16th August 2007
Banged up Bad Girls to hold gay fundraiser
6:38 PM — It's been a while since the heavy metal doors slammed on the inmates of HMP Larkhall for the last time, but now those bad girls are back and, boy, are they making a song and dance about it.Bad Girls The Musical, currently previewing at the Garrick Theatre in London's West End, is teaming up with Stonewall for a special fundraising benefit night on 6th September.The event will raise money for the gay equality charity's campaigning work around homophobic bullying and lesbian health.
Bigot of the Year nominee wants to come to Stonewall Awards 52
5:40 PM — One of the nominees for this year's Stonewall 'Bigot of the Year' award has said she is honoured to be nominated.The award is given to an individual who has gone out of their way to harm, hurt or snub lesbians, gay men and bisexuals in the last 12 months. Last year's winner was Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles.Roman Catholic activist Patricia McKeever responded to a posting about the second annual Stonewall Awards on a blog.
Crime authors clash over lesbian thrillers 1
4:05 PM — One of the UK's leading crime novelists has been denounced by a lesbian writer amid claims of prejudice.Ian Rankin, best known for the Inspector Rebus series of novels, said last year that women writers are now writing the most explicitly violent books, and that most of those authors are lesbians.Rival novelist Val McDermid used an appearance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival to lambast Mr Rankin, calling his comments "arrant rubbish."
Comment: My journey from scared teen to gay activist
1:35 PM — The first time I came to the UK, I was amazed by its history, architecture and bustling cities.Now, over ten years later, I have come back to experience this amazing place once again.As a third year student from the University of California Santa Cruz, I am currently doing a full time internship with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) History Month and Schools OUT.
Mayor hits back over Blue Peter row
11:25 AM — The Mayor of London has defended his behaviour at the launch of a cycling event attended by Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq.Yesterday the BBC apologised to the openly gay London Assembly member Brian Coleman and conceded that Ms Huq should not have attended the event as the Mayor made comments of a political nature.A statement from the Mayor's office plays down the significance of Ken Livingstone's comments at the launch of the Hovis London Freewheel.
15th August 2007
BBC apologises for Blue Peter presenter
5:14 PM — An openly gay member of the London Assembly has accepted an apology from the deputy director-general of the BBC over an incident involving a Blue Peter presenter.Brian Coleman, deputy chairman of the London Assembly and Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden, complained after Konnie Huq appeared at the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone's weekly press conference.In the course of his remarks to journalists the Mayor made political comments about Mr Coleman.
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PinkNews.co.uk re-launches daily newsletter
4:41 PM — Readers of PinkNews.co.uk can now sign up for a new, improved newsletter service.Due to the large number of subscribers, the old system had become erratic and at times failed to deliver our lunchtime round-up of popular stories to everyone who wanted one.Now, thanks to investment in a new system, all readers who sign up to the newsletter should receive an email update every weekday lunchtime.
Stonewall Awards to be held at VA 52
3:00 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has announced that its second annual awards ceremony will be held on November 1st at the Victoria Albert Museum in London.They will be presented by Doctor Who and Any Dream Will Do star John Barrowman, who won Entertainer of the Year at last year's ceremony.The Stonewall Awards are sponsored by Barclays.
Soho’s council reaches out to gay community 1
10:39 AM — The City of Westminster council has announced new measures to ensure members of the LGBT community in the London borough are properly catered for.The council will undertake a period of consultation over the remainder of the summer, before producing a new engagement strategy in December 2007. This will include priorities for action, identified by the communities themselves.As part of this initiative, the council has also joined the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme and will also be assessed in 2008.
14th August 2007
Tories protest homophobic group’s use of London landmark 5
2:50 PM — A controversial Islamic group accused of being anti-Semitic hate mongers and condoning the murder of gay people recently held a conference at Alexandra Palace in north London, to the disgust of local Conservatives.Thousands of Hizb ut-Tahrir supporters gathered for the conference on how to realise the Khilafah - a global Islamic state.The group has been banned from public activity in countries including Germany on charges of spreading anti-Semitic propaganda.
Greens enter debate about 2011 census 5
12:35 PM — The Green Party is petitioning the government not to allow the 2011 census to be run by an American arms manufacturer.Lockheed Martin, which produces missiles and land mines used in Afghanistan and Iraq that are illegal in many countries, is one of two remaining contractors in the selection process.80% of their business is with the US Department of Defence and other Federal Government agencies.
Birmingham HIV+ rapist imprisoned
12:15 PM — A judge at Birmingham Crown Court has given two men convicted of robbing and then raping their male victim indeterminate sentences.Daniel Myers, 20, of Barry Jackson Tower in Aston, was found guilty alongside Nikos Johnson, 26, of Rawling Street, Ladywood, of one charge of robbery and two of rape.The Birmingham Post reported that during the trial Myers revealed under cross-examination that he is HIV+.
Increase in eating disorders among men 3
11:39 AM — New research from the Department of Health has found that over the past three years there has been a 90% increase in the number of men reported with eating disorders.Over the same time, there was a 25% increase amongst women. There are now thought to be at least 1.1 million people in the UK who are affected by an eating disorder.People in the age group of 14-25 are most likely to develop this type of illness.
13th August 2007
Vauxhall attempts to deal with drugs ignorance 1
5:40 PM — Drug Idle, an evening dedicated to tackling the concerns of drug use within elements of London's gay community, is to be held later this month.It will specifically discuss the use of dangerous "party" drugs such as GHB.Area nightclub, on Albert Embankment in Vauxhall's gay village, will host the event, billed as, "a free evening of fun and frolics but with a serious side to inform and educate."
Catholic church cannot sack gay headteacher 2
5:05 PM — Legal advice given to the Roman Catholic Church has made it clear that they cannot dismiss a primary school headteacher who has entered into a civil partnership.The Daily Telegraph reports that Charles Coyne, headteacher of a church school in Liverpool, last year was legally partnered with a fellow teacher at a nearby school.Some parishoners in the local area have reacted badly, and wanted action taken against him.
C of E Bishop to attend LGBT health conference
2:35 PM — The Anglican Bishop of Manchester will be among the speakers at unique conference in the city next week.Final preparations for this year's annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Health Summit are being made for the two-day event which takes place at Manchester Town Hall over the 20th and 21st August.The summit, presented with the theme Choices, Voices, Knowledge and Power, will host 16 workshops.
Music group buys into G-A-Y bars 1
2:15 PM — The MAMA group, owners of the Barfly music venue chain and the management company of top British bands such as the Kaiser Chiefs, has purchased a major stake in the G-A-Y bars.Reuters reports that MAMA now own 75% of the shares in Manto Soho Limited (MSL), a company which operates the G-A-Y bar and G-A-Y Late club in London.Jeremy Joseph retains ownership of the G-A-Y brand and will continue to host live acts and other nights at London's Astoria.
10th August 2007
The night Peter Tatchell partied with the Cheeky Girls 1
11:24 AM — Last month's launch party for Bouga Cocktail Lounge in London's Crouch End was a glittering celebrity charity bash for a rather surprising cause - grass-roots activist Peter Tatchell's Human Rights Fund (PTHRF).Transylvanian pop duo, The Cheeky Girls, Big Brother loudmouth Shabnam, glamour model Cassie Sumner and Keith Levene, a founding member of legendary punk rock band The Clash, were among some 200 guests who partied at the Moroccan restaurant in aid of the charity on July 23rd.
Homophobia in football gets a red card 1
10:35 AM — Tomorrow sees the start of a new football season and for the first time homophobic abuse is against the rules in every Premier League and Football League club.As part of The Football Association's commitment to tackling homophobic abuse at all levels of the game, the decision to amend the ground regulations was approved after consultation with the Premier League and Football League in the early part of last season.