29th May 2007
UK Pride events will feature legal advice stalls
4:50 PM — The Citizens Advice service will have stalls at Prides in London, Cardiff, Brighton and Manchester this year.They will be focusing on the Sexual Orientation Regulations, which now make it illegal to refuse goods and services on the basis of a person's sexual orientation.There will also be awareness-raising information on how civil partnerships can affect most benefits and on the regulations on discrimination and equality in employment law.
Carer forced to leave job because of homophobic abuse claims 57
3:23 PM — A carer at an old people's home said yesterday that he was forced to leave his job because he was gay.Kevin Reid, 43, told an employment tribunal that he was accused of performing an indecent act in front of patients, touching patients inappropriately and not wearing gloves while bathing patients.He was suspended over the allegations, then cleared by the home bosses and offered his job back.
Gay couple guilty of setting fire to club 57
1:34 PM — A gay couple have been found guilty of torching a club with more than 50 people still inside.Stephen Bingham, 40, set fire to the Switch Spot in Newcastle an hour after he was removed from the club for punching the owner.Bingham was jailed for four and a half years. He told door staff that they should clear the club because he would torch it.
28th May 2007
Mayor of London writes to Moscow mayor to support Tatchell 61
2:12 PM — Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London has written to Yuri Luzhkov, the Mayor of Moscow to call for an end to the official ban on gay pride marches. He also expresses his solidarity with Peter Tatchell who was violently assaulted and then arrested at yesterday's march."I am writing to convey my deep concern at the reported physical violence against, and arrest of, Peter Tatchell, a Parliamentary candidate for the Green Party in Britain, and other supporters of lesbian and gay rights."
25th May 2007
Gay MPs unite to condemn Pride ban
3:13 PM — Gay MPs from the three main political parties have written to the Mayor of Moscow to protest at the banning of this year's Pride march.Chris Bryant, Labour Member of Parliament for the Rhondda, has sent a joint letter with Conservative Nick Herbert and Liberal Democrat Stephen Williams calling on the mayor to repeal the ban on the Pride event, which is due to take place this weekend.
Gender reassignment doctor still allowed to practice 57
3:13 PM — The UK's leading gender identity psychiatrist has had charges of serious professional misconduct against him upheld.The General Medical Council found 63-year-old consultant Dr. Russell Reid guilty, but chose not to bar him from the medical profession.The GMC disciplinary panel declared on Monday that Reid had rushed transsexual patients into treatment inappropriately.
New Brighton gay newspaper unveiled
2:29 PM — A new gay newspaper for Brighton and Hove is launching today.The twice-monthly title one80news will offer news and information about events in the city as well as reviews and entertainment.It is from the same team that produces the monthly 3SIXTY magazine"We want to bolster our ability to report on Brighton and Hove stories in a much more localised way," says managing editor David Harvey.
Kirk still unclear on gay couples 57
2:29 PM — The Church of Scotland report on homosexuality was discussed in the Church General Assembly on Wednesday.The aim of the meeting was to reach a consensus within the Church on attitudes to gay Christians.The 800 members of the Assembly met in Edinburgh to watch video clips from the report's working party.
Stonewall launches guide to new gay protections 57
2:29 PM — Stonewall today launched a guide to the new goods and services protections for LGB people.Sponsored by Lloyds TSB, the gay equality organisation has published 300,000 postcard-sized 'image-heavy text-light' guides.The 12-page booklets advise lesbian, gay and bisexual people that "If something is offered, you can have it, whatever the colour of your money."
Study of employment tribunals reveals emotional cost 3
11:27 AM — The first study of the impact of the employment equality regulations, which grant protection for LGB people in the workplace, has found that many employees who go to a tribunal suffer financially and emotionally.The regulations on sexual orientation and religion or belief were introduced in 2003.Employees who have tried to resolve disputes over discrimination under new equality regulations have ended up facing demotion.
Birmingham ready for Pride 2007 57
11:27 AM — Birmingham organisers are preparing for Pride celebrations this weekend.Kicking off the weekend is XXL Bear Pride Birmingham, the only Bear Pride event in the Midlands. The night at Club DV8 features a set from XXL resident DJ Christian M, as well as free CD giveaways and other surprises on the night.On Saturday, the Pride warm-up will begin. The Pride Community Village will boast outside bars and catering.
History event to mark decriminalisation of homosexuality 57
11:27 AM — The House of Homosexual Culture will host a twentieth-century history event this weekend.57/67 celebrates and examines the publication of the Wolfenden Report in 1957, and the passing of the Sexual Offences Act ten years later.Historians, authors and members of the public will come together to discuss the effects of the two events on LGBT people both then and now.
Channel 4 drama celebrates gay rights turning point 57
11:27 AM — A dramatisation of the trial of Lord Edward Montagu and Peter Wildeblood on Channel 4 will mark the passing of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act.The 90-minute drama entitled The Last Gay Trial is being made by Blast Films and features Orlando Wells, last seen in the West End's The History Boys , as Montagu, and Martin Hutson as Wildeblood. The programme also stars former Emmerdale actor Karl Davies.
24th May 2007
Dawn Airey to join ITV
4:30 PM — One of the most prominent gay executives in British television is to take up a new role at troubled terrestrial broadcaster ITV.From October Dawn Airey will take charge of in-house production.Ms Airey, 46, is best known for her tenure as chief executive of Five, where she successfully helped shed the channel's "football, films and fucking" image, as she called it.
Trans mayor and mayoress take office in Cambridge
1:00 PM — A woman who has transitioned sex has been elected to the largely ceremonial role of Mayor of Cambridge. Jenny Bailey, 45, is a Liberal Democrat councillor.She chose her partner Jennifer Liddle, 49, who also underwent gender reassignment surgery, to serve as Mayoress. The couple have both served as councillors on Cambridge City Council.Ms Bailey is the first transgender mayor in the UK. She took up office today.
23rd May 2007
Married woman in court over civil partnership 2
2:30 PM — A married woman will appear before a court on charges of making a false statement to a registrar, after she allegedly illegally entered into a civil partnership.Suzanne Mitchell appeared before Shrewsbury magistrates today and was given unconditional bail.She is to appear at Shrewsbury Crown Court for a plea hearing on 9th July. The 29-year-old lives in Wingfield Gardens in the town.
London Tory leader announces civil partnership 1
1:20 PM — The head of one of London's leading local authorities has publicly come out and announced he is to enter into a civil partnership.Sir Simon Milton is the leader of Westminster council and close to Conservative leader David Cameron.He is expected to be offered a seat in the Lords and possibly a job in government if the Tories win the next election.
Concern over NHS database of gay men 6
11:04 AM — A government database used to store intimate details of gay sexual behaviour is to replace the current free access to sexual health information across London.There is major concern from HIV charities and overwhelming hostility from a public consultation to the proposal.The London Gay Men's HIV Prevention Partnership (LGMHPP) is a central fund that is contributed to by London's NHS trusts and that is administered by commissioners.
University’s gay health certificate a success
10:10 AM — A qualification in gay men's health will continue to run at the University of East London due to its unprecedented success.The one-year certificate was first launched last year, and is designed for people interested in or already working in the field of gay men's health promotion.Areas of study include positive mental health, current health policies, stigma and discrimination and epidemiology of HIV.
Analysis: British attitudes to gays are changing 28
12:06 AM — The Stonewall survey published today is one of the most wide-ranging examinations of attitudes in the Britain towards the gay community.The results are heartening - even 49% of Daily Telegraph readers think that prejudice against gay and lesbian people should be tackled.Here, PinkNews.co.uk gives you some in-depth analysis of this landmark piece of research.