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  • 26th December 2005

    Former teenage dot.com millionaire comes out for web revival 1

    Mr Cohen said starting the business was “a bit of a fluke“

    12:00 AM — Benjamin Cohen, one of the stars of the late 1990s dot.com boom has returned to the industry with a new business set to revolutionise the gay media world as Britain heads for a dot.com revival in 2006.Cohen as a teenager created the soJewish/JewishNet websites in the height of the internet mania of the late 90s. He was dubbed 'Britain's first teenage dot.com millionaire' and was the focus of a BBC fly on the wall documentary.

  • 25th December 2005

    Revolution in British gay media about to begin 1

    It's still secret, but our new product will take the gay community by storm

    12:00 AM — In the early part of 2006, PinkUnlimited.co.uk will be launching our largest and most exciting product.It's still under wraps so we can't say exactly what it will be but rest assured that it will take our community by storm.Here are a few words to describe our secret product: interesting, exciting, quality, direct, overdue. Plus here's one more: FREE.

  • 24th December 2005

    Doctor Who star to have gay marriage 2

    Mr Barrowman said that he and his partner are aiming for a low-key affair

    12:00 AM — Doctor Who star John Barrowman is to marry his boyfriend in a civil ceremony in the New Year.Mr Barrowman who plays bisexual character Captain Jack is to take part in a Civil Partnership ceremony with his boyfriend of ten years, the architect Scott Gill.Mr Barrowman told the Sun that he and his partner are aiming for a low-key affair: "We're just going to sign the civil register."

  • Christians accused of homophobia

    Mr Roberts said in a letter: ““If gay people made the decision not to think gay, they would not act gay“

    12:00 AM — A retired couple faced a police investigation this week after objecting to their council's stance on gay issues.Devout Christians, Joe Roberts 73, and his wife Helen, 68, of Fleetwood, Lancashire, wrote to Wyre Borough Council accusing them of "pandering" to minority groups. They said they felt discriminated against.The pair had questioned the council's bid to improve equality, part of which would see gay lifestyle magazines distributed around staffareas.

  • 23rd December 2005

    Paedophile is to hold first gay marriage in a British prison

    Mark Beech is serving a six-month sentence at Wymott Prison for possessing over a thousand pornographic images of children

    12:00 AM — A convicted paedophile is to marry his boyfriend in Britain's first gay marriage held inside a prison.Mark Beech is serving a six-month sentence at Wymott Prison for possessing over a thousand pornographic images of children at his home in Blackpool.His partner, Nick Lock who has been diagnosed with a terminal lung condition is serving an 18 month suspended sentence for possessing over 400 ecstasy tablets at the home he shared with Beech.

  • Legal advice site launches to help gay couples tie the knot

    gay couples will able to purchase documents such as wills and pre-nuptial agreements

    12:00 AM — Britain's first online legal service for the gay community has been launched to coincide with the introduction of the Civil Partnerships Act.PinkLegal.co.uk provides gay couples with free advice on all the legal aspects of gay relationships. Couples will also be able to purchase documents such as wills and pre-nuptial agreements for a fraction of the cost of visiting a high street law firm.

  • 21st December 2005

    Elton John and David Furnish marry in one of England’s first gay ceremonies

    Sir Elton and Mr Furnish thanked the crowds for cheering them on

    12:00 AM — Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish have become one of the first couples in England and Wales to marry in a Civil Partnership ceremony.The pop star and his film producer boyfriend David Furnish have been in a relationship for twelve years and had planned to hold a relatively low-key ceremony at Windsor Guildhall. Whilst the ceremony itself was a private affair, thousands of fans and the world's media cheered the couple on.

  • Tony Blair: We are living in an a new age of equality 1

    Tony Blair said that the Civil Partnerships Act is: “an answer, too, to those who convince themselves that politics changes nothing“

    12:00 AM — With a slight element of self-congratulation, the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has heralded the first gay weddings in Britain.Writing for the Independent, Mr Blair lauds the change as: "another step towards the fairer, more tolerant country which this Labour Government pledged to build - and an answer, too, to those who convince themselves that politics changes nothing.""There is, of course, no room for complacency. There is still too much injustice, discrimination and unfairness."

  • Gay vicar defies Bishop to marry partner

    Rev Wardale said: “it's very important to us to do this“

    12:00 AM — An openly gay vicar has defied the Bishop of Durham and taken part in a gay wedding earlier today.The Rev Christopher Wardale, 59, from Darlington, married Malcolm Macourt, 58, in a civil ceremony in Newcastle. They then received a blessing in church.Rev Wardale, vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Darlington, Co Durham has been in a gay relationship with Mr Macourt for over 19 years.

  • Schoolboy takes Jersey to European Court over gay age of consent

    European states are required under the European Convention on Human Rights to end discrimination based on sexuality

    12:00 AM — A schoolboy is taking Jersey to the European Court of Human Rightsover the fact that the island has different ages of consent for gaysand straights.Luke Small, a sixteen year old from St Brelade has lodged the casewith the Strasbourg based court.Politicians in Jersey announced earlier this year that they wereconsidering equalising the age of consent for gays and straights.

  • Lesbian vicar marries partner in joint ceremony in Brighton

    Rev Gaston said: “God is so central to our lives and our relationship“

    12:00 AM — Three gay couples have simultaneously married in Brighton's first gay civil partnership ceremonies.The seaside resort is known as 'Britain's gay capital' thanks to its liberal approach to sexuality and the multitude of gay men and women that have moved to the local area.The first three couples included local vicar, the Rev Debbie Gaston girl friend of 16 years Elaine Gaston.

  • 20th December 2005

    Elton John and David Furnish enjoy wild stag party 3

    Guests were  treated to a saucy strip from former Blue front man Lee Ryan

    12:00 AM — Sir Elton John and his fiancé David Furnish held a star studded joint stag night in Soho on Monday evening.The singer arrived at the newly opened Too2Much cabaret nightclub in Soho in a turquoise suite whilst Mr Furnish opted for a sparkly black coat.Guests were treated to a saucy strip from former Blue front man Lee Ryan as well as topless waiters.

  • Elton John and David Furnish opt for private gay wedding ceremony

    Sir Elton said that his love for his partner David “doesn't come with a price tag”

    12:00 AM — Sir Elton John's gay wedding to his partner David Furnish will be a private affair after he turned sown an offer worth over £6m to broadcast the occasion.The popstar and his entertainment producer partner will be one of the first couples in Britain to take advantage of the Civil Partnership Act, which will allow 'gay marriages' in all but name from the 21st December.

  • 19th December 2005

    Western Isles becomes only place in Britain to ban gay marriages

    Councillors on the idyllic Isles votes to impose a blanked ban on gay weddings

    12:00 AM — The Western Isles (Eilean Siar) are to become the only part of Britain to ban gay marriages after local councillors and registrars agreed to a boycott.Registrars are permitted under the Civil Partnership Act to refuse to conduct a ceremony on moral grounds. But councillors in Stornoway have voted to force the Isles to become the only place in Britain with a blanket ban on all gay ceremonies.

  • Gay couple defy Christian protesters to wed in Northern Ireland

    Protestors from the Rev Ian Paisley's Free Presbyterian Church told the couple: “do not be deceived, homosexuals will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

    12:00 AM — A lesbian couple have become the first gay partners to tie the knot in a regular ceremony in Britain following the introduction of the Civil Partnerships Act. Christian protestors fail to prevent ceremony from taking place.Grainne Close, a social worker from Belfast, and Shannon Sickels, a playwright from New York City became the first couple in the United Kingdom to marry in a regular ceremony.

  • 18th December 2005

    Shayne wins X Factor then heads off to gay club to celebrate

    Shayne Ward thanked his backer backer, the music impresario Louis Walsh

    12:00 AM — Shayne Ward has won the television talent contest X Factor by a margin of just 1.2 percent over rival Andy Abraham. Immediately after being announced the winner, he headed straight off to a live performance at London's largest gay night club.Mr Ward dedicated his victory to his mother Philomena saying: "this is for you mum, this is for you."

  • 16th December 2005

    Police express disappointment at lack of convictions for gay barman’s killers 2

    Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur says he disappointed that the jury did not convict the gang of murder

    12:00 AM — A leading policeman has expressed "disappointment" that the killers of David Morley were not convicted of murder.A teenage girl, who can not be named for legal reasons, and her co-defendants Reece Sargeant, 21, Darren Case, 18 and a youth aged 17, were found guilty of the manslaughter of David Morley on Wednesday.Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur says he disappointed that the jury did not convict the gang of murder.

  • 15th December 2005

    Gay couple claim to have lost £6000 in benefits since Civil Partnerships introduced 57

    A spokeswoman for John Hutton, said thatt gay couples will be treated in the same way as straight couples

    12:00 AM — A gay couple from Kent claim that the introduction of the Civil Partnerships Act has meant a reduction in their level of state benefits of over £6000 per year.Andrew Brettell, 63 and his 44-year-old partner have cohabited for 18 years and have held a joint mortgage since 1989.Mr Brettell claims that ill health has meant he receives a pension credit.

  • Sir Elton and David Furnish face £10,000 policing bill for wedding

    Sir Elton said that his love for his partner David “doesn't come with a price tag”

    12:00 AM — Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish face a £10,000 bill to cover the policing of their gay wedding next week.The pop star and his film producer boyfriend David Furnish have been in a relationship for tweleve years and are planning a relatively low-key ceremony at Windsor Guildhall. The hall was the venue for one of the year's key weddings; the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

  • Lesbian appointed Conservative vice-chairman 2

    Margot James has been appointed party vice-chairman with overall responsibility for women's issues

    12:00 AM — Conservative leader David Cameron has appointed his party's first openly lesbian candidate his new vice-chairman.Margot James, a Chelsea based millionaire businesswoman became the first openly lesbian woman to stand as a Conservative candidate when she contested the safe Labour seat of Holborn and St Pancreas at the last general electionMiss James is in a long-term relationship with girlfriend, Jay Hunt, 38, host of the BBC makeover programme Would Like To Meet.

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