14th May 2007
Theatre director says critics are hostile to gay women
4:42 PM — A senior figure in the UK arts scene has accused theatre critics of sexism and homophobia.Nicholas Hytner, the director of the National Theatre, said that established critics "snigger" at lesbian directors and dubbed them "dead white men."Mr Hytner has overseen a renaissance at the publicly-funded NT, with many seats on offer for £10 and high-profile plays such as The History Boys and Jerry Springer: The Opera generating positive news coverage and big box office.
Paisley faces gay rights challenge 7
11:10 AM — A former member of the DUP has challenged party leader and First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley over the Sexual Orientation Regulations.The regulations outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services.The UK government imposed them on Northern Ireland in January, before the new DUP/Sinn Fein-led local administration took office.
11th May 2007
Soap creator gave housewives gay dialogue
5:15 PM — The creator of the most watched soap opera in Britain has spoken out about homophobia at TV studios in the Sixties.Tony Warren is the original writer of Coronation Street, one of the nations best loved soaps.He revealed that the gay voices he heard on the streets made their way into the sharp-tounged female dialogue for which the soap is famed.
Ruth Kelly attends Stonewall event
4:58 PM — Gay rights organisation Stonewall held a parliamentary reception on Wednesday evening to thank dozens of politicians from all the major political parties who were involved in securing new protections for gay people.The Sexual Orientation Regulations outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services and became law on 30th April.More than 50 MPs and peers attended the event, among them Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly.
London Pride podcasts seek young contributors
4:20 PM — Podcasts are being used in the build up to Pride London to give more young people a voice.Recorded and produced by young people as part of the youth section of Pride London, the podcasts aim to help others understand their identity.The podcast Straight Talking: another perspective has been produced and presented by Ryan Haynes, and Bindya Solanki.
MP defends Gordon Brown’s gay rights record
4:03 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusiveA prominent gay MP has laughed off suggestions that Gordon Brown is homophobic.Chris Byant told PinkNews.co.uk that the Chancellor, who today launched his campaign to become leader of the Labour party and the UK's next Prime Minister, is totally committed to gay rights.Mr Brown launched his bid for power at the Imagination Gallery in London today.
Blair resignation speech in full 7
2:30 PM — I have come back here, to Sedgefield, to my constituency, where my political journey began and where it is fitting it should end.Today I announce my decision to stand down from the leadership of the Labour party.The party will now select a new leader. On 27 June I will tender my resignation from the office of prime minister to the Queen.
IDAHO highlights police action on hate crime
12:26 PM — With International Day Against Homophobia approaching Dyfed-Powys police are keen to tackle homophobia in their area.They are currently running a pilot scheme using Hate Crime Support Officers (HCSO) to support victims of hate crime in the Powys area.This will hopefully be extended in the future to the other counties they police; Carmarthenshire, Cerdigion and Pembrokeshire.
Comment: Pink List was badly chosen
12:15 PM — Despite his gay tendencies, Ben Leung is the Jewish Chronicle's most ardent British-born Chinese reader.Here he compares list of influential community figures as chosen by the Jews and the gays. Why is ours full of entertainers? What is it with spring that newspapers feel the urge to publish all sorts of power-lists or Top-100 most influential lists?
Ex-BP boss resigns from Goldman Sachs 15
11:53 AM — Lord John Browne, until last week the chief executive of the UK's largest company, has resigned a lucrative directorship.Yesterday Goldman Sachs Group, a Wall Street Investment bank, announced that Lord Browne had quit from the board.He had been a director of GS since the bank went public in 1999. The Mail on Sunday newspaper was responsible for exposing that Lord Browne lied in court documents.
10th May 2007
Corrie stars support IDAHO gay initiative
6:35 PM — To coincide with International Day Against Homophobia on May 17th, Coronation Street star Antony Cotton has gathered fellow cast members to support Exceeding Expectations, Manchester's initiative to end homophobia through education.Over the next three years Exceeding Expectations will support more than 12,000 education professionals with appropriate interventions, resources, training and advice on homophobia and sexuality.
Analysis: Blair steps down – what happens next? 7
6:15 PM — The Prime Minister's announcement this afternoon that he intends to stand down triggers a complex election procedure to replace him and his deputy leader John Prescott, who is also retiring.The first thing to note is that Tony Blair is still PM and will remain so until he goes to see the Queen on June 27th and resigns.Her Majesty will then ask whoever has been elected by the Labour party as their leader to form a government.
Prescott: “an honour to serve”
4:00 PM — John Prescott quietly stood down from his role of deputy leader of the Labour party today as the media focus was on Tony Blair.Mr Prescott, despite a notoriously bad relationship with Peter Mandelson, was vocal in his support for gay rights.The Deputy Prime Minister wrote to his local constituency party in Hull East revealing his intention to stand down. He also gave them a detailed defence of his controversial time in office.
Gay advert tops complaints list
2:00 PM — An advert that displayed a pool of blood next to a Bible attracted the biggest number of complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority last year.553 complaints from Christian groups such as the Evangelical Alliance and Christian Voice claimed that the Gay Police Association advert promoted religious hatred.12,800 adverts drew complaints last year, a record high. The ASA has seen a rise in concerns about online advertising.
Analysis: Big changes expected in a Brown cabinet 7
1:11 PM — When Tony Blair told his Cabinet of his intention to resign this morning, many of them must have been wondering if they would still be a minister by the time the next PM takes office.Picking his own Cabinet will give Mr Blair's expected successor, Gordon Brown, a chance to revitalise the government.As many as eight Cabinet ministers could go after a change of leader on June 27th.
Britain is a blessed nation says Blair 7
12:32 PM — In an emotional address to supporters, friends and family in his own constituency, Tony Blair acknowledged his shortcoming as Prime Minister and justified his controversial decisions.He apologised directly for mistakes but urged voters to believe he had genuine motives:"Hand on heart i did what i thought was right," he said.
Tony Blair to stand down as PM on June 27 7
12:16 PM — The Prime Minister has announced that he is resigning as leader of the Labour party and will hand over power once a successor has been elected.Tony Blair told his Cabinet of his intention this morning and then travelled to his constituency in Sedgfield in county Durham to make his announcement.In Trimdon Labour Club, he told supporters he is proud of achieving equality for gay people.
Gay reactions to Blair’s announcement 7
11:40 AM — Prominent politicians, commentators and gay activists have spoken in praise of Tony Blair, who announced today that he is to retire as soon as the Labour party select his successor.Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay equality organisation Stonewall, told PinkNews.co.uk:"Without a doubt, one of New Labour's lasting legacies will be the contribution that Tony Blair has made to equality for lesbian and gay people."
John Prescott to step down
11:13 AM — The Deputy Prime Minister has announced his departure from office in an open letter to his constituents.John Prescott, 68, has been the most colourful member of the Blair government. He also had a long track record of speaking up for gay rights.In May 2006 he had the last of his departmental powers taken away.
9th May 2007
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