6th September 2007
Council’s failed to stop gay paedophiles abusing children 2
11:20 AM — An independent inquiry has found that managers and social workers from a local council were so concerned about not appearing homophobic that they overlooked warning signs about two gay foster parents who were sexually abusing children.Ian Wathey, 40, and Craig Faunch, 32, from Pontefract in West Yorkshire, were jailed in June 2006 for five and six years respectively for abusing four boys in their care.The report, published yesterday, made 41 recommendations.
5th September 2007
Labour hit back at Tory attack on civil unions 33
12:02 AM — Former Eastenders star and Labour MEP for the West Midlands, Michael Cashman, has hit back at Tory MP Michael Ancram for his comments on civil unions yesterday.Writing in the Telegraph, Mr Ancram said treating civil unions like normal marriages "insults the intelligence of the British people."He continued: "They are not the equivalent of marriage.
Get tickled pink …with Pink! 2
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Lesbian bar joins Stonewall project 1
12:02 AM — The first lesbian bar to join Stonewall's Bar and Club partnership has said it wants to improve lesbian health.The Oak Bar, in Haringey, is holding a lesbian beach party on Saturday 22 September with limbo dancers and DJs. Guests in swimwear can get in for only £3.Jaki Dinse, manager of the Oak Bar, said: "We're thrilled to be involved with this Stonewall initiative and we're particularly pleased to support the campaigning work around lesbian health.
4th September 2007
Stonewall questions world’s largest law firm
3:29 PM — Gay rights group Stonewall has asked to meet representatives of the world's largest law firm, Clifford Chance, following a sexual discrimination case brought against them by a former partner.The sexual orientation claim by former competition partner Michael Bryceland was the first of its kind against a UK law firm, but it was settled in April for an undisclosed amount.The firm has failed, however, to respond to Stonewall's request for a meeting.
Homophobic bullying website wins celebrity support 3
12:23 PM — Big name stars have come out in support of a new website aimed at tackling homophobic bullying in rural parts of the UK.Among those contributing to the site, which aims to bring gay teenagers together to make short films about their lives, are Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies and Big Brother star Josh Rafter.Russell T Davies said: "The most extraordinary thing to happen over the past 10 years is the existence of the gay teenager.
Senior Tory: Civil partnerships ‘insult the intelligence’ 33
11:51 AM — A leading Tory MP, Michael Ancram, has launched a withering attack on civil unions, saying treating them in the same way as marriage "insults the intelligence of the British people."In an open attack on Conservative leader David Cameron, the MP for Devizes unveiled an alternative manifesto today calling on the party to adopt more traditional Tory policies.Warning the leadership to stop "trashing" its Thatcherite past, he said Cameron should "unveil the party's soul based on those core values, principles and beliefs that form the timeless make-up of that Conservative soul."
3rd September 2007
Gay sports event comes to England
4:27 PM — The gay sports movement is sweeping the world, and in the tradition of the Pride Games, which have taken place in Manchester and Calgary, North East England is welcoming an event of their own: The 2007 Gaymes.The event promises to be the one of the biggest sports day events to hit the small seaport town.Nikki Ward, who is a volunteer at Hart Gables, which is a support group for the LGBT community in the area, initially thought up the event.
Osbourne sacked from X-Factor for calling Cowell gay 1
4:13 PM — In an explosive interview given to a tabloid paper, David Arden, Sharon Osbourne's brother, claims Simon Cowell had her fired from X-Factor because she repeatedly told him he was gay."She tells everyone he's gay. She claims he's in the closet and doesn't know yet he's homosexual, which is ridiculous," Mr Arden said."Sharon told me that at the end of series one Simon actually got her fired for her jibes and nastiness to him and the contestants."
Lesbians hide sexuality for job interviews
1:35 PM — Lesbians frequently hide their sexuality in job interviews by changing the way they dress, a study revealed today.Many lesbians admitted disguising their sexuality by dressing 'gender neutral', and most thought they would never get a job if they dressed how they really wanted.Researchers Dr Helen Woodruffe-Burton and Dr Sam Bairstow, who conducted the study at Cumbria and Glamorgan University, gave the problem a name - 'My interview dilemma'.
29th August 2007
Stonewall Cymru to ‘Shout OUT’ at Mardi Gras
11:30 PM — Stonewall Cymru is launching a new community activism campaign ahead of Saturday's Mardi Gras in Cardiff.The Shout OUT campaign will encourage the LGBT community to have their say about gay life in Wales and will tackle issues such as hate crimes, health care, education and employment.Cardiff's Lesbian and Gay Mardi Gras is set to draw massive crowds this weekend.
Reading to celebrate fourth annual Pride Festival
11:30 PM — The fourth Reading Pride event is due to take place next weekend.The event was set up to celebrate the LGBT community, to ensure a sense of belonging and build strong and positive relations between people of different backgrounds, whilst working towards equality and inclusion in Reading and its surrounding areas.
Cornish LGBT officer responds to events at Pride 22
11:30 PM — Following reports of police harassment at Cornwall's first gay Pride, Aaron PiperDiversity Manager for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has issued this statement to PinkNews.co.uk:"I would like to take this opportunity to reply to the article posted on PinkNews.co.uk entitled 'Cornish police accused of homophobia at Pride.'
Civil partnerships and marriages to be treated the same by insurers 17
11:30 PM — The Association of British Insurers (ABI) is proposing the abolition of exemptions in insurance law regarding sexual orientation.According to the ABI, insurance companies see no need and do not wish to differentiate for insurance purposes between customers in civil partnerships and married couples.The proposal forms part of the ABI's detailed response to the Government's current consultation on its Discrimination Law Review.
Earthquake hits Manchester’s gay village 2
11:30 PM — Residents in Manchester were woken today by the sixth earthquake in a month to hit the city.Residents living near the city's gay village, Canal Street, were amongst those who felt the earthquakes tremors early this morning.People reported wardrobe doors rattling and buildings creaking as the earthquake measuring an initial 2.4 on the Richter scale shook the city centre at about 5:45 a.m, according to Reuters.
Euro-Parliament takes up the case of Iranian lesbian facing deportation 3
11:30 PM — European Parliament President Hans Gert Pöettering has said he will write a letter to Prime Minister Gordon Brown regarding the fate of Pegah Emambakhsh, the Iranian lesbian woman who risks expulsion from Great Britain to Iran.His actions follow proposals by Italian MEP Giusto Catania (PRC), representing the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) Group in the European Parliament during today's Conference of Presidents, and Graham Watson, President of the Parliament's Liberal Group.
BBC celebrates 50th anniversary of Wolfenden report 2
11:30 PM — The BBC is due to screen a week-long series of LGBT programmes to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Wolfenden report.The season is called Hidden Lives Week and programmes range from documentaries to drama.The BBC say the programmes are intended to raise awareness of the landmark report that led to the legalisation of homosexuality in the UK.The Wolfenden report was commissioned 50 years ago this coming Monday (3rd September).
English traffic officers visit pride event for the first time 11
11:30 PM — Highways Agency Traffic Officers - England's newest uniformed service - really got into the swing of things at last weekend's Manchester Pride event.It was the first time that Traffic Officers had ever officially visited a pride event in England.The Agency took a stand to the event as well as several Traffic Officers from the North West Traffic Officer Service and one of their high-visibility 4WD patrol vehicles.
Talksport homophobic comments “highly offensive” 3
11:34 AM — The broadcasting watchdog has heavily criticised two homophobic outbursts broadcast on talk radio station Talksport - both of them from presenters.Ofcom said that a bizarre series of comments from Mike Mendoza in May comparing gay people to paedophiles were highly offensive.The radio station said that Mendoza had been suspended for a week after the incident.
‘Ambisexual’ singer Mika nominated for music award 2
11:27 AM — Chart-topping singer-songwriter, Mika, has been nominated for the prestigious BT Digital Music Awards 2007.Under the category of 'Best Pop Artist in association with TV Hits', the Beirut-born singer will be up against Natasha Bedingfield, Simon Webb, Lil Chris and The Hoosiers for the award.The 23-year-old's hit single Grace Kelly spent weeks at the top of the charts and his debut album Life In Cartoon Motion has sold half a million copies since it was released in February this year.