2nd July 2007
London Pride plays host to new Labour Deputy Leader 6
3:18 PM — Harriet Harman rounded off the most exceptional month of her political career with a powerful address to London's gay community on Saturday.Speaking in Trafalgar Square to a crowd of tens of thousands of LGBT people and their supporters, the newly-elected Deputy Leader of the Labour Party welcomed the appointment of an openly lesbian MP to a ministerial role and pledged herself to continuing the fight for equality.
Gay artists perform in memory of Diana
1:21 PM — Gay performers Elton John and Will Young were joined by Duran Duran, Rod Stewart, Supertramp to pay tribute to the people's Princess in Wembley Stadium yesterday, on what would have been Diana, Princess of Wales' 46th birthday.The concert concluded with Princes William and Harry paying an emotional tribute to their mother, who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.A 63,000-strong crowd joined in the bittersweet celebration of the late princess' life, despite the rain.
NHS offers quitting advice as smoking ban starts
12:57 PM — England became the last part of the UK to ban smoking in all enclosed public places and workplaces in the UK yesterday.The NHS Smoking Helpline is calling on gay and bisexual men to stub out their cigarettes after a survey revealed that their habit is well above the national average.A study carried out amongst gay and bisexual men for the NHS Smoking Helpline has found that 41 per cent of gay and bisexual men are smokers.
1st July 2007
Evening Standard refuses to put critique of Boris Johnson dossier online 4
5:10 PM — Compass have today issued a statement regarding the Evening Standard's coverage of their report about London mayoral candidate Boris Johnson.The organisation, which campaigns for a "democratic left", published a dossier earlier this month based on his past statements as an MP and journalist, which concluded that Mr Johnson is the most rightwing candidate ever presented by a major party to stand as mayor of London.
Brian Paddick finally admits he will be candidate for London Mayor 4
5:10 PM — As PinkNews.co.uk has speculated since May 2006, Brian Paddick, who was until his retirement, Britain's most senior openly gay police officer, will this week finally announce that he wishes to be the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Mayor of London."Ken [Livingstone] will choke on his breakfast when he sees my ideas. Nobody else putting themselves forward as Mayor knows more about the issue of law and order than I do."
Bishop claims floods are punishment for gay rights 6
11:01 AM — The Rt Rev Graham Dow, the Bishop of Carlisle, has shocked the liberal wing of the Church of England by suggesting that the floods that have caused chaos and death across the UK were caused by God after he was provoked by the introduction of gay equality."This is a strong and definite judgment because the world has been arrogant in going its own way," he said. "We are reaping the consequences of our moral degradation, as well as the environmental damage that we have caused."
30th June 2007
Deputy Labour Leader called from Gay Pride to Cobra Meeting 5
11:50 PM — The Prime Minister Gordon Brown has today held an emergency meeting of the Cobra cabinet committee as a result of the attacks on Glasgow Airport.Harriet Harman, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the House of Commons was summoned from London Pride to head towards Whitehall.
Rain fails to dampen London’s Pride 6
7:40 PM — Tens of thousands of people took to the rainy streets of London today to celebrate Pride.Torrential downpours throughout the afternoon did not dampen the enthusiasm of marchers and those who gathered in Trafalgar Square to watch top pop acts.The march started at 1pm and LGBT members of the Royal Navy, police, fire service and paramedics marched through the streets in uniform.
Pride QA: Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London 2
12:01 AM — Ken, tell us about your first Pride.The very first lesbian and gay march I did, it was in the late 1970s and Tom Robinson was the lead speaker at Trafalgar Square.It was the first time I spoke on the plinth at Trafalgar Square.It was miserable grey day, late winter, early autumn. A grim, grim day.
29th June 2007
PM reshuffles his gay rights team
11:44 PM — Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, has completed his government reshuffle, promoting the Junior Equalities Minister responsible for gay rights, Meg Munn to become Junior Minister at the Foreign Office.Her replacement has not yet been chosen from the new ministerial team at the Department of Communities and Local Government.Yesterday he moved Ruth Kelly to become Secretary of State for Transport.
Gay MP promoted to Health Minister 1
11:44 PM — Ben Bradshaw, an openly gay MP, has been promoted to become Minister of State at the Department of Health.It is a step up the ministerial ladder from his previous role at the Department of the Environment.Mr Bradshaw was also appointed as Minister for the South West as part of the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown's focus on regions within England.
Brown appoints his first lesbian minister
11:32 PM — Angela Eagle has been appointed as a minister in the British government.New Prime Minister Gordon Brown has made her Exchequer Secretary, a junior Treasury position.Her twin sister Maria, already a minister under Tony Blair, moves from the Northern Ireland Office to the Ministry of Justice.
Comment: Time to be a green gay
6:06 PM — A couple of months ago, Roseanne - of former 'Barr' and 'Show' fame - upset some of the gays across the pond with something she said on her radio show.During a cosy chat with a lesbian activist one afternoon, Rosie suggested that considering the magnitude of the issues the planet now faces, maybe it was time for us all to put our individual causes temporarily to one side, and stand together against the unprecedented crises' that threaten to overwhelm us all.
“Minister for gays” sorry she can’t come to Pride
5:15 PM — Hazel Blears has said she is sorry she will not be able to attend tomorrow's Pride events in London this year after her appointment yesterday as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.The new minister overseeing equality and gay rights issues has a previous engagement.It has been confirmed that the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Minister for Women, Harriet Harman, will address revellers in Trafalgar Square.
Pride should go ahead as planned say police 5
4:15 PM — The organisers of Pride London met with the Metropolitan police this afternoon and were reassured that as things stand the parade and other events will be going ahead tomorrow as planned.Early this morning a car bomb left outside a nightclub failed to detonate. The club, Tiger, Tiger, is on Haymarket, a street which is part of the route for tomorrow's parade.This afternoon the police have closed Hyde Park and Park Lane while they investigate another suspicious vehicle.
Rowan Williams backtracks on gay bishop snub 2
1:13 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury is reconsidering his decision to exclude an openly gay bishop from next year's Lambeth Conference.Many Anglicans wrote letters of complaint to the Archbishop about the exclusion of Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.A response from Canon Flora Winfield from the International, Ecumenical and Anglican Communion Affairs was leaked to The Times.
Tales of the City author to appear at London Pride
12:54 PM — Gay icon Armistead Maupin is to take to the stage at tomorrow's London Pride event in Trafalgar Square.The author, whose Tales of the City books about gay life in 1970s and 80s San Francisco have been compared to the work of Dickens, is making a special trip to show solidarity with London's gay community.Mr Maupin's latest book, Michael Tolliver Lives, was published earlier this month.
Bomb on Pride route contained nails 5
12:19 PM — In a chilling reminder of the attack on Soho eight years ago, the Metropolitan police have confirmed that nails were packed with gas cannisters found in an abandoned car this morning.The vehicle was crashed and then abandoned on Haymarket in central London, part of the route for tomorrow's London Pride parade.There was concern that the entire Pride event, including performances in Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square, would have to be cancelled.
London’s gay community will march despite the bomb 5
11:35 AM — Organisers of the biggest gay parade in the UK have confirmed that it will go ahead tomorrow.The discovery of a car bomb on the route had cast doubt on whether the London Pride parade would go ahead.However, Metropolitan police sources have confirmed that Haymarket, a key part of the parade route, will be open tomorrow.
Pride organisers hopeful parade will go ahead 5
10:01 AM — Pride officials had an early start this morning, with Metropolitan Police officers phoning them before 6am to discuss the discovery of a suspected bomb on the parade route.The area is still closed off as officers from the Counter Terrorism Command continue their investigations.It is unclear at this stage whether tomorrow's parade will go ahead.