23rd May 2007
Survey reveals most Brits support gay rights 28
12:03 AM — A in-depth survey of more than 2,000 people from all backgrounds, ages and religious beliefs across Britain has found that the vast majority of them are not homophobic.Britons are on the whole comfortable with gay people and believe that discrimination against gay, lesbian and bisexual people should be tackled.Only one in 20 people said they don't like lesbians and gay men.
22nd May 2007
Angels will raise funds for AIDS charity
3:41 PM — A star-studded charity gala performance of Angels in America will take place at the Lyric Hammersmith on Wednesday 4th July to raise vital funds to help people living with HIV.Headlong Theatre's production of Angels in America by Pulitzer-winning author Tony Kushner is the first major UK revival in fifteen years and is currently on a nationwide tour, where it has received outstanding reviews.It is the first national revival of Kushner's two-part masterpiece since its premiere at the National Theatre in 1992.
BBC gay presenter makes Radio 4 debut with preacher man
2:00 PM — Ashley Byrne, presenter of the BBC's only gay radio programme, will make his BBC Radio 4 debut this week.He has executive produced I Got Up Out Of My Seat, a documentary about the legendary American evangelist Billy Graham, presented by Sir David Frost.Ashley is creative director of Made In Manchester Productions, an independent television and radio production company.
Church report into homophobia advocates “ex-gay” counselling
11:45 AM — Northern Ireland's largest Protestant church has produced a report on homophobia which has been accused of being homophobic.The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has over 300,000 members and 560 congregations in Ireland.Its controversial report by the Social Issues and Resources Panel will not be published until June, but was leaked to the BBC.
21st May 2007
Opposition parties differ on homophobic incitement law 2
5:39 PM — The Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties have responded to the discussion of an offence of homophobic incitement.Candidates for the Deputy Leader of the Labour party have given their support to such a law.Peter Hain, Harriet Harman and Alan Johnson all backed calls for a new law to outlaw anti-gay hatred. Hazel Blears said it was one way forward alongside other measures such as better support for victims.
More precautions required for Hepatitis B
5:39 PM — Recent studies of Olympic wrestlers show that the Hepatitis B virus (HBV) may be contracted through sweat.HBV is a blood-borne virus that affects primarily the liver and has few or no symptoms immediately after infection, but can be very dangerous.It can cause cirrhosis, chronic active hepatitis, and liver cancer.
Interview: Peter Hain sets out his stall
3:00 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusiveWith the "battle" for the leadership of the Labour party over before it even started, all eyes are now on the deputy role. A lack of choice is hardly an issue in this race, with six MPs jockeying to fill John Prescott's shoes.Tony Grew met with contender Peter Hain to discuss gay rights in the UK and in Europe and to find out why the former anti-apartheid campaigner believes he is the best person to become deputy leader of a party desperate for a fourth term of office.
Gay referee to officiate at Rugby World Cup
2:46 PM — A 35-year-old referee has spoken of his personal struggle before coming out of the closet.Nigel Owens is the only openly gay man to be a rugby union ref at the highest level of the game. He told The Sun that he thought about killing himself rather than reveal his sexuality.He is due to officiate at the Rugby World Cup in France later this year.
Ofcom slams Clarkson’s gay car comment 27
2:22 PM — Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been criticised by broadcasting watchdog Ofcom for using homophobic cockney-rhyming slang to describe a car.The BBC's head of editorial complaints conceded that his comments about the Daihatsu Copen in a programme broadcast last year were capable of causing offence.Clarkson asked a member of the audience if he would buy the car, to which he replied "no, its a bit gay."
Deputy leadership candidates support gay hate law 2
1:12 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Peter Hain, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Wales, has said he would personally support new legislation outlawing incitement to homophobia.In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Mr Hain said that the government must make sure there are no hate crimes against any group in the UK.In January Home Office minister Tony McNulty vowed to review homophobic incitement laws.
Survey reveals extent of homophobia at work 28
12:55 PM — A poll of more than 2,000 people across the UK has found that while nine of ten of them support laws protecting LGB people in the workplace, homophobia is rife.The Stonewall survey, conducted by YouGov, found that one in six people in the UK had witnessed verbal or physical bullying of gay people at work.Since 2003, LGB people have been protected against harassment in the workplace by legislation.
20th May 2007
Graham Norton’s gay dig at David Gest
9:34 PM — Lesbian drama Sugar Rush lost out to BBC series The Street for the Best Drama award at this evening's BAFTA ceremony. But like PinkNews.co.uk the drama holds a Stonewall award in part for changing the straight world's attitude to homosexuality.The ceremony held at the London Palladium was hosted by gay comedian Graham Norton. He made a dig at rival talent show host David Gest saying: "How gay am I? And I never married Liza Minelli."
19th May 2007
A guide to loan providers..
2:34 PM — PinkNews.co.uk has selected a number of personal loans providers.It's a list of where to get a loan, from lending companies we've checked out. We've reviewed their services and ensured that they do not discriminate against the LGBT community. If you find that they do, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll investigate the company.Before you visit any of the sites, think carefully before securing a loan or other debts against your home. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage or any other loan that is secured on it.
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.