20th September 2007
BBC removes George Michael from HIV documentary 4
4:03 PM — Pop star George Michael's appearance in new BBC documentary Stephen Fry: HIV and Me has been removed at his request.During an interview in which the pop star was asked about his personal experiences relating to HIV, George commented that he does not do tests and hasn't had one since 2004 because he fears the results.Host Stephen Fry then disagrees with him and takes a HIV test, which is negative, there and then to make his point.
Ming sends Lib Dems home with rousing speech 1
2:13 PM — Sir Menzies Campbell made a passionate defence of the values of liberalism in his leader's speech to the Liberal Democrat party conference in Brighton.Liberalism requires tolerance he told an audience of party members, councillors and MPs.He told them he has spent his entire life "speaking out against bigotry," and that intolerance and extremism threaten our freedom.
Nominees for Stonewall Awards announced 3
11:35 AM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has announced the nominees for their annual awards.Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton, comedian Sue Perkins, singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, rapper Mz Fontaine and The Feeling vocalist Dan Gillespie-Sells are nominated for Entertainer of the Year.In the category of Broadcast or Broadcaster of the Year, Doctor Who, Hollyoaks, ITV drama Housewife 49, Capital Radio show Lucio's Drivetime and digital radio station Gaydar Radio are the nominees.
“Robocop” mayor backs gay village in Middlesborough 1
10:58 AM — The elected mayor of Middlesborough has called for more events and even a nightclub for the gay community in the town.Ray Mallon, one of the most popular mayors in the UK, has even suggested a gay quarter, and plans to speak to local authorities in other cities about their success in creating a vibrant gay scene.Known as "Robocop" because of his zero tolerance approach to crime while a senior officer in Cleveland police, Mr Mallon told a meeting of the Middlesborough Council Executive that it is important to raise the issue.
Xbox game courts controversy with lesbian scene 1
10:33 AM — A new video game designed exclusively for the Xbox 360 is stirring up controversy for including an optional lesbian sex scene.Mass Effect, from game developer BioWare, will allow players to engage in romantic interludes with other game characters, including same-sex relationships between female characters.Spoilers on the game were published recently by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).
19th September 2007
Former minister Twigg to return to Commons
11:30 PM — Stephen Twigg, then man who famously defeated Michael Portillo in the safe Tory seat of Enfield Southgate, in 1997 is set to return to the House of Commons.Mr Twigg, 40, who was the first MP to have been first elected as an openly gay man. He lost his Enfield seat in the 2005 general election.He has been selected for the safe Labour seat of West Derby.
Homophobic attacker may be evicted 4
12:37 PM — A youth who took part in a vicious assault on two lesbian friends of popstar Ana Matronic may be evicted from her home.Three young people, aged between 18 and 20, were found guilty of attacking Nina Meffen, 36 and Carol Cashmore, 42, in their driveway on the evening of 31st July last year.Hyde Housing Association, which owns Emer Close, the location of the attack and home to both the victims and the ringleader of the group, says it will be pursuing further action.
Controversial Tory attacks government over race 2
12:04 PM — A vice-chairman of the Conservative party has attacked the government's record on race equality.Sayeeda Warsi was appointed Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion by David Cameron earlier this year, the first Muslim woman to sit in the Tory Shadow Cabinet.The final report from the Commission for Racial Equality was released yesterday. The CRE is being merged into the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights.
Interview: Pricking the bubble of Hollywood celebrity
11:54 AM — "What child would want to be Graham Norton when they are older?" asks Paul Burston."No offence to Graham, what he does is great, but he is not the image you aspire to. When you are a young gay kid, you want to be gay but normal."And he ought to know. Cultural theorist, nightlife journalist andauthor, Paul Burston has chronicled gay popular and club culture formore than 14 years.
18th September 2007
Lib Dems and Stonewall discuss gay issues 1
4:49 PM — DELGA, the Liberal Democrats LGBT organisation, joined forces with Stonewall last night to host a fringe meeting at the party's conference in Brighton.Stephen Williams MP, a party spokesman on education, and Jo Swinson, who speaks on equality issues, were joined by Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall, for a question and answer session with Lib Dem activists.
Author of homophobic crime report killed 2
3:45 PM — The managing director of a research consultancy specialising in gay and lesbian issues died after being attacked near his home in south east London.Tony Hoare, 49, was attacked last week as he walked his two Jack Russell dogs in Charlton Park. He was found unconscious and died shortly after being taken to hospital.The organiser of a vigil to be held this evening in his memory told the Evening Standard that Mr Hoare was the victim of a homophobic abuse in The Swan pub the night he was killed.
Transport for London reaches out to LGBT travellers
1:40 PM — The body responsible for public transport in London is inviting its gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans customers to take part in a consultation exercise.Transport for London's (TfL) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual (LGB) Equality Scheme aims to enhance equality in the provision of transport services and for employees within the organisation.The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) Staff Network Group are working with Group Equality and Inclusion to develop TfL's first LGB Equality Scheme.
Archbishop to hold “secret” meeting with gays 4
1:14 PM — Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is to meet behind closed doors with gay Anglicans to discuss the current crisis in the Church.The Times revealed details of the "secret" meeting. The fact that those attending are expected to abide by confidentiality rules has upset gay Christians.A spokesman for the Archbishop played down the significance of his meeting with gay priests and others.
Counties unite under Pride banner
12:03 PM — The gay communities in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire have come together to form a new organisation called Three Counties Pride.The group started life organising a festival, due to take place in 2009.It has now diversified to include a fund-raising mission for other areas of the LGBT community in Herts, Beds and Bucks, including gay charities and social groups.
17th September 2007
Gay man considers legal action over voice discrimination 1
1:40 PM — A bank is being threatened with a law suit after a man was repeatedly denied access to phone banking because staff thought he sounded like a woman.Graham O'Brien, 29, is a customer with the Halifax. After several attempts to conduct bank transactions over the phone were unsuccessful, he was told to visit a branch.When he did, he was told that a "suspect person" thought to be a woman had been trying to access his account, which had been suspended.
Northern Ireland leader meets gay rights activists
1:40 PM — The Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland met with representatives of the Coalition on Sexual Orientation (CoSO) last week.CoSO, established by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans groups in the province to provide a voice for the LGBT community, was there to seek assurances on gay rights after the homophobic comments of a junior minister.Martin McGuinness and CoSO discussed homophobia in sport, the Northern Ireland administration's sexual orientation strategy and the high suicide rates in the province.
MP accused of using gay issues to win Muslim votes 4
1:40 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has questioned the tactics of maverick MP George Galloway.Galloway became the MP for Bethnal Green and Bow in 2005 under the banner of the Respect party.His victory over the incumbent Labour MP was in large part due to appealing to anti-war Muslim voters in the London constituency.
Lesbian soldier sues Ministry of Defence
1:40 PM — A former military police is suing the Ministry of Defence after claiming she was hounded out of the forces after entering into a civil partnership.22-year-old Joanne Ogogo said she was the victim of harassment, bullying and a whispering campaign, as well as attempts by superiors to separate her and her partner, Laura McDonald.Ms Ogogo, from Lowestoft, Suffolk, married fellow military police soldier Ms McDonald in January 2006.
LGBT History Month’s reminder on teen suicide
1:40 PM — The organisers of next year's LGBT History Month have written to local councils urging them to celebrate the festival.Co-chair Sue Sanders reminded local authorities that homophobic and transphobic bullying still leads to suicide.She also cited new research that shows the prejudices can be particularly rife in rural areas.Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Trans History Month, held every February, is now in its fourth year.
Play about homophobia to tour schools
11:05 AM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has teamed up with a well-known writer/director to raise awareness of the problem of homophobic bulling in schools.Fit, a new play aimed at tackling the problem and raising awareness amongst young people, is set to begin a tour of schools and theatres across the country.Co-produced by Stonewall and queerupnorth international festival,Fit is written and directed by acclaimed writer/director Rikki Beadle-Blair.