4th January 2007
Jewish leaders question anti-discrimination regulations 1
10:15 AM — The Board of Deputies of British Jews, which represents most of the Jewish community in the UK, has weighed into the controversy surrounding new regulations that grant gay people protection against discrimination.The organisation has expressed concern about the controversial new rules, due to be introduced this month.They have been delayed on the orders of Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly, after protests from the Christian churches.
3rd January 2007
Muslims urged to join protest against “deviants” 8
4:55 PM — Evangelical Christians will be joined on their protest march on Parliament on January 9th by leading members of the Muslim community.Earlier this week, a group of Christian lawyers announced their intention to petition the Queen and protest at the Palace of Westminster to show their opposition to the proposed regulations to outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in the provision of goods and services.
Government “open to discussion” on homophobic incitement 1
12:23 PM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive A Home Office minister has vowed to review homophobic incitement laws amid calls for anti-gay remarks to be made illegal.Speaking exclusively to PinkNews.co.uk, Police and Security Minister Tony McNulty said that the issue is under review and vowed that once religious and racial incitement laws are implemented it will then be easier to see how to follow up with a law against homophobic harassment.
Who’s Who embraces gay partners
12:10 PM — It is the reference guide to the great and the good of British society. Every year since 1849 it has listed those judged prominent enough in public life to be included.Now, for the first time, among the ossified entries listing the achievements and hobbies of retired civil servants, obscure peers and failed politicians, will be a shining example of 21st century modernity.
Tatchell calls for Equal Rights Act 1
10:50 AM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called on the government to harmonise all discrimination and equality laws into one piece of equal rights legislation.Criticising the "differential levels of protection against discrimination available to different minority groups," Mr Tatchell wants to see the unification of all equal rights legislation in a single Equal Rights Act, based on the current race equality laws.
2nd January 2007
A chance to catch up with This Life’s gay icon
5:13 PM — Tonight, BBC2 will be showing a programme that many viewers have been waiting a decade for.Cult hit drama This Life featured what many consider to be the one of the most influential gay characters in the history of television.Writer Amy Jenkins has returned to the lives of Egg, Milly, Anna, Miles and most importantly Warren, ten years after the series began.
Russian New Years Eve nets George Michael £1.5m
5:13 PM — Pop icon George Michael has rounded off a triumphant European tour with a performance at a private function in Moscow on Sunday night, and came away £1.5m richer.The singer, who has had a turbulent 2006, saw in the New Year in the company of 300 guests of an un-named Russian billionaire, peforming an hour-long concert at the oligarch's mansion near Moscow.Michael's huge pay packet outstrips the £1m that American diva Christina Aguilera allegedly received for performing at the wedding of another rich Russian in September 2005.
Steps star comes out before entering Celeb Big Brother 2
5:13 PM — Ian Watkins, a former member of Steps, has revealed that he is gay. The 30-year-old Welshman, better known as H, is taking part in this year's Celebrity Big Brother, which begins tonight on Channel 4.Watkins, a former Butlins redcoat, also revealed that he had a ten-year relationship with the band's manager, Tim Byrne, which ended recently.In an allusion to the Little Britain character of Daffyd, he told The Sun, "I come from a small valley in Wales and it just wasn't the thing to do to be gay. It's a bit of a cliche — but I was the only gay in the village."
Gay activists fear for Sexual Orientation Regulations 3
4:04 PM — A leading gay rights group has expressed concern at the tactics being used by Christian groups opposing the introduction of new rules to protect LGBT people from discrimination.The Sexual Orientation Regulations, which outlaw discrmination in the provision of goods and services on the grounds of sexuality, are due to be implemented across England and Wales in April. Their introduction was controversially delayed by Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly.
Minister will consider national system for reporting homophobes 3
3:16 PM — Minister for Police and Security Tony McNulty has pledged support for a more effective system for the gay community to report hate crime.Last month, an investigation by PinkNews.co.uk discovered that access to a dedicated LGBT liaison officer is often impeded by a lack of awareness on the switchboard or by officers being unavailable at the desired time.
RAF sign up with Stonewall
1:59 PM — The Royal Air Force has become the second of the Armed Forces to join the Stonewall Diversity Programme.The Royal Navy is already a member of the scheme, which is designed to help organisations and businesses recruit and retain LGBT staff and promote equality in the workplace.Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill described the decision as"courageous."
At least 50 gay and lesbian priests are in civil partnerships 57
10:30 AM — 2007 looks set to be another turbulent year in the Anglican church, with reports that more than 50 gay and lesbian priests have entered into civil partnerships since December 2005 likely to re-ignite debate over homosexuality.The General Synod of the Church of England will hold the first of its twice-yearly meetings in February. Evangelicals will press for an open debate on the issue of homosexual clergy, Christian Today reports.
Christians ask the Queen to block gay protection 6
10:01 AM — A group of Christian lawyers is to petition the Queen over new regulations that will outlaw discrimination against gay and lesbian people.The Christian Concern for Our Nation is affiliated with The Lawyers' Christian Fellowship, who claim to have over 2,000 members.The Queen is Supreme Governor of the Church of England as well as Head of State.
Anti-discrimination rules come into force in N Ireland 1
9:18 AM — New regulations that outlaw discrimination in the provision of goods and services on the grounds of sexual orientation came into force in Northern Ireland yesterday.The province is the first part of the UK to introduce new protections for the LGBT community.The measures were controversial, with churches on both sides of the religious divide arguing that the regulations will discriminate against people with religious views.
George Michael charged by police 2
9:18 AM — Troubled pop icon George Michael has been formally charged following an incident last year when he was found by police in his car in Cricklewood, north London, allegedly passed out.Members of the public had called the police in the early hours of October 1st to deal with a Mercedes Benz S-Class car which was obstructing traffic lights.Michael was found at the wheel semi-conscious, taken to hospital and then arrested for suspected possession of drugs.
29th December 2006
A year for gay legislation
12:00 AM — Departing PinkNews.co.uk online editor Marc Shoffman sifts through the stories that made 2006.It's been a great year for gay rights. Legislation wise the gay community can take advantage of civil partnerships and soon the Sexual Orientation Regulations, LGBT people have had the last 52 weeks to thank for that, but it hasn't all been a smooth ride.
Gay Lib Dem defects to the Tories 2
12:00 AM — A prominent gay Liberal Democrat has defected to the Conservative party, launching a bitter attack on the leadership of Ming Campbell.Richard Porter, a former London Borough of Southwark councillor, is reported to be one of two current LibDem prospective parliamentary candidates to have switched their allegiance to David Cameron's party.Mr Porter was contacted by PinkNews.co.uk and confirmed his defection. The Liberal Democrats press office had no comment on reports of defections at this time.
A fond farewell 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman bids farewell to the siteI am not afraid to admit that I came to PinkNews.co.uk as a novice. To me Section 28 sounded more like a military base than an example of discrimination and intolerance, however, it did not take long for me to realise that the gay community's plight is not just about getting society to realise that it is ok to sleep with a person of the same sex, but rather just because a person falls in love with a person of the same sex, that does not give others the right to discriminate against them.
Home Office targets homophobic crime 3
12:00 AM — New ways to tackle homophobic hate crime and help make gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual people (LGBT) feel safer has been published by the Home Office today."Tackling Homophobic Hate Crime" highlights good practice from around England and Wales, and stresses the best way for crime reduction agencies, including the police, to do more to crackdown on crime motivated by prejudice or hate.
“Home” HIV testing kits less reliable
12:00 AM — A UK company has launched a new HIV testing service, but AIDS charities have warned customers that they are not as reliable as going to a clinic.For £25, DrThom will analyse a sample of saliva for HIV antibodies. Customers take the sample themselves and sent it through the post to the company's laboratory.If antibodies, which indicate the presence of the HIV virus, are present the customer is contacted by phone.