2nd August 2007
Trans protection in goods and services moves forward 2
12:23 PM — The Northern Ireland government intends to make it illegal to discriminate against transsexual people trying to access goods and services, according to a consultation document.At present it is not against the law to refuse to serve a transsexual person in a pub or restaurant, or refuse to rent property based on the tenant's gender identity.While the 2006 Equality Act protects people from discrimination on the grounds of gender, including that of transsexual people, this is limited to jobs and training.
MPs worried about new equality commission
12:04 PM — A committee of MPs has expressed concern that the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights will not be ready to take on its new role when it starts work in October.The Communities and Local Government Select Committee also said that equality issues, which includes gay rights, "have slipped down the Government's agenda."The MPs called on the government to bring forward a new Single Equality Act without delay.
Deputy First Minister’s strong support for gay rights
11:05 AM — One of the most senior members of the Northern Ireland government has expressed his strong support for equality in the province.Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness, the former terrorist turned statesman, visited his home city of Derry yesterday to launch a week-long gay festival."In years gone by and when I was growing up in Derry, people often made derogatory remarks against gays," said Mr McGuinness, according to the Irish Times.
1st August 2007
Gays keep the church open, says Bishop Robinson 2
5:23 PM — The openly gay Anglican bishop whose ordination sparked the crisis in the worldwide Communion has claimed that without gay members the Church of England, "would be close to shutting down."The Right Reverend Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire, who lives openly with his male partner, said the church's denial over the number of gay and lesbian Anglicans was 'terrible.'He added that he found it 'mystifying' that the Anglican Communion could not be honest about it.
Gender reassignment same as aversion therapy claims Bindel 10
4:05 PM — Journalist Julie Bindel attempted to win over an audience of doctors and transsexuals in a Radio 4 programme airing tonight by arguing that sex-change surgery is aversion therapy for gay and lesbian people.In the Radio 4 debate show Hecklers, Guardian columnist and feminist campaigner Ms Bindel will argue that 'being trapped in the wrong body' is a homophobic diagnosis created in the 1950's, and that gender re-assignment surgery is unnecessary mutilation.
Gay mayor’s consort resigns over press release row 4
12:12 PM — An investigation has started into allegations that a local council tried to play down the mayor's sexuality.The partner of the first openly gay mayor of Richmond upon Thames has resigned as consort in protest at the council's behaviour.Mario Cardu was appointed consort to mayor Marc Cranfield-Adams in May. The consort, usually the mayor's partner, escorts the mayor on official occasions.
Derry icon painted pink for Pride
11:58 AM — Free Derry Corner has gone pink to celebrate the first Pride festival in Derry for five years.The gable wall was painted pink on Friday, and Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness will launch at Foyle Pride Week at Free Derry Corner today."This is a gift to Pride from the Gasyard Feile and it is brilliant," said David McCartney of the Rainbow Project, speaking to the Belfast Telegraph.
Drag-on’s Den for gay entrepreneurs
11:43 AM — Bradford's gay and lesbian entrepreneurs will pitch for 300 pink pounds at Pride event, Drag-on's Den.Hosted by female impersonator, Miss Marigold Adams, Drag-on's Den, based on the BBC TV show, will see budding business people pitching their ideas to a panel of Bradford's business luminaries.The contestant who gives the best two-minute presentation will walk away with a £300 contribution towards a training course.
31st July 2007
Gay ignorance about Hep B worries charity
4:40 PM — 62% of gay men don't think Hepatitis B is serious, according to a recent sample survey conducted in Soho.The poll was conducted by the Hep B vaccination programme Sorted.It found that most gay men don't worry about the virus, despite the fact that it can cause life-long liver disease and is 100 times more infectious than HIV. The potentially fatal disease is preventable by a simple vaccination.
BBC documentary highlights homophobia worldwide
4:33 PM — This month the BBC World Service broadcast a documentary about homophobia in Jamaica and what it is like to come out in such an intolerant country.In the first of two programmes in a new series entitled Coming Out, Clare English explored why some societies are more tolerant than others.The first programme examined the struggle for acceptance in Jamaica and speaks to LGBT people about coming out on the island.
Interview: From gay rights warrior to establishment figure
3:47 PM — Angela Mason leaves her job as head of the government's Women Equality Unit today after four years in the role.The unit has been instrumental in pushing forward gay rights legislation such as civil partnerships and protection from discrimination for gay, bisexual and lesbian people when accessing goods and services.A government job was not what Angela had envisaged when she became a founder member of gay equality organisation Stonewall in 1989.
Cohabiting gay couples could get new rights 1
1:23 PM — New proposals from the Law Commission would see gay and lesbian couples who have not formed a civil partnership gain some financial rights similar to those of married couples.The Commission, who advise parliament on reform to the law, said that many couples of both orientations are missing out because the law at the moment is complicated and unclear.There are over two million co-habiting couples in England and Wales.
Barcelona walk helps fight against homophobic bullies
12:35 PM — Stonewall supporters have raised more than £50,000 on the second Equality Walk in Barcelona.The 10km stroll earlier this month took in the sights of the Catalonian capital as part of a weekend of fun.It raised vital funds for Stonewall's ongoing Education for All campaign to tackle homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools. The walkers stayed at the award winning gay Axel Hotel.
YE5 I GAY numberplate up for sale
12:09 PM — In April 2006 PinkNews.co.uk reported that a homophobic numberplate had been withdrawn by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) after complaints by a leading gay MP.Chris Byrant felt that plate H8 GAY was offensive to gay people.Well, we can now reveal that another, less offensive numberplate is up for sale. Earlier this month PinkNews.co.uk was contacted by a man named Pete, who claimed to have the plate YE5 I GAY.
30th July 2007
Comment: How PinkNews.co.uk changed the gay media 2
6:33 PM — PinkNews.co.uk founder Benjamin Cohen reflects on the first two years of this unique publication.PinkNews.co.uk was born minutes before the 38th anniversary of the Royal Assent of the Sexual Offences Act - the legislation that partially decriminalised male homosexuality in England and Wales.This weekend we have been celebrating four decades of laws making the lives of British LGBT people better, while I was also celebrating two years of this website.
Lesbian and bisexual women share their NHS experiences
4:20 PM — Stonewall is asking lesbian and bisexual women to answer questions about their health and experiences of using health services in the largest survey of its kind.The gay equality organisation is concerned that very little is known about the health of lesbians and bisexual women, and that this may be affecting health care provision."The health sector doesn't always get it right, we know that," Ruth Hunt, head of Policy and Research at Stonewall, told PinkNews.co.uk
Comment: Crystal meth, barebacking, apathy and ignorance 1
3:57 PM — Recently much attention has been focused on the 40th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, and rightly so.However, this July marks another anniversary of huge significance, which has hardly been mentioned in the media.That is the twenty-five year anniversary of the death of Terrence Higgins, the first person in Britain known to have died from AIDS.
MoD offers compensation to sacked gay personnel 3
3:35 PM — The Ministry of Defence has offered to pay more than £3m to servicemen and women who were sacked for being gay.In 2000, the government removed the ban on gay, lesbian and bisexual people serving openly in the Armed Forces.The MoD said that compensation for around 60 former service personnel was being paid because their privacy had been breached, and not because the Armed Forces had acted illegally in dismissing them.
Rise in number of lesbians using artificial insemination 1
2:24 PM — Lesbian families and single women could become the largest group using donor insemination at fertility clinics, according to new figures.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) figures reveal that the proportion of single women and women in same-sex relationships seeking artificial insemination went from 18% of the total in 1999 to 38% last year.The figure has risen from 28% to 38% in the past three years.
29th July 2007
Interview: The Tory who wants to boff Boris
2:10 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive"It's obvious I'm gay. The blind know I am gay," Andrew Boff exclaims towards the end of our meeting.And he may be right. Practically every news report about the Tory party's selection of a candidate to take on Ken Livingstone for Mayor of London uses the 'gay' tag to describe him.In the flesh he is far from the media stereotype of a gay man.