23rd November 2006
Civil partners urged to write wills 1
12:00 AM — December 5 marks the first anniversary of the Civil Partnership Bill but despite a year having passed since the introduction of this legislation, the Institute of Professional Willwriters is warning that many same sex couples have no idea of the impact their union has on their inheritance arrangements.The Institute of Professional Willwriters is so concerned about this situation that it has written to the National Statistician and Registrar General for England and Wales to highlight the lack of knowledge existing in relation to the impact of marriage, re-marriage and Civil Partnership on an existing will.
22nd November 2006
Lesbian rocker tops Cool List 1
12:00 AM — A lesbian punk rocker has topped a 'Cool List' of music icons.Beth Ditto, the larger than life lead singer of US band Gossip, beat big names such as Lily Allen, Jarvis Cocker and Liam Gallagher to become the first woman to top music magazine NME's Cool List.Ditto is an outspoken advocate for gay rights and has used her songs to back gay marriage legislation in the US.
Phillips vows to uphold gay equality
12:00 AM — LGBT issues should always be on the equality agenda, the incoming chair of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) said this week.Trevor Phillips outlined a commitment to LGBT rights in a statement read out by lesbian activist Sue Sanders for the launch of LGBT History Month.
Trans gynaecologist’s old ties raise funds for clinic
12:00 AM — A gynaecologist who underwent a gender transition earlier this year has raised £1,800 for her clinic after auctioning her bow ties.Celia Macleod, worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn Norfolk since 1982 as Colin Bone, she was known for her bow tie collection.Around 80 of the accessories were auctioned along with a cheese and wine evening to raise funds for the clinic.
How gay is James Bond? 3
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Ben Leung takes a shot at the campest James Bond theme tunesWhen listening to the new James Bond song, 'You Know My Name', you can't help but feel the beginning of a new era in the long and illustrious history of songs which has accompanied the iconic franchise.
21st November 2006
UNISON backs total gay equality 1
12:00 AM — The UK's largest trade union has backed calls for sexual orientation regulations to be universal.UNISON President Malcom Cantello, speaking at the group's LGBT network conference in Manchester, said there should not be any exemptions for religious groups in the new goods and services bill, which is due next April.
Sopranos kills off gay mobster 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Ben Leung analyses homophobia in the mob, well the fictional one at least.Last week on British television, the unlikeliest mobster to emerge out of HBO's acclaimed series 'The Sopranos' met with a grisly end at the hands of his bitter cousin-in-law, who was not only bashed him to death, but died with a snooker cue rammed into his backside.
Gay talent shines at Emmy Awards
12:00 AM — Last night's International Emmy Awards were dominated by British and gay orientated talent.Gay comedian Matt Lucas picked up an award along with co-star David Walliams for Little Britain, and lesbian drama Sugar Rush picked up an accolade.Little Britain won the Best Comedy Award while Sugar Rush, which won Broadcast of the Year at the UK Stonewall Awards earlier this month, won Best Children and Young People's Programme.
Superheroes help gay community fight Hepatitis 1
12:00 AM — 'The Vaccinators', the sexual health superheroes, have rolled into town in their Sorted bus to encourage gay men to vaccinate against Hepatitis B.The Sorted bus will be on Old Compton Street every Thursday throughout November from 5.30pm until 7.30pm.Even though Hepatitis B is 100 times more infectious than HIV, only one in two gay men in London is vaccinated.
Gay celeb’s fight wins big bucks 1
12:00 AM — Lucky Sky Bet punters landed a gamble last night when Phina Oruche and Scott Henshall had a barney on 'I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!'Sky Bet had offered a fun special bet for two or more celebrities to have a physical fight during their stay in the jungle and the 50/1 shot came in in style as Phina sank her gnashers into Scott's shoulder and the feisty fashionista retaliated by stomping on Phina's feet and elbowing her in the ribs.
Campaigners call for better HIV prevention
12:00 AM — AIDS awareness groups have called for better prevention programmes after a report revealed that many schemes are not reaching the people most at risk from infection in some countries such as gay men.The global AIDS epidemic continues to grow and there is concerning evidence that some countries are seeing a resurgence in new HIV infection rates which were previously stable or declining, the UNAIDS/WHO 2006 AIDS Epidemic Update states.
UK ‘out of step’ over gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveBritain risk becoming out of step with the rest of the world after yet another country gave its backing to couples in same sex marriages, a campaigner warned today.Israel's High Court of Justice this morning ruled that gay couples legally wedded abroad can be registered as married in the population registry, echoing support for gay marriage in Sweden. South Africa and the US state of New Jersey, in what Sue Wilkinson says will make Britain look "discriminatory."
Lib Dems go online to fight homophobic bullying
12:00 AM — Gay Bristol Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Williams, has produced a YouTube video about homophobic bullying as the party highlights its campaign during anti-bullying week.Mr Williams uses the video to discuss the unique aspects of homophobic bullying and calls on people to support the Liberal Democrat campaign against it.
20th November 2006
Barker faces party snub over alleged gay affair 10
12:00 AM — A Conservative spokesman who's marriage ended allegedly because of a gay affair may be deselected, according to reports.Environment spokesperson, Greg Barker, split from his wife Celeste earlier this year, telling his local party that there was no-one else involved, but reports recently claimed that he had been having an affair with an interior designer.
Christian Union’s ‘ex-gay’ course banned 4
12:00 AM — Edinburgh University's Christian Union is considering legal action against the academic institution after being banned from teaching a course which included literature on "curing" homosexuality.The Union's PURE course on abstinence was heavily criticised after recommending books on "ex-gay" groups, leading Edinburgh University to ban its teaching, describing it as inappropriate.
Gay venue owner given £20 million facelift
12:00 AM — London's biggest gay nightclub owner is to be given a restructure which will balue it at around £20 million.Soho Clubs and Bars, which owns many of the West End's most famous venues such as Bar Soho, Cheers and Candy Bar, is to be given a managerial facelift with 67-year old owner, Geoffrey Rose believed to be keen to wind down his involvement.
George Michael considers Corrie cameo 4
12:00 AM — Gay singer George Michael begins his first British tour in 15 years this week, amid rumours that he is set to appear on the cobbles of Coronation Street.The artist, whose album, Twenty Five, reached number 1 over the weekend, is rumoured to have been offered a cameo role in a Christmas special of hit soap Coronation Street.
Gay councillor questions Brighton’s HIV/AIDS cuts
12:00 AM — Gay Green Party Councillor Simon Williams is leading calls for Brighton and Hove City Council to investigate the impact of recent budget cuts on people living with HIV and AIDS in the city.NHS HIV/AIDS budgets in the city have been cut by a third in three years if inflation is included, the party claims.
Irish Labour faces revolt over gay marriage
12:00 AM — The leader of Ireland's Labour Party is facing a revolt amongst members over his stance on same sex marriage.Pat Rabbitte, who leads the Republic of Ireland's opposition party, has raised concern after telling a Labour Youth conference that he supported same sex marriage but doubted whether now is the right time to back it in a referendum.
Gay singer gets frog in his throat
12:00 AM — An unlikely alliance of George Michael and the Crazy Frog is set to give X Factor a battle in the race for the Christmas Number 1 this year.To celebrate George Michael's 25th anniversary gig, the Crazy Frog has recorded his rendition of the Wham's 1984 hit single 'Last Christmas' as a tribute to the 1980s icon.