14th December 2007
Critics decide Stephen Fry’s panto is too gay
5:10 PM — The Old Vic theatre's latest production, a new version of Cinderella, by actor, TV presenter, director, novelist and national treasure Stephen Fry, has received a muted response from the critics.Writing in The Guardian, Michael Billington called his script "smart, knowing, self-referential and layered with innuendo."Fortunately it has just enough of the traditional ingredients to keep young audiences happy, though at times it's a close thing."
Gay bishop not welcome at Anglican meeting 17
4:35 PM — Bishop Gene Robinson will not be invited to next year's Lambeth Conference, the Archbishop of Canterbury said today.Many Anglicans wrote letters of complaint to the Archbishop about the exclusion of the openly gay Bishop of New Hampshire and in June it was reported that Dr Williams was reconsidering.However, his office confirmed today that neither Bishop Robinson nor a rogue American priest who was consecrated a bishop by the Nigerian Church, Martyn Minns, will be asked to the 14th Lambeth Conference, the assembly of Anglican bishops held once every ten years.
Clegg favourite among PinkNews.co.uk readers 1
4:20 PM — A survey of readers asking their preference to succeed Sir Ming Campbell as leader of the Liberal Democrats reveals that Nick Clegg is way out on front.82% of PinkNews.co.uk readers who took part in the poll favour the MP for Sheffield Hallam. His opponent Chris Huhne was chosen by 12% of participating readers as their choice.An estimated 65,000 Lib Dem members were sent ballot papers on November 21st, and they must be returned by tomorrow.
Leading gay arts venue loses funding 6
4:01 PM — The UK's leading producer and presenter of lesbian, gay and queer performance is to appeal against the Arts Council's decision to stop its funding from April 2008.The Drill Hall in central London, whose partons include choreographer Matthew Bourne, Harry Potter actress Miriam Margolyes and comic Julian Clary, has a established an international reputation for championing the work of new artists, performers and theatre practitioners.
Policy Exchange stands by report into homophobic Muslim texts 17
1:40 PM — BBC news programme Newsnight has called into question the validity of a controversial report claiming that extremist texts encouraging hatred of gays, Christians and Jews are available at Britain's mosques.Researchers for the centre-Right think tank Policy Exchange claimed to have found such publications in a quarter of the 100 mosques and Islamic institutions they visited, including London Central Mosque in Regent's Park, which is funded by Saudi Arabia.
Premier league club commits to fight homophobia 1
1:15 PM — Reading FC have pledged their support to The Football Association's campaign to ban homophobia from the terraces.The start of the 2007/08 season saw a change in football ground regulations with homophobic abuse now deemed punishable.Richard Howgill of the Gay Football Supporter's Network recently discovered that the Madejski Stadium outfit are top of the league when it comes to training their staff.
Help young homeless gays this Christmas 5
1:04 PM — Iconic out gay actor Sir Ian McKellen has teamed up with the Albert Kennedy Trust to offer a very special gift this Christmas.For its 'Safe and Sound' appeal, the Trust, who support homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, is offering supporters the opportunity to buy a gift voucher priced £18.Just £18 provides a safe shelter for an LGBT young person for one night. The vouchers are presented inside Christmas cards specially designed by Sir Ian.
Swing to Greens in Brighton excites election pundits
12:30 PM — The Green party's strong showing in the south coast city of Brighton and Hove was reflected in a by-election for a council seat , which they retained comfortably.The Regency ward was held by the Greens with a 3.5% swing away from the Tories.The significance of the result is that the ward is in the parliamentary constituency of Brighton Pavilion. In 2005 the Greens took 22% of the vote, with the Tories on 23.9% and Labour on 35.4%.
13th December 2007
Paisley and McGuinness disagree over gay rights 4
2:15 PM — The First and Deputy First Ministers of Northern Ireland are reportedly at loggerheads over the introduction of EU legislation granting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people equal rights.An agreed position on the Gender, Goods and Services Directive must be reached by December 21st or the Northern Ireland Executive faces fines and legal proceedings.A committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly was presented with a letter from the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM).
Spain recognises UK civil partnerships 172
12:25 PM — A gay couple who took on the British and Spanish governments over the recognition of their civil partnership have won a major victory.Paul and Martin Ward signed the civil partnership register in Devon on Valentine's Day this year, having been advised that it would be recognised in Spain, where Paul lives.However, when the couple returned to Spain to live, they found out from the British Consul in Malaga that their civil partnership was not recognised in Spain.
Diana award for gay youth group founder 1
12:03 PM — A Stonewall volunteer has been awarded a prestigious Diana Award for his outstanding commitment to helping vulnerable young lesbians and gay men in his Kent hometown.Joe Whitbread, 18, received his award after he set up the first gay youth group in West Kent for young people to socialise and support each other in a safe environment.Having been bullied at school himself, Joe wanted to ensure that other young gay people did not suffer the same discrimination that he did.
12th December 2007
Tory MEPs disrupt Euro treaty ceremony 3
5:55 PM — EU leaders signed the Charter of Fundamental Rights today as some MEPs including Tories loudly protested, asking for a referendum on the reformed treaty.During the ceremony in Strasbourg protesters shouted as Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates, whose country currently holds the European Union's rotating presidency, was speaking."No matter how loud you heckle and yell, today is a day of fundamental importance for Europe," he said.
Runners raise money to fight homophobic bullying
12:59 PM — London Frontrunners has raised almost £3500 to support Stonewall's work tackling homophobic bullying in schools.Helen Smethurst and Graham Kennedy, presidents of capital's leading lesbian and gay running group, presented the gay charity a cheque for £3,457 to help Stonewall continue its Education for All campaigning work in schools.The money was raised by London Frontrunners through its sponsorship of the 4th London Pride Run held in August.
Help for friends and family of HIV+ people from THT
12:45 PM — HIV and sexual health charity, Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), is running a new workshop in Sussex aimed at the friends and family of those living with HIV.The one day workshop is being trialled on 1 March in central Brighton but the charity is keen to get people signed up as soon as possible.The Friends Family workshop will act as a starting point for anyone who has found out that a friend or family member is HIV+.
11th December 2007
Equality commission considers incitement proposals 1
5:31 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has yet to decide whether it supports the government's proposal to make incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation a criminal offence.The legal committee of the commission is to meet on Thursday to discuss the proposal, which has received cross-party support in the House of Commons.The commission is designed to promote a fair, equal and diverse society and tackling illegal discrimination.
Anglican gay rows harm relations with Rome 3
3:40 PM — Divisions over sexual ethics could be harmful in the relations between the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church, a cardinal in Rome said.Speaking to the Pope and cardinals in a private meeting three weeks ago Cardinal Walter Kasper, head of the Pontifical Council for promoting Christian unity, said that there were disagreements with the Anglicans that had stalled talks."While progress is being made on theological divisions, new divergences are emerging in the ethical field," he said.
Interview: A rising star in the Tory firmament 11
1:45 PM — The 2005 intake of MPs contained the usual mix of the good, the bad and the barmy. There were 50 new Conservative MPs, a brace of freshman Lib Dems and hardly any new Labour faces at all.The new Tory boys and girls were instrumental in propelling David Cameron (2001) into power, and he has rewarded the best and the brightest with seats in his Shadow Cabinet.Nicholas Le Quesne Herbert is one of two Nicks who first sat on the green benches two years ago to keep an eye on in the years ahead.
Scottish attitudes to LGBT changing but prejudice remains 1
11:25 AM — Results from the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey which show the country is becoming more accepting of the LGBT community were announced this morning.The survey, conducted for the Scottish Government, found that the number of people who think same-sex relationships are always or mostly wrong has dropped 11% since 2002 to 30%.65% of people who took part think Scotland should do everything it can to tackle all kinds of prejudice.
Queens offered own Christmas speech
10:45 AM — For gay men wanting to follow in the footsteps of Quentin Crisp and transmit their very own Queen's Speech to the nation this Christmas, eBay may have the answer.Users of the consumer website will have the chance to bid on the message which will be aired on the eBay homepage. The money raised will be donated to the NSPCC.The message will be broadcast will be seen by up to 15 million people over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Help for the one in four LGBT people who suffer domestic abuse
10:23 AM — Victims of sexual abuse can now find help at Galop, a safety charity for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.A new caseworker at the London-based charity is available to help LGBT victims of sexual violence make anonymous reports to the police and provide them with advice.According to the caseworker, Jamey Fisher, the aim of the service is to "help LGBT people who have experienced sexual abuse at any point in their lives."