31st October 2007
Gay philanthropist leaves masterpieces to the nation
4:05 PM — The late Simon Sainsbury, a reclusive member of the supermarket dynasty, has bequeathed 18 works of art worth an estimated £100m to the National and Tate galleries.His bequest is the most generous gift to the nation in recent times.The National Gallery, where Sir Simon funded the much-admired Sainsbury Wing with his brothers, is to receive five works by Monet, Degas, Gauguin and Rousseau.
Gay themes at the Jewish Film Festival
4:05 PM — The UK Jewish Film Festival in its 11th year is presenting an eclectic range of films this season, including several that are concerned with Jewish-gay issues and perspectives.Screenings of 43 films, 25 of which are UK premieres, will open in cinemas all over London this November, and a new "on tour" initiative will be bringing the films to cinemas across the UK from January to March.
Magistrate who refused to rule on gay adoption loses appeal 9
2:25 PM — A former magistrate who claimed unfair dismissal after he was told he could not pick and choose which adoption cases to rule on has lost his appeal.In March 62-year-old Andrew McClintock learned that his legal action against the Lord Chancellor, claiming that his Bible-influenced opinions should allow him to be excused from approving gay adoptions, was rejected by an employment tribunal.He said he was disappointed by today's decision by an employment appeal tribunal and vowed to take his case to the Court of Appeal.
Political parties reach out to gay graduates
1:24 PM — The Labour and Conservative parties are among the organisations and businesses featured in the latest Stonewall guide for gay and lesbian job seekers.The third Starting Out guide was launched last night at the University of London Students Union.Representatives of many of the companies listed in the guide attended, as did LGB students from across the country.At 322 pages, this year's Starting Out is the biggest so far.
London gay men three times more likely to use drugs
12:40 PM — New figures indicating that gay men are more than three times more likely to use drugs than other Londoners has prompted a gay health charity to launch a new campaign.37% of gay and bisexual men in London took drugs in the last year, compared to 11% of the general population.The new campaign by Gay Men Fighting AIDS (GMFA) highlights the increased risks that gay men may take when using alcohol or drugs and provides tips on planning for safer sex.
New community forum for LGB Leicestershire
10:54 AM — Leicester's Lesbian Gay and Bisexual Centre has set up a new forum to tackle homophobia and increase the involvement of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in their local community.The Community Forum will enable LGBT people who live or work in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland to give their opinions on topics which affect them.The next Forum meeting will be held on Thursday 22nd November.
30th October 2007
Interview: Pam Ann, A-List air hostess to the stars 1
5:51 PM — "Come Fly With Me is my first ever DVD. I guess you could say that it was a classic show!" says Pam Ann. "So if you like me, you ought to like it. I'm really happy with it."Oh, and there are extras, so even if you've seen the show there's something new there for you."Me and Pam's People backstage bitching about, and a mockumentary about Pam getting ready for the show. Oh and Lily my Chinese crew character does a run through China Town, oooh, and there's the classic safety video."
Local paper censured over “lesbian lover” headline 1
4:32 PM — The Press Complaints Commission has upheld a complaint that a newspaper printed an inaccurate headline about a lesbian woman."Man attacked girlfriend's lesbian lover," which appeared in the January 26th edition of the Isle of Wight County Press, was judged to breach the PCC Code of Practice.Ms Leila Mahmoud, of Ryde, had been the subject of an assault by her friend's boyfriend, who had pleaded guilty at his trial.
Royal in “gay sex and drugs blackmail plot” named on US TV 25
2:37 PM — A member of the Royal Family has been named on American TV news as the target of alleged blackmailers.Interviewed on Fox News, journalist Nicholas Davies named a member of The Queen's family.The British press are legally restrained from revealing the identity of the person, thought to be a "minor" Royal, though it has been reported that he or she does not carry out any public duties.
Symbols of Nazi gay hate up for auction
2:37 PM — Two pink triangles, the symbols of Hitler's hatred towards homosexuals, are up for auction in Shropshire this week.They are expected to fetch hundreds of pounds when they go under the hammer at the Mullock's Auctioneers at Ludlow Racecourse on Thursday.Also being sold at the auction are other rare items including a description of a Spanish flu pandemic that killed millions and an apologetic letter from composer Edward Elgar.
Study claims homophobic literature is available at UK mosques 3
2:00 PM — Extremist texts that encourage hatred of gays, Christians and Jews are available at Britain's mosques.Researchers for the centre-Right think tank Policy Exchange claim to have found such publications in a quarter of the 100 mosques and Islamic institutions they visited, including London Central Mosque in Regent's Park, which is funded by Saudi Arabia.Many of the publications allegedly called on British Muslims to segregate themselves from non-Muslims and contained repeated calls for gays to be executed.
Cameron denies joking about Lithuanian lesbians 9
12:35 PM — The Conservative party leader has outraged the government of an EU partner with some off-the-cuff remarks about arts funding.At an Arts Council lunch last Tuesday David Cameron reported to have said: "I hope you won't be giving too many grants to one-legged Lithuanian lesbians."The Lithuanian ambassador said his comments "prompted a wave of outrage" in his country and has written to Mr Cameron asking for a clarification.
RAF among new entries in Stonewall recruitment guide 2
10:33 AM — Lesbian and gay graduates and job-seekers will have a new resource to help them find their dream career with the launch today of Starting Out, Stonewall's recruitment guide.This is the third edition of the guide, and this year there are new entries from Channel 4, Allen Overy, Deloitte Touche, the RAF, Westminster City Council and the Charity Commission.Starting Out is aimed at the estimated 150,000 gay and lesbian students in Britain, and provides vital information on employers across the country who support and welcome gay staff.
29th October 2007
MEP: Smile’s attitude makes me frown 96
4:02 PM — Michael Cashman, member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands, has written to the Co-Operative Bank after a PinkNews.co.uk campaign.PinkNews.co.uk readers Joe and Neville Temple, who have cohabited for 42 years, tried and failed to persuade Smile, the internet subsidiary of the Co-Op Bank, to add an option for the legal status of Civil Partner to its application forms.Following our report, the bank now says that it will change its policy.
Liverpool hosts a celebration of queer culture
12:05 PM — homotopia, Liverpool's annual celebration of gay culture, returns to the city this week for the fourth year in a row.The event, the biggest to date, will incorporate a diverse and eclectic programme of art, theatre, music, dance, comedy, photography, debate, film and cabaret.Highlights include the National Theatre of Scotland's Liverpool debut with their critically acclaimed performance of Venus As A Boy.
Royal Family targeted in “gay sex blackmail plot” 25
10:03 AM — Two men will appear at the Old Bailey next month charged with attempting to blackmail a minor member of the Royal Family.Ian Starchan, 30, and Sean McGuigan, 40, were arrested last month after police mounted a sting operation.They are alleged to have demanded £50,000 not to release a video showing a member of the Royal Family engaged in oral sex with an aide. This morning the story was reported as a "gay-sex-and-drugs blackmail plot" by The Times.
28th October 2007
Co-op Bank change civil partner policy after PinkNews.co.uk expose 96
12:12 AM — Following an investigation by PinkNews.co.uk, the Co-operative Bank have announced that they will include a "civil partnership" option on its banking application forms.PinkNews.co.uk readers Joe and Neville Temple, who have cohabited for 42 years tried and failed to persuade Smile, the internet subsidiary of the Co-Op Bank to add an option for the legal status of Civil Partner to its application forms.
Scottish schools reject play on homophobia
12:01 AM — One of Britain's most celebrated gay writers has accused Scotland of failing to tackle homophobic bullying after 50 schools have rejected his play on the subject.Rikki Beadle-Blair, who wrote the Channel 4 comedy drama Metrosexuality and presented the award BBC Radio 4 documentary, Roots of Homophobia believed that his play Fit would encourage young people to understand sexuality better.
27th October 2007
Discrimination case settled with top New York law firm
4:30 PM — An openly gay lawyer has settled a discrimination case with one of the world's most prestigious law firms, Sullivan Cromwell in New York.28-year-old Aaron Charney had accused the firm of systematic discrimination against him due to his sexual orientation.On Friday, Sullivan Cromwell confirmed that they had "resolved" differences between the firm and their former employee.
26th October 2007
Horror guru calls for gay lead characters in computer games 1
5:10 PM — Author, artist and computer game designer Clive Barker has attracted anti-gay remarks after saying he would like to see a game with a central gay character.Mr Barker made the remarks to Gamepro.com on Tuesday while being interviewed about the design and release of his new game, Jericho, on the Xbox 360.Asked about the role of gender in games, he said: "One day I want to be part of a team that creates a game with a gay man or woman in the lead role where they are casually sexual."