18th January 2008
Teletubbies makers pay compensation to “faggot” actor
12:20 AM — Ragdoll Limited, who make the Teletubbies have been ordered by an employment tribunal to pay 2000 pounds to an actor who was called a "faggot" by a fellow cast member.However, Issac Blake, 28, from Cardiff lost the majority of his case after being sacked as an actor for the BBC children's programme In the Night Garden. Mr Blake had told the hearing that he was unfairly dismissed from his role playing a Tombilboo (pictured), a doll in the programme.
17th January 2008
Feature: Searching for the true meaning of gay love 2
6:30 PM — A new play about modern gay love and relationships opens in London next week. Counterfeit Skin, by Jason Charles, explores the interplay between lovers, friends, family and rivals and in the process confronts deception, desire, greed, obsession and disappointment.Much of the drama focuses on Luke and Jake, a young couple living with Jake's gay godfather, who are questioning their long-term relationship.
21% not aware of HIV risk from unprotected sex 1
1:12 PM — New figures from the National AIDS Trust's Public Attitudes Towards HIV Survey released today show that the UK population is becoming more ignorant about HIV.6% of those surveyed were able to correctly identify all of the ways HIV is transmitted, without any false responses.21% did not identify unprotected sex between a man and a woman as a way of contracting HIV. In 2000 just 9% did not identify this route.
Robbers who posed as gay jailed for five years
12:50 PM — Two men who pretended they were gay so that they could rob a man they met in a nightclub have been sentenced to five years at Bristol Crown Court.Benjamin Butler, 29, and Matthew Wyatt, 33, duped John Gibbs at the Vibe club in Bristol before going back to his flat where they threatened him with a knife, stole his money and tied him up.The pair then fled, leaving Mr Gibbs imprisoned in his flat. A few days later he spotted the thieves in the city. He called the police and they were arrested.
Gay airport guard claims sexual harassment
11:20 AM — A gay security guard at Heathrow airport was harassed by a female colleague for sex, an employment tribunal heard yesterday.Allwyn Rondeau, 46, who lives in Feltham, Middlesex with his partner of 15 years, told the tribunal how he had rejected 42-year-old Lucy Chilton's persistent advances time and time again because he was gay, but she would not give up.The tribunal heard that on one occasion Miss Chilton "stuck her bum in the air saying 'come on give it to me'", according to The Daily Express.
Scotland’s LGBT footballers to play historic match
11:05 AM — The first gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans football team in Scotland are to play their first 11-a-side game in Haddington this weekend.HotScots FC was founded in February 2007 with the aim of organising socials and regular kick-abouts and to provide a social outlet for LGBT people who wish to watch and participate in football with other like-minded people.The club now boasts more than 75 members and hold kickabouts every Thursday and Sunday.
Lesbian soldier wins claim against Ministry of Defence 3
10:20 AM — A 31-year-old Lance Bombadier has won a claim of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and sex discrimination at an employment tribunal.Kerry Fletcher, who is a lesbian, was the victim of unwanted sexual advances from a male sergeant who claimed he could "convert" her.She could win more than £400,000 damages representing lost earnings and hurt feelings. Ms Fletcher had intended to stay in the Army for another 12 years but her career was cut short by campaign of harassment she suffered.
16th January 2008
George Michael to write “authentic” autobiography 4
6:30 PM — Publisher HarperCollins today confirmed that they have secured the rights to an autobiography by pop star George Michael.The 44-year-old, who has sold in excess of 80 million records in a career spanning three decades, said through his publicist that the book would be "no holds barred."Although neither publisher nor publicist would reveal how much Michael is being paid for the book, industry watchers said it was certain to be millions of pounds.
Gay link to theft of Irish Crown Jewels
4:30 PM — Just four days before King Edward VII arrived in Ireland for a state visit, his Crown Jewels were stolen from Dublin Castle.The 1907 theft angered the monarch, scandalised the Irish press and has remained one of the unsolved mysteries of modern times.The star and badge of the Order of St Patrick, laden with rubies, emeralds and diamonds, were never recovered.Now an historian has blamed the daring heist on Francis Shackleton, brother of the famous polar explorer Ernest.
Samaritans claim 80% have been bullied at work
2:55 PM — New research from emotional support charity Samaritans has revealed that one in four people it is a weekly or even daily stress caused by workplace bullying.More than 80% of workers have been bullied during their careers and a third of people are so stressed they have dreamed of quitting for a life abroad.Over half say their jobs are getting more stressful and that work is overtaking their home lives.
Plymouth plans a bigger and better Pride in 2008 6
2:45 PM — The nation's most popular lower-case gay day out, plymouth pridevent, has been granted charity status.Supported by, among others, Plymouth City Council and Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, the charity's committee has adopted a new constitution and appointed a new chairman, Mark Ayres.The committee can now make donations to other organisations which also work with Plymouth's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) community.
International match to honour lesbian football hero 2
2:25 PM — She was a footballing genius who lit up the game in the 1920s and 1930s with her antics on and off the field.Lily Parr, who lived openly with her partner Mary and insisted on being paid in Woodbine cigarettes, was the first woman to be inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame.30 years on from her death, lesbians from around the globe will come together on the pitch to celebrate her brilliant life of this star of the game.
Ken launches campaign for third term as Mayor
1:35 PM — The Mayor of London kicked off his campaign for a third term in office yesterday with a pledge to extend free travel for pensioners.The Freedom Pass for the over 60s and disabled people cannot currently be used before 9am on weekdays.In a bid for the votes of the million pass users in the capital, Ken Livingstone said the new policy "is part of my central goal of ensuring that London's public transport system is reliable and open to every Londoner."
Photos of gay icons bought by National Portrait Gallery
11:55 AM — Four portraits by acclaimed gay photographer David Gwinnutt have been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London.Mr Gwinnutt, who has photographed many well-known gay celebrities, said he was honoured that his work will become part of the national collection of portraiture.The portraits of film director John Schlesinger, playwright Neil Bartlett, performance artist and club legend Leigh Bowery and photographer Corinne Day are candid and intimate.
15th January 2008
Jail for thief who targeted cruising area
3:05 PM — A 29-year-old who used threats of violence to rob two men in a well-known gay meeting spot has been jailed at Isleworth Crown Court.Erkan Halil was living at Ledwood Avenue, Hayes, but has a family home in Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush, reports thisishertfordshire.co.uk.He was sentenced last month to five years in prison for robbing two men in Cranford Park near Heathrow in September and October 2007.
US gay men hit by MRSA strain 3
12:05 PM — In the UK the superbug MRSA is associated with hospital infections, but doctors in America have discovered a super-resistant strain is plaguing gay men in San Francsico.Known as USA300, the strain is carried by one in every 588 people in the city's Castro district, thought to be the area with the highest proportion of gay men in the country.Dr Binh Diep, from San Francisco General Hospital Medical Centre is one of the authors of the report, which was published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Gay couple’s home targeted in arson attack 1
11:45 AM — A Northern Ireland MP has spoken out after an arson attack on the home of a gay couple in his constituency.A lit disposable lighter was left against the front door of their home in the city of Londonderry, causing minor damage.The News Letter reports that the couple are so distressed by the incident, which took place last Wednesday, that they may leave the area.
Ofcom clears ITV over poof comment 6
11:20 AM — A homophobic outburst by comedian Jim Davidson on a reality TV show did not break broadcasting rules, the industry's watchdog has ruled.197 people complained to Ofcom in September after the comedian, appearing on ITV's Hell's Kitchen, mocked fellow contestant Brian Dowling about his sexuality and used the words 'poof' and 'shirt lifter.'Dowling, who came to public attention through appearing in reality shows, was reduced to tears.
14th January 2008
Paddick launches campaign for London Mayor
4:48 PM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London today pledged to cut crime in the city by 20% if elected.Brian Paddick named improving public transport and increasing affordable housing as other key priorities.His launch event was held in Brixton, south London, this morning.Newly elected Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg attended, calling Mr Paddick an achiever and "serious, focused and determined."
Gay gamers experience Second Life
3:40 PM — Video games may come in many shapes and sizes, but one thing tends to stay the same from game to game: They all give the people playing them the opportunity to step into someone else's shoes.As thrilling as that sounds in theory, in practice it usually forces gamers to take control of characters that look little like them and move them through storylines over which they have little control.A few fairly recent releases have added some breathing room to that often claustrophobic aspect of video gaming.