18th October 2007
Interview: The ever-controversial Mr Phillips 1
10:30 PM — Trevor Phillips meets me in an office he has just moved into. The L-shaped sofa came from his own home; his framed Martin Luther King montage sits on the floor waiting to be hung. A small silver bust of Lenin on his desk catches my eye.The new public body of which he is chairman, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, only came into being a few days before we met.Phillips' office, at the end of an open-plan room, has a fine view of London's City Hall.
Senator in cruising scandal denies he is bisexual 3
5:55 PM — Larry Craig, the United States Senator who pleaded guilty to charges of cruising in an airport toilet, gave an hour-long TV interview last night in which he discussed the incident in detail.Appearing alongside his wife, the 62-year-old Republican politician was asked by NBC correspondent Matt Lauer: "Are you technically not a homosexual?"Is it possible you're bisexual?" The Senator replied: "It's no to both."
Commons debates homophobic bullying in schools
3:55 PM — MPs from all parties contributed to a debate in the House of Commons yesterday that extensively discussed homophobic bullying.Schools minister Kevin Brennan opened the debate, pointing to the new guidelines introduced last month as positive evidence of the government's commitment to protect gay, lesbian and bisexual children.Tory MP John Bercow welcomed the government guidance on homophobic bullying, but said they were particularly needed in faith schools.
No Kylie statue for at least a decade say council
3:31 PM — A tabloid news story that a group of gay men have applied for planning permission to erect a statue of pop singer Kylie Minogue in a London street is news to Westminster City Council.The Daily Star this morning ran the story "Kylie Gets A Gay Statue," which reported that "Kylie Minogue's loyal team of homosexuals" have applied for planning permission to have a statue of the singer erected in Old Compton St.A spokesman for Westminster council told PinkNews.co.uk: "We have received no record of this planning application."
Homophobia turns young people off Christianity 3
2:50 PM — Research into the declining respect for Christianity among young people has identitfied religious hostility to LGBT people as a major factor.An investigation by The Barna Group, an evangelical market research company, into the attitudes of Americans aged 16 to 29, makes grim reading for religious leaders.91% of young non-Christians and 80% of young churchgoers said "anti-homosexual" describes Christianity.
Trader suggests memorial toilet for cruising playwright
2:10 PM — Demand for new public toilets in the London Borough of Islington has been highlighted by a local trader who is suggesting they be dedicated in memory of famous resident Joe Orton.The gay playwright, who was murdered by his lover at the height of his fame in 1967, famously used to cruise for sex in public toilets all over Islington.The Angel area has a high concentration of bars and restaurants and a paucity of public facilities.
EXCLUSIVE: Firefighters not at LGBT conference 1
1:30 PM — A group of firefighters who were the subject of tabloid news reports about a Bristol cruising ground did not attend a national conference tackling lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in the fire and rescue service as originally planned.The firefighters hit the headlines earlier this month when it was reported that they had been disciplined for "disturbing" men cruising.In fact they were punished for being away from their station for no operational reason.
US military recruited on gay website 1
12:10 PM — The American Armed Forces placed job adverts on a gay networking site despite the fact that people who are openly gay, bisexual or lesbian are banned from serving.A spokesman for the Army National Guard told USA Today he was unaware of the adverts running on GLEE.comThe Navy has ordered that 8,000 ads be removed from the site. The Marine Corps claimed that only civilian jobs, not covered by the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy were advertised.
Interview: Stella Duffy excited about lesbian festival
11:54 AM — "The York Lesbian Arts Festival is fantastic!" enthuses patron Stella Duffy, whose popular novels include Calendar Girls, which recently came 5th in the International Big Gay Read Poll."I've been every year and it's a hell of an event. All the well-known dyke writers turn up, and it gets a little over the top."Taxi drivers in York know it's us by now, and it's mostly dykes that come to the festival."
The gay hate church and the Presidential candidate
10:41 AM — Members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas have sent a letter to Republican Presidential candidate Fred Thompson in the hopes he will support their stance against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.In the letter, released to the press earlier this week, the church said, "We know what your position used to be on the homosexual question - and it was wonderful and we saw eye to eye."
Charity aims to tackle needs of black gay men 1
10:03 AM — Gay Men Fighting AIDS has been awarded a grant by the Big Lottery Fund for their work around peer education projects and deliver health promotion initiatives to the black gay community in London.Sigma Research data from December 2005 found that black gay men are more likely to be diagnosed with HIV compared to other ethnic groups in the UK - 11.1% compared to 6.4% white British gay men - or have a partner with HIV.