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  • 16th August 2007

    Comment: My journey from scared teen to gay activist

    It was my goal to make sure that no one went through the isolation and harassment that I experienced.

    1:35 PM — The first time I came to the UK, I was amazed by its history, architecture and bustling cities.Now, over ten years later, I have come back to experience this amazing place once again.As a third year student from the University of California Santa Cruz, I am currently doing a full time internship with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) History Month and Schools OUT.

  • Mayor hits back over Blue Peter row

    A statement from the Mayor's office plays down the significance of Ken Livingstone's comments at the launch of the Hovis London Freewheel.

    11:25 AM — The Mayor of London has defended his behaviour at the launch of a cycling event attended by Blue Peter presenter Konnie Huq.Yesterday the BBC apologised to the openly gay London Assembly member Brian Coleman and conceded that Ms Huq should not have attended the event as the Mayor made comments of a political nature.A statement from the Mayor's office plays down the significance of Ken Livingstone's comments at the launch of the Hovis London Freewheel.

  • 15th August 2007

    BBC apologises for Blue Peter presenter

    BBC deputy director-general said that Ms Huq's appearance at the press conference had been arranged by her agent without informing Blue Peter production staff. photo: BBC publicity

    5:14 PM — An openly gay member of the London Assembly has accepted an apology from the deputy director-general of the BBC over an incident involving a Blue Peter presenter.Brian Coleman, deputy chairman of the London Assembly and Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden, complained after Konnie Huq appeared at the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone's weekly press conference.In the course of his remarks to journalists the Mayor made political comments about Mr Coleman.

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  • PinkNews.co.uk re-launches daily newsletter

    In September PinkNews.co.uk will be launching a new dedicated jobs website.

    4:41 PM — Readers of PinkNews.co.uk can now sign up for a new, improved newsletter service.Due to the large number of subscribers, the old system had become erratic and at times failed to deliver our lunchtime round-up of popular stories to everyone who wanted one.Now, thanks to investment in a new system, all readers who sign up to the newsletter should receive an email update every weekday lunchtime.

  • Stonewall Awards to be held at VA 52

    The chosen Community Group of the Year will receive a cheque for five thousand pounds to support its work.

    3:00 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has announced that its second annual awards ceremony will be held on November 1st at the Victoria Albert Museum in London.They will be presented by Doctor Who and Any Dream Will Do star John Barrowman, who won Entertainer of the Year at last year's ceremony.The Stonewall Awards are sponsored by Barclays.

  • Soho’s council reaches out to gay community 1

    Westminster council has joined the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme.

    10:39 AM — The City of Westminster council has announced new measures to ensure members of the LGBT community in the London borough are properly catered for.The council will undertake a period of consultation over the remainder of the summer, before producing a new engagement strategy in December 2007. This will include priorities for action, identified by the communities themselves.As part of this initiative, the council has also joined the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme and will also be assessed in 2008.

  • 14th August 2007

    Tories protest homophobic group’s use of London landmark 5

    Hizb ut-Tahrir has been especially active on college campuses in London and Manchester in recent years.

    2:50 PM — A controversial Islamic group accused of being anti-Semitic hate mongers and condoning the murder of gay people recently held a conference at Alexandra Palace in north London, to the disgust of local Conservatives.Thousands of Hizb ut-Tahrir supporters gathered for the conference on how to realise the Khilafah - a global Islamic state.The group has been banned from public activity in countries including Germany on charges of spreading anti-Semitic propaganda.

  • Greens enter debate about 2011 census 5

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) will decide in January 2008 which company has won the contract.

    12:35 PM — The Green Party is petitioning the government not to allow the 2011 census to be run by an American arms manufacturer.Lockheed Martin, which produces missiles and land mines used in Afghanistan and Iraq that are illegal in many countries, is one of two remaining contractors in the selection process.80% of their business is with the US Department of Defence and other Federal Government agencies.

  • Birmingham HIV+ rapist imprisoned

    Judge Peter Ross called their rape a “vile and perverted act“ and said that “mercifully“ their victim has tested negative for the HIV virus.

    12:15 PM — A judge at Birmingham Crown Court has given two men convicted of robbing and then raping their male victim indeterminate sentences.Daniel Myers, 20, of Barry Jackson Tower in Aston, was found guilty alongside Nikos Johnson, 26, of Rawling Street, Ladywood, of one charge of robbery and two of rape.The Birmingham Post reported that during the trial Myers revealed under cross-examination that he is HIV+.

  • Increase in eating disorders among men 3

    Bulimia is a psychological disorder which results in the reoccurrence of binge eating followed by deliberate purging. photo: lazy lightning@flickr.com

    11:39 AM — New research from the Department of Health has found that over the past three years there has been a 90% increase in the number of men reported with eating disorders.Over the same time, there was a 25% increase amongst women. There are now thought to be at least 1.1 million people in the UK who are affected by an eating disorder.People in the age group of 14-25 are most likely to develop this type of illness.

  • 13th August 2007

    Vauxhall attempts to deal with drugs ignorance 1

    Drug Idle will be held Thursday 23rd August and will start at 6.30pm. Entry is free and light refreshments will be provided.

    5:40 PM — Drug Idle, an evening dedicated to tackling the concerns of drug use within elements of London's gay community, is to be held later this month.It will specifically discuss the use of dangerous "party" drugs such as GHB.Area nightclub, on Albert Embankment in Vauxhall's gay village, will host the event, billed as, "a free evening of fun and frolics but with a serious side to inform and educate."

  • Catholic church cannot sack gay headteacher 2

    photo: nicdafis@flickr.com

    5:05 PM — Legal advice given to the Roman Catholic Church has made it clear that they cannot dismiss a primary school headteacher who has entered into a civil partnership.The Daily Telegraph reports that Charles Coyne, headteacher of a church school in Liverpool, last year was legally partnered with a fellow teacher at a nearby school.Some parishoners in the local area have reacted badly, and wanted action taken against him.

  • C of E Bishop to attend LGBT health conference

    The summit, presented with the theme Choices, Voices, Knowledge and Power, will host 16 workshops.

    2:35 PM — The Anglican Bishop of Manchester will be among the speakers at unique conference in the city next week.Final preparations for this year's annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Health Summit are being made for the two-day event which takes place at Manchester Town Hall over the 20th and 21st August.The summit, presented with the theme Choices, Voices, Knowledge and Power, will host 16 workshops.

  • Music group buys into G-A-Y bars 1

    It it is thought that today's deal will see expansion of the G-A-Y bars outside London.

    2:15 PM — The MAMA group, owners of the Barfly music venue chain and the management company of top British bands such as the Kaiser Chiefs, has purchased a major stake in the G-A-Y bars.Reuters reports that MAMA now own 75% of the shares in Manto Soho Limited (MSL), a company which operates the G-A-Y bar and G-A-Y Late club in London.Jeremy Joseph retains ownership of the G-A-Y brand and will continue to host live acts and other nights at London's Astoria.

  • 10th August 2007

    The night Peter Tatchell partied with the Cheeky Girls 1

    Transylvanian pop duo, The Cheeky Girls were among some 200 guests who partied at the Moroccan restaurant in aid of the charity on July 23rd.

    11:24 AM — Last month's launch party for Bouga Cocktail Lounge in London's Crouch End was a glittering celebrity charity bash for a rather surprising cause - grass-roots activist Peter Tatchell's Human Rights Fund (PTHRF).Transylvanian pop duo, The Cheeky Girls, Big Brother loudmouth Shabnam, glamour model Cassie Sumner and Keith Levene, a founding member of legendary punk rock band The Clash, were among some 200 guests who partied at the Moroccan restaurant in aid of the charity on July 23rd.

  • Homophobia in football gets a red card 1

    GFSN won the right to host the 2008 International Gay and Lesbian World Championship in London with the support of the FA.

    10:35 AM — Tomorrow sees the start of a new football season and for the first time homophobic abuse is against the rules in every Premier League and Football League club.As part of The Football Association's commitment to tackling homophobic abuse at all levels of the game, the decision to amend the ground regulations was approved after consultation with the Premier League and Football League in the early part of last season.

  • 9th August 2007

    Bears meet gorillas at London Zoo’s gay day

    London Zoo also offers visitors a face-to-face meeting with a gorilla as they explore the awesome new Gorilla Kingdom. photo © ZSL - Daniel Sprawson

    5:54 PM — London Zoo will host its third annual Gay Sunday on September 16th.The event, now in its third year, is an opportunity for LGBT people to spend a leisurely day exploring the unique environment at the Zoo in Regent's Park.Gay Sunday is the brainchild of the Head of Communications at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Simon Rayner."It is a great day out and a chance for us to broaden our reach and make people aware of the work we do here," he told PinkNews.co.uk

  • Wales’ new gay rights champion

    Liz is a fluent Welsh speaker and was a finalist in the Welsh Learner of the Year in 2002.

    4:46 PM — The lesbian, gay and bisexual organisation Stonewall Cymru has appointed a new Director.Liz Morgan will take the lead in promoting LGB equality across Wales.She has extensive knowledge of equality and diversity and joins Stonewall Cymru from Cardiff Council, where she was Diversity Officer for Adult Services and previously HR Lead Advisor for Equalities.Liz has also served for six months as Acting Director of Stonewall Cymru.

  • London’s festival of Black Pride announced

    The official launch party will take place on Saturday 25th August at the Renaissance Rooms in Vauxhall, starting at midday.

    3:25 PM — Outburst UK has revealed details of a Black Pride Festival to take place in London later this month.The official launch party will take place on Saturday 25th August at the Renaissance Rooms in Vauxhall, starting at midday.There will be 16 performers at the event, including X Factor finalist Rowetta Satchell. Other highlights include a fashion show, DJs and the chance to win a trip to Jamaica.

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