13th October 2006
Activists push for conscience clause in gay equality law 12
12:00 AM — Religious leaders, academics and legal advisors have joined together to urge the government to protect freedom of conscience in the upcoming Sexual Orientation Regulations in the new Equality Act.The law, due next April, protects gays and lesbians from discrimination in the provision of goods and services, but critics have warned that the proposals infringe on religious beliefs.
Lesbian use of IVF increasing 2
12:00 AM — The last five years have seen a 2.5 fold increase in numbers of single women having IVF and a 4 fold increase in lesbian couples having IVF, the UK's fertility regulator has revealed.Single women and lesbian couples across the UK are being urged to make their voice heard on the fertility services they receive by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority - the UK's Fertility regulator - as new figures showing that a growing number of these women are coming forward for fertility treatment.
Students outrage over ‘curing’ course 4
12:00 AM — Students nationwide have expressed their outrage after a Christian course aiming to 'cure' homosexuality piloted at Edinburgh University.Students at the university began protesting the PURE course after it was discovered to recommend homophobic literature, such as What Some of You Were by Christopher Keane, which details the stories of "ex-gays" who have been "cured" of their homosexuality by the power of Christianity, and how "gay relationships are characterized more by promiscuity than by fidelity."
12th October 2006
Killer sentenced to life for gay murder 2
12:00 AM — A homophobic killer has been jailed for life after hacking a gay man to death with a meat cleaver.Clive Wood was found guilty by Stafford Crown Court of murder yesterday.Wood met his victim Francis Ryan at his flat in July last year and hit him round the head with a meat cleaver around 30 times, the jury heard.
“Sexual terrorist” joins Gaydar Radio 2
12:00 AM — Big Brother 7 contestant Richard Newman is this week joining Internet and digital radio station GaydarRadio as co-presenter on the Saturday morning show.Richard, 33, who calls himself a "sexual terrorist," will team up with Julian Bennett for three hours of chat, fun, gossip and music from 10.00am - 1pm.
Boy George slates Culture Club replacement 1
12:00 AM — Gay singer Boy George has described his Culture Club replacement as "terrible" and "dreadful."Culture Club have recently reformed with a new lead singer Sam Butcher for a UK tour starting in December.But Boy George, who led the group to international fame with disco hits such as Karma Chameleon and Do You Really Want to Hurt Me in the 1980s, said Butcher has no right to sing his songs which were about personal issues.
Gay banker appeals HSBC judgement 4
12:00 AM — A gay former senior banker has won the right to appeal an employment tribunal judgement that he was not sacked by HSBC because of his sexuality.Peter Lewis, who earned in the region of £1 million a year, was seeking £5 million in damages from the bank last June in what was seen as one of the biggest gay discrimination cases in the UK.
Killer nearly sawed off lesbian’s head
12:00 AM — A killer who nearly sawed his former lover's head off after she told him she was leaving him for a woman has been found guilty of murder.James Seaton, 46, is expected to be handed a life sentence for the murder of Jacqueline Queen last November.Seaton, from East Finchley, North London, attacked her with a hammer and a 12-inch knife after hearing he was being dumped for a woman, the court heard.
Boy George confronts homophobic “chavs” 8
12:00 AM — Homophobia is unacceptable and should be stopped whenever and wherever, advice that gay singer Boy George took quite literally last night when he confronted a gang of homophobes at the Vodafone Live Music Awards.The artist was being interviewed by journalists when a group of teenagers began shouting homophobic abuse at him.
11th October 2006
Stonewall helps small business promote gay equality
12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall has launched its first guide advising Britain's four million small businesses how to become more gay-friendly.Gay People, Your Business is designed to be read in 15 minutes for companies who may not understand or have the time to translate legal and business jargon.
Gay actor branded a “pervert”
12:00 AM — Hollywood studios branded Rupert Everett a pervert when he came out, the gay actor has revealed.The British star came out in 1992, making him one of the first openly gay Hollywood actors, but he says his sexuality held him back from getting big parts.
LGBT community talks about sexuality
12:00 AM — Gay and lesbian campaigners, politicians and celebrities are encouraging other LGBT people to feel the freedom of admitting their sexuality openly to mark National Coming Out Day.The event, commemorated today, started in Washington in 1987 when half a million LGBT people and supporters marched together for gay equality, in its 19th year it is still campaigning for people to be out and proud.
Scarlett Johansson ‘role model’ for sexual health
12:00 AM — HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has praised Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson for addressing the importance of sexual health.The group welcomed her comments which she made in an interview with Allure magazine.Speaking about her relationships she insists she is not promiscuous but said that getting tested for STD's is part of being a "socially aware."
Lesbian couple drop marriage appeal 10
12:00 AM — The lesbian couple whose legal Canadian marriage was declared invalid by the High Court earlier this year has given up its appeal due to a lack of funds but vows to fight on through campaigns.University professors Sue Wilkinson, 52, and Celia Kitzinger, 50, will not be taking their fight to the Court of Appeal because of their current court bill of £25,000 which covers the government's legal costs for the case.
Yobs jailed for Elton John fan attack 6
12:00 AM — Two men who beat up an Elton John fan have been jailed.Henry Peters, 31, and Neil Wattley, 30, had hurled homophobic jibes at Graham Brydon as he walked home in a souvenir T-shirt after a concert by the singer.The pair attacked uncle and nephew Graham and John Brydon shouting "Elton John is f***ing gay" after Peters had spotted the official concert T-shirt Graham Brydon was wearing.
10th October 2006
Stonewall denies preferential gay treatment 1
12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall has rubbished a report which claims that special interest groups such as the gay community are turning the United Kingdom into a nation of victims and undermining legal equality.The book We're (Nearly) All Victims Now! published by the Civitas think tank estimates that around 73% of the population now make up victim groups which undermines equality before the law.
Little Britain star’s panto partnership
12:00 AM — Little Britain star Matt Lucas is planning a Christmas panto style theme for his upcoming civil partnership, according to reports.The comedian is rumoured to be considering Captain Hook, Mother Goose and Aladdin guises for a pantomime themed union with his partner Kevin McGee this December.
Mental health day important for gay community 4
12:00 AM — Mental health charities are joining together today to stop the increasing rates of suicide caused by severe depression, an issue of great importance to the gay community.World Mental Health Day, an international awareness campaign, aims to highlight the plight of those people suffering from severe mental illnesses such as depression and schizophrenia, which can lead to suicide.
Queer women campaign for better healthcare
12:00 AM — A lesbian, bisexual and transgender health group is looking for Scottish women to talk about sex.Queer Women's Action (QWA) is organising a weekend seminar in Pilochry for women from all over Scotland to come and share their experiences of healthcare in the country.
Gay bars to monitor street smoking 5
12:00 AM — Gay bars in Soho welcomed the idea of a smoking ban when MPs passed a bill prohibiting it earlier this year, and now Westminster Council has taken another step by ensuring the smokers won't just be moved outside.The local authority of Westminster contains many gay venues which will have to ensure there customers no longer light up from next year, but the Council wants to make sure the new law doesn't result in customers smoking in the street.