12th March 2008
Little Britain and Tracey Emin raise funds for THT 1
12:02 PM — The Lighthouse Gala Auction raised more than £200,000 for HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust on Monday night.A walk on part in Little Britain USA raised £9,000 and Tracey Emin's neon 'I promise to love you' raised £26,000.Tony Blair's last party conference speech as Prime Minister made £4,200.Now in its 12th year the auction, sponsored by Barclays, was attended by high profile supporters.
EU criticised over ‘pass the parcel’ asylum policy 21
11:44 AM — A London MEP has called for an end to the "shameful shuffling" of gay and other asylum-seekers between EU member states.Tomorrow the European Parliament will vote on an emergency resolution calling for an Iranian teenager currently in Holland not to be sent back to the UK.19-year-old Mehdi Kazemi had unsuccessfully applied for asylum in the United Kingdom, following the execution of his partner by Iranian authorities after being found guilty of sodomy.
11th March 2008
Gay peer speaks out against deportations to Iran 21
6:10 PM — A gay member of the House of Lords has demanded the government take action to stop a gay teenager being deported back to Iran where he could face the death penalty.Today it was revealed that 19-year-old Mehdi Kazemi, who was refused asylum in Britain and fled to Holland, will be deported back to the UK.He had unsuccessfully applied for asylum in the United Kingdom following the execution of his partner by Iranian authorities after being found guilty of sodomy.
Manchester police lose chief constable 1
5:45 PM — A police chief known for being gay friendly has died. As Chief Constable of Greater Manchester police, Mike Todd was in charge of the service when they joined the Stonewall Diversity Champions scheme.Manchester, the second-largest police force in the UK, was last year was placed joint 43rd on the list of top 100 employers for gay people in the Stonewall Work Equality Index.The city is home to one of the largest gay scenes in England.
Iranian gay teen loses appeal against deportation to the UK 22
4:55 PM — A 19-year-old gay man from Iran who was refused asylum in Britain and fled to Holland will be deported back to the UK, according to gay rights activists connected with his case.Mehdi Kazemi had unsuccessfully applied for asylum in the United Kingdom following the execution of his partner by Iranian authorities after being found guilty of sodomy.He faces possible execution by stoning if he returns to Iran. Activists have pledged to take his case the EU courts.
Tribunal hearing over civil partnerships on forms 11
3:45 PM — An employment tribunal has ruled that a Catholic couple from Scotland can pursue their claim of sexual and religious discrimination against Strathclyde Police over its definition of the term 'marital status.'Devout Catholics Lucille and Frank McQuade claim that Scotland's largest police force is guilty of religious discrimination after altering its civilian employee records to change their status from "married" to "married/civil partnership."Mr McQuade, 49, a communications officer with the force, said that no slur was intended on the gay community.
JK Rowling: Homophobia is a fear of people loving 7
3:15 PM — The author of the best-selling Harry Potter novels has given a wide-ranging interview to a student newspaper in which she defends her gay character Albus Dumbledore.JK Rowling also spoke out against fundamentalist Christians in the United States who are trying to ban her work.Speaking to Edinburgh University's Student newspaper Rowling, whose successful series of novels have made her the richest women in Britain, defended her decision to out Dumbledore last year.
Mehdi’s deportation to be raised in Euro Parliament 21
12:30 PM — MEP Michael Cashman has said he will raise the case of Mehdi Kazemi in the European Parliament in Strasbourg this week.The 19-year-old Iranian is currently being held in Holland and is fighting legal moves to return him to the UK, where he is likely to face deportation to his homeland.He had unsuccessfully applied for asylum in the United Kingdom following the execution of his partner by Iranian authorities after being found guilty of sodomy.
Gay hate preacher attacks Steps star 10
12:20 PM — The controversial fundamentalist Christian Stephen Green has compared Steps singer H to mass murderer Jeffrey Dahmer.Green, who is notorious for his protests at gay Pride events, was taking part in BBC Wales current affairs programme, Week In, Week Out. While being interviewed by H, also known as Ian Watkins, Green called him vile and said he would pray for him.
Lesbian sex guide launched in Manchester 1
11:59 AM — One of the UK's leading gay charities will be supplying free lube and a safer sex leaflet to women in Manchester.The Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) has also launched Beating About The Bush, a 32-page sex guide and lesbian and bisexual women's safer sex leaflet.LGF is a health-based community charity based in Manchester working to "end homophobia and empower people."
I am not gay says Welsh Olympian
11:45 AM — Former Olympic athlete Colin Jackson has denied he is gay, but said he does not mind what people say about him.Jackson, 41, told The Voice newspaper that persistent rumours about his sexuality are "strange and bizarre."The former hurdler appeared on BBC show Strictly Come Dancing in 2005 and 2006.He has just released a book, Life's New Hurdles. He won a silver medal in the 100m Hurdles at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
New London route for 10K Crusaid walk
11:15 AM — Crusaid's Walk for Life has announced a new and improved route for this years event.The sponsored walk, which last year raised £375,000, supports poor and marginalised people affected by HIV and AIDS in the UK and Africa.Europe's largest fundraising walk for HIV kicks off at the Event Village, based at Potters Fields Park, on the 1st June. The new 10 kilometre route will snake through London.
10th March 2008
Green candidate will attend Stonewall hustings 1
6:01 PM — Sian Berry has been confirmed as the fourth candidate for Mayor of London appearing at a hustings event organised by gay equality organisation Stonewall.The Green candidate will appear alongside incumbent Mayor Ken Livingstone, Tory candidate Boris Johnson and Lib Dem's Brian Paddick at the event at BFI Southbank on Saturday 19th April.The Stonewall hustings will be the last before Londoners go to the polls on May 1st. Ms Berry, 33, is the youngest candidate in the race.
Thatcher may be invited to civil partnership
3:40 PM — Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's closeness to Tory Shadow Cabinet member Alan Duncan has led to speculation she will be invited to celebrate his civil partnership later this year.The Sunday Times reports that up to 300 people may attend the ceremony. Last week Mr Duncan became the first Conservative MP to announce his intention to enter into a civil partnership.He refused to comment on whether or not Lady Thatcher, who was Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, will be invited.
Hidden lives: self-harm and the LGBT community 16
2:03 PM — It is interesting what sort of psychological problems our society chooses to accept as tangible and important.Our "Prozac Nation" understands and sympathises with depression in its various forms. We understand stress and anxiety, and few weeks pass without the mention of eating disorders.Even suicide is discussed intelligently and empathetically and recognised as something that desperately needs to be dealt with. However, if you mention 'self-harm', many people will shake their heads or shrug it off.
Clegg backs Paddick for mayor as domestic abuse revealed
1:20 PM — Nick Clegg yesterday used part of his first conference speech as leader of the Liberal Democrats to praise the party's candidate for Mayor of London.He called Brian Paddick "an outstanding candidate who will transform London."His endorsement came on the same day that extracts from Mr Paddick's autobiography Line of Fire were serialised in a newspaper he once sued.
Brown may offer Mandelson second term in Brussels
12:40 PM — The feud between Gordon Brown and Peter Mandelson is the stuff of Westminster legend, but according to some reports today the ice may be melting.Mr Mandelson backed Mr Blair over his close friend Mr Brown for the leadership of the Labour party in 1994. The Prime Minister is said to have nurtured a grudge against Mr Mandelson ever since.Peter Mandelson has previously announced he intends to stay in his post as EU Trade Commissioner until 2009.
Scottish politicians back removal of gay blood ban 18
12:10 PM — An MEP has questioned why the National Blood Service is importing blood from countries where gay men can donate while banning any man in Britain who has ever had sex with another man from giving blood.A petition is being prepared for submission to the Scottish Parliament calling for a repeal to the ban the prevents gay and bisexual men from donating blood in the UK.Rob McDowall, the creator of the petition, has received support from Tory and SNP MEPs.
Pete Burns headlining at Aberdeen as organisers think big
11:44 AM — Dead or Alive front man Pete Burns has been announced as the headline act to play at this year's Rainbowfest in Aberdeen.The event is to be held on the beach front at Queen's Links Aberdeen on Saturday 5th July, and organisers said they want it to be Scotland's biggest LGBT event yet.The festival is the idea of local promoter Gary Noble and aims to bring together the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in the area along with their families.
9th March 2008
Liam Fox’s “homophobic past” revealed 12
3:00 AM — Liam Fox, Conservative shadow defence secretary, displayed homophobic credentials whilst at university, an investigation by the Sunday Herald has found.The Tory MP, who stood against David Cameron in the 2005 Conservative Party leadership content, resigned as a member of the University of Glasgow's student council in protest at a gay and lesbian society being admitted to the Glasgow University Union (GUU).He apparently said at the time: "[I do] not want the gays flaunting it in front of me, which is what they would do".