29th December 2006
NHS to cut transgender operations 11
12:00 AM — An NHS Trust is to cut funding to gender transition as part of a move to limit non-essential operations in the area.Hounslow Primary Care Trust has announced that from April 2007, anyone seeking NHS support for medical services such as gender reassignment, tattoo removal, or breast enhancements will have to pay for it.
COMMENT: An annus horribilis for all faiths 1
12:00 AM — It has been a grim year for all the major religions. PinkNews.co.uk's Ben Leung calls for a change in attitude from the leaders of all faiths. For as long as I can remember, New Year's Day feels like Groundhog Day: exhausted and hung over, the first thing I hear on the radio is always what the Pope has been saying, and the first thing I see on the television is the New Year's Day concert from Vienna on BBC2.
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.
28th December 2006
Barrowman celebrates gay partnership 1
12:00 AM — Gay actor John Barrowman celebrated his civil partnership this week.The Torchwood star had a civil ceremony with his partner of 16 years Scott Gill in Cardiff.The star took time out of his filming schedule as well as appearing in panto to have his relationship recognised.
Honey, are we there yet? 1
12:00 AM — So, gay people can legally have sex at the same age as their straight counterparts and can register their partnerships. Section 28 is a thing of the past and making it illegal to refuse services on the grounds of sexual orientation is on the agenda. Some might think that equality has finally arrived. But has it?PinkNews.co.uk's Torsten Hojer asks key gay groups what 2007 holds for them.
27th December 2006
All countries should decriminalise homosexuality 1
12:00 AM — Gay activist Louis-Georges Tin outlines the importance of a worldwide decriminalisation of homosexualityOn January 1st 2003, to start the new year in a gentle way, 3 young men were beheaded in Saudi Arabia. Why?They were presumed to be gay.
Transsexual calls for gender education 3
12:00 AM — A transsexual is calling on schools to raise better awareness of gender and sexuality issues after claiming she was subjected to two weeks of "urban terrorism."Hull based Rikki Arundel says a gang of 10 youths are repeatedly targeting her with rocks and mud as well as jibes such as "tranny."She says the culprits, who wore balaclavas and only stopped when more police took to the streets, also caused hundreds of pounds of damage to her home.
Gay community faces ‘police liaison lottery’ 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLocating an LGBT Liaison Officer if you're a victim of a gay hate crime can be a "lottery," the Gay Police Association (GPA) has warned.The statement comes as police take further steps to encourage the community to report homophobic crimes.The current situation has prompted calls for major improvements to facilities.
Lib Dems back gay teaching
12:00 AM — The Liberal Democrat spokesperson on equality has backed gay activist's criticism of the government for cutting funds for teaching about LGBT history.Lorely Burt accused the Department for Education and Skills of promoting LGBT rights as "secondary" after it was revealed that the government department had cut tens of thousands of pounds of funding for LGBT History Month.
Moyles becomes only gay in the village
12:00 AM — Radio DJ Chris Moyles looks to be trying to shake off his Bully of the Year award after turning up to the BBC station's Christmas party dressed as Little Britain's Daffyd.The presenter, who has repeatedly offended the gay community over the last year, turned up dressed as the only gay in the vilalage character made famous by gay comedian Matt Lucas.
Mystery gay reveller emerges in Barrymore pool death case 1
12:00 AM — A new name has emerged as the possible key to what went on at gay star Michael Barrymore's home after an inquiry into the death of Stuart Lubbock was reopened.Lubbock, 31, was found dead in the swimming pool of the openly gay television personality in March 2001 after a drug fuelled party.During the inquest that followed, an open verdict was reached and to date no-one has been charged in connection with Mr Lubbock's death.
Lib Dem site offers gay dating
12:00 AM — Welsh Liberal Democrats have narrowly avoided yet another political sex scandal after the Swansea party's website began linking to gay dating sites and porn.Visitors to the website were expecting information about councillors and events but immediately complained to the Ombudsman after instead being offered "casual dating and sex."
Clarkson denies gay car comment was homophobic 28
12:00 AM — Jeremy Clarkson has hit out at the BBC after he was reprimanded for describing a car as gay.The Top Gear presenter 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.
January Pink News Out Now! 6
12:00 AM — January's The Pink News celebrates a good month for combating homophobic incitement with the conviction of Tory councillor Peter Willows and the Advertising Standard Authority's investigation into an anti-gay Christian ad.There is also an exclusive interview with Labour deputy leadership contender Jon Cruddas.Download a pdf version of the magazine by clicking here.
The future of New Labour?
12:00 AM — One political drama will dominate 2007 - the fight for the soul of the Labour party. With Gordon Brown almost certain to succeed Tony Blair, the contest for deputy leader is the one to watch.In an exclusive interview with The PinkNews, outsider candidate Jon Cruddas MP outlines his ambitious plans for reform of the Labour party. New New Labour, in fact.
Comment: Labour must not ruin record in new equality law
12:00 AM — Labour MEP Michael Cashman calls on the party to uphold its record on gay rights with the new Sexual Orientation Regulations.I am celebrating an anniversary, and not my own.I am in fact referring to the Civil Partnerships Act which came into force just over a year ago, permitting same-sex unions and providing entitlements equal to those of heterosexual couples.
25th December 2006
Have a very lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Christmas
12:00 AM — Festive greetings from all at PinkNews.co.uk, The Pink News and our publishing partners 3Sixty.The team being a mixed bunch of sexualities, genders and religions, we know that everyone spends this time of year in a different way.For Christan readers we wish a Merry Christmas and wish for the New Year to dawn a new age within all the church's many denominations.
24th December 2006
Victory for gay row Christians is not a victory for common sense 12
12:00 AM — "Hallelujah!" squeals the Daily Mail on the news that Joe and Helen Roberts are to receive £10,000 compensation and costs after an 80 minute interview by police resulting from comments they made about gay rights and civil partnerships.The couple who claim to be Christian told a council worker that they found the civil partnership literature displayed in public libraries in Lancashire "discriminativly offensive [sic]."