1st April 2008
LGBT Labour defend party’s record on gay candidates 28
1:50 PM — A group within the Labour party that pushes for equality for lesbian, gay bisexual and trans people has responded to a survey from Stonewall.A poll of more than 1,600 LGB people found that 61% think they would face barriers from the party because of their sexual orientation if they wanted to be selected to run for parliament.89% said the same about the Conservatives and 47% about the Liberal Democrats. 46% of Labour supporter thought they would face barriers if they wanted to stand for Parliament.
Pension victory for same-sex partners at Euro court 5
12:03 PM — Gay and lesbian activists today welcomed a ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg on the rights of same-sex partners to 'survivor pensions.'The court ruled that a German gay man is entitled to a payment from the pension of his dead partner.The insurer had rejected his claim to the allowance of €6,400 (£4,330) on the grounds they only make such payments to spouses and not registered partners.
Equality body will prioritise sexual orientation cases
11:00 AM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has unveiled its first single equality scheme with a committment to prioritise legal cases in new areas of equality such as sexual orientation, in order to build case law.As a public body the EHRC is legally required to address gender, disability and race.The new scheme will also cover age, sexual orientation, religion or belief and human rights.
Gay people expect discrimination in all walks of life 28
12:01 AM — A new survey released today by Stonewall has found that gay, bisexual and lesbian people think that everyone from public services to political parties treat them less favourably because of their sexuality.1,600 LGB people took part in the online survey by YouGov, the web polling company's first survey of the gay population.The results paint a depressing picture of perceived prejudice in Britain.
Eminem takes on challenging role 2
12:00 AM — He may be the bad boy of white rap, but Eminem is set to wow fans of his music and acting career by starring in a new biopic of a British singing legend.Real name Marshall Bruce Mathers III, the 35-year-old has been praised by poet Seamus Heaney for getting kids interested in lyrics and poetry and compared to Elvis Presley.Now, he is reported to have signed up to play a young Elton John in an upcoming film about his life.
31st March 2008
Charles Allen becomes commercial radio king 1
7:10 PM — Charles Allen, the openly gay former chief executive of ITV, looks set to become one of the most powerful figures in the world's radio sector.Mr Allen, chairman of the private equity-backed Global Radio, has agreed to purchase GCap, the owner of Classic FM, Capital Radio and XFM for £375 million.Just months ago, his company purchased Chrysalis Radio, the owners of Heart and talk radio station LBC 97.3.
Lords gay rights foe dies 2
4:50 PM — A member of the House of Lords who used his Roman Catholic faith to frustrate his own party's gay rights legislation has died.Lord Stallard of St Pancras was 86. He was known throughout his career as Jock, a reference to his upbringing in Lanarkshire, Scotland.A left-wing presence on the Labour benches, he was first elected to represent St Pancras North at the 1970 general election.
Cameron backs Boris at launch of London campaign
1:30 PM — Conservative leader David Cameron has publicly backed the party's candidate for Mayor of London as officially launched his campaign this morning.He said Boris Johnson would be a "brilliant" mayor, claimed that "London's real problem is a lack of leadership" and said incumbent Mayor and Labour candidate Ken Livingstone had lost touch with the voters.Londoners go to the polls on May 1st to elect a Mayor and the 25-member London Assembly.
No complaints over Bounty Killer concert says Met 4
10:40 AM — The Metropolitan police have responded to criticism that it let a homoophobic singer perform in London.In a statement to PinkNews.co.uk, a spokeswoman said that meetings have been held between police, the venue's management and lesbian and gay groups to discuss this issue."It has been agreed that the artist would not perform songs that contain what could be considered to be homophobic lyrics," she said.
Northern Ireland gay rights group welcome bill of rights
10:20 AM — The Coalition on Sexual Orientation (CoSO) has welcomed the handover of the final Recommendations of the Bill of Rights Forum to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.The group said that the Yogyakarta Principles were used to inform the drafing of the bill.The principles were adopted by a meeting of experts in international law in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in 2006.
29th March 2008
Coronation Street adds gay character as Emmerdale axes two 1
2:30 PM — Coronation Street is to become the latest British soap opera to add a gay character, following EastEnders which is about to air a bisexual storyline. But fellow ITV drama Emmerdale will lose two gay characters.The popular ITV drama will soon feature Michael Byrne playing Ted Paige, the long lost gay father to long suffering character Gail Platt.
28th March 2008
Met Police criticised for allowing gay hate concert 4
5:30 PM — The Metropolitan Police have allowed a concert by artist Bounty Killer to go ahead, despite his lyrics inciting homophobic hatred and violence.The Jamaican reggae and dancehall DJ, born Rodney Basil Price, has already had two concerts cancelled in Bradford and Birmingham following protests by the gay human rights group Outrage!The Met have previously stated that artists would not be allowed to perform unless they sign the Reggae Compassionate Act (RCA).
Scottish campaign aims to stop deportation of gay teenager 5
12:50 PM — A campaign has been launched to save a teenager from Syria being deported to his homeland.Jojo Jako Yakob, 19, claims he will be executed if he is returned.He has been held at Polmont Young Offenders in Falkirk, Scotland for the last 12 months after being arrested for possessing a fake Belgian passport. His lawyers say an asylum application for his stay in the UK was mistakenly withdrawn.
‘Blogfather’ joins Paddick campaign as nominations close 5
12:45 PM — A second American political strategist has been appointed to Brian Paddick's campaign to become the first Lib Dem Mayor of London.Nominations for Mayor close today and the election will be held on May 1st.Jerome Armstrong, sometimes called the Blogfather, will be the campaign's web strategist. He was instrumental in US Presidential hopeful Howard Dean's grassroots campaign in 2004, regarded as the first major campaign to effectively use the internet to fundraise and win support.
INTERVIEW: Pi, mythology and the black male form
12:05 PM — A church is not the sort of place one would expect to find a celebration of male sexuality.But next month, St Pancras Church Crypt will play host to the 'Reverie' exhibition by London artist Charlie Pi, showcasing his interpretation of masculinity and sex.Known for his paintings of the black male form, the Deptford-based artist will premiere a selection of 50 new oil paintings of black male iconography displayed on unconventional canvases, such as old table tops and bread boards.
2,630 gay men diagnosed with HIV in 2007 4
11:30 AM — The Health Protection Agency has revealed that there were an estimated 6,840 new HIV diagnoses in the UK last year, more than a third of them gay men.It is the third successive year that new diagnoses among gay men have risen above 2,600, the highest levels since records began.Increased testing is likely to have contributed in part to these recent high numbers of HIV diagnoses. 2,630 gay men were diagnosed as HIV positive last year.
Homophobia claims rejected by police complaints body 16
11:10 AM — Sixteen allegations of homophobia made against the eight Devon and Cornwall police officers have been rejected by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.The complaints were made in 2004 and 2005 by Malcolm Lidbury, a local LGBT activist.He claimed he was "treated poorly" because of his sexuality and claimed that the Devon and Cornwall police have an "inherently homophobic" attitude.
27th March 2008
Gay ‘wedding’ planners to sponsor London Falcons
6:30 PM — London's newest gay-friendly football club is landed a major sponsor.Perfect Partnerships promote and specialise in co-ordinating civil partnerships, gay and lesbian stag and hen weekends, commitment ceremonies, gay honeymoons and overseas gay weddings.London Falcons Football Club, which fields teams in both 5-a-side and 11-as-side competitions, was founded less than two years ago but already boasts more than 100 members.They recently reached the final of the Yorkshire Terriers 5-a-side tournament.
Tributes paid to legendary gay DJ
3:02 PM — One of London's best known scene figures has died. DJ Tallulah had been a club DJ for forty years and was a regular at Heaven.Born in 1948 in Hamburg to English parents, he returned to live with his grandmother in Bexley three years later.He immersed himself in London's underground gay scene as a teenager, and by the early 1970s was established as a leading DJ. In 2007 he became the first inductee into the House Of Homosexual Culture's Hall Of Fame.
UK asylum system “not fit for purpose”
1:55 PM — A commission established to examine asylum policy and practice in the UK has concluded that it falls below the standards of a civilised nation.The 12-member Independent Asylum Commission's findings have been rejected by the Border and Immigration Agency, who claim they treat people with "care and compassion."The volume of people seeking asylum in the UK has fallen sharply and last year there were just over 23,000.