31st May 2007
NHS provides best route to kicking the tobacco habit
12:31 PM — Today is World No Tobacco Day, is another excellent opportunity for smokers to get support to help them give up smoking.For those who are giving up for the first time or need more support since quitting on No Smoking Day, there are lots of health professionals waiting to give you a helping hand.One in five smokers say they want to give up before the smokefree legislation comes into force in England in July and the best way to quit is by using an NHS stop smoking service.
30th May 2007
Big Brother bounces back after scandal 3
10:52 PM — Broadcasting an apology for "serious editorial misjudgements" in this year's Celebrity Big Brother, Channel 4's hit reality programme returned with a wide mix of female only contestants.Last week, media regulator, Ofcom ruled that the show breached its code of conduct over racist incidents involving the Indian actress Shilpa Shetty.The show's constants, who are all women are a mix of celebrity seekers, the odd and the vaguely sane.
Gay football tournament comes to London
2:42 PM — Some 20 men and women's teams from around the country have signed up for the first-ever Ford Pride London Football Tournament.Organised by London Falcons FC, the free event on June 23rd will see gay, lesbian and bi-friendly six-a-side teams thrashing it out at the Goals Soccer Centre in Wembley.It's the first major gay-friendly football event seen in London and will kick off the night before when the draw for the groups will take place.
Northern Ireland minister Ian Paisley Jr calls gay people repulsive 27
2:00 PM — A minister in the government of Northern Ireland has caused outrage with homophobic comments made in a magazine interview.Ian Paisley Jnr, who is the son of the Democratic Unionist First Minister, told Hotpress magazine that lesbians and gay men harm society.Mr Paisley, who was once dubbed the "baby dinosaur of the 21st century," has been criticised by gay equality organisation Stonewall.
Health charities welcome HIV testing recommendations
11:27 AM — New guidance from the World Health Organisation and UNAIDS on provider-initiated HIV testing and counselling has been welcomed by leading UK charities.An estimated 80% of people living with HIV in low and middle-income countries do not know that they are HIV-positive.Recent surveys in sub-Saharan Africa showed on average just 12% of men and 10% of women have been tested for HIV and received their test results.
CPS to consider charges over homophobic sign
10:30 AM — Police have sent a file to the Crown Prosecution Service after investigating a homophobic sign that was put up outside a Wiltshire pub.The new landlord of the Anchor and Hope in Trowbridge was questioned over the sign, which appeared three weeks ago promoting the pub's reopening.The pub's former landlords John Williams, and his 26-year-old partner Lee, believe the sign, which read 'faggots and mince not on the menu', refers to them and have made a formal complaint to police.
British police to monitor Riga Pride
10:17 AM — Politicians from EU member states are attending Friendship Days this year to express their support for the LGBT community in Riga.The Friendship Days will champion all human rights, but especially the right of assembly and free speech in the Latvian capital.Detective Sergeant Sharon Stratton and Detective Constable Anthony Forsyth from London's Metropolitan Police will be monitoring the Friendship Days events.
29th May 2007
Go to Barcelona and fight homophobic bullies
4:55 PM — Gay rights organisation Stonewall is inviting gay people and their friends to an event that is certain to put the fun back into fundraising.The Barcelona Equality Walk, from July 13th to 15th, is a weekend full of sightseeing, meeting new people and raising money for Stonewall's vital work fighting homophobia in schools.Last year's walk in Barcelona raised over £20,000 and Stonewall hope that this year's event will be as popular.
Pride London main acts announced 57
4:55 PM — Pride London has announced the acts that will be performing on the main stage in Trafalgar Square.The event, which takes place on June 30, will take place after the parade and will start at 2pm.Headlining is Darren Hayes, formerly of Savage Garden. Pride London patron Mz Fontaine will follow, along with QBoy, who recently toured America.
Bisexual side of Dietrich show 57
4:55 PM — Marlene Dietrich, the smoky-voiced icon of the silver screen is being reclaimed by the gay community.A new show about her life will focus on her atheism and lesbian exploits, and also feature cabaret.Terry Sanderson, organiser and gay rights activist, said: "Marlene has always had a big attraction for the gay community."
UK Pride events will feature legal advice stalls
4:50 PM — The Citizens Advice service will have stalls at Prides in London, Cardiff, Brighton and Manchester this year.They will be focusing on the Sexual Orientation Regulations, which now make it illegal to refuse goods and services on the basis of a person's sexual orientation.There will also be awareness-raising information on how civil partnerships can affect most benefits and on the regulations on discrimination and equality in employment law.
Carer forced to leave job because of homophobic abuse claims 57
3:23 PM — A carer at an old people's home said yesterday that he was forced to leave his job because he was gay.Kevin Reid, 43, told an employment tribunal that he was accused of performing an indecent act in front of patients, touching patients inappropriately and not wearing gloves while bathing patients.He was suspended over the allegations, then cleared by the home bosses and offered his job back.
Gay couple guilty of setting fire to club 57
1:34 PM — A gay couple have been found guilty of torching a club with more than 50 people still inside.Stephen Bingham, 40, set fire to the Switch Spot in Newcastle an hour after he was removed from the club for punching the owner.Bingham was jailed for four and a half years. He told door staff that they should clear the club because he would torch it.
28th May 2007
Mayor of London writes to Moscow mayor to support Tatchell 61
2:12 PM — Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London has written to Yuri Luzhkov, the Mayor of Moscow to call for an end to the official ban on gay pride marches. He also expresses his solidarity with Peter Tatchell who was violently assaulted and then arrested at yesterday's march."I am writing to convey my deep concern at the reported physical violence against, and arrest of, Peter Tatchell, a Parliamentary candidate for the Green Party in Britain, and other supporters of lesbian and gay rights."
25th May 2007
Gender reassignment doctor still allowed to practice 57
3:13 PM — The UK's leading gender identity psychiatrist has had charges of serious professional misconduct against him upheld.The General Medical Council found 63-year-old consultant Dr. Russell Reid guilty, but chose not to bar him from the medical profession.The GMC disciplinary panel declared on Monday that Reid had rushed transsexual patients into treatment inappropriately.
Gay MPs unite to condemn Pride ban
3:13 PM — Gay MPs from the three main political parties have written to the Mayor of Moscow to protest at the banning of this year's Pride march.Chris Bryant, Labour Member of Parliament for the Rhondda, has sent a joint letter with Conservative Nick Herbert and Liberal Democrat Stephen Williams calling on the mayor to repeal the ban on the Pride event, which is due to take place this weekend.
New Brighton gay newspaper unveiled
2:29 PM — A new gay newspaper for Brighton and Hove is launching today.The twice-monthly title one80news will offer news and information about events in the city as well as reviews and entertainment.It is from the same team that produces the monthly 3SIXTY magazine"We want to bolster our ability to report on Brighton and Hove stories in a much more localised way," says managing editor David Harvey.
Kirk still unclear on gay couples 57
2:29 PM — The Church of Scotland report on homosexuality was discussed in the Church General Assembly on Wednesday.The aim of the meeting was to reach a consensus within the Church on attitudes to gay Christians.The 800 members of the Assembly met in Edinburgh to watch video clips from the report's working party.
Stonewall launches guide to new gay protections 57
2:29 PM — Stonewall today launched a guide to the new goods and services protections for LGB people.Sponsored by Lloyds TSB, the gay equality organisation has published 300,000 postcard-sized 'image-heavy text-light' guides.The 12-page booklets advise lesbian, gay and bisexual people that "If something is offered, you can have it, whatever the colour of your money."
Study of employment tribunals reveals emotional cost 3
11:27 AM — The first study of the impact of the employment equality regulations, which grant protection for LGB people in the workplace, has found that many employees who go to a tribunal suffer financially and emotionally.The regulations on sexual orientation and religion or belief were introduced in 2003.Employees who have tried to resolve disputes over discrimination under new equality regulations have ended up facing demotion.