1st October 2007
Scotland considers new law to protect gays 1
5:37 PM — Scotland's lawmakers are set to consider new laws to protect gays after a private members bill was lodged in Holyrood yesterday calling for violence towards gay and disabled groups to be treated as seriously as violence against religious or ethnic groups.The Sentencing of Offences Aggravated by Prejudice (Scotland) Bill, proposed by Patrick Harvie, a Scottish Green MSP, would bring Scotland into line with England and Wales, where courts have been able to impose tougher sentences for offences committed due to the victims disability or sexual orientation since April 2003.
Ken: UK anti-discrimination law ‘not working’ 3
4:43 PM — London's Mayor, Ken Livingstone, has launched an attack against Britain's anti-discrimination law on the day the new Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is established.The Commission brings together a number of anti-discrimination commissions into one equality body designed to enforced anti-discrimination legislation and offer employers, public sector bodies and individuals practical advice.But the mayor claims that the current level of legal protection is inadequate.
England defeated in Gay World Cup final
4:09 PM — Britain's dreams of retaining their Gay World Cup trophy were in tatters yesterday as the Argentinean team Los Dogos beat the reigning champions 1-0 Buenos Aires' Defensores de Belgrano stadium.London's Stonewall squad fought valiantly against the team, who were participating for the first time in the event."The people supported us and I hope it's always like this," said Dogos coach Nestor Gammella.
Killer Huntley on hunger strike over “gay lover” 1
1:13 PM — The murderer of 10-year olds Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, Ian Huntley, has gone on hunger-strike after prison authorities denied him access to his gay lover, a convicted killer by the name of Dean Wood.Wakefield prison authorities have so far denied four of the pair's requests for a visit, and the 33 year old has now decided to raise the stakes."I have not eaten and I will not," Mr Huntley said.
Top Tory: BNP voters ‘legitimate views’ 10
12:10 PM — The Conservative shadow secretary for community cohesion has caused outrage in political circles by claiming that BNP voters hold some "very legitimate views."Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, a Muslim, was one of David Cameron's most celebrated appointments to the front bench earlier this year, but her comments have reopened accusations of a drift to the right on the eve of Mr Cameron's vital leader's speech at the party conference.In an interview with the Independent, Baroness Warsi said: "There are a lot of people out there who are voting for the British National Party and it's those people that we mustn't just write off and say 'well, we won't bother because they are voting BNP or we won't engage with them'.
Nearly half of Brits face discrimination
10:49 AM — Research conducted for the new Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) indicates that 46 percent of Brits believe they have faced some form of discrimination.The new commission, which incorporates the Commission for Racial Equality, the Disability Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunities Commission, is being launched today.Its Chair, Trevor Phillips, said: "We live in an age of difference where most of us believe that people must be judged on their abilities, not their age, what they look like, their disability or their families and private lives."
30th September 2007
Will Cameron make it three in a row for Stonewall? 3
6:40 PM — As the Conservative party conference began in Blackpool today, speculation about whether or not Prime Minister Gordon Brown will ask the Queen to dissolve Parliament and call a general election continues to mount.While election fever grips the press, PinkNews.co.uk is just as interested in whether Mr Cameron will find time to attend the "gay disco" in Blackpool tomorrow night, more formally known as the Absolutely Equal reception.
Preview: Stephen Fry – HIV and Me 2
12:13 PM — Following on from his widely acclaimed series The Secret Life Of The Manic Depressive, Stephen Fry tackles the world of HIV and AIDS in this two-part documentary.In the early 1980s, little was known about AIDS or how to treat it but, in the UK, people were warned of its dangers via the "Don't Die of Ignorance" campaigns. Twenty years later, however, we are told that we're "losing the fight against AIDS."
George Michael hid being gay to avoid upsetting mother 1
11:56 AM — In a frank and revealing interview for the BBC's Desert Island Discs, George Michael said he hid his sexuality for decades for fear of upsetting his mother. He also revealed a love for insect collectingMichael says he was "sick of the secret" at the time his unintentionally outed after he exposed himself in a toilet to an undercover Beverly Hills policeman in 1998.
28th September 2007
Games company defends homophobic Scrabble
6:25 PM — A concerned Irish dad contacted computer software manufacturers after discovering a homophobic term in Junior Scrabble 2007, a game on Nintendo DS.Zachary McAdam, from Holywood, Co Down, was playing the game with his seven-year-old daughter, when he was offered the word 'lesbo' as the solution to a five-letter anagram reports the Belfast Telegraph."The term 'lesbo' is a slang name intentionally meant to cause offence," Mr McAdam said.
Three months in prison for homophobic abuse 1
5:21 PM — An Essex businessman has been sentenced to three months in prison after drunkenly threatening and shouting homophobic abuse at his neighbours.43-year-old asbestos contractor Stuart Makemson of Twelve Acres, Braintree, brandished a snooker cue at Andrew Morrison saying: "I'm going to take that nose off your face with this."Mr Morrison and his wife had been woken earlier by Mr Makemson verbally abusing their gay son and his boyfriend, reported the Essex Chronicle.
Tory leader’s wife spoke up for gays 2
5:05 PM — An out gay Conservative who is a close friend of David and Sarah Cameron has revealed that the party leader's wife persuaded her husband to support the abolition of Section 28.Speaking to The Guardian Nick Boles, founder of the Policy Exchange thinktank, said that David Cameron's change of heart on gay issues was in part due to Sarah.Referring to Mr Cameron's previous support for Section 28, Mr Boles said: "I think she had a much stronger sense of how unacceptable that piece of legislation was."
Lord Browne bounces back with board appointment
4:30 PM — The former chief executive of BP who was forced to resign after allegations made by his ex-boyfriend became public is to join the board of a leading architects firm.The Mail on Sunday newspaper was responsible for exposing that Lord John Browne lied in court documents about where he met his former lover, Jeff Chevalier.Lord Browne is to join the board of Foster + Partners as a non-executive director.
Harman’s attack on Tories fuels election fever
4:15 PM — Secretary of State for Equality Harriet Harman attacked Tory attitudes to gay couples in her closing speech to the Labour party conference yesterday.In an address to the party faithful that set the tone for a general election widely tipped to be called next week, she called the Conservatives the "nasty party," a phrase first used by Tory frontbencher Theresa May.Ms Harman attacked the opposition party's plans for a tax system that rewards married couples and civil partners above single or unmarried parents.
Competition: The natural way to change your hair colour 3
2:10 PM — The male grooming market is absolutely booming, with men spending more and more of their hard earned cash on making sure they stay looking fabulous!With celebrity icons like David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo dying their hair regularly, changing your hair colour to update your look is becoming more and more popular amongst men - oh, and a lot cheaper than buying a whole new wardrobe!Naturtint Natural Men hair colourant gel is a more natural alternative to conventional hair dyes.
27th September 2007
Manslaughter accused blames sex injuries on his dog 1
2:23 PM — A man on trial at Liverpool Crown Court charged with manslaughter has claimed that serious injuries to the dead man were caused by his dog.David Currie from Warrington died from a heart attack brought on by serious internal injuries he sustained during sex at the home of Steven Boyd.But 47-year-old Boyd, from the Wirral, denies manslaughter and claimed that the injuries were caused by his dog Tosh, a great Dane/bull mastiff cross.
Police need your help to catch killer of gay man
1:25 PM — Manchester police are appealing to the city's gay community to help them with their investigation into the murder of 24-year-old David Brown in Hulme.They have released CCTV footage of the last time he was seen alive and are appealing to witnesses to help them catch his killer.David had been on a date in Manchester City Centre on Thursday 20 September 2007, exactly a week ago today.
New equality commission begins work on Monday
12:40 PM — The Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR), Britain's first new full spectrum equalities and human rights organisation, will open its doors next week.The existing commissions - Disability Rights Commission, Commission for Racial Equality and Equal Opportunities Commission - will handover their responsibilities to the CEHR, which is chaired by Trevor Phillips.Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill is a Commissioner of the new body.
Boris wins nomination in a landslide 3
11:25 AM — Boris Johnson has won the Conservative party nomination for Mayor of London with 79% of the vote, it has been announced.The Henley MP, seen as the front runner since he announced his candidacy in July, will now face incumbent Ken Livingstone in the May 2008 election.The three other Tory hopefuls did not manage to get more than 10% of the vote each. IT consultant and publisher Andrew Boff, who is openly gay, polled 8.4%.
26th September 2007
Harman: Equality is at the heart of Labour
5:45 PM — The Prime Minister made a ten-minute appearance at an event organised by Stonewall last night.It was the first time that Gordon Brown had mixed and mingled with so many LGBT activists from his own party, and he seemed relaxed during his time at the function.Absolutely Equal, supported by Barclays, was a joint event between Stonewall, the Commission for Racial Equality, the Disability Rights Commission, the Equal Opportunities Commission and Equal Rights on Age.