28th March 2007
Shirley Bassey dresses to be auctioned for gay kids 1
4:30 PM — The flamboyant wardrobe of Dame Shirley Bassey will be auctioned off this Friday by Barnados to raise money for young LGBT people.From rare Chanel and Christian LaCroix dresses to a signed jewellery case, the 70-year-old singer has more than enough to give away.The event, called "Hey Big Spender," will be hosted at Café de Paris in London's Leicester Square
Anglican university backs down on gay weddings
3:41 PM — Canterbury Christ Church University has decided not to ban gay weddings on its grounds.The university is a teacher training college for the Church of England, and its Chancellor is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.It has a licence for marriages and civil partnerships to take place at its Tunbridge Wells and Canterbury premises.
Day against homophobia gets support up North
12:03 PM — The north of England will be the most active part of the country during the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), event organisers say.A Manchester initiative to end homophobia through education is coinciding the launch of its third newsletter with IDAHO.The three-year programme, "Exceeding Expectations," aims to reach 12,000 adults working in secondary schools.
NUS take online action on university bullying 1
11:44 AM — Students who experience homophobic bullying at college or university will now have the support of an online action pack.The project, which is a collaboration between the National Union of Students (NUS) and the Royal Bank of Scotland, went live yesterday.
Gay Humanist retires after 25 years activism
11:32 AM — Veteran gay activist George Broadhead has resigned as secretary of the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) after 25 years service.Mr Broadhead co-founded GALHA in 1979 and took on the role of itsadministrative secretary and principle spokesperson two years later.He had previously been involved with the Campaign for Homosexual Equality.
Stephen Fry opens up about school sexual assault 1
11:25 AM — TV personality Stephen Fry has revealed that he was sexually assaulted by another pupil while at school.Appearing on the new More 4 programme Shrink Rap, Fry said that an encounter with a sixth former during his first year of boarding school led to the assault.The programme, broadcast next week, is presented by psychotherapist Pamela Stephenson, wife of comedian Billy Connolly.
Pansies project memorial to gay murder 1
10:59 AM — On London's South Bank under the shadow of Waterloo Bridge and the Royal Festival Hall, a determined man repeatedly plants beds of pansies.A thoughtful touch, you might think. It is one made even more poignant by the fact that the man is artist Paul Harfleet, and the pansies he plants commemorate the murder of David Morley.The Pansy Project is an installation of 3,000 flowers.
27th March 2007
Schools activist: bullying recommendations not good enough
5:20 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive A gay rights activist who has been working for LGBT equality in education since 1974 has said that defeating homophobic bullying in schools will not be achieved by the recommendations of today's report from MPs.Sue Sanders, who is co-founder of Schools OUT, told PinkNews.co.uk that while she welcomed the focus on harassment in schools, without changes to the entire culture of education little would be achieved.
Gay groups welcome bullying report 2
1:12 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has welcomed the report by a committee of MPs on bullying in schools.The report highlights the prevalence of homophobic bullying and the lack of specific policies to protect LGBT pupils.MPs also highlighted the way in which children who are the victims of bullying are sometimes encouraged to stay at home or even leave the school.
MPs say Catholic schools fail to tackle gay bullying 2
12:01 PM — A committee of MPs has attacked Roman Catholic church-run schools for refusing to implement government guidelines on setting up anti-homophobic bullying policies.The investigation into all bullying in schools was instigated by Liberal Democrat MP and education spokesman Stephen Williams."Bullying is a matter of child welfare, not one of theology," Mr Williams told PinkNews.co.uk
26th March 2007
UK gay men flout anti-surrogacy laws 2
1:25 PM — Dozens of gay men are turning to an American IVF programme for two-father families to get around British laws that prevent surrogacy.As reported by PinkNews.co.uk earlier this month, The Fertility Institute, a clinic in Los Angeles, has started running a programme where male couples pay for eggs from a university student to be implanted in another woman, often from a working-class background, who carries the child.
Kids charity finds out Graham’s childhood dream
12:52 PM — It seems he didn't always want to be a TV star.This picture from The Children's Society reveals that the young Graham Norton wanted to be a zoo keeper.Graham gets up and personal with a giraffe at London Zoo as part of a unique photographic exhibition that sneaks a peek for the first time ever into the childhood dreams 20 famous celebrities.
Gala dinner and awards for LGBT black community
11:59 AM — A ceremony will be held next month to honour those that have made a difference in the lives of black LGBT people in the UK.The event, organised by the Black Gay Men's Advisory Group, will take place on 7th April. It will be hosted by Cyril Nri from This Life and The Bill. Awards will be given for advocacy, health promotion, communications, community development, arts and club of the year.
Ruth Kelly loses privacy case
11:37 AM — The cabinet minister responsible for gay rights has had a complaint about the Daily Mirror's coverage of her child's education rejected.Ruth Kelly, the Communities Secretary, decided to send one of her sons to a private school because he has learning difficulties.The 38-year-old, who has four children, was heavily criticised for the decision.
MPs to demand action on bullying in schools 2
11:10 AM — The House of Commons education and skills committee will publish a report tomorrow about the extent of bullying in schools.Lib Dem MP and committee member Stephen Williams suggested they investigate victimisation of children based on race, sexuality or other factors."I hope this investigation will make a difference to the welfare of kids up and down Britain," he told PinkNews.co.uk
23rd March 2007
Smoking in bars: the last 100 days 4
5:57 PM — As the National Smoking Ban (in England) on July 1st looms, London's gay venues are preparing for the change.Some businesses across the country are predicting job losses and drops in revenue, claiming that the Scottish ban had this effect.Brewer Scottish Newcastle currently envisages a £10 million drop in profits as they fear smokers will abandon non-smoking venues.
Comment: A book to enrage gay men – and straight women 2
5:57 PM — Behind Every Great Woman There's A Fabulous Gay Man, the title of Dave Singleton's latest self-help tome declares.Is there? Rachel Charman, herself a great woman, took the book home for a little light reading. She was not happy.There is a paradox between the title of this book and the text; namely, that Singleton's presentation of straight women shows them to be weak, needy, irrational and pathetic.
Pop star Mika gets gay death threat 2
5:49 PM — Singer Mika has revealed that one fan has reacted particularly badly to his refusal to comment on his sexuality.The 23-year-old's hit single Grace Kelly spent weeks at the top of the charts and his debut album Life In Cartoon Motion has sold half a million copies since it was released last month.The Beirut-born pop singer has revealed that he gets hate messages and even a death threat.
MP’s researcher sends rude email to anti-gay activist
5:32 PM — A Nottingham MP has said one of his staff was wrong to send an abusive response to an email from a Christian activist.Dries De Coster, a 19-year-old theology student, had group e-mailed every MP calling on them to oppose the Sexual Orientation Regulations.Paul May, a researcher for Nottingham MP Alan Simpson, responded to Mr De Coster's email.
Stonewall raise £230,000 at Blair dinner
5:15 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall said they were delighted that last night's Equality dinner raised nearly a quarter of a million pounds.The money raised will help Stonewall's ongoing campaigns, such as Education for All, which tackles homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools.