23rd October 2006
Gay charity refutes Beeb’s ‘gay workplace’
12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall has cast doubts on reports that the BBC's commitment to diversity has seen it overrun with lesbian and gay employees.It comes after the Mail on Sunday reported that the channel recently had an "impartiality summit" where issues of bias and representation were discussed.
New drama stars gay performer 2
12:00 AM — The new sci-fi thriller Torchwood, starring gay actor John Barrowman as lead Captain Jack, attracted BBC Three's largest audience when it began last night.The Doctor Who spin off is set and produced in Wales and despite being based on a character from the series, no stories will inter link.Both episodes drew over four million viewers to the digital channel last night.
Support for Irish gay unions grows
12:00 AM — As one Irish couple aim to get their Canadian marriage recognised by Irish courts, it appears that two-thirds of the country's electorate have sympathy for their plight.Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan are currently awaiting a High Court decision on the status of their marriage in Ireland, and a survey by the Sunday Tribune and Millward Brown will bring great comfort to the couple after it showed increasing support for gay and lesbian couples having the same legal and financial rights as married couples.
Gay activists criticise “Catholic Taleban” 3
12:00 AM — A Catholic activist in Scotland has been condemned as a "modern-day witch hunter" by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) after she harassed a priest over allegations of homosexuality.According to this week's Catholic publication The Tablet, Patricia McKeever, of radical Christian group Catholic Truth, has been "harassing and intimidating" Fr Ed Hone, a Redemptorist at St Patrick's in Edinburgh.
British Embassy hosting gay unions 1
12:00 AM — The British Embassy in Dublin is controversially hosting civil partnerships.The unions are illegal under Irish law but the embassy is legally British territory.At least one partner has to be a British citizen. The move comes as growing pressure, both public and institutional mounts for the Republic to follow the lead of the UK and permit gay unions.
20th October 2006
Gay Tory row over Attitude photo shoot 2
12:00 AM — A war of words has broken out in Wakefield over a topless photo. Former Tory council candidate Nathan Garbutt has resigned from the party after local activists allegedly tried to stop him posing for gay magazine Attitude .Members of the Conservative Group on Wakefield council have dismissed his claims, and told Wakefield Today that Mr Garbutt, 21, left the party over a disagreement about policy.
George smokes joint in front of Melvyn
12:00 AM — George Michael has broken yet another taboo by openly smoking cannabis in front of a Labour peer.In the course of an interview for The South Bank Show, the former Wham! front man and gay icon puffed on a joint.Michael was speaking to Melvyn Bragg, the veteran arts presenter, who was made a life peer by Tony Blair in 1998.
Manchester Imam defends execution of gay people 3
12:00 AM — A Manchester Imam has allegedly stated that the execution of sexually active gay men is justified.Mr. Arshad Misbahi, who is based at the Manchester Central Mosque, is said to have confirmed his views in a conversation to Dr John Casson, a local psychotherapist.Dr Casson told PinkNews "I asked if the execution of gay Muslims in Iran and Iraq was an acceptable punishment in Sharia law"
Kelly faces Commons questions on gay rights
12:00 AM — Two MPs have challenged Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly about the delay in implementing new guidelines protecting gay people from discrimination.At Communities questions yesterday, the Conservative MP for Buckingham, John Bercow, demanded that the government set out when the new rules would be laid before Parliament.Kelly replied that the new regulations would be presented to the House of Commons in good time for them to be introduced by April 2007.
Maverick Clare Short resigns from Labour
12:00 AM — Former cabinet minister Clare Short has announced that she has resigned as a Labour MP. She will sit as an independent for the rest of this parliament and will not vote with the government.In a letter to the Chief Whip, Ms Short said she could no longer remain in the Parliamentary Labour Party. The 60-year-old political veteran had previously announced that she will not contest the next election.
19th October 2006
Potential Prime Minister criticises gay equality delay 18
12:00 AM — A potential candidate for Prime Minister has criticised government ministers for delaying new equality legislation.John McDonnell, who earlier this year declared his intention to stand for the Labour party leadership when Tony Blair relinquishes the post, expressed alarm at reports that government figures such as the Prime Minister and Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly were caving into pressure from Christian groups to allow exemptions in the new Sexual Orientation Regulations.
Mayor wins Nazi jibe appeal
12:00 AM — London Mayor Ken Livingstone has won an appeal against a finding that he brought his office into disrepute after making controversial comments comparing a Jewish journalist to a concentration camp guard.In February the adjudication panel of the Standards Board for England ruled that the Mayor brought his office into disrepute when he acted in an "unnecessarily insensitive" manner following a reception held commemorating 20th anniversary of Chris Smith being the first MP to reveal he was gay.
Gay equality delay bad for healthcare 18
12:00 AM — Care workers have expressed concern at the delay of the Sexual Orientation Regulations after it was announced that the new laws will not come into force until April 2007 because of the huge number of responses to the legislation.The Liberal Democrat's Women and Equality spokesperson Lorely Burt has been leading calls for the minister to step down after reports that the new Equality Act may be amended to allay fears of Christian groups, her demands were echoed by the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association.
18th October 2006
Gay police oppose advert ruling 10
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Gay Police Association (GPA) has expressed outrage at the decision of an advertising watchdog that it had insufficient evidence to back up a controversial advert linking religious beliefs to homophobic attacks.The Advertising Standards Authority yesterday ruled that the advert which appeared in the diversity supplement of The Independent to coincide with EuroPride last July may have caused offence to Christians and the statistics in the advert had not yet been verified.
Christian handbook snubs gays
12:00 AM — A Christian directory has been accused of homophobia after snubbing gay members of the faith.The UK Christian Handbook, which is produced every two years and provides contacts for organisations and services related to the religion, has reportedly snubbed advertising requests from the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM.)
Trans doctor ‘suggested prostitution’ to fund sex change
12:00 AM — One of the UK's top gender identity psychiatrists advised a patient to enter prostitution to fund a sex change, a tribunal heard today.The General Medical Council is currently hearing accusations that Dr Russell Reid behaved inappropriately towards transgender patients and prescribed sex-change treatment for some too quickly between 1984 and 2003.
Academics criticise Kelly over gay equality delay 18
12:00 AM — Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly must resign if she continues to obstruct equal rights for gays and lesbians, says the University and College Union (UCU).The union, which represents 110,000 lecturers and academic related staff, today added its voice to others criticising the delay of legislation which would make it illegal for organisations and businesses to deny services to gays and lesbians.
17th October 2006
Gay football fans tackle homophobia
12:00 AM — Gay fans in Europe are joining an international campaign to kick discrimination out of football starting today.LGBT supporters in Germany and Poland are participating in the Football Against Racism in Europe Action Week, which will see a series of events throughout the continent dedicated to promoting equality including anti-homophobia schemes.
Geeling murder shows ‘school homophobia’ 7
12:00 AM — PinkNews ExclusiveA gay school equality group has accused the media of pandering to homophobia over the reporting of the murder of 11-year-old Joe Geeling.Sue Sanders, co-chair of Schools Out, who campaign for LGBT equality in education, said this case shows the problems of homophobia between schoolchildren.Michael Hamer was sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday for the murder of Joe Geeling in a case which appears to centre around a letter luring the boy to the killer's home.
16th October 2006
Gay campaigners attack Ruth Kelly over equality delay 19
12:00 AM — Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly has once again come under criticism regarding her view on gay rights after it has emerged that exemptions may be allowed for Catholic groups in the upcoming Equality Act.The new law, which has now been delayed until April, aims to outlaw discrimination in the provision of goods and services for the LGBT community, but protests from Christian groups appear to have led to a delay.