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  • 11th December 2006

    Northern Ireland debates gay equality law 12

    Beginning an Assembly debate on whether Northern Ireland should delay the regulations as in the rest of the UK until April 2007, Democratic Unionsist MP Jeffrey Donalldson warned that the laws will create an 'intimidating environment'

    12:00 AM — The new Sexual Orientation Regulations may lead to harassment claims from gay pupils against teachers, Northern Ireland MPs warned today.Beginning an Assembly debate on whether Northern Ireland should delay the regulations as in the rest of the UK until April 2007, Democratic Unionsist MP Jeffrey Donalldson warned that the laws will create an 'intimidating environment' for teachers.

  • Northern Ireland tied on gay equality 12

    DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson had called for a debate asking for the law to be delayed

    12:00 AM — Stormont politicians have ended a debate on new gay equality laws in a stalemate.DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson had called for a debate asking for the law to be delayed by the Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain, as in the rest of the UK, for further consultation, claiming the regulations will inhibit religious rights.

  • Gay councillor to fight key Tory target 1

    Mike Freer at  a Conservative Friends of Israel event

    12:00 AM — Gay Barnet Council leader Mike Freer has been selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Finchley Golders Green, for the next General Election.Mr Freer was selected last night by the local Party to represent former Tory Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's old constituency, a number one target for the Conservatives.

  • Lesbian Tory ‘feels at home’ after selection 2

    Ms James, a successful businesswoman, is one of the more high profile names on the “Tory A List” of candidates

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveConservative Party Vice-Chairman Margot James has spoken of her delight at being selected to contest the Stourbridge seat at the next general election, claiming it will be like "going home."Ms James, the party's first openly lesbian female candidate at the last election, will fight Labour MP Lynda Waltho for the Black Country constituency of Stourbridge, a key Conservative target, after being selected last week.

  • Britney and Paris deny lesbian relationship 4

    Rumours began last week in the British tabloid press that the two had become intimately involved, Britney's husband of 55-hours Jason Alexander even said that his ex-wife had fancied Paris

    12:00 AM — Representatives of pop star Britney Spears and hotel heiress Paris Hilton have hit back at reports that the pair are involved in a lesbian tryst.Rumours began last week in the British tabloid press that the two had become intimately involved, Britney's husband of 55-hours Jason Alexander even said that his ex-wife had fancied Paris.

  • Ex-Tory leader undermines party’s ‘pro-gay’ image 3

    Launching a report on the importance of marriage and family to society, Mr Duncan Smith said gay couples were “irrelevant” to the work

    12:00 AM — Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith has come close to embarrassing the party's attempts at modernisation after appearing to suggest that gay couples cannot bring up children.Launching a report on the importance of marriage and family to society, Mr Duncan Smith said gay couples were "irrelevant" to the work.

  • University deadlocked over ‘ex-gay’ course 4

    The Christian Union had been forced to move off campus after launching a course which promoted 'ex-gay' therapies

    12:00 AM — Edinburgh University has reached deadlock in an argument with its Christian Union over a course which appears to promote homophobia.The University this week repealed a ban of its Christian Union after being threatened with legal action, but now the society is refusing to abide by the new terms.

  • Lesbian Tory selected for marginal seat 2

    Conservative Vice-Chairman Margot James has been selected to run for a key marginal seat at the next General Election

    12:00 AM — Conservative Vice-Chairman Margot James has been selected to run for a key marginal seat at the next General Election.Ms James, the party's first openly lesbian female candidate at the last election will fight Labour MP Lynda Waltho for the Black Country constituency of Stourbridge, a key Conservative target.

  • Gay council leader splits from wife 1

    The leader of Glasgow City Council, Stephen Purcell, has announced hat he has split with his wife and he is gay

    12:00 AM — The leader of Glasgow City Council, Stephen Purcell, has announced hat he has split with his wife and he is gay.It comes after increased speculation regarding his private life.One of Mr Purcell's close friend's, Jim Tait, told the Daily Record: "The reason he is speaking about this now is to put an end to the rumours which were circulating.

  • Gay activist deplores Holocaust denial conference 1

    It is thought that between 5,000 and 15,000 gay people, who were seen as “sexual deviants” were sent to gas chambers

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has described Iran's plans to host a conference on Holocaust denial this week as an "incredible insult to all minorities who suffered under Nazism."Since coming to power in 2005, Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has insisted that the Holocaust is a Zionist conspiracy, the event this week invites so called 'experts' to debate whether the event happened.

  • 8th December 2006

    Arsenal urged to curb homophobic chants 1

    Cole left Arsenal for the Blues earlier this season and this Sunday's match at Stamford Bridge will be their first meeting since his departure

    12:00 AM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell is calling on Arsenal football club manager Arsene Wenger and captain Thierry Henry to speak out against plans by their fans to subject Ashley Cole to gay-baiting ahead of the Gunner's London derby with Chelsea this weekend.Cole left Arsenal for the Blues earlier this season and this Sunday's match at Stamford Bridge will be their first meeting since his departure.

  • Scotland passes gay adoption law

    The bill aims to counter a significant reduction in families available for vulnerable children

    12:00 AM — A law allowing gay couples in Scotland to adopt passed yesterday, overcoming religious opposition and a last minute attempt to amend it.Despite calls from the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland to oppose the bill, MSPs backed the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill by 101 votes to six.The bill aims to counter a significant reduction in families available for vulnerable children by allowing gay and unmarried couples to adopt.

  • Media hails first gay divorce 2

    Now the phones have stopped ringing, and Fleet Street can rejoice after one couple took the bait this week and have split, according to reports.

    12:00 AM — Since the clock stuck midnight on Tuesday 5 December 2006 the mainstream press has been desperately scraping the barrel searching for the first gay couple in a civil partnership to divorce.The PinkNews.co.uk phones were jammed with researchers, and some more high profile broadsheets coyly asking, "Do you know any civil partners getting a divorce now that it's been a year since the legislation?"

  • Ad watchdog investigating ‘anti-gay equality’ ad 18

    The Advertising Standards Authority has launched an investigation into an advert from Christian groups in The Times newspaper last month

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has launched an investigation into an advert from Christian groups in The Times newspaper last month which described new gay equality laws as an attack on "conscience."It called on the government to include an opt out in the new Sexual Orientation Regulations.

  • Cabinet row over goods and services discrimination 3

    Kelly, a devout Catholic, is accused of being a closet homophobe and pandering to the Catholic Church in granting them exemptions based on prejudice.

    12:00 AM — Ruth Kelly and Peter Hain are at loggerheads over the introduction of new rules barring discrimination against LGBT people.Regulations making it illegal to refuse goods or services on the grounds of sexual orientation are being introduced in Northern Ireland before England and come into force on January 1st.As the Northern Ireland Assembly is suspended, decisions about the province are taken by the Secretary of State, Peter Hain.

  • Northern Ireland Assembly to debate gay laws 3

    As the Northern Ireland Assembly has no legislative powers while it is suspended, Monday's meeting will be nothing more than a talking shop

    12:00 AM — Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly will hold a debate on a motion from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to repeal Sexual Orientation Laws until later next year rather than the scheduled date of January 2007.DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson has called for a debate asking for the law to be delayed by the Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain, as in the rest of the UK, for further consultation, claiming the regulations will inhibit religious rights.

  • Police to search fans for homophobic materials 1

    Stewards will be leafleting and postering the Stamford Bridge stadium with anti-homophobic messages, including on the big screen

    12:00 AM — Football fans attending the London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea this Sunday will be searched for homophobic materials amid reports that sections of the Gunners' crowd had planned to carry inflatable mobile phones in reference to tabloid allegations about former Arsenal defender Ashley Cole's sexuality.Sections of the travelling Arsenal fans are reportedly being encouraged by supporter's website Arsenal World to take their revenge by printing fake banknotes with the defender superimposed as the Queen, and by carrying blow-up mobile phones in reference to tabloid rumours about a gay orgy involving the player.

  • “I will never abandon Total Eclipse of the Heart”

    Bonnie Tyler is back with a new version of Total Eclipse of the Heart with BabyPinkStar

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveWelsh singing legend Bonnie Tyler is planning a return to the UK charts next month with a new version of Total Eclipse of the Heart, but as she explains to PinkNews.co.uk, she has never been away from the music scene.Love is love, Bonnie Tyler declares when asked on her view on gay equality. Tyler's discography reads like a biopic of the last 30 years of gay life; heartbreak, tension, and striving against all odds.

  • 7th December 2006

    Civil partners not rushing to divorce 8

    The 21st December 2006 marks the first opportunity for gay couples who have formed a civil partnership to have it dissolved

    12:00 AM — A group of gay lawyers specialising in same sex relationships, predicts few couples will apply to end a civil partnership when the first opportunity arrives on 21 December.Instead lawyers at QueerPod have seen an increase in gay clients in heterosexual marriages seeking a divorce to form a civil partnership.

  • Police promise more raids against gay hate

    The dawn raids, named Operation Athena, last Thursday, were part of a two-week initiative to put the fear back onto the offenders, and encourage victims to report crimes

    12:00 AM — Last week's police raids in London targeting suspected perpetrators of domestic, race hate and homophobic violence will not be the last, a member of the Metropolitan Police's Violent Crime Directorate has warned.DCI Gerry Campbell said last week's operation signals the Metropolitan Police Service's commitment to taking on hate crime offenders, but added that it is not a one off job.

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