10th October 2007
G.I. Jonny declares war on Captain Bareback 3
10:51 AM — A toy doll fights HIV and AIDS, as G.I. Jonny leads the fight against Captain Bareback's crotch cannon, armed only with his protector shield and powerful fisting action.It's all part of a series of comedy sketches specially commissioned by the BBC for an information campaign which attempts to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS among 16- 34 year olds.The BBC's HIV awareness campaign started running on October 1st.
Tatchell abused at march for Palestine 2
10:03 AM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell was threatened and slandered as a paedophile when he attended the Al Quds pro-Palestinian march and rally in London last Sunday, 7 October 2007.The Al Quds demonstration was supported by the left-wing Respect Party, 1990 Trust, Muslim Association of Britain, Islamic Human Rights Commission, Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Federation of Student Islamic Societies.The post-march Trafalgar Square rally was addressed by the Respect Party MP, George Galloway.
9th October 2007
Inheritance tax allowance raised for civil partners 1
5:50 PM — The Chancellor of the Exchequer has doubled the inheritance tax threshold for civil partners and married people.Presenting his pre-Budget report to the House of Commons, Alastair Darling announced that from today the threshold will rise to £600,000. By 2010-11 the threshold will rise to £700,000.Until now all estates worth more than £300,000 were taxed at 40%, although assets left to a civil partner or spouse are exempt from taxation.
Gay club no-show costs Boy George
5:05 PM — Singer and DJ Boy George has been ordered to pay more than £30,000 compensation to a gay nightclub in Los Angeles after he failed to turn up at the launch.Mr George had been paid £5,000 for an appearance, but he returned to the UK after his arrest in New York for cocaine possession and only gave the LA club owners ten days notice that he would not be making an appearance.Earlier the 46-year-old had claimed that he was in no state to play in clubs where drugs were being used.
Tories cautious over incitement to gay hate 100
4:45 PM — The Conservative party has said it will "look carefully" at proposals from the government to introduce a new offence of inciting hate against gay, lesbian and bisexual people.Shadow Justice Secretary Nick Herbert, speaking during the second reading of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill, said that the right to free speech must be balanced with protecting gay people from hatred.The Liberal Democrats welcomed the proposed new offence, which will be added to the bill as an amendment in committee stage.
Tennis coach denies she is a lesbian
12:53 PM — A top female tennis coach accused of having an affair with a 13-year-old girl denied she is a lesbian, a Liverpool court heard yesterday.Ex-tennis pro Claire Lyte, 29, told police "I like men," when asked about her sexuality.Transcripts of the police interview with the former Lawn Tennis Association coach of the year were read to a jury yesterday.Lyte stands accused of five counts of unlawful sexual activity with a pupil, which she denies.
Muslims join Christian condemnation of gay protection law 100
12:31 PM — The Islamic Human Rights Commission has condemned a proposed new offence of incitement to hatred on the basis of sexual orientation, adding its voice to a chorus of complaints from evangelical Christians.The IHRC, an "independent, not-for-profit, campaign, research and advocacy organisation based in London," attacked the concept of a gay incitement law."If someone is reading the Bible and calls homosexuality an abomination, is that going to be incitement?"
LGBT youth on course for leadership training
11:45 AM — Young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people have been given the chance to participate in a free London project which aims to turn them into future leaders for the youth and voluntary community.The Consortium of LGBT Voluntary and Community Organisations is holding the Step-up programme, a three day residential event in the centre of London from the 22nd to 24th October which will teach the skills they say are needed for people to lead organisations at the highest level.
York to host lesbian festival
11:35 AM — The biggest Lesbian Arts Festival in the country will be taking place in the city of York later this month. There are a range of events, some open to everyone, others women-only.On Saturday 27th October a Book Festival will be held at York Racecourse.The event and be packed with talented and inspiring authors and artists from the UK and USA.
8th October 2007
Government approves incitement to gay hate law 101
7:30 PM — The Justice Secretary has announced that a new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation will be introduced in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill.Jack Straw added that he would consider similar protections for trans and disabled people.The House of Commons met today for the first time since July to hear a statement from the Prime Minister on Iraq and to give the bill its second reading.
Nick Boles selected to fight Thatcher seat 1
4:40 PM — A prominent gay politician has been selected to fight the constituency of Grantham and Stamford for the Conservatives at the next election.Nick Boles, who was a frontrunner to be his party's candidate for Mayor of London until he withdrew from the race after being diagnosed with a form of cancer, came within 500 votes of winning Hove in the 2005 election.The seat has particular importance for Tories. Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was born and raised in Grantham.
Top prize for lesbian coming of age film
4:05 PM — A drama about a teenage African-American lesbian has won a £25,000 award.Pariah was directed by Dee Rees, an American director who originally wrote it as a semi-autobiographical feature-length piece.The movie already made a stir on the American short film circuit as well as winning the best narrative short award at the Newfest film festival in New York.
English bishop threatens conference boycott over gays 30
11:36 AM — The Church of England's war of words over the ordination of a gay bishop has been reignited by the Bishop of Rochester, who has indicated he may boycott a meeting of senior Anglican leaders next year.The Lambeth conference, held every ten years, has been a focus of discontent from traditionalists angry over the Church's stance over gay clergy and the blessing of same-sex relationships.Conservative bishop Michael Nazir-Ali has said he would "find it difficult" to attend the conference.
Christians object to proposed homophobic incitement law 100
10:54 AM — Fundamentalist religious groups are claiming their members could face seven years in jail for expressing their views about homosexuality under proposed new legislation.The Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill gets its second reading this afternoon as Parliament reconvenes after its long summer break.Gay rights activists are hopeful that the bill will introduce a new offence of incitement to hatred based on sexual orientation.
Newcastle plans Pride 2008 3
10:12 AM — An annual celebration of the North East's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities is being planned.Northern Pride will be launched in July 2008 and aims to attract 3,000 people from the region and beyond by offering a wide-range of entertainment.Run by a team of LGBT volunteers from the North East, organisers hope it will grow to become a mainstay of the region's cultural calendar in the same way as other Pride events in Manchester and Brighton.
6th October 2007
Two gay venues face closure in Birmingham 5
11:20 PM — Two of Birmingham's most popular gay venues face closure after what the owners' claim is "targeting" by property developers and the police.Cosby Homes, a development company has complained to the local council that the Nightingale, the biggest gay club in the area, emits too much noise and holds "unauthorised adult entertainment." The complaint comes six months after they were turned down to develop 162 flats on land close to the venue. Crosby Homes are appealing the rejection.
Gordon Brown rules out early election 2
5:41 PM — The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown's official spokesman has ruled out an early election that had been hyped by Labour ministers and the Prime Minister's officials.A spokesman for Mr Brown said: "I can now confirm that the prime minister has said there will be no autumn poll."The Prime Minister has this weekend pored over private and media polls that have shown that Labour's lead over the opposition Conservative Party has narrowed.
5th October 2007
Prescott rejects Russian church leader’s gay hate
6:03 PM — John Prescott, the former British Deputy Prime Minister, joined European Parliamentarians yesterday in petitioning the head of the Russian Orthodox Church about his homophobic views.The petition read: "We urge Patriarch Alexy to avoid the use of language inciting intolerance and to respect, rather than seek to deny, the fundamental rights of sexual minorities."Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II had called homosexuality an "illness" and attacked what he called "homosexual propaganda."
Conservative anger over cruising ground firefighters 41
12:49 PM — A Conservative councillor is seeking to overturn the punishment of four firefighters from Avon Fire and Rescue Service who were reported after shining torches on gay men cruising in Bristol Downs.Bristol city councillor Spud Murphy labelled the decision to discipline the men for misuse of fire equipment and bringing the service into disrepute after the incident in June as "barmy", echoing outrage already shown by the tabloids.One of the men caught in the firefighter's torchlight later filed a complaint under advice from charity Terrence Higgins Trust.
THT launches drugs awareness campaign
11:50 AM — Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a new campaign this week to provide support and information to gay men about drugs, HIV and sex.The new scheme offers outreach work, one-to-one counselling and a series of information booklets examining how different drugs affect health, sexual behaviour and HIV medication.The Gay Men's Sex Survey (2005) showed that drug use was widespread amongst gay men. Men who use drugs were more likely to have unprotected anal sex.