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  • 6th June 2006

    Lesbian couple begin battle for marriage recognition 9

    University professors Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger were married lawfully in Canada in August 2003

    12:00 AM — A lesbian couple seeking UK recognition for their marriage in Canada began their case at the High Court today.University professors Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger were married lawfully in Canada in August 2003, while Sue was working there, after the province of British Columbia opened up marriage to same-sex couples.

  • 5th June 2006

    Lesbian couple seek UK gay marriage rights 10

    Sue and Celia want the High Court to recognise their marriage as a marriage, not as a civil partnership

    12:00 AM — A British lesbian couple married lawfully in Canada will challenge the UK's gay marriage laws in the High Court tomorrow.University professors Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger were married lawfully in Canada in August 2003, while Sue was working there, after the province of British Columbia opened up marriage to same-sex couples.

  • Naked butlers moon their way to the states

    In the buff, the waiters are often to be found serving at gay weddings

    12:00 AM — A company offering hen parties and gay weddings almost naked waiters has proved so successful in Britain that it is opening up offices around the world."Butlers in the Buff" provides waiters wearing only a bow tie, collar, cuffs and a bottom-revealing apron. The company was founded by a former Royal Marine, Jason Didcott who served in the Gulf War and in Bosnia.

  • Western Isles to lift ban on gay marriage

    The Western Isles will now be host to gay weddings

    12:00 AM — The Western Isles (Eilean Siar) are preparing to reverse their ban on civil partnerships or gay weddings taking place on the islands.The Western Isles became 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.

  • HIV positive rapist is “lowest of the low” says gay rights campaigner

    Gabriel Vengesai was branded “the lowest of the low“

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveHuman rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell has branded an HIV positive Zimbabwean who pretended to be gay as "the lowest of the low" after he raped two teenage girls.Gabriel Vengesai, 45, had already been found guilty of statutory rape after he had consensual, unprotected sex with a 14-year-old girl who bore him a child.

  • Gay community urged to ensure faith support 13

    The Green Party is worried that extreme religious groups might persuade the Government to exempt them from any obligations

    12:00 AM — The Green Party's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) group is calling on the gay community to respond to the Government's Equality Bill consultation on whether to ban discrimination against LGBT people in the supply of goods and services such as hotels and charitable services.They are worried that extreme religious groups might persuade the Government to exempt them from any obligations under the new law on grounds of religious faith.

  • 2nd June 2006

    Evangelicals condemned after comparing gay marriage to ‘marrying a horse’ 1

    The Evangelical Alliance, which represents over a million Christians in the UK, is a vocal opponent of civil partnerships

    12:00 AM — A Christian lobby group has been criticised after one of its members was reported to have equated gay marriage with "people wanting to marry their horse."The remarks were printed in an Observer interview with Don Horrocks, head of public affairs at the Evangelical Alliance (EA), last weekend surrounding an upcoming legal challenge seeking UK gay marriage rights in the High Court.

  • Gay groups show solidarity with marred Moscow pride 4

    Many campaigners who arrived at the intended venue of the march were assaulted by nationalists and religious groups

    12:00 AM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups and individuals will gather outside the Russian Consulate in Edinburgh today to protest the Mayor of Moscow's decision to ban a gay pride march in Russia.The Moscow mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, banned the march and subsequently failed to protect gay activists who were in the area last Saturday.

  • HIV charity head is a ‘picture of health’ 1

    Nick Partridge OBE, Director of the Terrence Higgins Trust, shot in a treatment room, the Lighthouse, London, 9th February 2006 © Julia Fullerton-Batten / National Portrait Gallery, London

    12:00 AM — The chief executive of Terrence Higgins Trust, Nick Partridge, is appearing in 'A Picture of Health', a photographic exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery which runs from next week.The exhibition which runs from June 6 to September 10 2006 aims to profile some of the outstanding men and women who have shaped healthcare at the beginning of the 21st century and features NHS leaders, clinicians and Government policy advisors as well as campaigners from the voluntary sector.

  • 1st June 2006

    Gay island body ‘is missing Brit’

    Kevin Hoare, 39, disappeared in the early hours of May 11 2006 after friends left him at  Organics Club, a gay bar in Sitges

    12:00 AM — The body of a man found on a popular gay Spanish resort is believed to be missing Briton, Kevin Hoare, police claim.Kevin Hoare, 39, disappeared in the early hours of May 11 2006 after friends left him at Organics Club, a gay bar in Sitges.The Bognor Regis based production worker, failed to meet his brother at Gatwick Airport two days later and there has been no movement on his mobile phone or bank account.

  • Desmond Tutu awaits lesbian kiss 2

    Archbishop Tutu has voiced support for the Kisses That Count scheme

    12:00 AM — A lesbian couple aims to deliver a kiss to Archbishop Desmond Tutu next month as part of a campaign to spread peace, love and goodwill.Heather and Chloe Wolsey-Ottaway are promoting a new venture called, Kisses That Count, around the world, and will attend a charity event in New York where the Nobel Peace Prize winner will be a keynote speaker.

  • Gay adoption row hits Scotland 10

    The Adoption Bill aims to counter a significant reduction in families available for vulnerable children by allowing gay and unmarried couples to adopt

    12:00 AM — The Scottish Parliament's Education Committee has hit a stumbling block over a new law allowing gay couple's to jointly adopt in the country.Conflicts emerged in a consultation meeting yesterday attended by adoption agencies, gay groups and Catholic organisations.

  • 31st May 2006

    Gay couples may get new legal rights

    The law would answer criticism that gay and married couples can gain legal rights through civil ceremonies and marriages, when unmarried partners cannot

    12:00 AM — Unmarried couples, including gay partners without a civil partnership, who live together, may be given the right to each other's wealth after a break up, according to plans produced today.The Law Commission, an independent legislation watchdog, has published a consultation document to define improvements to the rights of unmarried cohabiting couples after a rise in cases is expected from two to four million in the next 25 years.

  • Police interview Conservative councillor over ‘gay paedophile’ slur 14

    This is not the first time Mr Willows has spoken out against Brighton's gay community

    12:00 AM — A Conservative councillor accused of labelling gay people as paedophiles has been voluntarily interviewed by police in Brighton.Peter Willows, a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faced widespread condemnation last week over comments labelling gay people as paedophiles, which he was reported to have made at an annual Brighton and Hove City Council.

  • Gay group push for equality in faith schools 12

    The organisation also called for an education system where LGBT people, culture and history were visible to students

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA group campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in schools, is urging the government to ensure faith schools adhere to the terms of the incoming Equality Act which outlaws homophobic discrimination in the provision of goods and services.Schools Out warned that faith schools must not be allowed to discriminate against LGBT students.

  • Gay officer handed new role 7

    Brian Paddick first attracted public notoriety when as commander of Brixton Police, he pioneered a liberal attitude to cannabis

    12:00 AM — Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Brian Paddick, Britain's highest ranking gay policeman, has been moved to a less high profile role.The officer will retain his commissioner job but will no longer be in charge of the riot squad as part of Territorial Policing, after being given the task of setting up a new information system by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair.

  • Transsexual considers legal action over sex change wait 1

    Emma was told in 2003 that she was a woman trapped in a man's body and was eligible for treatment, but was then informed that she could only be treated at Leeds Gender Clinic where there is a two year wait

    12:00 AM — A transsexual is considering legal action against her Primary Care Trust after being told she must wait up to six years to have a sex change.Emma was told in 2003 that she was a woman trapped in a man's body and was eligible for treatment, but was then informed that she could only be treated at Leeds Gender Clinic where there is a two year wait for an appointment, as well as a repeat assessment of around four years, which could mean she has to wait another six years in total.

  • Edinburgh hosts gay showcase

    One of the examples of campaign materials in the exhibition

    12:00 AM — A social history exhibition that celebrates Edinburgh's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities has been launched at the City Art Centre.Rainbow City is a joint project between the Living Memory Association and The City of Edinburgh Council, bringing together over two years of work within the LGBT communities by the Remember When project to document the history of these communities in the Scottish capital.

  • Big Brother accused of exploiting trans housemate 14

    So far the housemates seem to assume that Sam is a woman

    12:00 AM — Channel 4's reality show Big Brother has been criticised by mental health organisations for exploiting vulnerable people for entertainment.Health groups are concerned that contestants such as Shahbaz, and George, who left the house citing emotional issues, and Tourette's sufferer Pete along with pre op transsexual Sam, are being put under unfair stress by being in the house.

  • Gay MEP backs clampdown on Polish homophobia

    Former EastEnder and Labour MEP for the West Midlands, Michael Cashman, president of the EU Intergroup on gay and lesbian rights, said: “This issue of incitement to violence in Poland, which goes uncriticised by the government, must come to an end. Ministers are now indulging in defamation and vilification of homosexuals in Poland

    12:00 AM — The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) is calling on the European Union (EU) to address mounting homophobia in Poland.The group expressed concerns about homophobic attitudes in Poland after a government minister advocated attacking people who take part in a pride march, due next week.

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