27th July 2006
MPs target homophobic bullies
12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall welcomed a motion by the Liberal Democrats to combat homophobic bullying in schools this month, which has already been signed by a cross section of MPs from the main political parties.Lib Dem Shadow Education Secretary Sarah Teather put forward an Early Day Motion to Parliament pushing for "anti-bullying policies in all schools to include measures specifically to deal with homophobic bullying, and training for at least one member of staff in how to tackle homophobic bullying."
Homophobia can only be ended through school
12:00 AM — Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay charity Stonewall outlines the importance of schools in the fight against homophobiaAt Stonewall we've just launched a major national survey to find out exactly what's happening to young gay people in our schools.Hundreds of pupils have already visited www.speakoutonline.org.uk to reveal their experiences of anti-gay bullying.
Political and social change don’t always march in lock step together
12:00 AM — Conservative Party Chairman Francis Maude outlines the importance of pro gay politics.Sometimes social change walks faster than political change and sometimes the parties and if I may say, the Conservatives in particular have to move faster to catch up with the social change.
26th July 2006
Fire boss criticises “bigots” who shafted gay pride 5
12:00 AM — Brian Coleman, openly gay Deputy Chairman of the London Fire Authority, has branded the 10 Scottish fire-fighters who refused to distribute leaflets at gay pride "bigots".The officers face disciplinary action after they refused to hand out standard fire safety leaflets at the Pride Scotia march in Glasgow last month.
Law Lords overturn landmark lesbian mum ruling 3
12:00 AM — A landmark ruling which gave custody of two children to their biological mother's ex lesbian partner has been overturned by the Law Lords.The woman, who cannot be named for the children's protection, had been granted shared contact of her ex girlfriend's seven and four year old daughters, until the mother broke the order by moving away, prompting the High Court and the Court of Appeal to grant primary care to the former partner.
Reformed gangster urged to condemn homophobic crime
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveLabour MP Meg Hillier has called on a controversial reformed gangster to use his visit to her constituency as a platform for stopping homophobic crime.Nicky Cruz a former gangster turned preacher was last week told that he could not conduct his Truce organisation's outreach event at the Ocean scheduled for tomorrow and Friday night after outcry from local campaigners highlighting previous anti-gay comments.
Lawyer reprimanded for rejecting gay client
12:00 AM — A Christian barrister behaved unprofessionally after refusing to represent a gay client, a disciplinary tribunal has ruled.Mark Mullins was brought before the Bar Council after turning down a case of a refugee trying to use a homosexual relationship as grounds for remaining in the UK, because of his beliefs.
Gay scandal MP to quit 5
12:00 AM — The Liberal Democrat MP accused of having an affair with a rent boy earlier this year is to quit Parliament.Mark Oaten, former home affairs spokesperson, resigned from the Shadow Cabinet role and dropped out of the Lib Dem leadership election last January after newspaper allegations of a gay relationship with a male prostitute.
Gay Christians oppose homophobic church funding 3
12:00 AM — A gay Christian group is calling for the government to stop funding homophobic churches through public funds.The reaction from the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement comes after demonstrators protested outside Parliament last week seeking a review of the incoming Equality Act claiming it discriminates against Christianity in the provision of goods and services.
Council boss fined for gay sex in toilets 1
12:00 AM — A council manager in charge of cracking down on anti social behaviour was fined £300 yesterday for soliciting gay sex in a public toilet.Ian McGarry, 33, of East Ayrshire Council, was caught by police last December in the area known for cottaging.Another man, Andrew Hind, 20, was fined the same amount.
Tribunal finds gay carer was sacked because of sexuality
12:00 AM — An employment tribunal has ruled in favour of a former care assistant who claims he was unfairly sacked from caring for the elderly because he is gay.Sean Williams sought damages from the Woodhaven residential home where he worked caring for those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
George Michael denies civil partnership is off 4
12:00 AM — Gay singer George Michael has denied rumours that his partner Kenny Goss has called off their civil partnership after reports that the artist was caught cruising on Hampstead Heath last week.A source told the Daily Mail yesterday that the couple were "reassessing" their relationship," but the star denied the claims on Channel 4's Richard and Judy Show.
Gay hotel is top London hotspot
12:00 AM — A gay hotel has become the number one place to stay in London, according to traveller review website trip advisor.com.Griffin House Holiday Apartments have only been opened for 6 months and top the list ahead of London institutions like Claridges and The Lanesborough.
25th July 2006
Ex-Cabinet minister becomes first peer to have civil partnership
12:00 AM — Labour peer Chris Smith has become the first member of the House of Lords to have a civil partnership.The former Culture Secretary, had a private ceremony with long term partner Dorian Jabri last Friday at Islington Town Hall.The announcement was made in front of 200 guests, who turned up at the Serpentine Gallery on Saturday night assuming they were celebrating Lord Smith of Finsbury's 55th birthday.
Pre-school gay education receives mixed reaction 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA proposal by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) to make pre-school children more aware of gay relationships has received a mixed reaction in the gay community.The issue was raised last week by the NUT in its submission to The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) consultation from the Department for Education and Skills on policies regarding pre-school children up to 5 years old.
Researchers launch tenth Gay Men’s Sex Survey 1
12:00 AM — Terrence Higgins Trust and Sigma Research launched the tenth annual National Gay Men's Sex Survey yesterday.Last year 16,000 men in the UK took part and this year they hope to get an even better response.The Survey is carried out by Sigma Research (University of Portsmouth) in collaboration with over 150 organisations as part of the CHAPS Partnership's health promotion work with gay men.
Anti gay group accused of “hypocrisy” 9
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveAn anti-gay Christian group has been accused of the "ultimate hypocrisy" after celebrating recent reports that the Gay Police Association (GPA) may face investigation over an advert which attributed homophobic attacks to religious statements.Scotland Yard is considering an investigation into the group after it placed an advertisement in The Independent's diversity supplement which coincided with the EuroPride rally, displaying a pool of blood next to a Bible.
Goss calls off civil partnership with George Michael 4
12:00 AM — Gay singer George Michael's partner has called off their civil partnership amid tabloid claims last weekend that the star was cruising on Hampstead Heath.The News of the World published a series of photographs of the star which they claim prove that he was illegally having sex in a public place.
24th July 2006
NUT seek pre-school gay awareness 1
12:00 AM — Nurseries must play their part in challenging homophobia from an early age amongst pupils, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) has warned.The NUT reacted to The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) consultation from the Department for Education and Skills on policies regarding pre-school children up to 5 years old.
On course for a healthy gay future
12:00 AM — A London University is offering the first ever course in gay men's health promotion.The one-year course, which starts in September, is being run by the University of East London (UEL) in collaboration with sexual health charity, the Terrence Higgins Trust.