29th February 2008
Iranian asylum seeker’s deportation delayed
10:34 AM — A gay teenager who was due to be deported to the UK earlier this week is still in detention in Holland.19-year-old Medhi Kazemi, who faces possible execution by stoning if he returns to Iran, fled for the Netherlands last year after his appeal for asylum in the UK was refused.He is awaiting the ruling of Dutch court next Monday on whether he should be returned to the UK, who want to deport him to Iran.
28th February 2008
Car salesman loses employment tribunal 2
4:35 PM — A man who claimed that he was forced to leave his job because of homophobic abuse from fellow workers has lost his case at an employment tribunal.Ben Hamilton, 26, was claiming that persistent remarks about his sexuality amounted to constructive unfair dismissal and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.The tribunal questioned why he made no complaints about his treatment before he resigned from his job as a salesman at the BMW showroom in Chandler's Ford in October 2006.
Gay groups present report at Edinburgh Castle reception
4:15 PM — The LGBT Hearts and Minds Agenda Group has presented a copy of their report into challenging prejudice at a special ministerial reception held yesterday evening at Edinburgh Castle.Communities and Sport Minister Stewart Maxwell hosted the event which also marked LGBT History Month.The group is facilitated by the Scottish Government Equality Unit and is made up of representatives from three national LGBT organisations.
Second man released in gay village murder investigation 1
3:55 PM — A 66-year-old man, arrested on Monday on suspicion of murder of Craig Douglas, has been freed on police bail pending further inquiries until 24th March.A 49-year-old man who was also arrested in connection with the incident was earlier released without charge.Inquiries into the circumstances of Mr Douglas' death continue and police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.
Lesbian magazine cover censored 13
3:03 PM — A sensual cover image featuring a lesbian embrace has been censored after objections from a major retailer.DIVA, Europe's leading lesbian glossy, had chosen the photo, a homage to a legendary cover of Rolling Stone magazine featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono, for the cover of their SEX issue.Jane Czyzselska, editor of DIVA magazine, said: "The cover image of Yoko and John taken by Annie Leibovitz for Rolling Stone magazine in 1981 is one of the most iconic of our time."
Pop star denies chaining escort to wall
1:50 PM — Boy George, the DJ and former Culture Club singer, has appeared in court to deny assaulting and imprisoning a Norwegian rent boy last April.At today's 20-minute hearing at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London he appeared using his real name, George O'Dowd. He was bailed and he trial will begin on November 24th.It is alleged that 28-year-old Auden Carlsen met the former Culture Club star on website Gaydar.
Socialists question First Minister about gay rights 1
1:25 PM — The national convenor of the Scottish Socialist party has written to the First Minister of Scotland seeking an assurance that any future meetings with members of the Northern Ireland Assembly would raise the issue of attitudes towards lesbian and gay rights by its ministers.Two DUP members of the Northern Ireland Executive, which operates as a coalition government with Republican party Sinn Fein, have been accused of homophobia.
Parents pay tribute to son murdered in gay village 1
11:20 AM — The parents of a 25-year-old man who was killed in Manchester city centre have paid tribute to their son.Craig Douglas, who was straight and a father and stepfather, died on Monday after he was stabbed on Canal Street.At about 7.30pm that evening, Craig and another man were approached by two men and the four got into an argument on Canal Street close to its junction with Minshull Street and Aytourn Street. Craig was then stabbed in the neck with a small knife.
27th February 2008
Gay charity wins councils grant
8:08 PM — Galop has said it will use £300,000 funding from London's councils to improve its advice service for victims of homophobic hate crime.Galop is a safety charity for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.Theirs was one of five projects supporting the victims of hate crimes and promoting social cohesion have been given a total of £800,000 by London Councils.
Cornwall Pride to parade through Truro 5
7:45 PM — Cornwall Pride 2008 will be held in the city of Truro on Saturday 23rd August, it has been announced.After the first meeting of the board, the newly-elected Chairman of Cornwall Pride, Christian Diamant, said:"The idea of Pride is to be an all inclusive celebration of diversity in Cornwall. Everyone will be welcome to participate in the parade through Truro and then onto celebrations afterwards."
Survey reveals extent of homophobic crime in Brighton
4:45 PM — It is often regarded as the most gay-friendly place in the UK, but new research has revealed that transphobic and homophobic crime are a fact of life for many in Brighton.The Count Me In survey by Dr Kath Browne, from the University of Brighton, and the Spectrum forum, revealed that 73% of lesbian, bisexual, trans or gay residents have been the victim of a hate crime.The same number said they avoid public displays of affection. 55% of hate crime victims reported it to the police.
Momentum’s exploration of life comes to Highgate
3:45 PM — A play commissioned by the Liverpool Culture Company for the European Capital of Culture 2008 is to tour nationally and internationally throughout the year.Momentum's third production follows successful European tours of previous shows, Tmesis and Memento Mori and completes their trilogy on the exploration of life.Momentum's co-founders and artistic directors are Yorgos Karamalegos and Elinor Randle.
Police officer loses promotion over gay Facebook entries
3:30 PM — Bedfordshire police have withdrawn a job offer to an Inspector with the British Transport police after discovering he was the subject of a written warning over his Facebook profile.Chris Dreyfus, who is gay, had been offered the rank of Chief Inspector, but a background check revealed the disciplinary action.On his Facebook page Inspector Dreyfus had posted graphic details of his sex life and photos of him posing in his uniform at a tube station in London.
Homophobia accusations over rejected sauna bid 5
1:10 PM — Blackpool City Council has been accused of prejudice after rejecting an application to open a gay sauna.The chair of the development control committee said it would have a detrimental effect on the area, create extra traffic and be "out of character with the area," according to Blackpool Today.Leader of the council, Councillor Peter Callow, said: "When you have got a sauna that is male only and planning to stay open until midnight it does not leave much to the imagination."
Welsh police force flies Pride flag
11:40 AM — A second UK police force has marked LGBT History Month by flying the gay Pride flag at its headquarters.South Wales Police were named the most gay-friendly employer in Wales by gay equality organisation Stonewall earlier this year.The police force came 17th in the list of 100 top British businesses for gay people to work in. The Pride Flag is flying at police headquarters in Bridgend.
Police appeal in toilet murder investigation 9
11:10 AM — Detectives investigating the murder of a gay man in a public toilet last week are appealing for anyone who was in the area that afternoon to come forward.Last Tuesday 50-year-old Peter Jeffrey Akers, known as Jeff, was found in the gent's toilet near Walton Bridge in Walton-on-Thames.He had been stabbed. Despite being rushed to hospital by air ambulance he died of his injuries later that afternoon.
26th February 2008
Gay Iranian due for deportation today 6
1:25 PM — A gay teenager from Iran who fled the UK for the Netherlands last year after his appeal for asylum was refused is expected to be returned to the UK today by Dutch authorities.London Liberal Democrat MEP Baroness Sarah Ludford has written to the Home Secretary to request her to urgently review the case of Medhi Kazemi, who faces possible execution by stoning if he returns to Iran.At the end of last year a court in the Netherlands ruled Medhi must be returned back to the UK.
Mayoral candidates to speak at anti-homophobia day launch 57
12:50 PM — Mayoral candidates, government ministers, students and academics and national and international LGBT campaigners are all gearing up for the launch of International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO-UK 2008), which take place at the London College of Fashion on March 13th.A message of support for the IDAHO campaign will be read on behalf of incumbent Mayor Ken Livingstone. Mayor of London. Richard Barnes the Conservative Leader on the London Assembly, Brian Paddick, Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor, and Sian Berry, the Green candidate will also be speaking.
International gay rights convention not feasible says minister 2
12:30 PM — A Labour MP has asked a series of questions in the House of Commons about what steps the government is taking to bring about the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality.Ashok Kumar, who represents Middlesbrough South East Cleveland, also asked junior Foreign and Commonwealth Office minister Meg Munn to support the introduction of an international convention which explicitly recognises gay rights as essential human rights.Ms Munn referred to a joint statement she made last year as Minister for Women and Equality.
Man stabbed to death in gay village 1
12:30 PM — Police are investigating the murder of a 25-year-old man who was stabbed to death in Manchester's gay village.At about 7.30pm on Monday 25 February 2008 the victim was on Canal Street when he was approached by two other men.One of these men approached the victim and stabbed him in the neck. He suffered a serious stab wound in the incident and was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary.