21st January 2008
Lords ready for fight over gay parents 20
1:05 PM — Conservative peers and senior churchmen will this week attempt to block new legislation that will give more rights to lesbian and gay parents.Leading gay rights opponent Lord Tebbit, a former Cabinet minister under Margaret Thatcher, wants to defeat proposals that would allow two parents of the same sex to be listed on a child's birth certificate.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill includes new recognition of same-sex couples as legal parents of children conceived through the use of donated sperm, eggs or embryos.
Gay Christians warn of evangelical commissioner’s anti-gay crusade 3
10:40 AM — The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement has claimed that one of the Equality and Human Rights commissioners should never have been appointed.In a ten-page dossier the LGCM states that Joel Edwards, who is director of The Evangelical Alliance, "has tried to stall or frustrate the passage of almost every single legislative reform or repeal promoting justice and fairness for the UK's lesbian and gay citizens."The EHRC is designed to promote a fair, equal and diverse society and tackling illegal discrimination.
Paddick advertises crime message on PinkNews.co.uk
10:21 AM — The Liberal Democrat contender for Mayor of London is targeting LGBT voters with adverts on PinkNews.co.uk.Brian Paddick, who as Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police was the most senior out gay officer in the UK, was chosen as the party's candidate in November.Londoners will go to the polls on May 1st. Ken Livingstone is standing for the Labour party and seeking a third term in office. Boris Johnson, the MP for Henley, is the Conservative candidate. Sian Berry is standing for the Green party.
20th January 2008
Home Secretary won’t walk the streets of Hackney 1
2:50 AM — Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has told the Sunday Times that she wouldn't walk the streets of Hackney (East London), an area with a burgeoning LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) population, at night. Ironically, fellow Home Office Minister, Meg Hillier is the MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch.Asked by the newspaper if she would walk alone in Hackney Ms Smith replied: "Well, no, but I don't think I'd have ever have done."
18th January 2008
Bar staff convicted of vicious assault 2
5:50 PM — The co-owner of the Fridge Bar in Brixton, south London, has been convicted along with members of staff of violent disorder and attempted grievous bodily harm.Bar cashier Victor Reid, 41, from Brixton, doorman Frederick Mallefroy, 43, from Ilford in Essex and bar co-owner Ralph Daley, 45, of Purley, set upon a man in his twenties as he tried to gain entry to the bar in November 2006.The Fridge Bar and adjoining club have in the past hosted many well-known gay events.
MPs question queerupnorth funding cut 1
4:15 PM — A group of Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs have condemned a decision by the Arts Council in England to stop funding a gay and lesbian arts festival in Manchester.John Leech, Jeremy Corbyn, Stephen Williams, Simon Hughes and Mark Williams have signed an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons highlighting the work that queerupnorth does tackling homophobic bullying in schools.The LGBT arts organisation is facing a bleak future after its funding for next year has been cut.
Jewish leaders back homophobic incitement law 5
3:31 PM — A proposed new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation has been backed by the main body representing British Jews.The Board of Deputies of British Jews said that their community's experience of prejudice was the reason they were supporting the government's proposal.The Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill was passed by the House of Commons last week and will now be discussed in the Lords.
Welsh gay project closes due to lack of support
1:30 PM — In a short press statement published online yesterday, the Rainbow Project South Wales announced it had dissolved itself at the end of December.The charity had been in existence for at least ten years and gained charitable status four years ago.It was working towards opening a lesbian, gay and bisexual community centre in Cardiff.
Gay drop-in centre proposed for Soho
1:10 PM — Westminster City Council is supporting an initiative for a "one-stop-shop" for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender residents in Soho, offering health and social care services, business support and an exhibition space all under one roof.The council estimates that 10% of the 4,000 residents in the area are gay, lesbian or transgender, and if the plan goes ahead the centre will be the largest of its type in the UK.Charity Kairos, which promotes the health and well-being of the LGBT community, is backing the scheme.
Win a shopping trip with Joan Collins
1:00 PM — An auction to raise money for sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has a range of unusual celebrity lots on offer.A walk on part in Little Britain USA, a ballroom dancing lesson with Strictly Come Dancing's Camilla Dallerup and a shopping trip with Joan Collins are just some of the experiences on offer at the Lighthouse Gala Auction on March 10th.The auction, supported by Barclays, will place at Christie's. Kylie Minogue has signed a unique Jimmie Martin chair for the auction which features her portrait.
Funding secured for homeless LGBT services 1
11:45 AM — An advice service for homeless LGBT people in London will continue until at least 2012 thanks to new funding from the city's borough councils.Stonewall Housing offers expert advice to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who are homeless or experiencing housing crisis.The group estimates that 1,000 LGBT people will contact their helpline or visit one of their drop-in surgeries over the next twelve months.
Teletubbies makers pay compensation to “faggot” actor
12:20 AM — Ragdoll Limited, who make the Teletubbies have been ordered by an employment tribunal to pay 2000 pounds to an actor who was called a "faggot" by a fellow cast member.However, Issac Blake, 28, from Cardiff lost the majority of his case after being sacked as an actor for the BBC children's programme In the Night Garden. Mr Blake had told the hearing that he was unfairly dismissed from his role playing a Tombilboo (pictured), a doll in the programme.
17th January 2008
Feature: Searching for the true meaning of gay love 2
6:30 PM — A new play about modern gay love and relationships opens in London next week. Counterfeit Skin, by Jason Charles, explores the interplay between lovers, friends, family and rivals and in the process confronts deception, desire, greed, obsession and disappointment.Much of the drama focuses on Luke and Jake, a young couple living with Jake's gay godfather, who are questioning their long-term relationship.
21% not aware of HIV risk from unprotected sex 1
1:12 PM — New figures from the National AIDS Trust's Public Attitudes Towards HIV Survey released today show that the UK population is becoming more ignorant about HIV.6% of those surveyed were able to correctly identify all of the ways HIV is transmitted, without any false responses.21% did not identify unprotected sex between a man and a woman as a way of contracting HIV. In 2000 just 9% did not identify this route.
Robbers who posed as gay jailed for five years
12:50 PM — Two men who pretended they were gay so that they could rob a man they met in a nightclub have been sentenced to five years at Bristol Crown Court.Benjamin Butler, 29, and Matthew Wyatt, 33, duped John Gibbs at the Vibe club in Bristol before going back to his flat where they threatened him with a knife, stole his money and tied him up.The pair then fled, leaving Mr Gibbs imprisoned in his flat. A few days later he spotted the thieves in the city. He called the police and they were arrested.
Gay airport guard claims sexual harassment
11:20 AM — A gay security guard at Heathrow airport was harassed by a female colleague for sex, an employment tribunal heard yesterday.Allwyn Rondeau, 46, who lives in Feltham, Middlesex with his partner of 15 years, told the tribunal how he had rejected 42-year-old Lucy Chilton's persistent advances time and time again because he was gay, but she would not give up.The tribunal heard that on one occasion Miss Chilton "stuck her bum in the air saying 'come on give it to me'", according to The Daily Express.
Scotland’s LGBT footballers to play historic match
11:05 AM — The first gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans football team in Scotland are to play their first 11-a-side game in Haddington this weekend.HotScots FC was founded in February 2007 with the aim of organising socials and regular kick-abouts and to provide a social outlet for LGBT people who wish to watch and participate in football with other like-minded people.The club now boasts more than 75 members and hold kickabouts every Thursday and Sunday.
Lesbian soldier wins claim against Ministry of Defence 3
10:20 AM — A 31-year-old Lance Bombadier has won a claim of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and sex discrimination at an employment tribunal.Kerry Fletcher, who is a lesbian, was the victim of unwanted sexual advances from a male sergeant who claimed he could "convert" her.She could win more than £400,000 damages representing lost earnings and hurt feelings. Ms Fletcher had intended to stay in the Army for another 12 years but her career was cut short by campaign of harassment she suffered.
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.