25th October 2007
EXCLUSIVE: “Ethical” bank snubs civil partnerships 96
1:50 PM — The Co-Operative Bank is among several financial services providers who have failed to add the option of Civil Partner to their application forms a PinkNews.co.uk investigation has revealed.Joe and Neville Temple, who have lived together for 42 years, recently tried to persuade Smile, an offshoot of the Co-op Bank, to add an option for the legal status of Civil Partner to its application forms.Over a period of months they received several messages from Smile promising that they were looking into it and would make changes to their system soon.
Comment: Russell T and the fortysomethings
10:45 AM — "You said I must eat so many lemons, 'cause I am so bitter."This lyric by singer Kate Nash certainly applies to the way some gay men react when discovering their friend, shag-buddy or drinking companion is dating.The gay community is often referred as fickle, sexually motivated and afraid of commitment.Yet civil partnerships are easing the problems faced by gay couples to be accepted in society at large.
24th October 2007
MPs hear evidence on homophobic incitement law
6:00 PM — The House of Commons Public Bill Committee on the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill heard from both sides of the debate surrounding government proposals to introduce a new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation last week..Representatives of gay equality organisation Stonewall, the Police Federation, Liberty and the Evangelical Alliance gave evidence before MPs.The alliance describe themselves on their website as "one of the most powerful groups of Christians in the UK."
Home Office loses gay Algerian deportation case 3
3:20 PM — The High Court in London has overturned an order that a gay man from Algeria seeking asylum in the UK should be deported.The Home Office had argued the 27-year-old man, referred to as B, would be safe from persecution as long as he was "discreet" about his homosexuality.However Mr Justice Collins disagreed, saying that B, who has been fighting to remain in the UK since 1996, was at risk of persecution.
Harvie slams Scottish parties over election fiasco 1
11:14 AM — A leading Green politician in Scotland has said that the voters were "left out in the cold" in May's Parliamentary and council elections as a new report has heavily criticised the four main parties.Patrick Harvie MSP, who is bisexual, said that the conclusions are taken on board by the political parties and ministers in London and Edinburgh.Changes to ballot papers had caused confusion and 140,000 Scots voters were disenfranchised when their papers were declared invalid.
Campaign to clear councillor convicted of paedophile slur 130
10:44 AM — Friends and political colleagues of a London councillor convicted of making false allegations of paedophilia against her gay opponent have set up a campaign to support her appeal.Miranda Grell was barred from public office for three years and fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 costs by Waltham Forest Magistrates Court last month.She won a formerly safe Lib Dem seat on Waltham Forest council in last May's elections.
Foster couple quit over refusal to “promote” being gay 6
10:01 AM — A Christian foster couple have had an 11-year-old boy removed from their care for refusing to condone homosexuality.The Daily Mail claims that Vincent Matherick, 65, and wife Pauline, 61, refused to sign a contract saying they would tell children it is "good" to be gay and take them to gay association meetings if they are curious.The couple, who have fostered 28 children through Somerset County Council, are to be struck off the list by social services.
23rd October 2007
“Brave and brilliant gay men” not news to JK Rowling 1
6:45 PM — The novelist JK Rowling has told an audience in Canada she is surprised by the amount of fuss generated by her announcement that one of the main characters in her Harry Potter series is gay.The 42-year-old, whose seven-series saga about the boy wizard has made her an estimated £545m, sent shockwaves round the world on Saturday when she told an audience of fans in New York that the headmaster of wizarding school Hogwarts was gay."It has certainly never been news to me that a brave and brilliant man could love other men," she told a news conference today.
Tories “missing the point” of gay questions for elderly 1
4:05 PM — Conservative MPs have attacked a social care authority for issuing forms to elderly care home residents which include a question about their sexual orientation.The Daily Express last week reported that thousands of the new "quality assurance" packs have been sent to every care home in England by the Commission for Social Care Inspection.An organisation that works for better services for older LGBT people told PinkNews.co.uk that the MPs have missed the point and are in denial that any old people could be gay.
London best for gay travellers
4:05 PM — London has been named as the best international holiday destination by American gay and lesbian travellers.In an online survey of more than 7,500 lesbian and gay travellers in the USA, more than 8% had visited London in the past 12 months, placing the city ahead of Paris and Rome - the only other European destinations to make the top 10.Tom Wright, chief executive of VisitBritain, welcomed the result.
Requiem concert to mark World AIDS Day
10:41 AM — The London Oratory School's Schola and a host of star soloists will mark World AIDS Day 2007 with a concert to raise funds and awareness.The internationally-acclaimed boy's choir will be performing the Gareth Valentine and Durufle versions of Requiem as well as the world premiere of a new commission by Colin Mawby entitled A Song of Hope. All proceeds will go to Terence Higgins Trust, the UK's leading HIV and AIDS charity, and SOS Children's Villages for children orphaned through AIDS.
Interview: The Tories, gays and education 6
12:20 AM — While many in David Cameron's Conservatives are recent converts to gay equality, including Cameron himself, there are a few who spoke out long before it was fashionable.The Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Families and Schools, Michael Gove, was urging the party to break with the past long before he took his place in the House of Commons.Elected in 2005 to represent the true-blue constituency of Surrey Heath, Gove is a clever, articulate Scot, a former Times journalist and an archetypal new Tory.
22nd October 2007
Queer as Folk creator to write new gay drama 4
8:50 PM — Russell T Davies, the creator of Queer as Folk, is developing a new BBC drama series about forty-something gay men, it was confirmed today.Mr Davies is understood to be currently developing script ideas for the as yet unnamed series.A BBC spokeswomen told MediaGuardian that it was "too early" to say which channel might the series would air on or whether it will be produced by an independent production company.
Comment: Stop deporting gay refugees back to Iran 28
4:31 PM — Detention centres stand as monuments to Britain's attitude to human rights, incarcerating behind razor wire asylum seekers awaiting deportation.They are the last stop for those who have failed to make a successful asylum claim, a key tool in the British governments attempt to "manage migration" and hold an average 25,000 every year.Much of the debate around immigration to the UK focuses on the legitimacy of asylum claims.
Comment: When will she be Dame JK? 2
2:21 PM — The casual yet calculated announcement by Harry Potter author JK Rowling that the character of Albus Dumbledore was gay made headlines around the world.Her books are, as she put it, "a prolonged argument for tolerance," a theme not lost on her millions of gay fans.The character that embodies that tolerance above all others is Dumbledore, the wise and caring headmaster.
Ex-magistrate begins gay adoption appeal 9
1:03 PM — The Christian former magistrate who claimed unfair dismissal after he was told he could not pick and choose which adoption cases to rule on starts his appeal today.In March 62-year-old Andrew McClintock learned that his legal action against the Lord Chancellor, claiming that his Bible-influenced opinions should allow him to be excused from approving gay adoptions, was rejected by an employment tribunal.McClintock says that evidence given in his defence by a right-wing American academic, claiming that gay parents were bad for kids, was not given due consideration by the Sheffield tribunal.
Gay activists picket Saudi embassy 9
12:39 PM — Students and members of OutRage! took to the streets of London last week to protest about the treatment of gays in Saudi Arabia.Fifty people picketed the Saudi embassy after it was reported that two men had been sentenced to 7,000 lashes for "sodomy."The London protest was organised by the National Union of Students(NUS) LGBT campaign and supported by OutRage! It came just over a week ahead of the state visit to the UK of the Saudi head of state King Abdullah bin Abdul Azaz al Saud.
THT promotes use of post exposure treatment
11:45 AM — HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is re-launching its PEP campaign today, this time urging gay men to "Act Fast" with PEP (post exposure prophylaxsis).PEP is a month long course of HIV treatment that may prevent HIV infection after the virus has entered the body.The faster it is taken after someone has put themselves at risk, the more likely it will work.
21st October 2007
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