7th September 2007
Cameron defies critics over gay rights 71
1:30 PM — The leader of the Conservative party has attacked right-wing critics in his own party and committed himself to civil partnerships and gay rights.In a wide-ranging address to an audience of candidates and party workers in London, David Cameron spoke about "modern Conservatism," and made clear that recent critics of his leadership were out of touch.He presented a manifesto around the themes of change, family, responsibility, and "leadership for the internet generation."
HSBC gay banker back at tribunal 1
12:15 PM — An employment tribunal in Stratford, east London, was told yesterday that homophobia is still a problem in the UK financial services industry.Peter Lewis, a former head of equity at HSBC bank, won a partial victory last year when a tribunal ruled that the bank had discriminated against him on four grounds because of his sexual orientation.However, he was unable to prove discrimination in relation to 12 other grounds, including his dismissal from the bank in 2004 for gross misconduct.
Church of England attacks equality legislation 9
10:41 AM — An official document from the policy-making body of the Church of England has raised objections to the new Single Equality Bill.The new legislation, which is at consultation stage, aims to harmonise and simplify the law with regards to race, gender, disability, sexual orientation and other forms of discrimination.In its official submission to the consultation, the Archbishops' Council said new laws were unnecessary and the Church could be forced to marry people who have undergone gender reassignment surgery.
Editorial: The Tories and PinkNews.co.uk 72
10:04 AM — The Conservative party is well-known for its ad campaigns.From the iconic 1979 "Labour isn't working" posters, to the "Demon Eyes" of Tony Blair in the 1997 election campaign, through to the "Five Pledges" of Michael "are you thinking what I am thinking" Howard in 2005, never let it be said that the Tory party were short of a strategy. Some, of course, more successful than others.Today marks a new stage in the party's attempts to disseminate its message to the voters.
Conservative Party advertises on PinkNews.co.uk 71
7:50 AM — The Conservative Party has taken further steps towards engaging with the gay community by today advertising with PinkNews.co.uk, the community's leading news provider.The advertisements feature party leader David Cameron alongside a series of messages on a variety of campaign issues.The advertisements on PinkNews.co.uk are believed to be the party's first political advertising campaign in the gay media.
6th September 2007
Paisley’s homophobia not a breach of code of conduct 27
3:15 PM — The Northern Ireland Assembly Ombudsman has ruled that a junior minister in the province's government did not break the code of conduct when he called gay people repulsive.Ian Paisley Jnr, who is the son and namesake of the Democratic Unionist First Minister, told Hotpress magazine in May that lesbians and gay men harm society.He was appointed a junior minister in the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister by his father.
Scots activists disappointed over hate crime bill 1
1:22 PM — Stonewall Scotland has criticised the Scottish government for failing to make progress on hate crimes legislation.The Scottish National Party-led administration has been in power since May.The nationalists, along with their coalition partners the Greens, made a manifesto commitment to introduce legislation that would punish crimes motivated by the victim's sexual orientation or gender identity.
PinkNews.co.uk editor nominated for Stonewall award
11:51 AM — PinkNews.co.uk has been recognised for its journalism for the second year running at the Stonewall Awards.Editor Tony Grew has been nominated in the Journalist of the Year category. Last year PinkNews.co.uk was named Publication of the Year.Stonewall's second annual awards ceremony will be held on November 1st at the Victoria Albert Museum in London.
Council’s failed to stop gay paedophiles abusing children 2
11:20 AM — An independent inquiry has found that managers and social workers from a local council were so concerned about not appearing homophobic that they overlooked warning signs about two gay foster parents who were sexually abusing children.Ian Wathey, 40, and Craig Faunch, 32, from Pontefract in West Yorkshire, were jailed in June 2006 for five and six years respectively for abusing four boys in their care.The report, published yesterday, made 41 recommendations.
5th September 2007
Lesbian bar joins Stonewall project 1
12:02 AM — The first lesbian bar to join Stonewall's Bar and Club partnership has said it wants to improve lesbian health.The Oak Bar, in Haringey, is holding a lesbian beach party on Saturday 22 September with limbo dancers and DJs. Guests in swimwear can get in for only £3.Jaki Dinse, manager of the Oak Bar, said: "We're thrilled to be involved with this Stonewall initiative and we're particularly pleased to support the campaigning work around lesbian health.
Labour hit back at Tory attack on civil unions 33
12:02 AM — Former Eastenders star and Labour MEP for the West Midlands, Michael Cashman, has hit back at Tory MP Michael Ancram for his comments on civil unions yesterday.Writing in the Telegraph, Mr Ancram said treating civil unions like normal marriages "insults the intelligence of the British people."He continued: "They are not the equivalent of marriage.
Get tickled pink …with Pink! 2
12:02 AM — What is fun, fresh and bubbly? You, of course! Which means you are going to love Pink by Yellowglen, the new sparkling rosé wine from Australia.Pinknews.co.uk has grabbed a couple of crates of the stuff and we're going to give them away to two of our newsletter readers.The competition closes in two weeks, so the sooner you sign up to the newsletter the better.
4th September 2007
Stonewall questions world’s largest law firm
3:29 PM — Gay rights group Stonewall has asked to meet representatives of the world's largest law firm, Clifford Chance, following a sexual discrimination case brought against them by a former partner.The sexual orientation claim by former competition partner Michael Bryceland was the first of its kind against a UK law firm, but it was settled in April for an undisclosed amount.The firm has failed, however, to respond to Stonewall's request for a meeting.
Homophobic bullying website wins celebrity support 3
12:23 PM — Big name stars have come out in support of a new website aimed at tackling homophobic bullying in rural parts of the UK.Among those contributing to the site, which aims to bring gay teenagers together to make short films about their lives, are Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies and Big Brother star Josh Rafter.Russell T Davies said: "The most extraordinary thing to happen over the past 10 years is the existence of the gay teenager.
Senior Tory: Civil partnerships ‘insult the intelligence’ 33
11:51 AM — A leading Tory MP, Michael Ancram, has launched a withering attack on civil unions, saying treating them in the same way as marriage "insults the intelligence of the British people."In an open attack on Conservative leader David Cameron, the MP for Devizes unveiled an alternative manifesto today calling on the party to adopt more traditional Tory policies.Warning the leadership to stop "trashing" its Thatcherite past, he said Cameron should "unveil the party's soul based on those core values, principles and beliefs that form the timeless make-up of that Conservative soul."
3rd September 2007
Gay sports event comes to England
4:27 PM — The gay sports movement is sweeping the world, and in the tradition of the Pride Games, which have taken place in Manchester and Calgary, North East England is welcoming an event of their own: The 2007 Gaymes.The event promises to be the one of the biggest sports day events to hit the small seaport town.Nikki Ward, who is a volunteer at Hart Gables, which is a support group for the LGBT community in the area, initially thought up the event.
Osbourne sacked from X-Factor for calling Cowell gay 1
4:13 PM — In an explosive interview given to a tabloid paper, David Arden, Sharon Osbourne's brother, claims Simon Cowell had her fired from X-Factor because she repeatedly told him he was gay."She tells everyone he's gay. She claims he's in the closet and doesn't know yet he's homosexual, which is ridiculous," Mr Arden said."Sharon told me that at the end of series one Simon actually got her fired for her jibes and nastiness to him and the contestants."
Lesbians hide sexuality for job interviews
1:35 PM — Lesbians frequently hide their sexuality in job interviews by changing the way they dress, a study revealed today.Many lesbians admitted disguising their sexuality by dressing 'gender neutral', and most thought they would never get a job if they dressed how they really wanted.Researchers Dr Helen Woodruffe-Burton and Dr Sam Bairstow, who conducted the study at Cumbria and Glamorgan University, gave the problem a name - 'My interview dilemma'.
29th August 2007
Euro-Parliament takes up the case of Iranian lesbian facing deportation 3
11:30 PM — European Parliament President Hans Gert Pöettering has said he will write a letter to Prime Minister Gordon Brown regarding the fate of Pegah Emambakhsh, the Iranian lesbian woman who risks expulsion from Great Britain to Iran.His actions follow proposals by Italian MEP Giusto Catania (PRC), representing the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) Group in the European Parliament during today's Conference of Presidents, and Graham Watson, President of the Parliament's Liberal Group.
BBC celebrates 50th anniversary of Wolfenden report 2
11:30 PM — The BBC is due to screen a week-long series of LGBT programmes to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Wolfenden report.The season is called Hidden Lives Week and programmes range from documentaries to drama.The BBC say the programmes are intended to raise awareness of the landmark report that led to the legalisation of homosexuality in the UK.The Wolfenden report was commissioned 50 years ago this coming Monday (3rd September).