17th January 2006
Outrage at lack of respect for gay campaigner 3
12:00 AM — Gay rights group, Outrage, is accusing a prominent member of George Galloway's Respect Party, of encouraging homophobia and violence against leader, Peter Tatchell.In his column in Asian weekly entertainment newspaper, Desi Xpress, Adam Yosef denounced Mr Tatchell as a "bigot" who "needs a good slap in the face." Yosef urges the Australian-born activist and his "queer campaign army" to "pack their bent bags and head back to Australia".
Lib Dem candidate gets gay backing 57
12:00 AM — Gay rights activist, Peter Tatchell put previous political battles aside this week to express his support for Liberal Democrat leadership candidate, Simon Hughes.Mr Tatchell a former Labour candidate, was defeated by Mr Hughes in the 1983 Bermondsey by-election, which was marred by homophobic taunts and violence towards Peter Tatchell's campaign.
16th January 2006
Gay groups angered by Scottish Catholics 1
12:00 AM — Gay rights campaigners and adoption groups have been angered by the Catholic church in Scotland's plans to seek an exemption from allowing gay couples to adopt.Senior Bishops are seeking a "conscience clause" giving the church and other faith-based groups the right to reject applicants to their adoption agencies on the basis of gender.
Police force is top gay employer 57
12:00 AM — Staffordshire Police has helped the British law enforcement sector overcome previous allegations of institutional homophobia by becoming the nation's top gay-friendly employer.The force that encourages gay officers to go on marches, take parenting leave and organise parties with local homosexual groups was ranked first in the Workplace Equality Index, compiled by gay activist charity, Stonewall.
15th January 2006
Comment: Would the Pope face arrest for homophobia? 13
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman asks if the Pope would be welcome in Britain after his comments on gay marriage.It's been a busy month for gay rights activists. After a brief respite from the Muslim Council of Britain's, Sir Iqbal Sacranie's homophobic comments, now the Pope Benedict XVI has used a public platform to denounce homosexuality.
14th January 2006
“Gay horse” case dropped
12:00 AM — A student from Oxford University who labelled a police horse as "gay" will not be prosecuted.Sam Brown, originally from Belfast, approached a mounted police officer during a night out with friends in Oxford and said: "Excuse me, do you realise your horse is gay?"Following the comments, police backup arrived in two squad cars and arrested Mr Brown under the Public Order Act.
13th January 2006
Gay Doctor Who star was too straight for Will and Grace 7
12:00 AM — John Barrowman, the gay star of Doctor Who was told he was "too straight" to play the part of Will in the hit US comedy Will and Grace.The 38 year old actor who is well known across the world as Doctor Who's bisexual sidekick Captain Jack Harkness claimed that offering the led role in the gay sitcom to a straight actor, Eric McCormack was typical of "homophobic" Hollywood.
NHS criticised over lack of planning for sexual health
12:00 AM — NHS trusts in England have been accused of neglecting to plan adequately for sexual health provision by a consortium of sexual health charities.A report published today claims that despite central government funding being available for planning, half of all Primary Care Trust (PCT) local delivery plans for the next three years fail to mention specific targets to improving access to sexual health services.
12th January 2006
Muslim leader to be investigated by police over gay comments 12
12:00 AM — Sir Iqbal Sacranie, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, is under investigation by the Metropolitan police over allegations that comments he made on homosexuality may have breached the Public Order Act.Scotland Yard said in a statement that it had : "received a report of comments made in a radio interview which the complainant believed were homophobic in nature and asked us to investigate."
11th January 2006
Gay police officers face homophobia from Christians and Muslims 15
12:00 AM — Gay police officers are facing "faith based" homophobia from colleagues, the Gay Police Association (GPA) claims.The GPA claims that its 24-hour help line has received a 75 per cent increase in calls and warns that much of this is caused by homophobia from Christian and Muslim officers.Vic Codling, the GPA's national co-ordinator told Police Review that there were 14 cases last year of so-called "faith based" homophobia.
Government denies that marriage is a dirty word 1
12:00 AM — The government have denied allegations made today in a national newspaper claiming that the words "marriage" and "weddings" will be consigned to the dustbin of history in order to avoid offending gay couples.The Daily Mail reported that the Department of Trade and Industry's Women and Equality Unit together with the Treasury and local authorities have sent a checklist of changes to registry offices following the introduction of the Civil Partnerships Act last year.
10th January 2006
Tony Blair’s local doctor jailed for possessing gay paedophilia 2
12:00 AM — A family doctor in Tony Blair's Sedgefield constituency has been jailed for 15 months for possession of gay paedophilia on his computerDr Riccardo Benci, a GP with Sedgefield Primary Care Trust in County Durham was suspended from working as a doctor after computer shop staff discovered the images when he took his pc in to be repaired.Judge Guy Whitburn, said that shock and fear was in evidence on the faces of the abused boys who were aged between 6 and 15.
9th January 2006
Tatchell savages Christian protesters 15
4:57 PM — Gay activist Peter Tatchell has launched a stinging attack on Christians planning to protest about gay discrimination legislation outside Parliament later today.Evangelical Christian groups are due to be joined by Muslim activists on the torchlight protest, timed to coincide with a debate in the House of Lords on the new Sexual Orientation Regulations.
Lords uphold anti-discrimination laws 1
4:57 PM — An attempt by an Irish peer to rescind the Sexual Orientation Regulations has failed.The House of Lords voted 199 to 68 to retain the regulations, which protect lesbian, gay and bisexual people against discrimination when accessing goods and services.The Lords vote was a defeat for Christian and Muslim protesters.
Shameless gay characters return to Channel 4
3:52 PM — To the uninitiated, it might not sound like very appealing television. A family of scallies, living off their wits in a run down council estate in the North. As comedy goes, it is not exactly The Good Life. Tonight will see a triumphant return to our screens for the Gallagher family, among them a well-adjusted gay teenager and his maladjusted lesbian mother.
COMMENT: Who is Lord Morrow? 15
2:43 PM — PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew provides some background on today's debate in the House of Lords on the Sexual Orientation Regulations. Northern Ireland is a religious place, probably the most devout part of the UK. Church attendance is high, for both Protestants and Catholics. It is also a place used to bigotry.Those two aspects of Northern Irish society have come together over the new regulations that outlaw discrimination against LGBT people when trying to access services.
Stonewall lobbies peers over discrimination regulations 15
12:00 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Staff at the gay rights organisation Stonewall have been lobbying members of the House of Lords ahead of today's debate on the Sexual Orientation Regulations.Chief Executive Ben Summerskill told PinkNews.co.uk that the organisation had been working for weeks to persuade peers to vote down Lord Morrow's proposal.
Gay Christians speak out against fundamentalists 15
12:00 PM — The head of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement has spoken out against religious fundamentalists ahead of today's House of Lords debate on the Sexual Orientation Regulations.Rev Richard Kirker, in a statement to PinkNews.co.uk, expressed his shame at some Christian groups who have taken the position that they should be exempted from the regulations, which outlaw discrimination against LGBT people when accessing services.
Christians and Muslims gear up for Westminster protest 15
10:17 AM — Fundamentalist Christians are preparing for a torchlight protest outside the Houses of Parliament this evening, designed to show their disapproval of new regulations to protect gay people from discrimination.Christian Concern for Our Nation are organising the outdoor event, which will coincide with a debate in the House of Lords about the Sexual Orientation Regulations' introduction in Northern Ireland at the start of this month.
Murderer to marry gay paedophile lover behind bars 2
12:00 AM — A convicted murderer has been granted permission to marry his gay paedophile lover behind bars. However, the prison service will not let them to share a cell.William Beggs, 42, known as the "Limbs in the Loch Killer," was jailed for life in 2001. Beggs drugged, raped and murdered 18 year-old Barry Wallace before dumping his head in the sea and his limbs and torso into Loch Lomond. He escaped to Amsterdam where he eventually surrendered to police.