2nd April 2008
Arts Coucil finds sexual orientation controversy “ironic”
6:01 PM — Artists seeking funding for their work are being asked to reveal their sexuality.Any individual or group who apply for Arts Council funding will be asked whether they or any of their management committee are bisexual, gay, heterosexual or lesbian.The Arts Council is compiling the information so that they can report to the government the success rate of different applications.
Boris Johnson rejects BNP support 13
3:50 PM — The Conservative candidate for Mayor of London has slammed the British National Party after they told their supporters to choose him as their second preference candidate on May 1st."I utterly and unreservedly condemn the BNP and have no desire whatsoever to receive a single second preference vote from a BNP supporter," said Boris Johnson.Brian Paddick, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London, told PinkNews.co.uk: "The BNP obviously recognise Boris' reputation for causing offence and creating division."
Gays embrace innovative car rental schemes
3:20 PM — Car Club schemes, a service popular among the gay community, have today been given support from Green Party candidate for Mayor of London Sian Berry.According to company City Car Club, a large amount of gay and lesbian drivers are signing up to the scheme, where members rent the use of a car by the hour.City Car Club has a fleet of more than 300 cars. It claims that once signed up to the scheme members cut down on unnecessary car journeys by as much as 35%.
Gay and lesbian groups awarded equality grants
12:25 PM — Ethnic minority and LGBT groups are among 286 organisations who have been awarded grants by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.The Equality Act 2006 allows the EHRC to give financial assistance to organisations concerned with promoting equality and diversity, good relations and human rights.Stonewall, the Bristol Lesbian Gay Bisexual Forum, the Consortium of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Voluntary and Community Organisations and The Lesbian and Gay Foundation are among the recipients.
Dutch MP questions deportation of gay teenager to UK 2
11:30 AM — A social-liberal MP in Holland has secured a debate in the country's parliament about Mehdi Kazemi, a gay Iranian teenager who is due for deportation back to the UK.Boris van der Ham of the D66 party is unhappy at the lack of assurances from the British government that Mr Kazemi will be allowed to remain in the UK.If he is returned to Iran he claims he faces execution.
1st April 2008
Start your engines for the gay rally across Europe 1
6:15 PM — A two thousand mile motor rally celebrating gay diversity will kick off in late June, the first race of its kind.The inaugural Rainbow Rampage takes place from June 28th to July 4th, is a twist on a traditional motor rally and more akin to a giant gay road trip.The rally downplays the racing aspect and is designed more to celebrate the cities that stretch along the race's route, some 2300 miles across Europe.
More gays need to put themselves forward says Tory 28
5:00 PM — Margot James, the Conservative candidate for the constituency of Stourbridge, has responded to a survey from Stonewall about perceived prejudice in the party against gay, lesbian and bisexuals who want to run for Parliament.Ms James said that in her experience as a lesbian, she has experienced no prejudice from party members, but quite a lot from the press."Gay people have to move on a bit," she told PinkNews.co.uk.
Online gay museum to be launched this month
2:35 PM — A series of public events on Monday 14th April will mark the launch of an online, interactive museum of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans history.The Natural History Museum's Earth Gallery and Flett Theatre will host an unveiling of Proud Heritage, followed by a "no-holds barred and intimate interview" with gay rights activist Peter Tatchell, followed by questions from the audience.At the public event Proud Heritage will set out its future plans and unveil its first public phase.
LGBT Labour defend party’s record on gay candidates 28
1:50 PM — A group within the Labour party that pushes for equality for lesbian, gay bisexual and trans people has responded to a survey from Stonewall.A poll of more than 1,600 LGB people found that 61% think they would face barriers from the party because of their sexual orientation if they wanted to be selected to run for parliament.89% said the same about the Conservatives and 47% about the Liberal Democrats. 46% of Labour supporter thought they would face barriers if they wanted to stand for Parliament.
Pension victory for same-sex partners at Euro court 5
12:03 PM — Gay and lesbian activists today welcomed a ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg on the rights of same-sex partners to 'survivor pensions.'The court ruled that a German gay man is entitled to a payment from the pension of his dead partner.The insurer had rejected his claim to the allowance of €6,400 (£4,330) on the grounds they only make such payments to spouses and not registered partners.
Equality body will prioritise sexual orientation cases
11:00 AM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has unveiled its first single equality scheme with a committment to prioritise legal cases in new areas of equality such as sexual orientation, in order to build case law.As a public body the EHRC is legally required to address gender, disability and race.The new scheme will also cover age, sexual orientation, religion or belief and human rights.
Gay people expect discrimination in all walks of life 28
12:01 AM — A new survey released today by Stonewall has found that gay, bisexual and lesbian people think that everyone from public services to political parties treat them less favourably because of their sexuality.1,600 LGB people took part in the online survey by YouGov, the web polling company's first survey of the gay population.The results paint a depressing picture of perceived prejudice in Britain.
Eminem takes on challenging role 2
12:00 AM — He may be the bad boy of white rap, but Eminem is set to wow fans of his music and acting career by starring in a new biopic of a British singing legend.Real name Marshall Bruce Mathers III, the 35-year-old has been praised by poet Seamus Heaney for getting kids interested in lyrics and poetry and compared to Elvis Presley.Now, he is reported to have signed up to play a young Elton John in an upcoming film about his life.
31st March 2008
Charles Allen becomes commercial radio king 1
7:10 PM — Charles Allen, the openly gay former chief executive of ITV, looks set to become one of the most powerful figures in the world's radio sector.Mr Allen, chairman of the private equity-backed Global Radio, has agreed to purchase GCap, the owner of Classic FM, Capital Radio and XFM for £375 million.Just months ago, his company purchased Chrysalis Radio, the owners of Heart and talk radio station LBC 97.3.
Lords gay rights foe dies 2
4:50 PM — A member of the House of Lords who used his Roman Catholic faith to frustrate his own party's gay rights legislation has died.Lord Stallard of St Pancras was 86. He was known throughout his career as Jock, a reference to his upbringing in Lanarkshire, Scotland.A left-wing presence on the Labour benches, he was first elected to represent St Pancras North at the 1970 general election.
Cameron backs Boris at launch of London campaign
1:30 PM — Conservative leader David Cameron has publicly backed the party's candidate for Mayor of London as officially launched his campaign this morning.He said Boris Johnson would be a "brilliant" mayor, claimed that "London's real problem is a lack of leadership" and said incumbent Mayor and Labour candidate Ken Livingstone had lost touch with the voters.Londoners go to the polls on May 1st to elect a Mayor and the 25-member London Assembly.
No complaints over Bounty Killer concert says Met 4
10:40 AM — The Metropolitan police have responded to criticism that it let a homoophobic singer perform in London.In a statement to PinkNews.co.uk, a spokeswoman said that meetings have been held between police, the venue's management and lesbian and gay groups to discuss this issue."It has been agreed that the artist would not perform songs that contain what could be considered to be homophobic lyrics," she said.
Northern Ireland gay rights group welcome bill of rights
10:20 AM — The Coalition on Sexual Orientation (CoSO) has welcomed the handover of the final Recommendations of the Bill of Rights Forum to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.The group said that the Yogyakarta Principles were used to inform the drafing of the bill.The principles were adopted by a meeting of experts in international law in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in 2006.
29th March 2008
Coronation Street adds gay character as Emmerdale axes two 1
2:30 PM — Coronation Street is to become the latest British soap opera to add a gay character, following EastEnders which is about to air a bisexual storyline. But fellow ITV drama Emmerdale will lose two gay characters.The popular ITV drama will soon feature Michael Byrne playing Ted Paige, the long lost gay father to long suffering character Gail Platt.
28th March 2008
Met Police criticised for allowing gay hate concert 4
5:30 PM — The Metropolitan Police have allowed a concert by artist Bounty Killer to go ahead, despite his lyrics inciting homophobic hatred and violence.The Jamaican reggae and dancehall DJ, born Rodney Basil Price, has already had two concerts cancelled in Bradford and Birmingham following protests by the gay human rights group Outrage!The Met have previously stated that artists would not be allowed to perform unless they sign the Reggae Compassionate Act (RCA).