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July 2007

  • 6th July 2007

    Campaigning MP welcomes government bullying commitment 1

    The first Commons investigation into bullying by the Education Select Committee was instigated last year at the request of Mr Williams.

    11:31 AM — Stephen Williams MP, a Liberal Democrat who has campaigned against bullying in schools, has welcomed the commitment from the Minister of Children to stamp out the problem.The first Commons investigation into bullying by the Education Select Committee was instigated last year at the request of Mr Williams.The committee heard evidence from charity Anti-Bullying Alliance that between 30-50% of young people in secondary schools attracted to people of the same sex will have directly experienced homophobic bullying.

  • 5th July 2007

    BBC’s attitude to homophobic language ‘damages children’ 8

    The fact that a government minister has spoken out on the issue of homophobia in the media is of huge significance.

    7:11 PM — The decision by the Minister for Children to unequivocally criticise broadcasters' acceptance of homophobic language has delighted gay activists.In a speech to Stonewall's Education for All conference today, minister Kevin Brennan, a former teacher, said that homophobic bullying and the use of words like 'gay' and 'poof' by radio and TV presenters are linked."Just one example is the casual use of homophobic language by mainstream radio DJs," he said.

  • Iraqi death squads use chat rooms to entrap gay men 3

    Muqtada al-Sadr's men have adopted a new tactic, borrowed from the Iranian secret police.

    5:32 PM — Two gay Iraqi men have survived kidnapping and beating by the violently homophobic Mahdi Army.The army is loyal to firebrand fundamentalist Shia cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr, who is fighting to establish an Islamist dictatorship in Iraq.Two months after their ordeal, traumatised Ahmed, 23, and Zaid, 24, both students in Baghdad University, have come forward to tell how they were lured into a trap by members of the Mahdi Army.

  • Boris Johnson might smash gay mayoral ambitions 7

    Mr Johnson, not gay but a firm favourite with voters of all sexualities, may be in the frame.

    4:41 PM — The race for the Conservative party nomination for Mayor of London became more interesting today with the revelation that the party's Higher Education spokesman Boris Johnson is seriously considering throwing his hat into the ring.If Mr Johnson, one of the most popular Tory MPs in the country, does decide to run it will end the ambitions of two gay prospective candidates.Earlier this week Nick Boles, an openly gay man, withdrew from the race to undergo treatment for cancer.

  • No breakaway church for opponents of gay acceptance

    Akinola told the  The Times  he did not deny the existence of homosexuality in Africa.

    4:01 PM — Nigeria's Anglican Archbishop, Peter Akinola, has denied any ambition to lead a breakaway church, despite his strong opposition to his western colleagues in the Anglican dispute over gay priests.His conservative views towards gay marriage has made him a popular figure within the conservative wing of the church.He told the The Times: "That has never been on my mind. We are going nowhere."

  • Jazz showman and master of ambiguity dies aged 80

    The middle-class English boy found his love of jazz while at private school, where he reportedly seduced Peregrine Worsthorne, later editor of the Sunday Telegraph.

    2:53 PM — George Melly, a man who defied labels thoughout his life, has died.He will be remembered for his love of jazz, his legendary performances at London club Ronnie Scott's and his strong support for the gay community.Mr Melly, 80, was suffering from cancer and demenita. His wife Diana was with him when he died at his home in London in the early hours of this morning.

  • Analysis: Homophobia rampant in British schools 1

    The survey of 1,145 young people was conducted by the Schools Health Education Unit for Stonewall.

    2:22 PM — Homophobic bullying plagues the majority of UK schools and shocking levels of bullying are meted out to school pupils and teachers who either are gay or perceived to be gay.That is the conclusion of a wide-ranging study carried by gay equality organisation Stonewall.Nearly two thirds of LGB students reported instances of such harassment. That figure jumps to 75% of young gay people attending faith schools.

  • Big Brother contestant censured over gay jibe 8

    A Channel 4 spokesperson said they had taken account of complaints from viewers.

    2:00 PM — Channel 4 has responded to complaints that they treat homophobia less seriously than racism in the reality TV programme Big Brother after a contestant used the word 'poof' for a second time.PinkNews.co.uk readers had complained that earlier in the series the use of the word 'nigger' had seen one housemate removed, but the 'poof' incident went unpunished.A spokesperson told PinkNews.co.uk: "We took the initial view that Laura's use of the word 'poof' in reference to Liam was not derogatory."

  • Massive discrimination award for black lesbian firefighter

    The court ruled in Brenda Lee's favour in one of the largest in a long line of recent settlement cases.

    1:30 PM — A fire fighter who was harassed at work for being blakck, a woman and a lesbian was awarded $7.2m by a jury in her lawsuit against the Los Angeles Fire Department.Brenda Lee said that because of her race, gender and sexual orientation she was forced to do grueling exercises without proper precautions and was also at the end of offensive comments from department bosses.The harassment and mistreatment included someone mixing urine with her mouthwash, she said.

  • Government committed to stamping out gay bullying 1

    The minister stressed that faith schools will be compelled to take action against homophobia.

    1:12 PM — The newly-appointed minister for Children, Kevin Brennan, has committed the government to working with Stonewall to eradicate homophobic bullying from British schools.Speaking at the gay equality organisation's Education for All conference in London, Mr Brennan said the new Department for Children, Schools and Families would focus on the security, well being and success of children in all aspects of their life, not just academic achievement, and that stopping bullying in all forms was a key part of that mission.

  • Minister slams casual homophobia of DJs like Chris Moyles 8

    Last year Mr Moyles was named Bully of the Year at the Stonewall Awards.

    12:44 PM — Kevin Brennan, the new Minister for Children, told an audience of education professionals and activists in London today that homophobic language used on TVand radio is unacceptable.Speaking at the Stonewall Education for All conference, the minister said that the perception that the use of words like 'poof' or 'gay' is 'just a bit of harmless banter' contributes to homophobic bullying in schools.

  • Mayor demands robotic toilets to stop cruising 1

    . Mayor Jim Naugle believes that robotic toilets will scare off gay cruisers.

    12:01 PM — The mayor of the Florida city of Fort Lauderdale wants a robotic toilet that could prevent homosexual activity that he says haunts public restrooms on beach.Mayor Jim Naugle believes that robotic toilets will scare off gay cruisers.Mr Naugle told Sun-Sentinel: "We're trying to provide a family environment where people can take their children who need to use the bathroom."

  • Harman and Follett emerge as ‘part time’ Ministers for Equality

    Harriet Harman is Minister for Women and Equality

    12:01 PM — After much confusion, Harriet Harman has emerged as Minister for Women and Equality. Initially it was believed that the role would be combined with that of Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government as it was with Ruth Kelly.Hazel Blears, who was appointed as the Secretary of State for Communities, was thought to be keen to play a role in Equality.Barbara Follett is Junior Minister for Women and Equality.

  • 4th July 2007

    Bill Gates acquires major stake in gay publisher PlanetOut

    Bill Gates not known is unlikely to want to be associated with sexual imagery or photographs of members penises.

    10:40 PM — Just days after shares in Gay.com publisher, PlanetOut rose 20 per cent on Nasdaq, a company that invests the wealth of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, has purchased a major stake in the company.PlanetOut, which also owns the Adovocate and RSVP Cruises, floated in October 2004 at a share price of $9 (£4.48), it quickly rose to $14.26 (£7.10) in November. Tonight, shares closed up at $1.69 (£0.83), a marked improvement on its 52 week low of $0.86 (£0.43).

  • A photographic celebration of gay Pride

    The Human Rights Watch online photo essay captures the courage, the exuberance, and the human faces of LGBT people's Pride marches.

    5:30 PM — An new online exhibition of photos of LGBT celebrations from cities around the world celebrates people's pride in their sexuality and identity.The Human Rights Watch online photo essay captures the courage, the exuberance, and the human faces of LGBT people's Pride marches on five continents, over more than a decade.The first photo documents the first-ever march to take place to celebrate LGBT people in the heart of Manila, Philippines in 1996.

  • Who exactly is the minister for gay rights? 1

    In Tony Blair's administration, junior DCLG minister Meg Munn had responsibility for equality issues.

    5:00 PM — There is confusion as to which member of the Brown government will be taking responsibility for women and equality issues.The appointment of Harriet Harman as Minister for Women last week seemed to indicate that she would be in charge of gay rights and other issues that fall under the remit of the Women and Equality Unit.However, the unit is part of the Department of Communities and Local Government, headed by Hazel Blears.

  • UK marriages down as civil partnerships flourish

    A quarter of all civil partnerships took place in London.

    3:50 PM — The number of marriages in Wales and England has dramatically fallen to the lowest point on record.The drop in the number of couples tying the knot showed a 10% fall to 244,710 weddings in 2005, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.Other figures showed that 18,000 civil partnerships took place in the UK since they were introduced in December 2005 and the end of December 2006.

  • Lib Dems appoint new equality spokesperson

    Ms Swinson, 27, is the youngest MP in the Commons.

    12:55 PM — Liberal Democrat leader Ming Campbell has appointed Jo Swinson as the party's spokesperson on women and equality issues.Ms Swinson, 27, is the youngest MP in the Commons, referred to as the Baby of the House. She was previously the party's Scotland spokesperson.The party's former spokesperson on women and equality issues, which includes gay rights, was Lorely Burt.

  • No July edition of Attitude magazine 1

    Editor Adam Mattera won BSME Men's Magazine Editor of the Year in 2005, and was again nominated in 2006.

    12:21 PM — Gay lifestyle magazine attitude has failed to appear for the second time in six months.The Press Gazette reports that staff have not been paid since April, as the magazine's parent company, Giant Clipper, goes through a financial crisis.Newsagent chain WH Smith has delisted the magazine over unpaid bills. However, insiders told PinkNews.co.uk that there are a range of interested parties willing to invest in the title.

  • Ignorance lives on 25 years after Terry Higgins died

    Since Terry Higgins death, HIV has killed 17,000 others in this country, with a total of over 70,000 people currently living with HIV in the UK.

    11:24 AM — Today's 25th anniversary of the death of Terry Higgins has been marked by a new survey from the charity set up in his memory.Mr Higgins was among the first people to die with AIDS in the UK.Despite the work of the Terrence Higgins Trust to educate the British public about the dangers of the virus, the survey reveals ignorance among all age groups.

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