25th May 2007
Channel 4 drama celebrates gay rights turning point 57
11:27 AM — A dramatisation of the trial of Lord Edward Montagu and Peter Wildeblood on Channel 4 will mark the passing of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act.The 90-minute drama entitled The Last Gay Trial is being made by Blast Films and features Orlando Wells, last seen in the West End's The History Boys , as Montagu, and Martin Hutson as Wildeblood. The programme also stars former Emmerdale actor Karl Davies.
24th May 2007
Dawn Airey to join ITV
4:30 PM — One of the most prominent gay executives in British television is to take up a new role at troubled terrestrial broadcaster ITV.From October Dawn Airey will take charge of in-house production.Ms Airey, 46, is best known for her tenure as chief executive of Five, where she successfully helped shed the channel's "football, films and fucking" image, as she called it.
Trans mayor and mayoress take office in Cambridge
1:00 PM — A woman who has transitioned sex has been elected to the largely ceremonial role of Mayor of Cambridge. Jenny Bailey, 45, is a Liberal Democrat councillor.She chose her partner Jennifer Liddle, 49, who also underwent gender reassignment surgery, to serve as Mayoress. The couple have both served as councillors on Cambridge City Council.Ms Bailey is the first transgender mayor in the UK. She took up office today.
23rd May 2007
Married woman in court over civil partnership 2
2:30 PM — A married woman will appear before a court on charges of making a false statement to a registrar, after she allegedly illegally entered into a civil partnership.Suzanne Mitchell appeared before Shrewsbury magistrates today and was given unconditional bail.She is to appear at Shrewsbury Crown Court for a plea hearing on 9th July. The 29-year-old lives in Wingfield Gardens in the town.
London Tory leader announces civil partnership 1
1:20 PM — The head of one of London's leading local authorities has publicly come out and announced he is to enter into a civil partnership.Sir Simon Milton is the leader of Westminster council and close to Conservative leader David Cameron.He is expected to be offered a seat in the Lords and possibly a job in government if the Tories win the next election.
Concern over NHS database of gay men 6
11:04 AM — A government database used to store intimate details of gay sexual behaviour is to replace the current free access to sexual health information across London.There is major concern from HIV charities and overwhelming hostility from a public consultation to the proposal.The London Gay Men's HIV Prevention Partnership (LGMHPP) is a central fund that is contributed to by London's NHS trusts and that is administered by commissioners.
University’s gay health certificate a success
10:10 AM — A qualification in gay men's health will continue to run at the University of East London due to its unprecedented success.The one-year certificate was first launched last year, and is designed for people interested in or already working in the field of gay men's health promotion.Areas of study include positive mental health, current health policies, stigma and discrimination and epidemiology of HIV.
Analysis: British attitudes to gays are changing 28
12:06 AM — The Stonewall survey published today is one of the most wide-ranging examinations of attitudes in the Britain towards the gay community.The results are heartening - even 49% of Daily Telegraph readers think that prejudice against gay and lesbian people should be tackled.Here, PinkNews.co.uk gives you some in-depth analysis of this landmark piece of research.
Survey reveals most Brits support gay rights 28
12:03 AM — A in-depth survey of more than 2,000 people from all backgrounds, ages and religious beliefs across Britain has found that the vast majority of them are not homophobic.Britons are on the whole comfortable with gay people and believe that discrimination against gay, lesbian and bisexual people should be tackled.Only one in 20 people said they don't like lesbians and gay men.
22nd May 2007
Angels will raise funds for AIDS charity
3:41 PM — A star-studded charity gala performance of Angels in America will take place at the Lyric Hammersmith on Wednesday 4th July to raise vital funds to help people living with HIV.Headlong Theatre's production of Angels in America by Pulitzer-winning author Tony Kushner is the first major UK revival in fifteen years and is currently on a nationwide tour, where it has received outstanding reviews.It is the first national revival of Kushner's two-part masterpiece since its premiere at the National Theatre in 1992.
BBC gay presenter makes Radio 4 debut with preacher man
2:00 PM — Ashley Byrne, presenter of the BBC's only gay radio programme, will make his BBC Radio 4 debut this week.He has executive produced I Got Up Out Of My Seat, a documentary about the legendary American evangelist Billy Graham, presented by Sir David Frost.Ashley is creative director of Made In Manchester Productions, an independent television and radio production company.
Church report into homophobia advocates “ex-gay” counselling
11:45 AM — Northern Ireland's largest Protestant church has produced a report on homophobia which has been accused of being homophobic.The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has over 300,000 members and 560 congregations in Ireland.Its controversial report by the Social Issues and Resources Panel will not be published until June, but was leaked to the BBC.
21st May 2007
Opposition parties differ on homophobic incitement law 2
5:39 PM — The Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties have responded to the discussion of an offence of homophobic incitement.Candidates for the Deputy Leader of the Labour party have given their support to such a law.Peter Hain, Harriet Harman and Alan Johnson all backed calls for a new law to outlaw anti-gay hatred. Hazel Blears said it was one way forward alongside other measures such as better support for victims.
More precautions required for Hepatitis B
5:39 PM — Recent studies of Olympic wrestlers show that the Hepatitis B virus (HBV) may be contracted through sweat.HBV is a blood-borne virus that affects primarily the liver and has few or no symptoms immediately after infection, but can be very dangerous.It can cause cirrhosis, chronic active hepatitis, and liver cancer.
Interview: Peter Hain sets out his stall
3:00 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusiveWith the "battle" for the leadership of the Labour party over before it even started, all eyes are now on the deputy role. A lack of choice is hardly an issue in this race, with six MPs jockeying to fill John Prescott's shoes.Tony Grew met with contender Peter Hain to discuss gay rights in the UK and in Europe and to find out why the former anti-apartheid campaigner believes he is the best person to become deputy leader of a party desperate for a fourth term of office.
Gay referee to officiate at Rugby World Cup
2:46 PM — A 35-year-old referee has spoken of his personal struggle before coming out of the closet.Nigel Owens is the only openly gay man to be a rugby union ref at the highest level of the game. He told The Sun that he thought about killing himself rather than reveal his sexuality.He is due to officiate at the Rugby World Cup in France later this year.
Ofcom slams Clarkson’s gay car comment 27
2:22 PM — Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been criticised by broadcasting watchdog Ofcom for using homophobic cockney-rhyming slang to describe a car.The BBC's head of editorial complaints conceded that his comments about the Daihatsu Copen in a programme broadcast last year were capable of causing offence.Clarkson asked a member of the audience if he would buy the car, to which he replied "no, its a bit gay."
Deputy leadership candidates support gay hate law 2
1:12 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Peter Hain, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Wales, has said he would personally support new legislation outlawing incitement to homophobia.In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Mr Hain said that the government must make sure there are no hate crimes against any group in the UK.In January Home Office minister Tony McNulty vowed to review homophobic incitement laws.
Survey reveals extent of homophobia at work 28
12:55 PM — A poll of more than 2,000 people across the UK has found that while nine of ten of them support laws protecting LGB people in the workplace, homophobia is rife.The Stonewall survey, conducted by YouGov, found that one in six people in the UK had witnessed verbal or physical bullying of gay people at work.Since 2003, LGB people have been protected against harassment in the workplace by legislation.
20th May 2007
Graham Norton’s gay dig at David Gest
9:34 PM — Lesbian drama Sugar Rush lost out to BBC series The Street for the Best Drama award at this evening's BAFTA ceremony. But like PinkNews.co.uk the drama holds a Stonewall award in part for changing the straight world's attitude to homosexuality.The ceremony held at the London Palladium was hosted by gay comedian Graham Norton. He made a dig at rival talent show host David Gest saying: "How gay am I? And I never married Liza Minelli."