17th April 2008
Royal took drugs, court told
4:08 AM — The Old Bailey was told yesterday that the Royal at the centre of a gay sex blackmail plot took drugs. The court also heard a comparision to a Royal aide and the BBC Are You Being Served character Mr Humphries. The Royal can't be named due to a court order.
16th April 2008
Rainbow flag to feature in Mayor’s parade
12:30 PM — The Lord Mayor's Day Parade in Plymouth will feature a gay float this year.The city's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans residents will use a Rainbow Flag theme for their entry in this year's parade on May 17th.The Lord Mayor, councillor David James, has chosen the theme The people and diverse communities of Plymouth. The organisers of plymouth prideevent 2008 want the LGBT community's families and friends to join its float.
14th April 2008
Anglican leader backs ban on same-sex prom dates 5
5:00 PM — The leader of the Anglican church in Australia has backed a decision by a secondary school to bar its male pupils from bringing their boyfriends to the annual formal dance.A handful of Year 12 (Sixth Form) students at Anglican Grammar School in Brisbane had expressed their desire to bring their gay partners to the end of year ball.The Most Revd Phillip Aspinall is both president of the school's council and Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane.
Gay Scots footballers collect silverware
4:03 PM — The second and final leg of the inaugural Fitlads Cup, played yesterday in Edinburgh, went to a nail-biting penalties finish after a 3-3 aggregate draw between HotScots FC and London Falcons FC.The first LGBT football team north of the border took victory.HotScots FC was founded last year with the aim of organising socials and regular kickabouts and to provide a social outlet for LGBT people who wish to watch and participate in football with other like-minded people.
11th April 2008
EXCLUSIVE: Rail company apologises for homophobic incident 15
2:40 PM — The Customer Service Director of rail operator First Capital Connect has said she was "both appalled and embarrassed" by an incident at London St Pancras station when a gay couple were told to stop being affectionate.The incident occurred at around 6:30am on Sunday, March 30th.A public announcement was made by a First Capital Connect staff member, directed at the gay couple, requesting "passengers please keep their hands to themselves and refrain from kissing."
Three poofs to run the London Marathon for THT
1:20 PM — This Sunday tens of thousands of people will take to the streets of London to run the annual marathon, and among the famous faces this year will be three men who are professionally known as poofs.David Roper, Stephen De-Martin and David Wickenden are best-known as three-quarters of 4 Poofs and a Piano, the house band on the popular BBC1 show Friday Night With Jonathan Ross.They will be donning their running vests and tackling the 26 mile course, while fourth poof Ian Parkin will be cheering them on from the sidelines.
10th April 2008
Footballers to mark day against homophobia 1
2:10 PM — The organisers of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) in the UK have spoken of their excitement at the many events being held across the country.May 17th is IDAHO, and this year it will be marked in more than 50 countries.IDAHO day coincides with Cup Final Day and so far two events have been arranged to highlight this. Jason Hall, a player with Brighton Bandits FC, has arranged an exhibition about Justin Fashanu's life and death.
Moscow Pride organiser unhappy about documentary
12:45 PM — A leading gay rights activist has accused a German documentary maker of "acting in irresponsible and dishonest manner," over the screening of a documentary about Moscow Pride at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.The documentary film East/West: Sex Politics by director Jochen Hick was screened at the festival last week.It premiered in the Berlin International Film Festival in February and follows some LGBT people in Moscow around the Moscow Pride events.
9th April 2008
Gay burial plot to go ahead in Copenhagen cemetery 1
5:02 PM — People that want to be buried next to others who were gay or lesbian have been granted their wish at a cemetery where author Hans Christian Andersen is buried.Other famous people interned at the Assistens Kirkegård, which was founded in 1737 and is the largest in Copenhagen, include dozens of artists, musicians and writers.Space for 45 urns, set apart from the rest of the cemetery by a triangle of pebbles on the ground, has been rented by a new group.
8th April 2008
Cardiff may get Pride this year
5:45 PM — A meeting will be held this week to discuss Cardiff's first ever Cardiff Pride event.It is hoped the new event will replace the Cardiff Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, which has been cancelled this year.A lack of community and financial support is being blamed for the cancellation of Wales' largest Pride event."High demands placed on committee members have made it difficult to retain volunteers and attract new ones," the committee said in a statement.
A touch of drag raises funds for Aberdeen’s Rainbowfest
12:45 PM — A glamourous event held last Friday in the Scottish city of Aberdeen raised more than £1,000 for for Rainbowfest, the new lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender event for Aberdeen "City and Shire."Rainbowfeast was hosted by drag artistes Lexy and The Lushettes.Rainbowfest is to be held on the beach front at Queen's Links Aberdeen on Saturday 5th July, and organisers said they want it to be Scotland's biggest LGBT event yet.
7th April 2008
Interview: The vibrant support network for LGB soldiers
3:30 PM — The issue of gay people serving in the Armed Forces still divides politicians in the US.For the rest of the countries in the NATO alliance, the claims and counter-claims about unit cohesion and the "influence" of gays on fighting men seem like echoes from another time.The Dutch lifted their ban on gays in 1974, Australia followed in 1992 and Canada soon after. In 2008, most of the member nations of NATO have removed their bans.
New social network for gay adoptive parents 1
11:00 AM — A gay couple have created a new online social network aimed at lending support to same-sex couples going through the adoption process.The New Family Social group has been set up by Andy May and gives lesbian, gay and bisexual adopters around the UK a chance to chat online and meet with other couples in the same situation.There are currently 60 families registered on the site, which offers free membership and a private discussion board where users can contact other adopters in their area.
4th April 2008
Sir Ian McKellen: coming out politicised me 5
4:10 PM — Last night veteran gay rights campaigner and co-founder of Stonewall Sir Ian McKellen gave the keynote speech at the gay equality organisation's annual Equality Dinner.540 guests attended and more than £320,000 was raised.For many people, the highlight of the evening was the following speech by Sir Ian, exploring the history of Stonewall and what its priorities are for the future. "It was 20 years ago. The biggest story regarding gay people in this country was about AIDS."
Guest pays £20,000 for tea with Blair at Stonewall dinner 5
1:25 PM — Last night's Stonewall Equality Dinner raised £320,000 for the gay equality organisation.Auctioned at the event were a range of items including art by Kobi Israel, the award-winning photographer, a civil partnership reception and dinner at Cliveden, one of the world's finest hotels.The opportunity to have tea with Tony Blair secured a bid of £20,000. All funds raised will go towards Stonewall campaigns such as Education for All, tackling homophobic bullying from Britain's schools.
LGBT History Month goes health-conscious
11:30 AM — The Department of Health has become involved with an annual event to celebrate the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities.A new addition to the LGBT History Month website from the department and the NHS provides resources, links and LGBT health-specific event ideas.These pages, which will be regularly updated and expanded, provide useful information designed to help individuals and NHS trusts.
3rd April 2008
Ian McKellen met Gordon Brown at gay ‘wedding’ 5
11:10 PM — Veteran gay rights advocate and award-winning actor Sir Ian McKellen has revealed that he has only met the Prime Minister once.Speaking at Stonewall's annual fundraising dinner at the Dorchester hotel in London, Sir Ian said the occasion was the celebration of the civil partnership ceremony of gay MEP Michael Cashman and his partner Paul Cottingham.He told the 540 guests that he had worked with Mr Brown, Tony Blair and John Major on gay rights.
2nd April 2008
Gays embrace innovative car rental schemes
3:20 PM — Car Club schemes, a service popular among the gay community, have today been given support from Green Party candidate for Mayor of London Sian Berry.According to company City Car Club, a large amount of gay and lesbian drivers are signing up to the scheme, where members rent the use of a car by the hour.City Car Club has a fleet of more than 300 cars. It claims that once signed up to the scheme members cut down on unnecessary car journeys by as much as 35%.
Gay and lesbian groups awarded equality grants
12:25 PM — Ethnic minority and LGBT groups are among 286 organisations who have been awarded grants by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.The Equality Act 2006 allows the EHRC to give financial assistance to organisations concerned with promoting equality and diversity, good relations and human rights.Stonewall, the Bristol Lesbian Gay Bisexual Forum, the Consortium of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Voluntary and Community Organisations and The Lesbian and Gay Foundation are among the recipients.
1st April 2008
Online gay museum to be launched this month
2:35 PM — A series of public events on Monday 14th April will mark the launch of an online, interactive museum of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans history.The Natural History Museum's Earth Gallery and Flett Theatre will host an unveiling of Proud Heritage, followed by a "no-holds barred and intimate interview" with gay rights activist Peter Tatchell, followed by questions from the audience.At the public event Proud Heritage will set out its future plans and unveil its first public phase.