14th September 2006
Clare Short causes outrage – again
12:00 AM — First she offended the gay community by meeting with a radical anti-gay Muslim group.Now former cabinet minister Clare Short has angered the Labour government by saying the country would be better off with a hung parliament after the next election.The government Chief Whip, Jacqui Smith, branded the maverick MP's comments as unacceptable and hinted that she will be disciplined when Parliament returns next month.
Gay worker wins homophobic graffiti case
12:00 AM — A gay man who was suspended for complaining about anti-gay graffiti has won his case at an employment tribunal.Chris Martin was employed by Parkam Foods, in West Yorkshire. The company supply pre-packaged meats to many of the major UK supermarkets.Finding offensive pornographic material in the men's toilet with his name written next to it, Martin complained to his superiors.
Elton John remembers fallen friends
12:00 AM — Singer Elton John has spoken candidly about the many friends he has lost to AIDS, cancer and assassination.A song on his new album, called "Blues Never Fade Away," mourns the loss of pals Gianni Versace, Andy Warhol, Freddie Mercury, John Lennon, and Diana, Princess of Wales.
China facing gay AIDS epidemic
12:00 AM — One of China's major cities risks facing an AIDS epidemic reminiscent of San Francisco 25 years ago if authorities do not act, a study warns.British Sociological Association member, Jennifer Chapman, will argue that gay men in Shenzhen require a better understanding of sexual health, at the organisation's Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference in Edinburgh which starts today.
Sarah Waters makes Booker prize shortlist
12:00 AM — Sarah Waters, who brought lesbian fiction to greater prominence with her novel Tipping The Velvet, is on the short list for this year's Man Booker prize, it has been announced.Waters, 40, has been nominated for her most recent work, The Night Watch, which explores the lives of several lesbian, gay and straight characters in 1940's London.
13th September 2006
Ashley Cole tackles gay tabloid allegations 2
12:00 AM — Chelsea and Englander defender Ashley Cole has spoken openly for the first time about tabloid allegations earlier this year that he is gay.The footballer says the "ugly episode" got under his skin in his book Ashley Cole: My Defence, which is being serialised by The Times this week.
Childbirth group provides lesbian only classes
12:00 AM — A national parenting support charity is to open lesbian only ante-natal classes for Bradford mums-to-be.The initiative, led by Sarah Williams, a National Childbirth Trust (NCT) ante-natal teacher is a first in this country and may soon reach the rest of the UK.
PinkNews nominated for gay contribution award 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk has been shortlisted as Publication of the Year in the Stonewall Awards.Nominees were announced today for the 2006 ceremony which includes awards recognising the contribution to the gay community of broadcasters, writers and publications such as PinkNews.co.uk which is the only lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) news service shortlisted along with lesbian magazine Diva, The Economist, Guardian Unlimited, and The Independent.
Stonewall nominates gay heroes and villains 2
12:00 AM — Radio1 DJ Chris Moyles and former Muslim Council of Britain leader Sir Iqbal Sacranie will fight it out for Bully of the Year after being nominated for a Stonewall Award today.Nominees were announced this afternoon for the 2006 ceremony which includes awards recognising the contribution to the gay community of politicians, entertainers and employers as well as bullies and heroes.
Gay man wins graffiti discrimination claim
12:00 AM — A gay man who was suspended from a food manufacturing company after complaining about homophobic and pornographic graffiti has won a claim of constructive dismissal against his former employer.Chris Martin, a quality assurance assistant at Parkam Foods, a national poultry supplier, complained to his managers in May 2005 after finding offensive pornographic graffiti in the men's toilets, in what his lawyers are calling just one of a number of complaints against the company based on sexual harassment and discrimination laws.
Anti-gay pastor “promoting hatred” 11
12:00 AM — Gay groups have expressed concern at a controversial Christian pastor who is currently touring the country holding debates on Christianity and sexual ethics.Pentecost Ake Green was convicted of hate crimes in 2004 after referring to gay people as a tumour on society in a sermon in Kalmar, Sweden, he was later acquitted but is now drawing criticism for a series of talks with Evangelical charity The Christian Institute.
Seagulls act against homophobia
12:00 AM — Brighton and Hove Albion football club is launching a campaign against homophobia as a result of an increase in anti-gay chants at matches.The club, nicknamed The Seagulls, says that it is receiving more and more complaints about the verbal abuse, which is aimed at fans due to Brighton's reputation as a 'gay city'.
Scottish gay adoption bill passes first stage
12:00 AM — The Scottish Parliament has given its backing to a new law allowing gay couples to adopt.Despite calls from the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland to oppose the bill, MSPs backed the principles of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill by 103 votes to eight, with eight abstentions, potentially giving unmarried couples and gay partners the right to adopt children.
12th September 2006
Westminster encouraging gay business
12:00 AM — Gay businesses, bars, clubs and community centres in the popular area of Soho are to be encouraged and improved under a public consultation by Westminster City Council aimed at regenerating the area for its diverse communities.The Soho Action Plan was launched today and seeks public views on how the West End, which includes popular gay areas such as Old Compton Street and Soho Square, can serve its visitors better.
Sisters argue for gay union and marriage inheritance rights
12:00 AM — Two elderly sisters are set to argue for inheritance tax exemptions which usually apply to civil partners and married couples.The siblings have been living together in Wiltshire since they were born, but Joyce, 88, and Sybil Burden, 80, fear that one of them will be left with a large inheritance tax bill when the other passes away.
Lesbian kiss fails to boost profits 3
12:00 AM — An advert featuring a lesbian catfight and embrace has failed to boost fashion designer French Connection's profits after it announced its first loss in 14 years today.The brand, which dropped its FCUK logo for a £2 million Fashion versus Style campaign, announced losses of over £3 million for the first six months of this year, compared to profits of over £5 million previously.
Catholics losing faith over gay adoption
12:00 AM — Religious leaders have lost faith in Scotland's First Minister over controversial plans to allow gay couples to adopt.Jack McConnell met clergymen yesterday amid reports that the Bishop of Motherwell, Joseph Devine, a vocal opponent of the Adoption and Children Bill, wrote to Labour and Liberal Democrat MSPs outlining his disillusionment with the Scottish Executive.
Gay groups wary after killer escapes jail
12:00 AM — A man who was jailed for murdering a gay singer in 1992 escaped from jail two months ago, it has been revealed this week.Gay groups are outraged that it has taken Gwent Police so long to inform them that Lee Dewhurst had failed to return to Prescoed open prison in South Wales where he was serving a life sentence for the murder of Stephen O'Hara.
Gay man appointed to influential nursing post
12:00 AM — Members of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) the world's largest trade union of nurses - have appointed a gay man to one of its most influential posts for the first time.Jason Warriner, a sexual health nurse from London, has been elected to serve as chairman of the RCN's annual Congress, where thousands of nurses gather to debate the future policies of the organisation.
11th September 2006
Anglican bishops attempt gay truce
12:00 AM — Senior church leaders will meet in New York this week to draw up a temporary agreement to amend the Anglican Church's rift over homosexuality, according to reports.US conservatives and liberals are rumoured to be meeting under the direction of Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, to agree on a truce until the denomination's Lambeth Conference in 2008.