18th December 2006
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.
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.
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.
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
Community urged to ‘mobilise’ for gay equality 12
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay charity Stonewall has called on the community to get behind the Sexual Orientation Regulations, amid mounting opposition from the Christian Right.Speaking to a forum of LGBT groups at City Hall in London last night, Stonewalls Public and Parliamentary Affairs spokesman Alan Wardle warned that gay originations must stop religious groups mobilising against the laws.
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.
14th December 2006
Sir Elton may perform Diana tribute song 1
12:00 AM — Sir Elton John has revealed he will rehash Candle in the Wind at the Concert for Diana next summer if Princes William and Harry feel it is appropriate.The gay pop legend rewrote and performed the hit at Princess Diana's funeral in 1997 and vowed never to sing it again, but now he says he will seek royal approval before playing it.
Gay men urged to stub it out 5
12:00 AM — The NHS Smoking Helpline is calling on gay and bisexual men to stub out their cigarettes after a survey revealed that their habit is well above the national average.A study carried out amongst gay and bisexual men for the NHS Smoking Helpline has found that 41 per cent of gay and bisexual men are smokers, rising to 60 per cent for 25 to 34 year olds, well in excess of the national average of 25 per cent.
Lesbian Tory rejects selection jibe 2
12:00 AM — Margot James, the Tory Party's first openly lesbian candidate has hit out at a local councillor who implied that she received special treatment when she was selected to run for the Stourbridge seat last week because of her sexuality.Halesowen Conservative councillor Ken Turner claims that he was excluded from the MP selection process for the Halesowen and Rowley Regis constituency because he is a white male.
“Disgraced” anti-gay Tory resigns 14
12:00 AM — The Tory Councillor found guilty of using abusive words against gay men by the Magistrates Court in Brighton last Tuesday has resigned.Peter Willows, 75, decided to resign from his post as Councillor for Hangleton and Knoll Ward in Brighton after a meeting with Conservative Group Leader Councillor Brian Oxley at Willow's home last night.
Smoking- giving up is hard to do 5
12:00 AM — If you thought giving up smoking is hard, spare a thought for patients in Glasgow who applied for a pill to break the habit, but ended up being prescribed Viagra.The patients were expecting anti-smoking pill Zyban, but a computer glitch led sildenafil, another name for Viagra, being chosen.Pharmacists discovered the error when an influx of patients began asking for anti-impotence drugs, The Daily Telegraph reports.
Ireland court rejects gay marriage case 1
12:00 AM — The High Court in Dublin has rejected a lesbian couple's case to recognise their Canadian marriage in Ireland.In a landmark case in October, the court heard arguments from Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression and that the current concept of marriage is outdated.
Irish Labour proposes gay union law 1
12:00 AM — Ireland's Labour Party has introduced a Civil Unions Bill into parliament, just hours after the High Court in Dublin declared that a lesbian couple's Canadian marriage could not be accepted in the country.Labour's Civil Unions Bill, would provide legal recognition and protection for couples of the same sex.
Big Brother announces audition dates
12:00 AM — Yep, it's that time already, Big Brother 8 auditions are on their way!Big Brother is back and the call for contestants can only mean one thing... Channel 4 will be holding open auditions for the show around the UK Ireland.So, for anyone out there who thinks that they can bring something extra special to the house, it's their time to turn up and show us why.
Irish students oppose gay marriage ruling 1
12:00 AM — The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has expressed disappointment at the High Court in Dublin's rejection of a bid by two women to have their marriage in Canada upheld under Irish law.Earlier today, 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.
Government opens door to gay parenting
12:00 AM — The government has paved the way to free up discrimination in fertility and IVF treatment after removing reference to the "need for a father" in new proposals outlined today.The proposals follow an extensive public consultation exercise on the current law, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, and are contained in a new White Paper.
Homophobes target The Archers 3
12:00 AM — An anti-gay Christian sect has launched a stinging attack on BBC Radio4 soap The Archers, ahead of the drama's first civil partnership this evening.The Archers is set to have Ambridge's first ever civil partnership in a special edition of the BBC show tonight, prompting Christian Voice to urge listeners to steer clear.
High Court to rule on lesbian marriage
12:00 AM — The High Court in Dublin will today rule on the validity of a lesbian couple's Canadian marriage in London.In a landmark case in October, the court heard arguments from Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression and that the current concept of marriage is outdated.
Conservative Christians warn Archbishop over gay rift
12:00 AM — Evangelical leaders are urging the Archbishop of Canterbury to let them overrule liberal bishops or face anarchy over controversial issues such as homosexuality, according to reports.Conservative clergy, backed by Bishop of Rochester, Reverend Michael Nazir-Ali, have told Dr Rowan Williams that a parallel structure must be created from liberal bishops within the Church of England and wider Anglican Communion.
13th December 2006
Debate rages over councillor’s gay slur ruling 14
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveDebate is raging in Brighton and amongst the wider gay community regarding yesterday's conviction of Tory Councillor Peter Willows over remarks he made linking gay people with paedophilia.Willows, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council for 12 years, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £250 in court costs by Brighton Magistrates yesterday in a ruling welcomed by some councillors and members of the gay community, but seen as an attack on freedom of speech by others.