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  • 29th March 2007

    Homophobia allegations at employment tribunal

    Mr Cohen will not be giving evidence at the tribunal, which he says is a dispute between PITO and Mr Jackson.

    11:22 AM — An employment tribunal heard allegations yesterday that the brother of former MP Edwina Currie used anti-gay language in the workplace.Former policeman Mike Jackson is taking the Police Information Technology Organisation (PITO) to the tribunal.Giving evidence, Mr Jackson, 57, said that while working as a manager at PITO in London he was exposed to sexist, racist and homophobic behaviour on a regular basis.

  • 18-year-old revealed trans experience in TV documentary 9

    Lucy, 18, explained the common truamatic experience that many trans people feel when they reach puberty. photo: BBC

    11:01 AM — One of the UK's youngest transsexuals has appeared in a documentary to explain to a wider audience the reality of her experiences.Lucy Parker featured in the BBC3 programme Lucy: Britain's Youngest Teen Transsexual last Sunday. The documentary was part of the channel's Body Image series.Lucy spoke frankly about her unhappiness and depression as Richard Parker, her birth identity.

  • Cardinal questions loyalty of Catholic church to Britain 8

    In a lecture in London, the Cardinal said that Roman Catholics and other Christians and faith groups were going to demand their rights.

    10:30 AM — The head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has claimed that religion is under attack in this country.In his strongest condemnation yet of legislation designed to protect gay, lesbian and bisexual people from discrimination, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor last night became the first Catholic leader in nearly 200 years to question whether the policy of the government is at odds with practising the Roman faith.

  • 28th March 2007

    Scottish Christian Party face fines for illegal posters 10

    Scottish electoral law says no candidates may put up posters until the election has been declared, and the SCP could be fined up to £1,000 per poster.

    5:54 PM — A minority party standing in the Scottish elections could face huge fines for illegally displaying election posters.On Friday areas of Glasgow were festooned with the distinctive purple notices of the Scottish Christian Party.The party - slogan Proclaiming Christ's Lordship - is funded by born-again Christian Rev George Hargreaves.

  • Shirley Bassey dresses to be auctioned for gay kids 1

    From rare Chanel and Christian LaCroix dresses to a signed jewellery case, the 70-year-old singer has more than enough to give away.

    4:30 PM — The flamboyant wardrobe of Dame Shirley Bassey will be auctioned off this Friday by Barnados to raise money for young LGBT people.From rare Chanel and Christian LaCroix dresses to a signed jewellery case, the 70-year-old singer has more than enough to give away.The event, called "Hey Big Spender," will be hosted at Café de Paris in London's Leicester Square

  • Anglican university backs down on gay weddings

    The university is a teacher training college for the Church of England, and its Chancellor is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.  photo: jay galvin@flickr

    3:41 PM — Canterbury Christ Church University has decided not to ban gay weddings on its grounds.The university is a teacher training college for the Church of England, and its Chancellor is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.It has a licence for marriages and civil partnerships to take place at its Tunbridge Wells and Canterbury premises.

  • Day against homophobia gets support up North

    One minute noise events are also planned Londonderry, Northampton and Brighton.

    12:03 PM — The north of England will be the most active part of the country during the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), event organisers say.A Manchester initiative to end homophobia through education is coinciding the launch of its third newsletter with IDAHO.The three-year programme, "Exceeding Expectations," aims to reach 12,000 adults working in secondary schools.

  • NUS take online action on university bullying 1

    Research suggested that most anti-bullying initiatives bypassed colleges and universities across the country.

    11:44 AM — Students who experience homophobic bullying at college or university will now have the support of an online action pack.The project, which is a collaboration between the National Union of Students (NUS) and the Royal Bank of Scotland, went live yesterday.

  • Gay Humanist retires after 25 years activism

    Mr Broadhead co-founded GALHA in 1979.

    11:32 AM — Veteran gay activist George Broadhead has resigned as secretary of the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) after 25 years service.Mr Broadhead co-founded GALHA in 1979 and took on the role of itsadministrative secretary and principle spokesperson two years later.He had previously been involved with the Campaign for Homosexual Equality.

  • Stephen Fry opens up about school sexual assault 1

    According to sources close to the programme, Fry denies that the event had lasting consequences for his mental health.

    11:25 AM — TV personality Stephen Fry has revealed that he was sexually assaulted by another pupil while at school.Appearing on the new More 4 programme Shrink Rap, Fry said that an encounter with a sixth former during his first year of boarding school led to the assault.The programme, broadcast next week, is presented by psychotherapist Pamela Stephenson, wife of comedian Billy Connolly.

  • Pansies project memorial to gay murder 1

    David Morley, nicknamed Sinders, was a 44-year old barman who survived the 1999 nail bombing on the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho.

    10:59 AM — On London's South Bank under the shadow of Waterloo Bridge and the Royal Festival Hall, a determined man repeatedly plants beds of pansies.A thoughtful touch, you might think. It is one made even more poignant by the fact that the man is artist Paul Harfleet, and the pansies he plants commemorate the murder of David Morley.The Pansy Project is an installation of 3,000 flowers.

  • 27th March 2007

    Schools activist: bullying recommendations not good enough

    Sue Sanders (R) with Sir Ian McKellen and rapper Mz Fontaine at the launch of LGBT History Month in February.

    5:20 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive A gay rights activist who has been working for LGBT equality in education since 1974 has said that defeating homophobic bullying in schools will not be achieved by the recommendations of today's report from MPs.Sue Sanders, who is co-founder of Schools OUT, told PinkNews.co.uk that while she welcomed the focus on harassment in schools, without changes to the entire culture of education little would be achieved.

  • Gay groups welcome bullying report 2

    Stonewall has been campaigning on homophobic bullying for several years through their Education for All campaign.

    1:12 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has welcomed the report by a committee of MPs on bullying in schools.The report highlights the prevalence of homophobic bullying and the lack of specific policies to protect LGBT pupils.MPs also highlighted the way in which children who are the victims of bullying are sometimes encouraged to stay at home or even leave the school.

  • MPs say Catholic schools fail to tackle gay bullying 2

    The Department for Education and Skills will now formally respond to the recommendations of the report.

    12:01 PM — A committee of MPs has attacked Roman Catholic church-run schools for refusing to implement government guidelines on setting up anti-homophobic bullying policies.The investigation into all bullying in schools was instigated by Liberal Democrat MP and education spokesman Stephen Williams."Bullying is a matter of child welfare, not one of theology," Mr Williams told PinkNews.co.uk

  • 26th March 2007

    UK gay men flout anti-surrogacy laws 2

    So far, around three-quarters of couples have opted for male babies.

    1:25 PM — Dozens of gay men are turning to an American IVF programme for two-father families to get around British laws that prevent surrogacy.As reported by PinkNews.co.uk earlier this month, The Fertility Institute, a clinic in Los Angeles, has started running a programme where male couples pay for eggs from a university student to be implanted in another woman, often from a working-class background, who carries the child.

  • Kids charity finds out Graham’s childhood dream

    The Children's Society is a national children's charity working with over 50,000 children and teenagers every year, in 90 towns and cities.

    12:52 PM — It seems he didn't always want to be a TV star.This picture from The Children's Society reveals that the young Graham Norton wanted to be a zoo keeper.Graham gets up and personal with a giraffe at London Zoo as part of a unique photographic exhibition that sneaks a peek for the first time ever into the childhood dreams 20 famous celebrities.

  • Gala dinner and awards for LGBT black community

    The clubs that have been nominated are Blessence, Bootylicious, Chocolate Lounge, Club Caribana, Fruit Machine, and Queer Nation.

    11:59 AM — A ceremony will be held next month to honour those that have made a difference in the lives of black LGBT people in the UK.The event, organised by the Black Gay Men's Advisory Group, will take place on 7th April. It will be hosted by Cyril Nri from This Life and The Bill. Awards will be given for advocacy, health promotion, communications, community development, arts and club of the year.

  • Ruth Kelly loses privacy case

    Ms Kelly complained to the Press Complaints Commission, saying her son's privacy had been breached.

    11:37 AM — The cabinet minister responsible for gay rights has had a complaint about the Daily Mirror's coverage of her child's education rejected.Ruth Kelly, the Communities Secretary, decided to send one of her sons to a private school because he has learning difficulties.The 38-year-old, who has four children, was heavily criticised for the decision.

  • MPs to demand action on bullying in schools 2

    Mr Williams, the MP for Bristol West and an out gay man, has consistently brought attention to homophobic bullying in schools since being elected to Parliament in 2005.

    11:10 AM — The House of Commons education and skills committee will publish a report tomorrow about the extent of bullying in schools.Lib Dem MP and committee member Stephen Williams suggested they investigate victimisation of children based on race, sexuality or other factors."I hope this investigation will make a difference to the welfare of kids up and down Britain," he told PinkNews.co.uk

  • 23rd March 2007

    Comment: A book to enrage gay men – and straight women 2

    Behind Every Great Woman  is incredibly sexist. Singleton rants against men who “call you baby on the first date“, i.e. disrespect and patronise women.

    5:57 PM — Behind Every Great Woman There's A Fabulous Gay Man, the title of Dave Singleton's latest self-help tome declares.Is there? Rachel Charman, herself a great woman, took the book home for a little light reading. She was not happy.There is a paradox between the title of this book and the text; namely, that Singleton's presentation of straight women shows them to be weak, needy, irrational and pathetic.

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