15th June 2006
Gay clubbing drug to be reclassified 5
12:00 AM — Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker confirmed the rumours at a meeting of the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee after the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) recommended the move last week.Mr Coaker said: ""Countries have to decide how to respond to a drug when it has no significant prevalence but potential for serious social problems. Methylamphetamine is a very substantial problem in many countries outside the European Union (EU) but not within it. Reports that the United Kingdom (UK) is on the verge of a crystal meth explosion have been repeated for some years but to date there has been no reliable evidence to support this.
Gay man denied partner’s NHS pension rights
12:00 AM — A gay man whose partner unexpectedly died of heart failure weeks before their 15th anniversary last March has voiced disapproval at the NHS Pensions Agency after it has emerged he will not be entitled to pensions or death gratuity.Nigel Holland-Williams, 46, claimed Mark Holland, 48, a former NHS worker, expressed a wish that the benefits would go to him, but as the couple were not in a civil partnership, it may instead be transferred to Mr Holland's ex wife.
Volunteer head sacked over gay remark
12:00 AM — The chairman of the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has been forced to resign after publicly disapproving of teaching about homosexuality in schools.Bashir Maan, Scottish Chairman of the Muslim Council of Britain, made the remarks in a letter to the Herald disproving of gay sex education in Scotland.
14th June 2006
Panel requests gay policy officer for Brighton
12:00 AM — Brighton and Hove's gay community should have a dedicated policy officer, the local council's review panel has recommended.The Equalities and Review Panel at Brighton and Hove City Council tasked with reviewing the way the local authority treats its diverse groups concluded yesterday that a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) policy officer should be appointed along with an update of the LGBT community strategy.
Lesbian drama star joins Manchester play
12:00 AM — The lead in a Channel Four hit adaptation of a lesbian teen novel is to star in a new play set in Manchester this week.Sugar Rush star and University of Manchester final year drama student Olivia Hallinan will join the cast of Wake Me Later, a new play by Nicola Schofield, to be premiered at the University.
EU urged to address homophobia 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveHomophobia must be targeted by members of the European Union (EU) or "anarchy" will prevail, the president of the EU's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights warned today.European politicians are currently debating a joint draft resolution addressing an increase in racist and homophobic violence on the continent, to be voted on tomorrow.
Teachers must “challenge homophobia” in class
12:00 AM — Teachers must include the gay community when teaching about issues such as equality, families and the media to help challenge homophobic bullying in schools, an education consultant advised today.Mark Jennett, an expert in teaching on sexuality, told a conference of the NASUWT teaching union that the classroom is a place where sexuality can easily be talked about.
13th June 2006
Lesbian Tory rules herself out of mayor race 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe openly lesbian vice-chairman of the Conservative party has officially ruled herself out of standing to become Mayor of London.Margot James, who is the vice-chairman of the Conservative party with responsibility for women says that she is concentrating on her campaign to become elected to the House of Commons."It's a hard decision but parliament is my goal."
Heather sues over lesbian prostitute claims
12:00 AM — Heather Mills McCartney will take legal action over tabloid claims that she was a lesbian prostitute, her lawyers have announced.Lady McCartney's representatives said the News of the World reports were "untrue and highly defamatory."She will launch proceedings after her divorce from former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney is complete.
BBC targets homophobic remarks 6
12:00 AM — The BBC has introduced disciplinary procedures for any radio presenters who swear or use offensive language on air in reaction to a report from communication watchdog Ofcom.The move comes after complaints regarding Radio1 DJ Chris Moyles claiming he used the word gay in a derogatory way to describe a ringtone.
Scottish schools failing to confront homophobic bullying
12:00 AM — Scottish schools must do more to combat homophobic bullying, a report claims.The Scottish Executive study found a "long list of damaging and distressing" homophobic incidents and concluded that "anti-homophobia is not seen as a priority by many schools."
12th June 2006
Archbishop warns against gay marriage definitions 1
12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has called Britain's marriage laws a "social muddle" in regards to civil partnerships and a recent Law Commission report pushing for unmarried couple's legal rights.Dr Rowan Williams said civil partnerships were being too closely associated with marriage and are contributing to an erosion of the institution.
Gay community made “scapegoats” for Anglican Church
12:00 AM — The gay community is being made a "scapegoat" for the problems in the Anglican Church, an Irish bishop claims.The Right Reverend Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, told a meeting of the diocesan synod of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, last weekend, that rows over homosexuality are covering up a "constitutional crisis" which is hurting the inclusiveness of the Anglican Church.
Gay plantsman loses discrimination case 1
12:00 AM — A judge has rejected a complaint from a garden centre worker who claimed he was sacked because he is gay.Victor MacKenzie told a Dundee tribunal that he was dismissed by Cupar Garden Centre because of his sexuality.However, his bosses denied this and claimed they knew he was gay when he started the job as a plantsman.
Stonewall targets homophobic bullying
12:00 AM — Stonewall has launched its Speak Out survey to find out about young gay, lesbian and bisexual people's experiences of homophobic bullying in British schools.This important research, in collaboration with the Schools Health Education Unit, is part of Stonewall's ongoing work to tackle homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools through its Education for All campaign.
Gay policemen gain protection
12:00 AM — Gay policemen in Scotland have been designated an officer to protect them from homophobia and to promote equality in the force.Inspector David Lyle has been made the Scottish coordinator of the Gay Police Association, the first such position in the UK.His role will be to settle disputes between gay and straight officers and to ensure gay and lesbian recruits feel comfortable at work.
Bromley candidate criticised over ‘anti-gay’ election pledge 3
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAn Independent candidate for the Bromley and Chislehurst by-election has been criticised after pledging to bring the BBC to account for broadcasting homosexuality on television.The resident of the late Conservative MP Eric Forth's constituency, who claims to be known locally as Son of Eric for his trenchant and non-politically correct opinions, is campaigning to ensure the BBC remains a "family channel."
British business told to embrace gay community
12:00 AM — Companies must begin to consider the gay community in their marketing or risk prosecution by impending regulation, business advisors warned today.The 2006 Equality Act, which comes into force later this year, guarantees access to goods and services regardless of sexual orientation.
Government advisors push to reclassify gay clubbing drug
12:00 AM — Popular clubbing drug crystal meth should be reclassified as a Class A drug, according to government drug advisors.The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs has recommended to Home Secretary John Reid that the currently Class B drug should be moved to Class A, giving police the right to crackdown on it.
Brighton councillor calls for ‘homophobic’ singer ban 7
12:00 AM — Brighton city councillor calls for nightclub to cancel performance by anti-gay singerA gay Brighton councillor is calling for a concert venue in the city to cancel a performance by controversial 'dancehall' singer Buju Banton who has written and performed songs urging the shooting and killing of gay people.