30th November 2006
Dawn raids target homophobia
12:00 AM — Five hundred police officers raided addresses and arrested perpetrators of domestic, race hate and homophobic crimes across the capital this morning.The dawn raids are one part of a two-week initiative to put the fear back onto the offenders, and encourage victims to report crimes.The number of domestic violence incidents reported to police in 2005/06 was over 108, 000, with 24% of incidents accounting for all reported violence and 20% of all murders.
29th November 2006
Equality laws may ‘disregard’ disabled gays
12:00 AM — Gay disabled groups have expressed concerns that the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) will not adequately support those who experience multiple discrimination.The CEHR, due in October 2007, will provide protection for minority groups such as gay people, the disabled and the elderly, but campaigners from gay disability group Regard are worried that the new equality laws will not correctly represent their views and will also be ignored by the wider gay community.
Positively promoting the L-Word
12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall is attempting to foster a new generation of confident and open business leaders in the workplace. The Pink News went along to the organisation's latest programme to discover what leadership is.In 2003 the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations were introduced, banning discrimination on the grounds of sexuality in the workplace.
December Pink News out now
12:00 AM — December's The Pink News looks forward to more positive laws for all members of the gay community in the next year.There is also an exclusive article on our visit to Stonewall's latest leadership training programme.Download a pdf version of the magazine by clicking here.
Social care expert named HIV group Chair
12:00 AM — The National AIDS Trust has announced the appointment of social care expert Dame Denise Platt as its new Chair.Dame Denise takes up her role as Chair at an important time for the National AIDS Trust (NAT) in the lead up to World AIDS Day 1 December.She will be succeeding Dame Ruth Runciman, who has served as Chair of the NAT for the past six years and will continue to support the organisation as an ambassador.
Comment: Gay and lesbian identity is doomed 3
12:00 AM — Gay activist Peter Tatchell calls for an end to the gay-straight divideThis month has been Queer Awareness Month at many universities across Britain, with four weeks of stalls, debates and films to promote queer human rights.
Gay charity success at National Volunteer Awards
12:00 AM — A leading London LGBT hate crime charity has won an award for its success in the voluntary IT sector.Lenna Cumberbatch from Galop, which is the Capital's largest gay charity for victims of hate crime, scored runner up for Best IT Volunteer 2006 for her work developing Galop's office computer infrastructure over the last two years.
Gay community attacks “deplorable” Christian ad 19
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA newspaper advert taken out by Christian groups against the Sexual Orientation Regulations has been described as "ludicrous" and "deplorable" by gay campaigners.Yesterday's Times newspaper featured an advert from a group of Christian leaders calling themselves Coherent and Cohesive Voice, urging followers to write to Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly and equality minister Meg Munn to oppose the new equality laws and seek religious exemptions.
Government provides HIV cash boost to gay community 1
12:00 AM — An extra £1m is to be invested in work to tackle the rise in HIV cases amongst gay men and African communities in this country, Public Health Minister Caroline Flint announced today.The money will be used by the Terrence Higgins Trust and African HIV Policy Network on projects to strengthen HIV prevention and reduce transmission rates amongst these most at risk groups.
Government slams “wild speculation” over gay laws 18
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveMinisters involved in drawing up the incoming Sexual Orientation Regulations have called for calm after a series of outburst by religious groups and leaders regarding the new laws.The legislation, due in the New Year for Northern Ireland, and April 2007 for the rest of the UK, guarantees equality in the provision of goods and services for all sexual orientations, prompting outrage from religious groups.
Irish gays await civil partnerships 1
12:00 AM — Gay and lesbian couples will be given the right to civil partnership style unions, according to a report unveiled by the government.Ireland's cabinet has been considering same sex unions this week and has come up with a registration system, but the State has refused to allow gay marriage.
28th November 2006
Gay equality law’s ‘unacceptable’ 12
12:00 AM — The church cannot be expected to cooperate with the government if gay equality laws are passed, a clergyman touted as the next leader of the English Roman Catholic Church has claimed.Archbishop of Birmingham Vincent Nichols, seen as the man to takeover from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, used a sermon over the weekend to attack the incoming sexual orientation regulations, accusing the government of 'imposing conditions' on the church.
Irish cabinet considering gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — The Irish government will consider options for creating greater equality for same sex couples, according to reports.Irish gay group the Gay and Lesbian Equality network has welcomed the news and views it as a sign that the government may approve gay marriage laws.The cabinet is due to consider a report commissioned by Minister for Justice Michael McDowell today.
Gay man targeted in homophobic arson attack
12:00 AM — Police are appealing for information after a gay man became the victim of a mindless homophobic arson attack at his home.The victim, who has requested not to be identified, was returning home when he heard a smashing sound.Arriving at his doorstep, he found a fire blazing on his doorstep. Subsequent forensic examination found the fire had been deliberately started using what appears to be a crude device with accelerant within a glass bottle and newspaper.
Scotland ignores homophobic crime
12:00 AM — Disabled and gay groups have criticised the Scottish Executive after Deputy Justice Minister Johann Lamont confirmed that their communities would not be included in new hate crime laws.In a written answer to Labour MSP Susan Deacon, Ms Lamont, appears to backtrack on recommendations from the Working Group on Hate Crime in October 2004, which push for an inclusion of the groups as a "statutory aggravation" when considering the motives of the crime.
Stone aimed to kill loyalist he thought was gay
12:00 AM — Loyalist hitman Michael Stone has been described as a "lunatic" by one of his targets.Stone, now facing charges for the attempted murder of Gerry Adams and Martin McGuiness at a Stormont meeting last week, is reported to have warned a newspaper of the planned attack and also a desire to murder fellow Loyalist Johnny "Mad Dog" Adair.
27th November 2006
Gay humanists welcome activist’s new role
12:00 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has warmly welcomed the election of its long-standing member and committee member Terry Sanderson as the new president of the National Secular Society (NSS).Mr Sanderson, who has served for some time on the NSS Council of Management, was elected at the society's AGM over the weekend at London's Conway Hall.
Norway to lead opposition to gay hate
12:00 AM — A human rights group is calling on the international gay community to foster support for a UN statement on violations of human rights abuses based on sexual orientation and gender identity.Representatives from Norway will be delivering a short oral statement at the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday on the issue, and ARC activists want other countries to pledge their support.
Gay health group seeks HIV support
12:00 AM — Health care professionals with blood viruses such as HIV and Hepatitis are given insufficient support in their career, a report from the Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentist (GLADD) has revealed.The document, released today, shows an absence of resources and information to support individuals in the service living with the infections.
LGBT activist launches blood service protest 2
12:00 AM — A former National Union of Students LGBT Officer is continuing his activism by launching an online petition against the UK's ban on gay blood donors.The petition, which runs until April, has so far received around 800 signatures.It was started by James-J Walsh, former LGBT Officer of the National Union of Students. The petition echoes a campaign earlier this year against National Blood Service's (NBS) ban on gay and bisexual donors.