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  • 29th October 2007

    MEP: Smile’s attitude makes me frown 96

    Mr Cashman has written to David Anderson, the Chief Executive of the Co-Op Bank.

    4:02 PM — Michael Cashman, member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands, has written to the Co-Operative Bank after a PinkNews.co.uk campaign.PinkNews.co.uk readers Joe and Neville Temple, who have cohabited for 42 years, tried and failed to persuade Smile, the internet subsidiary of the Co-Op Bank, to add an option for the legal status of Civil Partner to its application forms.Following our report, the bank now says that it will change its policy.

  • Liverpool hosts a celebration of queer culture

    The event, the biggest to date, has a diverse and eclectic programme of art, theatre, music, dance, comedy, photography, debate, film and cabaret.

    12:05 PM — homotopia, Liverpool's annual celebration of gay culture, returns to the city this week for the fourth year in a row.The event, the biggest to date, will incorporate a diverse and eclectic programme of art, theatre, music, dance, comedy, photography, debate, film and cabaret.Highlights include the National Theatre of Scotland's Liverpool debut with their critically acclaimed performance of Venus As A Boy. 

  • Royal Family targeted in “gay sex blackmail plot” 25

    There has been widespread speculation as to the identity of the Royal Family member who is the victim of the alleged blackmail. photo: edwin11_79@flickr.com

    10:03 AM — Two men will appear at the Old Bailey next month charged with attempting to blackmail a minor member of the Royal Family.Ian Starchan, 30, and Sean McGuigan, 40, were arrested last month after police mounted a sting operation.They are alleged to have demanded £50,000 not to release a video showing a member of the Royal Family engaged in oral sex with an aide. This morning the story was reported as a "gay-sex-and-drugs blackmail plot" by The Times. 

  • 28th October 2007

    Co-op Bank change civil partner policy after PinkNews.co.uk expose 96

    Smile, part of the Co-op will now include “civil partner“ option on forms

    12:12 AM — Following an investigation by PinkNews.co.uk, the Co-operative Bank have announced that they will include a "civil partnership" option on its banking application forms.PinkNews.co.uk readers Joe and Neville Temple, who have cohabited for 42 years tried and failed to persuade Smile, the internet subsidiary of the Co-Op Bank to add an option for the legal status of Civil Partner to its application forms.

  • Scottish schools reject play on homophobia

    Rikki Beadle-Blair is angry after schools rejected his play Fit

    12:01 AM — One of Britain's most celebrated gay writers has accused Scotland of failing to tackle homophobic bullying after 50 schools have rejected his play on the subject.Rikki Beadle-Blair, who wrote the Channel 4 comedy drama Metrosexuality and presented the award BBC Radio 4 documentary, Roots of Homophobia believed that his play Fit would encourage young people to understand sexuality better.

  • 27th October 2007

    Discrimination case settled with top New York law firm

    The case has been settled

    4:30 PM — An openly gay lawyer has settled a discrimination case with one of the world's most prestigious law firms, Sullivan Cromwell in New York.28-year-old Aaron Charney had accused the firm of systematic discrimination against him due to his sexual orientation.On Friday, Sullivan Cromwell confirmed that they had "resolved" differences between the firm and their former employee.

  • 26th October 2007

    Horror guru calls for gay lead characters in computer games 1

    “As a gay man I've been writing about gay men and women from the beginning, from my first three Books of Blood.“

    5:10 PM — Author, artist and computer game designer Clive Barker has attracted anti-gay remarks after saying he would like to see a game with a central gay character.Mr Barker made the remarks to Gamepro.com on Tuesday while being interviewed about the design and release of his new game, Jericho, on the Xbox 360.Asked about the role of gender in games, he said: "One day I want to be part of a team that creates a game with a gay man or woman in the lead role where they are casually sexual."

  • London prepares for glittering gay awards ceremony 52

    Nominated for writer of the Year are Paul Burston, Russell T Davies, Val McDermid, Charlotte Mendelson and Louise Welsh.

    3:41 PM — Next week the Victoria and Albert Museum will host one of the highlights of the gay calendar - the Stonewall Awards.Tickets for Thursday's event sold out over a month ago, and A-List gays, sports people, performers, politicians, celebrities and TV stars will be out in force for the annual ceremony, which will be hosted by MTV and T4 presenter Anthony Crank.The Stonewall Awards, sponsored by Barclays, are designed to celebrate the range of positive contributions being made by individuals and organisations to the lives of gay people in Britain.

  • DVD Review: Poltergay is a camp Halloween treat 1

    What follows is a kind of supernatural Queer Eye For The Straight Guy.

    2:46 PM — When young couple Marc (Clovis Cornillac) and Emma (Julie Depardieu) move into their new home, a huge, run-down house that's been empty for years, all is not what it seems.For a start, there's the loud disco music that wakes Marc up every night, although Emma can't hear it.Giant images of winged penises begin to appear on the walls and a Polaroid camera photographs Marc showering, seemingly of its own accord.

  • Gay magazine helps bring paedophile to justice

    But some months later the boyfriend found that that he had been viewing more images, and wrote to Gay Times  for advice.

    2:00 PM — A 22-year-old man has pleaded guilty at Swansea Crown Court to 15 counts of making indecent images of children and possessing 332 indecent photographs.Daniel Byrne was arrested after his boyfriend became worried about his behaviour and contacted magazine Gay Times, now known as GT. Staff at the publication told him to go to the police, who obtained a search warrant and went to the Heol-y-Graig, Clydach home of Byrne.

  • Elton John photo not indecent says CPS 3

    Sir Elton is one of the world's foremost collectors of photographic art.

    11:34 AM — A photograph owned by singer songwriter Sir Elton John seized by police is not indecent, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.The image, taken by renowned American photographer Nan Goldin, was due to go on display as part of her Thanksgiving series at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead when a concerned member of gallery staff contacted police.The photograph, Klara and Edda Belly Dancing, features two semi naked young girls playing.

  • 25th October 2007

    Northampton’s gay drinkers may be caged in 2

    Management at the department store complained to the council about the Boston Clipper pub in the town centre.

    3:51 PM — A gay pub in Northampton is considering installing a cage around its beer garden to stop customers throwing bottles, pornography and pot plants into the adjacent staff car park of a branch of Debenhams.The department store's security manager, Kenneth Dowsett told the Evening Telegraph: "Over a long period of time, we've had a constant problem with glasses, bottles, ashtrays, pornographic material, items of a sexual nature, potted plants, and discarded smoking material being thrown over the boundary wall between our staff car park and the Boston Clipper."

  • EXCLUSIVE: “Ethical” bank snubs civil partnerships 96

    Joe and Neville Temple recently tried to persuade Smile, an offshoot of the Co-op Bank, to add an option for the legal status of Civil Partner to its application forms.

    1:50 PM — The Co-Operative Bank is among several financial services providers who have failed to add the option of Civil Partner to their application forms a PinkNews.co.uk investigation has revealed.Joe and Neville Temple, who have lived together for 42 years, recently tried to persuade Smile, an offshoot of the Co-op Bank, to add an option for the legal status of Civil Partner to its application forms.Over a period of months they received several messages from Smile promising that they were looking into it and would make changes to their system soon.

  • Comment: Russell T and the fortysomethings

    Russell T Davies announced this week he is in the process of writing another gay drama. photo: BBC

    10:45 AM — "You said I must eat so many lemons, 'cause I am so bitter."This lyric by singer Kate Nash certainly applies to the way some gay men react when discovering their friend, shag-buddy or drinking companion is dating.The gay community is often referred as fickle, sexually motivated and afraid of commitment.Yet civil partnerships are easing the problems faced by gay couples to be accepted in society at large.

  • 24th October 2007

    MPs hear evidence on homophobic incitement law

    Justice minister Maria Eagle told the committee that the government will be sharing proposed drafts of the amendment to create an offence of homophobic hatred with interested parties in due course.

    6:00 PM — The House of Commons Public Bill Committee on the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill heard from both sides of the debate surrounding government proposals to introduce a new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation last week..Representatives of gay equality organisation Stonewall, the Police Federation, Liberty and the Evangelical Alliance gave evidence before MPs.The alliance describe themselves on their website as "one of the most powerful groups of Christians in the UK."

  • Home Office loses gay Algerian deportation case 3

    The Home Office had argued the 27-year-old man, referred to as B, would be safe from persecution as long as he was “discreet” about his homosexuality.

    3:20 PM — The High Court in London has overturned an order that a gay man from Algeria seeking asylum in the UK should be deported.The Home Office had argued the 27-year-old man, referred to as B, would be safe from persecution as long as he was "discreet" about his homosexuality.However Mr Justice Collins disagreed, saying that B, who has been fighting to remain in the UK since 1996, was at risk of persecution.

  • Harvie slams Scottish parties over election fiasco 1

    Mr Harvie was elected on the regional list for Glasgow, where 9,000 ballots, or 4.17% of votes cast, were rejected.

    11:14 AM — A leading Green politician in Scotland has said that the voters were "left out in the cold" in May's Parliamentary and council elections as a new report has heavily criticised the four main parties.Patrick Harvie MSP, who is bisexual, said that the conclusions are taken on board by the political parties and ministers in London and Edinburgh.Changes to ballot papers had caused confusion and 140,000 Scots voters were disenfranchised when their papers were declared invalid.

  • Campaign to clear councillor convicted of paedophile slur 130

    The “Justice for Leyton Ward“ campaign has been launched by Ms Grell's friends, family, constituents and political colleagues.

    10:44 AM — Friends and political colleagues of a London councillor convicted of making false allegations of paedophilia against her gay opponent have set up a campaign to support her appeal.Miranda Grell was barred from public office for three years and fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 costs by Waltham Forest Magistrates Court last month.She won a formerly safe Lib Dem seat on Waltham Forest council in last May's elections.

  • Foster couple quit over refusal to “promote” being gay 6

    The Mathericks are now fighting the case with the backing of the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship.

    10:01 AM — A Christian foster couple have had an 11-year-old boy removed from their care for refusing to condone homosexuality.The Daily Mail claims that Vincent Matherick, 65, and wife Pauline, 61, refused to sign a contract saying they would tell children it is "good" to be gay and take them to gay association meetings if they are curious.The couple, who have fostered 28 children through Somerset County Council, are to be struck off the list by social services.

  • 23rd October 2007

    “Brave and brilliant gay men” not news to JK Rowling 1

    Ms Rowling revealed his homosexuality at the New York book reading when asked by a fan if Dumbledore had ever found love.

    6:45 PM — The novelist JK Rowling has told an audience in Canada she is surprised by the amount of fuss generated by her announcement that one of the main characters in her Harry Potter series is gay.The 42-year-old, whose seven-series saga about the boy wizard has made her an estimated £545m, sent shockwaves round the world on Saturday when she told an audience of fans in New York that the headmaster of wizarding school Hogwarts was gay."It has certainly never been news to me that a brave and brilliant man could love other men," she told a news conference today.

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