5th February 2007
Sir Ian launches LGBT History Month 3
9:40 AM — Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen was the guest of honour at the launch of the third Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month in central London on Saturday.Organised by the LGBT education campaigning group, Schools Out, the annual event was initiated in 2005 as their first major project after the repeal of the controversial Section 28 five years earlier.Schools Out has been campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality in education since 1974.
2nd February 2007
Labour MP “uncomfortable” with gay adoption 8
11:27 AM — Labour MP Tony Cunningham has told his local newspaper that gay couples should not be able adopt children because he is "uncomfortable with the idea."Mr Cunningham, who is Catholic, has voted against gay rights before, in 2002, he voted against gays and lesbians being given equal rights for adoption.The MP told The Workington Times Star: "I was just uncomfortable with the idea."
Photos of UK’s first Pride march go on show
10:03 AM — An exhibition of images of gay history are to go on show next week, as part of the national LGBT History Week.Photos of the first Pride march, on July 1st 1972, will also be on display next week at the Cooltan Arts centre in south London.The free exhibition, specially commissioned by the Southwark LGBT Network, showcases images that reflect some of the joys, struggles and triumphs that the LGBT community has faced in recent years.
1st February 2007
Archbishop still hopeful about adoption opt-out 10
3:16 PM — One of the Roman Catholic church's most senior figures has said he is still confident that the church's followers will be able to opt-out of new gay rights laws.The Archbishop of Birmingham said that he is still hopeful of a "common sense solution" to the issue.On Monday the Prime Minister announced that there would be no exemptions to the Sexual Orientation Regulations.
Jews urged to fight gay rights laws 1
2:38 PM — The Federation of Synagogues has called on Jews to fight the Sexual Orientation Regualtions due to come before Parliament this month.A spokesman for the federation described the idea of gay couples adopting children as "terrifying."The Jewish adoption agency Norwood, the only one in England, told PinkNews.co.uk last week that they were not interested in seeking an exemption from the regulations.
Blair questioned again by police over honours
12:15 PM — Last Friday the Prime Minister was questioned for a second time by Scotland Yard detectives investigating the alleged sale of peerages to Labour party donors.A No 10 spokesman confirmed this morning that Mr Blair was questioned at Downing St by Metropolitan Police detectives.The interview lasted for less than an hour.
University could ban civil partnerships
11:55 AM — Academics at Canterbury Christ Church University are angry about a possible ban on civil partnership ceremonies being conducted on university premises.A meeting of the institution's branch of trades union UCU on Tuesday called on the three administrators who have proposed the ban to withdraw it or resign.The university is a teacher training college for the Church of England.
Gay charity furious at local MPs over adoption 10
11:14 AM — The Intercom Trust has criticised MPs from the south west of England for signing an Early Day Motion calling for a exemption from anti-discrimination legislation for Roman Catholic adoption agencies.As reported on PinkNews.co.uk last week, Teignbridge MP Richard Younger-Ross tabled the motion in the House of Commons. The Lib Dem was supported by party colleague Colin Breed (South East Cornwall) and Tory Gary Streeter (South West Devon).
African activists attack OutRage! tactics 1
10:44 AM — A group of 20 gay and lesbian activists from ten African countries have attacked the tactics of direct action campaigning group OutRage!In a strongly-worded statement they accuse the group, whose most public spokesman is Peter Tatchell, of having, "disrespected the lives, damaged the struggle, and endangered the safety of African human rights defenders."
12-year-old trans child – a clarification 1
9:50 AM — Transsexual activist Persia West has asked PinkNews.co.uk to publish the following clarification of her comments on the reported case of a 12-year-old child in Austria who underwent gender reassignment treatment:"It is entirely normal for a transsexual person to know that they are trans at an early age, even before the age of 12, as is the case of the young person in Vienna which has been given publicity recently.
31st January 2007
Two Jags says he is demob-happy
4:53 PM — John Prescott has told MPs that he is enjoying the "happy demob stage" of his career, as he faced more questions in the House of Commons about what his current role in government consists of.Mr Prescott, who revealed earlier this month that as a young man he was wary of homosexuals, has been an MP for 36 years.It is widely anticipated that he will stand down from the deputy role when Prime Minister Tony Blair leaves office later this year.
Nurses union launches LGBT network
4:12 PM — The North West region of the Royal College of Nurses is launching an LGBT network for members working in health.The network is also open to those who have an interest in working and influencing the formation of RCN policy and activity around the region.As part of the RCN's work around diversity, the network will support members to promote LGBT issues.
Attitude back on the shelves 11
1:05 PM — The official MySpace page of gay lifestyle title attitude has announced that the magazine will return to the shelves this Friday.Despite attempts to contact the editorial team at attitude, PinkNews.co.uk has been unable to ascertain what will be done to compensate subscribers to the magazine who did not receive copies in December or January.
Ruth Kelly to seek re-election in marginal seat 4
12:33 PM — The Communities Secretary, Ruth Kelly, has confirmed that she will be contesting the constituency she currently represents at the next general election.There had been rumours that Ms Kelly would abandon Bolton West for the safer Bolton South East constituency, whose sitting MP is retiring at the next election.She is the cabinet minister with the most marginal seat.
Oscars fever sweeps Stonewall
11:27 AM — The UK's leading gay rights organisation has caught the celebrity bug. Stonewall has launched an Oscars night sweepstake.The 79th Academy Awards ceremony will be will be held on Sunday, February 25th at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.For the first time an out gay performer, Ellen Degeneres, will host the awards.
COMMENT: Coming out not seen as sporting
10:36 AM — As part of PinkNews.co.uk's contribution to LGBT History Month, columnist and tennis nut Ben Leung reveals how one of the sport's greatest heroes has been forgotten because he was gay, and asks why in 2007 lesbian sports stars are two-a-penny while footballers seem to be stuck the closet. You don't have to be a tennis fan to have heard of Roger Federer. On Sunday, the world's best tennis player easily secured his tenth Grand Slam victory to date.
See Rufus Wainwright’s Judy tribute live in London
9:59 AM — Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright's London appearances at the London Palladium next month sold out within hours last November.Now AIDS charity Crusaid are offering the last available tickets in an extraordinary package, including the best seats in the house, Marc Jacobs t-shirts and limited edition signed Rufus Wainwright posters. The exclusive £175 tickets also include access to the exclusive after show party, at the Cinderella Bar.
30th January 2007
Tony Blair’s fundraiser arrested again
6:47 PM — One of the Prime Minister's closest allies has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.Lord Levy, who is Mr Blair's special envoy to the Middle East, was first arrested last July and released on bail in connection with an investigation by the Metropolitan Police into the alleged selling of peerages.
Homophobic teen gang attack Jersey couple
4:20 PM — Police on the island of Jersey have arrested three teenagers after two men were attacked by a gang in the centre of St Helier at the weekend.The men, both in their 30s, were first verbally assaulted by the mob at around midnight on Sunday night, reports the Jersey Evening Post. Around half an hour later their paths crossed that of the gang again and there was a confrontation.
The Feeling serenade Bill Gates
4:02 PM — Up and coming British band The Feeling gave a free concert in London this afternoon, after playing at the launch of Microsoft's new Vista operating system.Lead singer Dan Gillespie Sells became an alternative gay pin-up last year when he revealed in a magazine interview that he is gay.