22nd June 2007
Gays pitch their tent at Glastonbury 1
4:50 PM — NYC Downlow makes its debut at the one of the UK's largest music festival today, bringing some gay sensibility to the muddy fields of Somerset.The gay-subculture tent will be a haven in a sea of heteros over the weekend, and organisers say they want to recreate the look and feel of a 1970s Manhattan gay bar.No-one will be admitted without a moustache, though fake ones can be purchased at the door.
Paisley refuses to apologise for gay remarks 27
3:00 PM — A junior minister in the government of Northern Ireland has stood by his comments that gay people are repulsive.Ian Paisley Jnr rejected calls for him to apologise. He is a junior minister in the Northern Ireland Executive, headed by his father Rev Ian Paisley."What is done is done, I've said those comments why should I try and hide what I've done," Mr Paisley told the local politics programme Let's Talk last night.
21st June 2007
Army bans soldiers in uniform from London Pride 12
4:44 PM — A split has emerged in the Armed Forces over the issue of London's Pride march on the 30th June.The Chief of the General Staff has issued orders banning LGB Army staff from marching in unifom at the event or from wearing anything that would identify their Army role.General Sir Richard Dannatt's decision has caused controversy at the Ministry of Defence and among the gay community.
Pride celebration a first for Doncaster
4:20 PM — The Yorkshire town of Doncaster is preparing to host its first Gay/Trans Pride event with a spectacular and colourful festival to be held in the Market Place on Sunday 19th August from 12noon."Pride events are non-political, non-campaigning events designed to be a festival of fun and celebration for the LGBT community and supporters."The events provide the community with an opportunity to be highly visible and this is a first for South Yorkshire," said organisers.
Sugar Rush author retires from journalism
4:00 PM — Julie Burchill, one of the UK's best known newspaper columnist, has announced she is to retire from journalism.She revealed that the success the TV adaptation of her novel, Sugar Rush, has led to increased offers of TV work and that she feels thirty years is, "way enough, for me and for my public."Burchill started her career at NME aged 17, and went on to write for The Guardian and The Times.
Mayor defends rejection of gay councillor 3
1:00 PM — Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has rejected criticism of his decision to reject nine men for appointment to the London Fire Authority because they are all white.One of the men, gay Haringey borough councillor Ed Butcher was selected as the Lib Dem nominee following an election amongst all London Lib Dem councillors in May 2006.However the mayor took steps to refuse to appoint nine representatives on the grounds that they were unrepresentative.
Asia Pacific Outgames launched in Australia
12:24 PM — Every year the number of gay sporting events seems to grow and as a precursor to the 2009 Outgames in Copenhagen, Melbourne, Australia will be hosting the inaugural Asia Pacific Outgames in 2008.In cooperation with the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association, Melbourne Outgames has begun creating a sporting event, which will coincide with the annual Midsumma Festival.The festival is Melbourne's premier gay and lesbian cultural and arts event.
20th June 2007
Firefighters are the Pride of Scotland
5:59 PM — Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue service, are going all out at the Pride Scotia event in Edinburgh, this Saturday, 23 June.The service are a key Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion, promoting fair treatment in the workplace for LGB staff.As well setting up a recruitment stand at the festival, which takes place in Pilrig Park, firefighters from local Macdonald Road Fire Station will be carrying out dramatic car accident rescue demonstrations.
Deep-rooted homophobia plagues the NHS 1
5:29 PM — The Royal College of Nursing has backed calls for 'explicit and proactive' training in the NHS to combat LGB prejudice.Nurses and other health workers need to be educated about their rights and managers need to send out the message that homophobia is unacceptable are other recommendations from a report by Stonewall.The gay equality organisation presented Being the Gay One: Experiences of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People Working in the Health and Social Care Sector this week.
Rise in domestic abuse among gay couples reported 2
3:55 PM — Leading doctors in the UK have warned of an epidemic of domestic abuse across the country.29% of gay men and 22% of lesbians have been victims. A report from the BMA revealed that a third of women first suffered abuse at home while pregnant.The study found that three-quarters of a million children are repeatedly exposed to domestic abuse, but doctors claim that the figures are underestimated because of a lack of reporting.
Tories deny their MPs are anti-gay 8
3:30 PM — The Conservative party has attacked a poll by Populus that found over half of Tory MPs do not think gay people should be entitled to equal rights.Populus spoke to 128 MPs overall, 39 of whom were Tories.54% of the Conservatives did not think that gay people should have equal rights with heterosexual people.
Death of 82-year-old MP means a test for Brown
1:46 PM — Tributes have been paid to the oldest MP in the House of Commons who has died in a London hospital.Piara Khabra had been the Labour MP for Ealing Southall since 1992. The seat, in west London, is solidly Labour. At the 2005 election Mr Khabra had a majority of 11,440.His death means a by election will be held weeks into the new Gordon Brown administration.
19th June 2007
Government rejects compulsory recording of homophobic bullying 5
4:51 PM — The Department for Education and Skills has rejected a call from MPs to make all schools record bullying incidents.At present only racist incidents must be recorded.The House of Commons Select Committee also called for more action on bullying focused at children with special educational needs and cyber-bullying.
Exclusive: Gordon Brown will answer gay questions 1
4:30 PM — Do you have a question for the next Prime Minister? Gordon Brown will take office on 27th June, and he has agreed to answer questions submitted by our readers.If you have a question for the Chancellor, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and mark your email 'Gordon.'Many thanks to readers who sent in questions. Look out for Mr Brown's answers here on PinkNews.co.uk
Statue of gay war hero unveiled 4
3:50 PM — Today at Bletchley Park a statue of Alan Turing, will be unveiled.Turing was the inspirational mathematician at the heart of Bletchley Park's codebreaking successes during World War II.Before he died in January 2006, the late Mr Sidney E Frank, an American billionaire, commissioned the internationally renowned sculptor Mr Stephen Kettle to create a statue in memory of Alan Turing.
Majority of Tory MPs reject gay rights 2
2:30 PM — A survey of attitudes of MPs has found that many Conservative members have a markedly different social outlook from leader David Cameron.The poll, carried out by Populus, spoke to 128 MPs overall, 39 of whom were Tories.54% of the Conservatives did not think that gay people should have equal rights with heterosexual people.
Gay councillor rejected for Fire role 2
1:55 PM — The Mayor of London has rejected nine men for appointment to the London Fire Authority because they are all white.Ken Livingstone says he wants the authority to accurately reflect London's racial makeup and the appointments, "failed to tackle the under-representation of women and black, Asian and ethnic minority Londoners."The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) is responsible for the London Fire Brigade.
Australian politicians unite to vote against gay rights
1:34 PM — A motion in the Australian Senate to grant single people and same-sex couples access to fertility treatment has been defeated by a coalition of left and right.The opposition Labour party voted with John Howard's government to defeat the measure proposed by Green Senator Kerry Nettle by 51 votes to eight.She wanted the federal government to work with the states and territories to give IVF and adoption rights to all people.
Churches try to overturn gay discrimination laws 1
1:23 PM — The High Court in Belfast has reserved judgement on a legal challenge to new laws protecting gay people from discrimination.A coalition of Christian groups had been granted permission to seek a judicial review regarding new gay equality laws in Northern Ireland.After six days, Mr Justice Weatherup said it would take him 'some time' to come to a judgement.
Feature: The dark heart of the deep South
1:05 PM — After three years away from the West End, Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer is back in London, performed by the capital's oldest amateur theatre group.The Tower Theatre group, who also recently revived Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy, will be putting on the play which was made famous by Elizabeth Taylor and Katherine Hepburn in the 1959 film.The story of Suddenly Last Summer would be familiar to any fans of A Streetcar Named Desire, debatably Williams' most famous play.