17th September 2007
Northern Ireland leader meets gay rights activists
1:40 PM — The Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland met with representatives of the Coalition on Sexual Orientation (CoSO) last week.CoSO, established by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans groups in the province to provide a voice for the LGBT community, was there to seek assurances on gay rights after the homophobic comments of a junior minister.Martin McGuinness and CoSO discussed homophobia in sport, the Northern Ireland administration's sexual orientation strategy and the high suicide rates in the province.
MP accused of using gay issues to win Muslim votes 4
1:40 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has questioned the tactics of maverick MP George Galloway.Galloway became the MP for Bethnal Green and Bow in 2005 under the banner of the Respect party.His victory over the incumbent Labour MP was in large part due to appealing to anti-war Muslim voters in the London constituency.
Lesbian soldier sues Ministry of Defence
1:40 PM — A former military police is suing the Ministry of Defence after claiming she was hounded out of the forces after entering into a civil partnership.22-year-old Joanne Ogogo said she was the victim of harassment, bullying and a whispering campaign, as well as attempts by superiors to separate her and her partner, Laura McDonald.Ms Ogogo, from Lowestoft, Suffolk, married fellow military police soldier Ms McDonald in January 2006.
Play about homophobia to tour schools
11:05 AM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has teamed up with a well-known writer/director to raise awareness of the problem of homophobic bulling in schools.Fit, a new play aimed at tackling the problem and raising awareness amongst young people, is set to begin a tour of schools and theatres across the country.Co-produced by Stonewall and queerupnorth international festival,Fit is written and directed by acclaimed writer/director Rikki Beadle-Blair.
16th September 2007
Judge: “Thugs” carried out homophobic attack in Harrogate 5
11:40 AM — A judge has castigated three young men for being "thugs" who carried out a sadistic homophobic attack in Harrogate.Judge Paul Hoffman handed down an indeterminate sentence to Craig Grant, 20, and Carl Rutherford, 18, ordering a minimum term of four-and-a-half years before elidgability for parole for stamping on the head of a 42-year-old gay man in Harrogate's Valley Gardens, leaving him with brain damage.
14th September 2007
PinkNews.co.uk readers split over Tory ads 71
5:46 PM — A survey of PinkNews.co.uk readers has found that 55% think the Conservative party should advertise in the gay media.Last Friday PinkNews.co.uk started to feature adverts from the Conservatives, believed to be the party's first political advertising campaign in a gay publication or website.They featured party leader David Cameron alongside a series of messages on a variety of campaign issues.
HSBC wins orientation discrimination case 1
3:29 PM — Multinational bank HSBC has said it is pleased with today's decision by an employment tribunal that they did not discriminate against an employee on the grounds of his sexual orientation.Peter Lewis, a former head of equity at HSBC, 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.
Councillor denies paedophile slur against Lib Dem 130
2:34 PM — A Labour politician accused of spreading rumours that her Lib Dem elector rival is a pedophile has told a court that she is the victim of a political conspiracy.Miranda Grell, 29, was facing four charges under the Representation of the People Act 1983 of making a false statement of fact about a candidate's personal character or conduct for electoral advantage.Today two of the counts were dropped.
London ready for gay mayor says Paddick 7
1:01 PM — A former senior police officer who wants to be Mayor of London has said that he does not think his sexuality will be an issue with the voters.Brian Paddick was the UK's most senior out gay policeman until his retirement as Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in May this year.He is one of three candidates for the Liberal Democrat nomination for Mayor of London. He said today that he did not regard being an openly gay man as an electoral disadvantage with Londoners.
Gay equality on the agenda at party conferences
12:15 PM — Over the next fortnight, three seaside resorts will brace themselves for an influx of MPs, political activists and journalists as the party conference season gets underway.These tribal gatherings are a perfect opportunity to lobby politicians, and to that end gay equality organisation Stonewall will be holding a series of fringe meetings, which are open to all."If you live near Brighton, Bournemouth or Blackpool or are attending the conferences in any capacity please join us at one or more of our fringe meetings," said a Stonewall spokesperson.
TURING: Ads beware 1
10:40 AM — More often than not, the fuss is unnecessary. But, that does not relieve the media companies from their responsibilityMarshall McLuhan, the communications theorist, believed that advertising was the greatest art form of the twentieth century.The description could perhaps be made more accurate if one replaces his superlative adjective with a more plausible alternative —'greatest' with 'most controversial.'
13th September 2007
Witnesses claim Labour activist called Lib Dem a paedophile 130
1:50 PM — A London court has heard evidence from a member of the public who says a Labour council candidate make allegations of paedophilia against her Lib Dem opponent.Miranda Grell, 29, won a formerly safe Lib Dem seat on Waltham Forest council in last May's elections. Her opponent Barry Smith is now at the centre of a prosecution being brought against Ms Grell.She has been charged with "making a false statement of fact about Mr Smith's personal character or conduct," contrary to election law. Ms Grell denies all the allegations against her.
Gay professionals event up for community award
1:05 PM — Village Drinks is among the organisations in contention for the prestigious Stonewall Community Group of the Year at the Stonewall Awards.Earlier this year Village Drinks founder Neil Spring made it into the Independent on Sunday Pink List of the 100 most influential gay people in Britain.Organisers of the leading social networking evenings have announced that it is to launch an event in Brighton.
12th September 2007
Your views on political adverts on gay websites 71
6:07 PM — Last Friday PinkNews.co.uk started to feature adverts from the Conservative party.The advertisements feature party leader David Cameron alongside a series of messages on a variety of campaign issues.Their appearance on the site generated a lot of interest and was reported by Associated Press and in The Yorkshire Post, The Sun and a range of other publications.
Iranian lesbian released from UK immigration detention centre 3
5:01 PM — A lesbian woman due to be deported from the UK to her come country of Iran will have her case heard by The Court of Appeal.Pegah Emambakhsh has been released on bail by British officials. She was scheduled for repatriation last month.Her sexual orientation and her past life in Iran may lead to her being executed.Even if she is not sentenced to death, she is likely to be prosecuted and tortured by Iran's religious officials.
Cashman nominated for MEP of the Year
4:40 PM — European Parliament member Michael Cashman has been nominated for an award in recognition of his work for human rights.An MEP for the West Midlands, he has been a strong defender of the rights of LGBT across Europe. He is president of the European Parliament Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights.
PinkNews.co.uk writer to challenge Tory MP 3
3:20 PM — A veteran Conservative MP is to challenged for his seat by Alex Bryce, a Labour party activist who writes comment pieces for PinkNews.co.ukThe 24-year-old has been contributing to PinkNews.co.uk since April on a range of topics including homophobia in sport and the future of the gay rights movement.He has been selected as the Labour Parliamentary candidate for Macclesfield. The seat is held by right-wing Tory MP Sir Nicholas Winterton.
Evangelicals respond to gay equality judgment 20
11:20 AM — The Evangelical Alliance called on Christian evangelicals in the UK to "think about their responsibilities to other people created in the image of God" following yesterday's court decision on the Sexual Orientation Regulations.The High Court in Northern Ireland ruled that a provision of the Sexual Orientation Regulations must be removed.Mr Justice Weatherup said that a provision that protects LGB people from harassment when accessing goods and services should be set aside.
AIDS charity backs HIV home testing kits
10:45 AM — Terrence Higgins Trust is urging the Government to change the law to let people buy and use home test kits for HIV.Changing the HIV Testing Kits and Services Regulations 1992 is one of '25 Things' that THT is asking the Government to do in its 25th anniversary year.Approximately a third of people with HIV in the UK are currently undiagnosed and some people fail to test for HIV because they don't want to go to a clinic, either because of stigma, long waiting times or restricted opening hours.
ChildLine campaign broke advertising rules 1
10:23 AM — A children's charity has been criticised by the Advertising Standards Authority over its fundraising material.Three people complained to the ASA about the campaign in which a letter asking for donations to ChildLine was accompanied by a mock log sheet of calls to the helpline.The log sheet alluded to child abuse and domestic violence, while the letter said that many children couldn't get through to ChildLine.