17th October 2007
Man who came out at 91 publishes gay novel
11:32 AM — A former Oxford academic has become one of the oldest first time authors ever with a dashing gay romance called The Heart Entrapped. Mike Soper, 93, is feeling the liberation of life outside the closet after decades of pretending, and his new book draws on his experiences of love outside the law.He told the Oxford Mail:"I had to keep quiet about my sexuality when I was lecturing at Oxford, as undergraduates would not have been very kind if they had known I was gay."
Christian banned from library after campaign against gay staff 4
11:12 AM — A man described as a "devout Christian" has been arrested after a series of incidents of homophobia at a public library in Greater Manchester.58-year-old Joe Fairclough was arrested and detained by officers under a public order offence, but later released without charge.A police spokesman told the Manchester Evening News: "The library customer's behaviour was unacceptable."
No resignations over gay personnel says Navy 11
10:10 AM — The Royal Navy's equality and diversity officer has said there is no evidence that anyone left the service in protest at gay men and lesbians being allowed to serve openly.In 2000, the government removed the ban on gay, lesbian and bisexual people in the Armed Forces.A document obtained under the Freedom of Information Act appeared to shed light on the worries some military personnel had.
16th October 2007
Two month contest for Lib Dem leadership
6:50 PM — The Liberal Democrat party, still reeling from the shock resignation of its leader Sir Menzies Campbell yesterday, will hold a two month race to replace him.As expected, the party's President Simon Hughes, who came out as bisexual during the previous leadership race in February 2006, has ruled himself out as a candidate this time.Sir Ming resigned yesterday with immediate effect without speaking to the press.
Homophobic church hit by pro-gay vandals 1
5:25 PM — Sectarian and pro-gay graffiti has been daubed on a Free Presbyterian church on the outskirts of Belfast.Walls and gates at the Dunmurry church were smeared with pro-Republican slogans and the Nazi swastika in an overnight attack, broadcaster UTV has reported.The incident followed comments about homosexuals on television last night by Free Presbyterian cleric the Rev David McIlveen.
Gay characters shortlisted as nation’s favourites
3:14 PM — Two soap actors who play gay characters have been short listed for a top TV honour, it was revealed last night.Antony Cotton, who plays Coronation Street's Sean Tully, and James Sutton, who plays John Paul McQueen in Hollyoaks, are both up for the Most Popular Actor award at this years' National Television Awards.They face Doctor Who actor David Tennant, who won the award last year, and Charlie Clements, who plays Bradley Branning in EastEnders.
Gay police honour campaigning priest 1
2:35 PM — The Gay Police Association has honoured the chief executive of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement.The Reverend Richard Kirker was awarded the Matthew Windibank Memorial Award at the 17th GPA Annual Dinner in Brighton on Saturday.The award recognises those individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the progression of gay equality inside and outside the police service.
Schoolboy orchestrated fatal homophobic attack 16
11:21 AM — Two men have admitted killing a council worker in a homophobic attack in a public park in Scotland.The BBC reported that a 15-year-old boy also pleaded guilty to assaulting 51-year-old James Kerr in the South Inch park in Perth in April this year.All three were originally charged with murder, but changed their pleas at the High Court in Perth. They will be sentenced today.
15th October 2007
EXCLUSIVE: Gay MP angry at press treatment of Ming 1
7:05 PM — Liberal Democrat MPs have been paying tribute to Sir Ming Campbell after it was announced today that he has resigned after one year, seven months and thirteen days as party leader.Stephen Williams, the MP for Bristol West, who is an out gay man, expressed anger at the way Sir Ming has been treated over his age."I am very sad about his resignation. I think he has been treated appallingly by sections of the media," he told PinkNews.co.uk
Ming Campbell resigns as Lib Dem leader 1
6:35 PM — The leader of the Liberal Democrats has resigned.The party's President Simon Hughes announced this evening that Sir Menzies Campbell is stepping down immediately.He has led the party since March 2006, when long-serving leader and fellow Scot Charles Kennedy resigned over press reports about his alcoholism.
Are you a poster boy (or girl) for gay rights?
4:40 PM — A leading gay organisation is looking for photogenic types willing to feature in their reports.The International Lesbian and Gay Association of Europe wants volunteers willing to be photographed.ILGA are looking for LGBT single parents with their children, LGBT couples with and without children, and larger family groups including two or more generations with LGBT and other family members, cross-generational couples, pregnant couples and so on.
NHS to hold STI testing in gay sauna
4:20 PM — HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust and a London NHS Trust are to offer testing for sexually transmitted infections at a London sauna.Chariots in Shoreditch is working with the Barts and the London NHS Trust and THT to offer the service on Wednesday evenings.The testing is being funded by City and Hackney Primary Care Trust, and it is hoped that the informal setting of a gay sauna will encourage men to take part.
Sex abuse letting agents on the run
3:35 PM — A 50-year-old man has been found guilty of sexually abusing two teenage boys and a man.Alfred John Palmer, a letting agent in Plymouth, was convicted in his absence after absconding.Palmer, formerly of Alcester Street, Stoke, was owner of landlord and letting agency Palmer Co. The court heard that he abused his position, performing "intrusive interviews" which included taking photos of his victims.
Concerns about gays in the UK Armed Forces revealed 4
11:48 AM — A document obtained under the Freedom of Information Act has shed light on the worries some military personnel had about openly gay and lesbian people serving.A review by the Service Personnel Board from 2002, obtained by The Times, revealed that some had left the Navy over the issue and listed concerns over heterosexuals having to share showers and accommodation with gay servicemen and women.In 2000, the government removed the ban on gay, lesbian and bisexual people serving openly in the Armed Forces.
HIV transmission man may be in France
11:23 AM — Police hunting a gay man who was convicted last year of recklessly infecting his lover with HIV believe he may have spent some time in France.Mark James was sentenced to three years and four months in jail when he failed to appear in court in August 2006.Police have been looking for him since he first missed a court date and a nationwide hunt failed to find James. Police later confirmed that the search was now international.
Manchester Pride raises £95,000 for charity 1
10:34 AM — The city of Manchester's ten day Pride celebration in August raised £95,000 for charity, it has been revealed.Organisers estimate that 200,000 people watched the main Pride march through the city centre, while 40,000 tickets were sold for the Big Weekend.Andrew Stokes, chairman of Manchester Pride, said: "This was the first year that Manchester Pride operated as a charity in its own right."
Gay friendly bishop’s UK tour 1
10:10 AM — A provocative retired Anglican bishop who supports gay rights within the church is to give give a series of talks in the UK.John Shelby Spong, a bishop with the Episcopal Church in Newark, New Jersey, for 24 years, is conducting a world tour in support of his book Jesus for the Non-Religious.He has already toured New Zealand and flies to South Africa afterwards his UK appearances.
12th October 2007
Minister signals tax breaks for married and civil partnered couples 19
11:14 PM — In an interview in Saturday's Daily Telegraph, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has signaled that the Government may give tax incentives to married couples, in recogniion of their benefits to society.The interview concentrates on traditonal, straight marriages, but under the Civil Partnership Act, all benefits offered to married couples must be offered to gay couples in civil partnerships.
Leading gay commentators question incitement law 100
5:30 PM — Prominent gay journalists have expressed concern at proposals from the government to introduce a new offence of inciting hate against gay, lesbian and bisexual people.They believe it will undermine freedom of speech, adds little to existing laws and even plays into the hands of homophobes and bigots by allowing them to become martyrs.However, gay equality organisation Stonewall hit back, saying there is a lot of misunderstanding about the proposed new offence.
Father of Stuart Lubbock to claim compensation 5
4:40 PM — A government body that makes payments to the victims of violent crime has confirmed that the father of a young man found dead at the home of entertainer Michael Barrymore is seeking compensation.31-year-old Stuart Lubbock was discovered in Barrymore's swimming pool after a party in March 2001.Three months later Barrymore and two other men were arrested and bailed in connection with the incident.