19th December 2006
Police investigate internal gay rows 1
12:00 AM — Police are investigating religious expression within the force after rows have broken out between gay and Christian colleagues, according to reports.The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) will produce guidelines after the review to recommend the best way forward.
Celebs come out for Elton John film
12:00 AM — Sir Elton John was joined by X-Factor judge Sharon Osbourne, Sting, Girls Aloud and ex-Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell to launch his new film in Leicester Square last night.The gay musical legend unveiled his new film, transgender comedy It's a Boy Girl Thing, at a premiere to raise funds for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Court rejects gay banker’s discrimination appeal 1
12:00 AM — A gay banker who claims he was sacked because of his sexual orientation has had his appeal rejected at an employment appeals tribunal.Peter Lewis, who earned in the region of £1 million a year at HSBC, was seeking £5 million in damages from the bank in what was seen as one of the biggest gay discrimination cases in the UK.
Cardinal compares gay unions to paedophilia 6
12:00 AM — The Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh has been criticised for comparing same sex partnerships to paedophiliaCardinal Keith O'Brien made the statements in a speech at the Scottish InterFiath Leaders' conference last month, and then left without allowing himself to be challenges.
Councillors spur action on city HIV/AIDS budget cuts
12:00 AM — Brighton and Hove councillors have called on the local NHS to report on the impact of budget cuts into HIV/AIDS services in the city.Spending on HIV/AIDS services in the city has fallen from £437,000 in 2002/03 to £307,380 for this financial year (2006/7) and represents a cut of 30% if inflation is included.
18th December 2006
Gay activists back Theatre Museum
12:00 AM — Gay campaigners are calling on the community to support a campaign to stop the closure of the Theatre Museum in London.The Theatre Museum claims to hold the largest collections of documents and artefacts relating to the performing arts, but now faces closure and relocation by its owner The Victoria and Albert Museum.
Clarkson reprimanded for ‘gay car’ comment 27
12:00 AM — The BBC has pleased gay campaigners after upholding a complaint that Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson was behaving in a derogatory manner after referring to a car as "gay" on the programme.Four viewers complained about an exchange during BBC Two's Top Gear last July in which Clarkson 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.
Stormont criticised for allowing gay equality 3
12:00 AM — A cleric who is prepared to go to jail by opposing new gay rights laws in Northern Ireland, has criticised the Assembly for failing to stop the legislation, prompting criticism from gay groups.The Sexual Orientation Regulations, which protect the LGBT community from discrimination in goods and services, are due in Northern Ireland next month, but the Reverend Eric McComb, a Pentecost Church minister, says the law only passed through because politicians "lack the moral fibre" to oppose it.
Transsexual wins damages over ferry discrimination case 2
12:00 AM — A transsexual has been awarded £64,962 in damages after a tribunal concluded that Drusilla Philippa Marland was "forced to endure at work an atmosphere of intimidation and hostility."Ms Marland, a P O Ferries crew member claims she was forced out of her job after the company did not protect her from discrimination.
Young gay Londoners defend free buses
12:00 AM — Young LGBT people have hit out at the deputy chairman of the London Assembly's transport committee for proposing to abolish free bus travel for under-18s.Conservative Assembly Member Roger Evans claims on his blog that the free travel scheme for young Londoners is costing £55 million and is being abused through anti-social behaviour.
£70,000 distributed to Manchester gay groups
12:00 AM — Operation Fundraiser has distributed £70,000 raised from Manchester Pride 2006 to LGBT and HIV good causes throughout Greater Manchester.The money raised from this year's Manchester Pride has been distributed to help HIV and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender charities in Greater Manchester.
Christians launch legal challenge to gay equality 3
12:00 AM — A coalition of Christian groups has been granted permission to seek a judicial review regarding new gay equality laws in Northern Ireland.The Christian Institute has led calls to delay the Sexual Orientation Regulations, due in Northern Ireland next month, claiming they were rushed through and constitute an attack on freedom of conscience.
17th December 2006
Little Britain star holds gay wedding
12:00 AM — Little Britain star Matt Lucas today held a civil partnership ceremony with long term boyfriend, television producer Kevin McGee in London.The gay wedding was a rather formal affair with guests including onscreen partner, David Walliams, tv presenter Dale Winton and comic Rob Brydon reportedly wearing suits.The wedding reception and party is however expected to be rather extravagant with guests invited to appear as pantomime characters.
15th December 2006
Community urged to ‘mobilise’ for gay equality 12
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay charity Stonewall has called on the community to get behind the Sexual Orientation Regulations, amid mounting opposition from the Christian Right.Speaking to a forum of LGBT groups at City Hall in London last night, Stonewalls Public and Parliamentary Affairs spokesman Alan Wardle warned that gay originations must stop religious groups mobilising against the laws.
Brighton set to celebrate first anniversary of civil partnerships in spectacular style
12:00 AM — Dignitaries and drag queens are all busy selecting outfits and big hats as Brighton gears up to celebrate the first anniversary of civil partnerships on December 21st at one of the most flamboyant weddings the city has seen.The Mayor of Brighton and Hove, senior Councillors and faces from the world of gay business will join Brighton couple Jamie Hakim and Graeme Youngs as they tie the knot in style at Brighton Town Hall.
14th December 2006
“Disgraced” anti-gay Tory resigns 14
12:00 AM — The Tory Councillor found guilty of using abusive words against gay men by the Magistrates Court in Brighton last Tuesday has resigned.Peter Willows, 75, decided to resign from his post as Councillor for Hangleton and Knoll Ward in Brighton after a meeting with Conservative Group Leader Councillor Brian Oxley at Willow's home last night.
Smoking- giving up is hard to do 5
12:00 AM — If you thought giving up smoking is hard, spare a thought for patients in Glasgow who applied for a pill to break the habit, but ended up being prescribed Viagra.The patients were expecting anti-smoking pill Zyban, but a computer glitch led sildenafil, another name for Viagra, being chosen.Pharmacists discovered the error when an influx of patients began asking for anti-impotence drugs, The Daily Telegraph reports.
Ireland court rejects gay marriage case 1
12:00 AM — The High Court in Dublin has rejected a lesbian couple's case to recognise their Canadian marriage in Ireland.In a landmark case in October, the court heard arguments from Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression and that the current concept of marriage is outdated.
Irish Labour proposes gay union law 1
12:00 AM — Ireland's Labour Party has introduced a Civil Unions Bill into parliament, just hours after the High Court in Dublin declared that a lesbian couple's Canadian marriage could not be accepted in the country.Labour's Civil Unions Bill, would provide legal recognition and protection for couples of the same sex.
Big Brother announces audition dates
12:00 AM — Yep, it's that time already, Big Brother 8 auditions are on their way!Big Brother is back and the call for contestants can only mean one thing... Channel 4 will be holding open auditions for the show around the UK Ireland.So, for anyone out there who thinks that they can bring something extra special to the house, it's their time to turn up and show us why.