23rd July 2007
Comment: Channel 4’s wasted opportunity 9
6:18 PM — "Thankfully, things are different now," my mum said to me after watching A Very British Sex Scandal, the first programme in Channel 4's series marking the 40th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.On the one hand she is right - we can now enter into a civil partnership, we can insist upon equal rights in the provision of goods and services and dedicated teachers, who can offer vital support to isolated gay pupils, are no longer gagged by the destructive Section 28.
Senior Muslim doctor denies writing anti-gay letter 12
3:18 PM — A homophobic Muslim doctor is being disciplined for saying that homosexuals, "need the stick of law to put them on the right path" and that they deserve neither help nor pity.This Hippocratic slur comes from a doctor who is the President of the Islamic Medical Association, which claims to represent 99% of the UK Muslim community.The offending medic, Dr Muhammad Siddiq, wrote in a letter to doctor's magazine Pulse:
Home Secretary may consider gay hate crime law 3
12:51 PM — Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, has told the House of Commons she may consider passing new laws creating an offence of homophobic hate crime.She was responding to a question from Labour MP Chris Bryant, who is gay. He drew attention to the murder of David Morley in October 2004.The 44-year old barman was set upon on London's South Bank, close to Parliament, by a gang of four people, one of them a teenage girl.
Extreme protest wins gay asylum seeker a stay in UK 28
12:37 PM — An ayslum seeker who sewed shut his eyes and lips in protest at being returned to Iran has been granted leave to remain in the UK.Shahin Portofeh, 27, an gay Iranian national, was seeking asylum in Coventry, but he was deported from the UK after his application was rejected.Despite his protests that he would be persecuted in his home country because of his sexuality, he was sent back.
THT want to know about your sex life
11:43 AM — Leading charity the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is appealing to PinkNews.co.uk readers to take part in this year's gay men's sex survey.This vital annual poll is the largest of its type in the world. Last year over 13,000 men took part, giving THT and scores of other organisations vital data.Sigma Research, a social research group specialising in the behavioural and policy aspects of HIV and sexual health, and the University of Portsmouth are launching the National Gay Men's Sex Survey today.
20th July 2007
Sexually transmitted disease cases continue to rise
5:57 PM — Officials at the Health Protection Agency have expressed concern that the number of new sexually transmitted infections treated at genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics in the UK continues to rise.The increase was most marked in gay men and younger people.Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has called for better sex education in schools to try to reverse the trend.
Gay Tory makes Mayor of London shortlist 1
5:57 PM — Andrew Boff has been selected as one of four candidates for the Conservative party nomination for Mayor of London.The 49-year-old IT consultant and publisher joins former Tory frontbencher and TV personality Boris Johnson on the list, which was chosen from over 40 hopefuls by a selection panel on Saturday.The other candidates are Kensington Chelsea councillors Warwick Lightfoot and Victoria Borwick.
Scottish bishop’s threat over gay adoptions 1
3:08 PM — The Roman Catholic Bishop of Motherwell said yesterday that the Church in Scotland would close its biggest adoption agency rather than help same-sex couples to adopt children.Bishop Joseph Devine said that St Margaret's Catholic Adoption Agency in Glasgow would close rather than abide by the Sexual Orientation Regulations.Catholic agencies place around 40 of the 200 children adopted in Scotland every year.
Analysis: The bishop, the youth worker and the tribunal 8
12:30 PM — This week saw a landmark victory for a gay youth worker against the might of the Anglican Church.An employment tribunal decided that Kevin Reaney, a gay man, had been discriminated against by the church on grounds of his sexual orientation.Mr Reaney brought his claim under the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003, which make it unlawful to discriminate against employees or prospective employees (such as Mr Reaney) because they are gay.
Civil partnerships: grandiose gays and low-key lesbians
12:06 PM — Two British psychologists who have been studying civil partnerships have concluded that gay men love a big day out.Dr Victoria Clarke and Dr Elizabeth Peel are from University of the West of England, Bristol and Aston University, Birmingham.They will present their research today, Friday 20 July, at the British Psychological Society's Psychology of Women Section's Annual Conference.
It was 40 years ago today – C4 marks decriminalisation 7
11:40 AM — A series of programmes to mark the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England Wales starts on Channel 4 tomorrow.A dramatisation of the trial of Lord Edward Montagu and Peter Wildeblood, entitled A Very British Sex Scandal, is one of the highlights.Montagu and Wildeblood, a Daily Mail journalist, were arrested and tried for attempts to incite others to homosexual acts in 1954.
TURING: Of homosexuality and the church 2
11:06 AM — Love or hate it, it's hard to ignore organised religion.While your columnist is of the opinion that religion should strictly (and I do mean strictly) restricted to consenting adults in private, and while some leading intellectuals want religion completely wiped off the map of the earth, it is hard to reconcile these opinions with the fact that more than 90% of the world's population subscribe to some form of organised religion.
19th July 2007
Website for Arab and Asian gays launched 8
6:20 PM — A new online meeting place for the Asian and Arab LGBT people and their friends has opened for business.MySalaam.com features content for both men and women including features, articles, blogs, message boards, community news and listings."I chose the name salaam because it is a word of greetings, peace and love that is shared by many peoples of Middle Eastern and Asian heritage," says Simran, MySalaam.com's founder and coordinator.
Christians and humanists welcome anti-gay advert ruling
5:24 PM — Gay Christians are among those who have welcomed today's ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority that an advert by a homophobic Christian group was inaccurate and misleading.The advert claimed that the legislation would "force" a bed and breakfast to supply a room to a transsexual and make schools promote civil partnerships.It also incorrectly asserted that the SORs represented an "act against freedom of conscience."
Complaints about anti-gay Christian advert upheld
3:08 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusiveA newspaper advert taken out by Christian groups exaggerating the effect of the Sexual Orientation Regulations has been criticised by the Advertising Standards Authority.PinkNews.co.uk led the campaign against the advert, which was published in The Times and Parliamentary title The House Magazine last November.Yesterday the ASA ruled the advert was "inaccurate and misleading."
The tribunal bishop and his gay organist 8
1:09 PM — The news of yesterday's landmark employment tribunal ruling that the Bishop of Hereford discriminated against a man by refusing to employ him as a youth worker because he is gay overshadowed another eccentric decision by the church leader.The Rt Revd Anthony Priddis, who is facing calls that he resign his post, has found time to wish his organist and his gay partner congratulations on their civil partnership.The Bishop asked a gay job applicant a series of intrusive personal questions during an interview.
18th July 2007
Gay groups, MPs and unions welcome bishop tribunal decision 8
6:16 PM — A range of organisations have praised an employment tribunal that found the Bishop of Hereford had discriminated against a gay man who applied for a job as a Church of England youth worker.Dr Evan Harris, Liberal Democrat MP and Parliamentary campaigner for equality, commented:"This is a damning judgment for the Church, which directly discriminated unfairly against an innocent person."
Sir Ian stands up for Singapore’s gays 3
5:46 PM — Veteran actor Sir Ian McKellen has once again used his international celebrity to further the cause of gay equality.Speaking in Singapore, the Lord of the Rings star urged the country's government to ditch draconian colonial-era laws still in place which criminalise homosexuality among consenting adults.Homosexuals face a maximum of two years in prison for gay sex in Singapore.
EXCLUSIVE: The man who took a bishop to a tribunal and won 8
4:51 PM — Landmark is one of those words that inevitably loses its value due to over-use, but there is no other way to describe today's ruling by an employment tribunal against the Bishop of Hereford.The tribunal agreed with youth worker John Reaney that he had been discriminated against on the grounds of his sexual orientation.The 2003 law that protects gay, bisexual and lesbian people in employment contains an exemption for religious organisations.
Doctor Who creator praises gay Coronation St character
2:00 PM — Russell T Davies, the writer of Queer As Folk and Doctor Who, has said that the representation of gay people on television is the best it has ever been.He cited the arrival of a gay character on ITV soap Coronation St as evidence that times have changed.Mr Davies, who included a bisexual character in Doctor Who, also praised teen soap Hollyoaks for its handing of a storyline where one of the characters deals with his sexuality.