28th November 2007
Furnish backs homophobic incitement law
1:25 PM — Sir Elton John's partner has spoken in support of a proposal to outlaw incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.Film producer David Furnish, 45, also praised the tolerance of British society."I think any sort of hatred is unacceptable so yes, I support it," he said.In December 2005 Sir Elton and Mr Furnish became one of the first couples in England and Wales to have a civil partnership ceremony.
Equality minister to pay back campaign donation 3
11:35 AM — Secretary of State for Equality Harriet Harman will return a £5,000 donation to her deputy leadership campaign.Yesterday the Prime Minister admitted that £600,000 of donations from controversial businessman David Abrahams were not "lawfully declared."Mr Abrahams used four associates to donate money to the Labour over four years.
HIV poverty highlighted in Scottish report
10:58 AM — Children and the elderly are most at risk from HIV-related poverty, a report has revealed.Poverty and HIV: findings from the Crusaid Hardship Fund in Scotland, which was released yesterday in the Scottish Parliament, highlights the effects that stigma and discrimination can have on the financial situation of people living with HIV.The report, conducted by AIDS charity Crusaid, Waverley Care and HIV Scotland, calls for action in tackling the root causes of poverty.
27th November 2007
Councillor appeals against gay slur conviction 130
12:50 PM — A Labour party councillor convicted of making false allegations of paedophilia against her gay opponent is due to have her appeal heard today.Miranda Grell was barred from public office for three years, fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 costs by Waltham Forest Magistrates Court last month.She won a formerly safe Lib Dem seat on the London Borough of Waltham Forest council in last May's elections.
Gay sex sting under investigation 6
12:50 PM — A controversial police investigation in Merseyside that caught hundreds of men having sex in public loos is now the subject of an investigation.Covert Operation Winchester used hidden cameras to detect whether men were engaging in sexual activity in the men's toilets at Harrison Drive, New Brighton.More than 120 men were filmed carrying out sexual acts in the urinal area during the three-month operation.
Gay porn linked to nursery assistant murder
12:24 PM — A woman may have been killed by her boyfriend after finding gay porn on his mobile phone, a court heard yesterday.In December 2005 nursery assistant Amanda Bentsi-Addison, 26, was found in Camden north London dying from stab wounds, including one through the heart and a mutilated left breast.The Old Bailey heard close-circuit television footage showed her boyfriend, Darren John, 23, in the same area.
Attorney General backs homophobic incitement law 100
11:50 AM — Baroness Scotland has responded to reports that she does not support a new offence to incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.Speaking at a pre-launch event for LGBT History Month 2008 last night, the Attorney General said she fully expected the proposed amendments to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill will become law, but pointed out the "appropriately high threshold set by criminal prosecutions of this nature."
Lib Dem MEP joins Tories despite “homophobia”
11:50 AM — The Liberal Democrat MEP who yesterday defected to the Tories had previously accused Conservative leader David Cameron of building an alliance with homophobic politicians in the European Parliament.Sajjad Karim claimed yesterday that Cameron's "incredibly impressive" speech recent speech about immigration had persuaded him to leave the Lib Dems.However, just a few weeks ago he had attacked his new leader for being a political "chameleon," the Times has reported.
One in seven would shun HIV+ friend 2
10:05 AM — One in seven young people in the UK would not want to remain friends with someone diagnosed with HIV, new research has found.The MORI poll, commissioned by the British Red Cross, was conducted in the run up to World AIDS Day, which takes place on December 1st.To help raise awareness and overcome the stigma surrounding the disease, Jean Lambert MEP joined a group of cross-party London politicians last week to prepare meals for housebound HIV sufferers.
26th November 2007
HIV infections in Estonia five times Euro average
11:45 AM — Startling new figures reveal that Estonia has the highest rate of new HIV diagnosis in Europe.According to the data, 504 new cases were reported per million inhabitants in 2006 compared to the average rate of new diagnosis across Europe of 111 per million inhabitants.Countries in the European Union have a lower average rate of 67 per million inhabitants.
Welsh minister to launch Stonewall report
11:30 AM — The largest ever survey of Wales' lesbian, bisexual and gay population will be unveiled today at the Senedd, the Welsh Assembly building.Dr Brian Gibbons, Minister for Social Justice and Local Government, will deliver the keynote speech at the launch of Counted In! which was commissioned by Stonewall Cymru.The report recommends that the Welsh Assembly provide support and guidance about policies and procedures for organisations looking to embrace equality of opportunity in the workplace.
Catholic adoption agencies seek ways round gay rules 18
11:15 AM — Claims by the Roman Catholic Church that the government would be offering money to help them avoid new regulations in their adoption agencies have been dismissed by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.In a statement issued last week on the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales website, they claim the government will "pay for further work to be done to explore whether within the law there might yet be ways found which will enable the adoption work to carry on and for our agencies to continue."
Man sues police over hammer attack
11:00 AM — A Brighton man is suing Sussex Police after he claims they did not protect him from the violence of his former partner.Stephen Smith, 38, was attacked with a hammer by a man he had met on the internet after he made it clear he did not want a committed relationship.Gareth Jeffrey had bombarded him with text messages threatening to kill him, which Mr Smith said he reported to officers before the attack took place in March 2003.
Government “split” over homophobic incitement law 5
10:45 AM — The government's chief law officer does not support a new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation, according to a report in The Times. Baroness Scotland, the Attorney General, has privately clashed with Justice Secretary Jack Straw over the proposals, which form part of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill which is before Parliament.The Times reports that Baroness Scotland is concerned the homophobic incitement proposals will be blocked or watered down by the House of Lords.
Interview: Maria Eagle defends homophobic incitement law
10:00 AM — The government's proposal to create a new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation has not been met with approval by some leading gay commentators.Well-respected opinion-formers such as Times columnist Matthew Parris and Independent journalist Johann Hari have questioned the need for new laws.Parris said that the gay community does not need protection from ridicule.
23rd November 2007
“Gay for pay” woman convicted 1
6:18 PM — A woman was convicted of benefits fraud against the Department for Work and Pensions and Swansea Council after she claimed she was a lesbian and had split from her husband.Yvonne Lesley Butler from Swansea claimed almost £20,000 in income support, housing benefit and council tax benefits between 2003 and 2006. She said that her husband Islwyn Butler had left her after she came out.
Greens launch campaign for Mayor of London
2:09 PM — Sian Berry today launched her campaign to become Green Mayor of London.Earlier this year the 33-year-old won 45% of the party member's votes to become her party's candidate.Among the Green pledges unveiled at the launch of her campaign at City Hall was a "living wage" of £7.20 an hour for all Londoners working for public employers, cuts to off-peak travel fares and an increase in affordable housing across the capital.
Police investigate suspicious death of trans woman 15
1:45 PM — A forty-year-old trans woman has been found dead at her home in south-east London, according to reports.Kayiode Dexter Telesford, who had been living for several years under the name of Kellie Telesford, died of strangulation at her home on Leander Road in Thornton Heath.The police are treating the death as suspicious, and have asked anyone who saw Telesford between the 15th and 21st of November to contact them immediately.
Undercover mission for gay millionaire 1
1:20 PM — Gay entrepreneur and mutli-millionaire Terry George will feature on an upcoming episode of Channel 4's The Secret Millionaire.The owner of Bent magazine and the 118 G-A-Y directory enquiries service admitted that when he was first approached to do the show he was sceptical but "cried his eyes out" when he watched the first series on DVD.In the show, participants agree to give £30,000 to people who they deem worthy of needing the money.
Mark World AIDS day with cycling and champagne at St Pancras
1:01 PM — A cycling campaign group is planning to hold a ride to coincide with World Aids Day on December 1st.Southwark Cyclists' bike trek will start at the newly refurbished St Pancras International rail station. It is being held is in association with voluntary group The Food Chain, who deliver meals to men, women and children who are very ill as a result of HIV-related illnesses.Those who are taking part are being asked to contribute a donation of £10. All money goes to The Food Chain.