3rd December 2008
New bill announced in Queen’s Speech will “drive forward equality” 1
12:24 PM — The government will introduce a new Equality Bill in the coming session of Parliament, the Queen has confirmed.
Boy George declines to give evidence at his trail
11:52 AM — Pop singer and DJ Boy George will not to give evidence at his trial for allegedly imprisoning a male prostitute at his London flat.
Brian Paddick voted off reality show I’m A Celebrity
11:40 AM — Former candidate for Mayor of London Brian Paddick has become the sixth person to be voted off the ITV reality show I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here!
2nd December 2008
THT rejects Tatchell criticism and reveals work with blood service 8
5:11 PM — A leading sexual health charity has said it is working with the National Blood Service on the current ban on men who have had sex with men donating blood.
Time runs out for Catholic adoption agencies over gay couples 1
4:42 PM — The Charity Commission has told two Roman Catholic-run adoption agencies they cannot change the purpose for which they were created in order to avoid dealing with homosexual couples.
Peter Tatchell attacks Terrence Higgins Trust over gay blood ban 3
4:14 PM — A prominent gay rights campaigner has said that sexual health charities are colluding with "stereotyped and prejudiced assumptions" that bar gay men from giving blood.
EHRC urges Speaker’s Conference to consider gay representation 1
1:34 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has called for a forthcoming conference on the lack of representation of minority groups in Parliament to include gay, lesbian and bisexual people.
Christian counsellor should have gay opt-out, employment tribunal told 9
12:43 PM — A man sacked from relationships counselling organisation Relate claimed that his refusal to treat gay couples was parallel to doctors refusing to carry out an abortion, an employment tribunal heard yesterday.
John Barrowman apologises after “exposing” himself on Radio 1 26
11:24 AM — Gay actor, John Barrowman has apologised after he "exposed" himself on a BBC Radio 1 programme. The star of the Doctor Who spin off Torchwood undid his trousers after encouragement from the presenters of the youth programme Switch
1st December 2008
HIV charity questions government spending on international AIDS relief 2
5:08 PM — A charity that provides financial help to people in poverty living with HIV and AIDS in the UK has questioned why the government is proposing to spend £6 billion on international HIV projects.
Be aware of HIV say gay MPs 2
4:40 PM — Two government ministers have appealed to the gay community to increase awareness of HIV. A new Terrence Higgins Trust campaign targeting undiagnosed HIV+ gay men was launched today, World AIDS Day.
G-A-Y promoter apologises over Britney disappointment 1
4:10 PM — The promoter of club night G-A-Y has apologised to fans the non-appearance of Britney Spears on Saturday night.
Christian claims religious discrimination over refusal to counsel gays 10
3:54 PM — A group created "to stand up publicly against a tide of unChristian legal and political changes in the United Kingdom" is backing an employment tribunal case.
Britain’s £15m support for change in direction on AIDS in South Africa
2:21 PM — The UK's International Development Minister travelled to Johannesburg last week to offer the new South African Health Minister, Barbara Hogan, direct support as she embarks upon a new drive to tackle the HIV epidemic.
Pride London wins tourism award for cultural diversity
1:36 PM — The UK's largest LGBT event has topped off a year of triumphs with an accolade from London's official tourist organisation.
Graham Norton confirms he will not be replacing Sir Terry as Eurovision host
1:22 PM — Comedian and TV presenter Graham Norton has put an end to rumours that he will be replacing fellow Irishman Terry Wogan as the BBC's Eurovision host.
Hundreds attend memorial for murdered gay teenager 3
11:30 AM — Liverpool's Anglican cathedral held a well-attended memorial service for a young gay man on Saturday.
UK leads the global AIDS fight says Prime Minister
11:16 AM — The Prime Minister has marked World AIDS Day with a statement of support for the fight against the disease worldwide.
29th November 2008
Film Review: Waltz With Bashir
12:49 AM — It seems that the old idea that cartoons are for kids has finally been shattered. Hot on the heels of the stylized black and white animated exploration of the Iranian Revolution that was last year’s multiple award-winning (and Oscar-nominated) Persepolis comes another intriguing, award-winning take on another aspect of recent Middle Eastern history that’s largely unknown outside the region. And as with Persepolis, the animated approach may be unusual, but it is also an ideal way of increasing the accessibility of a subject that would, were it dealt with in more traditional forms, almost certainly turn many of us off before we even considered going to see it. Were this – or Persepolis – a documentary, few would have paid much attention. The gimmick of animation, especially animation done well, has worked a treat in expanding the potential audience.
Film Review: The Baader-Meinhof Complex
12:44 AM — If you've been reading the papers over the last few years you could be forgiven for thinking that we're in the midst of an unprecedented surge of terrorist activity. Every day, the press is full of tales of bomb plots and terror threats. Government announcements constantly inform us of the need for new laws and new powers to deal with a rising tide of violent extremism. Yet if you consider the number of successful terrorist atrocities that have been carried out in the West since the turn of the millennium, though the scale of attacks like those of 9/11, 7/7 and Madrid may have increased, the number has dropped significantly.