11th October 2007
Massive cocaine binge killed gay Count
12:23 PM — A German aristocrat famed for his libertine lifestyle died from a massive overdose of cocaine, an inquest has heard.In July Count Gottfried von Bismarck was found dead in his apartment in Chelsea, west London, by an estate agent selling the property. It is thought he had been dead for up to three days.Professor Sebastien Lucas, who performed the autopsy, told Westminster coroner's court yesterday that von Bismarck's corpse had the highest level of cocaine he had ever seen.
Rise in number of prosecutions for homophobic crime 1
12:03 PM — The Crown Prosecution Service today released figures which show that 822 cases were identified as having a homophobic element in 2006-07.478 resulted in a guilty plea and a further 124 resulted in conviction after trial.The CPS said the conviction rate rose from 71% to 73.5% and that "homophobic crime is being tackled head on, and with success."The statistics cover all 42 CPS Areas in England and Wales.
Michael Cashman wins European Parliament award
11:10 AM — West Midlands MEP Michael Cashman has won for an award in recognition of his work for human rights.He has been a strong defender of the rights of LGBT across Europe. He is president of the European Parliament Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights.The Parliament Magazine launched the awards in 2005 to recognise the work of MEPs in nine areas. Nominations for each of the categories were collected from non-government organisations.
Lottery grant will tackle LGBT social exclusion
10:45 AM — A charity operating in the south west of England has been awarded a £370,000 grant for its work with lesbian gay bisexual and trans people in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset.The Intercom Trust will use the National Lottery money to provide infrastructure support for independent lesbian gay bisexual and trans community groups and help local LGBT people set up new groups to provide local services through the Lynx South West project.The Trust faced stiff competition across the whole country for this BASIS grants from the Big Lottery Fund.
EXCLUSIVE: Police complaints body will tackle homophobia 2
10:10 AM — The chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has vowed to extend guidelines to tackle allegations of homophobic behaviour within the police force.The IPCC is holding a public consultation on its draft guidelines on investigating allegations of discriminatory behaviour.The guidelines will replace the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) procedures, Investigating Allegations of Racially Discriminatory Behaviour.
10th October 2007
Suspended sentence for man spying on lesbian couple
2:21 PM — A peeping Tom from Stoke has been found guilty of spying on a lesbian couple having sex in their bedroom, and put on the sex offenders register.Dean Burton, 36, was also given a 51-week suspended jail sentence. He had his previous community order for indecent exposure extended for peering through a window and watching the couple naked.Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard that Burton had known the couple previously.
Charity warns kids could be prosecuted under incitement law 100
1:35 PM — A leading children's charity has said that playground taunts may lead to arrests under a proposed new law.On Monday the Justice Secretary announced that incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation would become an offence in the new Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill before Parliament.Kidscape, who work with bullied and vulnerable children, said that the use of the word "gay" among children is so prevalent that many did not even understand what it means.
Poland boycotts day against capital punishment 57
12:27 PM — A European Union decision to declare today European Day Against the Death Penalty was blocked by Poland.The Polish government insisted that the day also include condemnations of abortion and euthanasia and used its veto to stop the declaration.However, the Council of Europe does not need a unanimous vote on such matters, and it has declared today European Day Against the Death Penalty.
Birmingham club stays open as noise allegations rejected
11:31 AM — A gay nightclub in Birmingham has escaped closure as allegations of noise pollution by local developers were proved to be false.A licensing committee decided that the Nightingale could stay open after consulting the council's own surveys which were based on just two complaints in two years and were found to be well within legal limits.PinkNews.co.uk had reported that the local council received complaints from developer Crosby House.
G-A-Y awards to be televised
11:21 AM — London club promoter Jeremy Joseph has revealed that the inaugural G-A-Y awards will be televised on Sky One on Saturday 1st December to coincide with the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day.The awards will be held at the London Astoria on the 29th and 30th November, where it will be filmed by Double Jab Productions.The G-A-Y awards aim to play tribute to the stars that have played at the Saturday night club night, including some of the biggest names of pop, such as Kylie Minogue, The Spice Girls and Madonna.
G.I. Jonny declares war on Captain Bareback 3
10:51 AM — A toy doll fights HIV and AIDS, as G.I. Jonny leads the fight against Captain Bareback's crotch cannon, armed only with his protector shield and powerful fisting action.It's all part of a series of comedy sketches specially commissioned by the BBC for an information campaign which attempts to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS among 16- 34 year olds.The BBC's HIV awareness campaign started running on October 1st.
Tatchell abused at march for Palestine 2
10:03 AM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell was threatened and slandered as a paedophile when he attended the Al Quds pro-Palestinian march and rally in London last Sunday, 7 October 2007.The Al Quds demonstration was supported by the left-wing Respect Party, 1990 Trust, Muslim Association of Britain, Islamic Human Rights Commission, Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Federation of Student Islamic Societies.The post-march Trafalgar Square rally was addressed by the Respect Party MP, George Galloway.
9th October 2007
Inheritance tax allowance raised for civil partners 1
5:50 PM — The Chancellor of the Exchequer has doubled the inheritance tax threshold for civil partners and married people.Presenting his pre-Budget report to the House of Commons, Alastair Darling announced that from today the threshold will rise to £600,000. By 2010-11 the threshold will rise to £700,000.Until now all estates worth more than £300,000 were taxed at 40%, although assets left to a civil partner or spouse are exempt from taxation.
Gay club no-show costs Boy George
5:05 PM — Singer and DJ Boy George has been ordered to pay more than £30,000 compensation to a gay nightclub in Los Angeles after he failed to turn up at the launch.Mr George had been paid £5,000 for an appearance, but he returned to the UK after his arrest in New York for cocaine possession and only gave the LA club owners ten days notice that he would not be making an appearance.Earlier the 46-year-old had claimed that he was in no state to play in clubs where drugs were being used.
Tories cautious over incitement to gay hate 100
4:45 PM — The Conservative party has said it will "look carefully" at proposals from the government to introduce a new offence of inciting hate against gay, lesbian and bisexual people.Shadow Justice Secretary Nick Herbert, speaking during the second reading of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill, said that the right to free speech must be balanced with protecting gay people from hatred.The Liberal Democrats welcomed the proposed new offence, which will be added to the bill as an amendment in committee stage.
Tennis coach denies she is a lesbian
12:53 PM — A top female tennis coach accused of having an affair with a 13-year-old girl denied she is a lesbian, a Liverpool court heard yesterday.Ex-tennis pro Claire Lyte, 29, told police "I like men," when asked about her sexuality.Transcripts of the police interview with the former Lawn Tennis Association coach of the year were read to a jury yesterday.Lyte stands accused of five counts of unlawful sexual activity with a pupil, which she denies.
Muslims join Christian condemnation of gay protection law 100
12:31 PM — The Islamic Human Rights Commission has condemned a proposed new offence of incitement to hatred on the basis of sexual orientation, adding its voice to a chorus of complaints from evangelical Christians.The IHRC, an "independent, not-for-profit, campaign, research and advocacy organisation based in London," attacked the concept of a gay incitement law."If someone is reading the Bible and calls homosexuality an abomination, is that going to be incitement?"
LGBT youth on course for leadership training
11:45 AM — Young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people have been given the chance to participate in a free London project which aims to turn them into future leaders for the youth and voluntary community.The Consortium of LGBT Voluntary and Community Organisations is holding the Step-up programme, a three day residential event in the centre of London from the 22nd to 24th October which will teach the skills they say are needed for people to lead organisations at the highest level.
York to host lesbian festival
11:35 AM — The biggest Lesbian Arts Festival in the country will be taking place in the city of York later this month. There are a range of events, some open to everyone, others women-only.On Saturday 27th October a Book Festival will be held at York Racecourse.The event and be packed with talented and inspiring authors and artists from the UK and USA.
8th October 2007
Government approves incitement to gay hate law 101
7:30 PM — The Justice Secretary has announced that a new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation will be introduced in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill.Jack Straw added that he would consider similar protections for trans and disabled people.The House of Commons met today for the first time since July to hear a statement from the Prime Minister on Iraq and to give the bill its second reading.