18th May 2007
Kylie Minogue launchpad Neighbours dropped by BBC 3
8:30 PM — The show that launched the undoubted gay icon, Kylie Minogue, Neighbours has been dropped by the BBC for being too expensive.Despite the show's appeal to gay viewers, it has avoided gay or indeed ethnic minority characters over the past 22 years.It was first broadcast in Australia in March 1985, and made its UK debut in October 1986.
Downing St defends ban on gay blood 6
6:01 PM — A statement on the Prime Minister's website claims some gay men flout blood donation guidelines and reveals that 40 donations a year are infected with HIV.A petition on the site calls for an end to discrimination against gay and bisexual men by the National Blood Service.HIV is now at its fast growing rate in the heterosexual community but the NBS regard all men who have sex with men as too high-risk to accept blood from.
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Youth demo against homophobia at Polish embassy
1:17 PM — Young human rights activists including many Poles staged a demo outside the Polish embassy as part of yesterday's International Day Against Homophobia.The demonstration, organised by the British Youth Council (BYC) was well attended with organisers saying that at least 70 people came for the two hour event.Young activists including young gay Polish people who now live in Britain and activists from Scotland took part.
New embryo bill will ease lesbian IVF
12:35 PM — The government is to undertake a major relaxation of in vitro fertilisation rules in a new proposed bill.Some key elements included allowing hybrid animal-human embryos for testing, rules which could actually make it easier for single people and lesbians to receive fertility treatment, and it would give equal parenting rights to same sex partnerships.Last year a ban was placed on creating the "Frankenstein" hybrid embryos, due to considerable public unease.
Tony Blair may become a Roman Catholic
12:19 PM — The Prime Minister will change his religion when he leaves office, it has been reported.Tony Blair, an Anglican, regularly attends Roman Catholic Mass with his family.Fr Michael Seed, a close family friend, hinted to The Times that he might convert.There is confusion over whether a Roman Catholic can serve as Prime Minister.
17th May 2007
Dawn raids target gay bashers
3:02 PM — A series of raids by police across London has led to the arrest of 32 people suspected of a range of hate crimes.The Metropolitan Police said the operation, which involved over 200 officers, might encourage victims of such crimes to report them.On Tuesday a report found that police detectives investigating murders and violent crimes in the gay community influenced by institutional homophobia.
Gay dogs to compete for Best in Show
11:57 AM — This year's Pride Dog Show will be held on Sunday 8th July.Now in its fifth year, the Kennel Club-registered Pride Companion Dog Show is being held at Hove Rugby Club and promises to be the biggest and best yet.The pedigree classes will be judged by Glen Dimock. He has judged all over the world and will be judging at Crufts next year.
UK government commits to gay rights across the world 1
11:21 AM — Foreign Office Minister Ian McCartney today affirmed Britain's commitment to the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality.He announced the development of a new UK strategy on international LGBT rights on the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO)There are 85 countries in the world where homosexuality is illegal, and in nine countries the death penalty is used as a punishment.
16th May 2007
Gordon Brown wins leadership by default 25
8:12 PM — Gordon Brown is Prime Minister elect. After securing so many nominations that a leadership contest is not necessary, the Chancellor now needs only to wait before he takes over from Tony Blair.Andrew MacKinlay said he will give Mr Brown the final nomination needed to avoid a contest with left winger John McDonnell.
Activists focus on HIV+ fears, expectations and needs
4:57 PM — The long-term needs of people with HIV are the focus of a statement from a new collaborative group.Unite came together for the first time recently to put together a "Consensus Statement" that defines the considerations and actions that needed now to manage the health of men who have sex with men and are living with HIV.This is the first time a group like this has come together to discuss the long-term issues.
Take a break to Barcelona and fight gay hate
4:31 PM — Gay rights organisation Stonewall is inviting gay people and their friends to an event that is certain to put the fun back into fundraising.The Barcelona Equality Walk, from July 13th to 15th, is a weekend full of sightseeing, meeting new people and raising money for Stonewall's vital work fighting homophobia in schools.Last year's walk in Barcelona raised over £20,000 and Stonewall hope that this year's event will be as popular.
Bi MSP swings Scots First Minister vote
1:12 PM — Alex Salmond has become the first ever nationalist to lead Scotland's devolved government after out Green MSP Patrick Harvie and party colleague Robin Harper voted him into office.The Scottish National Party beat Labour to first place in the last week's elections for the Scottish Parliament, but with 47 seats do not have an outright majority in the 129-member parliament.A possible coalition between the Lib Dems, who have 16 seats, and the SNP foundered over the issue of a referendum on independence.
Lesbian nurses win discrimination case
12:30 PM — Two women who were sacked because of their sexuality, a tribunal has found. Margaret Durman and Penny Smith from Cornwall won a record, but undisclosed, payout.They both worked as nurses in a care centre run by Barchester Healthcare.The company dismissed them in September 2005 for gross misconduct after allegations of physical and sexual abuse of patients.
IDAHO goes to Westminster
12:25 PM — MPs will be supporting the International Day Against Homophobia with a reception in Parliament this evening.The meeting will be hosted by Stephen Williams, Lib Dem MP for Bristol West, who has tabled an Early Day Motion in support of IDAHO for the second year running.He will be speaking alongside Jason Pollock, Executive Director of London Pride who will explain the links with Riga Pride.
VIP bus at Oxford Pride
12:00 PM — With less than nine weeks to go until Oxford Pride on July 14th, the finishing touches are being put in place.Oxford Pride 2007 coincides with the Oxfordshire Milliennium, so Pride will be a key feature in a summer of spectacular celebrations.Lord Waheed Ali and Peter Tatchell are the patrons of the regional party.
15th May 2007
First gay mayor of Richmond 57
5:32 PM — The first openly gay Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Cllr Marc Cranfield-Adams, will be formally elected tonight.His election takes place at the Council's Annual Meeting in York House, Twickenham at 7pm.The mayor has pledged that his twin themes will be "diversity and inclusiveness."
Find out about your new rights
5:05 PM — A special free event designed to inform gay, lesbian and bisexual people of their rights has been organised by award-winning solicitors Russell Jones WalkerPink Law - Know Your Rights At Home, At Work At Play is sponsored by PinkNews.co.ukMembers of the gay community will be able to get free access to information about the range of new laws affecting their lives.
Gay customer considers legal action over BT survey 5
4:57 PM — When a you are upset by a homophobic online survey do you: a) ignore it or b) try to contact the offending organisation to express your distaste.BT's recent online customer survey, despite being only two questions long, managed to offend twice with possible answers: "pronounced husband and wife" to the first question and "scoring a date with the opposite sex" for the second, with no gay equivalent.
Record compensation after sacked for being gay 57
4:44 PM — A lesbian couple won a record six-figure compensation claim after they were sacked because of their sexuality have still not received their compensation.The two were wrongfully accused of allowing the physical and sexual abuse of residents at a care centre.An employment tribunal later found them innocent of any wrongdoing.