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  • 27th April 2007

    Analysis: Gays – football’s last taboo 3

    Well-known footballers should be encouraged to front media campaigns calling on homophobia to be kicked out of football.

    5:15 PM — An article by Portsmouth goalkeeper David James, published in The Observer earlier this month, has re-ignited one of the crucial but rarely asked questions in football: why are there no openly gay players?There were times when reading the article that I laughed out loud at some of his comments.My favourite section reads: "Down the years I could easily have been accused of being gay."

  • BBC defends broadcast of gay Mass

    The service was recorded in October and will be broadcast at 8:10am on Sunday on BBC Radio 4.

    3:13 PM — The BBC has defended its decision to broadcast from a church that has been an inspiration to gay, lesbian and transgender Catholics around the world.This Sunday BBC Radio 4's Morning Worship programme will come from the Catholic parish of the Most Holy Redeemer, in San Francisco's gay Castro district.The parish offers a "spiritual home" to all, including LGBT church members and parishioners with HIV/AIDS.

  • Edinburgh gays not reporting hate crimes

    The gay equality organisation are calling on LGBT Scots to use their votes in the elections for the Scottish Parliament next Thursday.

    2:59 PM — A new report has found that the majority of violent homophobic attacks in Edinburgh are not reported to police.The survey by Queen Margaret University found that only 37% of such crimes are brought to the attention of law enforcement.Gay rights groups cited an historic mistrust of police in a community where homosexuality was not decriminalised until 1980.

  • Welsh Tory candidate in gay row 3

    The Tory leader is campaigning in Wales ahead of elections for the 40-member Assembly next Thursday.

    2:41 PM — A Labour candidate for the Welsh Assembly claims his Tory opponent said homosexuality is a sin at a public meeting.Conservative leader David Cameron has defended the party's candidate in Clywd West, Darren Millar, claiming his remarks have been taken out of context.A party spokesman told the BBC that Mr Millar was merely pointing out that religious texts say homosexuality is a sin.

  • Gay police will march in uniform at Pride

    Hampshire officers will be marching in uniform in this year's Brighton Pride parade on August 4th.

    11:20 AM — The ban on LGBT police from Hampshire marching in uniform at Brighton Pride has been lifted.The decision relfects a chance of heart by the Chief Constable of Hampshire Police, Paul Kernaghan.He previously banned all of his officers from gay Pride events over concerns that the impartiality of the police might be compromised.

  • Brian Paddick to leave the Met early

    For all the controversy, Mr Paddick will be remembered for inspiring many other police men and women to be open about their sexuality.

    10:15 AM — The most senior gay police officer in the UK is to retire more than a year early.Brian Paddick, who is currently a Deputy Assistant Commissioner in London's Metropolitan Police, is understood to have asked to be allowed to stand down before the end of his current contract.He is to leave the force at the end of May. He has completed 30 years' service and will be entitled to a full pension.

  • 26th April 2007

    No 10 petition asks for gay question on census 5

    Final decisions on the content of the 2011 Census will not be made until the consultation and testing programme is complete

    3:35 PM — Gay people are being asked to add their names to a petition calling for a question on sexual orientation to be included on the census.The petition is on the Prime Minister's website. The next national survey will take place in 2011.It is conducted every 10 years by the Office of National Statistics who announced last year that they did not think a question about sexual orientation would not be suitable.

  • Comment: Was Ted Heath gay? 4

    It is well known that many people deny their sexuality when it is inconvenient or illegal; such I believe was the case with Ted Heath.

    2:34 PM — Jeremy Norman, a successful gay businessman who founded the iconic London nightclub Heaven, was a friend of former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath.In his autobiography No Make Up published last year, he devoted an entire chapter to Heath.Here he gives us his view on the current discussion of his old friend's sexuality. 

  • City Hall venue for trans dialogue 1

    The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, said he is delighted to support the event at City Hall.

    1:00 PM — A public meeting next week aims to foster a frank dialogue between London's trans community and providers of gender identity services.City Hall will be the venue for a public discussion on gender reassignment in London on Tuesday 1st May.The event will bring together representatives from the trans community with speakers from specialist commissioning and London's gender identity clinic.

  • Adopt a rubber duck and help fight AIDS

    It costs £2 to adopt a duck (plus a donation to GMFA) and the owner of the first duck to cross the finish line will win the first prize of £10,000.

    11:00 AM — Gay men are adopting ducks to help raise funds for gay men's health charity GMFA.The rubber ducks will form part of the world's biggest duck race when 165,000 rubber ducks will be released on a 1km stretch of the River Thames.The aim is to set a new World Record and raise money for UK charities.

  • 25th April 2007

    Politicians coming out is still important, say Stonewall 3

    Ben Summerskill said that the actual number of gay MPs showed that sexuality was not yet irrelevant.

    6:31 PM — In the media storm surrounding his revelation that former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath was warned off cruising for sex, the thrust of Brian Coleman's article for the New Statesman has been sidelined.Mr Coleman, the Chairman of the London Assembly, who is a Conservative, said that MPs and other prominent figures coming out and being forthright about their sexual orientation was not necessary.

  • George adds Brent magistrates court to his tour

    District Judge Katherine Marshall rejected an application for the singer to avoid coming to court.

    6:00 PM — Pop icon George Michael will be in court facing charges of being unfit to drive the day before he is due to play the first concert at the new Wembley stadium.He will also now face an additional charge of being in charge of a vehicle while unfit through drugs.His appearance at Brent Magistrates Court follows an incident last October when he was found by police in his car in Cricklewood.

  • Early gay activism discovered in National Archives 2

    The work contained a defence of gay desire. photo: kevinkim@flickr.com

    5:44 PM — A dusty scroll of parchment which contains the writings of an 18th century proponent of gay rights has been unearthed.Thomas Cannon's 1749 book, Ancient And Modern Pederasty Investigated And Exemplified was suppressed, all copies were destroyed and the printer fled the country.The work contained a defence of gay desire and translations of homosexual Greek and Roman writings.

  • Info leaflet about HIV treatment charges launched

    Some recent migrants and people of uncertain immigration status are now charged for accessing HIV services in the UK.

    5:11 PM — Two of the UK's most respected charities have co-operated on a new information leaflet about the charges a small group of people now have to pay for HIV treatments.The National AIDS Trust and the Terrence Higgins Trust have jointly produced the leaflet giving advice to people who are concerned that they may be charged for accessing NHS sexual health and HIV services.

  • Stars get ready to walk against homophobia

    Coronation Street star Anthony Cotton and lesbian comedian Amy Lamé have already confirmed they will be trekking to raise money for Stonewall

    1:37 PM — Gay and lesbian stars are to join hundreds of others on a gay walk in Brighton to help kids who face homophobia at school.The 4th Annual Equality walk is a demonstration of solidarity against homophobic crime, a nice day out, a good bit of exercise and an opportunity to do a bit of star-spotting.The event, organised by Stonewall, will take place on Sunday 6th May, which is the Bank Holiday weekend.

  • Edward Heath warned to stop cruising 3

    Mr Heath led the Conservative party from 1965 to 1975, and was Prime Minister from 1970 to 1974.

    10:10 AM — A gay member of the London Assembly has claimed that former British Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath was warned to stop having sex with men in public.Brian Coleman, a Conservative, claims that Sir Edward was warned by police to stop cruising for sex as part of a vetting process in 1955.That year he became a Privy Councillor and Chief Whip under Prime Minister Anthony Eden.

  • Church of Scotland “sinfully” intolerant of gays 3

    The Presbyterians are the largest Protestant denomination in Scotland, with 520,000 members.

    10:10 AM — A report by prominent members of the Church of Scotland concludes that it is institutionally homophobic and they must embrace lesbian and gay Christians.The Presbyterians are the largest Protestant denomination in Scotland, with 520,000 members.The report into same-sex partnerships from the working group of the Mission and Discipleship Council will be presented to the General Assembly next month.

  • 24th April 2007

    Gays find more acceptance in the City

    The government estimates that 6% of the UK population is lesbian or gay, but London's gay population is thought to be nearer to 10%.

    5:13 PM — London's financial heart is moving away from its homophobic reputation and becoming more gay friendly, according to new research.The number of gay people employed in City careers such as banking, finance or insurance has risen significantly since new initiatives designed to promote diversity were put in place.Two years ago, 5.9% of City employees anonymously identified themselves as gay or lesbian.

  • Pensioner set alight after gay claim

    Murray, of Bethwin Road, Walworth, admitted one count of arson with intent to endanger life.

    4:57 PM — A man has been jailed for setting fire to a pensioner because he spread rumours that they were in a gay relationship.David Murray, 55, set fire to 80-year-old Richard Clark and his home, after the OAP told Murray's daughter that they were having an affair.Murray denied that such a relationship ever existed.

  • Pride event cancelled due to lack of money 1

    Organisers are appealing for businesses to sponsor next year's event and for more volunteers to join the 2008 committee.

    12:13 PM — The annual gay pride festival in Leicester has been cancelled this year due to lack of funding and staff.The LGBT festival was due to take place on June 23rd. It is the first time that the event has been cancelled in its seven year history.But organisers hope the party, which costs £20,000, will go ahead in 2008.

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