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.
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.
Consultation on gay adoption ends
12:00 AM — The Scottish Parliament's consultation into the Adoption and Children Bill which would give gay couples adoption rights, ends today.The Education Committee has heard views from a cross section of Scottish society since the bill was produced last March, and will begin to consider the submitted evidence in the coming months.
HP joins gay friendly workplace scheme
12:00 AM — Stonewall has announced that membership of its Diversity Champions programme for employers has now reached 200, making it Britain's fastest growing workplace equality programme.International IT company Hewlett-Packard will be the 200th organisation to join and will be working with Stonewall to promote good working conditions and equal treatment for its lesbian, gay and bisexual employees.
6th June 2006
Sir Elton gets his Mojo
12:00 AM — Music legend Sir Elton John has been inducted into the Mojo Hall of Fame.The gay star received the honour at the music magazine's awards in Shoreditch Town Hall last night.The award was presented to him by Best Newcomer winner, singer Corinne Bailey Rae, whose album sold around half a million copies after her single Put Your Records On became a Europe wide hit.
BBC governors reject homophobic complaints 6
12:00 AM — The BBC's governors have dismissed complaints that the station broadcasted homophobic material.The complaint to the BBC board of governors, objected to perceived homophobia on BBC Radio 1 and on the Catherine Tate comedy show.Radio1 DJ Chris Moyle's was cited for describing a ring tone as gay and offence was caused by comments made by US rapper The Game on Jo Whiley's show on the same station, when he described gay people as "faggots".
Williams reinstates bishop after gay row
12:00 AM — An Evangelical clergyman who lost his standing as a bishop over a gay row has been reinstated by the Archbishop of CanterburyDr Rowan Williams allowed an appeal by the Reverend Richard Coekin against the revocation of his bishop licence by the Bishop of Southwark, Reverend Tom Butler.
‘BBC condones homophobia,’ says anti-bullying charity 6
12:00 AM — An anti-bullying charity has rejected the BBC's claim that Radio1 DJ Chris Moyles did not cause offence by referring to a ring tone as "gay".A complaint made against the presenter, Chris Moyles, after he dismissed a ring tone by saying "I don't want that one, it's gay", was rejected by a committee of the BBC Board of Governors.
Lesbian couple begin battle for marriage recognition 9
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
Naked butlers moon their way to the states
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
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
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
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.
Lesbian couple seek UK gay marriage rights 10
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.
2nd June 2006
Evangelicals condemned after comparing gay marriage to ‘marrying a horse’ 1
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
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
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.