9th November 2007
BBC soap to get new gay character
3:29 PM — EastEnders, the most-watched programme on the BBC, is to get a new gay character in the New Year.The gay brother of character Jane Beale will arrive in Albert Square in early 2008.The soap's executives were inspired to include a gay character after a similar move by ITV's Coronation St proved to be a big hit with viwers.The Mirror reported: "The bosses at EastEnders have seen how well Antony Cotton does as Sean in Corrie."
Welcome for evangelical voice on equality commission 39
3:01 PM — A group that examines religion in public life has welcomed the appointment of the head of the Evangelical Alliance UK to the new Commission on Equality and Human Rights (ECHR).The think-tank Ekklesia says that the controversial evangelical taking his place on the commission is "an historic opportunity for evangelicals to shift toward full acceptance of the equalities agenda."Joel Edwards was a controversial choice for many LGBT activists. The Evangelical Alliance are one of the most strident voices against gay rights in the UK.
Nigeria loses out on Commonwealth Games
1:03 PM — Glasgow will host the 2014 Commonwealth Games, it was announced today.Scotland's largest city beat a bid from the Nigerian city of Abuja by 47 votes to 24 at a meeting of the Games voting nations in Sri Lanka.Gay activists in Nigeria had questioned whether that country should be allowed to host the Games because of its "systematic persecution of lesbian and gay Nigerians."
Bi and gay Africans with HIV face double stigma says report
11:50 AM — The first study into the lives of gay and bisexual African men living with HIV in London describes the challenges they face in dealing with the complex and sometimes contradictory realities of life.The report, entitled I count myself as being in a different world: African gay and bisexual men living with HIV in London, has just been released by the Centre of Sexual Health and HIV at Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.It highlights that the additional stigma of being gay or bisexual and HIV positive is difficult for African men.
8th November 2007
Interview: The Lib Dem fighting youth with experience 2
4:20 PM — Much has been made in these first few weeks of the race to become leader of the Liberal Democrats about the similarities between the candidates.Nick Clegg and Chris Huhne are both Westminster School-educated former MEPs with near-identical views nearly all the key issues.Both became MPs as part of the Lib Dems strong showing in the 2005 elections. Both are English and will appeal to voters in key south and south east seats where the resurgent Tories are a major threat.
THT supper night brings in the bacon
12:03 PM — Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust raised a record £80,000 at last night's Supper Club in Central London.The annual event saw more than 40 chic dinner parties taking place simultaneously in the capital's best restaurants and private homes.After dinner, guests were chauffeur-driven to a party at Café de Paris for Grey Goose vodka cocktails, champagne and an exclusive performance by The Puppini Sisters.
7th November 2007
Police investigating Stagecoach bus incident 21
3:45 PM — Grampian police have told PinkNews.co.uk that they are investigating an incident on a bus involving a gay couple.It was reported on Sunday that two gay teenagers were threatened with ejection from a bus and then made to sit separately after a fellow passenger complained about their behaviour.Steven Black, 16, and Mark Craig, 19, were travelling on the bus from Aberdeen to Old-meldrum, Aberdeenshire. The route is operated by Stagecoach.
Torchwood star backs homophobic bullying campaign 13
3:15 PM — Stonewall today launched a major new anti-bullying campaign aimed at young people in schools across England.Backed by Dr Who and Torchwood star John Barrowman, the campaign will see posters, stickers and postcards with the legend Some People Are Gay. Get Over It! sent to all 5,000 secondary schools in England in advance of this year's Anti-Bullying Week, November 19-23.The powerful statement and bold design, developed together with over 100 secondary school pupils and teachers, have been devised as part of Stonewall's Education for All programme.
5% of UK adults suffer gay prejudice
2:45 PM — A national survey on prejudice as found that 56% of the UK population feel they have experienced prejudice at some stage of their lives.5.2% of the 1,927 adults interviewed last month said they had suffered prejudice related to their sexuality. Nationally that would mean 1.5 million separate instances of prejudiced behaviour.For over half of the population that do encounter it, 11% (3.3 million people) experience prejudice on a frequent basis, and 76% of this group (26 million people), have experienced prejudice more than once.
Premier league club tackles homophobia in football 1
2:00 PM — Reading FC has become one of the first football clubs to actively implement the new Football Association and Gay Footballers Supporters' Network initiative to combat homophobia in football.The GFSN said it is delighted with the response that Reading has made to the initiative, and urged all other Premier League and Football League clubs to follow Reading's excellent example in their work to tackle homophobia.GFSN Liaison Officer Richard Howgill said, "These are important steps to tackle homophobia in football."
Gay MP questions David Cameron over incitement law
12:45 PM — The Leader of the Conservative party has been challenged on his position on a proposed new law to make incitement on the grounds of sexual orientation an offence.Yesterday the government announced that the proposal would extend to trans and disabled people.Chris Bryant, the MP for Rhonnda, tackled David Cameron during yesterday's debate on the Queen's Speech.
6th November 2007
Lib Dems accuse government over equality legislation
5:25 PM — A Liberal Democrat spokesperson has accused the government of dragging its heels over equality issues.Jo Swinson claimed that discrimination law is in a mess and that the proposed Single Equality Bill is "long overdue."A spokesperson for the Government Equalities Office said that work on the bill has not fallen behind and that it will be introduced in this parliament as promised.
Interview: New equality commissioner on gays as sinners 39
4:41 PM — This interview was first published in June 2006"Why is anything which is not from the gay position defined as homophobic," asks Joel Edwards, general director of the Evangelical Alliance, a Christian charity and lobby group in its 160th year of using a commitment to Christ and the Bible to engage with society.My view of evangelicalism has often been megaphone-wielding preachers in Oxford Street telling shoppers to accept Jesus, or having leaflets shoved into your hand telling you homosexuality is a one way route to hell.
Anti-gay Christian appointed to equality body 39
4:31 PM — The general director of the Evangelical Alliance has spoken of the "huge challenge for Christians" living in a liberal democracy after his appointment as a commissioner to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.Joel Edwards was a controversial choice for some gay rights groups.The Evangelical Alliance are one of the most strident voices against gay rights in the UK. Just last month they gave evidence against a new crime of incitement to violence on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Incitement law will extend to trans people 5
2:35 PM — The government will introduce a new offence of incitement to violence on the grounds of sexual orientation in the new Criminal Justice and immigration Bill, it has emerged.The Queen made no mention of the proposed new law in her Speech this morning, but a Ministry of Justice briefing document said that that they would be in the bill.Transgender and disabled people are to be included in the new law.
Top law firm establishes LGBT staff network
1:21 PM — One of the best-known names in the 'magic circle' of law firms has decided to set up a network for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans staff just months after settling a claim of sexual orientation discrimination.A former partner at Clifford Chance made his claim in November last year and the firm settled the case for an undisclosed amount of money.Michael Bryceland's claim involved direct and indirect discrimination on the grounds of his sexual orientation.
Scottish Parliament considers gay hate crime law
1:10 PM — Scotland's lawmakers will today discuss new laws making violence towards gay and disabled groups be treated as seriously as violence incited on religious or ethnic grounds.The Sentencing of Offences Aggravated by Prejudice (Scotland) Bill, proposed by Patrick Harvie, a Scottish Green MSP, would bring Scotland into line with England and Wales, where courts have been able to impose tougher sentences for offences committed due to the victims disability or sexual orientation since April 2003.
The Queen’s Speech in full
12:39 PM — My Lords and Members of the House of CommonsMy Government will take forward policies to respond to the rising aspirations of the people of the United Kingdom; to ensure security for all; and to entrust more power to Parliament and the people.My Government's programme will meet people's aspirations for better education, housing, healthcare and children's services, and for a cleaner environment.
Legal recognition for same-sex parents in Queen’s Speech
12:23 PM — The government has announced in the Queen's Speech a major change in the status of gay and lesbian couples who have a child through donated sperm, eggs or embryos.Her Majesty opened Gordon Brown's first session as Prime Minister this morning, and also revealed plans for a draft bill on citizenship and the establishment of a new agency to increase the number of affordable homes.The new Human Tissues and Embryos Bill, one of 28 bills announced today, has angered "family values" campaigners.
5th November 2007
Armed Forces hold LGBT conference
3:45 PM — The third Joint Services Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual conference took place last week in London.All three services approved the two day event, at which more than 100 service personnel were updated on developments in diversity training, participated in presentations and workshops, and took advantage of a social networking opportunity for personnel and their partners.In 2000, the UK government removed the ban on gay, lesbian and bisexual people serving openly in the Armed Forces.