23rd January 2008
Britain’s changing attitudes towards gays
12:01 PM — An annual survey of more than 3,000 people in Britain has found that views on gay people are slowly becoming more liberal.The British Social Attitudes report found that a third of people still view homosexuality as "always or mostly wrong."In 1987 the figure was 75%.40% still think that a gay male couple are inferior parents compared with a heterosexual couple.
22nd January 2008
Peer attacks Stonewall’s influence on government 3
9:55 PM — In an outspoken speech decrying the proposed new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation, a member of the House of Lords has accused gay equality organisation Stonewall of having "undue influence" over the government.The Lords were debating the proposal, which is part of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill.Lord Stoddart of Swindon attacked Stonewall, claiming that it does not have the "full support" of the gay community.
Brokeback Mountain star Heath Ledger found dead
9:55 PM — The Oscar nominated star of Brokeback Mountain Heath Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment just hours ago, New York City police said."He was found unconscious at the apartment and pronounced dead," a police spokesperson said.Paul Browne, added that police "are investigating the possibility of an overdose."
Lesbian and gay parental rights approved by Lords 20
5:30 PM — Legislation that will grant new rights to gay and lesbian parents has been approved by the House of Lords.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill proposes new recognition of same-sex couples as legal parents of children conceived through the use of donated sperm, eggs or embryos.A woman who gives birth and her civil partner will both be recognised as the parents of a child conceived through assisted reproduction.
Elton donates motorcycles for medical emergencies
11:50 AM — British pop star Elton John has donated 120 motorcycles to the government of Lesotho so that doctors and nurses can use them to treat medical emergencies in the mountains.John had travelled to Lesotho during a tour of southern Africa with his partner David Furnish and decided to give away the bikes.The donation was a part of the Riders for Health Programme that John funds through his organisation Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Nominate your LGBT community hero 4
11:50 AM — Prime Minister Gordon Brown is calling on communities across thecountry to identify the local heroes who they believe should be honoured by the nation.In this year's New Year's Honours List, more than 4 in 5 of all theOBEs and MBEs awarded went to people who have carried out valuablecharitable or voluntary work, either as a career or in their spare time.The government wants local communities to help identify the unsung heroes who have made the best contributions so that they can be put forward for consideration.
Researchers contrite over gay MRSA story 1
11:50 AM — Public affairs officials in San Francisco have apologised for the way in which a statement last Tuesday about gay men being more vulnerable to a new super-resistant strain of the MRSA superbug was handled.Parts of the tabloid press dubbed it a "new HIV."In a new statement on their website, the University of California at San Francisco's (UCSF) Department of Public Affairs states they "regret that our recent news report ... contained some information that could be interpreted as misleading."
Gay rubgy team score for charity
11:15 AM — Members of the world's first gay rugby club, the Kings Cross Steelers, are supporting an annual charity night to raise much needed funds for the Terrance Higgins Trust next month.Renowned for their sporting prowess, the Steelers are swapping the pitch for the pub as they assist in "A Night of Music" on Thursday 7 February at the Kings Arms in Poland Street Soho, London,W1.Live acts include Drag Idol winners Crystal d'Canter and Kelly Mild, indie performers PJ and Shaun Kelly, and acoustic duo In Camera.
A weekend break in Barcelona that helps Stonewall
10:30 AM — Gay rights organisation Stonewall is inviting gay people and their friends to an event that is certain to put the fun back into fundraising.The Barcelona Equality Walk, from 11th to 13th July is a weekend full of sightseeing, meeting new people and raising money for Stonewall's work fighting homophobia in schools.Last year's walk in Barcelona raised more than £50,000 and Stonewall hope that this year's event will be as popular.
21st January 2008
Lords ready for fight over gay parents 20
1:05 PM — Conservative peers and senior churchmen will this week attempt to block new legislation that will give more rights to lesbian and gay parents.Leading gay rights opponent Lord Tebbit, a former Cabinet minister under Margaret Thatcher, wants to defeat proposals that would allow two parents of the same sex to be listed on a child's birth certificate.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill includes new recognition of same-sex couples as legal parents of children conceived through the use of donated sperm, eggs or embryos.
Gay Christians warn of evangelical commissioner’s anti-gay crusade 3
10:40 AM — The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement has claimed that one of the Equality and Human Rights commissioners should never have been appointed.In a ten-page dossier the LGCM states that Joel Edwards, who is director of The Evangelical Alliance, "has tried to stall or frustrate the passage of almost every single legislative reform or repeal promoting justice and fairness for the UK's lesbian and gay citizens."The EHRC is designed to promote a fair, equal and diverse society and tackling illegal discrimination.
Paddick advertises crime message on PinkNews.co.uk
10:21 AM — The Liberal Democrat contender for Mayor of London is targeting LGBT voters with adverts on PinkNews.co.uk.Brian Paddick, who as Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police was the most senior out gay officer in the UK, was chosen as the party's candidate in November.Londoners will go to the polls on May 1st. Ken Livingstone is standing for the Labour party and seeking a third term in office. Boris Johnson, the MP for Henley, is the Conservative candidate. Sian Berry is standing for the Green party.
20th January 2008
Home Secretary won’t walk the streets of Hackney 1
2:50 AM — Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has told the Sunday Times that she wouldn't walk the streets of Hackney (East London), an area with a burgeoning LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) population, at night. Ironically, fellow Home Office Minister, Meg Hillier is the MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch.Asked by the newspaper if she would walk alone in Hackney Ms Smith replied: "Well, no, but I don't think I'd have ever have done."
18th January 2008
Bar staff convicted of vicious assault 2
5:50 PM — The co-owner of the Fridge Bar in Brixton, south London, has been convicted along with members of staff of violent disorder and attempted grievous bodily harm.Bar cashier Victor Reid, 41, from Brixton, doorman Frederick Mallefroy, 43, from Ilford in Essex and bar co-owner Ralph Daley, 45, of Purley, set upon a man in his twenties as he tried to gain entry to the bar in November 2006.The Fridge Bar and adjoining club have in the past hosted many well-known gay events.
MPs question queerupnorth funding cut 1
4:15 PM — A group of Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs have condemned a decision by the Arts Council in England to stop funding a gay and lesbian arts festival in Manchester.John Leech, Jeremy Corbyn, Stephen Williams, Simon Hughes and Mark Williams have signed an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons highlighting the work that queerupnorth does tackling homophobic bullying in schools.The LGBT arts organisation is facing a bleak future after its funding for next year has been cut.
Jewish leaders back homophobic incitement law 5
3:31 PM — A proposed new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation has been backed by the main body representing British Jews.The Board of Deputies of British Jews said that their community's experience of prejudice was the reason they were supporting the government's proposal.The Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill was passed by the House of Commons last week and will now be discussed in the Lords.
Welsh gay project closes due to lack of support
1:30 PM — In a short press statement published online yesterday, the Rainbow Project South Wales announced it had dissolved itself at the end of December.The charity had been in existence for at least ten years and gained charitable status four years ago.It was working towards opening a lesbian, gay and bisexual community centre in Cardiff.
Gay drop-in centre proposed for Soho
1:10 PM — Westminster City Council is supporting an initiative for a "one-stop-shop" for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender residents in Soho, offering health and social care services, business support and an exhibition space all under one roof.The council estimates that 10% of the 4,000 residents in the area are gay, lesbian or transgender, and if the plan goes ahead the centre will be the largest of its type in the UK.Charity Kairos, which promotes the health and well-being of the LGBT community, is backing the scheme.
Win a shopping trip with Joan Collins
1:00 PM — An auction to raise money for sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has a range of unusual celebrity lots on offer.A walk on part in Little Britain USA, a ballroom dancing lesson with Strictly Come Dancing's Camilla Dallerup and a shopping trip with Joan Collins are just some of the experiences on offer at the Lighthouse Gala Auction on March 10th.The auction, supported by Barclays, will place at Christie's. Kylie Minogue has signed a unique Jimmie Martin chair for the auction which features her portrait.
Funding secured for homeless LGBT services 1
11:45 AM — An advice service for homeless LGBT people in London will continue until at least 2012 thanks to new funding from the city's borough councils.Stonewall Housing offers expert advice to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who are homeless or experiencing housing crisis.The group estimates that 1,000 LGBT people will contact their helpline or visit one of their drop-in surgeries over the next twelve months.