27th April 2007
Brian Paddick to leave the Met early
10:15 AM — The most senior gay police officer in the UK is to retire more than a year early.Brian Paddick, who is currently a Deputy Assistant Commissioner in London's Metropolitan Police, is understood to have asked to be allowed to stand down before the end of his current contract.He is to leave the force at the end of May. He has completed 30 years' service and will be entitled to a full pension.
26th April 2007
No 10 petition asks for gay question on census 5
3:35 PM — Gay people are being asked to add their names to a petition calling for a question on sexual orientation to be included on the census.The petition is on the Prime Minister's website. The next national survey will take place in 2011.It is conducted every 10 years by the Office of National Statistics who announced last year that they did not think a question about sexual orientation would not be suitable.
Comment: Was Ted Heath gay? 4
2:34 PM — Jeremy Norman, a successful gay businessman who founded the iconic London nightclub Heaven, was a friend of former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath.In his autobiography No Make Up published last year, he devoted an entire chapter to Heath.Here he gives us his view on the current discussion of his old friend's sexuality.
City Hall venue for trans dialogue 1
1:00 PM — A public meeting next week aims to foster a frank dialogue between London's trans community and providers of gender identity services.City Hall will be the venue for a public discussion on gender reassignment in London on Tuesday 1st May.The event will bring together representatives from the trans community with speakers from specialist commissioning and London's gender identity clinic.
Adopt a rubber duck and help fight AIDS
11:00 AM — Gay men are adopting ducks to help raise funds for gay men's health charity GMFA.The rubber ducks will form part of the world's biggest duck race when 165,000 rubber ducks will be released on a 1km stretch of the River Thames.The aim is to set a new World Record and raise money for UK charities.
25th April 2007
Politicians coming out is still important, say Stonewall 3
6:31 PM — In the media storm surrounding his revelation that former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath was warned off cruising for sex, the thrust of Brian Coleman's article for the New Statesman has been sidelined.Mr Coleman, the Chairman of the London Assembly, who is a Conservative, said that MPs and other prominent figures coming out and being forthright about their sexual orientation was not necessary.
George adds Brent magistrates court to his tour
6:00 PM — Pop icon George Michael will be in court facing charges of being unfit to drive the day before he is due to play the first concert at the new Wembley stadium.He will also now face an additional charge of being in charge of a vehicle while unfit through drugs.His appearance at Brent Magistrates Court follows an incident last October when he was found by police in his car in Cricklewood.
Early gay activism discovered in National Archives 2
5:44 PM — A dusty scroll of parchment which contains the writings of an 18th century proponent of gay rights has been unearthed.Thomas Cannon's 1749 book, Ancient And Modern Pederasty Investigated And Exemplified was suppressed, all copies were destroyed and the printer fled the country.The work contained a defence of gay desire and translations of homosexual Greek and Roman writings.
Info leaflet about HIV treatment charges launched
5:11 PM — Two of the UK's most respected charities have co-operated on a new information leaflet about the charges a small group of people now have to pay for HIV treatments.The National AIDS Trust and the Terrence Higgins Trust have jointly produced the leaflet giving advice to people who are concerned that they may be charged for accessing NHS sexual health and HIV services.
Stars get ready to walk against homophobia
1:37 PM — Gay and lesbian stars are to join hundreds of others on a gay walk in Brighton to help kids who face homophobia at school.The 4th Annual Equality walk is a demonstration of solidarity against homophobic crime, a nice day out, a good bit of exercise and an opportunity to do a bit of star-spotting.The event, organised by Stonewall, will take place on Sunday 6th May, which is the Bank Holiday weekend.
Edward Heath warned to stop cruising 3
10:10 AM — A gay member of the London Assembly has claimed that former British Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath was warned to stop having sex with men in public.Brian Coleman, a Conservative, claims that Sir Edward was warned by police to stop cruising for sex as part of a vetting process in 1955.That year he became a Privy Councillor and Chief Whip under Prime Minister Anthony Eden.
Church of Scotland “sinfully” intolerant of gays 3
10:10 AM — A report by prominent members of the Church of Scotland concludes that it is institutionally homophobic and they must embrace lesbian and gay Christians.The Presbyterians are the largest Protestant denomination in Scotland, with 520,000 members.The report into same-sex partnerships from the working group of the Mission and Discipleship Council will be presented to the General Assembly next month.
24th April 2007
Gays find more acceptance in the City
5:13 PM — London's financial heart is moving away from its homophobic reputation and becoming more gay friendly, according to new research.The number of gay people employed in City careers such as banking, finance or insurance has risen significantly since new initiatives designed to promote diversity were put in place.Two years ago, 5.9% of City employees anonymously identified themselves as gay or lesbian.
Pensioner set alight after gay claim
4:57 PM — A man has been jailed for setting fire to a pensioner because he spread rumours that they were in a gay relationship.David Murray, 55, set fire to 80-year-old Richard Clark and his home, after the OAP told Murray's daughter that they were having an affair.Murray denied that such a relationship ever existed.
Pride event cancelled due to lack of money 1
12:13 PM — The annual gay pride festival in Leicester has been cancelled this year due to lack of funding and staff.The LGBT festival was due to take place on June 23rd. It is the first time that the event has been cancelled in its seven year history.But organisers hope the party, which costs £20,000, will go ahead in 2008.
Unlimited legal advice for only £89 a year 1
12:13 PM — Lawyers may not be the most loved profession in the world, but at various points in our lives most of us will need one to advise us on everyday things.The costs of those little trips to a solicitor can be excessive, but now a new service provided by Halifax will cut the cost of everyday legal services.
Peter Tatchell to run for Westminster 2
10:22 AM — The Green party in the constituency of Oxford East has chosen gay rights activist Peter Tatchell to contest the seat at the next general election.The seat has been held by Labour MP Andrew Smith since 1987.At the 2005 general election he retained Oxford East but saw his majority cut by 90% in a swing to the Liberal Democrats.
23rd April 2007
DVLA accused of political correctness over H8 GAY ban
6:56 PM — The agency that controls the issuing of licence plates for cars in the UK has been criticised by a Conservative politician for banning offensive letter and number combinations.Papers released to the Mail On Sunday under the Freedom of Information Act show that the Minister for Transport, Dr Stephen Ladyman, has already withdrawn the plate 'H8 GAY' from use.
Transsexual Army officer to take legal action 4
4:32 PM — A 42-year-old officer is to take the Army to an employment tribunal.Jan Hamilton claims she is the victim of sexual discrimination.She had been appointed as head of media operations for the Army in Gibraltar but a dispute over a formal medical exam has led to the job offer being withdrawn.
Bermuda stresses its gay-friendly credentials 6
1:51 PM — The Premier of Bermuda has said gay people are welcome on the island after a cruise for gay families cancelled plans to visit later this year.The cruise, hosted by lesbian comedian Rosie O'Donnell, was the focus of faith-based protests when it visited the Bahamas in 2004.Bermudan church groups had promised action against the visiting gay families.