6th June 2006
BBC governors reject homophobic complaints 6
12:00 AM — The BBC's governors have dismissed complaints that the station broadcasted homophobic material.The complaint to the BBC board of governors, objected to perceived homophobia on BBC Radio 1 and on the Catherine Tate comedy show.Radio1 DJ Chris Moyle's was cited for describing a ring tone as gay and offence was caused by comments made by US rapper The Game on Jo Whiley's show on the same station, when he described gay people as "faggots".
Williams reinstates bishop after gay row
12:00 AM — An Evangelical clergyman who lost his standing as a bishop over a gay row has been reinstated by the Archbishop of CanterburyDr Rowan Williams allowed an appeal by the Reverend Richard Coekin against the revocation of his bishop licence by the Bishop of Southwark, Reverend Tom Butler.
‘BBC condones homophobia,’ says anti-bullying charity 6
12:00 AM — An anti-bullying charity has rejected the BBC's claim that Radio1 DJ Chris Moyles did not cause offence by referring to a ring tone as "gay".A complaint made against the presenter, Chris Moyles, after he dismissed a ring tone by saying "I don't want that one, it's gay", was rejected by a committee of the BBC Board of Governors.
5th June 2006
Lesbian couple seek UK gay marriage rights 10
12:00 AM — A British lesbian couple married lawfully in Canada will challenge the UK's gay marriage laws in the High Court tomorrow.University professors Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger were married lawfully in Canada in August 2003, while Sue was working there, after the province of British Columbia opened up marriage to same-sex couples.
Naked butlers moon their way to the states
12:00 AM — A company offering hen parties and gay weddings almost naked waiters has proved so successful in Britain that it is opening up offices around the world."Butlers in the Buff" provides waiters wearing only a bow tie, collar, cuffs and a bottom-revealing apron. The company was founded by a former Royal Marine, Jason Didcott who served in the Gulf War and in Bosnia.
Western Isles to lift ban on gay marriage
12:00 AM — The Western Isles (Eilean Siar) are preparing to reverse their ban on civil partnerships or gay weddings taking place on the islands.The Western Isles became the only part of Britain to ban gay marriages after local councillors and registrars agreed to a boycott.Registrars are permitted under the Civil Partnership Act to refuse to conduct a ceremony on moral grounds.
HIV positive rapist is “lowest of the low” says gay rights campaigner
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveHuman rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell has branded an HIV positive Zimbabwean who pretended to be gay as "the lowest of the low" after he raped two teenage girls.Gabriel Vengesai, 45, had already been found guilty of statutory rape after he had consensual, unprotected sex with a 14-year-old girl who bore him a child.
Gay community urged to ensure faith support 13
12:00 AM — The Green Party's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) group is calling on the gay community to respond to the Government's Equality Bill consultation on whether to ban discrimination against LGBT people in the supply of goods and services such as hotels and charitable services.They are worried that extreme religious groups might persuade the Government to exempt them from any obligations under the new law on grounds of religious faith.
2nd June 2006
Evangelicals condemned after comparing gay marriage to ‘marrying a horse’ 1
12:00 AM — A Christian lobby group has been criticised after one of its members was reported to have equated gay marriage with "people wanting to marry their horse."The remarks were printed in an Observer interview with Don Horrocks, head of public affairs at the Evangelical Alliance (EA), last weekend surrounding an upcoming legal challenge seeking UK gay marriage rights in the High Court.
Gay groups show solidarity with marred Moscow pride 4
12:00 AM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups and individuals will gather outside the Russian Consulate in Edinburgh today to protest the Mayor of Moscow's decision to ban a gay pride march in Russia.The Moscow mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, banned the march and subsequently failed to protect gay activists who were in the area last Saturday.
HIV charity head is a ‘picture of health’ 1
12:00 AM — The chief executive of Terrence Higgins Trust, Nick Partridge, is appearing in 'A Picture of Health', a photographic exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery which runs from next week.The exhibition which runs from June 6 to September 10 2006 aims to profile some of the outstanding men and women who have shaped healthcare at the beginning of the 21st century and features NHS leaders, clinicians and Government policy advisors as well as campaigners from the voluntary sector.
1st June 2006
Gay adoption row hits Scotland 10
12:00 AM — The Scottish Parliament's Education Committee has hit a stumbling block over a new law allowing gay couple's to jointly adopt in the country.Conflicts emerged in a consultation meeting yesterday attended by adoption agencies, gay groups and Catholic organisations.
Gay island body ‘is missing Brit’
12:00 AM — The body of a man found on a popular gay Spanish resort is believed to be missing Briton, Kevin Hoare, police claim.Kevin Hoare, 39, disappeared in the early hours of May 11 2006 after friends left him at Organics Club, a gay bar in Sitges.The Bognor Regis based production worker, failed to meet his brother at Gatwick Airport two days later and there has been no movement on his mobile phone or bank account.
Desmond Tutu awaits lesbian kiss 2
12:00 AM — A lesbian couple aims to deliver a kiss to Archbishop Desmond Tutu next month as part of a campaign to spread peace, love and goodwill.Heather and Chloe Wolsey-Ottaway are promoting a new venture called, Kisses That Count, around the world, and will attend a charity event in New York where the Nobel Peace Prize winner will be a keynote speaker.
31st May 2006
Gay MEP backs clampdown on Polish homophobia
12:00 AM — The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) is calling on the European Union (EU) to address mounting homophobia in Poland.The group expressed concerns about homophobic attitudes in Poland after a government minister advocated attacking people who take part in a pride march, due next week.
Gay couples may get new legal rights
12:00 AM — Unmarried couples, including gay partners without a civil partnership, who live together, may be given the right to each other's wealth after a break up, according to plans produced today.The Law Commission, an independent legislation watchdog, has published a consultation document to define improvements to the rights of unmarried cohabiting couples after a rise in cases is expected from two to four million in the next 25 years.
Police interview Conservative councillor over ‘gay paedophile’ slur 14
12:00 AM — A Conservative councillor accused of labelling gay people as paedophiles has been voluntarily interviewed by police in Brighton.Peter Willows, a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faced widespread condemnation last week over comments labelling gay people as paedophiles, which he was reported to have made at an annual Brighton and Hove City Council.
Gay group push for equality in faith schools 12
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA group campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in schools, is urging the government to ensure faith schools adhere to the terms of the incoming Equality Act which outlaws homophobic discrimination in the provision of goods and services.Schools Out warned that faith schools must not be allowed to discriminate against LGBT students.
Gay officer handed new role 7
12:00 AM — Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Brian Paddick, Britain's highest ranking gay policeman, has been moved to a less high profile role.The officer will retain his commissioner job but will no longer be in charge of the riot squad as part of Territorial Policing, after being given the task of setting up a new information system by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair.
Transsexual considers legal action over sex change wait 1
12:00 AM — A transsexual is considering legal action against her Primary Care Trust after being told she must wait up to six years to have a sex change.Emma was told in 2003 that she was a woman trapped in a man's body and was eligible for treatment, but was then informed that she could only be treated at Leeds Gender Clinic where there is a two year wait for an appointment, as well as a repeat assessment of around four years, which could mean she has to wait another six years in total.