15th August 2007
Soho’s council reaches out to gay community 1
10:39 AM — The City of Westminster council has announced new measures to ensure members of the LGBT community in the London borough are properly catered for.The council will undertake a period of consultation over the remainder of the summer, before producing a new engagement strategy in December 2007. This will include priorities for action, identified by the communities themselves.As part of this initiative, the council has also joined the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme and will also be assessed in 2008.
14th August 2007
Tories protest homophobic group’s use of London landmark 5
2:50 PM — A controversial Islamic group accused of being anti-Semitic hate mongers and condoning the murder of gay people recently held a conference at Alexandra Palace in north London, to the disgust of local Conservatives.Thousands of Hizb ut-Tahrir supporters gathered for the conference on how to realise the Khilafah - a global Islamic state.The group has been banned from public activity in countries including Germany on charges of spreading anti-Semitic propaganda.
Greens enter debate about 2011 census 5
12:35 PM — The Green Party is petitioning the government not to allow the 2011 census to be run by an American arms manufacturer.Lockheed Martin, which produces missiles and land mines used in Afghanistan and Iraq that are illegal in many countries, is one of two remaining contractors in the selection process.80% of their business is with the US Department of Defence and other Federal Government agencies.
Birmingham HIV+ rapist imprisoned
12:15 PM — A judge at Birmingham Crown Court has given two men convicted of robbing and then raping their male victim indeterminate sentences.Daniel Myers, 20, of Barry Jackson Tower in Aston, was found guilty alongside Nikos Johnson, 26, of Rawling Street, Ladywood, of one charge of robbery and two of rape.The Birmingham Post reported that during the trial Myers revealed under cross-examination that he is HIV+.
Increase in eating disorders among men 3
11:39 AM — New research from the Department of Health has found that over the past three years there has been a 90% increase in the number of men reported with eating disorders.Over the same time, there was a 25% increase amongst women. There are now thought to be at least 1.1 million people in the UK who are affected by an eating disorder.People in the age group of 14-25 are most likely to develop this type of illness.
13th August 2007
Vauxhall attempts to deal with drugs ignorance 1
5:40 PM — Drug Idle, an evening dedicated to tackling the concerns of drug use within elements of London's gay community, is to be held later this month.It will specifically discuss the use of dangerous "party" drugs such as GHB.Area nightclub, on Albert Embankment in Vauxhall's gay village, will host the event, billed as, "a free evening of fun and frolics but with a serious side to inform and educate."
Catholic church cannot sack gay headteacher 2
5:05 PM — Legal advice given to the Roman Catholic Church has made it clear that they cannot dismiss a primary school headteacher who has entered into a civil partnership.The Daily Telegraph reports that Charles Coyne, headteacher of a church school in Liverpool, last year was legally partnered with a fellow teacher at a nearby school.Some parishoners in the local area have reacted badly, and wanted action taken against him.
C of E Bishop to attend LGBT health conference
2:35 PM — The Anglican Bishop of Manchester will be among the speakers at unique conference in the city next week.Final preparations for this year's annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Health Summit are being made for the two-day event which takes place at Manchester Town Hall over the 20th and 21st August.The summit, presented with the theme Choices, Voices, Knowledge and Power, will host 16 workshops.
Music group buys into G-A-Y bars 1
2:15 PM — The MAMA group, owners of the Barfly music venue chain and the management company of top British bands such as the Kaiser Chiefs, has purchased a major stake in the G-A-Y bars.Reuters reports that MAMA now own 75% of the shares in Manto Soho Limited (MSL), a company which operates the G-A-Y bar and G-A-Y Late club in London.Jeremy Joseph retains ownership of the G-A-Y brand and will continue to host live acts and other nights at London's Astoria.
10th August 2007
The night Peter Tatchell partied with the Cheeky Girls 1
11:24 AM — Last month's launch party for Bouga Cocktail Lounge in London's Crouch End was a glittering celebrity charity bash for a rather surprising cause - grass-roots activist Peter Tatchell's Human Rights Fund (PTHRF).Transylvanian pop duo, The Cheeky Girls, Big Brother loudmouth Shabnam, glamour model Cassie Sumner and Keith Levene, a founding member of legendary punk rock band The Clash, were among some 200 guests who partied at the Moroccan restaurant in aid of the charity on July 23rd.
Homophobia in football gets a red card 1
10:35 AM — Tomorrow sees the start of a new football season and for the first time homophobic abuse is against the rules in every Premier League and Football League club.As part of The Football Association's commitment to tackling homophobic abuse at all levels of the game, the decision to amend the ground regulations was approved after consultation with the Premier League and Football League in the early part of last season.
9th August 2007
Bears meet gorillas at London Zoo’s gay day
5:54 PM — London Zoo will host its third annual Gay Sunday on September 16th.The event, now in its third year, is an opportunity for LGBT people to spend a leisurely day exploring the unique environment at the Zoo in Regent's Park.Gay Sunday is the brainchild of the Head of Communications at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Simon Rayner."It is a great day out and a chance for us to broaden our reach and make people aware of the work we do here," he told PinkNews.co.uk
Wales’ new gay rights champion
4:46 PM — The lesbian, gay and bisexual organisation Stonewall Cymru has appointed a new Director.Liz Morgan will take the lead in promoting LGB equality across Wales.She has extensive knowledge of equality and diversity and joins Stonewall Cymru from Cardiff Council, where she was Diversity Officer for Adult Services and previously HR Lead Advisor for Equalities.Liz has also served for six months as Acting Director of Stonewall Cymru.
London’s festival of Black Pride announced
3:25 PM — Outburst UK has revealed details of a Black Pride Festival to take place in London later this month.The official launch party will take place on Saturday 25th August at the Renaissance Rooms in Vauxhall, starting at midday.There will be 16 performers at the event, including X Factor finalist Rowetta Satchell. Other highlights include a fashion show, DJs and the chance to win a trip to Jamaica.
LGBT rights activist claims Jesus was gay 20
1:12 PM — A leading campaigner for gay equality in Northern Ireland has hit back at criticism of a placard carried at last weekend's Belfast Pride by stating he is convinced Jesus was a gay man.Belfast City councillor Christopher Staltford led calls for restrictions on future gay parades, claiming he was offended by a placard reading "Jesus is a fag."In a discussion on BBC Radio Ulster P A MacLochlainn responded that in his view the details of Jesus' life as presented in the Bible led him to conclude that he was a homosexual.
Paisley attacked over gay rights law
11:30 AM — The First Minister of Northern Ireland, Ian Paisley, is under pressure from a Unionist MEP to repeal legislation protecting gay people in the province from discrimination.The Sexual Orientation Regulations, which were imposed by then-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Hain before self-government resumed, outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services.Their introduction was extremely controversial.
8th August 2007
AIDS charity and magazine close 1
6:15 PM — UK Coalition of People Living with HIV and AIDS (UKC) has ceased operations.The charity was founded in 1993 as a national patient group charity run by and for people living with HIV.UKC's magazine, Positive Nation, has ceased publication in May after 133 issues.The coalition and the magazine were praised for the meaningful way in which they engaged with people with HIV.
Floods force Gloucester Pride to cancel march
5:18 PM — Major changes have been made to Gloucester Pride due to the devastation caused by the recent floods.The event, due to take place on Saturday, will still go ahead but will be significantly scaled down.The floods have been the worst experienced in Britain for over 50 years and are estimated to have caused more than £2 billion worth of damage.
Police report C4 over Muslim homophobia documentary 2
4:35 PM — Broadcaster Channel 4 has hit back at allegations from West Midlands police that they distorted the truth in documentary that showed Muslim preachers calling for homosexuals to be killed.The Dispatches programme, broadcast on January, showed undercover footage of preacher Abu Usamah calling for gay people to be executed."If I were to call homosexuals perverted, dirty, filthy dogs who should be murdered, that's my freedom of speech, isn't it?" he told followers.
Play your part in London’s gay arts festival
12:28 PM — Organisers of Pride London have already started preparing for next year's Arts Festival, following the overwhelming success of the events this year.The Arts Festival has become a key part of Pride London, which promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender culture and understanding.Pride London is now looking for people to help shape the 2008 festival, including programmers, fundraisers, publicity experts and steering committee members.