10th July 2007
Cherie Blair persuaded Tory to defect over Section 28
11:40 AM — The much-anticipated diaries of spin doctor Alistair Campbell may have disappointed politics junkies with their lack of information about the decade-long feud between No 10 and No 11 Downing St, but his reminiscences still contain some interesting insights into the Blair years.One such nugget is the revelation that the Prime Minister's wife and a former gay Radio 1 DJ helped persuade a senior Tory MP defect to the Labour party because he was about to be sacked for supporting gay rights.
9th July 2007
Boybands, boats and BBQ at Bournemouth Pride
4:41 PM — The Bourne Free Pride Festival, held on 14th July, will see a welcome return of the popular beach front parade, as well as live shows and a brand new dance arena street party.The Bournemouth event is now in its fourth year.The day begins at 1pm with a nautical-themed parade travelling from the suburb of Alum Chine along the beach to the promenade.
Synod fails to heal Anglican divisions on gay issues
4:03 PM — This weekend's General Synod in York resolved to create a disciplinary covenant that might see some gay-friendly clergy and bishops thrown out of the Anglican church.There is no resolution in sight as the Church of England continues to equivocate on the issue of the ordination of gay clergy.The rows over the blessing of same-sex relationships and the ordination of gay clergy threatens to split the worldwide Church.
Blair to recommend Peter Mandelson for House of Lords
3:11 PM — Former Prime Minister Tony Blair is to recommend his close political ally Peter Mandelson for a peerage.Traditionally a departing PM draws up a resignation honours list, though for the first time the names put forward for the House of Lords will be scrutinised by the appointments commission.It is thought Mr Blair will only nominate a few people to the Lords because of the ongoing 'cash for peerages' criminal investigation.
TURING: An ungainly obsession 3
2:18 PM — PinkNews.co.uk's new pseudonymous contributor reflects on lessons that can be learnt from the life and death of the genius who is the inspiration for his new weekly column.Alan Turing is no gay icon - and fortunately so.Today, that epithet is more representative of superficial (so-called) celebrities and their obsession with sex, drugs, fashion and every thing else that have come to epitomise popular culture.
Married woman pleads guilty to civil partnership charges 2
1:32 PM — A married woman admitted to a court this morning that she made a false statement to a registrar, after she illegally entered into a civil partnership.Suzanne Mitchell appeared at Shrewsbury Crown Court before Judge Robin Onions, who chastised her for giving a press interview about her story.The 29-year-old lives in Wingfield Gardens in Shrewsbury. Ms Mitchell, a mother of three children, denied the charges at an earlier magistrates hearing in March.
Feature: The long road to decriminalisation 1
12:07 PM — 40 years ago this month, a campaiging Welsh Labour MP by the name of Leo Abse managed to guide a Bill through both Houses of Parliament.By a combination of smart tactics and appealing to politicians to pity those 'less fortunate' than themselves, he got them to agree to a partial decriminalisation of male homosexual relations.It brought an end to hundreds of years of legal persecution, as Alex Bryce explains.
8th July 2007
David Cameron defends his appointment of anti-gay campaigner 21
3:01 PM — Conservative Leader, David Cameron today defended the appointment to his Shadow Cabinet of a Muslim who previous campaigned against gay rights.As she failed in her attempts to be democratically electesd to the House of Commons, Sayeeda Warsi, will be ennobled as a "working peer" to become David Cameron's Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion. On the 6th July, PinkNews.co.uk reported that Mrs Warsi conducted a homophobic campaign in a failed attempt to become elected in the constituency of Dewsbury.
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12:01 AM — After a not inconsiderable time testing it, we can reveal the PinkNews.co.uk Facebook Application.Developed and maintained by PinkNews.co.uk founder and Channel Four News correspondent, Benjamin Cohen; the application, once added, allows you to view, post and share the latest PinkNews.co.uk articles and features within Facebook.For example, when a story comes along of particular interest, you can post the headline together with a comment of your own onto your Facebook Wall.
6th July 2007
“Homophobic” housemate Laura voted out of Big Brother House 8
10:07 PM — The housemate that placed Channel 4 in another row over Big Brother has been voted out of the Big Brother House by viewers. Laura received 66 per cent of the public vote.The contestant who dreams of owning her own funeral home was convinced that she was going to be evictited tonight.Laura used the word "poof" in a derogative way, to imply that another housemate, Liam, was not masculine.
Antony Cotton to host ITV daytime chat show
3:31 PM — Actor Antony Cotton, best known for his role as Sean Tully in ITV soap Coronation St, is the latest talent to try and take on Richard and July.The openly gay performer has been given his own chat format, called That Antony Cotton Show, to be broadcast on weekdays at 5pm on ITV1. It will start a five-week run next month.The hour-long programme, described as a mix of celebrity interviews and topical humour, will pit him against the housewives' favourites Richard and Judy on Channel 4.
Clubbers ignore signs of hearing damage says charity
2:55 PM — The UK is facing a hearing loss timebomb, according to Royal National Institute for the Deaf. Research reveals that 90% of young people experience the signs of hearing damage after a night out, yet do nothing to prevent it.The charity's Like it Loud? report shows that 70% of clubbers, 68% of gig-goers and 44% of people who go to bars experience the symptoms of hearing damage, such as dullness of hearing or tinnitus - ringing in the ears.
£30m grant to NSPCC and Childline
1:21 PM — The goverment has said it will give a record amount to the NSPCC to help them run services for vulnerable children.Among the benficiaries of the £30m grant will be the charity's Childline phone advice and couselling service.Last year the NSPCC reported a rise in the number of LGBT teenagers calling the helpline.
Pub owner pleads not guilty plea over ‘gay’ sign
1:11 PM — The landlord of a Wiltshire pub who allegedly placed a homophobic sign outside his premises has pleaded not guilty to a public order offence at Chippenham Magistrates Court.The pub's former landlords John Williams, and his 26-year-old partner Lee, believe the sign, which read 'faggots and mince not on the menu', refers to them.Gay equality group Stonewall said the sign could breach new equality laws which came into force on April 30.
New Tory shadow minister’s previous opposition to gay equality 19
12:05 PM — The much-publicised appointment of a Muslim woman to the Tory Shadow Cabinet could harm relations between the party and the gay community.Sayeeda Warsi, the new Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion, hit the headlines during the 2005 election campaign for distributing campaign leaflets with a strongly hostile attitude to gay rights.
Campaigning MP welcomes government bullying commitment 1
11:31 AM — Stephen Williams MP, a Liberal Democrat who has campaigned against bullying in schools, has welcomed the commitment from the Minister of Children to stamp out the problem.The first Commons investigation into bullying by the Education Select Committee was instigated last year at the request of Mr Williams.The committee heard evidence from charity Anti-Bullying Alliance that between 30-50% of young people in secondary schools attracted to people of the same sex will have directly experienced homophobic bullying.
5th July 2007
BBC’s attitude to homophobic language ‘damages children’ 8
7:11 PM — The decision by the Minister for Children to unequivocally criticise broadcasters' acceptance of homophobic language has delighted gay activists.In a speech to Stonewall's Education for All conference today, minister Kevin Brennan, a former teacher, said that homophobic bullying and the use of words like 'gay' and 'poof' by radio and TV presenters are linked."Just one example is the casual use of homophobic language by mainstream radio DJs," he said.
Boris Johnson might smash gay mayoral ambitions 7
4:41 PM — The race for the Conservative party nomination for Mayor of London became more interesting today with the revelation that the party's Higher Education spokesman Boris Johnson is seriously considering throwing his hat into the ring.If Mr Johnson, one of the most popular Tory MPs in the country, does decide to run it will end the ambitions of two gay prospective candidates.Earlier this week Nick Boles, an openly gay man, withdrew from the race to undergo treatment for cancer.
Jazz showman and master of ambiguity dies aged 80
2:53 PM — George Melly, a man who defied labels thoughout his life, has died.He will be remembered for his love of jazz, his legendary performances at London club Ronnie Scott's and his strong support for the gay community.Mr Melly, 80, was suffering from cancer and demenita. His wife Diana was with him when he died at his home in London in the early hours of this morning.
Analysis: Homophobia rampant in British schools 1
2:22 PM — Homophobic bullying plagues the majority of UK schools and shocking levels of bullying are meted out to school pupils and teachers who either are gay or perceived to be gay.That is the conclusion of a wide-ranging study carried by gay equality organisation Stonewall.Nearly two thirds of LGB students reported instances of such harassment. That figure jumps to 75% of young gay people attending faith schools.