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Launching Pink News

Thursday, June 29, 2006

At the launch party for the ‘new’ Pink News, Meg gave the comments below. For further details visit: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/index.php



I’m glad to see a further demonstration of the vibrancy of the UK’s gay and lesbian community. Having a press that is rooted in the community, carrying differing ideas and views is important. Certainly energetic public debate has been essential in driving the equality agenda forward and the pink press makes a key contribution in this process. I am sure that the ‘new’ Pink News will continue to make its presence felt in this and other areas of life in today’s Britain.


The Government will continue its work to ensure that gay men, lesbians and bisexual people are in the mainstream of life - part of this is in providing comprehensive rights. The most recent being the introduction of Civil Partnerships - over 6,500 since December! That’s over 13,000 people who are at last able to legally show their love and commitment for their partner. 


Previously we introduced measures showing our commitment to achieving a more equal society, including:

  • equalisation of the age of consent,
  • repeal of Section 28, and
  • the introduction in 2003 of regulations that made sexual orientation discrimination unlawful in the workplace.


As Minister for Women and Equality, I’m currently taking forward new regulations to combat sexual orientation discrimination, including the development of the new Goods & Services Regulations.


This work is has been strengthened following the Cabinet reshuffle in May which brought many of the policy aspects to do with equality together in the new Department of Communities & Local Government - or DeCLOG! This change should make it easier in pursuing what we all want to see - a tolerant, inclusive society that represents the human rights and equality of all citizens.


So, congratulations to the ‘new’ Pink News - I wish it every success.


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