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  • 11th December 2007

    Interview: A rising star in the Tory firmament 11

    The first openly gay man to be elected as a Conservative MP, he is destined for a frontline role in any future Cameron administration.

    1:45 PM — The 2005 intake of MPs contained the usual mix of the good, the bad and the barmy. There were 50 new Conservative MPs, a brace of freshman Lib Dems and hardly any new Labour faces at all.The new Tory boys and girls were instrumental in propelling David Cameron (2001) into power, and he has rewarded the best and the brightest with seats in his Shadow Cabinet.Nicholas Le Quesne Herbert is one of two Nicks who first sat on the green benches two years ago to keep an eye on in the years ahead.

  • Scottish attitudes to LGBT changing but prejudice remains 1

    65% of people who took part think Scotland should do everything it can to tackle all kinds of prejudice.  photo: ed tarwinski@flickr.com

    11:25 AM — Results from the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey which show the country is becoming more accepting of the LGBT community were announced this morning.The survey, conducted for the Scottish Government, found that the number of people who think same-sex relationships are always or mostly wrong has dropped 11% since 2002 to 30%.65% of people who took part think Scotland should do everything it can to tackle all kinds of prejudice.

  • Queens offered own Christmas speech

    This personalised Christmas speech which will be seen by three times as many people as the 5.7 million who watched Her Majesty's speech in 2006.

    10:45 AM — For gay men wanting to follow in the footsteps of Quentin Crisp and transmit their very own Queen's Speech to the nation this Christmas, eBay may have the answer.Users of the consumer website will have the chance to bid on the message which will be aired on the eBay homepage. The money raised will be donated to the NSPCC.The message will be broadcast will be seen by up to 15 million people over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

  • Help for the one in four LGBT people who suffer domestic abuse

    about one in ever four LGBT people will experience domestic abuse of a sexual, emotional, financial or physical nature.

    10:23 AM — Victims of sexual abuse can now find help at Galop, a safety charity for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.A new caseworker at the London-based charity is available to help LGBT victims of sexual violence make anonymous reports to the police and provide them with advice.According to the caseworker, Jamey Fisher, the aim of the service is to "help LGBT people who have experienced sexual abuse at any point in their lives."

  • 10th December 2007

    NI equality commission explores LGB concerns 3

    Hetrosexism, the assumption that everyone is heterosexual, further exacerbates the problem of LGB invisibility.

    5:20 PM — A report has been published by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland to help enable lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals to access their rights under equality law.The purpose of the report was to explore the obstacles facing both LGB individuals and equality bodies when it came to the realisation of LGB rights.Its findings showed that many LGB people are cautious about disclosing their sexuality.

  • Desmond’s new theory on causes of male homosexuality 35

    Morris suggests that some gay men may have had unpleasant experiences with girls during the stand-off.

    1:25 PM — A new book by a well-known British academic suggests that some men are gay because they don't break with other boys during childhood and retain some of their juvenile characteristics when they become adult.In The Naked Man: A Study Of The Male Body, Desmond Morris questioned why "a certain percentage of adult human males, with or without the approval of society at large, find members of their own gender attractive."

  • Jeremy Joseph tight-lipped about rumoured G-A-Y move 1

    The G-A-Y franchise includes two other bars, G-A-Y Late located just off Charing Cross Road and G-A-Y bar on Old Compton Street in Soho.

    12:15 PM — Speculation has been building about a forthcoming takeover of London nightclub, Heaven, by G-A-Y, the clubbing brand owned by promoter Jeremy Joseph.The news follows reports that G-A-Y will be soon be forced from current home, London's Astoria on Charing Cross Road, so it can be demolished as part of plans for a new Crossrail station, which have recently been given the go-ahead.Mr Joseph refused to comment directly for legal reasons but told PinkNews.co.uk: "I'm always looking for venues."

  • 8th December 2007

    “Bigot Bishop” apologises to rejected gay applicant 9

    John Reaney was rejected for a job because he is gay

    2:30 PM — The bishop who an employment tribunal found discriminated against a youth worker because he was gay has apologised for the "hurt and pain" he caused.John Reaney was previously employed as a youth officer for the Norwich and Chester Church of England diocese. In an application form for a similar job in Hereford, Mr Reaney stated that he is gay.

  • 7th December 2007

    “Royal blackmail plot” man refused bail 25

    A senior legal adviser to the Royal Household contacted the alleged blackmailers and arranged to meet and view the tape.

    2:18 PM — One of the two men charged with attempting to blackmail a minor member of the Royal Family was refused bail at a hearing at the Old Bailey today.Ian Strachan, 30, was arrested along with Sean McGuigan, 40, in October after police mounted a sting operation.They are alleged to have demanded £50,000 not to release a video showing an aide to a member of the Royal Family discussing engaging in oral sex with his employer.

  • Tory criticises cuts in London HIV programmes 10

    Brian Coleman, London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden, wrote to Minister of State at the Department of Health.

    12:45 PM — The deputy chairman of the London Assembly has expressed his shock at planned cuts to HIV prevention programmes aimed at gay men, after receiving official confirmation from the Department of Health.Brian Coleman, London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden, wrote to Minister of State at the Department of Health, Dawn Primarolo MP, after reports that funding for the London Gay Men's HIV Prevention Programme is to be cut next year by 36%.The funding for this programme is currently grouped with a treatment information programme in a budget of £2.2million.

  • Stonewall to benefit from charity panto on the run 1

    Last year, the gay and lesbian running club wrote and performed a gay, running-themed version of Cinderella.

    11:04 AM — A London-based gay and lesbian running group will perform a Christmas pantomime to raise money for the LGBT organisation Stonewall.On January 13 London Frontrunners will stage their A Christmas Carol at the Drill Hall in Chenies Street.The pantomime features a quartet of gay and lesbian ghosts who are freed at a séance and bring chaos in Scrooge's hotel on Christmas Eve.

  • 6th December 2007

    Donations to Harman were secret to avoid “Jewish conspiracy” 1

    Harriet Harman received £5,000 from Mr Abrahams through a proxy

    7:01 PM — The businessman at the centre of the government's donations scandal says that he secretly donated to the Equality Secretary, Harriet Harman's campaign to become Deputy Leader of the Labour party to avoid accusations of being part of a "Jewish conspiracy."Batchelor, David Abrahams told the Jewish Chronicle that blame for the scandal where he donated £663,975 to Labour through proxies lies with Jon Mendelsohn, Gordon Brown's fundraiser.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Follett – there are no donations

    Ms Follett is a work and pensions minister in addition to her equality responsibilities.

    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

    Ms Follett is the minister for equality, which includes LGBT rights.

    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

    As reported on PinkNews.co.uk last month many institutions do not have an option for civil partners on their application forms.

    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

    Traditionally, banks and building societies have passed on reductions in the base rate to borrowers by reducing the cost of variable rate mortgages.

    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

    LGBT Labour said that they have so far received a positive response both from the LGBT community and from Labour party candidates and members.

    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

    The study, which involved 899 students, revealed that 64 per cent of them had witnessed homophobic bullying cases.

    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

    There are currently 13 countries that bar people living with AIDS.

    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

    The advantages of using a fertility clinic mean that the donor is registered, and cannot be legally held responsible for the child's welfare or upkeep.

    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.

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