12th June 2006
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.
Lady McCartney denies lesbian prostitute claims
12:00 AM — Heather Mills McCartney has denied tabloid reports that she once worked as a £5,000-a-time lesbian prostitute.The former model, who is soon to be divorced from former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, denied the allegations claiming it was old news.A statement from her lawyers said: "Heather Mills McCartney strongly denies the allegations. These are not new stories."
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.
9th June 2006
Church rejects civil unions but vows to stop homophobia
12:00 AM — The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has rejected calls to allow ministers to bless civil partnerships.A resolution at the Church's General Assembly in Belfast asked for a re-emphasis of the church's view on marriage while another seeked moves to address homophobia.
Gay star’s raise funds for THT
12:00 AM — Dannii Minogue, Kenny Goss and Brian Paddick were among guests who helped to raise over £20,000 for Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) at the fifth annual Cocktail Club last night.The sell-out event took place in the beautiful surroundings of Thomas Goode, a fine china and glassware store in the heart of Mayfair.
Gay guide to the World Cup 3
12:00 AM — The recent increase of England flags stuck to cars and draping from pub windows and houses across the country can mean one of two things, either British National Party support has increased or a certain football related tournament is beginning.Today sees the start of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, but before you attach that St George flag to the car door, or get out the red and white face paints, check the PinkNews.co.uk World Cup Guide to find out who the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community should be supporting.
The gay guide to World Cup avoidance 3
12:00 AM — With blanket coverage on the television, media frenzy in the press and conversation down the pub becoming more and more obsessive, it's tempting to give in to apathy and pizza for the duration.But if you're not a slave to the Beautiful Game, why not go out and about and enjoy the deserted attractions of town? There's plenty to choose from and you probably won't have to queue!
Lesbian couple face wait for marriage decision 10
12:00 AM — The High Court judge who will decide whether a lesbian couple can have their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK has delayed his decision, meaning the outcome may not be known until next month.Celia Kitzinger, 49, and Sue Wilkinson, 52, are seeking recognition in the UK of their marriage made in Canada in 2003, using the Human Rights Act which guarantees the right to respect for privacy and family life, the right to marry and prohibits discrimination.
8th June 2006
AIDs charity calls for national HIV response
12:00 AM — The UN High Level Meeting last week in New York again saw UK Ministers advocating a human rights based response to the global HIV pandemic, but in a report published by the National AIDS Trust (NAT) such important and effective international work is contrasted with serious failings back at home.The NAT report 'HIV in the United Kingdom: A Progress Report 2006' presents an overview of the UK 's domestic record.
Policeman discovered wife’s lesbian affair after murder incident, court told
12:00 AM — A police inspector has denied involvement in the murder of his wife's lesbian lover and three family members.Stephen Lewis told Newport Crown Court that he first found out his wife Alison was having a lesbian affair with family friend Mandy Power, after Ms Power was murdered.
“Gay eye for the straight guy” World Cup style 3
12:00 AM — "The worst thing about the world cup is all the tat" said the woman next to me in the supermarket check-out queue, as we watched the man in front of us pile a motley assortment of plastic hats, throw away St George's flag table clothes, England blowers, logo-ed beer, logo-ed beer mugs, world cup crisps and a blow up hammer onto the conveyor belt.Of course, if your aesthetic taste runs to polyester shirts and nylon afro wigs, than you should wholeheartedly embrace your world cup fashion and lifestyle moment. But if you're looking for something a little more exclusive, here's the PinkNews.co.uk guide to World Cup luxury style.
7th June 2006
Vatican acting like ‘dictators’ 3
12:00 AM — The Vatican's comments on the rights of gay people are beginning to sound like the kind of propaganda used by the worst dictators, a gay group claims.The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) described recent remarks as defamatory and authoritarian.
Canadian wives – British civil partners 10
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusivePinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman meets a lesbian couple determined to be recognised as wives in the UK.Marriage is currently a big issue in Parliament's across the globe. UK High Court rulings have set precedents for bigger divorce settlements, and last week the Law Commission recommended rights for unmarried couples, including gays and lesbians, while the US senate is considering a constitutional gay marriage ban and Canada is contemplating repealing its gay marriage laws.
Homophobia “threatening democracy” in Poland 1
12:00 AM — Recent threats by Polish officials against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and organisations threaten everyone's basic freedoms, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today in a letter to Poland's Prime Minister Kasimierz Marcinkiewicz.Last week Poland's State Prosecutor instructed local prosecutors in five municipalities to launch sweeping investigations into the conduct of "homosexuals" on unspecified allegations of "paedophilia" and gay bars and organisations across the country have recently been closed down.