8th December 2006
Arsenal urged to curb homophobic chants 1
12:00 AM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell is calling on Arsenal football club manager Arsene Wenger and captain Thierry Henry to speak out against plans by their fans to subject Ashley Cole to gay-baiting ahead of the Gunner's London derby with Chelsea this weekend.Cole left Arsenal for the Blues earlier this season and this Sunday's match at Stamford Bridge will be their first meeting since his departure.
Scotland passes gay adoption law
12:00 AM — A law allowing gay couples in Scotland to adopt passed yesterday, overcoming religious opposition and a last minute attempt to amend it.Despite calls from the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland to oppose the bill, MSPs backed the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill by 101 votes to six.The bill aims to counter a significant reduction in families available for vulnerable children by allowing gay and unmarried couples to adopt.
7th December 2006
Archbishop aims to quell university gay feuds 2
12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has criticised universities for reprimanding Christian Unions over their stance on homosexuality.Writing in the Times Higher Education Supplement, Dr Rowan Williams accused Student Unions of fearing an "open argument."His comments come after Christian Unions in Exeter, Birmingham and Edinburgh have been prohibited from using university faculties and in some cases from being recognised as a club because of alleged discrimination towards non-Christians and gay people.
Gay university staff face coming out fear 1
12:00 AM — There are still some elements of fear surrounding coming out in the workplace for lesbian and gay university staff, Stonewall claims.The gay charity has expressed fears that universities do not do enough to tackle equality as it is assumed that the institutions are automatically liberal.Stephen Frost, the manager of Stonewall's workplace programmes, said many lesbian, gay and bisexual staff fear coming out would limit their career opportunities or cause bullying.
Socialists urge MSP to resign over gay adoption view
12:00 AM — Scotland's socialist Party has condemned moves by Nationalist MSP Roseanna Cunningham to table amendments today which could effectively block gay couples from adopting children.Ms Cunningham argued ahead of a Holyrood debate today, that moves to allow the Bill to proceed would be "against nature's design."Solidarity party members have called on Ms Cunningham to accept SNP commitments to equality or resign.
Civil partners not rushing to divorce 8
12:00 AM — A group of gay lawyers specialising in same sex relationships, predicts few couples will apply to end a civil partnership when the first opportunity arrives on 21 December.Instead lawyers at QueerPod have seen an increase in gay clients in heterosexual marriages seeking a divorce to form a civil partnership.
Police promise more raids against gay hate
12:00 AM — Last week's police raids in London targeting suspected perpetrators of domestic, race hate and homophobic violence will not be the last, a member of the Metropolitan Police's Violent Crime Directorate has warned.DCI Gerry Campbell said last week's operation signals the Metropolitan Police Service's commitment to taking on hate crime offenders, but added that it is not a one off job.
Scotland rejects adoption prejudice
12:00 AM — The Scottish Parliament this afternoon rejected a motion to block gay and lesbian couples from adopting by 98 votes to 11.The motion was proposed by Scottish Nationalist MSP Roseanna Cunningham. She told MSPs that the majority of Scots had concerns about gays adopting children.She added that in her opinion the best place for children to be raised was in a household with a mother and father.
6th December 2006
Comment: Gay partners in poverty 8
12:00 AM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell calls on the Chancellor to provide "transitional relief" in today's Pre-Budget Report to gay couples who are not in a civil partnership.Thousands of low income same-sex couples have been plunged into poverty as a result of benefit rule changes introduced when the Civil Partnership Act became law on 5 December last year.On the first anniversary of civil partnerships, the gay human rights group OutRage! is urging Chancellor Gordon Brown to provide "transitional relief" for the many gay partners who have suffered severe financial hardship as a result of the sudden, overnight changes in social security regulations.
Celebrities go shopping for THT 1
12:00 AM — Celebrity supporters helped raise money for AIDS charity the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) last week at a unique shopping event for World AIDS Day.Jayne Middlemiss, Gail Porter, Jade Parfitt, Penny Smith, Kate Garraway, Adele Silva and Sara Cawood were among the celebrities who attended a Kiehl's World AIDS Day Shopping Event on December 1st.
Brown’s green Budget plans? More tax 3
12:00 AM — In what is widely expected to be his last pre-Budget report, Chancellor Gordon Brown announced increases in transport taxes and investment in skills training.Mr Brown, clear favourite to succeed Tony Blair next year, set out his green credentials by raising tax on fuel duty by 1.25p and doubling air passenger duty from £5 to £10, effective from midnight tonight.
Northern Ireland politicians call for gay rights repeal 13
12:00 AM — Northern Ireland politicians are calling on the UK government to repeal the Sexual Orientation Regulations to be introduced in the province in the New Year, until the Assembly is fully restored.DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson has tabled an Early Day motion to Parliament asking for the law to be delayed by the Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain, as in the rest of the UK, for further consultation.
SNP maverick attempts to derail gay adoptions
12:00 AM — A major shake-up of adoption law in Scotland, which would see gay and lesbian couples able to adopt children for the first time, is under attack from a Scottish Nationalist.Roseanna Cunningham, an SNP member of the Scottish Parliament, has tabled a motion which would prevent gay couples from adopting. The new legislation will be debated at Holyrood today.Under the new arrangements proposed by the Scottish Executive, gay and lesbian couples, as well as unmarried straight couples, who be eligible to jointly adopt children.
5th December 2006
Anniversary protest against Ruth Kelly at No10
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveIt was certainly a novel way to spend your first anniversary. Most gay couples would choose dinner, or maybe drinks with friends. Perhaps a nice cruise - on a ship, obviously.Gino and Mike Meriano instead spent the first part of their special day at Downing St, handing in a petition to the Prime Minister calling on Ruth Kelly to resign.
Comment: Wear AIDS bands all year 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Ben Leung asks if the X-Factor stars will be sporting AIDS ribbons next weekFirst of all, let me get this out of the way - I don't like The X Factor, and I never will.It's not that I don't like its format - quite the contrary, in fact, as I happen to think the ITV talent contest, like its predecessors, Pop Idol and Popstars, works superbly well. And obviously, attracting nine million viewers every week can't be wrong.
Retro Bar first to help tackle homophobic bullying
12:00 AM — The Retro Bar has become the first to join Stonewall's new Bar and Club Partnership scheme to raise money to tackle homophobic bullying in schools.The central London venue has committed itself to raise a minimum of £1,500 throughout the year for Stonewall campaigns including Education for All, which tackles homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! 8
12:00 AM — Civil Partnerships are one year old today!Who would have thought, ten or even five years ago, that gay couples in their thousands would be legally tying the knot across this dear nation of ours?Today marks the one-year anniversary of civil partnership legislation that has finally made honest men and women of an incredible amount of us gays.
Gay groups combat hate crime in Hackney
12:00 AM — Gay campaigners have joined with other local community groups to tackle domestic violence and hate crime in the London Borough of Hackney.Galop, an LGBT community safety group, the East London Out Project, and Polari, an organisation which works for better services for the elderly gay community, have contributed to two policy documents on the issues.
Gay rights chief named as equality commissioner 5
12:00 AM — The chief executive of gay charity Stonewall has been named as one of the commissioners for the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights.Ben Summerskill will provide guidance to the new body regarding his experience of campaigning for LGBT rights.Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly announced the names of nine new CEHR Commissioners this morning. The commission comes into being in Autumn 2007.
4th December 2006
Archers holds first ‘gay wedding’ 4
12:00 AM — Radio 4 soap, The Archers, is set to have Ambridge's first ever civil partnership in a special edition of the BBC show next week.But like any BBC serial drama, there is the usual high jinx and family arguments over who will attend and will the family be the same again.Soap's longest running gay romance, involving Adam Macy (Andrew Wincott) and Ian Craig (Stephen Kennedy), began in April 2004 with a kiss in a polytunnel that left listeners in no doubt about how the farmer and chef felt about one another.