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  • 28th March 2007

    Day against homophobia gets support up North

    One minute noise events are also planned Londonderry, Northampton and Brighton.

    12:03 PM — The north of England will be the most active part of the country during the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), event organisers say.A Manchester initiative to end homophobia through education is coinciding the launch of its third newsletter with IDAHO.The three-year programme, "Exceeding Expectations," aims to reach 12,000 adults working in secondary schools.

  • NUS take online action on university bullying 1

    Research suggested that most anti-bullying initiatives bypassed colleges and universities across the country.

    11:44 AM — Students who experience homophobic bullying at college or university will now have the support of an online action pack.The project, which is a collaboration between the National Union of Students (NUS) and the Royal Bank of Scotland, went live yesterday.

  • Gay Humanist retires after 25 years activism

    Mr Broadhead co-founded GALHA in 1979.

    11:32 AM — Veteran gay activist George Broadhead has resigned as secretary of the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) after 25 years service.Mr Broadhead co-founded GALHA in 1979 and took on the role of itsadministrative secretary and principle spokesperson two years later.He had previously been involved with the Campaign for Homosexual Equality.

  • Stephen Fry opens up about school sexual assault 1

    According to sources close to the programme, Fry denies that the event had lasting consequences for his mental health.

    11:25 AM — TV personality Stephen Fry has revealed that he was sexually assaulted by another pupil while at school.Appearing on the new More 4 programme Shrink Rap, Fry said that an encounter with a sixth former during his first year of boarding school led to the assault.The programme, broadcast next week, is presented by psychotherapist Pamela Stephenson, wife of comedian Billy Connolly.

  • Pansies project memorial to gay murder 1

    David Morley, nicknamed Sinders, was a 44-year old barman who survived the 1999 nail bombing on the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho.

    10:59 AM — On London's South Bank under the shadow of Waterloo Bridge and the Royal Festival Hall, a determined man repeatedly plants beds of pansies.A thoughtful touch, you might think. It is one made even more poignant by the fact that the man is artist Paul Harfleet, and the pansies he plants commemorate the murder of David Morley.The Pansy Project is an installation of 3,000 flowers.

  • 27th March 2007

    Schools activist: bullying recommendations not good enough

    Sue Sanders (R) with Sir Ian McKellen and rapper Mz Fontaine at the launch of LGBT History Month in February.

    5:20 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive A gay rights activist who has been working for LGBT equality in education since 1974 has said that defeating homophobic bullying in schools will not be achieved by the recommendations of today's report from MPs.Sue Sanders, who is co-founder of Schools OUT, told PinkNews.co.uk that while she welcomed the focus on harassment in schools, without changes to the entire culture of education little would be achieved.

  • Gay groups welcome bullying report 2

    Stonewall has been campaigning on homophobic bullying for several years through their Education for All campaign.

    1:12 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has welcomed the report by a committee of MPs on bullying in schools.The report highlights the prevalence of homophobic bullying and the lack of specific policies to protect LGBT pupils.MPs also highlighted the way in which children who are the victims of bullying are sometimes encouraged to stay at home or even leave the school.

  • MPs say Catholic schools fail to tackle gay bullying 2

    The Department for Education and Skills will now formally respond to the recommendations of the report.

    12:01 PM — A committee of MPs has attacked Roman Catholic church-run schools for refusing to implement government guidelines on setting up anti-homophobic bullying policies.The investigation into all bullying in schools was instigated by Liberal Democrat MP and education spokesman Stephen Williams."Bullying is a matter of child welfare, not one of theology," Mr Williams told PinkNews.co.uk

  • 26th March 2007

    UK gay men flout anti-surrogacy laws 2

    So far, around three-quarters of couples have opted for male babies.

    1:25 PM — Dozens of gay men are turning to an American IVF programme for two-father families to get around British laws that prevent surrogacy.As reported by PinkNews.co.uk earlier this month, The Fertility Institute, a clinic in Los Angeles, has started running a programme where male couples pay for eggs from a university student to be implanted in another woman, often from a working-class background, who carries the child.

  • Kids charity finds out Graham’s childhood dream

    The Children's Society is a national children's charity working with over 50,000 children and teenagers every year, in 90 towns and cities.

    12:52 PM — It seems he didn't always want to be a TV star.This picture from The Children's Society reveals that the young Graham Norton wanted to be a zoo keeper.Graham gets up and personal with a giraffe at London Zoo as part of a unique photographic exhibition that sneaks a peek for the first time ever into the childhood dreams 20 famous celebrities.

  • Gala dinner and awards for LGBT black community

    The clubs that have been nominated are Blessence, Bootylicious, Chocolate Lounge, Club Caribana, Fruit Machine, and Queer Nation.

    11:59 AM — A ceremony will be held next month to honour those that have made a difference in the lives of black LGBT people in the UK.The event, organised by the Black Gay Men's Advisory Group, will take place on 7th April. It will be hosted by Cyril Nri from This Life and The Bill. Awards will be given for advocacy, health promotion, communications, community development, arts and club of the year.

  • Ruth Kelly loses privacy case

    Ms Kelly complained to the Press Complaints Commission, saying her son's privacy had been breached.

    11:37 AM — The cabinet minister responsible for gay rights has had a complaint about the Daily Mirror's coverage of her child's education rejected.Ruth Kelly, the Communities Secretary, decided to send one of her sons to a private school because he has learning difficulties.The 38-year-old, who has four children, was heavily criticised for the decision.

  • MPs to demand action on bullying in schools 2

    Mr Williams, the MP for Bristol West and an out gay man, has consistently brought attention to homophobic bullying in schools since being elected to Parliament in 2005.

    11:10 AM — The House of Commons education and skills committee will publish a report tomorrow about the extent of bullying in schools.Lib Dem MP and committee member Stephen Williams suggested they investigate victimisation of children based on race, sexuality or other factors."I hope this investigation will make a difference to the welfare of kids up and down Britain," he told PinkNews.co.uk

  • 23rd March 2007

    Smoking in bars: the last 100 days 4

    Some venues welcome the ban.

    5:57 PM — As the National Smoking Ban (in England) on July 1st looms, London's gay venues are preparing for the change.Some businesses across the country are predicting job losses and drops in revenue, claiming that the Scottish ban had this effect.Brewer Scottish Newcastle currently envisages a £10 million drop in profits as they fear smokers will abandon non-smoking venues.

  • Comment: A book to enrage gay men – and straight women 2

    Behind Every Great Woman  is incredibly sexist. Singleton rants against men who “call you baby on the first date“, i.e. disrespect and patronise women.

    5:57 PM — Behind Every Great Woman There's A Fabulous Gay Man, the title of Dave Singleton's latest self-help tome declares.Is there? Rachel Charman, herself a great woman, took the book home for a little light reading. She was not happy.There is a paradox between the title of this book and the text; namely, that Singleton's presentation of straight women shows them to be weak, needy, irrational and pathetic.

  • Pop star Mika gets gay death threat 2

    Mika, real name Mica Penniman, was educated at the exclusive Westminster School.

    5:49 PM — Singer Mika has revealed that one fan has reacted particularly badly to his refusal to comment on his sexuality.The 23-year-old's hit single Grace Kelly spent weeks at the top of the charts and his debut album Life In Cartoon Motion has sold half a million copies since it was released last month.The Beirut-born pop singer has revealed that he gets hate messages and even a death threat.

  • MP’s researcher sends rude email to anti-gay activist

    Mr Simpson, the MP for Nottingham South, said that it was wrong for Mr May to be abusive in his response to the anti-gay email, which he said should have gone in the bin.

    5:32 PM — A Nottingham MP has said one of his staff was wrong to send an abusive response to an email from a Christian activist.Dries De Coster, a 19-year-old theology student, had group e-mailed every MP calling on them to oppose the Sexual Orientation Regulations.Paul May, a researcher for Nottingham MP Alan Simpson, responded to Mr De Coster's email.

  • Stonewall raise £230,000 at Blair dinner

    Later in the evening, an auction was held and a considerable sum was raised from lots such as an evening out with  Torchwood star John Barrowman and a book reading with award-winning author Sarah Waters.

    5:15 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall said they were delighted that last night's Equality dinner raised nearly a quarter of a million pounds.The money raised will help Stonewall's ongoing campaigns, such as Education for All, which tackles homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools.

  • £62 million spent on civil partnership ceremonies

    Topping the list of venues includes registry offices (54%), hotels (15 %) and stately homes (8%).

    10:33 AM — New research shows that civil partnership ceremonies are more popular than ever, with UK couples splashing out an estimated £62 million on getting hitched and 28,000 ceremonies set to happen over the next year.Three years on from the publication of the Civil Partnerships Bill, research from Direct Line Home Insurance reveals that over 15,000 same-sex ceremonies have taken place with a further 28,000 set to happen this year, costing on average £4,000 to host.

  • 22nd March 2007

    Tony Blair’s gay speech in full 3

    He has done so much more than that for gay people in this country. He has been a good friend, a good friend to Stonewall, a good friend to gay people across Britain.

    10:42 PM — The Prime Minister was speaking at the Stonewall Equality dinner at the Dorchester Hotel, central London, this evening.He was introduced by Stonewall's chief executive, Ben Summerskill. Ben Summerskill: I would like to welcome all of you here tonight. I am delighted to introduce our opening speaker. I first met him 14 years ago, when my job was to show him round Harrow Rd police station in west London - don't ask.

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