25th March 2008
Home Office’s “Iranian propaganda” over gay hangings 2
4:30 PM — The government has been accused of being more inclined to believe Iran than human rights groups on the issue of how gay people are treated in that country.The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association is angry that the Home Office minister in the Lords last week claimed that no-one has recently been executed in Iran "solely on the grounds of homosexuality."GALHA intend to write to Home Secretary Jacqui Smith for clarification of the official position after statements by Lord West of Spithead.
Mayoral candidates on knives, teens and the environment 5
3:30 PM — The Mayor of London has promised to go ahead with a £25 charge for "gas guzzling" cars in the capital at the launch of his environment manifesto today.Londoners go to the polls on May 1st in the tightest race for Mayor since the office was established in 2000.Ken Livingstone said he opposed airport expansion at Heathrow or any other sites in London. "I have made environmental policy a central focus of all I have done as Mayor," he said.
Cardinal attacks new rights for gay parents 18
2:10 PM — The controversial Easter message from the leader of Scotland's Roman Catholic church contained an attack on new rights for lesbian and gay parents.Press coverage has concentrated on Cardinal Keith O'Brien's claims that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill will create "Frankenstein-like" human-animal hybrid embryos, a charge rejected by the government and scientists.During his speech on Sunday the Cardinal accused Prime Minister Gordon Brown of: "promoting a bill which denies that a child has a biological father."
Labour MPs get free vote on parts of embryology bill 17
2:10 PM — The Prime Minister has announced that MPs will be allowed to vote against parts of a government bill.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill is due before the Commons in the next few weeks.MPs will get a free vote on three parts of the legislation: IVF research, saviour siblings and the creation of human-animal embryos.Mr Brown said that he believes stem cell research has the potential to cure some diseases "that have afflicted mankind for centuries."
Downing St protest over gay asylum seekers
12:50 PM — More than 120 people took to the streets of London last Saturday to highlight the plight of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people who seek asylum in the UK.OutRage!, the National Union of Students and the Middle East Workers' Solidarity took part in the protest opposite Downing St.They demanded that Mehdi Kazemi, a gay Iranian teenager who faces deportation to his homeland and possible execution because of his sexuality, be allowed to stay in the UK.
Socialist candidate for Mayor to attend Stonewall hustings 1
12:20 PM — Lindsey German has confirmed that she will join other candidates for Mayor of London at a gay hustings event next month.The Respect - The Left List candidate will appear alongside incumbent Mayor Ken Livingstone, Tory candidate Boris Johnson, Lib Dem Brian Paddick and Green party candidate Sian Berry at the event at BFI Southbank on Saturday 19th April.The Stonewall hustings will be the last before Londoners go to the polls on May 1st.
Cameron warns Catholics over embryology debate 17
12:10 PM — The Leader of the Opposition has said that critics of new legislation should be careful not to "overstate" its impact.David Cameron's comments follow an Easter weekend full of claim and counter-claim about the creation of "animal-human hybrids" as a result of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.On Easter Sunday the leader of Scotland's Roman Catholics attacked the Prime Minister and made lurid claims that the new legislation "comprehensively attacks the sanctity and dignity of human life than this particular bill."
INTERVIEW: Basketball’s stereotype-busting gay icon 3
11:50 AM — There can be no better introduction to the conversation of John Amaechi than to relay his thoughts on the American press and basketball-loving public's reaction to the revelation that this giant of the game is gay."I knew it would be fuss-worthy, especially in America. But it's very weird really because over here if you didn't know you just weren't paying attention."Amaechi is one of a handful of British players to have reached the heights of the US National Basketball Association.
24th March 2008
SNP campaign against gay deportation to Syria 2
12:10 AM — Scotland's governing party has taken up the case of a gay Syrian who claims he will be tortured and maybe even executed if returned to his home country.Jojo Jako Yakob is claiming asylum in the UK on the grounds of his sexual orientation and had pleaded with the Home Office to reverse a deportation order.Pete Wishart MP, the SNP's Home Affairs spokesman, has taken up his case at Westminster.
22nd March 2008
Last chance to vote in Mayoral poll
12:50 AM — PinkNews.co.uk is inviting readers to take part in our second Mayor of London poll. The poll closes at noon on Sunday so you'll need to vote quickly.Incumbent Ken Livingstone is running as the Labour candidate. Henley MP Boris Johnson is the Conservative party hopeful, while former Met police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick is standing for the Liberal Democrats.
21st March 2008
Tory shadow cabinet member pens ode to Livermore
4:50 PM — The Shadow Leader of the House of Commons amused MPs yesterday with a poem, presumably written by her, about the Prime Minister's departing Director of Strategy.Theresa May, who is also Shadow Minister for Women and Equality, was speaking at Business Questions yesterday.Her poem concerns Spencer Livermore, who in December was named the most important gay person in British politics.
20th March 2008
No investigation into MP’s payments to family
6:45 PM — The Metropolitan police will investigate former Tory MP Derek Conway about payments he made to two of his children for "working" for him.Scotland Yard announced this evening that it did not believe it was "appropriate."Mr Conway was suspended from the House of Commons for ten days and ordered to repay more than £13,000 after the Commons Standards and Privileges Committee decided he had effectively defrauded the taxpayer.
THT launches tests and treatments by post
5:20 PM — Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is to offer a range of paid-for sexual health tests and treatments.THT by Post offers testing and treatment for chlamydia and gonorrhoea, testing for HIV and treatment for genital herpes and non-specific urethritis.The tests involve taking either a saliva or urine sample at home and posting it off to a lab to be analysed.
Mayor defends project that dooms Astoria 2
5:10 PM — Ken Livingstone has claimed there would be "thirty per cent increases in fares and doubling of supplementary business rates" in the capital unless the Crossrail project goes ahead.The £5.5 billion scheme will see a new cross-London rail connection built. However, one of London's best-known gay venues will be demolished.The Astoria will be torn down as part of the redevelopment of Tottenham Court Road station.
Medical council denies gay fertility discrimination 1
4:20 PM — The regulatory body for the medical professions in the UK has said that doctors cannot discrimate against groups of patients, such as gay men or lesbians.The General Medical Council said that a PinkNews.co.uk report on its new guidelines, entitled Personal Beliefs and Medical Practice, was wrong to give the impression that doctors could decline fertility treatment on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Gays get organised in County Down
3:40 PM — A new group for lesbian, gay and bisexual people has been launched in Bangor, Co Down.Gay and Lesbian across Down (GLAD) aims to provide a range of events for gay people living in or visiting the county, which is south of Belfast.District Commander Chief Superintendent Graham Shields of the Northern Ireland Police Service used the launch event to present a new initiative designed to increase the reporting of homophobic hate crime.
Paddick questions whether homophobia hurt his career 1
3:20 PM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London has said if he were straight his career in the Metropolitan police "would have progressed differently."Brian Paddick left the force in May 2007, after 30 years service, at the rank of Deputy Assistant Commissioner. He was the most senior out gay police officer in the country.His autobiography, Line of Fire, was launched in London last night and goes on sale next week.
City law firms form LGBT Forum
1:25 PM — The inaugural meeting of the InterLaw forum for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Networks has been hailed as a "resounding success."24 City law firms were represented at the meeting on Tuesday, which was hosted by Simmons Simmons.InterLaw describes itself as "an inter-organisational forum that was established for LGBT networks in top London law firms to work together to enhance LGBT equality and diversity in the legal sector."
Funding pledged to fight stigma around HIV
1:10 PM — UK organisations are being asked to submit plans for innovative programmes that address stigma and shame around HIV/AIDS and the link between those factors and prevention, care and treatment for the disease.The MAC AIDS Fund is the philanthropic arm of Estée Lauder-owned M·A·C Cosmetics.It has pledged £250,000 in new grant money to fight the problem nationally.
New rules for doctors raise gay fertility treatment questions 1
12:30 PM — New guidelines from the General Medical Council mean doctors could have to reveal to patients if they object to fertility treatment.Personal Beliefs and Medical Practice also covers abortion, the wearing of veils by female doctors and circumcision of male children.The GMC has said that doctors cannot deny any procedure to a patient on the grounds of their sexual orientation. At present some fertility clinics have a blanket ban on same-sex couples.