10th September 2007
Hep C sufferer Anita Roddick dies of brain haemorrhage
7:30 PM — The founder of Body Shop, Dame Anita Roddick, has died as a result of "a major brain haemorrhage" at the age of 64.She died at St Richard's Hospital in Chichester, West Sussex where here husband, Gordon, and daughters Sam and Justine were all with her. Roddick, who built a retail empire while taking an ethical approach to business, revealed she contracted the Hepatitis C virus and suffered from liver damage in February 2007.
Lib Dems reveal London Mayor candidates 7
5:05 PM — The Liberal Democrats have announced a shortlist of three names to go forward to a members' ballot to decide their candidate for London Mayor.Liberal Democrat members in London will vote on the candidates next month, with the successful Mayoral candidate being announced in early November.There are three candidates on the shortlist. Chamali Fernando, a barrister from Finchley, is running for the party's nomination against Fiyaz Mughal, a Haringey councillor, and Brian Paddick.
Footballer names Premier League homophobes 1
4:45 PM — Former Chelsea player Graeme Le Saux, who was dogged with rumours about his sexuality throughout his career, has said that homophobic taunts nearly drove him out of the game altogether.In his autobiography Left Field, to be published next week, the footballer names players who taunted with anti-gay comments.Le Saux accuses former England captain David Beckham of calling him a 'poof' although he also says he does not believe Beckham is a homophobe.
Review: Cumming’s triumphant Greek god
3:07 PM — Dressed in a slinky gold kilt, long curly wig and brash make-up, Alan Cumming wowed an expectant audience at the opening night of the London run of David Greig's new adaptation of the Greek classic, The Bacchae. Fresh from a run at the Edinburgh International Festival the production, staged by the National Theatre of Scotland, has transferred to the unassuming Lyric Hammersmith for a further two weeks.Cumming stars as Dionysus, the playful, androgynous god of wine, dance, sex and good times.
Sisters final appeal over inheritance tax 1
2:04 PM — Two sisters in their eighties will argue in front of European judges this week that the law treats them less favourably than a lesbian couple.The siblings have been living together in Wiltshire since they were born, but Joyce, 88, and Sybil Burden, 80, fear that one of them will be left with a large inheritance tax bill when the other passes away.In 2005 the implementation of the Civil Partnership Act brought inheritance laws for gay couples in line with those of married couples.
Christians may be sued over Little Britain posters
11:31 AM — An attempt by Christians to 'reach out' to young people has led to threats of legal action from lawyers representing the interests of gay comedian Matt Lucas and his fellow comics David Walliams and Catherine Tate.A major supplier of religious publicity materials, Christian Publishing and Outreach, used catchphrases from Little Britain and The Catherine Tate Show in a series of posters that also carried Bible quotations.
Paisley resigns as church leader 3
11:06 AM — Ian Paisley, the First Minister of Northern Ireland, is to step down from the leadership of a church he founded 56 years ago.The veteran politician has come under pressure from members of the Free Presbyterian church over gay rights issues.The fundamentalist Christian sect have been outraged that Mr Paisley and other members of his Democratic Unionist Party have ignored their objections to government financial support for Pride marches.
7th September 2007
Church ‘missing the point’ of equality legislation 9
5:20 PM — Gay rights group Stonewall has responded to the Church of England's assertion that proposed new laws on discrimination will mean that "religion and belief seemed to be treated as subordinate to other rights."The Church's Archbishop's Council, which formulates policy, made its views known in a response to the Discrimination Law Review.The public consultation on the review ended on Tuesday.
Decision on Barrymore charges next week 5
4:26 PM — Gay comic Michael Barrymore will find out next week if he is to face charges over the death of a man at his Essex home six years ago.Meat factory worker Stuart Lubbock was found dead in Barrymore's swimming pool after a party in March 2001.In June 2001 Barrymore and two other men were arrested and bailed in connection with the incident.
TURING: Yours shamefully 4
2:45 PM — It is high time that the Home Office defined its policies for dealing with LGBT asylum seekers. Shame that it still refuses to do so.Iran is no place to be gay. Nor is it the best place for Westerners to campaign for the rights of sexual minorities.Even according to the most conservative of estimates, no fewer than 4000 people may have been executed in Iran for the 'crime of homosexuality' since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.
Cameron defies critics over gay rights 71
1:30 PM — The leader of the Conservative party has attacked right-wing critics in his own party and committed himself to civil partnerships and gay rights.In a wide-ranging address to an audience of candidates and party workers in London, David Cameron spoke about "modern Conservatism," and made clear that recent critics of his leadership were out of touch.He presented a manifesto around the themes of change, family, responsibility, and "leadership for the internet generation."
HSBC gay banker back at tribunal 1
12:15 PM — An employment tribunal in Stratford, east London, was told yesterday that homophobia is still a problem in the UK financial services industry.Peter Lewis, a former head of equity at HSBC bank, won a partial victory last year when a tribunal ruled that the bank had discriminated against him on four grounds because of his sexual orientation.However, he was unable to prove discrimination in relation to 12 other grounds, including his dismissal from the bank in 2004 for gross misconduct.
Church of England attacks equality legislation 9
10:41 AM — An official document from the policy-making body of the Church of England has raised objections to the new Single Equality Bill.The new legislation, which is at consultation stage, aims to harmonise and simplify the law with regards to race, gender, disability, sexual orientation and other forms of discrimination.In its official submission to the consultation, the Archbishops' Council said new laws were unnecessary and the Church could be forced to marry people who have undergone gender reassignment surgery.
Editorial: The Tories and PinkNews.co.uk 72
10:04 AM — The Conservative party is well-known for its ad campaigns.From the iconic 1979 "Labour isn't working" posters, to the "Demon Eyes" of Tony Blair in the 1997 election campaign, through to the "Five Pledges" of Michael "are you thinking what I am thinking" Howard in 2005, never let it be said that the Tory party were short of a strategy. Some, of course, more successful than others.Today marks a new stage in the party's attempts to disseminate its message to the voters.
Conservative Party advertises on PinkNews.co.uk 71
7:50 AM — The Conservative Party has taken further steps towards engaging with the gay community by today advertising with PinkNews.co.uk, the community's leading news provider.The advertisements feature party leader David Cameron alongside a series of messages on a variety of campaign issues.The advertisements on PinkNews.co.uk are believed to be the party's first political advertising campaign in the gay media.
6th September 2007
Paisley’s homophobia not a breach of code of conduct 27
3:15 PM — The Northern Ireland Assembly Ombudsman has ruled that a junior minister in the province's government did not break the code of conduct when he called gay people repulsive.Ian Paisley Jnr, who is the son and namesake of the Democratic Unionist First Minister, told Hotpress magazine in May that lesbians and gay men harm society.He was appointed a junior minister in the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister by his father.
Scots activists disappointed over hate crime bill 1
1:22 PM — Stonewall Scotland has criticised the Scottish government for failing to make progress on hate crimes legislation.The Scottish National Party-led administration has been in power since May.The nationalists, along with their coalition partners the Greens, made a manifesto commitment to introduce legislation that would punish crimes motivated by the victim's sexual orientation or gender identity.
PinkNews.co.uk editor nominated for Stonewall award
11:51 AM — PinkNews.co.uk has been recognised for its journalism for the second year running at the Stonewall Awards.Editor Tony Grew has been nominated in the Journalist of the Year category. Last year PinkNews.co.uk was named Publication of the Year.Stonewall's second annual awards ceremony will be held on November 1st at the Victoria Albert Museum in London.
Council’s failed to stop gay paedophiles abusing children 2
11:20 AM — An independent inquiry has found that managers and social workers from a local council were so concerned about not appearing homophobic that they overlooked warning signs about two gay foster parents who were sexually abusing children.Ian Wathey, 40, and Craig Faunch, 32, from Pontefract in West Yorkshire, were jailed in June 2006 for five and six years respectively for abusing four boys in their care.The report, published yesterday, made 41 recommendations.
5th September 2007
Labour hit back at Tory attack on civil unions 33
12:02 AM — Former Eastenders star and Labour MEP for the West Midlands, Michael Cashman, has hit back at Tory MP Michael Ancram for his comments on civil unions yesterday.Writing in the Telegraph, Mr Ancram said treating civil unions like normal marriages "insults the intelligence of the British people."He continued: "They are not the equivalent of marriage.