18th October 2007
Interview: Stella Duffy excited about lesbian festival
11:54 AM — "The York Lesbian Arts Festival is fantastic!" enthuses patron Stella Duffy, whose popular novels include Calendar Girls, which recently came 5th in the International Big Gay Read Poll."I've been every year and it's a hell of an event. All the well-known dyke writers turn up, and it gets a little over the top."Taxi drivers in York know it's us by now, and it's mostly dykes that come to the festival."
Charity aims to tackle needs of black gay men 1
10:03 AM — Gay Men Fighting AIDS has been awarded a grant by the Big Lottery Fund for their work around peer education projects and deliver health promotion initiatives to the black gay community in London.Sigma Research data from December 2005 found that black gay men are more likely to be diagnosed with HIV compared to other ethnic groups in the UK - 11.1% compared to 6.4% white British gay men - or have a partner with HIV.
17th October 2007
Clegg gathers support in Lib Dem leadership contest
8:49 PM — The race to succeed Sir Menzies Campbell as leader of the Liberal Democrats gathered pace today as Chris Huhne launched his campaign.As several potential leadership candidates today announced they would not be standing it looks increasing likely that the Nick Clegg will be the only other challenger for the leadership.He is expected to launch his campaign tomorrow.
Canadian soldiers jailed for Amsterdam attack 1
4:44 PM — Two Canadian soldiers stationed in Holland ahead of a deployment in Afghanistan have been convicted of beating up a gay man in Amsterdam.Eric Wright and Ryan Dowie, both 22 at the time of the attack last May, received custodial sentences for the attack, which left their 28-year-old victim with a skull fracture and broken nose.The soldiers convinced the court that they called their victim a "fag" and "gay" because he was a civilian wearing dog tags.
Gay mayoral candidate may get help from David Furnish
2:01 PM — Former senior police officer Brian Paddick, who is widely expected to win the Liberal Democrat nomination for Mayor of London, may receive fundraising help from a well-known celebrity.The Independent reports that the partner of singer Sir Elton John, David Furnish, is keen to help Mr Paddick, who is gay, raise campaign funds ahead of the mayoral elections in May 2008.The results of a ballot of Lib Dem members in London to choose their candidate will be announced next month.
Man who came out at 91 publishes gay novel
11:32 AM — A former Oxford academic has become one of the oldest first time authors ever with a dashing gay romance called The Heart Entrapped. Mike Soper, 93, is feeling the liberation of life outside the closet after decades of pretending, and his new book draws on his experiences of love outside the law.He told the Oxford Mail:"I had to keep quiet about my sexuality when I was lecturing at Oxford, as undergraduates would not have been very kind if they had known I was gay."
Christian banned from library after campaign against gay staff 4
11:12 AM — A man described as a "devout Christian" has been arrested after a series of incidents of homophobia at a public library in Greater Manchester.58-year-old Joe Fairclough was arrested and detained by officers under a public order offence, but later released without charge.A police spokesman told the Manchester Evening News: "The library customer's behaviour was unacceptable."
No resignations over gay personnel says Navy 11
10:10 AM — The Royal Navy's equality and diversity officer has said there is no evidence that anyone left the service in protest at gay men and lesbians being allowed to serve openly.In 2000, the government removed the ban on gay, lesbian and bisexual people in the Armed Forces.A document obtained under the Freedom of Information Act appeared to shed light on the worries some military personnel had.
16th October 2007
Two month contest for Lib Dem leadership
6:50 PM — The Liberal Democrat party, still reeling from the shock resignation of its leader Sir Menzies Campbell yesterday, will hold a two month race to replace him.As expected, the party's President Simon Hughes, who came out as bisexual during the previous leadership race in February 2006, has ruled himself out as a candidate this time.Sir Ming resigned yesterday with immediate effect without speaking to the press.
Homophobic church hit by pro-gay vandals 1
5:25 PM — Sectarian and pro-gay graffiti has been daubed on a Free Presbyterian church on the outskirts of Belfast.Walls and gates at the Dunmurry church were smeared with pro-Republican slogans and the Nazi swastika in an overnight attack, broadcaster UTV has reported.The incident followed comments about homosexuals on television last night by Free Presbyterian cleric the Rev David McIlveen.
Gay characters shortlisted as nation’s favourites
3:14 PM — Two soap actors who play gay characters have been short listed for a top TV honour, it was revealed last night.Antony Cotton, who plays Coronation Street's Sean Tully, and James Sutton, who plays John Paul McQueen in Hollyoaks, are both up for the Most Popular Actor award at this years' National Television Awards.They face Doctor Who actor David Tennant, who won the award last year, and Charlie Clements, who plays Bradley Branning in EastEnders.
Gay police honour campaigning priest 1
2:35 PM — The Gay Police Association has honoured the chief executive of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement.The Reverend Richard Kirker was awarded the Matthew Windibank Memorial Award at the 17th GPA Annual Dinner in Brighton on Saturday.The award recognises those individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the progression of gay equality inside and outside the police service.
Schoolboy orchestrated fatal homophobic attack 16
11:21 AM — Two men have admitted killing a council worker in a homophobic attack in a public park in Scotland.The BBC reported that a 15-year-old boy also pleaded guilty to assaulting 51-year-old James Kerr in the South Inch park in Perth in April this year.All three were originally charged with murder, but changed their pleas at the High Court in Perth. They will be sentenced today.
15th October 2007
EXCLUSIVE: Gay MP angry at press treatment of Ming 1
7:05 PM — Liberal Democrat MPs have been paying tribute to Sir Ming Campbell after it was announced today that he has resigned after one year, seven months and thirteen days as party leader.Stephen Williams, the MP for Bristol West, who is an out gay man, expressed anger at the way Sir Ming has been treated over his age."I am very sad about his resignation. I think he has been treated appallingly by sections of the media," he told PinkNews.co.uk
Ming Campbell resigns as Lib Dem leader 1
6:35 PM — The leader of the Liberal Democrats has resigned.The party's President Simon Hughes announced this evening that Sir Menzies Campbell is stepping down immediately.He has led the party since March 2006, when long-serving leader and fellow Scot Charles Kennedy resigned over press reports about his alcoholism.
Are you a poster boy (or girl) for gay rights?
4:40 PM — A leading gay organisation is looking for photogenic types willing to feature in their reports.The International Lesbian and Gay Association of Europe wants volunteers willing to be photographed.ILGA are looking for LGBT single parents with their children, LGBT couples with and without children, and larger family groups including two or more generations with LGBT and other family members, cross-generational couples, pregnant couples and so on.
NHS to hold STI testing in gay sauna
4:20 PM — HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust and a London NHS Trust are to offer testing for sexually transmitted infections at a London sauna.Chariots in Shoreditch is working with the Barts and the London NHS Trust and THT to offer the service on Wednesday evenings.The testing is being funded by City and Hackney Primary Care Trust, and it is hoped that the informal setting of a gay sauna will encourage men to take part.
Sex abuse letting agents on the run
3:35 PM — A 50-year-old man has been found guilty of sexually abusing two teenage boys and a man.Alfred John Palmer, a letting agent in Plymouth, was convicted in his absence after absconding.Palmer, formerly of Alcester Street, Stoke, was owner of landlord and letting agency Palmer Co. The court heard that he abused his position, performing "intrusive interviews" which included taking photos of his victims.
Concerns about gays in the UK Armed Forces revealed 4
11:48 AM — A document obtained under the Freedom of Information Act has shed light on the worries some military personnel had about openly gay and lesbian people serving.A review by the Service Personnel Board from 2002, obtained by The Times, revealed that some had left the Navy over the issue and listed concerns over heterosexuals having to share showers and accommodation with gay servicemen and women.In 2000, the government removed the ban on gay, lesbian and bisexual people serving openly in the Armed Forces.
HIV transmission man may be in France
11:23 AM — Police hunting a gay man who was convicted last year of recklessly infecting his lover with HIV believe he may have spent some time in France.Mark James was sentenced to three years and four months in jail when he failed to appear in court in August 2006.Police have been looking for him since he first missed a court date and a nationwide hunt failed to find James. Police later confirmed that the search was now international.