4th December 2007
Churches seek reassurance over incitement law 100
12:45 PM — A joint statement from the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches in England has revealed their worries that a new incitement to homophobic hatred law might target Christian teachings.In a memorandum to a committee of MPs the churches asserted their view that "sexual activity and lifestyle, as distinct from sexual orientation, are matters of choice and impinge upon the public sphere."As such they are subject to evaluation and criticism, and freedom to discuss them must be preserved."
Sperm donor forced to pay child maintenance
10:45 AM — A man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple is being made to pay child support.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is warning "DIY" donors that they risk financial responsibility unless they go through a licensed clinic.Men who donate through a clinic have no legal or financial obligation to the child that is conceived and do not have a right to be named on the birth certificate.
3rd December 2007
Paedophile slur councillor resigns from Labour party 130
12:35 PM — A Labour politician who was found guilty of making false allegations of paedophilia against her gay opponent has resigned from the party.In September Miranda Grell, 29, was barred from public office for three years, fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 costs by Waltham Forest Magistrates Court.Ms Grell won a formerly safe Lib Dem seat on the London Borough of Waltham Forest council in last May's elections.
PM pledges more money for HIV/AIDS 1
12:35 PM — Gordon Brown has unveiled government plans to increase the AIDS support grant by 20 per cent, equivalent to £17.6m, over the next three years.But, he stressed, in his announcement made the day before World AIDS Day, commitment is needed from the whole of society to help fight stigma and educate people to protect themselves.Mr Brown said that HIV and AIDS are "one of the greatest challenges of our time and a key priority for this government."
Equalisation of age of consent angers Northern Ireland politicians 2
12:00 PM — Gay rights groups in Northern Ireland are at loggerheads with the Roman Catholic Church and the Democratic Unionist Party over proposed legislation to lower the age of consent from 17 to 16, bringing it in line with the rest of the UK.Justice Minister Paul Goggins MP, who unveiled the draft Sexual Offences (NI) Order, said that there is no convincing reason for the age to be different than it is in the rest of the UK.The change to the age of consent is a matter for the British government and not the Northern Ireland Assembly or Executive.
2nd December 2007
LGBT Labour “furious” at party support for Grell 130
3:10 PM — Labour's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender society has revealed that it complained about the backing a councillor convicted of homophobic slurs against her opponent received from the party.In a statement issued shortly after Miranda Grell's appeal against her conviction for making false allegations of paedophilia against her gay opponent was rejected by Snaresbrook Crown Court, LGBT Labour said they were furious.
Gay sailors exhibit at boat show
3:10 PM — Among the many stands at the Earl's Court Boat Show, being held at the London exhibition centre until 9th December, is one from the Sailing and Cruising Association, a gay sailing club.It is the first time they have exhibited at the show, one of the largest in Europe."This is a new departure for us and, so far as we know, for any UK boat show," association commodore Colin Weston told PinkNews.co.uk
Councillor loses paedophile slur appeal 130
2:05 PM — A Labour party councillor convicted of making false allegations of paedophilia against her gay opponent has had her appeal rejected.In September Miranda Grell was barred from public office for three years, fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 costs by Waltham Forest Magistrates Court.Last week at Snaresbrook Crown Court her appeal against her conviction was unsuccessful.
30th November 2007
Homophobic incitement law moves forward 100
4:15 PM — A committee of MPs yesterday approved amendments to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill that will make incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation an offence.None of the Conservative MPs on the committee voted against the proposals. The Bill will now proceed to a report stage and third reading in the Commons before being sent to the Lords.Justice minister Maria Eagle told the committee that the proposal is to outlaw only threatening words and behaviour.
10% of London’s gay men have HIV 4
3:15 PM — As we commemorate World AIDS Day tomorrow across the world, the National AIDS Trust has highlighted the high rates of HIV infection among the London gay community.At a fundraising event on Wednesday, hosted by Gaydar parent company QSoft Consulting, the trust's chief executive urged the gay community to do more to tackle the problem.Earlier this month the Health Protection Agency revealed that the number of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV in the UK is at its highest rate since the start of the epidemic.
Herbert blasts Labour over illegal donations 3
2:45 PM — Shadow Justice Secretary Nick Herbert has accused the government of breaking the trust of the public just months after Gordon Brown took over as Prime Minister.He added that the Conservative party is confident that they have not received any donations through a third party.Yesterday the Electoral Commission announced that it has referred the illegal "anonymous" donations to Labour from property developer David Abrahams to the police.
Archbishop of Canterbury’s meeting with LGBT clergy 1
1:30 PM — Yesterday the Archbishop of Canterbury attended a meeting of the Clergy Consultation, a support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and intersex clergy and their partners.Dr Rowan Williams presided and preached at a service of Holy Communion and later addressed the members present, responding to questions.The Rev Colin Coward, Director of Changing Attitude, was present at yesterday's meeting. "The Archbishop of Canterbury met with over 80 members of the Consultation yesterday," he said.
29th November 2007
Two people arrested in trans murder case 5
6:57 PM — Detectives investigating the murder of Kellie Telesford today arrested two people.However, police are still asking anyone who knew Kellie or has information relevant to the murder investigation to contact them.40-year-old Kellie's body was found at her Thornton Heath flat last Wednesday after police responded to calls from friends and forced entry into the apartment.
Trans community urged to help Kellie murder investigation 4
5:35 PM — Metropolitan police detectives investigating the death of Kellie Telesford are now treating it as murder.40-year-old Kellie's body was found at her Thornton Heath flat last Wednesday after police responded to calls from friends and forced entry into the apartment.A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as strangulation. DCI Cliff Lyons has asked anyone who knew Kellie or has information relevant to the murder investigation to contact the police.
Ministers praise LGBT History Month at launch event 5
5:03 PM — The palatial surroundings of the Royal Courts of Justice in London served as a fitting backdrop to the pre-launch event for LBT History Month 2008.Representatives from the Crown Prosecution Service and the London Criminal Justice Board hosted Monday night's event along with Channel 4.Two government ministers addressed a crowd of more than 400 invited guests and praised the annual February event.
Harman and May clash over campaign donation 3
2:00 PM — Two women who speak on equality issues on opposite sides of the House of Commons had a heated exchange earlier today over party donations from a controversial businessman.Secretary of State for Equality Harriet Harman, who is also Leader of the House of Commons and chair of the Labour party, faced her Tory shadow Theresa May this morning at Business Questions.A £5,000 donation to Ms Harman's deputy leadership campaign, in the name of Janet Kidd, actually came from businessman David Abrahams.
Prime Minister hosts reception for HIV charity
1:45 PM — Gordon and Sarah Brown held a reception at Downing St last night in honour of the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT).The charity, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, is the leading HIV and AIDS charity in the UK, and the largest in Europe.Mr and Mrs Brown were joined by singer Dannii Minogue, THT ambassador for young people, and people working with the charity to devise a new style of sex education for 13 to 19-year-olds.
Will Clegg or Huhne get the pink vote?
12:31 PM — 65,000 members of the Liberal Democrat party have been sent ballot papers to vote for a new leader.Nick Clegg, 40, the Lib Dem home affairs spokesperson, and Chris Huhne, 53, the party's environment spokesperson, are the candidates.Much has been made in these first few weeks of the race to become leader of the Liberal Democrats about the similarities between the candidates.
Forget Euro 2008 as gay football comes to London
11:30 AM — Anyone still depressed about England and all the other home nations failing to qualify for Euro 2008 is being urged to keep next summer's hottest gay sports event in mind.The International Gay Lesbian Football Association World Championship is coming to London between 24th and 30th August 2008.Teams from all over the world will take part in the event, to be held in Regents Park.
Equality minister faces questions over donation
11:20 AM — Cabinet minister Harriet Harman will face questions in the Commons this morning over what she knew about an illegal donation to her campaign for deputy leader.As Leader of the House, she will make a statement about forthcoming business and take questions from MPs.She was expected to appear yesterday in her role as minister for women during a debate on rape law but did not do so.