5th July 2006
Jersey Politicians vote to reduce gay age of consent
12:00 AM — Politicians on the island of Jersey have voted for a new sexual offences law that will reduce the age of consent for gay sex to 16.Deputies in the States Assembly voted by 38 votes to 11 to approve the new law that also includes a new offence of grooming a child and abusing a position of trust.Deputies will now debate an amendment that seeks to strengthen laws relating to the abuse of trust.
Gangster jailed for 35 years for gay masseur murder
12:00 AM — A British gangster was sentenced for a minimum of 35 years for the brutal murder of a Thai gay masseur.Darren Marcus Johnson, nicknamed Chaos, was convicted of murder at the Old Bailey after the body of gay Thai man, Niphan Trikhana, was found in his flat in 2004.Judge Jeremy Roberts told Johnson that he was a sadistic individual who had shown a lack of remorse for his crimes.
4th July 2006
Anglican gay row escalates amid Archbishop’s plan 3
12:00 AM — The row of gay bishops in the Anglican Communion has reached a new level this week after liberal clergy in the UK suggested teaming up with ideologically similar US churches, while the denomination's most traditional church called for pro-gay congregations to be "excised."The proposals come in reaction to the head of the Anglican Church, Dr Rowan William's idea of splitting churches between "associated" and "covenant" provinces.
Northern Ireland proposes adoption rights for gay partners 1
12:00 AM — Same sex couples in Northern Ireland may get adoption rights, under a new law plan by the government to put children's needs first in the country.Junior Health Minister at the Northern Ireland Office, Paul Goggins, unveiled the proposed new approach to adoption in Northern Ireland today which will put children's needs at the heart of the process.
Lesbian couple receive anti-gay sperm
12:00 AM — Sperm clinics are facing criticism over the way they use donations after one fertility organisation was reprimanded for breaking the terms of a donor's consent by giving his seed to a lesbian couple, despite his stipulation that it not be given to same sex partners.The London Women's Clinic on Harley Street admitted the error after the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) discovered the blunder, they were then suspended for three months.
MPs back lesbian IVF access
12:00 AM — Over 50 MPs have signed a Commons motion calling for single women and lesbians to have access to fertility treatment without the need of a father being present.The cross section of politicians from Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats oppose laws which require "the need for a father" to be considered as a basis for IVF.
Mayor looks back to school days to launch anti-homophobia campaign
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone joined with teachers andeducationalists to launch an anti-homophobic bullying campaign spearheaded by the gay rights charity Stonewall.He drew on his own "behind the bike sheds" experiences to illustrate the change in educational needs relating to homophobia since the 1950s.
Venue cancels Buju Banton gig after protests 7
12:00 AM — A Brighton music venue has caved into pressure from the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community, Brighton and Hove City Council and Police by cancelling a performance tomorrow by singer Buju Banton, who is known for his homophobic lyrics.In a statement, Concorde 2 said: "We sincerely apologise to ticket holders for any inconvenience this may cause, but we are concerned that we will have our licence revoked and that our premises could be closed down."
Stonewall spells out opposition to homophobic bullying
12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall and the Mayor of London will team up today to launch an anti-homophobic bullying campaign.A DVD entitled Spell It Out, has been produced for distribution to teachers in all London's secondary schools, and will be presented at Stonewall's "Tackling homophobia in our schools" conference this afternoon.
Rise in sexual health diagnosis in UK
12:00 AM — Figures released today by the Health Protection Agency show that the number of sexually transmitted infections (STI) diagnosed in the UK increased by three per cent between 2004 and 2005. However, in relation to gonorrhoea, new diagnoses fell by 13 per cent, a decrease for the second successive year.The figures for the country as a whole (straight and LGBT) last year show that there were 790,387 diagnoses of STI and an overall increase of nine per cent to 1,839,241 visits to sexual health clinics.
Pink News editor becomes youngest TV correspondent
12:00 AM — Channel 4 News has appointed PinkNews.co.uk editor and internet entrepreneur Benjamin Cohen as its first ever Technology Correspondent.Mr Cohen, 23, started PinkNews.co.uk last year and has overseen a team in breaking major news stories such as questioning the appointment of Women and Equality Minister Ruth Kelly.
3rd July 2006
Protesters fail to mar gay pride in London 6
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveChristian groups staged an anti-gay protest against EuroPride last weekend only to be cordoned off by police at the corner of Pall Mall and ridiculed by the 750,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) participants.A demonstration organised by Christian Voice assembled at the bottom of Regents Street near the end of the parade holding placards and quoting verses of the Bible, claming homosexuality is sinful.
Ian McKellen ranked most influential gay man 8
12:00 AM — Gay acting legend Sir Ian McKellen has topped the annual Pink List of influential gay and lesbian people in Britain.The highly acclaimed thespian, star of Lord of the Rings, and the Da Vinci Code, who was an integral part of last weekend's EuroPride rally as its patron and organiser of its finale, came first, ahead of signer Sir Elton John in second place.
Gay minister criticises church’s civil partnership stance 1
12:00 AM — Ben Bradshaw, the first government minister to have a civil partnership, has criticised the Church of England's stance on same-sex unions.The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs warned that the Church could become sidelined over its gay stance.
Gay carers in the community
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThis week the Alzheimer's Society is launching a campaign to raise awareness of dementia, PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman discovers the effect of the disease on the gay community.The phrase "gay community" is often thrown into the ring when talking about same-sex issues such as HIV, discrimination, marriage, and homophobia, but under the rainbow flags and civil partnership certificates, an increasing section of the group appear to be overlooked, despite having unique needs.
A “gorgeous” picture of gay pride 6
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveOver half a million people gathered in London last weekend to celebrate EuroPride.Gay politicians, campaigners and supporters including London Mayor Ken Livingstone, actor Sir Ian McKellen, Labour MEP Michael Cashman, Shadow Trade and Industry Secretary Alan Duncan, and Outrage's Peter Tatchell were just a few of the names leading the parade.
Sacked gays and lesbians still awaiting MoD payouts 6
12:00 AM — Lesbian and gay military recruits who were dismissed from the forces when their sexuality became known are still awaiting compensation, a newspaper investigation claims.The RAF, army and navy members who were told to leave prior to January 2000 when the UK's ban on lesbian and gay personnel was lifted, have not received payment from the Ministry of Defence, despite the government accepting the actions taken were illegal.
1st July 2006
“Gorgeous” gay community fills London with EuroPride 6
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAround half a million people gathered in London this afternoon to celebrate EuroPride.Gay politicians, campaigners and supporters including London Mayor Ken Livingstone, actor Sir Ian McKellen, Labour MEP Michael Cashman, Conservative MP Alan Duncan, and Outrage's Peter Tatchell were just a few of the names leading the parade.
30th June 2006
Conservatives hold Bromley from anti-gay candidate 3
12:00 AM — The Conservative Party narrowly held onto its Bromley and Chiselhurst seat yesterday in a by-election which has been riddled with homophobia and personal abuse.Bob Neill won the seat which was vacant after the death of Eric Forth in May, beating Liberal Democrat candidate Ben Abbotts by 633 votes, reducing the party's majority in the area from 13,342 to 700.
Diocese stands up for gay rights in bishop nominations 7
12:00 AM — The Diocese of Newark defied the Episcopalian church's recent decision to prevent LGBT clergy from becoming bishops by nominating a gay priest from San Francisco as a bishop candidate."By nominating an openly gay priest from San Francisco as one of four candidates to become their 10th Bishop, the Diocese of Newark has reaffirmed that our church does not discriminate against LGBT people," Oasis President Reverend John Kirkley said.