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  • 30th July 2007

    Comment: Crystal meth, barebacking, apathy and ignorance 1

    Campaigns in the US have portrayed HIV+ gay men as healthy by showing pictures of muscular models revealing their rippling torsos.

    3:57 PM — Recently much attention has been focused on the 40th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, and rightly so.However, this July marks another anniversary of huge significance, which has hardly been mentioned in the media.That is the twenty-five year anniversary of the death of Terrence Higgins, the first person in Britain known to have died from AIDS.

  • MoD offers compensation to sacked gay personnel 3

    Today the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force are members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Scheme.

    3:35 PM — The Ministry of Defence has offered to pay more than £3m to servicemen and women who were sacked for being gay.In 2000, the government removed the ban on gay, lesbian and bisexual people serving openly in the Armed Forces.The MoD said that compensation for around 60 former service personnel was being paid because their privacy had been breached, and not because the Armed Forces had acted illegally in dismissing them.

  • Rise in number of lesbians using artificial insemination 1

    If the trend continues, the majority of children born with the help of donor insemination will be to families with no male partner.

    2:24 PM — Lesbian families and single women could become the largest group using donor insemination at fertility clinics, according to new figures.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) figures reveal that the proportion of single women and women in same-sex relationships seeking artificial insemination went from 18% of the total in 1999 to 38% last year.The figure has risen from 28% to 38% in the past three years.

  • 29th July 2007

    Interview: The Tory who wants to boff Boris

    Boff assures me that he can beat Henley MP and TV regular Boris Johnson, stressing that London needs a competent mayor and not a media darling.

    2:10 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive"It's obvious I'm gay. The blind know I am gay," Andrew Boff exclaims towards the end of our meeting.And he may be right. Practically every news report about the Tory party's selection of a candidate to take on Ken Livingstone for Mayor of London uses the 'gay' tag to describe him.In the flesh he is far from the media stereotype of a gay man.

  • 27th July 2007

    Lib Dems attack Tory gay rights record 5

    The Lib Dem report states that Tory leader David Cameron and key Shadow Cabinet collegaues William Hague, David Davis and George Osborne all voted against the repeal of Section 28 and against same-sex adoption in 2002.

    6:30 PM — The Liberal Democrats have marked the 40th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales by producing a report attacking the voting records of Conservative front benchers.However, a Conservative spokesman accused them of getting their facts wrong.The Lib Dem research found that 80% of the current Shadow Cabinet have voted against gay rights in the ten years since Labour took office.

  • Follett named Equality Minister as new office established 2

    Ms Follett, 64, the MP for Stevenage since 1997, is married to author Ken Follett.

    5:50 PM — Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced a shake-up of the machinery of government with regards to equality.He informed the House of Commons yesterday that the Women and Equality Unit, currently part of the Department for Communities and Local Government, will move to the Department for Work and Pensions as part of a new Government Equalities Office.The Women and Equality Unit was instrumental in pushing forward gay rights legislation.

  • Catholic adoption agency closes rather than accept gay couples 14

    The government briefly considered an opt out for Roman Catholic adoption agencies.

    4:05 PM — A Roman Catholic adoption charity is to turn away children in care because it refuses to accept the government's gay rights laws.Catholic Care will end its 100-year-old adoption service, which places 20 children with new families every year, because it does not want to help same-sex couples adopt.The Sexual Orientation Regulations, passed earlier this year, protect gay, lesbian and bisexual people from discrimination when accessing goods and services.

  • Happy Birthday to PinkNews.co.uk 2

    PinkNews.co.uk is two years old today. photo: kevin@flickr.com

    3:30 PM — Today is a day of anniversaries. PinkNews.co.uk is two years old. In that short time the site has had a major impact on the reporting of news about, and for, the gay community in the UK.We celebrate the fact that we were the first news outlet to get Prime Minister Gordon Brown to talk about gay issues.We got right to the heart of the debate about the future of Labour by interviewing all six candidates for Deputy Leader.

  • Charity urges gay men to come out to their GP 2

    44 per cent of gay men have not told their doctors, and could be

    10:30 AM — The Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a campaign to encourage gayand bisexual men to come out to their doctors and better navigatetheir GP surgeries.44 per cent of gay men have not told their doctors, and could bemissing out on better care as a result.The campaign, via their chapsonline.org website, also explains how the NHS works.

  • 26th July 2007

    Anglican bishops will boycott conference over gay issues 4

    The Archbishop of Canterbury indicated last year that he did not want to discuss human sexuality issues at the conference.

    5:27 PM — The Global South group of Anglican church leaders has decided that it will boycott next year's Lambeth conference.As many as 120 bishops will not attend unless the American part of the Anglican church repudiates its current accepting attitude towards gay clergy and relationships.Conservative and liberal branches of the worldwide Anglican communion have been at loggerheads over the issues of homosexuality.

  • Comment: Diana, AIDS and the fight for Africa 1

    With an extraordinary ability to connect with people, and an equally impressive record in supporting the disadvantaged, she would easily have lived up to the title, 'People's Princess.'

    5:00 PM — I have been away from the UK these past few months, and I feel a sense of relief that I have been well away from all the action.As I dispatch this piece on board a hydrofoil somewhere near Turkey, all I can see online is severe flooding in England.Politicians who might otherwise have more important things ensuring our safety and wellbeing are dragged out of bed at dawn to go on breakfast television to explain their cannabis misdemeanours from over two decades ago.

  • Peter Tatchell stands by Beenie Man and Banton signatures 1

    Mr Tatchell co-ordinated the worldwide Stop Murder Music campaign.

    3:31 PM — Campaigner Peter Tatchell today called claims that two reggae stars did not sign an agreement to stop performing homophobic music "absurd."Buju Banton and Beenie Man both gained positive press coverage around the world for publicly renouncing homophobia by signing the Reggae Compassion Act.Now Banton's management team has said he did not sign up.

  • Review: All-male Pinafore is charming, camp and cramped 1

    Actor Alex Weatherhill exceeds expectations by playing three female characters (Josephine, Cousin Hebe and Mrs Cripps) and by reaching notes higher than the crow's nest.

    1:39 PM — Over a century since HMS Pinafore, Gilbert and Sullivan's anti-establishment, whimsical Victorian musical was first staged, people are still finding ways to reinvent it and widen its appeal.And in an age where the vast majority of the population has only encountered The Lass that Loved a Sailor in a scene from The Simpsons where Sideshow Bob sings the entire repertoire in order to satisfy Bart's last wish, the musical is in dire need of updating.

  • FA wants homophobia liaison officers in every league club 1

    Representatives of amateur teams from Denmark and Spain highlighted homophobia from fans and the press.

    1:30 PM — The Football Association has highlighted its work towards tackling prejudice against LGB people in sport at a conference in Belgium last week.The More Than Playing Games conference's homophobia in football workshop was addressed by representatives of the FA and the Gay Football Supporters Network.The two organisations have launched a joint initiative to get a liaison officer into all 92 league clubs to implement the new ground regulations banning homophobic abuse.

  • Stonewall targets homophobic doctors 2

    Doctors practising in the UK must be registered with the GMC, and are subject to equality rules.

    11:30 AM — Doctors who discriminate against lesbian, gay or bisexual patients are being targeted by a joint initiative launched today by Stonewall and the General Medical Council.Research by the gay equality organisation found that LGB people faced discrimination in the health service, including doctors who did not want to offer smear tests to lesbian patients, discriminatory comments and doctors refusing to register patients because of their sexuality.

  • 25th July 2007

    US to hold personal data on EU travellers until 2022 7

    The Ministry of Justice declined to comment on why the DHS would need access details of a passenger's sexuality or meal choices in life-threatening situations.

    5:47 PM — The Liberal Democrats have expressed concern over an EU agreement to give the US Department of Homeland Security unprecedented access to the personal information of passengers on transatlantic flights.The European Commission quietly approved the agreement on Monday.It gives the DHS access to the personal information of anyone on a transatlantic flight, which could include details of their sexual orientation.

  • Kent’s only Pride event draws 5,000 revellers

    The first ever Thanet Pride drew an estimated 5,000 people to the beach at Margate.

    4:05 PM — The sun, absent for much of the summer of 2007, chose to make an appearance at Kent's only Pride event last weekend.The first ever Thanet Pride drew an estimated 5,000 people to the beach at Margate.The event was backed by the Thanet District Council, local businesses and national sponsors, among them Viagra manufacturer Pfizer.

  • Trans truck driver takes legal action against employer

    Vikki-Marie Gaynor, 37, from Wallasey in Wirral, is bringing a sexual discrimination claim against Exel Europe.

    12:31 PM — A transsexual who claims she was hounded out of her job as a trucker after she began her transition from her former male gender is seeking thousands of pounds in damages from her former employer.Vikki-Marie Gaynor, 37, from Wallasey in Wirral, is bringing a sexual discrimination claim against Exel Europe, part of delivery giant DHL, and recruitment agency Blue Arrow.The ex-soldier claims that previously friendly members of staff started ignoring her, and began a campaign of harassment.

  • House of Commons marks decriminalisation

    It is fitting that in 2007, three of the signatories of today's EDM, Chris Bryant, Nick Herbert and Stephen Williams were all elected as  out and pround gay men.

    11:44 AM — MPs from across the political divide have signed an Early Day Motion celebrating the 40th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.The EDM was sponsored by Stephen Williams, the Liberal Democrat MP for Bristol West.Other signatories include Nick Herbert and John Bercow, both Tories, and Chris Byrant, the Labour MP for Rhonnda.

  • Harry Potter author’s lesbian book 2

    A closer examination of the image gives us an insight into Rowling's own reading material. Assuming it's her bookcase of course.

    11:05 AM — The country is in the grip of Potter mania. London's Tube network is awash with people reading the seventh and last installment of the adventures of the boy wizard on their way to work.The adult edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has a black and white picture of author J K Rowling on the back of the book jacket.The richest author in the world is photographed, fittingly, in front of a bookcase.

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