12th February 2007
Scots minister in gay blessing storm
12:01 PM — The Church of Scotland faces widespread division after a minister announced she would use her church to bless same-sex civil partnerships.Aberdeenshire minister the Rev Kim Cran will risk the possibility of disciplinary action in order to bless four homosexual couples, Scotsman.com has reported.Last year the Church of Scotland's local branches, the presbyteries, voted to reject a declaration that would allow clerics to conduct ceremonies without fear of punishment.
BA asked to donate to anti-gay Christian group 3
10:30 AM — The British Airways check-in worker at the centre of last year's crucifix row has demanded a £100,000 donation be paid to a Christian charity rigorously opposed to anti-discrimination legislation.55-year-old Nadia Eweida was suspended last September after she refused to cover up her crucifix in accordance with BA rules.Following changes to the airline's uniform policy Mrs Eweida will return to work after spending four months on unpaid leave.
9th February 2007
Pride photos part of London LGBT History Month 3
5:29 PM — Southwark LGBT Network kicked off this year's History Month with a free photographic exhibition, depicting 32 years of London Pride events, courtesy of lesbian photographer Pam Isherwood.The network, an offshoot of the Southwark Anti-Homophobic Forum, organised seven events for the first year of History Month and has been committed to the event ever since.The photography exhibition was organised by Dax Ashworth, LGBT community development worker at Southwark Council.
FA finally tackles homophobia
12:09 PM — The Football Association has banned homophobic chants at matches.The policy change comes after Tottenham Hotspur launched their campaign against homophobia in football in February 2006.The club drew the FA's attention to a growth of homophobic songs and chants which they described has "creeping into the game."
New anti-bullying guide launched
11:28 AM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has produced a guide to help employers stop homophobic bullying and harassment in the workplace.It features practical examples of good practice currently being developed by a range of Stonewall's partner organisations including BT, Accenture, Manchester City Council, the Royal Navy and Barnado's.The guide explains the difficulties gay employees can face when reporting bullying.
Britain a better country under Labour, claims Blair
12:28 AM — Tony Blair has described himself as "pro-gay rights and tough on law and order" in a podcast interview with actor Stephen Fry.The internet broadcast, which is available on the No 10 website, touched on a range of issues to do with identity and the perceived fracturing of British society.Echoing many of the soundbites that have defined his decade in office, the Prime Minister said that he differed from previous Labour leaders.
8th February 2007
Business masterclass for gay entrepreneurs
5:38 PM — The Gay Business Association is hosting a series of workshops later this month in central London.The day-long 'masterclass' will focus on all aspects of starting up and running a business that targets the gay and lesbian community, as well as information about dealing with discrimination.There will also be a number of business professionals on hand to answer specific questions throughout the day.
University already banning gay partnership ceremonies
5:09 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive The controversy surrounding Canterbury Christ Church University's ban on same-sex unions on its premises has taken a new turn.Documents obtained by PinkNews.co.uk show that a decision was taken as recently as last December, contradicting the recent press release from the institution's Vice-Chancellor.The university is a teacher training college for the Church of England, and its Chancellor is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.
Lesbian lovers lies land them in jail
4:02 PM — Two former lesbian lovers have been jailed for making false claims against a man who subsequently spent two weeks in custody last August.25-year-old Kerry-Ann Austin, of Leyfields in Lichfield, was sentenced to two months in jail after lying to the police about her husband, Paul, breaching a restraining order not to contact her.Her lesbian partner Louise Howes, 29 - sister of Paul - was also given the same sentence.
Northern Ireland most bigoted place, survey reveals
12:59 PM — Northern Ireland has the highest proportion of bigoted people in the western world, according to research from the University of Ulster.Not only does the province have the highest proportion of bigots, but the bigots are on average more bigoted than those in other countries.The main target of Northern Irish prejudice is the gay community, with over a third of respondents saying they did not want gay neighbours.
Ken Livingstone backs Latvia Pride 1
12:22 PM — The LGBT communities of London and Riga are to come together in a unique twinning partnership to support equality and tolerance in both capital cities.Pride London representatives are due to sign a statement of unity with Riga Pride in the Latvian capital later this month.The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, has given his backing to the Riga event, which last year was attacked by protestors.
Gay radio show on the BBC
11:13 AM — BBC Radio 4 is to broadcast a programme this Saturday exploring the rise and fall of gay radio.Out on Air has been scheduled to coincide with February's LGBT History Month.The programme will examine how homosexuality on the airwaves went from taboo to mainstream in the space of a decade.
7th February 2007
Joan Rivers offers to clean your house for charity 1
5:52 PM — Terrence Higgins Trust is offering a series of 'money can't buy' experiences for auction at their star-studded fundraising event next month.The Lighthouse Gala Auction, which is supported by Barclays, is your chance to spend an evening at Christie's with THT's top celebrity supporters and bid for some exclusive lots.The auction will be held on the 12th of March.
£17,000 payout in discrimination case
2:10 PM — A gay man who was suspended for complaining about anti-gay graffiti has been awarded over £17,000 compensation by an employment tribunal.Chris Martin won his case against Parkam Foods last September. The West Yorkshire company supply pre-packaged meats to many of the major UK supermarkets.Since the introduction of the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations in December 2003 only a small number of cases have been brought to a tribunal.
British basketball star comes out
12:15 PM — For the first time, a professional basketball player is to announce that he is gay.British-born John Amaechi, who retired from the NBA league three years ago, will reveal his sexuality in an ESPN TV show later this month, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The 36-year-old, who is of English and Nigerian parentage, grew up in Stockport.
Scots Cardinal attacks “hedonistic society” 1
11:55 AM — The leader of Scotland's Roman Catholics has attacked modern Britain for allowing gay and lesbian couples the right to adopt children.Cardinal Keith O'Brien said that equal rights were a sign of a "deeply hedonistic society" and complained that morals were being trumped by freedom of choice and lifestyle.The church in Scotland has been vocal in its opposition to gay adoption.
Be confident to avoid attacks, advises charity 1
11:23 AM — The Suzy Lamplugh Trust, a leading authority on personal safety issues, has said that LGBT people should develop techniques that help them to appear more confident and assertive in public.The trust says that confidence is a key weapon in avoiding hate crimes."Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people often rely upon 'being invisible' to remain safe," says the trust's chief executive Julie Bentley.
Catholic schools comment on gay bullying 4
10:01 AM — The head of the Catholic Education Service has denied that educational institutions run by the church do not tackle homophobic bullying.Oona Stannard, chief executive of the service, was responding to criticism from one of the UK's major teaching unions.Ministers have urged all schools to develop a policy on homophobic bullying.
6th February 2007
COMMENT: The Kylie roadshow
5:36 PM — Depending on you point of view, it is another example of national arts institutions dumbing down to get punters, or a well-deserved celebration of the iconic yet tiny figure of a true legend.PinkNews.co.uk's very own Torsten Højer took a trip down to South Ken this morning to take a look at what all the fuss is about.
Anglican synod to discuss embracing gays 1
4:01 PM — The General Synod of the Church of England will return to the controversial topic of homosexuality when it meets at the end of this month.The synod meets twice a year to discuss the business of the church, and is made up of bishops, priests and lay people.There are two motions up for discussion about gay people.