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  • 6th July 2007

    Clubbers ignore signs of hearing damage says charity

    More than half of respondents visited a bar where they had to shout to be heard at least once a week.

    2:55 PM — The UK is facing a hearing loss timebomb, according to Royal National Institute for the Deaf. Research reveals that 90% of young people experience the signs of hearing damage after a night out, yet do nothing to prevent it.The charity's Like it Loud? report shows that 70% of clubbers, 68% of gig-goers and 44% of people who go to bars experience the symptoms of hearing damage, such as dullness of hearing or tinnitus - ringing in the ears.

  • £30m grant to NSPCC and Childline

    Childline became part of the NSPCC in February 2006. The charity supported the equalisation of consent.

    1:21 PM — The goverment has said it will give a record amount to the NSPCC to help them run services for vulnerable children.Among the benficiaries of the £30m grant will be the charity's Childline phone advice and couselling service.Last year the NSPCC reported a rise in the number of LGBT teenagers calling the helpline.

  • Pub owner pleads not guilty plea over ‘gay’ sign

    The landlord, Mr Adrian Taylor, 54, is due to appear in court again in September.

    1:11 PM — The landlord of a Wiltshire pub who allegedly placed a homophobic sign outside his premises has pleaded not guilty to a public order offence at Chippenham Magistrates Court.The pub's former landlords John Williams, and his 26-year-old partner Lee, believe the sign, which read 'faggots and mince not on the menu', refers to them.Gay equality group Stonewall said the sign could breach new equality laws which came into force on April 30.

  • New Tory shadow minister’s previous opposition to gay equality 19

    Mrs Warsi's campaign leaflet attacked the government's gay right agenda.

    12:05 PM — The much-publicised appointment of a Muslim woman to the Tory Shadow Cabinet could harm relations between the party and the gay community.Sayeeda Warsi, the new Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion, hit the headlines during the 2005 election campaign for distributing campaign leaflets with a strongly hostile attitude to gay rights.

  • Campaigning MP welcomes government bullying commitment 1

    The first Commons investigation into bullying by the Education Select Committee was instigated last year at the request of Mr Williams.

    11:31 AM — Stephen Williams MP, a Liberal Democrat who has campaigned against bullying in schools, has welcomed the commitment from the Minister of Children to stamp out the problem.The first Commons investigation into bullying by the Education Select Committee was instigated last year at the request of Mr Williams.The committee heard evidence from charity Anti-Bullying Alliance that between 30-50% of young people in secondary schools attracted to people of the same sex will have directly experienced homophobic bullying.

  • 5th July 2007

    BBC’s attitude to homophobic language ‘damages children’ 8

    The fact that a government minister has spoken out on the issue of homophobia in the media is of huge significance.

    7:11 PM — The decision by the Minister for Children to unequivocally criticise broadcasters' acceptance of homophobic language has delighted gay activists.In a speech to Stonewall's Education for All conference today, minister Kevin Brennan, a former teacher, said that homophobic bullying and the use of words like 'gay' and 'poof' by radio and TV presenters are linked."Just one example is the casual use of homophobic language by mainstream radio DJs," he said.

  • Boris Johnson might smash gay mayoral ambitions 7

    Mr Johnson, not gay but a firm favourite with voters of all sexualities, may be in the frame.

    4:41 PM — The race for the Conservative party nomination for Mayor of London became more interesting today with the revelation that the party's Higher Education spokesman Boris Johnson is seriously considering throwing his hat into the ring.If Mr Johnson, one of the most popular Tory MPs in the country, does decide to run it will end the ambitions of two gay prospective candidates.Earlier this week Nick Boles, an openly gay man, withdrew from the race to undergo treatment for cancer.

  • Jazz showman and master of ambiguity dies aged 80

    The middle-class English boy found his love of jazz while at private school, where he reportedly seduced Peregrine Worsthorne, later editor of the Sunday Telegraph.

    2:53 PM — George Melly, a man who defied labels thoughout his life, has died.He will be remembered for his love of jazz, his legendary performances at London club Ronnie Scott's and his strong support for the gay community.Mr Melly, 80, was suffering from cancer and demenita. His wife Diana was with him when he died at his home in London in the early hours of this morning.

  • Analysis: Homophobia rampant in British schools 1

    The survey of 1,145 young people was conducted by the Schools Health Education Unit for Stonewall.

    2:22 PM — Homophobic bullying plagues the majority of UK schools and shocking levels of bullying are meted out to school pupils and teachers who either are gay or perceived to be gay.That is the conclusion of a wide-ranging study carried by gay equality organisation Stonewall.Nearly two thirds of LGB students reported instances of such harassment. That figure jumps to 75% of young gay people attending faith schools.

  • Big Brother contestant censured over gay jibe 8

    A Channel 4 spokesperson said they had taken account of complaints from viewers.

    2:00 PM — Channel 4 has responded to complaints that they treat homophobia less seriously than racism in the reality TV programme Big Brother after a contestant used the word 'poof' for a second time.PinkNews.co.uk readers had complained that earlier in the series the use of the word 'nigger' had seen one housemate removed, but the 'poof' incident went unpunished.A spokesperson told PinkNews.co.uk: "We took the initial view that Laura's use of the word 'poof' in reference to Liam was not derogatory."

  • Government committed to stamping out gay bullying 1

    The minister stressed that faith schools will be compelled to take action against homophobia.

    1:12 PM — The newly-appointed minister for Children, Kevin Brennan, has committed the government to working with Stonewall to eradicate homophobic bullying from British schools.Speaking at the gay equality organisation's Education for All conference in London, Mr Brennan said the new Department for Children, Schools and Families would focus on the security, well being and success of children in all aspects of their life, not just academic achievement, and that stopping bullying in all forms was a key part of that mission.

  • Minister slams casual homophobia of DJs like Chris Moyles 8

    Last year Mr Moyles was named Bully of the Year at the Stonewall Awards.

    12:44 PM — Kevin Brennan, the new Minister for Children, told an audience of education professionals and activists in London today that homophobic language used on TVand radio is unacceptable.Speaking at the Stonewall Education for All conference, the minister said that the perception that the use of words like 'poof' or 'gay' is 'just a bit of harmless banter' contributes to homophobic bullying in schools.

  • Harman and Follett emerge as ‘part time’ Ministers for Equality

    Harriet Harman is Minister for Women and Equality

    12:01 PM — After much confusion, Harriet Harman has emerged as Minister for Women and Equality. Initially it was believed that the role would be combined with that of Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government as it was with Ruth Kelly.Hazel Blears, who was appointed as the Secretary of State for Communities, was thought to be keen to play a role in Equality.Barbara Follett is Junior Minister for Women and Equality.

  • 4th July 2007

    Who exactly is the minister for gay rights? 1

    In Tony Blair's administration, junior DCLG minister Meg Munn had responsibility for equality issues.

    5:00 PM — There is confusion as to which member of the Brown government will be taking responsibility for women and equality issues.The appointment of Harriet Harman as Minister for Women last week seemed to indicate that she would be in charge of gay rights and other issues that fall under the remit of the Women and Equality Unit.However, the unit is part of the Department of Communities and Local Government, headed by Hazel Blears.

  • UK marriages down as civil partnerships flourish

    A quarter of all civil partnerships took place in London.

    3:50 PM — The number of marriages in Wales and England has dramatically fallen to the lowest point on record.The drop in the number of couples tying the knot showed a 10% fall to 244,710 weddings in 2005, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.Other figures showed that 18,000 civil partnerships took place in the UK since they were introduced in December 2005 and the end of December 2006.

  • Lib Dems appoint new equality spokesperson

    Ms Swinson, 27, is the youngest MP in the Commons.

    12:55 PM — Liberal Democrat leader Ming Campbell has appointed Jo Swinson as the party's spokesperson on women and equality issues.Ms Swinson, 27, is the youngest MP in the Commons, referred to as the Baby of the House. She was previously the party's Scotland spokesperson.The party's former spokesperson on women and equality issues, which includes gay rights, was Lorely Burt.

  • No July edition of Attitude magazine 1

    Editor Adam Mattera won BSME Men's Magazine Editor of the Year in 2005, and was again nominated in 2006.

    12:21 PM — Gay lifestyle magazine attitude has failed to appear for the second time in six months.The Press Gazette reports that staff have not been paid since April, as the magazine's parent company, Giant Clipper, goes through a financial crisis.Newsagent chain WH Smith has delisted the magazine over unpaid bills. However, insiders told PinkNews.co.uk that there are a range of interested parties willing to invest in the title.

  • Ignorance lives on 25 years after Terry Higgins died

    Since Terry Higgins death, HIV has killed 17,000 others in this country, with a total of over 70,000 people currently living with HIV in the UK.

    11:24 AM — Today's 25th anniversary of the death of Terry Higgins has been marked by a new survey from the charity set up in his memory.Mr Higgins was among the first people to die with AIDS in the UK.Despite the work of the Terrence Higgins Trust to educate the British public about the dangers of the virus, the survey reveals ignorance among all age groups.

  • Gay hedonist found dead from a suspected overdose

    Police are investigating the Count's death and a post-mortem will be held today.

    10:40 AM — A German aristocrat famed for his libertine lifestyle has been found dead in his apartment in London.Count Gottfried von Bismarck, who was 44, was discovered by paramedics over the weekend. It is thought he died of a drug overdose.The Count was first thrust into the tabloid limelight as a student at Oxford in 1986, when the 22-year-old daughter of Tory Cabinet minister Paul Channon died at one of his notorious parties.

  • 3rd July 2007

    Big Brother’s “double standards” over homophobic language 8

    Channel 4 deny that they are treating homophobic language as less serious than racist language.

    6:13 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Channel 4 has defended itself against accusations that it treats gay slurs less seriously than racist language on reality show Big Brother. On Sunday a female contestant called one of the men a 'poof,' yet no action was taken against her. PinkNews.co.uk readers have expressed their disgust at what they see as a double standard.

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