12th September 2007
ChildLine campaign broke advertising rules 1
10:23 AM — A children's charity has been criticised by the Advertising Standards Authority over its fundraising material.Three people complained to the ASA about the campaign in which a letter asking for donations to ChildLine was accompanied by a mock log sheet of calls to the helpline.The log sheet alluded to child abuse and domestic violence, while the letter said that many children couldn't get through to ChildLine.
11th September 2007
Actor admits gay Hollyoaks role was uncomfortable 4
3:23 PM — Teen soap Hollyoaks' gay storyline has been a hit with viewers, but one of the actors involved has spoken about his concerns at the plotline.Craig Dean, played by Guy Burnet, has been coming to terms with his homosexuality after falling for friend John Paul McQueen, played by James Hutton. The Craig Dean character is leaving the show later this month.In an interview with Digital Spy, Burnet said that he argued against his seemingly-heterosexual character coming out.
Trans woman on remand in male prison for petrol station robbery
3:23 PM — A transsexual wearing a mini skirt and women's knickers on their head robbed a petrol station in New Malden twice in three weeks, brandishing a large knife.Chloe Bradley, 23, a pre-operation male to female transsexual, admitted holding up the Texaco garage, in Kingston Road, on two separate occasions and stealing more than £100, the Wimbledon Guardian reported.Kingston Crown Court heard how Bradley walked into the Texaco garage at 4.45am on December 12 last year.
London host to celebration of open relationships
3:17 PM — A celebration of open and polyamorous relationships will be held later this month.Polyday will combine a day of discussions and an evening of music and dancing, giving attendees an opportunity to "meet others, to build a community, and to celebrate their varied lives."Last year the event attracted more than 250 participants. It aims to demonstrate that "relationships don't have to be monogamous."
Stonewall dismisses “Pyrrhic victory” for Christians 20
3:05 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall said today that the ruling of the High Court in Belfast on the Sexual Orientation Regulations would not diminish the protections for LGB people in the UK.Chief executive Ben Summerskill told PinkNews.co.uk:"We are delighted that the court has upheld the regulations as they currently exist across the rest of Britain."Mr Justice Weatherup said that a provision which protects LGB people from harassment when accessing goods and services should be set aside.
Judge strikes down Sexual Orientation Regulations provision 20
1:11 PM — The High Court in Northern Ireland has ruled that parts of the Sexual Orientation Regulations must be removed.In a victory for Evangelical Christian activists, Mr Justice Weatherup said that a provision that protects LGB people from harassment when accessing goods and services should be set aside.Christians who provide goods and services will not be prosectuted for saying they are unwilling to provide them to LGB people.
Ken attacks Boris over support for Section 28 2
12:44 PM — The hustings for the contest for the Conservative party nomination for Mayor of London opened yesterday with an attack from the present incumbent on the Tory front runner.Ken Livingstone, who has been in office since 2000, accused Henley MP Boris Johnson of inconsistency on a range of issues, including gay rights.Four Tories are contesting the primary. All Londoners who are registered to vote can take part either by phone or postal ballot.
Armed Forces to hold gay conference 2
11:15 AM — The Royal Air Force is to host the third Joint Service conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Matters in November.All three services have approved the two day event, at which service personnel will be updated on developments in diversity training, participate in presentations and workshops, and take advantage of a social networking opportunity.In 2000, the government removed the ban on gay, lesbian and bisexual people serving openly in the Armed Forces.
Channel 4 to show ad for anti-gay Christianity crash-course 21
11:15 AM — Channel 4 is to broadcast an advertisement for the Alpha Course, an evangelical programme run by Alpha UK, who promote the idea that homosexuality is a sin.The Alpha Course is a ten-week programme designed to introduce students to Christianity.The advertisement forms part of a major campaign by the Alpha UK group, which is renowned for its conservative approach.
Jim Davidson quits Hells Kitchen after gay row 11
9:20 AM — Controversial Comedian Jim Davidson has walked out of ITV1's Hell's Kitchen after a row with fellow contestant, the gay television presenter Brian Dowling."Why do shirt-lifters pull that same face?" Davidson asked Dowling and another contestant about some customers in the restaurant."Please don't say shirt-lifters," Brian replied. "It's really rude."
10th September 2007
Barrymore will not be charged over Lubbock death
7:30 PM — Gay entertainer Michael Barrymore will not face charges over the death of Stuart Lubbock at then home in 2001Mr Barrymore was questioned at Harlow police station in Essex today Monday, along with Justin Merritt and Jonathan Kenny all of whom had been arrested in June 2007 over Mr Lubbock's death.The Crown Prosecution Service advised that no one should face criminal charges following the investigation but that the case should remain open.
Hep C sufferer Anita Roddick dies of brain haemorrhage
7:30 PM — The founder of Body Shop, Dame Anita Roddick, has died as a result of "a major brain haemorrhage" at the age of 64.She died at St Richard's Hospital in Chichester, West Sussex where here husband, Gordon, and daughters Sam and Justine were all with her. Roddick, who built a retail empire while taking an ethical approach to business, revealed she contracted the Hepatitis C virus and suffered from liver damage in February 2007.
Lib Dems reveal London Mayor candidates 7
5:05 PM — The Liberal Democrats have announced a shortlist of three names to go forward to a members' ballot to decide their candidate for London Mayor.Liberal Democrat members in London will vote on the candidates next month, with the successful Mayoral candidate being announced in early November.There are three candidates on the shortlist. Chamali Fernando, a barrister from Finchley, is running for the party's nomination against Fiyaz Mughal, a Haringey councillor, and Brian Paddick.
Footballer names Premier League homophobes 1
4:45 PM — Former Chelsea player Graeme Le Saux, who was dogged with rumours about his sexuality throughout his career, has said that homophobic taunts nearly drove him out of the game altogether.In his autobiography Left Field, to be published next week, the footballer names players who taunted with anti-gay comments.Le Saux accuses former England captain David Beckham of calling him a 'poof' although he also says he does not believe Beckham is a homophobe.
Review: Cumming’s triumphant Greek god
3:07 PM — Dressed in a slinky gold kilt, long curly wig and brash make-up, Alan Cumming wowed an expectant audience at the opening night of the London run of David Greig's new adaptation of the Greek classic, The Bacchae. Fresh from a run at the Edinburgh International Festival the production, staged by the National Theatre of Scotland, has transferred to the unassuming Lyric Hammersmith for a further two weeks.Cumming stars as Dionysus, the playful, androgynous god of wine, dance, sex and good times.
Sisters final appeal over inheritance tax 1
2:04 PM — Two sisters in their eighties will argue in front of European judges this week that the law treats them less favourably than a lesbian couple.The siblings have been living together in Wiltshire since they were born, but Joyce, 88, and Sybil Burden, 80, fear that one of them will be left with a large inheritance tax bill when the other passes away.In 2005 the implementation of the Civil Partnership Act brought inheritance laws for gay couples in line with those of married couples.
Christians may be sued over Little Britain posters
11:31 AM — An attempt by Christians to 'reach out' to young people has led to threats of legal action from lawyers representing the interests of gay comedian Matt Lucas and his fellow comics David Walliams and Catherine Tate.A major supplier of religious publicity materials, Christian Publishing and Outreach, used catchphrases from Little Britain and The Catherine Tate Show in a series of posters that also carried Bible quotations.
Paisley resigns as church leader 3
11:06 AM — Ian Paisley, the First Minister of Northern Ireland, is to step down from the leadership of a church he founded 56 years ago.The veteran politician has come under pressure from members of the Free Presbyterian church over gay rights issues.The fundamentalist Christian sect have been outraged that Mr Paisley and other members of his Democratic Unionist Party have ignored their objections to government financial support for Pride marches.
7th September 2007
Church ‘missing the point’ of equality legislation 9
5:20 PM — Gay rights group Stonewall has responded to the Church of England's assertion that proposed new laws on discrimination will mean that "religion and belief seemed to be treated as subordinate to other rights."The Church's Archbishop's Council, which formulates policy, made its views known in a response to the Discrimination Law Review.The public consultation on the review ended on Tuesday.
Decision on Barrymore charges next week 5
4:26 PM — Gay comic Michael Barrymore will find out next week if he is to face charges over the death of a man at his Essex home six years ago.Meat factory worker Stuart Lubbock was found dead in Barrymore's swimming pool after a party in March 2001.In June 2001 Barrymore and two other men were arrested and bailed in connection with the incident.