30th May 2007
CPS to consider charges over homophobic sign
10:30 AM — Police have sent a file to the Crown Prosecution Service after investigating a homophobic sign that was put up outside a Wiltshire pub.The new landlord of the Anchor and Hope in Trowbridge was questioned over the sign, which appeared three weeks ago promoting the pub's reopening.The pub's former landlords John Williams, and his 26-year-old partner Lee, believe the sign, which read 'faggots and mince not on the menu', refers to them and have made a formal complaint to police.
British police to monitor Riga Pride
10:17 AM — Politicians from EU member states are attending Friendship Days this year to express their support for the LGBT community in Riga.The Friendship Days will champion all human rights, but especially the right of assembly and free speech in the Latvian capital.Detective Sergeant Sharon Stratton and Detective Constable Anthony Forsyth from London's Metropolitan Police will be monitoring the Friendship Days events.
29th May 2007
Go to Barcelona and fight homophobic bullies
4:55 PM — Gay rights organisation Stonewall is inviting gay people and their friends to an event that is certain to put the fun back into fundraising.The Barcelona Equality Walk, from July 13th to 15th, is a weekend full of sightseeing, meeting new people and raising money for Stonewall's vital work fighting homophobia in schools.Last year's walk in Barcelona raised over £20,000 and Stonewall hope that this year's event will be as popular.
Pride London main acts announced 57
4:55 PM — Pride London has announced the acts that will be performing on the main stage in Trafalgar Square.The event, which takes place on June 30, will take place after the parade and will start at 2pm.Headlining is Darren Hayes, formerly of Savage Garden. Pride London patron Mz Fontaine will follow, along with QBoy, who recently toured America.
Bisexual side of Dietrich show 57
4:55 PM — Marlene Dietrich, the smoky-voiced icon of the silver screen is being reclaimed by the gay community.A new show about her life will focus on her atheism and lesbian exploits, and also feature cabaret.Terry Sanderson, organiser and gay rights activist, said: "Marlene has always had a big attraction for the gay community."
UK Pride events will feature legal advice stalls
4:50 PM — The Citizens Advice service will have stalls at Prides in London, Cardiff, Brighton and Manchester this year.They will be focusing on the Sexual Orientation Regulations, which now make it illegal to refuse goods and services on the basis of a person's sexual orientation.There will also be awareness-raising information on how civil partnerships can affect most benefits and on the regulations on discrimination and equality in employment law.
Carer forced to leave job because of homophobic abuse claims 57
3:23 PM — A carer at an old people's home said yesterday that he was forced to leave his job because he was gay.Kevin Reid, 43, told an employment tribunal that he was accused of performing an indecent act in front of patients, touching patients inappropriately and not wearing gloves while bathing patients.He was suspended over the allegations, then cleared by the home bosses and offered his job back.
Gay couple guilty of setting fire to club 57
1:34 PM — A gay couple have been found guilty of torching a club with more than 50 people still inside.Stephen Bingham, 40, set fire to the Switch Spot in Newcastle an hour after he was removed from the club for punching the owner.Bingham was jailed for four and a half years. He told door staff that they should clear the club because he would torch it.
28th May 2007
Mayor of London writes to Moscow mayor to support Tatchell 61
2:12 PM — Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London has written to Yuri Luzhkov, the Mayor of Moscow to call for an end to the official ban on gay pride marches. He also expresses his solidarity with Peter Tatchell who was violently assaulted and then arrested at yesterday's march."I am writing to convey my deep concern at the reported physical violence against, and arrest of, Peter Tatchell, a Parliamentary candidate for the Green Party in Britain, and other supporters of lesbian and gay rights."
25th May 2007
Gay MPs unite to condemn Pride ban
3:13 PM — Gay MPs from the three main political parties have written to the Mayor of Moscow to protest at the banning of this year's Pride march.Chris Bryant, Labour Member of Parliament for the Rhondda, has sent a joint letter with Conservative Nick Herbert and Liberal Democrat Stephen Williams calling on the mayor to repeal the ban on the Pride event, which is due to take place this weekend.
Gender reassignment doctor still allowed to practice 57
3:13 PM — The UK's leading gender identity psychiatrist has had charges of serious professional misconduct against him upheld.The General Medical Council found 63-year-old consultant Dr. Russell Reid guilty, but chose not to bar him from the medical profession.The GMC disciplinary panel declared on Monday that Reid had rushed transsexual patients into treatment inappropriately.
New Brighton gay newspaper unveiled
2:29 PM — A new gay newspaper for Brighton and Hove is launching today.The twice-monthly title one80news will offer news and information about events in the city as well as reviews and entertainment.It is from the same team that produces the monthly 3SIXTY magazine"We want to bolster our ability to report on Brighton and Hove stories in a much more localised way," says managing editor David Harvey.
Kirk still unclear on gay couples 57
2:29 PM — The Church of Scotland report on homosexuality was discussed in the Church General Assembly on Wednesday.The aim of the meeting was to reach a consensus within the Church on attitudes to gay Christians.The 800 members of the Assembly met in Edinburgh to watch video clips from the report's working party.
Stonewall launches guide to new gay protections 57
2:29 PM — Stonewall today launched a guide to the new goods and services protections for LGB people.Sponsored by Lloyds TSB, the gay equality organisation has published 300,000 postcard-sized 'image-heavy text-light' guides.The 12-page booklets advise lesbian, gay and bisexual people that "If something is offered, you can have it, whatever the colour of your money."
Birmingham ready for Pride 2007 57
11:27 AM — Birmingham organisers are preparing for Pride celebrations this weekend.Kicking off the weekend is XXL Bear Pride Birmingham, the only Bear Pride event in the Midlands. The night at Club DV8 features a set from XXL resident DJ Christian M, as well as free CD giveaways and other surprises on the night.On Saturday, the Pride warm-up will begin. The Pride Community Village will boast outside bars and catering.
History event to mark decriminalisation of homosexuality 57
11:27 AM — The House of Homosexual Culture will host a twentieth-century history event this weekend.57/67 celebrates and examines the publication of the Wolfenden Report in 1957, and the passing of the Sexual Offences Act ten years later.Historians, authors and members of the public will come together to discuss the effects of the two events on LGBT people both then and now.
Channel 4 drama celebrates gay rights turning point 57
11:27 AM — A dramatisation of the trial of Lord Edward Montagu and Peter Wildeblood on Channel 4 will mark the passing of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act.The 90-minute drama entitled The Last Gay Trial is being made by Blast Films and features Orlando Wells, last seen in the West End's The History Boys , as Montagu, and Martin Hutson as Wildeblood. The programme also stars former Emmerdale actor Karl Davies.
Study of employment tribunals reveals emotional cost 3
11:27 AM — The first study of the impact of the employment equality regulations, which grant protection for LGB people in the workplace, has found that many employees who go to a tribunal suffer financially and emotionally.The regulations on sexual orientation and religion or belief were introduced in 2003.Employees who have tried to resolve disputes over discrimination under new equality regulations have ended up facing demotion.
24th May 2007
Dawn Airey to join ITV
4:30 PM — One of the most prominent gay executives in British television is to take up a new role at troubled terrestrial broadcaster ITV.From October Dawn Airey will take charge of in-house production.Ms Airey, 46, is best known for her tenure as chief executive of Five, where she successfully helped shed the channel's "football, films and fucking" image, as she called it.
Trans mayor and mayoress take office in Cambridge
1:00 PM — A woman who has transitioned sex has been elected to the largely ceremonial role of Mayor of Cambridge. Jenny Bailey, 45, is a Liberal Democrat councillor.She chose her partner Jennifer Liddle, 49, who also underwent gender reassignment surgery, to serve as Mayoress. The couple have both served as councillors on Cambridge City Council.Ms Bailey is the first transgender mayor in the UK. She took up office today.