.
Pope attacks “dismal” gay recognition
12:00 AM — The Pope used his Christmas address today to launch yet another attack on gay marriage.The pontiff, speaking to delegates in Rome, described legal recognition for unmarried couples and gay partners as "dismal."Referring to gay marriage, Pope Benedict said: "This tacitly accredits those dismal theories that strip all relevance from the masculinity and femininity of the human being as though it were a purely biological issue."
Trevor Phillips ‘failing’ gays and other minorities
12:00 AM — London mayor Ken Livingstone has renewed his feud with the incoming head of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) Trevor Phillips, accusing him of failing minorities.Mr Livingstone said plans to put minority groups such as black, people, the gay community and women under one organisation are "rubbish."
21st December 2006
Irish lesbian couple appeal marriage ruling 2
12:00 AM — A lesbian couple are to appeal a High Court decision which said their Canadian marriage could not be recognised in Ireland.Last week, Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne dismissed the case of Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming that marriage could only be defined between members of the opposite sex, but the couple will now take their case to Ireland's Supreme Court.
Gay couple postpone ‘divorce’ 2
12:00 AM — A gay man who was due to become the first to have a civil partnership dissolved has postponed the "divorce" to avoid being a "poster boy" for same sex couple's ending their partnerships.The civil partnership laws were implemented in the UK exactly a year ago today, meaning anyone wanting a 'divorce' can apply from now, however Darryl Bullock has deliberately avoided using today's date to avoid unwanted publicity.
Italy shocked by gay nativity scene
12:00 AM — Two Italian politicians have caused outrage in the country after placing a pair of dolls representing a gay couple in the parliament nativity scene.The Radical Party's Bruno Mellano and Donatella Porretti admitted the stunt and said it was to show support for gay union laws being proposed in the country.