14th December 2007
Swing to Greens in Brighton excites election pundits
12:30 PM — The Green party's strong showing in the south coast city of Brighton and Hove was reflected in a by-election for a council seat , which they retained comfortably.The Regency ward was held by the Greens with a 3.5% swing away from the Tories.The significance of the result is that the ward is in the parliamentary constituency of Brighton Pavilion. In 2005 the Greens took 22% of the vote, with the Tories on 23.9% and Labour on 35.4%.
13th December 2007
Paisley and McGuinness disagree over gay rights 4
2:15 PM — The First and Deputy First Ministers of Northern Ireland are reportedly at loggerheads over the introduction of EU legislation granting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people equal rights.An agreed position on the Gender, Goods and Services Directive must be reached by December 21st or the Northern Ireland Executive faces fines and legal proceedings.A committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly was presented with a letter from the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM).
Spain recognises UK civil partnerships 172
12:25 PM — A gay couple who took on the British and Spanish governments over the recognition of their civil partnership have won a major victory.Paul and Martin Ward signed the civil partnership register in Devon on Valentine's Day this year, having been advised that it would be recognised in Spain, where Paul lives.However, when the couple returned to Spain to live, they found out from the British Consul in Malaga that their civil partnership was not recognised in Spain.
Diana award for gay youth group founder 1
12:03 PM — A Stonewall volunteer has been awarded a prestigious Diana Award for his outstanding commitment to helping vulnerable young lesbians and gay men in his Kent hometown.Joe Whitbread, 18, received his award after he set up the first gay youth group in West Kent for young people to socialise and support each other in a safe environment.Having been bullied at school himself, Joe wanted to ensure that other young gay people did not suffer the same discrimination that he did.
12th December 2007
Tory MEPs disrupt Euro treaty ceremony 3
5:55 PM — EU leaders signed the Charter of Fundamental Rights today as some MEPs including Tories loudly protested, asking for a referendum on the reformed treaty.During the ceremony in Strasbourg protesters shouted as Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates, whose country currently holds the European Union's rotating presidency, was speaking."No matter how loud you heckle and yell, today is a day of fundamental importance for Europe," he said.
Runners raise money to fight homophobic bullying
12:59 PM — London Frontrunners has raised almost £3500 to support Stonewall's work tackling homophobic bullying in schools.Helen Smethurst and Graham Kennedy, presidents of capital's leading lesbian and gay running group, presented the gay charity a cheque for £3,457 to help Stonewall continue its Education for All campaigning work in schools.The money was raised by London Frontrunners through its sponsorship of the 4th London Pride Run held in August.
Help for friends and family of HIV+ people from THT
12:45 PM — HIV and sexual health charity, Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), is running a new workshop in Sussex aimed at the friends and family of those living with HIV.The one day workshop is being trialled on 1 March in central Brighton but the charity is keen to get people signed up as soon as possible.The Friends Family workshop will act as a starting point for anyone who has found out that a friend or family member is HIV+.
11th December 2007
Equality commission considers incitement proposals 1
5:31 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has yet to decide whether it supports the government's proposal to make incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation a criminal offence.The legal committee of the commission is to meet on Thursday to discuss the proposal, which has received cross-party support in the House of Commons.The commission is designed to promote a fair, equal and diverse society and tackling illegal discrimination.
Anglican gay rows harm relations with Rome 3
3:40 PM — Divisions over sexual ethics could be harmful in the relations between the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church, a cardinal in Rome said.Speaking to the Pope and cardinals in a private meeting three weeks ago Cardinal Walter Kasper, head of the Pontifical Council for promoting Christian unity, said that there were disagreements with the Anglicans that had stalled talks."While progress is being made on theological divisions, new divergences are emerging in the ethical field," he said.
Interview: A rising star in the Tory firmament 11
1:45 PM — The 2005 intake of MPs contained the usual mix of the good, the bad and the barmy. There were 50 new Conservative MPs, a brace of freshman Lib Dems and hardly any new Labour faces at all.The new Tory boys and girls were instrumental in propelling David Cameron (2001) into power, and he has rewarded the best and the brightest with seats in his Shadow Cabinet.Nicholas Le Quesne Herbert is one of two Nicks who first sat on the green benches two years ago to keep an eye on in the years ahead.
Scottish attitudes to LGBT changing but prejudice remains 1
11:25 AM — Results from the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey which show the country is becoming more accepting of the LGBT community were announced this morning.The survey, conducted for the Scottish Government, found that the number of people who think same-sex relationships are always or mostly wrong has dropped 11% since 2002 to 30%.65% of people who took part think Scotland should do everything it can to tackle all kinds of prejudice.
Queens offered own Christmas speech
10:45 AM — For gay men wanting to follow in the footsteps of Quentin Crisp and transmit their very own Queen's Speech to the nation this Christmas, eBay may have the answer.Users of the consumer website will have the chance to bid on the message which will be aired on the eBay homepage. The money raised will be donated to the NSPCC.The message will be broadcast will be seen by up to 15 million people over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Help for the one in four LGBT people who suffer domestic abuse
10:23 AM — Victims of sexual abuse can now find help at Galop, a safety charity for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.A new caseworker at the London-based charity is available to help LGBT victims of sexual violence make anonymous reports to the police and provide them with advice.According to the caseworker, Jamey Fisher, the aim of the service is to "help LGBT people who have experienced sexual abuse at any point in their lives."
10th December 2007
NI equality commission explores LGB concerns 3
5:20 PM — A report has been published by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland to help enable lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals to access their rights under equality law.The purpose of the report was to explore the obstacles facing both LGB individuals and equality bodies when it came to the realisation of LGB rights.Its findings showed that many LGB people are cautious about disclosing their sexuality.
Desmond’s new theory on causes of male homosexuality 35
1:25 PM — A new book by a well-known British academic suggests that some men are gay because they don't break with other boys during childhood and retain some of their juvenile characteristics when they become adult.In The Naked Man: A Study Of The Male Body, Desmond Morris questioned why "a certain percentage of adult human males, with or without the approval of society at large, find members of their own gender attractive."
Jeremy Joseph tight-lipped about rumoured G-A-Y move 1
12:15 PM — Speculation has been building about a forthcoming takeover of London nightclub, Heaven, by G-A-Y, the clubbing brand owned by promoter Jeremy Joseph.The news follows reports that G-A-Y will be soon be forced from current home, London's Astoria on Charing Cross Road, so it can be demolished as part of plans for a new Crossrail station, which have recently been given the go-ahead.Mr Joseph refused to comment directly for legal reasons but told PinkNews.co.uk: "I'm always looking for venues."
8th December 2007
“Bigot Bishop” apologises to rejected gay applicant 9
2:30 PM — The bishop who an employment tribunal found discriminated against a youth worker because he was gay has apologised for the "hurt and pain" he caused.John Reaney was previously employed as a youth officer for the Norwich and Chester Church of England diocese. In an application form for a similar job in Hereford, Mr Reaney stated that he is gay.
7th December 2007
“Royal blackmail plot” man refused bail 25
2:18 PM — One of the two men charged with attempting to blackmail a minor member of the Royal Family was refused bail at a hearing at the Old Bailey today.Ian Strachan, 30, was arrested along with Sean McGuigan, 40, in October after police mounted a sting operation.They are alleged to have demanded £50,000 not to release a video showing an aide to a member of the Royal Family discussing engaging in oral sex with his employer.
Tory criticises cuts in London HIV programmes 10
12:45 PM — The deputy chairman of the London Assembly has expressed his shock at planned cuts to HIV prevention programmes aimed at gay men, after receiving official confirmation from the Department of Health.Brian Coleman, London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden, wrote to Minister of State at the Department of Health, Dawn Primarolo MP, after reports that funding for the London Gay Men's HIV Prevention Programme is to be cut next year by 36%.The funding for this programme is currently grouped with a treatment information programme in a budget of £2.2million.
Stonewall to benefit from charity panto on the run 1
11:04 AM — A London-based gay and lesbian running group will perform a Christmas pantomime to raise money for the LGBT organisation Stonewall.On January 13 London Frontrunners will stage their A Christmas Carol at the Drill Hall in Chenies Street.The pantomime features a quartet of gay and lesbian ghosts who are freed at a séance and bring chaos in Scrooge's hotel on Christmas Eve.