11th April 2008
80% of insurance companies failing gay men
4:15 PM — New research has found that many leading insurance providers in the UK are still sending gay men for unnecessary HIV tests.In a survey insurance company staff were all asked to provide their company's limit at which an applicant would be sent for an HIV test.Two companies, Royal Liver and Bright Grey, were praised for their industry-beating limit of £1,000,000 of cover without HIV testing for gay men within a civil partnership.
EXCLUSIVE: Rail company apologises for homophobic incident 15
2:40 PM — The Customer Service Director of rail operator First Capital Connect has said she was "both appalled and embarrassed" by an incident at London St Pancras station when a gay couple were told to stop being affectionate.The incident occurred at around 6:30am on Sunday, March 30th.A public announcement was made by a First Capital Connect staff member, directed at the gay couple, requesting "passengers please keep their hands to themselves and refrain from kissing."
Gay group reminds people to register to vote
2:03 PM — Stonewall, the largest lesbian, gay and bisexual equality organisation in the UK, has reminded people to register to vote ahead of the elections on May 1st.All councils in Wales and 135 local authorities in England will hold elections.The Mayor of London and the city's 25-member Assembly will also be elected that day.
Three poofs to run the London Marathon for THT
1:20 PM — This Sunday tens of thousands of people will take to the streets of London to run the annual marathon, and among the famous faces this year will be three men who are professionally known as poofs.David Roper, Stephen De-Martin and David Wickenden are best-known as three-quarters of 4 Poofs and a Piano, the house band on the popular BBC1 show Friday Night With Jonathan Ross.They will be donning their running vests and tackling the 26 mile course, while fourth poof Ian Parkin will be cheering them on from the sidelines.
10th April 2008
New project for black gay men seeks volunteers 1
2:45 PM — A grant from the Big Lottery Fun has allowed sexual health charity GMFA to launch a new three-year project targeting group that are disproportionately affected by HIV.Big Up, the black gay men's volunteer group at GMFA, will be carrying out research to investigate the sexual health needs of black gay men, and in turn provide them with better services.New volunteers are needed to become involved in peer education projects.
Footballers to mark day against homophobia 1
2:10 PM — The organisers of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) in the UK have spoken of their excitement at the many events being held across the country.May 17th is IDAHO, and this year it will be marked in more than 50 countries.IDAHO day coincides with Cup Final Day and so far two events have been arranged to highlight this. Jason Hall, a player with Brighton Bandits FC, has arranged an exhibition about Justin Fashanu's life and death.
Moscow Pride organiser unhappy about documentary
12:45 PM — A leading gay rights activist has accused a German documentary maker of "acting in irresponsible and dishonest manner," over the screening of a documentary about Moscow Pride at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.The documentary film East/West: Sex Politics by director Jochen Hick was screened at the festival last week.It premiered in the Berlin International Film Festival in February and follows some LGBT people in Moscow around the Moscow Pride events.
Poll gives Ken slight lead in race for Mayor 1
12:30 PM — A new opinion poll commissioned by trade union UNISON has found that the race for Mayor of London is still effectively neck and neck.In the IPSOS-MORI poll the 48% who say they are "absolutely certain to vote," shows the first preference results were 41% for incumbent Mayor and Labour candidate Ken Livingstone, 40% for Conservative Boris Johnson.Lib Dem candidate Brian Paddick took 14% and the Green party's Sian Berry 5%.
Mortgage rates to drop by 0.25%
12:20 PM — The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee today cuts rates by a quarter of one per cent to 5 per cent, a further attempt to reduce the impact of the global credit crisis hitting Britain.It's the third cut since December, earlier this week it was shown that house prices had fallen by 2.5% in a month, the worse drop since 1992.A mortgage of £100,000 will fall by £17 a month if lenders pass on the cuts in full.
Anglican leader condemns gay death threats 3
11:10 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken out after the director of a group representing gay Anglicans revealed he has received death threats.Rev Colin Coward, director of Changing Attitude, said that the threats against his life were encouraged by the outspokenly homophobic language and attitude of some in the church.Dr Rowan Williams said the threats are the "latest round of un-Christian bullying."The row over the stance of evangelical and traditionalist bishops in the Anglican church worldwide over gay issues has exposed a deep division in the communion.
9th April 2008
Sperm bank man gets 16 months for fraud
5:35 PM — John Gonzales, who ran online sperm bank Mannotincluded.com catering mainly for lesbians and single women, has been sentenced to 16 months in prison.He pled guilty to five offences including fraud, forgery and perjury and was also disqualified from acting as a company director for five years.He was sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court today following an investigation and prosecution by the Department for Business and Enterprise (BERR).
Tatchell pledges his second preference vote to Ken 1
3:05 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has said that the election of Boris Johnson as Mayor of London would be a "big mistake."In the comments section of The Guardian website he said that he would be voting for Green candidate Sian Berry, but his second preference vote will go to incumbent Mayor and Labour candidate Ken Livingstone.Mr Tatchell is the Green party candidate for the parliamentary constituency of Oxford East.
You can be gay behind closed doors says BNP 14
1:10 PM — The British National Party candidate for Mayor of London has given a wide-ranging interview to the BBC.Richard Barnbrook is a Barking and Dagenham councillor, along with eleven BNP colleagues.He told the BBC: "You can be gay behind closed doors, you can be heterosexual behind closed doors, but you don't bring it onto the streets, demanding more rights for it."
8th April 2008
Cardiff may get Pride this year
5:45 PM — A meeting will be held this week to discuss Cardiff's first ever Cardiff Pride event.It is hoped the new event will replace the Cardiff Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, which has been cancelled this year.A lack of community and financial support is being blamed for the cancellation of Wales' largest Pride event."High demands placed on committee members have made it difficult to retain volunteers and attract new ones," the committee said in a statement.
“Only gays in the village” abusers found guilty 2
5:30 PM — A mother and daughter are awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of harassing their gay neighbours.Karen Reeves, 44, and Christie Myles, 22, had both denied using homophobic and offensive abuse towards Michael Harris and Shires Crichton of Marley Lane, in Kingston, near Canterbury.The couple have been dubbed by locals as, 'The only gays in the village', a reference to a sketch in BBC comedy show Little Britain.
Ken warns of BNP seat on London Assembly 13
1:40 PM — The fascist British National Party could win a seat in the London Assembly, claims incumbent Mayor of London and Labour candidate Ken Livingstone.Londoners will go to the polls to choose the 25-member Assembly and elect the Mayor.Mr Livingstone said that London's future as a united diverse city" was at risk if the BNP get a seat. The party already has 11 councillors on Barking and Dagenham council.
A touch of drag raises funds for Aberdeen’s Rainbowfest
12:45 PM — A glamourous event held last Friday in the Scottish city of Aberdeen raised more than £1,000 for for Rainbowfest, the new lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender event for Aberdeen "City and Shire."Rainbowfeast was hosted by drag artistes Lexy and The Lushettes.Rainbowfest is to be held on the beach front at Queen's Links Aberdeen on Saturday 5th July, and organisers said they want it to be Scotland's biggest LGBT event yet.
MEP’s Home Office meetings about gay Iranian 21
11:30 AM — The President of the European Parliament´s Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights is today holding a series of high level meetings with senior members of the Home Office.Michael Cashman, who is one of two openly gay MEPs, is meeting the government officials following the return to the UK of Mehdi Kazemi."I trust that the UK government will do the right thing in relation to Mehdi," he said.
7th April 2008
Driver and paparazzi blamed for death of Diana 3
6:50 PM — An inquest that heard lurid rumours that Diana, Princess of Wales was pregnant and murdered at the behest of the British Royal Family has concluded that she was unlawfully killed.However, the jury of five men and six women said the driver of the car that crashed in Paris on 31st August 1997, Henri Paul, and the paparazzi who chased the vehicle into a tunnel, were to blame for her death.Diana died shortly after the crash, her boyfriend Dodi Al Fayed and driver Paul also died in the collision.
Suicide prisoner was victim of trans bullying
6:10 PM — A woman who hanged herself in her prison cell with shoelaces had complained that she was being victimised and picked on by other inmates because she had transitioned from being a man.Lisa Woodhall was serving a four and half year sentence after she slashed the throat of her boyfriend's ex-lover.Woodhall, who had undergone gender reassignment surgery in 2004, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent at Plymouth Crown Court in September 2005.