21st June 2007
Sugar Rush author retires from journalism
4:00 PM — Julie Burchill, one of the UK's best known newspaper columnist, has announced she is to retire from journalism.She revealed that the success the TV adaptation of her novel, Sugar Rush, has led to increased offers of TV work and that she feels thirty years is, "way enough, for me and for my public."Burchill started her career at NME aged 17, and went on to write for The Guardian and The Times.
Mayor defends rejection of gay councillor 3
1:00 PM — Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has rejected criticism of his decision to reject nine men for appointment to the London Fire Authority because they are all white.One of the men, gay Haringey borough councillor Ed Butcher was selected as the Lib Dem nominee following an election amongst all London Lib Dem councillors in May 2006.However the mayor took steps to refuse to appoint nine representatives on the grounds that they were unrepresentative.
Asia Pacific Outgames launched in Australia
12:24 PM — Every year the number of gay sporting events seems to grow and as a precursor to the 2009 Outgames in Copenhagen, Melbourne, Australia will be hosting the inaugural Asia Pacific Outgames in 2008.In cooperation with the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association, Melbourne Outgames has begun creating a sporting event, which will coincide with the annual Midsumma Festival.The festival is Melbourne's premier gay and lesbian cultural and arts event.
20th June 2007
Firefighters are the Pride of Scotland
5:59 PM — Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue service, are going all out at the Pride Scotia event in Edinburgh, this Saturday, 23 June.The service are a key Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion, promoting fair treatment in the workplace for LGB staff.As well setting up a recruitment stand at the festival, which takes place in Pilrig Park, firefighters from local Macdonald Road Fire Station will be carrying out dramatic car accident rescue demonstrations.
Deep-rooted homophobia plagues the NHS 1
5:29 PM — The Royal College of Nursing has backed calls for 'explicit and proactive' training in the NHS to combat LGB prejudice.Nurses and other health workers need to be educated about their rights and managers need to send out the message that homophobia is unacceptable are other recommendations from a report by Stonewall.The gay equality organisation presented Being the Gay One: Experiences of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People Working in the Health and Social Care Sector this week.
Rise in domestic abuse among gay couples reported 2
3:55 PM — Leading doctors in the UK have warned of an epidemic of domestic abuse across the country.29% of gay men and 22% of lesbians have been victims. A report from the BMA revealed that a third of women first suffered abuse at home while pregnant.The study found that three-quarters of a million children are repeatedly exposed to domestic abuse, but doctors claim that the figures are underestimated because of a lack of reporting.
Tories deny their MPs are anti-gay 8
3:30 PM — The Conservative party has attacked a poll by Populus that found over half of Tory MPs do not think gay people should be entitled to equal rights.Populus spoke to 128 MPs overall, 39 of whom were Tories.54% of the Conservatives did not think that gay people should have equal rights with heterosexual people.
Death of 82-year-old MP means a test for Brown
1:46 PM — Tributes have been paid to the oldest MP in the House of Commons who has died in a London hospital.Piara Khabra had been the Labour MP for Ealing Southall since 1992. The seat, in west London, is solidly Labour. At the 2005 election Mr Khabra had a majority of 11,440.His death means a by election will be held weeks into the new Gordon Brown administration.
19th June 2007
Government rejects compulsory recording of homophobic bullying 5
4:51 PM — The Department for Education and Skills has rejected a call from MPs to make all schools record bullying incidents.At present only racist incidents must be recorded.The House of Commons Select Committee also called for more action on bullying focused at children with special educational needs and cyber-bullying.
Exclusive: Gordon Brown will answer gay questions 1
4:30 PM — Do you have a question for the next Prime Minister? Gordon Brown will take office on 27th June, and he has agreed to answer questions submitted by our readers.If you have a question for the Chancellor, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and mark your email 'Gordon.'Many thanks to readers who sent in questions. Look out for Mr Brown's answers here on PinkNews.co.uk
Statue of gay war hero unveiled 4
3:50 PM — Today at Bletchley Park a statue of Alan Turing, will be unveiled.Turing was the inspirational mathematician at the heart of Bletchley Park's codebreaking successes during World War II.Before he died in January 2006, the late Mr Sidney E Frank, an American billionaire, commissioned the internationally renowned sculptor Mr Stephen Kettle to create a statue in memory of Alan Turing.
Majority of Tory MPs reject gay rights 2
2:30 PM — A survey of attitudes of MPs has found that many Conservative members have a markedly different social outlook from leader David Cameron.The poll, carried out by Populus, spoke to 128 MPs overall, 39 of whom were Tories.54% of the Conservatives did not think that gay people should have equal rights with heterosexual people.
Gay councillor rejected for Fire role 2
1:55 PM — The Mayor of London has rejected nine men for appointment to the London Fire Authority because they are all white.Ken Livingstone says he wants the authority to accurately reflect London's racial makeup and the appointments, "failed to tackle the under-representation of women and black, Asian and ethnic minority Londoners."The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) is responsible for the London Fire Brigade.
Australian politicians unite to vote against gay rights
1:34 PM — A motion in the Australian Senate to grant single people and same-sex couples access to fertility treatment has been defeated by a coalition of left and right.The opposition Labour party voted with John Howard's government to defeat the measure proposed by Green Senator Kerry Nettle by 51 votes to eight.She wanted the federal government to work with the states and territories to give IVF and adoption rights to all people.
Churches try to overturn gay discrimination laws 1
1:23 PM — The High Court in Belfast has reserved judgement on a legal challenge to new laws protecting gay people from discrimination.A coalition of Christian groups had been granted permission to seek a judicial review regarding new gay equality laws in Northern Ireland.After six days, Mr Justice Weatherup said it would take him 'some time' to come to a judgement.
Feature: The dark heart of the deep South
1:05 PM — After three years away from the West End, Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer is back in London, performed by the capital's oldest amateur theatre group.The Tower Theatre group, who also recently revived Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy, will be putting on the play which was made famous by Elizabeth Taylor and Katherine Hepburn in the 1959 film.The story of Suddenly Last Summer would be familiar to any fans of A Streetcar Named Desire, debatably Williams' most famous play.
Stonewall: Lliw Eich Arian
12:55 PM — Stonewall Cymru has launching a bilingual guide to the new goods and services protections for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people.Sponsored by Lloyds TSB, 'The Colour of your Money' guide explains to lesbians and gays across Wales all they need to know about the new regulations.The Sexual Orientation Regulations, which came into force on 30 April, outlaw discrimination in the provision of goods and services.
Teacher’s sentence for sex with pupil “too lenient”
12:17 PM — Charities have criticised what they call the "lenient" prison sentence given yesterday to a teacher who had a gay relationship with a pupil.David Le Brocq, 30, is expected to only serve part of his one year sentence.He was found guilty of conducting a six-month sexual relationship with Karl Donaldson, then aged 15.
18th June 2007
Comedian who ‘took the piss out of poofs’ dead 1
11:51 PM — Bernard Manning famous for his racist and homophobic jokes has died at the age of 76.Manning was rushed to hospital with a kidney problem two weeks ago. A spokesman for North Manchester General Hospital said: "He died here at 3.10pm today."He once joked on gays: "I'm no racist. I take the piss out of poofs, too."
TV reality show homophobia claims rejected 1
2:30 PM — Channel 4 have escaped censure over homophobic comments made on a reality show.The broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has ruled that the use of the word "fairy" to describe a gay man did not break the code of conduct.1,453 people complained about the homophobic treatment of student Joe Stone on the show, in which groups of young people are formed into tribes on two neighbouring tropical islands.