31st July 2007
Cohabiting gay couples could get new rights 1
1:23 PM — New proposals from the Law Commission would see gay and lesbian couples who have not formed a civil partnership gain some financial rights similar to those of married couples.The Commission, who advise parliament on reform to the law, said that many couples of both orientations are missing out because the law at the moment is complicated and unclear.There are over two million co-habiting couples in England and Wales.
Barcelona walk helps fight against homophobic bullies
12:35 PM — Stonewall supporters have raised more than £50,000 on the second Equality Walk in Barcelona.The 10km stroll earlier this month took in the sights of the Catalonian capital as part of a weekend of fun.It raised vital funds for Stonewall's ongoing Education for All campaign to tackle homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools. The walkers stayed at the award winning gay Axel Hotel.
YE5 I GAY numberplate up for sale
12:09 PM — In April 2006 PinkNews.co.uk reported that a homophobic numberplate had been withdrawn by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) after complaints by a leading gay MP.Chris Byrant felt that plate H8 GAY was offensive to gay people.Well, we can now reveal that another, less offensive numberplate is up for sale. Earlier this month PinkNews.co.uk was contacted by a man named Pete, who claimed to have the plate YE5 I GAY.
30th July 2007
Comment: How PinkNews.co.uk changed the gay media 2
6:33 PM — PinkNews.co.uk founder Benjamin Cohen reflects on the first two years of this unique publication.PinkNews.co.uk was born minutes before the 38th anniversary of the Royal Assent of the Sexual Offences Act - the legislation that partially decriminalised male homosexuality in England and Wales.This weekend we have been celebrating four decades of laws making the lives of British LGBT people better, while I was also celebrating two years of this website.
Lesbian and bisexual women share their NHS experiences
4:20 PM — Stonewall is asking lesbian and bisexual women to answer questions about their health and experiences of using health services in the largest survey of its kind.The gay equality organisation is concerned that very little is known about the health of lesbians and bisexual women, and that this may be affecting health care provision."The health sector doesn't always get it right, we know that," Ruth Hunt, head of Policy and Research at Stonewall, told PinkNews.co.uk
Comment: Crystal meth, barebacking, apathy and ignorance 1
3:57 PM — Recently much attention has been focused on the 40th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, and rightly so.However, this July marks another anniversary of huge significance, which has hardly been mentioned in the media.That is the twenty-five year anniversary of the death of Terrence Higgins, the first person in Britain known to have died from AIDS.
MoD offers compensation to sacked gay personnel 3
3:35 PM — The Ministry of Defence has offered to pay more than £3m to servicemen and women who were sacked for being gay.In 2000, the government removed the ban on gay, lesbian and bisexual people serving openly in the Armed Forces.The MoD said that compensation for around 60 former service personnel was being paid because their privacy had been breached, and not because the Armed Forces had acted illegally in dismissing them.
Rise in number of lesbians using artificial insemination 1
2:24 PM — Lesbian families and single women could become the largest group using donor insemination at fertility clinics, according to new figures.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) figures reveal that the proportion of single women and women in same-sex relationships seeking artificial insemination went from 18% of the total in 1999 to 38% last year.The figure has risen from 28% to 38% in the past three years.
29th July 2007
Interview: The Tory who wants to boff Boris
2:10 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive"It's obvious I'm gay. The blind know I am gay," Andrew Boff exclaims towards the end of our meeting.And he may be right. Practically every news report about the Tory party's selection of a candidate to take on Ken Livingstone for Mayor of London uses the 'gay' tag to describe him.In the flesh he is far from the media stereotype of a gay man.
27th July 2007
Lib Dems attack Tory gay rights record 5
6:30 PM — The Liberal Democrats have marked the 40th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales by producing a report attacking the voting records of Conservative front benchers.However, a Conservative spokesman accused them of getting their facts wrong.The Lib Dem research found that 80% of the current Shadow Cabinet have voted against gay rights in the ten years since Labour took office.
Follett named Equality Minister as new office established 2
5:50 PM — Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced a shake-up of the machinery of government with regards to equality.He informed the House of Commons yesterday that the Women and Equality Unit, currently part of the Department for Communities and Local Government, will move to the Department for Work and Pensions as part of a new Government Equalities Office.The Women and Equality Unit was instrumental in pushing forward gay rights legislation.
Catholic adoption agency closes rather than accept gay couples 14
4:05 PM — A Roman Catholic adoption charity is to turn away children in care because it refuses to accept the government's gay rights laws.Catholic Care will end its 100-year-old adoption service, which places 20 children with new families every year, because it does not want to help same-sex couples adopt.The Sexual Orientation Regulations, passed earlier this year, protect gay, lesbian and bisexual people from discrimination when accessing goods and services.
Happy Birthday to PinkNews.co.uk 2
3:30 PM — Today is a day of anniversaries. PinkNews.co.uk is two years old. In that short time the site has had a major impact on the reporting of news about, and for, the gay community in the UK.We celebrate the fact that we were the first news outlet to get Prime Minister Gordon Brown to talk about gay issues.We got right to the heart of the debate about the future of Labour by interviewing all six candidates for Deputy Leader.
Charity urges gay men to come out to their GP 2
10:30 AM — The Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a campaign to encourage gayand bisexual men to come out to their doctors and better navigatetheir GP surgeries.44 per cent of gay men have not told their doctors, and could bemissing out on better care as a result.The campaign, via their chapsonline.org website, also explains how the NHS works.
26th July 2007
Anglican bishops will boycott conference over gay issues 4
5:27 PM — The Global South group of Anglican church leaders has decided that it will boycott next year's Lambeth conference.As many as 120 bishops will not attend unless the American part of the Anglican church repudiates its current accepting attitude towards gay clergy and relationships.Conservative and liberal branches of the worldwide Anglican communion have been at loggerheads over the issues of homosexuality.
Comment: Diana, AIDS and the fight for Africa 1
5:00 PM — I have been away from the UK these past few months, and I feel a sense of relief that I have been well away from all the action.As I dispatch this piece on board a hydrofoil somewhere near Turkey, all I can see online is severe flooding in England.Politicians who might otherwise have more important things ensuring our safety and wellbeing are dragged out of bed at dawn to go on breakfast television to explain their cannabis misdemeanours from over two decades ago.
Peter Tatchell stands by Beenie Man and Banton signatures 1
3:31 PM — Campaigner Peter Tatchell today called claims that two reggae stars did not sign an agreement to stop performing homophobic music "absurd."Buju Banton and Beenie Man both gained positive press coverage around the world for publicly renouncing homophobia by signing the Reggae Compassion Act.Now Banton's management team has said he did not sign up.
Review: All-male Pinafore is charming, camp and cramped 1
1:39 PM — Over a century since HMS Pinafore, Gilbert and Sullivan's anti-establishment, whimsical Victorian musical was first staged, people are still finding ways to reinvent it and widen its appeal.And in an age where the vast majority of the population has only encountered The Lass that Loved a Sailor in a scene from The Simpsons where Sideshow Bob sings the entire repertoire in order to satisfy Bart's last wish, the musical is in dire need of updating.
FA wants homophobia liaison officers in every league club 1
1:30 PM — The Football Association has highlighted its work towards tackling prejudice against LGB people in sport at a conference in Belgium last week.The More Than Playing Games conference's homophobia in football workshop was addressed by representatives of the FA and the Gay Football Supporters Network.The two organisations have launched a joint initiative to get a liaison officer into all 92 league clubs to implement the new ground regulations banning homophobic abuse.
Stonewall targets homophobic doctors 2
11:30 AM — Doctors who discriminate against lesbian, gay or bisexual patients are being targeted by a joint initiative launched today by Stonewall and the General Medical Council.Research by the gay equality organisation found that LGB people faced discrimination in the health service, including doctors who did not want to offer smear tests to lesbian patients, discriminatory comments and doctors refusing to register patients because of their sexuality.