1st August 2006
Straight couples campaign for gay marriage rights 3
12:00 AM — A group campaigning for heterosexual access to civil partnerships has expressed solidarity with a lesbian couple who were yesterday told their Canadian marriage could not be recognised in the UK.A High Court judge told Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson that they can only be recognised as civil partners to respect the "age-old institution (of marriage), valued and valuable, respectable and respected, as a means not only of encouraging monogamy but also the procreation of children."
Survey questions gay perception of Northern Ireland
12:00 AM — A majority of people in Northern Ireland say they are tolerant of lesbian, gay and bisexual people (LGB) in society, according to a new survey from Ipsos MORI Ireland.The survey, commissioned by Lesbian Advocacy Services Initiative (LASI), shows a majority of people (88%) are supportive of the principle that LGB people should not be discriminated against.
31st July 2006
Gay Tory applies to be London Mayor
12:00 AM — London could be getting its first gay mayor after Nick Boles director of Conservative aligned think tank Policy Exchange today confirmed that he will apply for the Tory's open primary to be held later this year.Mr Boles, this morning confirmed the rumours which were published recently on PinkNews.co.uk, and other political blogs, that he would put forward an application to stand for London Mayor in 2008.
Lesbian couple fail in gay marriage bid 10
12:00 AM — The High Court has today rejected a lesbian couple's bid to have their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK.Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson, a British lesbian couple married lawfully in Canada, challenged the UK government's laws claiming that their human rights were impeded by only being viewed as civil partners.
Yorkshire’s gay picnic celebrates 20th anniversary
12:00 AM — Yorkshire once again demonstrated 'there's nowt as queer as folk' last weekend, writes Paul Hunt.Despite the Pennine showers, thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people travelled to Huddersfield to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Annual Pink Picnic.Face Painting, Karaoke and live music was just some of the attractions on offer.
Most families welcome civil partnerships, study shows
12:00 AM — The first major research into attitudes to same sex civil partnerships since they were legalised in December 2005 has shown general acceptance from families and friends, with some exceptions.The study, carried out by sociologists at The University of Manchester, was based on interviews and focus groups with 91 gay men and lesbians who are either planning or have had a civil partnership.
Lesbian couple to appeal “insulting” gay marriage snub 10
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA lesbian couple who failed in their bid to have their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK based on their human rights have branded the judgement "insulting" and "punitive."Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson, a British lesbian couple married lawfully in Canada, have announced plans to appeal against this morning's High Court decision rejecting the validity of their marriage in the UK.
Time magazine recognises gay market
12:00 AM — The new issue of Time in Europe features something a little out of the ordinary for the readers of their business pages.The magazine's lead article discusses the growing importance of advertising to a gay consumer market that exists all across the Continent.
Beatles please gay fans
12:00 AM — The Beatles have been named as a shock entry in the top 50 gay albums of all time.The list, complied by gay magazine Attitude, puts the Fab Four at number 30 for their 1963 album Please Please Me.The record was the band's first LP and contains hits such as Twist and Shout and I Saw Her Standing There.
Outrage oppose “homophobic” High Court marriage judgement 10
12:00 AM — Gay rights group Outrage protested against the High Court's decision to reject an application by a British lesbian couple to have their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK.Sir Mark Potter, President of the Family Division of the High Court, ruled this morning that their union could only be recognised as a civil partnership.
28th July 2006
High Court to rule on UK gay marriage case 10
12:00 AM — Judgment will be handed down early next week in the landmark High Court case on same-sex marriage.Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson, a British lesbian couple married lawfully in Canada, have challenged the UK government's laws regarding same-sex marriage.
Gays earning less in workplace, study shows
12:00 AM — Anti discrimination policies in the workplace do not appear to have had an impact on wages for gay employees, research suggests.A study by the Centre for Economic Performance published in its CentrePiece magazine today, found that despite having equal opportunity legislation regarding sexual orientation in the workplace since December 2003, gay men are still paid around 6% less than heterosexual colleagues.
George Michael to sue over “media slurs” 4
12:00 AM — Gay star George Michael has threatened to sue over "slurs" on his relationship after a tabloid claimed he was cruising on Hampstead Heath last weekend.The News of the World published a series of photographs of the star which they claim prove that he was illegally having sex in a public place.
Labour gay group criticises “fascist” slur
12:00 AM — The Labour Campaign for Lesbian and Gay Rights (LCLGR) has condemned a statement made by a pro-life group which accuses "gay fascists" of bullying fire fighters.LifeLeague an organisation which purports to campaign peacefully against contraception and abortion, drew outrage after criticising the Fire Service's decision to place ten Glasgow fire-fighters under disciplinary investigation for refusing to participate in a Pride Scotia event.
Oaten’s wife forgives gay affair 5
12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten has been forgiven by his wife over recent revelations of an affair with a gay rent boy.Mr Oaten's marriage to Belinda was cast into controversy last January after the former home affairs spokesperson resigned and dropped out of the Lib Dem leadership election amid newspaper allegations of a gay relationship with a male prostitute.
Betcha Bottom Dollar on the Puppini Sisters
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Katherine Knowles meets a camp trio who have risen from lesbian strip clubs to the top of the iTunes Jazz chart.If you haven't heard the Puppini Sisters yet, you're missing out on one of the most sunnily beamingly happy listening experiences you can possibly sing along in your car to.Quite frankly, this 40s inspired elegant close harmony trio Swing.
Lesbian Tory denies homophobia lost her ‘A List’ seat 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveSources in the Conservative Party who did not wish to be named have claimed to PinkNews.co.uk that lesbian businesswoman Margot James struggled to be selected for a parliamentary seat because of her sexuality.Ms James, one of the more high profile names on the "Tory A List" of candidates which includes Conservatives expected to receive priority treatment in the selection process to represent winnable seats during the next General Election, last week failed in an effort to be selected in West Worcestershire.
Brown’s office criticises “garbage” gay voting report 25
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGordon Brown's press secretary has today defended the Chancellor of the Exchequer after a PinkNews.co.uk investigation revealed the minister has consistently failed to turn up to vote for gay rights.Research published by PinkNews.co.uk this week has shown that Mr Brown has never attended Parliament when gay rights have been voted on whilst Labour has been in power.
27th July 2006
Gordon Brown: Homophobic Or Too Busy? 25
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk InvestigationThe Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, has consistently failed to support gay rights in Parliament since the Labour party was elected in 1997.Mr Brown is well known to be preparing himself to challenge for the leadership of the Labour party following the impending resignation of the Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
C of E “indirectly” backs gay unions 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Church of England has inadvertently proposed handing civil partners greater rights, legal experts claim.In a motion agreed at the denomination's national assembly, the General Synod, members reaffirmed, "the importance of marriage as central to the stability and health of society and the best context in which to bring up children."