20th March 2007
JP Morgan tells law firms to focus on gay equality
3:25 PM — One of the world's largest financial services companies has told law firms it uses to bring their policies on gay and lesbian staff up to standard.JP Morgan has invited 15 external law firms to attend a meeting with Stonewall next month to learn about best practice towards homosexual and bisexual staff.The company's assistant general counsel and managing director Tim Hailes told The Lawyer: "The firms' commitment to this agenda will be a relevant factor."
Anti-gay propaganda from Christian activists on YouTube
2:18 PM — An offensive video created by an unnamed Christian group denouncing the new Sexual Orientation Regulations is circulating on YouTube.The footage shows a primary school teacher reading about homosexuality to a group of small children.It comes with a warning that nobody aged under 18 should view it.
Exclusive: Ming Campbell speaks to PinkNews.co.uk
12:39 PM — When PinkNews.co.uk spoke to Sir Menzies Campbell at his office in the Palace of Westminster earlier this month, the Liberal Democrat leader discussed his values and attitudes towards gay rights, and how British society has changed since the days of Ted Heath and Jeremy Thorpe. It is just over a year since Sir Menzies Campbell won the leadership of the Liberal Democrats.
Cardinal accuses Blair of abuse 2
12:03 PM — Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has accused Tony Blair of abusing Parliament by not allowing MPs more time to debate the Sexual Orientation Regulations.A proposed opt-out for Roman Catholic-run adoption services caused a Cabinet row earlier this year.The head of the Roman Catholic church in England and Wales said that adoption agencies will close rather than comply with new rules outlawing discrimination.
Gordon Brown and David Cameron vote for gay regulations 1
11:33 AM — An attempt to block legislation that will protect gay people from discrimination has failed.Tory MPs in the House of Commons forced a vote on the Sexual Orientation Regulations yesterday. However, the regulations passed by 310 votes to 100.29 Tory MPs voted in favour of the regulations, among them party leader David Cameron and gay MPs Nick Herbert and Alan Duncan.
Greens call for teacher training on homophobia 1
10:57 AM — The Green Party in Brighton is calling on the city's council to improve anti-homophobia training for headteachers.The party says that the council has a responsibility to protect LGBT education workers."Thanks to a EU directive, workers in the UK now enjoy protection from homophobic and transphobic discrimination and harassment," says Nigel Tart, Chair of the Green Party LGBT group.
19th March 2007
Activists go into the closet for IDAHO 2
5:18 PM — Gay rights campaigners in Gloucestershire will be "coming in" this May to highlight the persecution of gays and lesbians.As part of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), activists will be spending hour-long shifts in a pub closet to raise awareness of laws across the world that discriminate against gay and lesbians.The protest will take place at the Lockkeepers bar in Wallbridge, Stroud, on May 18.
Bishops urged to scupper gay discrimination rules 6
4:18 PM — Christian opposition to gay rights laws has escalated as protestors realise that the House of Lords debate on Wednesday will be the last chance to derail new regulations.Members of the General Synod, or ruling body, of the Church of England have written to all bishops urging them to go to the Lords and vote against the Sexual Orientation Regulations.The rules make it illegal to discriminate against lesbian, bisexual or gay people when providing goods and services.
Sex charity to hold a gay prom in south London
4:03 PM — The UK's leading HIV and sexual health charity is holding its annual youth event in April, providing gay young people an informal space to engage with issues of health and sexuality and meet new people.The Terrence Higgins Trust's youth service, NRG, is also holding prom for lesbian gay or bisexual under 21s and those who are questioning their sexuality.'Moving On Up', will consist of workshops on topics ranging from hair and beauty to tai chi.
Romeo and Romeo is latest from Matthew Bourne
12:31 PM — One of Britain's most successful choreographers and the mastermind behind Swan Lake, plans to give Romeo a male lover in a gay adaptation of the Shakespearean classic Romeo and Juliet.Following the international success of Swan Lake, which has been touring for over ten years, Matthew Bourne is turning his attention to Romeo, Romeo.It is an adaptation of Sergei Prokofiev's ballet, which, like Swan Lake, will feature an all-male cast.
SNP accepts donation from homophobe 2
10:53 AM — A Scottish businessman notorious for his anti-gay views has donated £500,000 to the Scottish National Party.In 2000 Mr Souter gave over a million pounds to a campaign in Scotland to uphold Section 28, which banned the promotion of homosexuality.He cited his religious beliefs as justification for his actions, insisting he is not homophobic.
16th March 2007
Tories attempt to delay Sexual Orientation Regulations 4
5:20 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive New rules outlawing discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation have been approved by MPs, despite attempts by some Tory members to disrupt proceedings.Yesterday morning a meeting of the Commons Committee on Delegated Legislation saw all three political parties pledge their support for the regulations
Bristol pride events unveiled
2:25 PM — A new group, Pride South West, has organised Bristol Pride Fringe Week, which will take place on 11th-17th August this year.PSW, a group of volunteers devoted to creating a festival in Bristol to represent the LGBT community, has called the event "a celebration of creativity and diversity."It comprises a week of fringe events and a summer festival on 18th August.
Book now for London’s Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
1:15 PM — The BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival will celebrate its 21st year this month.The LLGFF will take place from 21st March to 4th April, showing over a hundred films and shorts as well as hosting a range of discussions and club nights.Films tipped for success include Itty Bitty Titty Committee, the latest offering from But I'm A Cheerleader director Jamie Babbit.
Now is the time to buy your place in the sun 5
11:44 AM — Investing in property, particularly overseas, can be one of the most exciting, satisfying and ultimately rewarding activities you can undertake.Unlike other investments for your financial security and future, property investment is fun.According to the Office of National Statistics, 65,000 Britons currently buy property overseas every year, and an estimated 11 million Britons could own property abroad by 2011.
15th March 2007
Magistrate appeals against tribunal’s gay rights ruling 9
2:27 PM — The Christian former magistrate who claimed unfair dismissal after he was told he could not pick and choose which adoption cases to rule on is to appeal.Andew McClintock claims that evidence given in his defence by a right-wing American academic, claiming that gay parents were bad for kids, was not given due consideration by an employment tribunal."Gay couples have human rights too," the tribunal said.
Comment: Does religion breed homophobia? 3
1:53 PM — There is no debate about the acceptance of homosexuality in Britain. It is useless to try and create a religious one, argues Balaji Ravichandran. So, the Sexual Orientations Regulations, which outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services, will finally come to effect this April.It seems like only yesterday that anti-gay lobbies took to the streets to hold a torch-lit demonstration protesting these same regulations.
NAT focuses on AIDS in the media
1:06 PM — The National AIDS Trust (NAT) has launched the latest issue of its policy bulletin Impact, which aims to stimulate debate on HIV policy topics.This issue focuses on the media and HIV and examines the current state of reporting of the virus.NAT want to draw attention to how inaccurate and stigmatising coverage can be challenged.
14th March 2007
Manchester’s gay time capsule
5:17 PM — Gaydio, Manchester's LGBT radio station, has closed its month-long broadcast by burying a time capsule in the city's gay village.The station asked presenters, guests and members of the public what items they should place in the capsule to show future generations what LGBT life was like in 2007.They included an AIDS awareness ribbon and several recordings from Gaydio's month-long broadcast.
13th March 2007
London Pride parade route unveiled
5:45 PM — This year's London Pride parade will return to the city's shopping hub, it has been announced.There will be hundreds of events taking place under the banner of this year's Pride Festival from 15th to 30th June 2007.Pride will culminate on the last day of June with a parade through the West End of London, followed by a party in Trafalgar Square.