21st February 2007
Scottish Parliament hosts equality review
11:19 AM — The chairman of the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) is to speak at a conference on equality in Scotland.Trevor Philips, who is currently head of the Commission for Racial Equality, will address the gathering of more than 80 different age, disability, gender, race, religion and sexual orientation groups.LGBT Youth Scotland are to attend the conference this Friday at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.
Gay MP backs Out At Work campaign 1
10:00 AM — Angela Eagle, the only openly lesbian member of parliament, has joined with trade union leaders to call for action on LGBT people's rights at work.Unionlearn and TUC Education launched Out At Work, a new workbook which makes legal rights within the workplace clear, yesterday.It is designed to promote equality and inclusion among the UK's workforce.
20th February 2007
Glad To Be Gay singer marks history month
3:32 PM — BBC Radio 6 presenter Tom Robinson will be speaking at the University of Manchester on Friday as part of a national celebration of gay history.Robinson is expected to talk about his years as a musician and gay activist as part of LGBT History Month.The overtly political Robinson Band had a hit with (Sing if you're) Glad to be Gay in 1977.
Gender surgery in Hounslow saved from axe
12:25 PM — Plans to remove funding for sex change operations by Hounslow primary care trust have been abandoned after protests from a charity representing British transsexuals.The PCT planned to scrap funding on the grounds that the operations are "non-essential." In comparison, other operations denied funding on the same grounds included tattoo removals and stomach stapling.The Gender Trust, a charity which supports transgender people, slammed the PCT on their website
Analysis: What now for the Anglicans? 4
12:19 PM — The final communique from the leaders of the Anglican church seems on the surface to provide a simple way forward.The primates demand that the American church stop ordaining gay bishops and give a commitment not to bless same sex partnerships.The Americans have been given until 30th September to make a statement pledging they will comply with these instructions.
Cameron’s poll surge ahead of Brown 1
10:10 AM — The Conservative party leader is thirteen percentage points ahead of expected Prime Minister Gordon Brown, according to the latest opinion polls.David Cameron polled 42% in an ICM poll for The Guardian yesterday to 29% for Brown.The government's gay rights record has been under scrutiny in the last month.
Anglicans threat over gay issues 4
10:10 AM — The conference of Anglican primates meeting in Tanzania has demanded that the American church stop ordaining gay bishops and give a commitment not to bless same sex partnerships.Senior church leaders have also agreed to allow conservative American Anglicans to form their own organisation.The five-day meeting exposed the divisions within the Anglican communion over gay issues.
19th February 2007
Homophobia conference told of Iraq “sexual cleansing”
4:26 PM — Delegates attending a human rights conference in London have been told that gay and lesbian people in Iraq are being systematically targeted.At a conference on Faith, Homophobia and Human Rights, 250 people from over fifty organisations have signed a statement condemning homophobia within religious institutions that fail to confront prejudice and hate.
Catholics win right to perform gay Mass
3:23 PM — A London Catholic organisation has been granted the right to provide Mass for LGBT parishioners following discussions with the Head of the Catholic church in England and Wales.The Soho Masses Pastoral Council is an elected group of Catholics responsible for organising masses in the Soho area.It has gained permission from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, to hold Masses and give pastoral care to LGBT Catholics.
HIV privacy threatened by NHS database 7
1:55 PM — People with HIV will have details of their names, treatments and status placed on a central national register if government plans for a new medical database go ahead.Sensitive personal information could be handed over without the consent of patients or doctors, a top computer scientist has warned.Cambridge University Professor Ross Anderson revealed how during the 1990s the NHS secretly created a national register of everyone being treated for HIV.
Comment: The everlasting appeal of Kylie’s pants
12:45 PM — Put your hand on your heart and tell me - is the Kylie exhibition at London's Victoria and Albert Museum worth going to see?The most opinionated man in the PinkNews universe, Ben Leung, casts his critical eye over an exhibition that has got the Radio 4 crowd in a tizz over whether or not la Minogue is worthy of a retrospective at the age of 38. There's an old saying in Hollywood that if there's a nuclear holocaust, only two things would survive - cockroaches and Cher.
China’s first gay marriage protest
12:20 PM — On Valentine's Day, Beijing's gay population protested for same-sex marriage to be legalised. This was the first protest for that cause in China.The protest took place during lunch hour in a well-populated business area.As part of the protest, flyers were given out, and these flyers were used to cover red carnations.
Mayor pleads innocent to heterosexism 1
12:12 PM — A former Cambridge mayor has been accused of "heterosexism" after he asked for more family homes to be built.Liberal Democrat Councillor John Hipkin, who has a gay brother, told the BBC that he took "deep exception" to a complaint made to Cambridge Council over his demand for more family housing.Hipkin currently represents Cambridge's Castle ward and was first elected in May 1992.
Balding’s big walk for cancer charity
11:18 AM — Ramblers across the UK are gearing up for this spring's Macmillan "Walk Wonder" fundraiser. The event is being backed by BBC presenter Clare Balding.In May thousands of people will be donning their walking boots and taking to some of Britain's most breathtaking scenery in a bid to raise £1 million pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support.Broadcaster and Macmillan advocate Clare Balding is buoyant about the fundraising event.
Anglican gay arguments influenced by Rome merger 1
11:08 AM — The ongoing row over gays in the Anglican church took a new turn today with the revelation that senior church figures are considering submitting to the authority of the Pope.A commission set up in 2000 to consider ways of re-uniting the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches is due to report later this year. The Times newspaper published extracts of the report today, and it includes the proposal that the Anglican church should work towards recognising the Pope as head of the church.
16th February 2007
Miss GayUK wants to change lesbian stereotype 1
3:45 PM — The race is on to find Miss GayUK, thanks to a lesbian couple from Leicester who have revived the idea for the competition that has not run since 2001.Inspired by the new image of lesbians presented in popular media such as The L Word, the organisers have launched a search for women with "strength, beauty and ambition".They feel the need to publicise that: "Lesbian and bisexual women are not all dungaree-wearing, armpit hair-growing, short haired women who favour the smell of their own body odour."
Lesbian couple lose pub court case 1
3:24 PM — A Hertfordshire landlady accused of excluding two lesbian police officers from her pub on homophobic grounds was cleared of a public order offence on Tuesday.Magistrates in St. Albans ruled that due to "significant inconsistencies" in the evidence given by prosecution witnesses, Nicola Hackett, 38, would not be prosecuted.Ms. Hackett told The Sun : "I'm over the moon. It has been very, very traumatic for me."
British gay rapper hits America
12:25 PM — QBoy's bid to make it big across the pond will begin with the USA's first major gay hip-hop tour this spring.The gay rap artist will be flying the flag for Britain on the HomoRevolution Tour, which will take in the south-western states of America.It has been organised by rapper DeadLee, who recently recorded a track with QBoy.
Faith and homophobia conference tomorrow 1
12:06 PM — A ground-breaking conference on "Faith, Homophobia and Human Rights" will take place tomorrow, Saturday 17th February, in London's East End.It comes as Anglican leaders meet in Tanzania to debate the church's position on gay people - a highly controversial issue for the Anglican communion.The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM), who are coordinating the conference, have secured sponsorship and support from over 50 prominent organisations.
Clock ticking on gay discrimination regulations 1
11:54 AM — The controversial Sexual Orientation Regulations, the source of a battle with the Roman Catholic church over adoption and a Cabinet row, should be published next week.A spokeswoman for the Department of Communities and Local Government confirmed to PinkNews.co.uk that they expect the regulations will become law by April as promised.The new rules protect gay, lesbian and bisexual people from discrimination when accessing goods, services and facilities.