20th July 2007
Gay Tory makes Mayor of London shortlist 1
5:57 PM — Andrew Boff has been selected as one of four candidates for the Conservative party nomination for Mayor of London.The 49-year-old IT consultant and publisher joins former Tory frontbencher and TV personality Boris Johnson on the list, which was chosen from over 40 hopefuls by a selection panel on Saturday.The other candidates are Kensington Chelsea councillors Warwick Lightfoot and Victoria Borwick.
Sexually transmitted disease cases continue to rise
5:57 PM — Officials at the Health Protection Agency have expressed concern that the number of new sexually transmitted infections treated at genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics in the UK continues to rise.The increase was most marked in gay men and younger people.Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has called for better sex education in schools to try to reverse the trend.
Homophobic slur against gay politician enrages GLAAD 2
4:08 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, a US group that monitors media representation, has protested against a cartoon lampooning former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey.The cartoon refers to the minor scandal surrounding the release of compromising photos of the current Miss New Jersey, Amy Polumbo. There were attempts to blackmail her over the photos.Mr McGreevey shot to international fame in 2004 when he declared at a press conference "I am a gay American."
Trans academic challenges Darwin’s evolution theories
3:40 PM — The annual meeting of America's Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association has heard a damning critique of the sexual selection theories of Charles Darwin.Joan Roughgarden, a biologist at Stanford University, says that the accepted notion that male animals compete for mates, while the females choose males with care, is "locker room bravado projected onto animals."Sexual selection asserts that males want to have sex with as many females as possible to pass on their genes.
Scottish bishop’s threat over gay adoptions 1
3:08 PM — The Roman Catholic Bishop of Motherwell said yesterday that the Church in Scotland would close its biggest adoption agency rather than help same-sex couples to adopt children.Bishop Joseph Devine said that St Margaret's Catholic Adoption Agency in Glasgow would close rather than abide by the Sexual Orientation Regulations.Catholic agencies place around 40 of the 200 children adopted in Scotland every year.
Sperm donor stops lesbian parents taking their baby abroad 5
3:05 PM — A court in Dublin has ruled in favour of a man who wants to stop a lesbian couple leaving Ireland with their child. The man is the biological father of the 14-month-old baby.The High Court ruled that the child's birth mother may not holiday in her home country of Australia with the child and her partner.The lesbian couple have entered into a civil partnership in the UK and are considering moving to Australia permanently.
UN votes today on accreditation for gay rights groups 1
2:45 PM — The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is due to vote today on whether to accredit two non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who address human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.It is thought nine countries are going to vote against accrediting the groups.ECOSOC accreditation governs whether NGOs can attend UN meetings, submit written statements, make oral interventions, host panels and get access to UN buildings.
Analysis: The bishop, the youth worker and the tribunal 8
12:30 PM — This week saw a landmark victory for a gay youth worker against the might of the Anglican Church.An employment tribunal decided that Kevin Reaney, a gay man, had been discriminated against by the church on grounds of his sexual orientation.Mr Reaney brought his claim under the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003, which make it unlawful to discriminate against employees or prospective employees (such as Mr Reaney) because they are gay.
Civil partnerships: grandiose gays and low-key lesbians
12:06 PM — Two British psychologists who have been studying civil partnerships have concluded that gay men love a big day out.Dr Victoria Clarke and Dr Elizabeth Peel are from University of the West of England, Bristol and Aston University, Birmingham.They will present their research today, Friday 20 July, at the British Psychological Society's Psychology of Women Section's Annual Conference.
It was 40 years ago today – C4 marks decriminalisation 7
11:40 AM — A series of programmes to mark the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England Wales starts on Channel 4 tomorrow.A dramatisation of the trial of Lord Edward Montagu and Peter Wildeblood, entitled A Very British Sex Scandal, is one of the highlights.Montagu and Wildeblood, a Daily Mail journalist, were arrested and tried for attempts to incite others to homosexual acts in 1954.
TURING: Of homosexuality and the church 2
11:06 AM — Love or hate it, it's hard to ignore organised religion.While your columnist is of the opinion that religion should strictly (and I do mean strictly) restricted to consenting adults in private, and while some leading intellectuals want religion completely wiped off the map of the earth, it is hard to reconcile these opinions with the fact that more than 90% of the world's population subscribe to some form of organised religion.