13th February 2008
Census question is about sexuality not sex 5
4:50 PM — A proposal to include a question on sexuality in the next UK-wide census has been backed by trade unionists and the Green party, but caused confusion among some people.A senior researcher who is an expert on LGBT issues told PinkNews.co.uk that any question must focus on sexual identity and not orientation.The academic, who asked not to be named, explained: "Some have put forward the argument that such a question involved someone's private sexual behaviour.
Heavy metal star encourages fans to come out
3:00 PM — The lead singer of legendary British heavy metal band Judas Priest has spoken about being a role model to his gay fans.Rob Halford came out in 1998 in an interview with MTV. The band, nicknamed "Metal Gods," have sold more than 35 million albums.Halford left Judas Priest in 1993 after 20 years, but rejoined in 2003.He said coming out was like "freeing yourself" and said that his action had helped other metal fans to do the same.
Brighton walk will raise money for Stonewall
11:01 AM — Gay and lesbian people and their friends have been signing up for a major gay day out in Brighton during the May bank holiday.The 5th Annual Equality Walk is a demonstration of solidarity against hate crime, a nice day out, a good bit of exercise and an opportunity to do a bit of star-spotting.The 10km stroll begins at the Pavilion Gardens at 2pm on Sunday May 4th.
Academics to discuss gay identites in eastern Europe
10:50 AM — A conference to be held in London is to examine the emergence of LGBT identities in central and eastern Europe.School of Slavonic and East European Studies at Universtiy College London is to hold a one-day conference on Friday 11th April.Since the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 new gay communities have emerged in many countries, and led to social and political unrest regarding their rights and visibility.
12th February 2008
New gay travel portal launched
2:10 PM — A new online travel information and social networking portal launches this week with the aim of becoming the largest database of destinations, venues and events specifically designed for the gay and lesbian community.gaypedia.com provides top five destinations, venues and events; review, rating and blogging capabilities alongside member profiling and social networking tools.It is a user-generated and editorially produced travel information website that allows gays and lesbians to search for venues.
Rugby star Cohen backs gay players
1:10 PM — England rugby union player Ben Cohen has spoken out about the absence of any openly gay players in the sport.Cohen, 29, who has a following in the gay community and has appeared at events in gay venues, last year moved to French club Brive after 11 years at Northampton Saints.Speaking to OutSports.com the winger said that in his opinion it "would be fine" for a rugby player to come out as gay.
Unions demand gay question on 2011 census 25
12:20 PM — The General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress Brendan Barber has joined with gay equality organisation Stonewall's chief executive Ben Summerskill to ask for questions on sexual orientation to form part of the census.The next national survey will take place in 2011.It is conducted every 10 years by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), who announced last year that they did not think a question about sexual orientation would not be suitable.
11th February 2008
Swedish lesbians have a legal right to puppies
5:06 PM — An unusual case of discrimination in Sweden has led to a court ruling in favour of a women turned away from buying a puppy because she is a lesbian.The Local reports that the court of appeal in Stockholm confirmed that a kennel owner must pay 20,000 kronor (£1,580) for discrimination and harassment on the grounds of sexual orientation.During a phone call to the kennel owner enquiring about a puppy advertised for sale, the lesbian woman mentioned her partner. The owner then refused to sell the puppy to her.
Archbishop unerpentant over Sharia comments 5
4:15 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has told the General Synod of the Church of England that he accepts responsibility for confusion about his comments on Islamic law in the UK.But he added that is was right of him to raise the concerns of faith communities and some of his remarks had been misinterpreted."Some of what has been heard is a very long way indeed from what was actually said," he told Synod members gathered in London for a pre-planned meeting.
Civil partnership ends in tragic death
2:40 PM — A Scottish man has spoken of his feelings of guilt after his new civil partner died just a fortnight after the ceremony.65-year-old Norman Drew, a catering worker from Inverness, said he was shocked by the sudden death of 24-year-old Karol Szymaniak, reports the Press and Journal.On Friday 1st February he left Mr Szymaniak to go to work. When he returned he found his Polish partner having a epileptic fit.
Gay adverts to be displayed across Britain 4
1:10 PM — For the next two weeks people across the country will be confronted with a positive message about gay people from 600 billboards.The advertising space in England, Scotland and Wales has been donated to gay equality organisation Stonewall by Titan Outdoor Advertising Ltd.The message - 'Some people are gay. Get over it!' - will be displayed in giant, tabloid-style capital letters, on a bright red background.
Gay rugby tournament comes to London
12:10 PM — One of the UK's leading gay rugby union teams are celebrating after it was announced that they will host next year's European tournament.London's Kings Cross Steelers will be defending their title as 2007 European Champions, which they won in Copenhagen last year.The 2009 tournament's host venue will be West Ham FC's home ground.Rugby teams from across Europe will compete for the biennial championship title between May 22nd and 23rd next year.
Interview: The former cop who wants to run London
11:45 AM — Brian Paddick is enjoying running for Mayor of London. The Liberal Democrat candidate may be a distant third in opinion polls, but he has one distinct advantage in this race - lots of people know who he is.The 2008 Mayoral election is already the most exciting contest since the post was established at the turn of the century.Incumbent Ken Livingstone is facing a concerted (some would say co-ordinated) barrage of negative press on everything from cronyism to his alcohol intake.
10th February 2008
Williams under continued pressure over Sharia law speech 50
10:30 PM — Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury is preparing to defend himself following his comments on Sharia law during his address to the Church of England General Synod in London tomorrow.Since saying that the adoption of elements of Sharia law in the UK "seems unavoidable", he has been under attack from all sides. The previous Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey wrote in the News of the World: "He has in my opinion overstated the case for accommodating Islamic legal codes."
9th February 2008
Homophobia within police force soars 13
3:18 PM — Complaints about homophobia within the police force have risen by almost a quarter in the past year according to the Gay Police Association.The association received 350 calls in 2007, 90 more than in 2006. However, it is estimated that 7,000 homophobic incidents each year are not reported. Chairman of the Gay Police Association Paul Cahill said: "We've had some officers refusing to work with gay officers but also slightly more sinister expressions of homophobia.
Archbishop denies he called for Sharia law 50
12:19 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has denied that he called for the introduction ofSharia Law.In a statement he said that he "certainly did not call for its introduction as some kind of parallel jurisdiction to the civil law".He said that he was "exploring ways in which reasonable accommodation might be made within existing arrangements for religious conscience".
Pizza Hut runs out of pizza if you’re gay or transexual, group claims 3
12:18 PM — A group of gay men out with their transsexual friends were told that Pizza Hut had run out of Pizza, in order to avoid serving them it has been claimed.The group, some of them wearing high heels asked for a table in a branch of the chain in Church Street, Blackpool. Michael Kemp, 48, who was wearing a miniskirt claimed: "When we arrived at the Pizza Hut, we noticed people were staring at us and laughing.
8th February 2008
Radio 4 presenter cleared of rape 8
4:20 PM — BBC Radio 4 presenter Nigel Wrench was today cleared by a court of raping a man that he met at a New Years Eve party.He was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting the 26-year-old after inviting him back to his flat in north London after meeting him at a New Years party. The presenter of Radio 4's PM programme admitted snorting cocaine with the man at a Kennigton party before taking him home to view his art collection.
Stonewall ready for Commons battle over gay parents 20
12:30 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has said that new legislation before Parliament that will grant new rights to gay and lesbian parents will face further attempts to wreck it in the Commons.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill proposes new recognition of same-sex couples as legal parents of children conceived through the use of donated sperm, eggs or embryos.The Bill was passed by the Lords on Monday and now goes to the House of Commons.
Gay couple victims of intimidation campaign 3
12:03 PM — In scenes reminiscent of Northern Ireland's sectarian past, a gay couple in the city of Londonderry have spoken out after a gang threatened to burn them out of their home.The couple, one of whom is disabled, have been the victims of an intimidation campaign by locals in the Creggan area of the city.Last month at Derry MP spoke out after an arson attack on the home of a gay couple in his constituency.