28th August 2007
Malawians oppose McConnell over gay rights 1
11:20 AM — Former Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell has been openly challenged by senior Malawian politicians over his support for gay rights before he moves there as High Commissioner.The head of the main opposition party in Malawi - the United Democratic Front - said Mr McConnell's support for the repeal of Section 28 and civil unions meant he was an unsuitable person to act on behalf of the country."To have a man who supports gay rights to come to Malawi is dangerous for us," Friday Jumbe said.
Venice offers home to Iranian lesbian facing deportation 12
10:41 AM — The city of Venice has supported the decision of the Italian government to offer asylum to a lesbian due to be deported back to Iran today.Pegah Emambakhsh is currently being detained by British officials. Her sexual orientation and her past life in Iran may lead to her being executed.Even if she is not sentenced to death, she is likely to be prosecuted and tortured by Iran's religious officials.
26th August 2007
Tabloid claims Spice Girl Mel B had lesbian threesome 2
10:23 AM — The Sunday Mirror has claimed that Spice Girl, Melanie Brown, known as Mel B had a two year relationship with two lesbians.The tabloid alleges that Mel B began a lesbian affair with mother-of-two Christa Parker after they met at the gates of the school where both women's' children are students. It's claimed that Ms Parker then introduced her to sex-toy vendor, Elizabeth Rodriguez, who joined Mel B and Ms Parker in bed for threesomes.
24th August 2007
Italy ready to grant asylum to Iranian lesbian 12
12:50 PM — A spokesperson for Italian government has confirmed that they will grant ayslum to a lesbian woman due to be deported from the UK to Iran.Pegah Emambakhsh is currently being detained by British officials and she is scheduled for repatriation on Tuesday.Her sexual orientation and her past life in Iran may lead to her being executed.
Gordon Brown urged to support gay football
10:22 AM — The Prime Minister was in the crowd at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night to watch England lose to Germany, and his love of football is well-known.Now Gordon Brown is being urged to show his support for the World Cup, which is being hosted in England next year.Not the over-rated FIFA event, of course, but the International Gay and Lesbian Football Association (IGLFA) World Championship, which kicks off in exactly one year's time today.
TURING: The business of outing 2
10:16 AM — By all means, out someone if he or she is a hypocrite; just don't call them gay. It is nothing short of a comical irony. Ted Haggard, the ex-televangelist, and once the self-appointed spokesperson for Jesus Christ, has all but disappeared from public attention.Only a few months ago, he was reviled not just by the gay community for his blatant homophobic preaching, but also by intelligent people at large for his inability to handle rational criticisms and arguments.
23rd August 2007
Lottery money for older LGBT outreach work 3
12:30 PM — The charity Age Concern has been awarded a £390,000 grant to help improve services in London for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people over 55.The Big Lottery Fund award will pay for two full-time development staff who will work in the Westminster, Hackney, Islington, Camden and Kensington and Chelsea boroughs.Age Concern has carried out in-depth research into the needs of older LGBT people. A resource pack was launched last year to help those working in care homes and extra-care housing support older LGBT people.
Homophobic Christian thinks gays are all white 13
11:45 AM — Stephen Green, an activist with extremist group Christian Voice, has questioned the presence of racist group the National Front at Pride events, on the basis that "homosexuals are not black or Asian as a rule."The controversial preacher made his observation as part of his report on the group's website about his protest at this year's Brighton Pride celebrations.He also complains that the NF are "copying" his idea of protesting at gay events.
22nd August 2007
Football gay liaison officers start training 1
6:12 PM — A day of training and consultation for volunteer liaison officers who will work with football clubs across England to stamp out homophobia was held last week at The Valley, home of Charlton Athletic.The new football season started earlier this month and for the first time homophobic abuse is against the rules in every Premier League and Football League club.The new regime is part of the Football Association's commitment to tackling homophobic abuse at all levels of the game.
Doncaster’s first Pride event draws a crowd
5:18 PM — More than a thousand people defied foul weather to take to the streets of Doncaster over the weekend to celebrate the Yorkshire town's first ever Pride.The event, organised by Doncaster Partnership Against Homophobia and Transphobia, was held in the Market Place.Revellers were treated to six hours of live performances as well speeches from local police and council representatives.There were also fairground rides and a busy market.
Civil partners choose charities above white goods
2:55 PM — When civil partnerships arrived, wedding lists inevitably followed.Recent research found that gay men are keen to have all the trappings of a traditional wedding, including lists of gifts for friends and well-wishers to purchase, such as kettles and washing machines.On average each guest spends nearly £100 each on gifts. However, some couples are taking a different approach, among them Paul Symes and Terry Stacy.
Boris Johnson hits back at his critics 16
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
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
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
Mass civil partnership ceremony at Manchester Pride 11
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.
Interview: Julian Clary’s Murder Most Fab
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.
CBBC presenter jokes about gay staff 7
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
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
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
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.