25th June 2007
Pope criticises Tony Blair over civil partnerships 9
12:00 PM — Pope Benedict XVI used a personal audience with outgoing Prime Minister Tony Blair to express his displeasure at the advancement in gay rights in the UK.During his 25-minute private meeting with Tony Blair on Saturday, the Pope questioned the use of stem cells in research, the availability of abortion, civil partnerships and adoption by gay couples, as well as the war in Iraq.Downing St said that the gay issues were raised by Vatican officials but not the Pope.
24th June 2007
Labour LGBT welcome Brown and Harman 3
9:46 PM — The Labour Campaign for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (LGBT Labour) has welcomed the confirmation of the Gordon Brown as the new leader of the Labour Party and the election of Harriet Harman as deputy leader.In a statement released to PinkNews.co.uk, the camapign group said that both Gordon Brown and Harriet Harman have a strong commitment to supporting equality.
Gordon Brown’s acceptance speech focuses on families 3
6:46 PM — Gordon Brown today took over the leadership of the governing Labour party from Tony Blair. His speech focused heavily on families but did say that the progress in gay rights has changed Britain for the better."In the last ten years, from make poverty history to campaigns on disability, gay rights and the environment, Britain has changed for the better, not just because of government, but because of movements that have gone beyond traditional parties, captured people's imaginations and transformed people's lives."
Harman wins by a tiny majority after five rounds
3:10 PM — Today's election for a new Deputy Leader of the Labour party was the closest since 1981.In the fifth and final round of voting, Ms Harman took the lead with 50.43% to Alan Johnson's 49.56%She was overtaken by Alan Johnson until the last round, and it is thought many Jon Cruddas voters gave support to her.
Exclusive: Harriet Harman’s message to the gay community 1
2:46 PM — Justice Minister Harriet Harman has something she wants to say to the gay community, particularly those who grew up during the Blair years."Young people, remember! Remember! Be afraid!"Hoodies, perhaps? Terrorism? The threat of a nude Keith Chegwin returning to our television screens?No - the resurgent Conservative party.
Harriet Harman elected Labour Deputy Leader 1
2:40 PM — Harriet Harman, the Justice minister, has been elected to the Deputy leadership of the Labour party.Gordon Brown was also declared as Leader of the Labour party at a special conference in Manchester.Tony Blair remains Prime Minister until Wednesday. He will give a farewell performance at Prime Minister's Questions before going to see the Queen and resign.
Gordon Brown to be named Labour leader, deputy leader votes being counted
1:22 PM — Gordon Brown is to be named leader of the Labour party today. He faced no challengers so won the election by default.The result of the deputy leadership contest will also be announced today. But a poll by PinkNews.co.uk readers has revealed which candidates LGBT Labour party members voted for in the election of a Deputy Leader of the Labour party. Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain was the first choice of 25% of gay party members.
Exclusive: Peter Hain tops votes of gay Labour members
12:22 AM — A poll of PinkNews.co.uk readers has revealed which candidates LGBT Labour party members voted for in the election of a Deputy Leader of the Labour party.Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain was the first choice of 25% of gay party members. The positive showing for Hain was despite a large number of multiple votes being automatically disqualified by PinkNews.co.uk's polling software after his campaign team promoted the poll using the social networking site Facebook.
23rd June 2007
Interview: The dark horse who became front runner
4:07 PM — "This is going to be a really, really closely fought contest and I genuinely have no idea what the outcome is going to be," Hilary Benn tells me when we meet.The terrace of the House of Commons is the location for this typically relaxed Benn comment.He is unique among the candidates for Deputy Leader I have spoken to, in that he arrived with no entourage.
22nd June 2007
Gay contestant evicted from Big Brother 3
11:15 PM — Since Tuesday, the public have been voting to decide whether bisexual Carole, Jonathan or the gay contestant Seány should be the second housemate to be publicly evicted from the Big Brother house.During tonight's programme, Davina McCall announced live to the house that the next person to be evicted would be Seány. He received 44.5% of the total votes cast.On hearing the news, Seány and the other housemates looked stunned.
Gays pitch their tent at Glastonbury 1
4:50 PM — NYC Downlow makes its debut at the one of the UK's largest music festival today, bringing some gay sensibility to the muddy fields of Somerset.The gay-subculture tent will be a haven in a sea of heteros over the weekend, and organisers say they want to recreate the look and feel of a 1970s Manhattan gay bar.No-one will be admitted without a moustache, though fake ones can be purchased at the door.
Paisley refuses to apologise for gay remarks 27
3:00 PM — A junior minister in the government of Northern Ireland has stood by his comments that gay people are repulsive.Ian Paisley Jnr rejected calls for him to apologise. He is a junior minister in the Northern Ireland Executive, headed by his father Rev Ian Paisley."What is done is done, I've said those comments why should I try and hide what I've done," Mr Paisley told the local politics programme Let's Talk last night.
21st June 2007
Army bans soldiers in uniform from London Pride 12
4:44 PM — A split has emerged in the Armed Forces over the issue of London's Pride march on the 30th June.The Chief of the General Staff has issued orders banning LGB Army staff from marching in unifom at the event or from wearing anything that would identify their Army role.General Sir Richard Dannatt's decision has caused controversy at the Ministry of Defence and among the gay community.
Pride celebration a first for Doncaster
4:20 PM — The Yorkshire town of Doncaster is preparing to host its first Gay/Trans Pride event with a spectacular and colourful festival to be held in the Market Place on Sunday 19th August from 12noon."Pride events are non-political, non-campaigning events designed to be a festival of fun and celebration for the LGBT community and supporters."The events provide the community with an opportunity to be highly visible and this is a first for South Yorkshire," said organisers.
Sugar Rush author retires from journalism
4:00 PM — Julie Burchill, one of the UK's best known newspaper columnist, has announced she is to retire from journalism.She revealed that the success the TV adaptation of her novel, Sugar Rush, has led to increased offers of TV work and that she feels thirty years is, "way enough, for me and for my public."Burchill started her career at NME aged 17, and went on to write for The Guardian and The Times.
Mayor defends rejection of gay councillor 3
1:00 PM — Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has rejected criticism of his decision to reject nine men for appointment to the London Fire Authority because they are all white.One of the men, gay Haringey borough councillor Ed Butcher was selected as the Lib Dem nominee following an election amongst all London Lib Dem councillors in May 2006.However the mayor took steps to refuse to appoint nine representatives on the grounds that they were unrepresentative.
Asia Pacific Outgames launched in Australia
12:24 PM — Every year the number of gay sporting events seems to grow and as a precursor to the 2009 Outgames in Copenhagen, Melbourne, Australia will be hosting the inaugural Asia Pacific Outgames in 2008.In cooperation with the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association, Melbourne Outgames has begun creating a sporting event, which will coincide with the annual Midsumma Festival.The festival is Melbourne's premier gay and lesbian cultural and arts event.
20th June 2007
Firefighters are the Pride of Scotland
5:59 PM — Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue service, are going all out at the Pride Scotia event in Edinburgh, this Saturday, 23 June.The service are a key Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion, promoting fair treatment in the workplace for LGB staff.As well setting up a recruitment stand at the festival, which takes place in Pilrig Park, firefighters from local Macdonald Road Fire Station will be carrying out dramatic car accident rescue demonstrations.
Deep-rooted homophobia plagues the NHS 1
5:29 PM — The Royal College of Nursing has backed calls for 'explicit and proactive' training in the NHS to combat LGB prejudice.Nurses and other health workers need to be educated about their rights and managers need to send out the message that homophobia is unacceptable are other recommendations from a report by Stonewall.The gay equality organisation presented Being the Gay One: Experiences of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People Working in the Health and Social Care Sector this week.
Rise in domestic abuse among gay couples reported 2
3:55 PM — Leading doctors in the UK have warned of an epidemic of domestic abuse across the country.29% of gay men and 22% of lesbians have been victims. A report from the BMA revealed that a third of women first suffered abuse at home while pregnant.The study found that three-quarters of a million children are repeatedly exposed to domestic abuse, but doctors claim that the figures are underestimated because of a lack of reporting.