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  • 12th October 2007

    Minister signals tax breaks for married and civil partnered couples 19

    Andy Burnham said there is a “moral case“ for promoting marriage though the tax system

    11:14 PM — In an interview in Saturday's Daily Telegraph, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has signaled that the Government may give tax incentives to married couples, in recogniion of their benefits to society.The interview concentrates on traditonal, straight marriages, but under the Civil Partnership Act, all benefits offered to married couples must be offered to gay couples in civil partnerships.

  • Leading gay commentators question incitement law 100

    Gay equality organisation Stonewall hit back, saying there is a lot of misunderstanding about the proposed new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.

    5:30 PM — Prominent gay journalists have expressed concern at proposals from the government to introduce a new offence of inciting hate against gay, lesbian and bisexual people.They believe it will undermine freedom of speech, adds little to existing laws and even plays into the hands of homophobes and bigots by allowing them to become martyrs.However, gay equality organisation Stonewall hit back, saying there is a lot of misunderstanding about the proposed new offence.

  • Father of Stuart Lubbock to claim compensation 5

    31-year-old Stuart Lubbock was discovered in Barrymore's swimming pool after a party in March 2001.

    4:40 PM — A government body that makes payments to the victims of violent crime has confirmed that the father of a young man found dead at the home of entertainer Michael Barrymore is seeking compensation.31-year-old Stuart Lubbock was discovered in Barrymore's swimming pool after a party in March 2001.Three months later Barrymore and two other men were arrested and bailed in connection with the incident.

  • Interview: Up close with Annie Lennox 1

    “I'm just sort of outraged at what I feel the human race has done, and is doing, to the planet.“

    12:54 PM — When Annie Lennox stepped up to the stage to accept the 2004 Academy Award for Best Original Song From a Major Motion Picture, something unique happened in living rooms around the world.Time stopped, and for a brief second, this legend of music... a woman who has won countless Grammys, BRIT Awards and the respect of musicians worldwide, became a kid again.Annie Lennox gushed. She grinned from ear to ear. In a time when some artists accept awards like they're a mandatory pay off for a job well done, this music icon rushed the stage like a kid in a candy store.

  • 18,000 tie the knot in first year of civil partnerships 1

    Most gay rights organisations such as Stonewall have supported civil partnerships along with all three main political parties.

    12:28 PM — Ten of thousands of lesbian and gay couples tied the knot during the first twelve months since civil partnerships were legalised.Detailed information from National Statistics said that 18,059 civil partnerships were formed between when the act came into force on 5th December 2005 until the end of 2006.There were 1,953 civil partnerships formed in the UK in December 2005 and 16,106 in 2006.

  • Young Tory resigns over homophobic Facebook group 6

    Bowman had posted comments on the relating homosexuality to the HIV virus and claiming he hates Jews.

    12:02 PM — A young Conservative student leader has been thrown out of the party and suspended from his university after making homophobic and anti-Semitic remarks on Facebook.Fergus Bowman, 22, a second-year politics and religion student at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), had earlier resigned as chairman of the student union's Conservative Future branch.Conservative Future is an under-30s organisation that plays an active role in recruiting young people into the party.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Casual homophobia in the online staffroom 5

    Several of the users are even using the word 'gay' in exactly the same way they are being told to prevent it being used by children in schools.

    11:50 AM — Homophobic comments from people claiming to be teachers have appeared on the chat forum of the website for the Times Education Supplement (TES).Despite new guidelines aimed at helping teachers to tackle homophobia in schools, users of the "Staffroom" pages of the respected education website have publicly revealed ignorant and offensive views about gay people.

  • Gay man in train crash death “not suicidal” 1

    The Telegraph reported that Drysdale's brother Ronald suspected that he was homosexual, but never got him to confide in him.

    11:05 AM — An inquest into a fatal collision heard how a closeted gay man killed when his car hit a passenger train was "tormented" by his sexuality, but not suicidal.Bryan Drysdale, a 48 year old year chef, was driving a Mazda which hit the Paddington to Plymouth train at 100mph near Ufton Nervet in November 2004.It resulted in seven deaths and 138 injuries, 18 seriously, when the impact turned the carriages of the train and made it slide down an embankment.

  • TURING: What is a gay (wo)man?

    Your columnist knows how supportive the notion of belonging to a community can be in a country where homosexuality is still a punishable criminal offence.

    10:55 AM — After a two-week hiatus, Turing returns to take the patriarchal, heterosexist societies of the world — and that's most, if not all of humanity — to task.There is an old New York joke that self-identified critical theorists often like to quote.'You're a terrorist? Thank God. I understood Meg to say you were a theorist.'The patient reader need not worry - this column is not a careful dissection of Queer Theory, nor is your columnist a student of the arts, specifically literary theory.

  • 11th October 2007

    Comedy and celebrity underwear at homeless fundraiser 2

    Last year the Albert Kennedy Trust won Community Group of the Year at the Stonewall Awards.

    2:51 PM — The Albert Kennedy Trust, which helps vulnerable homeless LGBT people in finding support and shelter, is holding a fundraiser to raise money and drive awareness for the charity."The Winter Comedy Benefit" will be held on Thursday 1st November at 3 Rooms, a Playstation-sponsored brandspace in Shoreditch's Truman Brewery.There is a minimum donation of £40 to attend the event.

  • Animation will help parents with LGBT teens 2

    Leeds Animation Network is a co-operative, a business owned by the people who use its services.

    2:10 PM — An animated DVD aimed at aimed at parents with LGBT teenagers will be made by a Leeds studio with lottery funding.Leeds Animation Network will produce and distribute Out to the Family, designed for individuals, families and groups to watch so that they can discuss, communicate and be aware of the issues related to teenagers who are LGBT or questioning their sexuality.The Network will distribute 4000 copies of the 12-minute DVD free of charge to audiences throughout the country, including organisations who work with teenagers and families.

  • Massive cocaine binge killed gay Count

    The Count had injected himself with the drug every hour for nearly 24 hours before he died.

    12:23 PM — A German aristocrat famed for his libertine lifestyle died from a massive overdose of cocaine, an inquest has heard.In July Count Gottfried von Bismarck was found dead in his apartment in Chelsea, west London, by an estate agent selling the property. It is thought he had been dead for up to three days.Professor Sebastien Lucas, who performed the autopsy, told Westminster coroner's court yesterday that von Bismarck's corpse had the highest level of cocaine he had ever seen.

  • Rise in number of prosecutions for homophobic crime 1

    The statistics cover all 42 CPS Areas in England and Wales.

    12:03 PM — The Crown Prosecution Service today released figures which show that 822 cases were identified as having a homophobic element in 2006-07.478 resulted in a guilty plea and a further 124 resulted in conviction after trial.The CPS said the conviction rate rose from 71% to 73.5% and that "homophobic crime is being tackled head on, and with success."The statistics cover all 42 CPS Areas in England and Wales.

  • Michael Cashman wins European Parliament award

    Mr Cashman won in the Justice and Human Rights Category.

    11:10 AM — West Midlands MEP Michael Cashman has won for an award in recognition of his work for human rights.He has been a strong defender of the rights of LGBT across Europe. He is president of the European Parliament Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights.The Parliament Magazine launched the awards in 2005 to recognise the work of MEPs in nine areas. Nominations for each of the categories were collected from non-government organisations.

  • Lottery grant will tackle LGBT social exclusion

    The Trust faced stiff competition across the whole country for a BASIS grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

    10:45 AM — A charity operating in the south west of England has been awarded a £370,000 grant for its work with lesbian gay bisexual and trans people in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset.The Intercom Trust will use the National Lottery money to provide infrastructure support for independent lesbian gay bisexual and trans community groups and help local LGBT people set up new groups to provide local services through the Lynx South West project.The Trust faced stiff competition across the whole country for this BASIS grants from the Big Lottery Fund.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Police complaints body will tackle homophobia 2

    The IPCC has overall responsibility for the police complaints system.

    10:10 AM — The chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has vowed to extend guidelines to tackle allegations of homophobic behaviour within the police force.The IPCC is holding a public consultation on its draft guidelines on investigating allegations of discriminatory behaviour.The guidelines will replace the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) procedures, Investigating Allegations of Racially Discriminatory Behaviour.

  • 10th October 2007

    Suspended sentence for man spying on lesbian couple

    In the UK, non-consensual voyeurism became a criminal offence under the Sexual Offences Act in 2003.

    2:21 PM — A peeping Tom from Stoke has been found guilty of spying on a lesbian couple having sex in their bedroom, and put on the sex offenders register.Dean Burton, 36, was also given a 51-week suspended jail sentence. He had his previous community order for indecent exposure extended for peering through a window and watching the couple naked.Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard that Burton had known the couple previously.

  • Charity warns kids could be prosecuted under incitement law 100

    Stonewall's recent report into bulling in schools found that 92% of gay, lesbian and bisexual pupils have experienced verbal abuse.

    1:35 PM — A leading children's charity has said that playground taunts may lead to arrests under a proposed new law.On Monday the Justice Secretary announced that incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation would become an offence in the new Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill before Parliament.Kidscape, who work with bullied and vulnerable children, said that the use of the word "gay" among children is so prevalent that many did not even understand what it means.

  • Poland boycotts day against capital punishment 57

    The 47-member Council of Europe predates the EU.

    12:27 PM — A European Union decision to declare today European Day Against the Death Penalty was blocked by Poland.The Polish government insisted that the day also include condemnations of abortion and euthanasia and used its veto to stop the declaration.However, the Council of Europe does not need a unanimous vote on such matters, and it has declared today European Day Against the Death Penalty.

  • Birmingham club stays open as noise allegations rejected

    The local council received complaints from developer Crosby House that the Nightingale was emitting too much noise and holding “unauthorised adult entertainment.“

    11:31 AM — A gay nightclub in Birmingham has escaped closure as allegations of noise pollution by local developers were proved to be false.A licensing committee decided that the Nightingale could stay open after consulting the council's own surveys which were based on just two complaints in two years and were found to be well within legal limits.PinkNews.co.uk had reported that the local council received complaints from developer Crosby House.

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