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  • 22nd August 2007

    Boris Johnson hits back at his critics 16

    Mr Johnson today told PinkNews.co.uk: “This is a measure of the desperation of Ken and his cronies.“

    2:30 PM — Henley MP Boris Johnson, one of four contenders for the Conservative party nomination for Mayor of London, has responded to a document from a left-leaning organisation listing his previous comments on race, homosexuality and other issues.In the 17-page document, entitled Boris Johnson: A Member of the Tory Right, Compass called the well-known politician "a type of Norman Tebbit in clown's uniform"They also said he is "by far the most right wing candidate ever to be presented by a major party for Mayor of London."

  • Gay entertainer denies racism charges 1

    Brisbane-born Hayes ended speculation over his sexuality after he came out in 2006 and revealed he was in a civil partnership.

    12:01 PM — Australian singer Darren Hayes has denied accusations that he racially abused a waiter in a Thai restaurant in London.He was arrested by police and has been bailed. The alleged incident happened in Busaba Eathai restaurant on July 22nd.The Metropolitan Police issued this statement."We can confirm that a 35-year-old man was arrested by Westminster police on suspicion of racially abusing a member of staff.

  • Left-wing group attack Boris Johnson’s gay views 7

    In April 2000 Boris Johnson attacked, “Labour's appalling agenda, encouraging the teaching of homosexuality in schools, and all the rest of it.“

    11:50 AM — He may not even be the Tory candidate for London Mayor yet, but frontrunner Boris Johnson is already the subject of a 17-page pamphlet from a left-leaning thinktank outlining his previous contentious statements on a range on issues.The Conservative party are selecting their candidate via an open primary, in which all Londoners on the electoral register can take part.The selection process, by phone and ballot, closes on 26th September and the Tory candidate will be announced soon after.

  • 21st August 2007

    Interview: Julian Clary’s Murder Most Fab

    Julian Clary spoke to PinkNews.co.uk about the novel, his time as a stand-up comic, and why he is glad that Peter Tatchell exists.

    4:35 PM — Comedian Julian Clary's debut as a novelist is a funny, farcical tale of a gay boy who falls in love, suffers a broken heart, moves to London, works as an escort and eventually ends up as TV star with a guilty secret.Murder Most Fab could only have been written by Julian, and his unique sense of humour and absurd but amusing plot make it one of the lightest and most pleasurable reads of the year.Julian, who looks about a decade younger than his 48 years, first shot to fame in the early 1980s as an outrageous stand-up comedian.

  • Mass civil partnership ceremony at Manchester Pride 11

    This year visitors can party at venues on Canal Street in the city's gay village for 78 hours straight.

    4:35 PM — Manchester will be celebrating its LGBT community in style at the city's annual Pride festival this weekend.This year visitors can party at venues on Canal Street in the city's gay village for 78 hours straight as part of the Manchester Pride Big Weekend, which runs from Friday 24th to Monday 27th August.The main stage at the Big Weekend will feature performances from the Gossip, Belinda Carlisle and Gareth Gates.

  • CBBC presenter jokes about gay staff 7

    35-year-old Kirsten, from Middlesborough, was appearing at the festival for the second year running. photo: BBC

    12:32 PM — Barely a week after the furore surrounding Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq, another Children's BBC star has raised eyebrows at her stand-up comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival.Kirsten O'Brien, a familiar face from shows such as Totally Doctor Who, Smile and SMart told an audience that staff at CBBC are "gay, childless or don't like kids."The 35-year-old, from Middlesborough, was appearing at the festival for the second year running.

  • 20th August 2007

    Gay play nominated for Fringe theatre award 57

    Beadle-Blair's play focuses on the Stonewall riots, a series of violent conflicts at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village

    6:10 PM — A play about the 1969 Stonewall riots has been nominated for a prestigious award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.The cast of Rikki Beadle-Blair's play Stonewall has been nominated in the Best Ensemble category of The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence. They include categories for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Ensemble and Best Solo Performer.

  • Police probe safety of lesbians and trans people in London

    The police are working in partnership with Galop and the London Lesbian  Gay Switchboard.

    4:23 PM — A new survey commissioned by the Metropolitan Police aims to improve understanding of the levels of safety among bisexual and lesbian women and trans people in the capital.The research aims to give the Met a better understanding of the extent of homophobic and transphobic incidents experienced and the effect this has on people's lives.The survey focuses on these particular groups because they are the least likely to report hate crimes.

  • Frisch’s Gaydar millions left to ex-partner

    Mr Frisch, originally from South Africa, established Gaydar with his business partner and then-boyfriend Henry Badenhorst in 1999.

    3:35 PM — Gary Frisch, the co-founder of Gaydar who fell to his death in February, left an estate worth more than £6.5m.Mr Frisch, originally from South Africa, established Gaydar with his business partner and then-boyfriend Henry Badenhorst in 1999. Mr Badenhorst is the main beneficiary from his will.As the couple, who split up several months before Mr Frisch's death, had never entered into a civil partnership, Mr Badenhorst will have to pay inheritance tax of more than £2m.

  • Major law firm settles orientation discrimination case

    Mr Bryceland's settlement is likely to be hundreds of thousands of pounds, to compensate for loss of earnings.

    2:15 PM — One of the best-known names in the 'magic circle' of law firms has settled a claim of sexual orientation discrimination.A former partner at Clifford Chance made his claim in November. The Lawyer today reports that the firm has settled the case for an undisclosed amount of money.It is thought to be the first ever discrimination claim against a law firm on the grounds of sexual orientation.

  • Gay dating sites accused of enforcing stereotypes 2

    Since it was created in 1999, Gaydar has become an internet phenomenon with more than three million users in 23 countries.

    1:51 PM — A professor at Salford University has accused Gaydar and other online community websites of using "Village People clichés" to categorise gay men into stereotypical groups.Professor Ben Light has called for changes to the way in which sites group their members into narrow profile types on the basis of their sexual identity.However, Gaydar has dismissed his assertions and said that their customers do not have to define themselves by group or category to use the site.

  • 17th August 2007

    Mayor praises gay professionals community

    The Mayor's comments come as the networking organisation prepares to celebrate its two-year anniversary in September.

    11:35 AM — Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, a long-time supporter of all things gay, has praised Village Drinks, the social event and online community for gay professionals.What started as a small social gathering for gay networking two years ago has grown into a important part of the London landscape for professional gay and lesbians in the capital."I congratulate Village Drinks for establishing itself as a key social and professional network for lesbian and gay Londoners over the past two years," the Mayor said.

  • Soho Pride will be celebrated this weekend 4

    Soho Pride has become a popular day out for London' gay clubbing community.

    11:02 AM — The streets that constitute London's gay village will get their own party this Sunday as Soho's Pride event takes place.Instead of a parade, various stages will be playing music from midday. Soho Square, Carlisle St and Rupert Street will be closed to traffic.QX magazine will be hosting a stage featuring performances from drag queen Jodie Harsh and the Powder Puff Girls.

  • TURING: The case for a boycott 4

    Beheadings and fatal lashings are still common in Saudi Arabia.

    10:40 AM — Despite reasonable arguments to the contrary, it is better stay away from homophobic countries.The United States, not particularly known for its gay rights record, surprised a good many people in 2005 when its State Department, in its annual report on human rights, included for the first time a list of countries guilty of LGBT abuses.A painful evidence of the Bush administration's hypocrisy, it may well have been.

  • 16th August 2007

    Banged up Bad Girls to hold gay fundraiser

    Tickets for the Stonewall benefit night cost £50 and include a top-price theatre seat, post-show drinks and the chance to meet the show's cast.

    6:38 PM — It's been a while since the heavy metal doors slammed on the inmates of HMP Larkhall for the last time, but now those bad girls are back and, boy, are they making a song and dance about it.Bad Girls The Musical, currently previewing at the Garrick Theatre in London's West End, is teaming up with Stonewall for a special fundraising benefit night on 6th September.The event will raise money for the gay equality charity's campaigning work around homophobic bullying and lesbian health.

  • Bigot of the Year nominee wants to come to Stonewall Awards 52

    Yesterday Stonewall announced that its second annual awards ceremony will be held on November 1st at the Victoria  Albert Museum in London.

    5:40 PM — One of the nominees for this year's Stonewall 'Bigot of the Year' award has said she is honoured to be nominated.The award is given to an individual who has gone out of their way to harm, hurt or snub lesbians, gay men and bisexuals in the last 12 months. Last year's winner was Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles.Roman Catholic activist Patricia McKeever responded to a posting about the second annual Stonewall Awards on a blog.

  • Crime authors clash over lesbian thrillers 1

    Ms McDermid, 52, a former journalist, also attacked the general sexist attitude towards female writers and violent content in the press.

    4:05 PM — One of the UK's leading crime novelists has been denounced by a lesbian writer amid claims of prejudice.Ian Rankin, best known for the Inspector Rebus series of novels, said last year that women writers are now writing the most explicitly violent books, and that most of those authors are lesbians.Rival novelist Val McDermid used an appearance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival to lambast Mr Rankin, calling his comments "arrant rubbish."

  • Comment: My journey from scared teen to gay activist

    It was my goal to make sure that no one went through the isolation and harassment that I experienced.

    1:35 PM — The first time I came to the UK, I was amazed by its history, architecture and bustling cities.Now, over ten years later, I have come back to experience this amazing place once again.As a third year student from the University of California Santa Cruz, I am currently doing a full time internship with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) History Month and Schools OUT.

  • Mayor hits back over Blue Peter row

    A statement from the Mayor's office plays down the significance of Ken Livingstone's comments at the launch of the Hovis London Freewheel.

    11:25 AM — The Mayor of London has defended his behaviour at the launch of a cycling event attended by Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq.Yesterday the BBC apologised to the openly gay London Assembly member Brian Coleman and conceded that Ms Huq should not have attended the event as the Mayor made comments of a political nature.A statement from the Mayor's office plays down the significance of Ken Livingstone's comments at the launch of the Hovis London Freewheel.

  • 15th August 2007

    BBC apologises for Blue Peter presenter

    BBC deputy director-general said that Ms Huq's appearance at the press conference had been arranged by her agent without informing Blue Peter production staff. photo: BBC publicity

    5:14 PM — An openly gay member of the London Assembly has accepted an apology from the deputy director-general of the BBC over an incident involving a Blue Peter presenter.Brian Coleman, deputy chairman of the London Assembly and Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden, complained after Konnie Huq appeared at the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone's weekly press conference.In the course of his remarks to journalists the Mayor made political comments about Mr Coleman.

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