6th December 2007
EXCLUSIVE: Follett – there are no donations
5:08 PM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveEquality minister Barbara Follett has responded to allegations that she has received donations from her husband that she did not declare."Because I want to give the people of Stevenage the best possible service I can, I spend all of my MP's salary, allowances and some of my personal income running my constituency and parliamentary offices," she said in a statement to PinkNews.co.uk.
Questions over equality minister donations
3:35 PM — The husband of Barbara Follett may have inadvertantly embroiled her in the furore over donations.Ms Follett is the minister for equality, which includes LGBT rights.Her husband, multi-millionaire novelist Ken Follett, is a longtime Labour supporter.In an appearance BBC's Sunday AM with Andrew Marr on 2nd December, he boasted that: "I actually subsidise it to the tune of every year at least a hundred thousand pounds a year."
Two years on, civil partners still face problems 7
2:44 PM — Many gay people are confused at the correct language to use when describing civil partnerships and some are forced into revealing their sexual orientation in situations which required disclosure of marital or partnership status, according to Citizen's Advice.New research released yesterday to coincide with the second anniversary of civil partnerships found that many same-sex couples, who are in or who are planning civil partnerships, find there are many benefits to them and welcome them.However, there are still potential emotional, financial and social costs.
Small interest rate cut benefits LGBT home owners 1
12:50 PM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) home owners, especially those in a relationship, have welcomed the decision of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee to reduce interest rates by a quarter of one percent.High levels of LGBT couples retain two properties, living in one and renting out the other.The buy-to-let market has suffered from stagnating rental prices coupled with rising interest rates. Today's cut was the first in two years.
Labour fund created to support LGBT candidates 1
12:11 PM — The Labour Party has launched a campaign fund to support LGBT candidates, especially women, at future elections.Dorothy's List was set up with the objective of raising £2,000 to help members of the LGBT community overcome the obstacles which they face when running for political office.LGBT Labour said that they have so far received a positive response both from the LGBT community and from Labour party candidates and members.
New homopbobic bullying resource unveiled
12:01 PM — Northamptonshire County Council is launching a pioneering programme to tackle homophobic bullying in schools.The "Tackling Diversity and Sexuality resource" will be used in the county's schools as a tool to fight the spread of homophobic bullying of both adults and students.The project follows a series of studies, including a major piece of research which was completed in Northamptonshire in 2004.
Report reveals regulations for HIV+ travellers 3
11:30 AM — The European AIDS Treatment Group has published the 2007 Quick reference: travel and residence regulations for people living with HIV and AIDS.The publication, at its sixth edition, updates the information about all the requirements and regulations in every country for travellers living with AIDS.It is designed to help people working in AIDS organisations and contains some of the most recent requirements adopted in several countries.
5th December 2007
Analysis: New law will protect parents and sperm donors 1
4:50 PM — The story of a 37-year-old man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple and is now being asked to pay child support highlights the complicated legal situation around children conceived by artificial methods.New legislation before Parliament aims to make it easier for lesbian couples to access NHS fertilisation services and ensure that a lesbian or gay couple can become the legal parents of their children.At present the law requires that NHS fertility clinics take account of the "need for a father" when assessing women for treatment.
Cashman’s soap past raised by Cameron 3
3:46 PM — During clashes at Prime Minister's Questions this afternoon Tory leader David Cameron lampooned the UK's only out gay MEP.Michael Cashman's ground-breaking portrayal of Colin Russell in EastEnders between 1986 and 1989 saw the first gay kiss in a UK soap.Mr Cashman became a Labour MEP in 1999 and is president of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights.
Brighton council may ban homophobic music
12:30 PM — New guidelines from Brighton and Hove City Council will effectively ban "murder music" from all licensed premises.OutRage! and other gay campaigners have led a campaign against homophobic artists such as Beenie Man and Buju Banton who advocate the murder of gay men and lesbians in their music.Councillor Dee Simson, head of licensing, told The Argus: "In Brighton and Hove we have a good record on equalities and we felt it was important was important to include this in the licensing policy."
Gay hate preacher’s BBC blasphemy case dismissed 7
11:54 AM — An evangelical minister who came to prominence for his protests at gay Pride events has failed to bring a private prosecution for blasphemy against the director general of the BBC.Reverend Stephen Green's actions related to the screening of the acclaimed production Jerry Springer - The Opera on BBC2 in 2005.An attempt to bring a private prosecution in January was dismissed by a district court.
Torchwood creator’s new gay drama on hold
11:20 AM — The creator of Queer as Folk said that he will not start his working on a new proposed gay drama for several years.Russell T Davies made the comments at the press launch of series 2 of Torchwood, which will return on BBC2 in January.In October he had revealed that he was thinking of writing a script about "forty-something gay men." But during Monday's press conference, the 44 year-old writer stressed that, although he still intended to write the new announced drama about gay people, it was too early to discuss it.
4th December 2007
Lesbian mother hits back at sperm donor’s claims 2
4:55 PM — The lesbian who had two children with her civil partner after fireman Andy Bathie donated his sperm has said today he had behaved as a full-time father and should take financial responsibility for the children.Mr Bathie has to pay £450 a month toward bringing up the two children produced using his sperm.He has insisted he was only a donor and did not want take an active role in raising the kids.
Father of Barrymore pool death man awarded compensation 2
2:15 PM — The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority has awarded Terry Lubbock £6,800 criminal injuries compensation.His 31-year-old son Stuart Lubbock was found dead in entertainer Michael Barrymore's swimming pool after a house party in March 2001.Three months later Barrymore and two other men were arrested and bailed in connection with the incident.But a year after Mr Lubbock's death, police decided no charges were to be brought against Barrymore or the other men.
Churches seek reassurance over incitement law 100
12:45 PM — A joint statement from the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches in England has revealed their worries that a new incitement to homophobic hatred law might target Christian teachings.In a memorandum to a committee of MPs the churches asserted their view that "sexual activity and lifestyle, as distinct from sexual orientation, are matters of choice and impinge upon the public sphere."As such they are subject to evaluation and criticism, and freedom to discuss them must be preserved."
Sperm donor forced to pay child maintenance
10:45 AM — A man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple is being made to pay child support.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is warning "DIY" donors that they risk financial responsibility unless they go through a licensed clinic.Men who donate through a clinic have no legal or financial obligation to the child that is conceived and do not have a right to be named on the birth certificate.
3rd December 2007
Paedophile slur councillor resigns from Labour party 130
12:35 PM — A Labour politician who was found guilty of making false allegations of paedophilia against her gay opponent has resigned from the party.In September Miranda Grell, 29, was barred from public office for three years, fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 costs by Waltham Forest Magistrates Court.Ms Grell won a formerly safe Lib Dem seat on the London Borough of Waltham Forest council in last May's elections.
PM pledges more money for HIV/AIDS 1
12:35 PM — Gordon Brown has unveiled government plans to increase the AIDS support grant by 20 per cent, equivalent to £17.6m, over the next three years.But, he stressed, in his announcement made the day before World AIDS Day, commitment is needed from the whole of society to help fight stigma and educate people to protect themselves.Mr Brown said that HIV and AIDS are "one of the greatest challenges of our time and a key priority for this government."
Equalisation of age of consent angers Northern Ireland politicians 2
12:00 PM — Gay rights groups in Northern Ireland are at loggerheads with the Roman Catholic Church and the Democratic Unionist Party over proposed legislation to lower the age of consent from 17 to 16, bringing it in line with the rest of the UK.Justice Minister Paul Goggins MP, who unveiled the draft Sexual Offences (NI) Order, said that there is no convincing reason for the age to be different than it is in the rest of the UK.The change to the age of consent is a matter for the British government and not the Northern Ireland Assembly or Executive.
2nd December 2007
LGBT Labour “furious” at party support for Grell 130
3:10 PM — Labour's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender society has revealed that it complained about the backing a councillor convicted of homophobic slurs against her opponent received from the party.In a statement issued shortly after Miranda Grell's appeal against her conviction for making false allegations of paedophilia against her gay opponent was rejected by Snaresbrook Crown Court, LGBT Labour said they were furious.