5th December 2007
Analysis: New law will protect parents and sperm donors 1
4:50 PM — The story of a 37-year-old man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple and is now being asked to pay child support highlights the complicated legal situation around children conceived by artificial methods.New legislation before Parliament aims to make it easier for lesbian couples to access NHS fertilisation services and ensure that a lesbian or gay couple can become the legal parents of their children.At present the law requires that NHS fertility clinics take account of the "need for a father" when assessing women for treatment.
Cashman’s soap past raised by Cameron 3
3:46 PM — During clashes at Prime Minister's Questions this afternoon Tory leader David Cameron lampooned the UK's only out gay MEP.Michael Cashman's ground-breaking portrayal of Colin Russell in EastEnders between 1986 and 1989 saw the first gay kiss in a UK soap.Mr Cashman became a Labour MEP in 1999 and is president of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights.
Brighton council may ban homophobic music
12:30 PM — New guidelines from Brighton and Hove City Council will effectively ban "murder music" from all licensed premises.OutRage! and other gay campaigners have led a campaign against homophobic artists such as Beenie Man and Buju Banton who advocate the murder of gay men and lesbians in their music.Councillor Dee Simson, head of licensing, told The Argus: "In Brighton and Hove we have a good record on equalities and we felt it was important was important to include this in the licensing policy."
Gay hate preacher’s BBC blasphemy case dismissed 7
11:54 AM — An evangelical minister who came to prominence for his protests at gay Pride events has failed to bring a private prosecution for blasphemy against the director general of the BBC.Reverend Stephen Green's actions related to the screening of the acclaimed production Jerry Springer - The Opera on BBC2 in 2005.An attempt to bring a private prosecution in January was dismissed by a district court.
Torchwood creator’s new gay drama on hold
11:20 AM — The creator of Queer as Folk said that he will not start his working on a new proposed gay drama for several years.Russell T Davies made the comments at the press launch of series 2 of Torchwood, which will return on BBC2 in January.In October he had revealed that he was thinking of writing a script about "forty-something gay men." But during Monday's press conference, the 44 year-old writer stressed that, although he still intended to write the new announced drama about gay people, it was too early to discuss it.
4th December 2007
Lesbian mother hits back at sperm donor’s claims 2
4:55 PM — The lesbian who had two children with her civil partner after fireman Andy Bathie donated his sperm has said today he had behaved as a full-time father and should take financial responsibility for the children.Mr Bathie has to pay £450 a month toward bringing up the two children produced using his sperm.He has insisted he was only a donor and did not want take an active role in raising the kids.
Father of Barrymore pool death man awarded compensation 2
2:15 PM — The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority has awarded Terry Lubbock £6,800 criminal injuries compensation.His 31-year-old son Stuart Lubbock was found dead in entertainer Michael Barrymore's swimming pool after a house party in March 2001.Three months later Barrymore and two other men were arrested and bailed in connection with the incident.But a year after Mr Lubbock's death, police decided no charges were to be brought against Barrymore or the other men.
Churches seek reassurance over incitement law 100
12:45 PM — A joint statement from the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches in England has revealed their worries that a new incitement to homophobic hatred law might target Christian teachings.In a memorandum to a committee of MPs the churches asserted their view that "sexual activity and lifestyle, as distinct from sexual orientation, are matters of choice and impinge upon the public sphere."As such they are subject to evaluation and criticism, and freedom to discuss them must be preserved."
Sperm donor forced to pay child maintenance
10:45 AM — A man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple is being made to pay child support.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is warning "DIY" donors that they risk financial responsibility unless they go through a licensed clinic.Men who donate through a clinic have no legal or financial obligation to the child that is conceived and do not have a right to be named on the birth certificate.
3rd December 2007
Paedophile slur councillor resigns from Labour party 130
12:35 PM — A Labour politician who was found guilty of making false allegations of paedophilia against her gay opponent has resigned from the party.In September Miranda Grell, 29, was barred from public office for three years, fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 costs by Waltham Forest Magistrates Court.Ms Grell won a formerly safe Lib Dem seat on the London Borough of Waltham Forest council in last May's elections.
PM pledges more money for HIV/AIDS 1
12:35 PM — Gordon Brown has unveiled government plans to increase the AIDS support grant by 20 per cent, equivalent to £17.6m, over the next three years.But, he stressed, in his announcement made the day before World AIDS Day, commitment is needed from the whole of society to help fight stigma and educate people to protect themselves.Mr Brown said that HIV and AIDS are "one of the greatest challenges of our time and a key priority for this government."
Equalisation of age of consent angers Northern Ireland politicians 2
12:00 PM — Gay rights groups in Northern Ireland are at loggerheads with the Roman Catholic Church and the Democratic Unionist Party over proposed legislation to lower the age of consent from 17 to 16, bringing it in line with the rest of the UK.Justice Minister Paul Goggins MP, who unveiled the draft Sexual Offences (NI) Order, said that there is no convincing reason for the age to be different than it is in the rest of the UK.The change to the age of consent is a matter for the British government and not the Northern Ireland Assembly or Executive.
2nd December 2007
LGBT Labour “furious” at party support for Grell 130
3:10 PM — Labour's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender society has revealed that it complained about the backing a councillor convicted of homophobic slurs against her opponent received from the party.In a statement issued shortly after Miranda Grell's appeal against her conviction for making false allegations of paedophilia against her gay opponent was rejected by Snaresbrook Crown Court, LGBT Labour said they were furious.
Gay sailors exhibit at boat show
3:10 PM — Among the many stands at the Earl's Court Boat Show, being held at the London exhibition centre until 9th December, is one from the Sailing and Cruising Association, a gay sailing club.It is the first time they have exhibited at the show, one of the largest in Europe."This is a new departure for us and, so far as we know, for any UK boat show," association commodore Colin Weston told PinkNews.co.uk
Councillor loses paedophile slur appeal 130
2:05 PM — A Labour party councillor convicted of making false allegations of paedophilia against her gay opponent has had her appeal rejected.In September Miranda Grell was barred from public office for three years, fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 costs by Waltham Forest Magistrates Court.Last week at Snaresbrook Crown Court her appeal against her conviction was unsuccessful.
30th November 2007
Homophobic incitement law moves forward 100
4:15 PM — A committee of MPs yesterday approved amendments to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill that will make incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation an offence.None of the Conservative MPs on the committee voted against the proposals. The Bill will now proceed to a report stage and third reading in the Commons before being sent to the Lords.Justice minister Maria Eagle told the committee that the proposal is to outlaw only threatening words and behaviour.
10% of London’s gay men have HIV 4
3:15 PM — As we commemorate World AIDS Day tomorrow across the world, the National AIDS Trust has highlighted the high rates of HIV infection among the London gay community.At a fundraising event on Wednesday, hosted by Gaydar parent company QSoft Consulting, the trust's chief executive urged the gay community to do more to tackle the problem.Earlier this month the Health Protection Agency revealed that the number of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV in the UK is at its highest rate since the start of the epidemic.
Herbert blasts Labour over illegal donations 3
2:45 PM — Shadow Justice Secretary Nick Herbert has accused the government of breaking the trust of the public just months after Gordon Brown took over as Prime Minister.He added that the Conservative party is confident that they have not received any donations through a third party.Yesterday the Electoral Commission announced that it has referred the illegal "anonymous" donations to Labour from property developer David Abrahams to the police.
Archbishop of Canterbury’s meeting with LGBT clergy 1
1:30 PM — Yesterday the Archbishop of Canterbury attended a meeting of the Clergy Consultation, a support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and intersex clergy and their partners.Dr Rowan Williams presided and preached at a service of Holy Communion and later addressed the members present, responding to questions.The Rev Colin Coward, Director of Changing Attitude, was present at yesterday's meeting. "The Archbishop of Canterbury met with over 80 members of the Consultation yesterday," he said.
29th November 2007
Two people arrested in trans murder case 5
6:57 PM — Detectives investigating the murder of Kellie Telesford today arrested two people.However, police are still asking anyone who knew Kellie or has information relevant to the murder investigation to contact them.40-year-old Kellie's body was found at her Thornton Heath flat last Wednesday after police responded to calls from friends and forced entry into the apartment.