31st January 2007
See Rufus Wainwright’s Judy tribute live in London
9:59 AM — Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright's London appearances at the London Palladium next month sold out within hours last November.Now AIDS charity Crusaid are offering the last available tickets in an extraordinary package, including the best seats in the house, Marc Jacobs t-shirts and limited edition signed Rufus Wainwright posters. The exclusive £175 tickets also include access to the exclusive after show party, at the Cinderella Bar.
30th January 2007
Tony Blair’s fundraiser arrested again
6:47 PM — One of the Prime Minister's closest allies has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.Lord Levy, who is Mr Blair's special envoy to the Middle East, was first arrested last July and released on bail in connection with an investigation by the Metropolitan Police into the alleged selling of peerages.
Homophobic teen gang attack Jersey couple
4:20 PM — Police on the island of Jersey have arrested three teenagers after two men were attacked by a gang in the centre of St Helier at the weekend.The men, both in their 30s, were first verbally assaulted by the mob at around midnight on Sunday night, reports the Jersey Evening Post. Around half an hour later their paths crossed that of the gang again and there was a confrontation.
The Feeling serenade Bill Gates
4:02 PM — Up and coming British band The Feeling gave a free concert in London this afternoon, after playing at the launch of Microsoft's new Vista operating system.Lead singer Dan Gillespie Sells became an alternative gay pin-up last year when he revealed in a magazine interview that he is gay.
Gay MP questions adoption compromise 10
1:15 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Lib Dem MP Stephen Williams has expressed scepticism about the long period of exemption from the new Sexual Orientation Regulations that the government has granted to Roman Catholic adoption agencies."I think the Prime Minister's decision is welcome."There should be no exemptions," he told PinkNews.co.uk
Cardinal fears social isolation for Catholics 5
12:16 PM — The head of the Roman Catholic church in England and Wales has spoken of his fear that the church might have to withdraw from a range of social activities.His comments follow yesterday's decision by the government that Catholic adoption agencies will not be given an exemption from rules which protect gay and lesbian people from discrimination.The Sexual Orientation Regulations will make it illegal to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation.
International Day Against Homophobia preparations kick off 2
9:45 AM — Gay campaigners and activists from around the world are gearing up for the 3rd International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) on May 17th.50 countries are now involved in the campaign to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights across the globe.
COMMENT: LGBT History Month full of surprises 3
9:45 AM — Now in its third year, the LGBT History Month starts this week. The calendar of events across the country is filling up as never before.Tony Grew explains why gay history is so important and takes us through some of the diverse range of things to do, see and enjoy in this month-long celebration of our gay past. LGBT History Month is an excellent opportunity for all of us to learn more about the histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the UK.
29th January 2007
English Cardinal disappointed at adoption decision 10
7:10 PM — Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has expressed his disappointment at the decision by the Prime Minister not to grant an exemption from anti-discrimination legislation for Roman Catholic adoption agencies.The Cardinal, who is the head of the church in England and Wales, adopted a conciliatory tone in his comments, in contrast to his assertion last week that agencies would close rather than consider gay or lesbian couples as adoptive parents.
PM defends Ruth Kelly’s position
6:45 PM — A spokesman for the Prime Minister has said Mr Blair wants to pay tribute to Ruth Kelly.The Communities Secretary, who is responsible for equality matters, has been heavily criticised by gay campaigners and some MPs for her strong religious views.Ms Kelly, a devout Catholic, has been accused of bowing to pressure from the hierarchy of the church.
LibDem spokeswoman welcomes PM’s adoption stance 10
5:27 PM — Politicians have spoken to PinkNews.co.uk of their delight at Tony Blair's decision to not grant an exemption from anti-discrimination laws to Catholic adoption agencies.Lorely Burt MP, the LibDem spokeswoman on equality, told PinkNews.co.uk:"Tony Blair's statement is welcome news.
Tories make no comment on adoption, LibDem furious
5:15 PM — A spokeswoman for Conservative Central Office has said the party has no statement to make about Tony Blair's announcement that Roman Catholic adoption agencies will not be exempted from anti-discrimination legislation.Meanwhile a LibDem MP who tabled an Early Day Motion calling on the government to exempt the Catholic Church has branded Tony Blair a coward.
Stonewall delighted by adoption decision 10
5:05 PM — The chief executive of Stonewall has warmly welcomed the statement from Tony Blair that Roman Catholic-run adoption agencies will not be granted an exemption to the Sexual Orientation Regulations.Ben Summerskill also questioned the claim by the church that their agencies are superior to state-run adoption facilities."We are delighted that the cabinet has listened carefully to what we have been saying."
Official – no Catholic adoption opt-out 10
4:31 PM — The Prime Minister has announced that the government will not be granting an opt-out for Catholic adoption agencies from the Sexual Orientation Regulations.Instead, the regulations regarding adoption will come into force at the end of 2008.This means that Roman Catholic-run adoption agencies will have nearly two years to adjust to the new rules.
DNA evidence casts doubt on gay murder conviction
3:51 PM — A man from Davenport who was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a gay pensioner could be freed in the light of new evidence.Robert Kennedy was found guilty of murdering Arthur Eathorne, a 74-year-old gay pensioner, at his Plymouth flat on September 21, 1990.Kennedy has spent the last 16 years at Garth prison in Preston, but has always maintained his innocence.
Report reveals extent of anti-gay taunts in schools
12:13 PM — Research by the National Union of Teachers has revealed that the vast majority of their members hear the word gay used pejoratively on a regular basis.Many felt that sexist and homophobic language was institutionally tolerated.The study also revealed the high levels of sexist language being used in schools and that many female teachers are sexually harassed by pupils.
Tory leader rejects Catholic adoption exemption
9:22 AM — David Cameron has said there can be no opt-out for Roman Catholic-run adoption agencies from the Sexual Orientation Regulations.The Conservative party leader said there should be an adjustment period of three to four years for adoption agencies to allow them to adjust to the new rules, which outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services.
26th January 2007
Lib Dem MP calls for adoption opt-out 8
6:07 PM — A Roman Catholic Liberal Democrat MP has tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons calling on the government to exclude Catholic adoption agencies from the Equality Act.Richard Younger-Ross' motion has been signed by only six other MPs.The Liberal Democrats have been very critical of the proposed opt-outs for Catholic adoption agencies.
Jewish adoption agency open to gays 3
4:47 PM — The only registered Jewish adoption and fostering agency in England has told PinkNews.co.uk that they are not seeking an exemption from the Sexual Orientation Regulations.Norma Brier, who is chief executive of the agency, Norwood, confirmed that they will comply with the regulations, which are designed to protect gay lesbian and bisexual people from discrimination when accessing goods and services.
Ruth resignation rumours rubbished 3
2:10 PM — A spokesman for Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly has dismissed rumours that she on the brink of resigning from the Cabinet.Ms Kelly has been the focus of much of the criticism the goverment has faced after it was revealed that they are considering granting exemptions to anti-discrimination legislation to Roman Catholic adoption agencies.