5th November 2007
G-A-Y awards will not be televised
2:23 PM — The inaugural G-A-Y awards will not now be televised on Sky One on 1st December to coincide with the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day.The awards will be held at the London Astoria on the 29th and 30th November, and were to be filmed by Double Jab Productions.However, a spokesman for the production company has confirmed that an investor has pulled out meaning that TV coverage of the event will not go ahead as planned.
Army sexual orientation discrimination tribunal begins 2
2:15 PM — A lesbian soldier's life was made hell by a male sergeant who vowed to "convert" her, an employment tribunal will be told.According to Lance Bombardier Kerry Fletcher, 30, the senior officer told her that she had not yet experienced a "real man."He also added, "You don't know what you're missing."Her case is being heard at an employment tribunal in Leeds today. The Ministry of Defence said: "We take allegations of sexual discrimination seriously."
Big Brother cleared over homophobic language 6
1:15 PM — A report by broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has cleared Channel 4 over the repeated use of the word 'poof' by a contestant on reality TV show Big Brother. There is no indication that housemate Laura Williams intended to be homophobic when using the word, said Ofcom, who ruled the show did not breach any guidelines when it showed contestants using offensive language.Channel 4 was accused of double standards after it treated gay slurs less seriously than racist terminology on Big Brother.
Homophobic bullying to feature on Teachers TV
11:35 AM — A special week of programming from a digital channel for teachers will explore ways to stamp out bullying in schools.Highlights of the Anti-Bullying Week on Teachers TV later this month will include Coming Out To Class,a documentary presented by gay British rapper Marcos 'QBoy' Brito.Originally broadcast by Channel 4 earlier this year, it investigates the realities of coming out in Britain's schools.
4th November 2007
Former Equality Minister apologises for misspending public money 2
11:20 PM — Transport Secretary, Ruth Kelly, formerly Tony Blair's controversial choice as Equality Minister has been forced to apologise after misspending taxpayer's money on Labour party publicity.MPs are allowed to spend £10,000 of public funds on neutral leaflets but are not allowed to use them to make party political statements. A newsletter published this Autumn distributed to constituents in Ms Kelly's marginal Bolton West seat and paid for from her allowance, repeatedly refereed to 'Labour', 'Labour Party' and 'Labour Government'.
Aide had sex with royal father- new claims in blackmail plot 17
11:35 AM — The aide at the centre of the alleged royal blackmail plot has now appeared to claim that he also had a gay relationship with the royal's father and a well known Conservative MP. The claims were made on a recording seized by police investigating the case.The Sunday Times reports that the allegations are contained in 16 audio and 24 video files contained on two computer discs.Ian Strachan, 30, was arrested along with Sean McGuigan, 40, last month after police mounted a sting operation.
2nd November 2007
No comment from Bigot of the Year 6
5:59 PM — A bishop who asked a gay job applicant a series of humiliating questions and then rejected him for the post on the grounds of his sexuality was named Bigot of the Year at the Stonewall Awards last night.The gay equality organisation's chief executive Ben Summerskill told an audience of 400 gathered at the Victoria Albert museum in London that the Bishop of Hereford had been invited but claimed to be on holiday.
Royal “blackmail plot” man refused bail 17
5:35 PM — One of the two men charged with attempting to blackmail a minor member of the Royal Family was refused bail at a hearing at the Old Bailey today.Ian Strachan, 30, was arrested along with Sean McGuigan, 40, last month after police mounted a sting operation.They are alleged to have demanded £50,000 not to release a video showing an aide to a member of the Royal Family discussing engaging in oral sex with his employer.
Prison for tennis coach who had sex with 13-year-old 1
1:45 PM — A former tennis protege turned coach has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison.Last month Claire Lyte, 29, was convicted of four counts of sexual activity with a child at Liverpool Crown Court.During her three week trial, the court heard testimony from the mother of a 13-year-old girl, who caught them in bed together in 2005.Lyte's worked as a coach at the Lawn Tennis Association academy in Loughborough, Leicestershire and the girl was one of her pupils.
Brighton club’s roof garden gets cross-party support 13
12:56 PM — A leading Brighton lesbian and gay nightclub unexpectedly won permission for a smoking terrace last night after intervention from a Green councillor on the council's planning committee.Green councillor Amy Kennedy argued for the safety of LGBT smokers who, since the smoking ban, have had to light up on the pavement.Gay smokers have been the target of homophobic abuse from passers-by in cars and on foot and have had objects hurled at them as they smoked outside the club.
History month to tackle small town homophobia 1
12:30 PM — A series of events for the LGBT community in a largely rural part of the UK will take place early next year.Police and local councils have lent their support to the month-long programme aimed at people living in Herefordshire, Worcerstershire, Shropshire and mid-Wales.Herefordshire's Equality Partnership is planning their contribution to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month in February 2008, called Out In The Sticks, and already a list of events is taking shape.
Foster couple agree to council diversity policy
12:05 PM — A Christian couple have agreed to abide by the local council policy on diversity, despite previously resigning as foster carers over a row about homosexuality.65-year-old Vincent Matherick and his 61-year-old wife Pauline attracted the attention of the press when they stood down after six years of providing foster care, claiming that Somerset County Council was asking them to "promote" homosexuality.They have now issued a joint statement with the council and signed the Equalities Promise and may be allowed to continue fostering.
Newspapers triumph at Stonewall Awards 52
10:10 AM — The Guardian was named Newspaper of the Year at the second Stonewall Awards ceremony last night.Philip Hensher, who writes a column for The Independent, won Journalist of the Year.The awards ceremony, hosted by TV presenter Anthony Crank, took place at London's Victoria Albert Museum before an audience of 400 people.
1st November 2007
Met found guilty over Menezes shooting 1
3:20 PM — London's police force has been found guilty of breaching health and safety laws when they gunned down Jean Charles de Menezes in Stockwell undergound station in July 2005.On their second day of their deliberation the jury found the Metropolitan Police guilty.The Met was fined £175,000 and ordered to pay £385,000 costs by judge Mr Justice Henriques at the Old Bailey.
EXCLUSIVE: Major banks drag their feet over civil partnerships 7
3:10 PM — Following last week's investigation into Smile, PinkNews.co.uk has contacted other banks to find out if their application procedures take account of the fact that civil partnerships have been legal since December 2005.NATIONWIDEA spokesperson confirmed that they offer civil partner as an option on all accounts and that this became completely compliant in April 2006.On their website it states that "Nationwide is committed to treating civil partners the same as married couples."
Christians call for boycott of Stonewall 1
12:45 PM — The nomination of two senior bishops as Bigot of the Year at tonight's Stonewall Awards has angered an evangelical group of Scottish Christians.CARE Scotland said the nomination of the Bishop of Hereford and the Archbishop of Birmingham was an insult and in a letter to First Minister Alex Salmond called on the Scottish government to stop working with Stonewall.Archbishop of Birmingham was nominated for speaking out against new goods and services protections for gay people.
31st October 2007
Gay philanthropist leaves masterpieces to the nation
4:05 PM — The late Simon Sainsbury, a reclusive member of the supermarket dynasty, has bequeathed 18 works of art worth an estimated £100m to the National and Tate galleries.His bequest is the most generous gift to the nation in recent times.The National Gallery, where Sir Simon funded the much-admired Sainsbury Wing with his brothers, is to receive five works by Monet, Degas, Gauguin and Rousseau.
Gay themes at the Jewish Film Festival
4:05 PM — The UK Jewish Film Festival in its 11th year is presenting an eclectic range of films this season, including several that are concerned with Jewish-gay issues and perspectives.Screenings of 43 films, 25 of which are UK premieres, will open in cinemas all over London this November, and a new "on tour" initiative will be bringing the films to cinemas across the UK from January to March.
Magistrate who refused to rule on gay adoption loses appeal 9
2:25 PM — A former magistrate who claimed unfair dismissal after he was told he could not pick and choose which adoption cases to rule on has lost his appeal.In March 62-year-old Andrew McClintock learned that his legal action against the Lord Chancellor, claiming that his Bible-influenced opinions should allow him to be excused from approving gay adoptions, was rejected by an employment tribunal.He said he was disappointed by today's decision by an employment appeal tribunal and vowed to take his case to the Court of Appeal.
Political parties reach out to gay graduates
1:24 PM — The Labour and Conservative parties are among the organisations and businesses featured in the latest Stonewall guide for gay and lesbian job seekers.The third Starting Out guide was launched last night at the University of London Students Union.Representatives of many of the companies listed in the guide attended, as did LGB students from across the country.At 322 pages, this year's Starting Out is the biggest so far.