19th December 2006
Police investigate internal gay rows 1
12:00 AM — Police are investigating religious expression within the force after rows have broken out between gay and Christian colleagues, according to reports.The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) will produce guidelines after the review to recommend the best way forward.
Celebs come out for Elton John film
12:00 AM — Sir Elton John was joined by X-Factor judge Sharon Osbourne, Sting, Girls Aloud and ex-Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell to launch his new film in Leicester Square last night.The gay musical legend unveiled his new film, transgender comedy It's a Boy Girl Thing, at a premiere to raise funds for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Court rejects gay banker’s discrimination appeal 1
12:00 AM — A gay banker who claims he was sacked because of his sexual orientation has had his appeal rejected at an employment appeals tribunal.Peter Lewis, who earned in the region of £1 million a year at HSBC, was seeking £5 million in damages from the bank in what was seen as one of the biggest gay discrimination cases in the UK.
Cardinal compares gay unions to paedophilia 6
12:00 AM — The Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh has been criticised for comparing same sex partnerships to paedophiliaCardinal Keith O'Brien made the statements in a speech at the Scottish InterFiath Leaders' conference last month, and then left without allowing himself to be challenges.
Councillors spur action on city HIV/AIDS budget cuts
12:00 AM — Brighton and Hove councillors have called on the local NHS to report on the impact of budget cuts into HIV/AIDS services in the city.Spending on HIV/AIDS services in the city has fallen from £437,000 in 2002/03 to £307,380 for this financial year (2006/7) and represents a cut of 30% if inflation is included.
18th December 2006
Clarkson reprimanded for ‘gay car’ comment 27
12:00 AM — The BBC has pleased gay campaigners after upholding a complaint that Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson was behaving in a derogatory manner after referring to a car as "gay" on the programme.Four viewers complained about an exchange during BBC Two's Top Gear last July in which Clarkson picked up a remark from an audience that a certain car was "gay", the presenter then backed it up by saying, "a bit gay, yes very ginger beer" which is cockney rhyming slang for queer.
Stormont criticised for allowing gay equality 3
12:00 AM — A cleric who is prepared to go to jail by opposing new gay rights laws in Northern Ireland, has criticised the Assembly for failing to stop the legislation, prompting criticism from gay groups.The Sexual Orientation Regulations, which protect the LGBT community from discrimination in goods and services, are due in Northern Ireland next month, but the Reverend Eric McComb, a Pentecost Church minister, says the law only passed through because politicians "lack the moral fibre" to oppose it.
Transsexual wins damages over ferry discrimination case 2
12:00 AM — A transsexual has been awarded £64,962 in damages after a tribunal concluded that Drusilla Philippa Marland was "forced to endure at work an atmosphere of intimidation and hostility."Ms Marland, a P O Ferries crew member claims she was forced out of her job after the company did not protect her from discrimination.
Young gay Londoners defend free buses
12:00 AM — Young LGBT people have hit out at the deputy chairman of the London Assembly's transport committee for proposing to abolish free bus travel for under-18s.Conservative Assembly Member Roger Evans claims on his blog that the free travel scheme for young Londoners is costing £55 million and is being abused through anti-social behaviour.
£70,000 distributed to Manchester gay groups
12:00 AM — Operation Fundraiser has distributed £70,000 raised from Manchester Pride 2006 to LGBT and HIV good causes throughout Greater Manchester.The money raised from this year's Manchester Pride has been distributed to help HIV and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender charities in Greater Manchester.
Christians launch legal challenge to gay equality 3
12:00 AM — A coalition of Christian groups has been granted permission to seek a judicial review regarding new gay equality laws in Northern Ireland.The Christian Institute has led calls to delay the Sexual Orientation Regulations, due in Northern Ireland next month, claiming they were rushed through and constitute an attack on freedom of conscience.
Gay activists back Theatre Museum
12:00 AM — Gay campaigners are calling on the community to support a campaign to stop the closure of the Theatre Museum in London.The Theatre Museum claims to hold the largest collections of documents and artefacts relating to the performing arts, but now faces closure and relocation by its owner The Victoria and Albert Museum.
17th December 2006
Little Britain star holds gay wedding
12:00 AM — Little Britain star Matt Lucas today held a civil partnership ceremony with long term boyfriend, television producer Kevin McGee in London.The gay wedding was a rather formal affair with guests including onscreen partner, David Walliams, tv presenter Dale Winton and comic Rob Brydon reportedly wearing suits.The wedding reception and party is however expected to be rather extravagant with guests invited to appear as pantomime characters.
15th December 2006
Community urged to ‘mobilise’ for gay equality 12
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay charity Stonewall has called on the community to get behind the Sexual Orientation Regulations, amid mounting opposition from the Christian Right.Speaking to a forum of LGBT groups at City Hall in London last night, Stonewalls Public and Parliamentary Affairs spokesman Alan Wardle warned that gay originations must stop religious groups mobilising against the laws.
Brighton set to celebrate first anniversary of civil partnerships in spectacular style
12:00 AM — Dignitaries and drag queens are all busy selecting outfits and big hats as Brighton gears up to celebrate the first anniversary of civil partnerships on December 21st at one of the most flamboyant weddings the city has seen.The Mayor of Brighton and Hove, senior Councillors and faces from the world of gay business will join Brighton couple Jamie Hakim and Graeme Youngs as they tie the knot in style at Brighton Town Hall.
14th December 2006
Homophobes target The Archers 3
12:00 AM — An anti-gay Christian sect has launched a stinging attack on BBC Radio4 soap The Archers, ahead of the drama's first civil partnership this evening.The Archers is set to have Ambridge's first ever civil partnership in a special edition of the BBC show tonight, prompting Christian Voice to urge listeners to steer clear.
High Court to rule on lesbian marriage
12:00 AM — The High Court in Dublin will today rule on the validity of a lesbian couple's Canadian marriage in London.In a landmark case in October, the court heard arguments from Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression and that the current concept of marriage is outdated.
Conservative Christians warn Archbishop over gay rift
12:00 AM — Evangelical leaders are urging the Archbishop of Canterbury to let them overrule liberal bishops or face anarchy over controversial issues such as homosexuality, according to reports.Conservative clergy, backed by Bishop of Rochester, Reverend Michael Nazir-Ali, have told Dr Rowan Williams that a parallel structure must be created from liberal bishops within the Church of England and wider Anglican Communion.
Sir Elton may perform Diana tribute song 1
12:00 AM — Sir Elton John has revealed he will rehash Candle in the Wind at the Concert for Diana next summer if Princes William and Harry feel it is appropriate.The gay pop legend rewrote and performed the hit at Princess Diana's funeral in 1997 and vowed never to sing it again, but now he says he will seek royal approval before playing it.
Gay men urged to stub it out 5
12:00 AM — The NHS Smoking Helpline is calling on gay and bisexual men to stub out their cigarettes after a survey revealed that their habit is well above the national average.A study carried out amongst gay and bisexual men for the NHS Smoking Helpline has found that 41 per cent of gay and bisexual men are smokers, rising to 60 per cent for 25 to 34 year olds, well in excess of the national average of 25 per cent.