8th October 2007
Christians object to proposed homophobic incitement law 100
10:54 AM — Fundamentalist religious groups are claiming their members could face seven years in jail for expressing their views about homosexuality under proposed new legislation.The Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill gets its second reading this afternoon as Parliament reconvenes after its long summer break.Gay rights activists are hopeful that the bill will introduce a new offence of incitement to hatred based on sexual orientation.
Newcastle plans Pride 2008 3
10:12 AM — An annual celebration of the North East's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities is being planned.Northern Pride will be launched in July 2008 and aims to attract 3,000 people from the region and beyond by offering a wide-range of entertainment.Run by a team of LGBT volunteers from the North East, organisers hope it will grow to become a mainstay of the region's cultural calendar in the same way as other Pride events in Manchester and Brighton.
6th October 2007
Two gay venues face closure in Birmingham 5
11:20 PM — Two of Birmingham's most popular gay venues face closure after what the owners' claim is "targeting" by property developers and the police.Cosby Homes, a development company has complained to the local council that the Nightingale, the biggest gay club in the area, emits too much noise and holds "unauthorised adult entertainment." The complaint comes six months after they were turned down to develop 162 flats on land close to the venue. Crosby Homes are appealing the rejection.
Gordon Brown rules out early election 2
5:41 PM — The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown's official spokesman has ruled out an early election that had been hyped by Labour ministers and the Prime Minister's officials.A spokesman for Mr Brown said: "I can now confirm that the prime minister has said there will be no autumn poll."The Prime Minister has this weekend pored over private and media polls that have shown that Labour's lead over the opposition Conservative Party has narrowed.
5th October 2007
Prescott rejects Russian church leader’s gay hate
6:03 PM — John Prescott, the former British Deputy Prime Minister, joined European Parliamentarians yesterday in petitioning the head of the Russian Orthodox Church about his homophobic views.The petition read: "We urge Patriarch Alexy to avoid the use of language inciting intolerance and to respect, rather than seek to deny, the fundamental rights of sexual minorities."Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II had called homosexuality an "illness" and attacked what he called "homosexual propaganda."
Conservative anger over cruising ground firefighters 41
12:49 PM — A Conservative councillor is seeking to overturn the punishment of four firefighters from Avon Fire and Rescue Service who were reported after shining torches on gay men cruising in Bristol Downs.Bristol city councillor Spud Murphy labelled the decision to discipline the men for misuse of fire equipment and bringing the service into disrepute after the incident in June as "barmy", echoing outrage already shown by the tabloids.One of the men caught in the firefighter's torchlight later filed a complaint under advice from charity Terrence Higgins Trust.
THT launches drugs awareness campaign
11:50 AM — Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a new campaign this week to provide support and information to gay men about drugs, HIV and sex.The new scheme offers outreach work, one-to-one counselling and a series of information booklets examining how different drugs affect health, sexual behaviour and HIV medication.The Gay Men's Sex Survey (2005) showed that drug use was widespread amongst gay men. Men who use drugs were more likely to have unprotected anal sex.
4th October 2007
Rising star pledges Tories to gay rights 4
7:40 PM — A meeting of gay Tories at the party's conference in Blackpool this week discussed gay hate crime legislation, the battle against homophobia in schools, sport and internationally, and "fingering" Gordon Brown on his gay rights voting record.More than fifty delegates and party activists attended the fringe event, organised by gay equality organisation Stonewall.Shadow Justice Minister Nick Herbert, a rising Conservative star, addressed the meeting.
Tipping the Velvet author’s third TV adaptation
6:15 PM — Sarah Waters' second book, Affinity, is to be adapted by Pride and Prejudice screenwriter Andrew Davies.This is the third time a Waters book has been turned into television following Tipping The Velvet (2002) and Fingersmith, (2005) both for the BBC.Affinity is a gothic ghost story of a Victorian girl who finds herself attracted to a female inmate at Millbank, one of London's harshest prisons.
Gay bishops and same sex unions ‘inappropriate’ says report
1:15 PM — A report to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has given assurances that bishops around the world will 'exercise restraint' in ordaining any more openly gay bishops, and not bless same sex marriages.But the report, published yesterday by the Joint Standing Committee, which influences policy within the Anglican communion, has proved unsatisfactory to both sides by avoiding condoning or condemning gays.
Police appeal over missing gay man
12:51 PM — Police are appealing for the public's help in tracing a man who has been missing from his home in Cheadle Hulme.John Chadwick, who is aged about 42, of Hall Meadow, was last seen by his landlord on Monday evening, 2 July 2007, at about 8pm at The Ryecroft Arms on Turves Road.John visited a cousin in the Brixton area of London between 6 and 8 July, but since leaving his cousin's house, he has not been seen or heard from and police are now unable to reach him.
Firefighters fined for disturbing cruising ground activity 41
11:42 AM — A group of firefighters have been disciplined over an incident on Bristol Downs where they "interrupted" four gay men in a cruising ground.They shone their torches from their engine into bushes catching men engaged in outdoor sex.One of the men caught by the torch light then filed a complaint under advice from HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust.
Stonewall FC set their sights on London World Cup
10:45 AM — They took silver in Buenos Aires last week, but gay football team Stonewall FC are going for gold at next year's International Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championships in London.The annual event, established in 1997, took place in South America for the first time this year.Douglas Edward, Stonewall FC's first team striker, was upbeat despite losing 1-0 to Argentine team Los Dogos. "The tournament was fantastic and Stonewall FC again proved that we are the premier gay football team," he said.
3rd October 2007
Elton John closes exhibition after child pornography probe 3
10:04 AM — An exhibition of photographs from Sir Elton John's personal collection has been closed, a week after one of the works of art was removed by police in a child pornography probe.The gay star asked the Baltic Centre to close the exhibition of the work of the renowned American photographer Nan Goldin just nine days after it was opened. Police seized Klara and Edda Belly Dancing which features two semi naked young girls playing.
Kylie turns into a drag queen
10:04 AM — It appears Kylie Minogue was so mesmerised by London's club scene that she decided to turn herself into a drag queen for her new music video, Two Hearts.Following a DJ set in East London's Boombox during London Fashion Week, the pop diva, enamoured by the weird and wonderful get-ups on display, set out on the circuit looking to establish her new look.She is said to have quickly made two new friends in the shape of queens Tasty Tim and Princess Julia.
Lesbian coach forced me into sex, girl tells court 1
10:04 AM — An award winning tennis coach threatened to wreck the career of a promising 13 year old pupil unless she continued to have sex with her, Liverpool Crown Court heard today.Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) coach Claire Lyte, 29, denies five counts of unlawful sexual activity with a child, and claims the allegations have been made up by the girl's mother.But the alleged victim says her coach threatened to throw her out of the Loughborough LTA academy if she revealed the affair to anyone.
Tory welcome for new equality commission 2
10:04 AM — A senior member of the Conservative Shadow Cabinet has welcomed the creation of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (ECHR).Speaking at a reception at the party conference in Blackpool, Theresa May paid tribute to the work of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC).The ECHR came into being on Monday. It incorporates the Commission for Racial Equality, the Disability Rights Commission and the EOC.
Cameron praises controversial minister but makes no mention of equality 7
10:04 AM — David Cameron used his vital leadership speech at the Tory party conference to praise the work of Baroness Warsi, the controversial shadow community cohesion secretary who said BNP voters have some "very legitimate views."The passage praising Baroness Warsi constituted the only part of the speech where he mentioned equality.The Conservative leader said he was proud to have the first Muslim woman in a cabinet or shadow cabinet.
1st October 2007
Scotland considers new law to protect gays 1
5:37 PM — Scotland's lawmakers are set to consider new laws to protect gays after a private members bill was lodged in Holyrood yesterday calling for violence towards gay and disabled groups to be treated as seriously as violence against religious or ethnic groups.The Sentencing of Offences Aggravated by Prejudice (Scotland) Bill, proposed by Patrick Harvie, a Scottish Green MSP, would bring Scotland into line with England and Wales, where courts have been able to impose tougher sentences for offences committed due to the victims disability or sexual orientation since April 2003.
Ken: UK anti-discrimination law ‘not working’ 3
4:43 PM — London's Mayor, Ken Livingstone, has launched an attack against Britain's anti-discrimination law on the day the new Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is established.The Commission brings together a number of anti-discrimination commissions into one equality body designed to enforced anti-discrimination legislation and offer employers, public sector bodies and individuals practical advice.But the mayor claims that the current level of legal protection is inadequate.