29th January 2008
UK prepares to celebrate LGBT History Month
3:00 PM — Hundreds of individual events are scheduled to take place throughout the UK to celebrate the fourth annual LGBT History Month, which begins on Friday and continues throughout February.LGBT History Month was started by LGBT campaigning organisation Schools Out.Founded and run by volunteers, it first took place in February 2005, in the wake of the abolition of Section 28 and has grown each year.
Mayoral candidate wants to cut Pride London funding 17
1:31 PM — An MEP who is standing as the UK Independence Party candidate for Mayor of London has said that if elected he would withdraw funding from the city's Pride celebrations.Gerard Batten also pledged to target ethnic minority groups. In the 2004 Mayoral elections UKIP came fourth, winning 6% (115,665) of first preference votes.A founder member of the party, Mr Batten has been an MEP for the London region since 2004.
28th January 2008
Homophobic cleric seeks treatment in the UK 1
6:05 PM — An Islamic preacher who has called for gay people to be put to death is to be allowed entry into the UK for medical treatment.Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, 80, was at the centre of a row in 2004 when he came to London as a guest of Mayor Ken Livingstone, who was then heavily criticised by gay rights campaigners and Jewish organisations for inviting him.He is spiritual leader of Islamicist organisation, the Muslim Brotherhood.
Bryant reveals new teen pregnancy strategy 2
6:05 PM — Gay Labour MP Chris Bryant today launched a new report with dramatic newly compiled figures on teenage pregnancies in every constituency in England and Wales.Mr Bryant represents the south Wales working class constituency of the Rhondda, where there is a particularly striking rate of teen pregnancies.The report takes the form of an interactive web site, www.teenagemums.org.uk.
Review: A misanthropic take on gay relationships 2
5:45 PM — Jason Charles' new play Counterfeit Skin certainly pulls no punches.This unsparingly dark presentation of modern gay relationships is filled with shallow, self-serving characters paralysed by their own unhappy existences, and it provides no message of hope at the end of its two and a half hours.It is tough going at times, and while all the performances are well-executed, one cannot help but feel depressed at the play's message.
MP calls for hormone block drugs for trans children 4
4:55 PM — A Labour politician is backing a change to guidelines that stop young people who have Gender Identity Disorder being treated with drugs to forestall the effects of puberty.Dr Lynne Jones, the MP for Selly Oak in Birmingham, has lent her support to calls for a change to the rules.The Sunday Mercury has discovered that at least three children from the UK, one of whom is twelve years old, have travelled to the US for drug treatment.
EXCLUSIVE: I felt safer as a cop, says Paddick
4:10 PM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London has added his voice to the controversy around safety on the streets of the city.In an interview published eight days ago Home Secretary Jacqui Smith admitted that she would not feel safe walking the streets of London at night.Speaking to PinkNews.co.uk, Brian Paddick said that it was difficult for him to judge how safe people felt on the streets today compared with ten or twenty years ago.
Mayoral candidate’s gay bar meet and greet 3
1:20 PM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London will be holding an unusual event this evening in Covent Garden.Brian Paddick will be hosting a 'meet and greet' event at the Box bar, which is billed as an opportunity for members of the LGBT community to meet him in person and put any questions they might have to him.Londoners will be able to speak to him face to face between 7.30pm and 9.30pm.
Seminal artist upsets Anglican priest 4
1:10 PM — A gay performance artist has sparked controversy with a new exhibition of drawings which he created by ejaculating onto paper.The 54 drawings which make up Jordan McKenzie's exhibition, aptly entitled 'Spent,' consist of the artist's seminal fluids covered in a layer of carbon dust.Commenting on the reaction his work has received, Mr McKenzie said: "It's been a very mixed bag. There have been discussions centred on the definitional aspect of the work. Is this drawing people have asked?
New HIV drug becomes available for UK patients
12:40 PM — A new treatment for HIV positive people who have built up a resistance to other drugs has become available for use in the UK>Raltegravir is the first in a new class of HIV treatments called integrase inhibitors.It is available in tablet form and has been approved for use in combination with other antiretroviral drugs to treat HIV infection in adult patients whose current therapy is no longer controlling the virus.
Warnings over botox after 16 deaths
10:10 AM — If you are one of the millions of people who has used Botox to help eliminate signs of aging, new reports my cause you to raise an eyebrow.The US Consumer group Public Citizen is calling for harsher warnings to be added to labels after 16 deaths related to the spread of botulinum toxin have been reported.Botox, created by Allergan Inc, is a is a form of injected poison primarily used to smooth out wrinkles in the face and neck.
27th January 2008
Nation remembers victims of the Holocaust 3
5:47 PM — More than 1,600 people including survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides are attending a memorial service at Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall.The annual event, held as Liverpool acts as European Capital of Culture falls on the anniversary of the 1945 liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. There, the Nazis murdered gay men and women, Jews, Poles, Romas and Gypsies, political prisoners, people with disabilities, and others during the Second World War.
Health Secretary accused of receiving proxy loan
12:01 AM — The Health Secretary, Alan Johnson has been accused in the Sunday Mirror of accepting cash through a proxy for his failed attempt to become Deptuty Leader of the Labour Party.The tabloid says that a Pakistani in Britain on a student visa for the past three years was used to direct £3,334 towards Mr Johnson's campaign.50-year-old Waseem Siddiqui said he wasn't aware who Mr Johnson was.
Only one in a hundred admit to the government that they are gay 3
12:01 AM — Only one in 100 people have described themselves as gay in a government survey into British sexuality.A further one in 100 describe themselves as bisexual, 0.6 per cent said "other" and three per cent say they were not willing to declare their sexuality.Some failed to to answer the question properly; responses included: "female", "normal", "not active" and "I am OK with my sexuality".
25th January 2008
Report demonstrates need for hate crime law in Scotland 1
1:55 PM — A report commissioned by Lothian and Borders Police has found that 15% of gay men in Edinburgh have been attacked in the last year.One in four of the 150 men questioned said they had been the victim of homophobic violence in the last five years.The report was carried out last April by health psychology professors from Queen Margaret University.7% of lesbians questioned said they had been assaulted physically or sexually in the previous 12 months.
Gay couple suffer second incident of bus discrimination 24
12:56 PM — A young gay couple from Aberdeen have been discriminated against by a national bus company for the second time in six months.Mark Craig, 20, and Steven Black, 16, from Old Meldrum in Aberdeenshire, claim that when they attempted to catch the last Stagecoach bus from Aberdeen back to Old Meldrum on January 11th, the driver opened the doors, looked at them, and then closed the doors and drove off.Mr Craig said: "The bus arrived at around 11:30. It pulled in to the bus stop as Steven and I were waiting."
24th January 2008
Downing St announces Cabinet reshuffle
6:05 PM — Culture Secretary James Purnell has been appointed Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.He replaces Peter Hain, who resigned earlier today after the Electoral Commission asked the police to investigate his failure to declare more than £100,000 in donations to his campaign for Deputy Leader of the Labour party.Mr Purnell's Culture job will be taken by Chief Secretary to the Treasury Andy Burnham.
Interview: How to achieve workplace equality
4:15 PM — Earlier this month gay equality organisation Stonewall published its 2008 Workplace Equality Index, showcasing Britain's top 100 employers for gay people.The top 100 were ranked according to criteria ranging from implementation of effective equality policies to practical demonstration of good practice in recruitment, how they engage with lesbian and gay staff, customers and service users.240 employers entered the 2008 Index.
PM accepted Hain’s resignation by phone
1:55 PM — Downing St and the Metropolitan police have issued statements relating to the resignation of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Peter Hain."Peter Hain has made his statement," said Downing St.It is understood the Cabinet minister phoned Prime Minister Gordon Brown at 11.30am, told him about the decision of the Electoral Commission to refer his failure to disclose donations worth more than £103,000 to the police, and offered to resign.
Cabinet minister Peter Hain resigns
12:29 PM — Peter Hain has resigned from the government after the Electoral Commission asked the police to investigate his failure to declare more than £100,000 in donations to his campaign for Deputy Leader of the Labour party.In a short statement he said he was leaving to "clear his name."As Work and Pensions Secretary he was in charge of the biggest spending department in the government. He was also Secretary of State for Wales.