21st September 2006
LibDems urged to encourage gay MPs 19
12:00 AM — The Liberal Democrats must include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) MPs in their commitment to equality and making the party more representative, campaigners have warned.Speaking at the party's annual conference in Brighton this week, Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay charity Stonewall told a fringe meeting of DELGA, the LibDem's LGBT lobby group, that a motion passed by members to improve the representation of women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities, should also cover the gay community.
Conference to address “hidden” HIV poverty link
12:00 AM — Links between extreme poverty and HIV will be addressed today at a conference aimed at combating what campaigners are calling a "hidden problem''.The conference will bring together social workers, welfare workers, and staff from the HIV sector.
Scotland less equal for LGBT 1
12:00 AM — The Scottish Executive has backtracked on gay hate crime legislation , according to Scottish LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) group Equality NetworkEquality Network highlights that in October 2004 the Scottish Executive's Working Group on Hate Crime recommended to the Executive that they should introduce a 'statutory aggravation' so that a crime motivated by hate on grounds of sexual orientation, would be treated as an aggravated crime, and sentenced accordingly.
20th September 2006
Charismatic Clegg wows LibDems
12:00 AM — At the Liberal Democrat conference in Brighton this week, the party's Home Affairs spokesman Nick Clegg made an impassioned speech in defence of liberal values, PinkNews.co.uk's political correspondent Tony Grew interviewed Clegg earlier in the summer, and explains why many pundits see him as a future leader.Charismatic. Articulate. Passionate. Crowd-pleasing. Funny. Not the usual qualities one expects in Liberal Democrats.
Big Brother cleared of exploiting vulnerable housemates 14
12:00 AM — Channel 4's reality show Big Brother has been cleared of accusations that it exploited vulnerable people for entertainment in this year's series.Mental health organisations complained to media regulator Ofcom claiming the reality show was putting unfair stress on unstable housemates such as Shahbaz who threatened to kill himself on air, Tourette's sufferer Pete and pre-op transsexual Sam.
Launch of LGBT Youth Council
12:00 AM — A new LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) youth council has been launched to give young people the chance to influence key decision makers across the capital.The London LGBT Youth Council, a project funded by Comic Relief and managed by the Consortium of LGBT Voluntary Community Organisations, is set to open its doors to all LGBT people, aged 13 to 25 who live, work or study in London this week.
Minister for Police pledges support for anti-gay hatred law 7
12:00 AM — Home office minister Tony McNulty is promising to review the lack of a law to stop the incitement of anti-gay hatred.The Minister for Police, Security and Community Safety made his pledge on a visit to the offices of PinkNews.co.uk's media partners 3SIXTY in Brighton.
Bisexual MP encourages community links 19
12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat politicians must re-engage with local communities to have a chance of overtaking Labour in the polls, the party President warned today.Speaking at the party's annual conference in Brighton, Simon Hughes, the bisexual politician, discussed the Liberal Democrat electoral successes over the last twelve months in local and by-elections and expressed a desire to see politicians engaging with people at a local level and dealing with issues that affect their everyday lives.
Dis-Orientations: A Chinese gay revolution?
12:00 AM — A new play in London aims to tell the tale of modernisation and self-expression in developing areas of China, PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman asks if this production can help challenge the country's taboo attitude towards homosexuality."We will have to turn the lights down on the gay sex scene," Dis-Orientations' artistic director Michael Walling admits when asked if his new play, which attempts to merge Chinese Opera and British theatre, would work in China.
19th September 2006
European Parliament fights homophobic bullying
12:00 AM — The European Parliament has launched a report on social exclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people.Members of the European Parliament (MEP) taking part at the launch agreed to draw up a declaration to stop homophobic behaviour in schools. MEPs from the Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights committed to take a lead on this initiative.
Blazin Squad, gay 4 pay?
12:00 AM — Blazin' Squad are back, but with a few fundamental changes, PinkNews.co.uk's James Phillips asks whether the group are really gay friendly or just chasing the pink pound.Gone are the ten 16-year-old rappers who had previously been criticised for being pioneers of chav culture. Blazin' squad split in 2005, after three members went off to form Friday Hill, with three more members working on 'solo material' whilst the remaining four members consisting of Stuart, Sam, Plat'num and Melo - d now make up the new and revitalised Blazin Squad.
Ex-lover kills newly-out lesbian girlfriend
12:00 AM — A man killed and almost decapitated his newly-out girlfriend, a court heard today.James Seaton, 46, killed Jacqueline Queen at his flat and then enlisted the help of his brother John, 37, to dispose of her body.
Arsenal fans warned against “gay” Cole taunts 2
12:00 AM — Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has pleaded with fans not to tease former defender Ashley Cole after some were heard chanting homophobic songs about the former player who recently left the club for London rivals Chelsea.The chants were heard at Arsenal's win over Manchester United last weekend, relating to tabloid allegations which wrongly reported that Cole had been involved in a gay orgy.
Gay Jews celebrate High Holy days
12:00 AM — Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Jews on both sides of the Atlantic are gearing up to celebrate the upcoming Jewish new year in LGBT Synagogue services.In London, the LGBT Jewish community are invited to celebrate the festivals of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at the Beit Klal Yisrael Synagogue, Notting Hill Gate, W10, which is liberal affiliated and a member of the World Congress of Gay and Lesbian Jews organisations.
18th September 2006
Jailed newlywed lesbian stands by her woman 1
12:00 AM — A lesbian woman is standing by her abusive partner who was jailed for battering her black and blue in a jealous attack.Sarah Smith is starting her 14-month prison sentence after lashing out at Tracy McVeigh only days after their civil partnership ceremony.
Gay bars detecting drink spiking 2
12:00 AM — Following from recent PinkNews.co.uk articles addressing the problem of drink spiking come further developments in the war on drink drugging.By now a large portion of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community will have likely seen the anti drink spiking caps as demonstrated at both Brighton pride and currently being used within numerous South coast gay clubs. Yet now comes a new way of protecting yourself on a night out.
Christian Group seeks gay conscience clause 12
12:00 AM — The Christian Peoples Alliance (CPA) party has called on the Government to include a 'conscience clause' in the new Sexual Orientation Regulations going before Parliament next month.The Government's new regulations are intended to ensure that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community are not discriminated against in the provision of goods, facilities and services.
15th September 2006
Lawyers defend “homophobic” industry
12:00 AM — Lawyers on the South Coast are divided over a report by the Law Society which says that the industry is institutionally homophobic.It reveals a "macho culture" in law firms which is hindering career progression of gay and lesbian lawyers. It describes "constant trips to Spearmint Rhino (a lap dancing club), rugby matches and drinking sessions" as holding undertones of homophobia.
Westminster celebrates 500th civil partnership
12:00 AM — The City of Westminster celebrated a gay milestone today as the 500th gay couple took their vows at the Old Town Hall in Marylebone.Julien Hartley, 40, and his new civil partner, Christopher Godlove, 37, were joined by around 50 family and friends for the ceremony.
14th September 2006
China facing gay AIDS epidemic
12:00 AM — One of China's major cities risks facing an AIDS epidemic reminiscent of San Francisco 25 years ago if authorities do not act, a study warns.British Sociological Association member, Jennifer Chapman, will argue that gay men in Shenzhen require a better understanding of sexual health, at the organisation's Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference in Edinburgh which starts today.