3rd March 2008
Gays and lesbians urged to kick the habit 2
5:05 PM — Smoking rates among the gay and lesbian community in the UK are significantly higher than the general population, and this No Smoking Day we are being urged to give up the fags for good.Around 40% of gays and lesbians smoke, as opposed to 23% of men and 24% of women in general population.Smoking kills more than 112,000 people in the UK each year, making it the country's biggest preventable killer. The gay, lesbian and bisexual community tend to smoke for different reasons and at an earlier age than heterosexual men and women.
Interview: Critic turned playwright explores Gielgud’s darkest hour
4:20 PM — Plague Over England, the new play by Nicholas de Jongh currently playing at the Finborough Theatre in London, opened last week to favourable reviews from the national press.Which must have been a double relief to the playwright, the theatre critic of the Evening Standard since 1991.Billed as a play about the 1953 arrest of actor Sir John Gielgud for cruising, in fact it accurately portrays several intersecting gay lives in the period.
Gay rugby team branches out into club nights
12:21 PM — After winning the European Championship last year in Copenhagen and securing the right to host the contest in 2009, what next for London's leading gay rugby team?Ruggercub is the answer. From next Sunday the Kings Cross Steelers will be hosting their new club night at the Two Brewers in Clapham.The monthly event is aimed at "rugby boys and their followers." The launch party on 9th March 2008 features special guest DJ Andy Bell of Erasure fame.
Bishop stresses civil partnership is not marriage 3
11:30 AM — A Church of England bishop has said it is "careless" to refer to civil partnerships as marriages.The Right Reverend Jonathan Gledhill, Bishop of Lichfield, also attacked the government for weakening the status of marriage."Most of my gay friends would want to distinguish between marriage, which is something that happens for a man and a woman," he said.
Civil partnership for senior Tory 7
10:55 AM — After a whirlwind 14-month romance leading Conservative MP Alan Duncan has proposed to his boyfriend.He met 39-year-old James Dunseath at a dinner arranged by friends and proposed to him on Valentine's Day during a holiday in Oman. They are expected to hold a civil partnership ceremony later this year.Mr Duncan, 50, is the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and MP for Rutland and Melton.
2nd March 2008
Pensioner arrested after Manchester gay village murder 1
5:20 PM — Police investigating the stabbing of a 25-year-old man in Manchester's gay village have arrested a pensioner today on suspicion of murder. Officers have not named the suspect as yet.At about 7.30pm on Monday evening Craig Douglas, who is straight, and another man were approached by two men and the four got into an argument on Canal Street close to its junction with Minshull Street and Aytourn Street.
1st March 2008
Sydney Pride celebrates 30 years of marching 2
12:23 PM — Australia's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community has celebrated Sydney's 30th Mardi Gras parade. The mile long parade was led by a group of "78ers" those who took part in the first parade in 1978.But one of the "78ers", Diane Minnis, told The Age: "It is still very difficult for young people in country towns to come out as lesbian or gay, and even in outer suburbs and regional centres."
29th February 2008
Man, 70, wanted over gay village murder 1
2:25 PM — Police have today released a second picture of a man they want to speak to in connection with the murder of a 25-year-old man.Detectives need to speak to David Broady, 70, in connection with the murder of Craig Douglas.They and are appealing for anyone who knows of his whereabouts to come forward.Anyone who sees him is asked not to approach him, but call 999 immediately. Police believe he is in Manchester.
Man jailed for making porn film with 16-year-old
1:10 PM — A 48-year-old man has been sentenced to two years and eleven months in prison for inciting a child into pornography.Rufus Ffoulkes, of Alexander Road, Lowestoft, has 58 previous convictions, mostly for fraud and theft. In 1981 he was convicted for having sex with a 13-year-old boy.Floulkes recruited young men for his homemade porn films from the website Gaydar. One brought along the 16-year-old boy.
Teacher’s victory in gay discrimination case 1
12:10 PM — A young gay teacher has received an unqualified apology from the governors of a school which formerly employed him after a landmark case for harassment under sexual orientation employment regulations.The school's governing body accepted guilt and made an unreserved apology before the case went to full procedure.This was the first case in UK law that saw a teacher taking his school to tribunal under the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003.
Iranian asylum seeker’s deportation delayed
10:34 AM — A gay teenager who was due to be deported to the UK earlier this week is still in detention in Holland.19-year-old Medhi Kazemi, who faces possible execution by stoning if he returns to Iran, fled for the Netherlands last year after his appeal for asylum in the UK was refused.He is awaiting the ruling of Dutch court next Monday on whether he should be returned to the UK, who want to deport him to Iran.
28th February 2008
Car salesman loses employment tribunal 2
4:35 PM — A man who claimed that he was forced to leave his job because of homophobic abuse from fellow workers has lost his case at an employment tribunal.Ben Hamilton, 26, was claiming that persistent remarks about his sexuality amounted to constructive unfair dismissal and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.The tribunal questioned why he made no complaints about his treatment before he resigned from his job as a salesman at the BMW showroom in Chandler's Ford in October 2006.
Gay groups present report at Edinburgh Castle reception
4:15 PM — The LGBT Hearts and Minds Agenda Group has presented a copy of their report into challenging prejudice at a special ministerial reception held yesterday evening at Edinburgh Castle.Communities and Sport Minister Stewart Maxwell hosted the event which also marked LGBT History Month.The group is facilitated by the Scottish Government Equality Unit and is made up of representatives from three national LGBT organisations.
Second man released in gay village murder investigation 1
3:55 PM — A 66-year-old man, arrested on Monday on suspicion of murder of Craig Douglas, has been freed on police bail pending further inquiries until 24th March.A 49-year-old man who was also arrested in connection with the incident was earlier released without charge.Inquiries into the circumstances of Mr Douglas' death continue and police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.
Lesbian magazine cover censored 13
3:03 PM — A sensual cover image featuring a lesbian embrace has been censored after objections from a major retailer.DIVA, Europe's leading lesbian glossy, had chosen the photo, a homage to a legendary cover of Rolling Stone magazine featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono, for the cover of their SEX issue.Jane Czyzselska, editor of DIVA magazine, said: "The cover image of Yoko and John taken by Annie Leibovitz for Rolling Stone magazine in 1981 is one of the most iconic of our time."
Pop star denies chaining escort to wall
1:50 PM — Boy George, the DJ and former Culture Club singer, has appeared in court to deny assaulting and imprisoning a Norwegian rent boy last April.At today's 20-minute hearing at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London he appeared using his real name, George O'Dowd. He was bailed and he trial will begin on November 24th.It is alleged that 28-year-old Auden Carlsen met the former Culture Club star on website Gaydar.
Socialists question First Minister about gay rights 1
1:25 PM — The national convenor of the Scottish Socialist party has written to the First Minister of Scotland seeking an assurance that any future meetings with members of the Northern Ireland Assembly would raise the issue of attitudes towards lesbian and gay rights by its ministers.Two DUP members of the Northern Ireland Executive, which operates as a coalition government with Republican party Sinn Fein, have been accused of homophobia.
Parents pay tribute to son murdered in gay village 1
11:20 AM — The parents of a 25-year-old man who was killed in Manchester city centre have paid tribute to their son.Craig Douglas, who was straight and a father and stepfather, died on Monday after he was stabbed on Canal Street.At about 7.30pm that evening, Craig and another man were approached by two men and the four got into an argument on Canal Street close to its junction with Minshull Street and Aytourn Street. Craig was then stabbed in the neck with a small knife.
27th February 2008
Gay charity wins councils grant
8:08 PM — Galop has said it will use £300,000 funding from London's councils to improve its advice service for victims of homophobic hate crime.Galop is a safety charity for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.Theirs was one of five projects supporting the victims of hate crimes and promoting social cohesion have been given a total of £800,000 by London Councils.
Cornwall Pride to parade through Truro 5
7:45 PM — Cornwall Pride 2008 will be held in the city of Truro on Saturday 23rd August, it has been announced.After the first meeting of the board, the newly-elected Chairman of Cornwall Pride, Christian Diamant, said:"The idea of Pride is to be an all inclusive celebration of diversity in Cornwall. Everyone will be welcome to participate in the parade through Truro and then onto celebrations afterwards."