22nd January 2006
Lib Dem MP resigns over “gay” relationship 5
12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, Mark Oaten has resigned after newspaper allegations of a gay relationship with a male prostitute.Mr Oaten, 41, reacted to claims in the News of the World, which said the married father of two had been involved in a relationship with a "rent boy," in 2004. The paper revealed that he was in a "lengthy" relationship with the man, 23, which included "three-in-a-bed sex."
21st January 2006
Rural gay support group opens 1
12:00 AM — A gay group is expanding in Gloucestershire to provide further support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the area.Gay-Glos, funded by the Big Lottery, will launch Friendship Support Groups in February for LGBT people, their families and friends.
20th January 2006
World Aids Day hits record numbers 2
12:00 AM — Nearly 5 million people pledged their support to the2005 World AIDS Day, the National Aids Trust revealed today.Record numbers of advocates logged onto wordaidsday.orgin the five weeks since the event, double the 2004 figures.For the first time in recent years, Red Ribbons were also widely available across the country, via collection boxes in Carphone Warehouse outlets and selected Fire Brigades, including all 111 fire stations in London.
19th January 2006
Gay weddings “unbiblical” and “unworkable” 29
12:00 AM — A senior Church of England bishop has criticised his colleague's stance over gay "weddings" for priests as "unbiblical" and unworkable.The Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, said guidance issued by the House of Bishops in response to civil partnerships was against Church teaching and unity.
18th January 2006
Columnist issues apology to gay campaigner 3
12:00 AM — A high profile Respect Party member has apologised for causing any distress towards gay rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell, for comments made in a newspaper column last week.However, he stood by his comments labelling Mr Tatchell as one of Britain's "most hate filled bigots" insisting it was a personal comment and by no means aimed at the gay community.
Comment: Letter of the week 5
12:00 AM — We regularly receive encouraging and inspiring letters and comments at the offices of PinkNews.co.uk, this week has been no different.PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman received one gem from a nice lady called Barbara, who has helped remind us why the struggle for sexual equality continues.
First International Gay Film Festival 57
12:00 AM — The first International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival began this week, at the Festival Del Sol in Gran Canaria.Twenty-five films will showcase the diverse realities of gay and lesbian life around the world. The 5 day event willfeature movies from a variety of genres such as comedy, drama and thrillers.
17th January 2006
Outrage at lack of respect for gay campaigner 3
12:00 AM — Gay rights group, Outrage, is accusing a prominent member of George Galloway's Respect Party, of encouraging homophobia and violence against leader, Peter Tatchell.In his column in Asian weekly entertainment newspaper, Desi Xpress, Adam Yosef denounced Mr Tatchell as a "bigot" who "needs a good slap in the face." Yosef urges the Australian-born activist and his "queer campaign army" to "pack their bent bags and head back to Australia".
Lib Dem candidate gets gay backing 57
12:00 AM — Gay rights activist, Peter Tatchell put previous political battles aside this week to express his support for Liberal Democrat leadership candidate, Simon Hughes.Mr Tatchell a former Labour candidate, was defeated by Mr Hughes in the 1983 Bermondsey by-election, which was marred by homophobic taunts and violence towards Peter Tatchell's campaign.
16th January 2006
EU debates homophobia 1
12:00 AM — The European Parliament is this evening debating a resolution on homophobia in Europe.The resolution strongly condemns homophobia and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in EU member states and calls on European institutions to promote and protect the human rights of all persons regardless of their sexuality.
13th January 2006
NHS criticised over lack of planning for sexual health
12:00 AM — NHS trusts in England have been accused of neglecting to plan adequately for sexual health provision by a consortium of sexual health charities.A report published today claims that despite central government funding being available for planning, half of all Primary Care Trust (PCT) local delivery plans for the next three years fail to mention specific targets to improving access to sexual health services.
12th January 2006
New Jersey moves towards gay marriage
12:00 AM — New Jersey politicians voted this week to give same-sex couples the same rights as married couples regarding inheritance and funeral arrangements and to extend gay couples' access to health benefits in the public sector.The two bills were passed overwhelmingly in the state legislature and will now be sent to the state's Governor, Richard Codey, who is expected to sign both.
South Africa bans gays from giving blood
12:00 AM — South Africa has followed many other countries in banning sexually active gay men from donating blood"A man who has had sex with another man within the last five years, whether oral or anal sex, with or without a condom ... is not permitted to donate blood and must please not do so," Dr. Robert Crookes, head of the national blood service said today.South Africa has the world's highest number of HIV cases with more than 5 million people infected.
11th January 2006
Government denies that marriage is a dirty word 1
12:00 AM — The government have denied allegations made today in a national newspaper claiming that the words "marriage" and "weddings" will be consigned to the dustbin of history in order to avoid offending gay couples.The Daily Mail reported that the Department of Trade and Industry's Women and Equality Unit together with the Treasury and local authorities have sent a checklist of changes to registry offices following the introduction of the Civil Partnerships Act last year.
9th January 2006
Tatchell savages Christian protesters 15
4:57 PM — Gay activist Peter Tatchell has launched a stinging attack on Christians planning to protest about gay discrimination legislation outside Parliament later today.Evangelical Christian groups are due to be joined by Muslim activists on the torchlight protest, timed to coincide with a debate in the House of Lords on the new Sexual Orientation Regulations.
Lords uphold anti-discrimination laws 1
4:57 PM — An attempt by an Irish peer to rescind the Sexual Orientation Regulations has failed.The House of Lords voted 199 to 68 to retain the regulations, which protect lesbian, gay and bisexual people against discrimination when accessing goods and services.The Lords vote was a defeat for Christian and Muslim protesters.
COMMENT: Who is Lord Morrow? 15
2:43 PM — PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew provides some background on today's debate in the House of Lords on the Sexual Orientation Regulations. Northern Ireland is a religious place, probably the most devout part of the UK. Church attendance is high, for both Protestants and Catholics. It is also a place used to bigotry.Those two aspects of Northern Irish society have come together over the new regulations that outlaw discrimination against LGBT people when trying to access services.
Stonewall lobbies peers over discrimination regulations 15
12:00 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Staff at the gay rights organisation Stonewall have been lobbying members of the House of Lords ahead of today's debate on the Sexual Orientation Regulations.Chief Executive Ben Summerskill told PinkNews.co.uk that the organisation had been working for weeks to persuade peers to vote down Lord Morrow's proposal.
Christians and Muslims gear up for Westminster protest 15
10:17 AM — Fundamentalist Christians are preparing for a torchlight protest outside the Houses of Parliament this evening, designed to show their disapproval of new regulations to protect gay people from discrimination.Christian Concern for Our Nation are organising the outdoor event, which will coincide with a debate in the House of Lords about the Sexual Orientation Regulations' introduction in Northern Ireland at the start of this month.
7th January 2006
Gay rights groups ask the US government why they’re being spied on
12:00 AM — A group representing lesbian and gay soldiers has today filed a Freedom of Information request with the US government to ascertain the extent of Pentagon spying of gay rights groups based in major universities.The Service-members Legal Defence Network (SLDN), have filed the request on behalf of themselves and 13 other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations, seeking information related to the Pentagon's domestic spy program.