16th January 2008
George Michael to write “authentic” autobiography 4
6:30 PM — Publisher HarperCollins today confirmed that they have secured the rights to an autobiography by pop star George Michael.The 44-year-old, who has sold in excess of 80 million records in a career spanning three decades, said through his publicist that the book would be "no holds barred."Although neither publisher nor publicist would reveal how much Michael is being paid for the book, industry watchers said it was certain to be millions of pounds.
Gay link to theft of Irish Crown Jewels
4:30 PM — Just four days before King Edward VII arrived in Ireland for a state visit, his Crown Jewels were stolen from Dublin Castle.The 1907 theft angered the monarch, scandalised the Irish press and has remained one of the unsolved mysteries of modern times.The star and badge of the Order of St Patrick, laden with rubies, emeralds and diamonds, were never recovered.Now an historian has blamed the daring heist on Francis Shackleton, brother of the famous polar explorer Ernest.
Samaritans claim 80% have been bullied at work
2:55 PM — New research from emotional support charity Samaritans has revealed that one in four people it is a weekly or even daily stress caused by workplace bullying.More than 80% of workers have been bullied during their careers and a third of people are so stressed they have dreamed of quitting for a life abroad.Over half say their jobs are getting more stressful and that work is overtaking their home lives.
Plymouth plans a bigger and better Pride in 2008 6
2:45 PM — The nation's most popular lower-case gay day out, plymouth pridevent, has been granted charity status.Supported by, among others, Plymouth City Council and Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, the charity's committee has adopted a new constitution and appointed a new chairman, Mark Ayres.The committee can now make donations to other organisations which also work with Plymouth's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) community.
International match to honour lesbian football hero 2
2:25 PM — She was a footballing genius who lit up the game in the 1920s and 1930s with her antics on and off the field.Lily Parr, who lived openly with her partner Mary and insisted on being paid in Woodbine cigarettes, was the first woman to be inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame.30 years on from her death, lesbians from around the globe will come together on the pitch to celebrate her brilliant life of this star of the game.
Ken launches campaign for third term as Mayor
1:35 PM — The Mayor of London kicked off his campaign for a third term in office yesterday with a pledge to extend free travel for pensioners.The Freedom Pass for the over 60s and disabled people cannot currently be used before 9am on weekdays.In a bid for the votes of the million pass users in the capital, Ken Livingstone said the new policy "is part of my central goal of ensuring that London's public transport system is reliable and open to every Londoner."
Photos of gay icons bought by National Portrait Gallery
11:55 AM — Four portraits by acclaimed gay photographer David Gwinnutt have been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London.Mr Gwinnutt, who has photographed many well-known gay celebrities, said he was honoured that his work will become part of the national collection of portraiture.The portraits of film director John Schlesinger, playwright Neil Bartlett, performance artist and club legend Leigh Bowery and photographer Corinne Day are candid and intimate.
15th January 2008
Jail for thief who targeted cruising area
3:05 PM — A 29-year-old who used threats of violence to rob two men in a well-known gay meeting spot has been jailed at Isleworth Crown Court.Erkan Halil was living at Ledwood Avenue, Hayes, but has a family home in Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush, reports thisishertfordshire.co.uk.He was sentenced last month to five years in prison for robbing two men in Cranford Park near Heathrow in September and October 2007.
US gay men hit by MRSA strain 3
12:05 PM — In the UK the superbug MRSA is associated with hospital infections, but doctors in America have discovered a super-resistant strain is plaguing gay men in San Francsico.Known as USA300, the strain is carried by one in every 588 people in the city's Castro district, thought to be the area with the highest proportion of gay men in the country.Dr Binh Diep, from San Francisco General Hospital Medical Centre is one of the authors of the report, which was published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Gay couple’s home targeted in arson attack 1
11:45 AM — A Northern Ireland MP has spoken out after an arson attack on the home of a gay couple in his constituency.A lit disposable lighter was left against the front door of their home in the city of Londonderry, causing minor damage.The News Letter reports that the couple are so distressed by the incident, which took place last Wednesday, that they may leave the area.
Ofcom clears ITV over poof comment 6
11:20 AM — A homophobic outburst by comedian Jim Davidson on a reality TV show did not break broadcasting rules, the industry's watchdog has ruled.197 people complained to Ofcom in September after the comedian, appearing on ITV's Hell's Kitchen, mocked fellow contestant Brian Dowling about his sexuality and used the words 'poof' and 'shirt lifter.'Dowling, who came to public attention through appearing in reality shows, was reduced to tears.
14th January 2008
Paddick launches campaign for London Mayor
4:48 PM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London today pledged to cut crime in the city by 20% if elected.Brian Paddick named improving public transport and increasing affordable housing as other key priorities.His launch event was held in Brixton, south London, this morning.Newly elected Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg attended, calling Mr Paddick an achiever and "serious, focused and determined."
Gay gamers experience Second Life
3:40 PM — Video games may come in many shapes and sizes, but one thing tends to stay the same from game to game: They all give the people playing them the opportunity to step into someone else's shoes.As thrilling as that sounds in theory, in practice it usually forces gamers to take control of characters that look little like them and move them through storylines over which they have little control.A few fairly recent releases have added some breathing room to that often claustrophobic aspect of video gaming.
Citizen’s Advice to sponsor History Month
1:40 PM — The organisers of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month have spoken of their delight that the Citizen's Advice will be this year's sponsors.LGBT History Month was started by LGBT campaigning organisation Schools Out. Founded and run by volunteers, it first took place in February 2005, in the wake of the abolition of Section 28 and has grown each year.There are already hundreds of events planned throughout the country for February 2008.
LGBT youth leader on child porn charges 9
12:45 PM — The chief executive of LGBT Youth Scotland has been remanded in custody charged with possession of indecent images of a child or children under the age of 18.Jamie Rennie, 37, is also charged with sending a message that is grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing, reports The Herald. He was committed for trial on December 24th.He has been suspended from LGBT Youth Scotland, a national organisation working towards the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people.
Bourne Free dates revealed
12:20 PM — Bournemouth's celebration of equality and diversity will be held over three day in July, organisers have said.Originally set up in 2004, Bourne Free has been extended across an entire weekend for the first time this year.The seaside resort will be celebrating from Friday 11th until Sunday 13th of July. Last year thousands of people turned out for the event.The sun came out just in time for the nautical themed Beachfront Parade.
Pride celebrated out in the sticks
10:50 AM — Herefordshire will be hosting a month-long LGBT festival in February. Out in the Sticks will include a film festival, performances, live events and a one-day conference with health professionals tackling issues around being young, gay and 'in the village.'Starting on February 8th, the festival will also include a civil partnership fair, talks by Stella Duffy and Paul Davies and even a Gay Icon theme night at a local night club.
11th January 2008
Website records life and times of Orton 1
2:55 PM — A website dedicated to the life and times of gay playwright Joe Orton has been launched.Leicester City Council joined forces with the University of Leicester and Islington Council to create the site, which has the endorsement of the Orton Estate.Despite his professional career lasting a mere three years, Joe Orton is still remembered as one of the most talented and outrageous playwrights of the 20th century.
Man unhappy at sentence for boyfriend’s killer 2
2:50 PM — A 42-year-old man who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of the managing director of a research consultancy specialising in gay and lesbian issues has been sentenced two and a half years in prison.Tony Hoare, 49, was attacked in September as he walked his two Jack Russell dogs in Charlton Park, south east London.He was found unconscious and died shortly after being taken to hospital.
Seaside Pride will chase away the winter blues
1:30 PM — For those of you finding January a struggle, help is at hand from the seaside city of Brighton.Pride may seem like a distant memory, but fear not - Winter Pride kicks off on February 2nd, a festival of more than 70 events designed to cheer up even the most grumpy gay.The festival has something for everyone, from an 80's trans disco to a lesbian mud fight.