25th July 2007
House of Commons marks decriminalisation
11:44 AM — MPs from across the political divide have signed an Early Day Motion celebrating the 40th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.The EDM was sponsored by Stephen Williams, the Liberal Democrat MP for Bristol West.Other signatories include Nick Herbert and John Bercow, both Tories, and Chris Byrant, the Labour MP for Rhonnda.
Harry Potter author’s lesbian book 2
11:05 AM — The country is in the grip of Potter mania. London's Tube network is awash with people reading the seventh and last installment of the adventures of the boy wizard on their way to work.The adult edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has a black and white picture of author J K Rowling on the back of the book jacket.The richest author in the world is photographed, fittingly, in front of a bookcase.
24th July 2007
Interview: In the garage with the master mechanic of dance
11:50 PM — Choreographer Matthew Bourne's The Car Man is currently setting pulses racing at London's Sadler's Wells theatre.The revival of his sultry, sexy reworking of Bizet's Carmen is a tangled web of sex, desire and murder, and will be touring the UK throughout the autumn.PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew caught up with him to discuss his use of gay characters, the suggestive power of dance and what's next for the man who brought us an all-male Swan Lake.
US given sexual orientation information on travellers 7
4:04 PM — The European Commission quietly approved an agreement this Monday which gives the US Department of Homeland Security unprecedented access to the personal information of anyone on a transatlantic flight, including details of their sexual orientation.The DHS insists on the right to use the information for disease control, and there are fears that gay passengers may be singled out as possible HIV risks.The agreement adds 19 possible new categories, including details of passengers' sex lives.
How to ensure your hotel is gay friendly 58
4:04 PM — Travelling around the world has never been easier thanks to the internet, with a selection of value flights to almost any destination you choose. But where do you stay?Finding a suitable gay or gay-friendly hotel, whether at home or anywhere else, is not so easy.A new website for LGBT travellers has been launched that aims to provide the most comprehensive selection of reliable and trustworthy gay-friendly accommodation anywhere in the world.
Pride London denies links with gay lifestyle expo 1
1:21 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusiveThe organisers of Pride London today denied giving a company permission to use its name and logo to promote a gay lifestyle exhibition slated for Pride season next year.Andrew Clark, a director at Eton Events, who used the Pride London logo on its website and publicity material, said that Jason Pollock, chief executive of Pride London, had approved the partnership.
University honours MEP for gay rights work
12:41 PM — Michael Cashman, the Labour politician, actor and campaigner for gay rights, has been awarded an honourary degree by Staffordshire University.Before he became an MEP in 1999, his ground-breaking portrayal of Colin Russell in EastEnders between 1986 and 1989 saw the first gay kiss in a UK soap.Mr Cashman co-founded gay equality organisation Stonewall in 1989 and is president of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights.
23rd July 2007
Comment: Channel 4’s wasted opportunity 9
6:18 PM — "Thankfully, things are different now," my mum said to me after watching A Very British Sex Scandal, the first programme in Channel 4's series marking the 40th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.On the one hand she is right - we can now enter into a civil partnership, we can insist upon equal rights in the provision of goods and services and dedicated teachers, who can offer vital support to isolated gay pupils, are no longer gagged by the destructive Section 28.
Senior Muslim doctor denies writing anti-gay letter 12
3:18 PM — A homophobic Muslim doctor is being disciplined for saying that homosexuals, "need the stick of law to put them on the right path" and that they deserve neither help nor pity.This Hippocratic slur comes from a doctor who is the President of the Islamic Medical Association, which claims to represent 99% of the UK Muslim community.The offending medic, Dr Muhammad Siddiq, wrote in a letter to doctor's magazine Pulse:
Home Secretary may consider gay hate crime law 3
12:51 PM — Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, has told the House of Commons she may consider passing new laws creating an offence of homophobic hate crime.She was responding to a question from Labour MP Chris Bryant, who is gay. He drew attention to the murder of David Morley in October 2004.The 44-year old barman was set upon on London's South Bank, close to Parliament, by a gang of four people, one of them a teenage girl.
Extreme protest wins gay asylum seeker a stay in UK 28
12:37 PM — An ayslum seeker who sewed shut his eyes and lips in protest at being returned to Iran has been granted leave to remain in the UK.Shahin Portofeh, 27, an gay Iranian national, was seeking asylum in Coventry, but he was deported from the UK after his application was rejected.Despite his protests that he would be persecuted in his home country because of his sexuality, he was sent back.
THT want to know about your sex life
11:43 AM — Leading charity the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is appealing to PinkNews.co.uk readers to take part in this year's gay men's sex survey.This vital annual poll is the largest of its type in the world. Last year over 13,000 men took part, giving THT and scores of other organisations vital data.Sigma Research, a social research group specialising in the behavioural and policy aspects of HIV and sexual health, and the University of Portsmouth are launching the National Gay Men's Sex Survey today.
20th July 2007
Sexually transmitted disease cases continue to rise
5:57 PM — Officials at the Health Protection Agency have expressed concern that the number of new sexually transmitted infections treated at genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics in the UK continues to rise.The increase was most marked in gay men and younger people.Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has called for better sex education in schools to try to reverse the trend.
Gay Tory makes Mayor of London shortlist 1
5:57 PM — Andrew Boff has been selected as one of four candidates for the Conservative party nomination for Mayor of London.The 49-year-old IT consultant and publisher joins former Tory frontbencher and TV personality Boris Johnson on the list, which was chosen from over 40 hopefuls by a selection panel on Saturday.The other candidates are Kensington Chelsea councillors Warwick Lightfoot and Victoria Borwick.
Scottish bishop’s threat over gay adoptions 1
3:08 PM — The Roman Catholic Bishop of Motherwell said yesterday that the Church in Scotland would close its biggest adoption agency rather than help same-sex couples to adopt children.Bishop Joseph Devine said that St Margaret's Catholic Adoption Agency in Glasgow would close rather than abide by the Sexual Orientation Regulations.Catholic agencies place around 40 of the 200 children adopted in Scotland every year.
Analysis: The bishop, the youth worker and the tribunal 8
12:30 PM — This week saw a landmark victory for a gay youth worker against the might of the Anglican Church.An employment tribunal decided that Kevin Reaney, a gay man, had been discriminated against by the church on grounds of his sexual orientation.Mr Reaney brought his claim under the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003, which make it unlawful to discriminate against employees or prospective employees (such as Mr Reaney) because they are gay.
Civil partnerships: grandiose gays and low-key lesbians
12:06 PM — Two British psychologists who have been studying civil partnerships have concluded that gay men love a big day out.Dr Victoria Clarke and Dr Elizabeth Peel are from University of the West of England, Bristol and Aston University, Birmingham.They will present their research today, Friday 20 July, at the British Psychological Society's Psychology of Women Section's Annual Conference.
It was 40 years ago today – C4 marks decriminalisation 7
11:40 AM — A series of programmes to mark the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England Wales starts on Channel 4 tomorrow.A dramatisation of the trial of Lord Edward Montagu and Peter Wildeblood, entitled A Very British Sex Scandal, is one of the highlights.Montagu and Wildeblood, a Daily Mail journalist, were arrested and tried for attempts to incite others to homosexual acts in 1954.
TURING: Of homosexuality and the church 2
11:06 AM — Love or hate it, it's hard to ignore organised religion.While your columnist is of the opinion that religion should strictly (and I do mean strictly) restricted to consenting adults in private, and while some leading intellectuals want religion completely wiped off the map of the earth, it is hard to reconcile these opinions with the fact that more than 90% of the world's population subscribe to some form of organised religion.
19th July 2007
Website for Arab and Asian gays launched 8
6:20 PM — A new online meeting place for the Asian and Arab LGBT people and their friends has opened for business.MySalaam.com features content for both men and women including features, articles, blogs, message boards, community news and listings."I chose the name salaam because it is a word of greetings, peace and love that is shared by many peoples of Middle Eastern and Asian heritage," says Simran, MySalaam.com's founder and coordinator.