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  • 26th October 2007

    London prepares for glittering gay awards ceremony 52

    Nominated for writer of the Year are Paul Burston, Russell T Davies, Val McDermid, Charlotte Mendelson and Louise Welsh.

    3:41 PM — Next week the Victoria and Albert Museum will host one of the highlights of the gay calendar - the Stonewall Awards.Tickets for Thursday's event sold out over a month ago, and A-List gays, sports people, performers, politicians, celebrities and TV stars will be out in force for the annual ceremony, which will be hosted by MTV and T4 presenter Anthony Crank.The Stonewall Awards, sponsored by Barclays, are designed to celebrate the range of positive contributions being made by individuals and organisations to the lives of gay people in Britain.

  • DVD Review: Poltergay is a camp Halloween treat 1

    What follows is a kind of supernatural Queer Eye For The Straight Guy.

    2:46 PM — When young couple Marc (Clovis Cornillac) and Emma (Julie Depardieu) move into their new home, a huge, run-down house that's been empty for years, all is not what it seems.For a start, there's the loud disco music that wakes Marc up every night, although Emma can't hear it.Giant images of winged penises begin to appear on the walls and a Polaroid camera photographs Marc showering, seemingly of its own accord.

  • Gay magazine helps bring paedophile to justice

    But some months later the boyfriend found that that he had been viewing more images, and wrote to Gay Times  for advice.

    2:00 PM — A 22-year-old man has pleaded guilty at Swansea Crown Court to 15 counts of making indecent images of children and possessing 332 indecent photographs.Daniel Byrne was arrested after his boyfriend became worried about his behaviour and contacted magazine Gay Times, now known as GT. Staff at the publication told him to go to the police, who obtained a search warrant and went to the Heol-y-Graig, Clydach home of Byrne.

  • Elton John photo not indecent says CPS 3

    Sir Elton is one of the world's foremost collectors of photographic art.

    11:34 AM — A photograph owned by singer songwriter Sir Elton John seized by police is not indecent, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.The image, taken by renowned American photographer Nan Goldin, was due to go on display as part of her Thanksgiving series at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead when a concerned member of gallery staff contacted police.The photograph, Klara and Edda Belly Dancing, features two semi naked young girls playing.

  • 25th October 2007

    Northampton’s gay drinkers may be caged in 2

    Management at the department store complained to the council about the Boston Clipper pub in the town centre.

    3:51 PM — A gay pub in Northampton is considering installing a cage around its beer garden to stop customers throwing bottles, pornography and pot plants into the adjacent staff car park of a branch of Debenhams.The department store's security manager, Kenneth Dowsett told the Evening Telegraph: "Over a long period of time, we've had a constant problem with glasses, bottles, ashtrays, pornographic material, items of a sexual nature, potted plants, and discarded smoking material being thrown over the boundary wall between our staff car park and the Boston Clipper."

  • EXCLUSIVE: “Ethical” bank snubs civil partnerships 96

    Joe and Neville Temple recently tried to persuade Smile, an offshoot of the Co-op Bank, to add an option for the legal status of Civil Partner to its application forms.

    1:50 PM — The Co-Operative Bank is among several financial services providers who have failed to add the option of Civil Partner to their application forms a PinkNews.co.uk investigation has revealed.Joe and Neville Temple, who have lived together for 42 years, recently tried to persuade Smile, an offshoot of the Co-op Bank, to add an option for the legal status of Civil Partner to its application forms.Over a period of months they received several messages from Smile promising that they were looking into it and would make changes to their system soon.

  • Comment: Russell T and the fortysomethings

    Russell T Davies announced this week he is in the process of writing another gay drama. photo: BBC

    10:45 AM — "You said I must eat so many lemons, 'cause I am so bitter."This lyric by singer Kate Nash certainly applies to the way some gay men react when discovering their friend, shag-buddy or drinking companion is dating.The gay community is often referred as fickle, sexually motivated and afraid of commitment.Yet civil partnerships are easing the problems faced by gay couples to be accepted in society at large.

  • 24th October 2007

    MPs hear evidence on homophobic incitement law

    Justice minister Maria Eagle told the committee that the government will be sharing proposed drafts of the amendment to create an offence of homophobic hatred with interested parties in due course.

    6:00 PM — The House of Commons Public Bill Committee on the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill heard from both sides of the debate surrounding government proposals to introduce a new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation last week..Representatives of gay equality organisation Stonewall, the Police Federation, Liberty and the Evangelical Alliance gave evidence before MPs.The alliance describe themselves on their website as "one of the most powerful groups of Christians in the UK."

  • Home Office loses gay Algerian deportation case 3

    The Home Office had argued the 27-year-old man, referred to as B, would be safe from persecution as long as he was “discreet” about his homosexuality.

    3:20 PM — The High Court in London has overturned an order that a gay man from Algeria seeking asylum in the UK should be deported.The Home Office had argued the 27-year-old man, referred to as B, would be safe from persecution as long as he was "discreet" about his homosexuality.However Mr Justice Collins disagreed, saying that B, who has been fighting to remain in the UK since 1996, was at risk of persecution.

  • Harvie slams Scottish parties over election fiasco 1

    Mr Harvie was elected on the regional list for Glasgow, where 9,000 ballots, or 4.17% of votes cast, were rejected.

    11:14 AM — A leading Green politician in Scotland has said that the voters were "left out in the cold" in May's Parliamentary and council elections as a new report has heavily criticised the four main parties.Patrick Harvie MSP, who is bisexual, said that the conclusions are taken on board by the political parties and ministers in London and Edinburgh.Changes to ballot papers had caused confusion and 140,000 Scots voters were disenfranchised when their papers were declared invalid.

  • Campaign to clear councillor convicted of paedophile slur 130

    The “Justice for Leyton Ward“ campaign has been launched by Ms Grell's friends, family, constituents and political colleagues.

    10:44 AM — Friends and political colleagues of a London councillor convicted of making false allegations of paedophilia against her gay opponent have set up a campaign to support her appeal.Miranda Grell was barred from public office for three years and fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 costs by Waltham Forest Magistrates Court last month.She won a formerly safe Lib Dem seat on Waltham Forest council in last May's elections.

  • Foster couple quit over refusal to “promote” being gay 6

    The Mathericks are now fighting the case with the backing of the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship.

    10:01 AM — A Christian foster couple have had an 11-year-old boy removed from their care for refusing to condone homosexuality.The Daily Mail claims that Vincent Matherick, 65, and wife Pauline, 61, refused to sign a contract saying they would tell children it is "good" to be gay and take them to gay association meetings if they are curious.The couple, who have fostered 28 children through Somerset County Council, are to be struck off the list by social services.

  • 23rd October 2007

    “Brave and brilliant gay men” not news to JK Rowling 1

    Ms Rowling revealed his homosexuality at the New York book reading when asked by a fan if Dumbledore had ever found love.

    6:45 PM — The novelist JK Rowling has told an audience in Canada she is surprised by the amount of fuss generated by her announcement that one of the main characters in her Harry Potter series is gay.The 42-year-old, whose seven-series saga about the boy wizard has made her an estimated £545m, sent shockwaves round the world on Saturday when she told an audience of fans in New York that the headmaster of wizarding school Hogwarts was gay."It has certainly never been news to me that a brave and brilliant man could love other men," she told a news conference today.

  • Tories “missing the point” of gay questions for elderly 1

    Polari support the principle of monitoring for sexual orientation as it enables care homes to help ensure their services meet the needs of LGB care home residents.

    4:05 PM — Conservative MPs have attacked a social care authority for issuing forms to elderly care home residents which include a question about their sexual orientation.The Daily Express last week reported that thousands of the new "quality assurance" packs have been sent to every care home in England by the Commission for Social Care Inspection.An organisation that works for better services for older LGBT people told PinkNews.co.uk that the MPs have missed the point and are in denial that any old people could be gay.

  • London best for gay travellers

    In an online survey of more than 7,500 lesbian and gay travellers in the USA, more than 8% had visited London in the past 12 months.

    4:05 PM — London has been named as the best international holiday destination by American gay and lesbian travellers.In an online survey of more than 7,500 lesbian and gay travellers in the USA, more than 8% had visited London in the past 12 months, placing the city ahead of Paris and Rome - the only other European destinations to make the top 10.Tom Wright, chief executive of VisitBritain, welcomed the result.

  • Requiem concert to mark World AIDS Day

    World AIDS Day originated in 1988, at the World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programmes for AIDS Prevention.

    10:41 AM — The London Oratory School's Schola and a host of star soloists will mark World AIDS Day 2007 with a concert to raise funds and awareness.The internationally-acclaimed boy's choir will be performing the Gareth Valentine and Durufle versions of Requiem as well as the world premiere of a new commission by Colin Mawby entitled A Song of Hope. All proceeds will go to Terence Higgins Trust, the UK's leading HIV and AIDS charity, and SOS Children's Villages for children orphaned through AIDS.

  • Interview: The Tories, gays and education 6

    Gove, who is married with two small children, has risen quickly through the ranks since becoming an MP

    12:20 AM — While many in David Cameron's Conservatives are recent converts to gay equality, including Cameron himself, there are a few who spoke out long before it was fashionable.The Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Families and Schools, Michael Gove, was urging the party to break with the past long before he took his place in the House of Commons.Elected in 2005 to represent the true-blue constituency of Surrey Heath, Gove is a clever, articulate Scot, a former Times journalist and an archetypal new Tory.

  • 22nd October 2007

    Queer as Folk creator to write new gay drama 4

    Russell T Davis (photo: BBC)

    8:50 PM — Russell T Davies, the creator of Queer as Folk, is developing a new BBC drama series about forty-something gay men, it was confirmed today.Mr Davies is understood to be currently developing script ideas for the as yet unnamed series.A BBC spokeswomen told MediaGuardian that it was "too early" to say which channel might the series would air on or whether it will be produced by an independent production company.

  • Comment: Stop deporting gay refugees back to Iran 28

    Several failed asylum seekers have committed suicide, rather than face the barbaric persecution, torture and punishment awaiting them in Iran, having publicly admitted their sexuality to the Home Office.

    4:31 PM — Detention centres stand as monuments to Britain's attitude to human rights, incarcerating behind razor wire asylum seekers awaiting deportation.They are the last stop for those who have failed to make a successful asylum claim, a key tool in the British governments attempt to "manage migration" and hold an average 25,000 every year.Much of the debate around immigration to the UK focuses on the legitimacy of asylum claims.

  • Comment: When will she be Dame JK? 2

    I think it is to her credit that she never made Dumbledore a “gay“ character in the Harry Potter series.

    2:21 PM — The casual yet calculated announcement by Harry Potter author JK Rowling that the character of Albus Dumbledore was gay made headlines around the world.Her books are, as she put it, "a prolonged argument for tolerance," a theme not lost on her millions of gay fans.The character that embodies that tolerance above all others is Dumbledore, the wise and caring headmaster.

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