8th July 2007
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6th July 2007
“Homophobic” housemate Laura voted out of Big Brother House 8
10:07 PM — The housemate that placed Channel 4 in another row over Big Brother has been voted out of the Big Brother House by viewers. Laura received 66 per cent of the public vote.The contestant who dreams of owning her own funeral home was convinced that she was going to be evictited tonight.Laura used the word "poof" in a derogative way, to imply that another housemate, Liam, was not masculine.
Antony Cotton to host ITV daytime chat show
3:31 PM — Actor Antony Cotton, best known for his role as Sean Tully in ITV soap Coronation St, is the latest talent to try and take on Richard and July.The openly gay performer has been given his own chat format, called That Antony Cotton Show, to be broadcast on weekdays at 5pm on ITV1. It will start a five-week run next month.The hour-long programme, described as a mix of celebrity interviews and topical humour, will pit him against the housewives' favourites Richard and Judy on Channel 4.
Clubbers ignore signs of hearing damage says charity
2:55 PM — The UK is facing a hearing loss timebomb, according to Royal National Institute for the Deaf. Research reveals that 90% of young people experience the signs of hearing damage after a night out, yet do nothing to prevent it.The charity's Like it Loud? report shows that 70% of clubbers, 68% of gig-goers and 44% of people who go to bars experience the symptoms of hearing damage, such as dullness of hearing or tinnitus - ringing in the ears.
£30m grant to NSPCC and Childline
1:21 PM — The goverment has said it will give a record amount to the NSPCC to help them run services for vulnerable children.Among the benficiaries of the £30m grant will be the charity's Childline phone advice and couselling service.Last year the NSPCC reported a rise in the number of LGBT teenagers calling the helpline.
Pub owner pleads not guilty plea over ‘gay’ sign
1:11 PM — The landlord of a Wiltshire pub who allegedly placed a homophobic sign outside his premises has pleaded not guilty to a public order offence at Chippenham Magistrates Court.The pub's former landlords John Williams, and his 26-year-old partner Lee, believe the sign, which read 'faggots and mince not on the menu', refers to them.Gay equality group Stonewall said the sign could breach new equality laws which came into force on April 30.
New Tory shadow minister’s previous opposition to gay equality 19
12:05 PM — The much-publicised appointment of a Muslim woman to the Tory Shadow Cabinet could harm relations between the party and the gay community.Sayeeda Warsi, the new Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion, hit the headlines during the 2005 election campaign for distributing campaign leaflets with a strongly hostile attitude to gay rights.
Campaigning MP welcomes government bullying commitment 1
11:31 AM — Stephen Williams MP, a Liberal Democrat who has campaigned against bullying in schools, has welcomed the commitment from the Minister of Children to stamp out the problem.The first Commons investigation into bullying by the Education Select Committee was instigated last year at the request of Mr Williams.The committee heard evidence from charity Anti-Bullying Alliance that between 30-50% of young people in secondary schools attracted to people of the same sex will have directly experienced homophobic bullying.
5th July 2007
BBC’s attitude to homophobic language ‘damages children’ 8
7:11 PM — The decision by the Minister for Children to unequivocally criticise broadcasters' acceptance of homophobic language has delighted gay activists.In a speech to Stonewall's Education for All conference today, minister Kevin Brennan, a former teacher, said that homophobic bullying and the use of words like 'gay' and 'poof' by radio and TV presenters are linked."Just one example is the casual use of homophobic language by mainstream radio DJs," he said.
Boris Johnson might smash gay mayoral ambitions 7
4:41 PM — The race for the Conservative party nomination for Mayor of London became more interesting today with the revelation that the party's Higher Education spokesman Boris Johnson is seriously considering throwing his hat into the ring.If Mr Johnson, one of the most popular Tory MPs in the country, does decide to run it will end the ambitions of two gay prospective candidates.Earlier this week Nick Boles, an openly gay man, withdrew from the race to undergo treatment for cancer.
Jazz showman and master of ambiguity dies aged 80
2:53 PM — George Melly, a man who defied labels thoughout his life, has died.He will be remembered for his love of jazz, his legendary performances at London club Ronnie Scott's and his strong support for the gay community.Mr Melly, 80, was suffering from cancer and demenita. His wife Diana was with him when he died at his home in London in the early hours of this morning.
Analysis: Homophobia rampant in British schools 1
2:22 PM — Homophobic bullying plagues the majority of UK schools and shocking levels of bullying are meted out to school pupils and teachers who either are gay or perceived to be gay.That is the conclusion of a wide-ranging study carried by gay equality organisation Stonewall.Nearly two thirds of LGB students reported instances of such harassment. That figure jumps to 75% of young gay people attending faith schools.
Big Brother contestant censured over gay jibe 8
2:00 PM — Channel 4 has responded to complaints that they treat homophobia less seriously than racism in the reality TV programme Big Brother after a contestant used the word 'poof' for a second time.PinkNews.co.uk readers had complained that earlier in the series the use of the word 'nigger' had seen one housemate removed, but the 'poof' incident went unpunished.A spokesperson told PinkNews.co.uk: "We took the initial view that Laura's use of the word 'poof' in reference to Liam was not derogatory."
Government committed to stamping out gay bullying 1
1:12 PM — The newly-appointed minister for Children, Kevin Brennan, has committed the government to working with Stonewall to eradicate homophobic bullying from British schools.Speaking at the gay equality organisation's Education for All conference in London, Mr Brennan said the new Department for Children, Schools and Families would focus on the security, well being and success of children in all aspects of their life, not just academic achievement, and that stopping bullying in all forms was a key part of that mission.
Minister slams casual homophobia of DJs like Chris Moyles 8
12:44 PM — Kevin Brennan, the new Minister for Children, told an audience of education professionals and activists in London today that homophobic language used on TVand radio is unacceptable.Speaking at the Stonewall Education for All conference, the minister said that the perception that the use of words like 'poof' or 'gay' is 'just a bit of harmless banter' contributes to homophobic bullying in schools.
Harman and Follett emerge as ‘part time’ Ministers for Equality
12:01 PM — After much confusion, Harriet Harman has emerged as Minister for Women and Equality. Initially it was believed that the role would be combined with that of Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government as it was with Ruth Kelly.Hazel Blears, who was appointed as the Secretary of State for Communities, was thought to be keen to play a role in Equality.Barbara Follett is Junior Minister for Women and Equality.
4th July 2007
Who exactly is the minister for gay rights? 1
5:00 PM — There is confusion as to which member of the Brown government will be taking responsibility for women and equality issues.The appointment of Harriet Harman as Minister for Women last week seemed to indicate that she would be in charge of gay rights and other issues that fall under the remit of the Women and Equality Unit.However, the unit is part of the Department of Communities and Local Government, headed by Hazel Blears.
UK marriages down as civil partnerships flourish
3:50 PM — The number of marriages in Wales and England has dramatically fallen to the lowest point on record.The drop in the number of couples tying the knot showed a 10% fall to 244,710 weddings in 2005, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.Other figures showed that 18,000 civil partnerships took place in the UK since they were introduced in December 2005 and the end of December 2006.
Lib Dems appoint new equality spokesperson
12:55 PM — Liberal Democrat leader Ming Campbell has appointed Jo Swinson as the party's spokesperson on women and equality issues.Ms Swinson, 27, is the youngest MP in the Commons, referred to as the Baby of the House. She was previously the party's Scotland spokesperson.The party's former spokesperson on women and equality issues, which includes gay rights, was Lorely Burt.
No July edition of Attitude magazine 1
12:21 PM — Gay lifestyle magazine attitude has failed to appear for the second time in six months.The Press Gazette reports that staff have not been paid since April, as the magazine's parent company, Giant Clipper, goes through a financial crisis.Newsagent chain WH Smith has delisted the magazine over unpaid bills. However, insiders told PinkNews.co.uk that there are a range of interested parties willing to invest in the title.