30th March 2009
Equality watchdog under pressure as three executives quit 1
9:07 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission, chaired by Trevor Phillips, has lost its chief executive and two commissioners in the last week. Nicola Brewer, the chief executive, has left to begin a new job, although her new position has not yet been disclosed.
Gay firefighter ‘killed himself after 15 years of bullying at work’ 6
4:36 PM — A man is seeking damages from a fire service after his civil partner killed himself after allegedly suffering 15 years of homophobic bullying and harassment at work. The man, who cannot be named, committed suicide on January 28th, days before his hearing was due to start.
Bishop of Rochester to resign 14
1:19 PM — The Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir Ali, has announced his intention to resign from his post to help Christians living in Islamic areas. The bishop, who has been outspoken on the topic of homosexuality, is 59 and was expected to serve until the age of 70.
27th March 2009
Radio 1 controller warns Chris Moyles to obey broadcasting rules 11
6:20 PM — BBC Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt today said DJ Chris Moyles must obey broadcasting rules if he is to keep his job. The presenter was judged to have breached Ofcom regulations earlier this week over comments he made about gay singer Will Young.
Comment: Let education dissolve gay myths 12
5:31 PM — Suran Dickson, a London teacher, argues that education is the key to dispelling homophobia and dealing with the hangover of Section 28.
‘High number’ of gay and bisexual domestic violence victims in Northern Ireland 8
2:09 PM — The gay and bisexual community in Northern Ireland is suffering from disproportionate rates of domestic violence, an official report has claimed. The paper, published this week by the Northern Ireland Policing Board, concluded that a high percentage of those experiencing domestic violence are gay or bisexual men and women.
Comment: I’m not hungry – Gay men and eating disorders 8
12:16 PM — Omar Hassan examines eating disorders in the gay community and explores issues such as peer pressure, low self-esteem and how the gay press presents beauty.
HIV rates in gay men still at high levels 21
10:22 AM — Around 7,370 new HIV diagnoses were made in the UK last year, according to latest figures from the Health Protection Agency. Thirty-eight per cent of all new diagnoses were probably acquired through sex with men.
26th March 2009
MP blames AIDS on ‘promiscuous men’ 28
11:36 PM — A Tory MP has said the "true case" of HIV/AIDS is "sexually promiscuous" men in developing countries. Speaking during Commons question time on Wednesday, Gary Streeter, the MP for Devon south-west added that there was more to the fight against the disease than access to drugs and condoms.
Elton John drops his legal case with the Guardian over spoof diary 5
7:13 PM — Gay icon Sir Elton John has dropped his libel claim against the Guardian over a spoof diary that joked he held fundraising events in order to meet celebrities.
Man accused of killing ex-boyfriend ‘phoned co-defendant repeatedly before attack’
7:01 PM — A Staines man accused of killing his ex-boyfriend by setting him on fire allegedly bombarded his co-defendant with phone calls in the weeks leading up to the attack, a court has heard.
Nelson Mandela and Will Young among the gay icons to be showcased at National Portrait Gallery 2
12:54 PM — Gay Icons, a photography exhibition held to celebrate the contribution of gay people to history and culture, will open at the National Portrait Gallery this summer.
Have you had the ‘gay cure’ therapy? 13
10:58 AM — A report released today suggests that one in six registered British psychiatrists and therapists has attempted to 'cure' patients of homosexuality. PinkNews.co.uk is looking for readers who have undergone such treatment. If you have been offered a 'cure' for homosexuality, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
One in six British psychiatrists and therapists have tried to “cure” patients of homosexuality 110
12:01 AM — Research published today in the BMC Psychiatry journal shows that a sixth of registered British therapist and psychiatrists have attempted to "cure" patients of homosexuality. Shockingly one psychiatrist who responded to the study justified offering "cures" saying: "the physical act for male homosexuals is physically damaging and is the main reason in this country for AIDS/HIV. It is also perverse."
25th March 2009
LGBT artists sought for London festival 6
6:17 PM — GFest, the annual gayWise LGBT arts festival, has opened submissions for artists and performers to showcase their work at this year's event. The festival, for which PinkNews.co.uk is the online media partner, will feature visual arts, performances and short films.
BBC is “institutionally homophobic” 26
3:22 PM — A PinkNews.co.uk survey has found that 69 per cent of gay respondents think Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles should be sacked over a "homophobic" imitation of gay singer Will Young. The figures come after Chris Smith, the former Culture Secretary and creator of media regulator Ofcom, criticised the BBC for allowing Moyles to continue making anti-gay comments.
Exclusive: Former culture secretary Chris Smith calls for BBC action over Chris Moyles 16
2:31 PM — Chris Smith, the former culture secretary who founded media watchdog Ofcom, has criticised the BBC over its handling of 'homophobic' comments made by Chris Moyles. The Radio 1 DJ has not been disciplined after an Ofcom judgement found him in breach of broadcasting guidelines.
Queen Mother’s castle: ‘We will consider civil partnerships’ 12
11:03 AM — The Castle of Mey, formerly owned by the Queen Mother, has done a U-turn and announced it will considering hosting civil partnerships for gay couples. After gay rights groups protested, manager of the castle's trust James Murray said the castle was prepared to apply for a licence to conduct the ceremonies.
Survey: Should the BBC have punished Chris Moyles over “anti-gay” broadcast? 24
10:13 AM — On Monday, the media regulator Ofcom has found the BBC in breach of the Broadcasting Code following complaints by members of the public of that Chris Moyles displayed homophobia towards the gay singer Will Young during his BBC Radio 1 Breakfast programme. But the BBC have not disciplined or sacked the star. Give us your views on whether the BBC should have taken tougher action and if you belive them to be institionally homophobic?
24th March 2009
Government wins House of Commons vote on anti-gay hate speech 22
11:59 PM — The government has defeated an amendment in the House of Commons that would have created a defence of "free speech" in a bill that is designed to criminalise incitement of hatred in relation to sexual orientation.