12th January 2007
COMMENT:Tatchell on the rise of US-style Christian activists 2
10:57 AM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell argues that Tuesday's victory for gay rights was also a setback for the zealous, authoritarian tactics of US-style Christian fundamentalism. The religious right was trounced this week. An attempt to neuter new laws protecting gay people against discrimination was defeated, 199 votes to 68.This stunning three to one victory happened in the House of Lords - the traditional stomping ground of religious, conservative and homophobic parliamentarians.
Gay-friendly Brighton Council “not complacent” 3
10:23 AM — The leader of the council in Brighton and Hove has welcomed the council's status as one of the most gay-friendly employers in the UK - but has revealed that the organisation is far from complacent.Council leader Simon Burgess's comments come after gay rights group Stonewall named Brighton Hove City Council the seventh most friendly employer to the gay community.
Survey finds 5% of gay men face discrimination
10:03 AM — In the last year 5% of gay men and 4% of lesbians have been refused goods or services because of their sexuality.The findings come in the week the House of Lords rejected an attempt by Christian activists to rescind the Sexual Orientation Regulations that came into force in Northern Ireland on January 1st.
11th January 2007
Lesbian Avengers studio could close 6
4:23 PM — BBC Television Centre, the iconic West London building that for 50 years has been the embodiment of the Corporation in the eyes of viewers, may close as part of a cost-cutting exercise.The BBC's desire to move production of children's programming, sport and other departments to Manchester could sound the death knell for the Wood Green studios.Corporation bosses are considering closing Television Centre and selling the 13-acre site.
£9,000 gay chatline bill run up by thief 1
3:23 PM — An unlucky Liverpool businesswomen has been told by a judge that she is still liable for £9,000 worth of calls to gay chatlines made on her mobile phone.The Liverpool Echo reports the unusual case of Mrs Anne Jeffrey, who runs a successful ironing business.The business had several mobile phones on contract from Genesis Communications, one of which Mrs Jeffrey lent to her son.
EuroGay regatta comes to Brighton
2:19 PM — The Gay UK Sailing Team has announced that Barclays will be sponsoring the seventh annual EuroGay Cup Regatta, to be held in Brighton on the 9th and 10th of June.This is the second time GUST will be hosting the event in the UK. The regatta is expected to attract up to 60 competitors in teams of four or five crew.The Gay UK sailing team was set up in 2000 to provide a competitive team for the 2002 Sydney Gay Games.
Leicester bar attacked in hate crime
11:29 AM — Police in Leicester are treating a series of attacks on a bar popular with gay people as hate crimes.The Leicester Mercury reports that a gang of young men armed with hammers and baseball bats smashed windows and verbally abused customers at the Amber bar in Northampton Street last Friday night.The bar is popular with gay and lesbian people.
Lesbian loses rape charity tribunal
10:35 AM — A 40-year-old Glasgow woman has lost an employment tribunal against Scottish Rape Crisis Network.Claire Phillips had claimed that she was fired after complaining that she had been outed as a lesbian by a fellow employee.She did not want her colleagues to know she is gay, she told the tribunal.
Orkney composer cancels ceremony plans 5
10:05 AM — Composer Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies has decided to shelve plans to marry his partner on the Orkney Islands.Sir Peter, the Master of the Queen's Music, was at the centre of a media storm earlier in the week when he accused council officials on the islands of homophobia.Orkney Island Council had told Sir Peter, 72, that the registrar on the island of Sanday, where the composer lives, is not legally able to carry out civil partnerships ceremonies.
Colin and Justin set a date for civil ceremony 11
9:44 AM — Interior designers Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan are to become civil partners. The Channel Five stars revealed their plans to LondonLite newspaper yesterday.The duo have become household names with programmes like Million Pound Property Experiment and How Not To Decorate. Justin, 38, revealed that they plan to have the ceremony in March.
10th January 2007
COMMENT: A gay old time in their Lordships’ House
5:52 PM — Call him a freak if you want, but PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew actually enjoys Parliamentary debates. He sits at home and watches BBC Parliament as if it were Celebrity Big Brother.Last night's House of Lords debate on the Sexual Orientation Regulations was like a double eviction for Tony, and for the elucidation of PinkNews.co.uk's busy readers, he gives us the best, and worst, bits.
George Michael pleads not guilty
3:41 PM — Pop icon George Michael's lawyer has entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of being unfit to drive at Brent Magistrates Court in north west London.The singer, who recently completed a sell-out European tour, was not in court. A further hearing has been set for 7th March.The charge arises from an incident last October.
Gay groups welcome Lords decision 15
3:04 PM — Gay and lesbian groups have welcomed the vote in the House of Lords last night which confirmed the introduction of the Sexual Orientation Regulations in Northern Ireland.The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association expressed their pleasure that a campaign of campaign of "distortion and exaggeration" had been defeated.
COMMENT: Eye-witness report from last night’s protest 15
2:23 PM — It was not just protesters out in Parliament Square last night. Blogger Nicolas Chinardet went along to meet the enemy, and was surprised to find some of them confused about the actual nature of the Sexual Orientation Regulations. Here is his account of events outside the House of Lords. I am still a little cold almost an hour after I got home. But looking back it was all worth it.
Rebel Labour MPs attempt to weaken gay hate law 100
1:58 PM — Twelve Labour MPs defied the government last night to vote in favour of an amendment to the proposed offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.The amendment sought to allow "discussion of, criticism of, or expression of antipathy towards conduct relating to a particular sexual orientation, or urging persons of a particular sexual orientation to refrain from or modify conduct according to that orientation."It was defeated by 338 to 169. Five Tory MPs voted against the amendment.
Stonewall reveals top employers for gay people
1:49 PM — The third annual Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, which lists the top employers for gay people, has revealed that companies and organisations across the country are making progress in encouraging and supporting their gay staff.To qualify as one of the 100 best UK employers in 2007, bosses had to demonstrate significantly higher standards of good practice in a wide range of areas.
George Michael case before magistrates today 1
11:18 AM — Pop icon George Michael will face charges of being unfit to drive today, following an incident last October when he was found by police in his car in Cricklewood, north London, allegedly passed out.It is not thought that Michael, 43, will appear in person before magistrates in Brent north west London, and his lawyers are expected to enter a plea in his absence.
Mrs Ashley Cole attacks “ridiculous” rumours 1
10:30 AM — Pop star Cheryl Cole has hit out at football supporters and others who have questioned the sexuality of her husband Ashley.The Girls Aloud singer also revealed that Cole is accosted by strangers in the street asking him if he is gay, and that the speculation about her partner upsets her.The 23-year-old was known as Cheryl Tweedy until her marriage to the Chelsea player last year.
8th January 2007
Orkney hits back at unfair press coverage 5
3:51 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Council staff on the islands of Orkney have spoken exclusively to PinkNews.co.uk about the media storm that has engulfed the remote Scottish outpost.A communications officer for the island group's local authority spoke to PinkNews.co.uk in an attempt to put right inaccurate reports in London newspapers.
X-Men star’s civil partnership ceremony
3:51 PM — Actor and gay rights activist Alan Cumming 'married' his boyfriend of two years in a ceremony in London yesterday.His new civil partner is American illustrator Grant Shaffer. Guests at the ceremony included folk singer Rufus Wainwright and actress Mary-Elizabeth Mastrantonio.E! Online reports that Cumming wore a black shirt and tie with an oatmeal-coloured linen suit, which Shaffer a black striped suit with a shirt and tie.