15th February 2007
Gay rights row influences Labour deputy race
10:04 AM — The Education Secretary, Alan Johnson, has had his candidacy for the deputy leadership of the Labour party endorsed by a string of ministers.Many of the middle-ranking MPs had warm praise for the tenacious way Johnson stood up to the Prime Minister in defence of gay equality laws.Last month Mr Blair and the Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly were at the centre of a cabinet row over anti-discrimination legislation.
14th February 2007
Brokeback kiss is voted number one
12:50 PM — A online poll of people who rent DVDs has revealed that their favourite movie kiss of all time was between two men.Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal's passionate kiss in Brokeback Mountain topped the online survey by DVD rental firm Lovefilm, beating classic movie moments from Gone With The Wind and Breakfast at Tiffany's. Lesbians are not left out either: the Selma Blair/Sarah Michelle Gellar encounter in Cruel Intentions came in at number five.
Body Shop founder has Hepatitis C 1
12:50 PM — Dame Anita Roddick, who built a retail empire while taking an ethical approach to business, has revealed she contracted the Hepatitis C virus and is now suffering liver damage.A blood transfusion she received in 1971 while giving birth to her youngest child was the source of the infection.Roddick founded The Body Shop in 1976 and sold her stake in the 2000-store chain to cosmetics giant L'Oreal for £652m last year.
Transgender summit a first for Ireland 2
12:28 PM — An event being held in Belfast today aims to increase awareness of the existence of transgender and transsexual people in Ireland.The Transgender Symmetry conference is the first time such a gathering has been seen on either side of the Irish border.Richard O'Brien, presenter of TV show The Crystal Maze and star and writer of musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show, is attending the event.
Kisses charity offers ethical Valentines
11:36 AM — A charitable institution established by a lesbian couple from Cornwall is offering a range of Valentine's Day services with a unique twist.The Kisses That Count website provides facilities for delivering 'Kiss' e-cards to someone you love, choosing from a wide range of animations or uploading your own photos, and including a loving message.Each Kiss costs £1 and is a donation to one of the charity projects that the website features.
Gaydar founder died of multiple injuries
11:00 AM — An autopsy was carried out yesterday on Gary Frisch, the co-founder of gay dating website Gaydar.Mr Frisch was discovered in the street on Saturday afternoon outside his eighth floor Battersea apartment. It is thought he either fell or jumped from the balcony.The autopsy found that the cause of death was multiple injuries.
13th February 2007
THT target East End girls and boys
4:43 PM — Rising rates of sexually transmitted diseases among young people, gay and straight, have prompted the establishment of a new young people's sexual health service in South Islington.It is run by the Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK's leading HIV and sexual health charity, and the City YMCA.The service offers testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), advice on contraception, and managing relationships to 16 to 24-year-olds.
Gay tourists turned off by sexy advertising
4:36 PM — Recently gay holidaymakers have been lured to Britain using posters of half-dressed men, Kylie Minogue and drag queens.But now VisitBritain, the country's official tourism agency, is having to tone down its advertising approach.Research using focus groups in the USA, France and Germany found that potential visitors were being turned off by its cheesy, stereotypical and overtly sexual campaigns, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Wife Swap want gay or lesbian family
1:40 PM — Controversial television series Wife Swap is looking for their first same-sex family to take part in the eighth series.The BAFTA-winning Channel 4 programme, which first aired in 2003, takes two families, usually with vastly different lifestyles.The families swap wives for two weeks. In the first week the women try to fill their counterpart's role, and in the second week they impose their own routine on their hosts.
Robbie Williams’ birthday drug rehab 1
11:54 AM — The singer Robbie Williams has checked into rehab on his 33rd birthday.The former Take That star's spokeswoman, Bryony Watts, confirmed that he has been admitted to a clinic to deal with an addiction to prescription medications.In December 2005 Williams successfully sued the People and the Daily Star over allegations he was secretly gay.
James Bond actor attacks gay journalist 4
10:44 AM — It has emerged that Bond star Daniel Craig verbally abused a leading gay journalist at a BAFTA party on Sunday night.Johann Hari, best known for his rigorously intellectual comment and investigative writing for The Independent, revealed that Craig called him a "fucking fool" at the event.It seems Hari had made the mistake of complimenting the new James Bond on his physical appearance.
12th February 2007
COMMENT: End of the road for united Anglican communion 3
5:41 PM — This week the senior primates of the Anglican church will meet in Africa. Many predict the outcome of this meeting will be an outright schism in the church over the issue of gay priests.Tony Grew examines the nature of the Church of England and questions whether it can ever be a home for radical evangelicals. My dad used to tell me that the Anglican church is not really a religious denomination as such. It is more of a social club.
Gay harassment victim awarded £120,000 1
4:19 PM — An employment tribunal in Glasgow has awarded huge damages to a gay man victimised at work.32-year-old Jonah Ditton was a media sales manager for CP Publishing Ltd for only eight days, yet the nakedly homophobic behaviour of his boss is reflected in the compensation of almost £120,000 he was awarded.This is the largest award ever for a case of sexual orientation discrimination.
Gaydar founder fell to his death
3:23 PM — Gary Frisch, the co-founder of website Gaydar, fell to his death from the balcony of his eight-floor apartment.The 38-year-old may have fallen accidentally or jumped from the balcony in Battersea on Saturday afternoon, reports yourlocalguardian.co.ukMr Frisch co-founded Gaydar in 1999, and it has grown into arguably the most influential gay site in the world.
Canary Wharf hosts transsexual photo exhibition
2:33 PM — Award-winning photographs of transsexuals and drag queens are to go on show in Canary Wharf next month.A retrospective exhibition of the award winning photographs of Jeanette Jones will be held at the Frontispiece Gallery on the concourse level of One Canada Square from 5 - 31 March.The exhibition features a collection of images of drag queens and transsexuals published in Jones' book Walk on the Wild Side.
Gaydar founder dies aged 38
12:11 PM — Gary Frisch, one of the founders of the internet phenomenon Gaydar, has been found dead in his London home.A statement from QSoft Consulting, owners of the Gaydar portfolio of brands, confirmed his death this morning.Mr Frisch died on Saturday. He was 38. There are no further details about the cause of death, and suicide has not been ruled out. No foul play is suspected.
Scots minister in gay blessing storm
12:01 PM — The Church of Scotland faces widespread division after a minister announced she would use her church to bless same-sex civil partnerships.Aberdeenshire minister the Rev Kim Cran will risk the possibility of disciplinary action in order to bless four homosexual couples, Scotsman.com has reported.Last year the Church of Scotland's local branches, the presbyteries, voted to reject a declaration that would allow clerics to conduct ceremonies without fear of punishment.
BA asked to donate to anti-gay Christian group 3
10:30 AM — The British Airways check-in worker at the centre of last year's crucifix row has demanded a £100,000 donation be paid to a Christian charity rigorously opposed to anti-discrimination legislation.55-year-old Nadia Eweida was suspended last September after she refused to cover up her crucifix in accordance with BA rules.Following changes to the airline's uniform policy Mrs Eweida will return to work after spending four months on unpaid leave.
9th February 2007
Pride photos part of London LGBT History Month 3
5:29 PM — Southwark LGBT Network kicked off this year's History Month with a free photographic exhibition, depicting 32 years of London Pride events, courtesy of lesbian photographer Pam Isherwood.The network, an offshoot of the Southwark Anti-Homophobic Forum, organised seven events for the first year of History Month and has been committed to the event ever since.The photography exhibition was organised by Dax Ashworth, LGBT community development worker at Southwark Council.
FA finally tackles homophobia
12:09 PM — The Football Association has banned homophobic chants at matches.The policy change comes after Tottenham Hotspur launched their campaign against homophobia in football in February 2006.The club drew the FA's attention to a growth of homophobic songs and chants which they described has "creeping into the game."