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  • 26th June 2007

    Anti-gay Tory defects to Labour 10

    In March 2007 he was one of the Tory MPs who defied their own front  bench and tried to stop the Sexual Orientation Regulations in House of Commons.

    3:15 PM — An MP with a hostile voting record on gay issues has defected from the Conservatives to the Labour party.Quentin Davies, a former Tory Shadow Cabinet member, has been an MP for 20 years and represents Grantham, the home town of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.He announced his defection the day before Tony Blair is to leave office, and attacked Tory leader David Cameron in his resignation letter.

  • Sarah Waters nominated for UK’s oldest book prize

    Waters studied for a PhD on lesbian and gay fiction at the University of London

    2:58 PM — The writer who brought lesbian fiction to greater prominence with her novel Tipping The Velvet, is on the short list for this year's James Tait Black Memorial Prize.Sarah Waters, 40, has been nominated for her most recent work, The Night Watch, which explores the lives of several lesbian, gay and straight characters in 1940's London.It has been widely praised for its stunning recreation of the Blitz and life in the capital during the immediate post-war period.

  • Welsh gay community’s silent victims of abuse

    The investigation comes in response to news that recorded crimes against gay and lesbian people in Wales are on the increase.

    1:45 PM — A new BBC Wales investigation has revealed that as many as 80% of the gay community suffer verbal or physical abuse in their lifetime.Yet according to Home Office figures only one in ten of these incidents will be reported.The investigation comes in response to news that recorded crimes against gay and lesbian people in Wales are on the increase.

  • Comment: Another year, another Pride, another hangover

    Is Pride a political rally, is it a party, does it mean anything at all?

    11:30 AM — For many of us waking up the next morning, any sense of pride has disappeared long ago in a heady mix of sunshine, cheap cocktails, and naked flesh.This is something to celebrate. A hangover fades much quicker than the scars of those brave enough to march the streets of Moscow, Riga or Warsaw.At the same time I cannot help thinking that Pride has the potential to mean something more to more people than just a nice day out once a year.

  • Smoking a real drag, say queens 1

    Smoking a pack of 20 will save smokers a whopping £1850, which could for example be spent on much-needed make-up to cover wrinkles that smoking has caused.

    11:00 AM — Drag queens' services have been employed by the NHS in Yorkshire to strut on to the scene and smoke out the last ill-fated pro-smoking campaigners as England goes smoke-free in less than a week.Drag queens Precious, Miss Blanche, Portia and Danny Cher from the Birdcage nightclub in Leeds will encourage people to kick the habit and take their 'last drag' as this butt of contention is finally doused in the favour of healthier lungs for both active and passive smokers.

  • 75% of gay kids in faith schools suffer homophobic bullying

    The survey of 1,145 young people was conducted by the Schools Health Education Unit for Stonewall.

    12:01 AM — Homophobic bullying plagues the majority of UK schools and shocking levels of bullying are meted out to school pupils and teachers who either are gay or perceived to be gay.That is the conclusion of a wide-ranging study carried by gay equality organisation Stonewall.Nearly two thirds of LGB students reported instances of such harassment.

  • 25th June 2007

    Soho hosts day out for gay youth

    21st century gay teenagers are certainly not lacking in confidence and many said they would be attending Pride London and were looking forward to the joining in the parade.

    4:01 PM — Life was a picnic for London's LGBT youth communities when their annual gathering in Soho Square attrated more than one hundred people, several as young as 15.When the rain got bad everyone sheltered under the trees taking the picnic with them, luckily the downpour didn't last long.George Allawi, 18, a youth worker said: "I don't think rain will stop us now and I don't think it will stop us next week at Pride."

  • Top Tory gives away gay friend at partnership ceremony 2

    Since Labour came to power he has voted against the equalisation of consent, the abolition of Section 28 and the rights of gay couples to adopt.

    3:30 PM — David Davis, the Shadow Home Secretary, has revealed that he recently attended a civil partnership ceremony.The MP for Haltemprice and Howden is seen as more right-wing than David Cameron, who defeated him in the contest for Conservative leader in 2005.In an interview with the Daily Telegraph Mr Davis claims to be a social liberal.

  • RAF uniforms banned from London Pride

    The MoD is keen to promote all the armed services as good employers for minority groups.

    2:13 PM — The Royal Air Force has announced that personnel who wear uniform to march in the Pride parade in London will face disciplinary action.A letter from Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy, the Chief of the Air Staff, to station commanders says that LGB airmen and women can attend Pride but not in uniform.Last week the Chief of the General Staff has issued orders banning LGB Army staff from marching in uniform at the event this Saturday.

  • Manchester triumphs at gay football tournament

    Fans will have a chance to see the top three teams presented with their trophies on the main stage at Trafalgar Square at the Pride London rally this Saturday, June 30th.

    2:00 PM — Village Manchester FC were crowned winners of the inaugural Ford Pride Football Tournament after beating Stonewall FC in the final on Satuday.24 male and female teams from across the country took part in the six-a-side tournament, which was held at the Goals Soccer Centre in Wembley, just a few miles from the recently completed England stadium.The Ford Pride Football Tournament is the UK's first high profile gay football competition.

  • Edinburgh hosts Pride of Scotland

    Taking part were the Conservative Party, whose stall was hosted by Henri Shaw, Chairwoman of Conservative Future Edinburgh.

    1:10 PM — The Scottish capital was transformed into a gay village this weekend as Pride Scotia took to the streets of Edinburgh.Around 5,000 revellers gathered at midday outside the offices of Edinburgh council before setting off for an afternoon of organised festivities in Pilrig Park.The parade was originally planned to go along the Mound, before heading down Princes Street but the route was shortened due to poor weather conditions.

  • Abu Hamza unhappy with gay nurse 6

    Abu Hamza was convicted in February 2006 of inciting racial hatred and murder.

    12:54 PM — A jailed Islamic preacher has complained to the Prison Service about his homosexual personal care nurse.Abu Hamza was convicted in February 2006 of inciting racial hatred and murder. He has been held at Belmarsh high security prison since 2004.Hamza has a hook instead of a right hand, and requires help from a nurse to wash and dress. The Mirror reports that the hate preacher has discovered that his regular nurse for the last two years is a gay man.

  • Pope criticises Tony Blair over civil partnerships 9

    Mr Blair gave the Pontiff antique pictures of 19th Century English Cardinal Henry Newman.

    12:00 PM — Pope Benedict XVI used a personal audience with outgoing Prime Minister Tony Blair to express his displeasure at the advancement in gay rights in the UK.During his 25-minute private meeting with Tony Blair on Saturday, the Pope questioned the use of stem cells in research, the availability of abortion, civil partnerships and adoption by gay couples, as well as the war in Iraq.Downing St said that the gay issues were raised by Vatican officials but not the Pope.

  • 24th June 2007

    Labour LGBT welcome Brown and Harman 3

    Harriet Harman and Gordon Brown (flickr)

    9:46 PM — The Labour Campaign for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (LGBT Labour) has welcomed the confirmation of the Gordon Brown as the new leader of the Labour Party and the election of Harriet Harman as deputy leader.In a statement released to PinkNews.co.uk, the camapign group said that both Gordon Brown and Harriet Harman have a strong commitment to supporting equality.

  • Gordon Brown’s acceptance speech focuses on families 3

    Gordon Brown focused on families

    6:46 PM — Gordon Brown today took over the leadership of the governing Labour party from Tony Blair. His speech focused heavily on families but did say that the progress in gay rights has changed Britain for the better."In the last ten years, from make poverty history to campaigns on disability, gay rights and the environment, Britain has changed for the better, not just because of government, but because of movements that have gone beyond traditional parties, captured people's imaginations and transformed people's lives."

  • Harman wins by a tiny majority after five rounds

    Ms Harman's victory was a surprise result - Education Secretary Alan Johnson was tipped to win.

    3:10 PM — Today's election for a new Deputy Leader of the Labour party was the closest since 1981.In the fifth and final round of voting, Ms Harman took the lead with 50.43% to Alan Johnson's 49.56%She was overtaken by Alan Johnson until the last round, and it is thought many Jon Cruddas voters gave support to her.

  • Exclusive: Harriet Harman’s message to the gay community 1

    At the very start of this seemingly endless campaign for Deputy Leader, Ms Harman got a lot of flak for saying that Labour “needed“ a woman in the role.

    2:46 PM — Justice Minister Harriet Harman has something she wants to say to the gay community, particularly those who grew up during the Blair years."Young people, remember! Remember! Be afraid!"Hoodies, perhaps? Terrorism? The threat of a nude Keith Chegwin returning to our television screens?No - the resurgent Conservative party.

  • Harriet Harman elected Labour Deputy Leader 1

    The party used an electoral college to elect the Deputy Leader.

    2:40 PM — Harriet Harman, the Justice minister, has been elected to the Deputy leadership of the Labour party.Gordon Brown was also declared as Leader of the Labour party at a special conference in Manchester.Tony Blair remains Prime Minister until Wednesday. He will give a farewell performance at Prime Minister's Questions before going to see the Queen and resign.

  • Gordon Brown to be named Labour leader, deputy leader votes being counted

    Gordon Brown will be the next Prime Minister

    1:22 PM — Gordon Brown is to be named leader of the Labour party today. He faced no challengers so won the election by default.The result of the deputy leadership contest will also be announced today. But a poll by PinkNews.co.uk readers has revealed which candidates LGBT Labour party members voted for in the election of a Deputy Leader of the Labour party. Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain was the first choice of 25% of gay party members.

  • Exclusive: Peter Hain tops votes of gay Labour members

    Peter Hain is the gay community's first choice

    12:22 AM — A poll of PinkNews.co.uk readers has revealed which candidates LGBT Labour party members voted for in the election of a Deputy Leader of the Labour party.Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain was the first choice of 25% of gay party members. The positive showing for Hain was despite a large number of multiple votes being automatically disqualified by PinkNews.co.uk's polling software after his campaign team promoted the poll using the social networking site Facebook.

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