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  • 28th March 2008

    Homophobia claims rejected by police complaints body 16

    Nineteen witnesses gave evidence to IPCC investigators about a range of incidents.

    11:10 AM — Sixteen allegations of homophobia made against the eight Devon and Cornwall police officers have been rejected by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.The complaints were made in 2004 and 2005 by Malcolm Lidbury, a local LGBT activist.He claimed he was "treated poorly" because of his sexuality and claimed that the Devon and Cornwall police have an "inherently homophobic" attitude.

  • 27th March 2008

    Gay ‘wedding’ planners to sponsor London Falcons

    The Falcons play in the Gay Football Supporters' Network (GFSN) national league, the world's only gay and gay friendly national league.

    6:30 PM — London's newest gay-friendly football club is landed a major sponsor.Perfect Partnerships promote and specialise in co-ordinating civil partnerships, gay and lesbian stag and hen weekends, commitment ceremonies, gay honeymoons and overseas gay weddings.London Falcons Football Club, which fields teams in both 5-a-side and 11-as-side competitions, was founded less than two years ago but already boasts more than 100 members.They recently reached the final of the Yorkshire Terriers 5-a-side tournament.

  • Tributes paid to legendary gay DJ

    DJ Tallulah had been a club DJ for forty years and was a regular at Heaven.

    3:02 PM — One of London's best known scene figures has died. DJ Tallulah had been a club DJ for forty years and was a regular at Heaven.Born in 1948 in Hamburg to English parents, he returned to live with his grandmother in Bexley three years later.He immersed himself in London's underground gay scene as a teenager, and by the early 1970s was established as a leading DJ. In 2007 he became the first inductee into the House Of Homosexual Culture's Hall Of Fame.

  • UK asylum system “not fit for purpose”

    The head of the Border and Immigration Agency, Lin Homer, told the BBC: “I totally refute any suggestion that we treat asylum applicants without care and compassion.“

    1:55 PM — A commission established to examine asylum policy and practice in the UK has concluded that it falls below the standards of a civilised nation.The 12-member Independent Asylum Commission's findings have been rejected by the Border and Immigration Agency, who claim they treat people with "care and compassion."The volume of people seeking asylum in the UK has fallen sharply and last year there were just over 23,000.

  • INTERVIEW: My short career as a gay Apprentice

    PinkNews.co.uk spoke to Sir Alan Sugar's first victim, 23 year old Nick De Lacey.

    12:45 PM — Last night the new series of The Apprentice started on BBC1.PinkNews.co.uk spoke to Sir Alan Sugar's first victim, 23 year old Nick De Lacey, about being booted out in the first week, his fear of chavs, and what how homophobia still exists in the workplace.You had to compete with over 20,000 people to get on to The Apprentice, how did it feel to get on the show?It felt really good!

  • Activist calls on people to ditch LGBT labels 3

    DitchtheLabel site was conceived after Liam secured a business grant from the local Chamber of Commerce, who recognised the site's appeal and potential.

    12:20 PM — An ambitious campaign that aims to change the ways in which young people label themselves was launched last week in the form of a funky teen-oriented website.The website Ditch the Label (www.DitchtheLabel.com) was 'virtually' launched last Saturday night in a co-ordinated browsing of the new site, after being advertised via its original Myspace and the founder's personal Myspace sites.The founder of DitchtheLabel is 17-year old student, activist and part-time model, Liam Hackett.

  • 26th March 2008

    Paddick still favourite with gay voters 47

    Mr Paddick was until last year was the most senior out gay police officer in the UK.

    6:20 PM — The results of the second PinkNews.co.uk Mayor of London poll show that Lib Dem candidate Brian Paddick still leads among respondents.225 people who live in the London area took part in the poll. Mr Paddick, who until last year was the most senior out gay police officer in the UK, won 43.5%, or 98 of the first preference votes.He was followed by incumbent Mayor and Labour candidate Ken Livingstone, with 29.4% (66 votes). Tory candidate Boris Johnson won 12% (27 votes).

  • Fundraising auction lots range from Take That to Tate Modern

    There is also a host of once-in-a-liftime experiences up for auction, such as tickets for four for the opening of the new Take That musical Never Forget.

    5:10 PM — Stonewall has launched its 2008 silent auction. All proceeds will go toward funding the gay equality organisation's charitable work, including the Education for All campaign, which aims to stamp out homophobic bullying in schools.Up for grabs is an array of rare and unusual prizes, including a chance to be a VIP guest to the stars of Strictly Come Dancing, an afternoon in the studio with BBC Radio 2's Paul Gambacinni and snowboarding lessons for four with the UK's number one snowboarder, Jo Chastney.

  • New England captain has learnt from past mistakes

    Ferdinand has a son, Lorenz, with girlfriend Rebecca Ellison.   photo: johnd1158@flickr.com

    4:40 PM — Rio Ferdinand's appointment as the new captain of the England football squad has been accompanied by a pledge from the player that he has learnt from past mistakes.The 29-year-old stirred controversy in 2006 during an interview with Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles, in which he used the word "faggot."In 2003 he failed to appear to give a drugs test and was suspended from club and international games for eight months and fined £50,000.

  • INTERVIEW: How the internet changed gay society 2

    Benjamin Cohen is founding editor of PinkNews.co.uk. His report on Gaydar will be broadcast on More 4 News this evening.

    3:01 PM — Channel 4 News technology correspondent Benjamin Cohen spoke to PinkNews.co.uk about what his report into how the gay dating site Gaydar changed the lives of the gay community.The report, one of a series of three marking ten years since the dot.com boom for More 4 News, will be broadcast this evening.Ownership and Control, to be broadcast tomorrow evening, compares the development of the internet to the division of land into enclosed, private areas, controlled by the few to control the masses.

  • Lords debates illustrate objections to gay equality 17

    Their Lordships spent hours discussing whether it is correct to remove the 'need for a father' and replace it with the need for 'supportive parenting.'

    12:45 PM — The Prime Minister's decision to allow Labour MPs a free vote on three clauses of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill has surprised many Westminster watchers.The issues surrounding so-called 'saviour siblings,' human-animal embryos and the requirement for doctors to consider 'the need for a father' when deciding on whether to agree to carry out fertilisation or fertility treatments were all discussed at length in the Lords.Those debates should give us a flavour of the debate in the Commons, which is not expected until after the local council elections in May.

  • Downing St explains why MPs are getting a free vote 17

    As many as 12 ministers, three of them in the Cabinet, were reported to be considering leaving the government rather than vote for parts of the bill.

    12:30 PM — Gordon Brown is "following the precedent set in 1990 with the original Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill" in allowing his MPs a free vote on measures that ensure gay equality.Roman Catholic Labour MPs are expected to challenge the removal of a requirement for doctors to "consider the need for a father" when deciding to consent to IVF or assisted conception treatments.The bill proposed to replace that with a need for "supportive parenting."

  • How will the embryology bill help gay and lesbian parents? 17

    At present the law requires that NHS fertility clinics take account of the “need for a father“ when assessing women for treatment.

    12:30 PM — The Prime Minister's announcement that Labour MPs will be allowed a free vote on legislation designed to ensure equal treatment for gay and lesbian people has dismayed gay rights groups and angered many in his own party.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill currently before Parliament aims to make it easier for lesbian couples to access NHS fertilisation services and ensure that a lesbian or gay couple can become the legal parents of their children.Tory MPs will be given a free vote on the bill.

  • Stonewall “disappointed” over free vote on gay equality 17

    As many as 12 ministers who are also Roman Catholics reportedly threatened to resign unless they were allowed to opt out of voting in favour of parts of the bill.

    11:40 AM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has criticised the Prime Minister's decision to give Labour MPs a free vote on provisions in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill that aim to give gay and lesbian people equal access to NHS fertility and assisted conception services.The bill, currently before Parliament, would replace the current need for doctors to consider the need for a father when decided whether or not to provide such treatments with the need for supportive parenting.

  • London’s Irish LGBT community to be studied

    The University of Essex is looking for Irish LGBT migrants who would be willing to be interviewed.

    10:45 AM — A new project that will Irish gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people choose to settle in London is appealing for participants.The research study by the University of Essex is being funded by an £82,000 grant from the Economic and Social Research Council.Dr Roisin Ryan-Flood of the Department of Sociology, said: "Metropolitan centres have long been associated with tolerance of sexual diversity and established queer communities."

  • 25th March 2008

    INTERVIEW: From soaps to Soviet murder mystery

    With Hollywood beckoning, it's doubtful Tom Rob Smith will be returning to write in soapland any time soon.

    9:00 PM — Tom Rob Smith doesn't believe in stereotypes, particularly the one that says a gay, former TV soap writer can't pen an intense, hard-hitting Cold War thriller.Child 44 counfounds assumptions about gay writers.His first novel, it caused a fierce bidding war at the London Book Fair and was eventually sold to 22 countries. It is no surprise that film rights to this powerful piece of fiction have just been snapped up by Ridley Scott.

  • Cult animation about gay couples comes to UK

    The odd Lego-like characters tackle what one commentator called “horribly inappropriate homo gags.“

    6:30 PM — An American TV show described as making "South Park look like The Flumps" is to be screen on E4 later this year.Rick and Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in the World features a range of gay and lesbian stereotypes, from the twink with the sugar daddy to the "perfect" gay couple of the title, to baby-obsessed lesbians.The odd Lego-like characters tackle what one commentator called "horribly inappropriate homo gags."

  • More4 News reports on the Gaydar revolution 2

    Former Gaydar user and Labour MP Chris Bryant, Gaydar director David Muniz and the playwright Matthew Todd feature in the report.

    5:20 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant is among the contributors to a report to be broadcast tomorrow examining how the internet has fundamentally changed gay society.Benjamin Cohen, Channel 4 News technology correspondent and founding editor of PinkNews.co.uk, explores how Gaydar and similar websites have revolutionised what it means to be gay in Britain.The report is part of a series to be screened on More4 News this week, celebrating 10 years since the dot.com boom.

  • Man arrested for not paying male prostitutes

    An investigation was launched by Southwark community support unit, on behalf of the Metropolitan police.

    5:00 PM — Police in London have announced the arrest of a 37-year-old man suspected of hiring male sex workers and not paying for them.The man, arrested in Bangor, north Wales, has been linked to 17 offences including counts of obtaining services by deception, two allegations of theft, one of administering a substance with intent and one allegation of rape.He has been bailed to return in May as police continue their investigations.

  • Home Office’s “Iranian propaganda” over gay hangings 2

    “We found that two young males were hanged because they were found guilty of raping a 13 year-old boy,“ said Home Office minister Lord West.

    4:30 PM — The government has been accused of being more inclined to believe Iran than human rights groups on the issue of how gay people are treated in that country.The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association is angry that the Home Office minister in the Lords last week claimed that no-one has recently been executed in Iran "solely on the grounds of homosexuality."GALHA intend to write to Home Secretary Jacqui Smith for clarification of the official position after statements by Lord West of Spithead.

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