20th April 2007
City schools take on homophobic bullies
3:36 PM — The education authorities in Coventry are to send leaflets to secondary school students about how to deal with discrimination.The leaflets from the city council will instruct pupils to speak out about bullying over race, religion, disability or sexuality.There are also plans to implement a drama workshop to encourage pupils to speak out against bullying in schools.
Women who forced children to fight escape jail 1
3:07 PM — A grandmother and three of her daughters who encouraged a two-year-old boy and his three-year-old sister to fight, then filmed it, have been given suspended sentences.Carole Oliver, 48, and Zara, 29, Serenza, 29, and Danielle, 19, all pleaded guilty to inciting the ill treatment of children.One of the four can be heard on the tape calling the boy a "faggot" when he did not fight his sister.
Welsh politicians stand up for diversity
1:33 PM — Political leaders from across the political divide are to join together to promote tolerance and diversity across Wales.The leaders of Welsh Labour, Welsh Conservatives, Plaid and the Welsh Liberal Democrats, as well as other parties, will take part in Hope not Hate Sunday, an event organised by anti-facism group Wales Friends of Searchlight.
Ketamine led to death of Gaydar founder 1
11:05 AM — A London coroner's court has heard evidence about the death of Gary Frisch, who co-founded gay meeting site Gaydar.Mr Frisch died in February aged 38.It emerged in court yesterday that under the influence of the drug ketamine he leapt from the balcony of his eight-floor Battersea apartment.
Police advice group focus on gay club deaths
10:46 AM — The group that advises the London police on LGBT issues is asking members of the community to speak to them about the increase in serious sexual and physical assaults, deaths and overdoses associated with gay venues.The Metropolitan Police Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Independent Advisory Group has set up an independent review into drugs and alcohol in London.
19th April 2007
Stonewall’s workplace head off to the Olympics 2
5:45 PM — Stephen Frost, the head of workplace programmes at gay equality organisation Stonewall, is leaving to work on the 2012 Olympic Games.Mr Frost is closely associated with the continuing success of Stonewall's Diversity Champions Programme.It has grown from 65 members in 2004 to nearly 300 today, among them some of the biggest companies in the UK.
Interview: Su Pollard’s musical menopause
1:47 PM — TV icon Su Pollard is known throughout the land for her much-loved turns in a range of hit BBC sitcoms. Such was her iconic status, she won Rear of the Year in 1988.Now she is back on the London stage.After achieving phenomenal success in both America and Australia, Menopause the Musical is making its debut on these shores.
Day against homophobia gets support from ministers 1
12:03 PM — The International Day Against Homophobia, to be held on 17th May, has received the backing of government ministers.A joint statement by Ian McCartney, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Meg Munn, Minister for Women and Equality, pledges their support for the worldwide protest day.
18th April 2007
Rural gay project gets Lottery funding 1
4:49 PM — An educational media charity has received a £76,000 Lottery grant to help sexual minorities in rural areas fight homophobia.The Herefordshire's Rural Media Company won the cash for its "Sticks and Stones" project, a series of short films on how to fight homophobia in rural communities.Around 50 young gay people from rural communities are expected to feature in the films.
New London dates for Rufus Wainwright
3:46 PM — Acclaimed singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has announced a new date in London - the third to be added in a week.He will now play five nights, 27th May to 1st June, at the Old Vic in London.The gigs will follow the release of Rufus' LP Release The Stars, on May 14th. Rufus, who is openly gay, is a big hit with London audiences.
Tory MP worried by polygamous gay immigrants 7
12:31 PM — A backbench Conservative MP has expressed concern that polygamous gay men or lesbians will be able to move to the UK and claim multiple benefits.David Davies told the Daily Mail that current provision which allows Muslims with more than one spouse to claim benefits for additional wives is unacceptable.
Anglican head says Bible’s “gay” message misinterpreted
11:45 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has accused anti-gay conservative Christians of misinterpreting a key biblical passage written by Saint Paul almost 2,000 years ago.Rowan Williams, the spiritual leader of the world's 77 million Anglicans, is on a visit to Canada."Many current ways of reading miss the actual direction of the passage," Williams said.
17th April 2007
Rainbow Awards to honour Welsh heroes
5:21 PM — Cardiff-Wales Mardi Gras is to hold its first award ceremony, celebrating people who have made the event a success or have fought homophobia.The city's Mardi Gras attracts around 40,000 visitors and is the second largest free lesbian and gay event in the UK.There will be six awards for the great and good of Wales, one for every colour of the Rainbow flag.
Gay activists focus on stopping the BNP 10
5:03 PM — OutRage!, the gay rights action group, has urged LGBT people and their friends to vote in the elections on 3rd May to defeat the BNP.Elections will be held for the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and for various councils across England.The BNP is openly homophobic, racist and Islamophobic, but claim they merely represent the views of British working-class white people.
Miss World force change to trans documentary name
2:56 PM — A programme to be broadcast tonight about a transsexual beauty pageant has been re-named after broadcaster Channel 4 were taken to court.The Miss World organisation successfully sought an injunction to prevent Channel 4 using their trade mark. Mr Miss World will now be broadcast as Mr Miss Pageant.
London Muslims overwhelmingly oppose gays 57
1:56 PM — An in-depth survey into the attitudes of Muslims living in London has revealed that less than 5% think homosexual acts are "acceptable," compared with over 65% of the general populationThe Gallup poll, reported in The Times, found that Muslims differed significantly with the rest of the capital's population in their attitudes to a range of social questions.More than 80% of the public think sex outside marriage is acceptable, with only 10% of Muslims agreeing.
Gay church service to be broadcast on BBC
12:38 PM — The BBC is to broadcast from a church that has been an inspiration to gay, lesbian and transgender Catholics around the world.A service will be broadcast from the Catholic Parish of Most Holy Redeemer, in San Francisco's gay Castro district.The parish offers a "spiritual home" to all, including LGBT church members and parishioners with HIV/AIDS.
Williams to meet with American Anglicans 1
11:58 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has announced plans to meet with the church in the US to discuss gay priests and same-sex marriage.Rowan Williams, the spiritual head of Anglicans worldwide, warned yesterday that the controversial issue could divide the church.Williams is currently visiting Canada.
16th April 2007
BB homophobe’s posters targeted
5:41 PM — A candidate for a Christian party in the Scottish elections has complained that he is the victim of vandalism and theft.Tom Forrest gained press attention three years ago when he refused to take a booking for two gay men at his Bed Breakfast establishment.He is standing as a candidate for the Scottish Christian Party in the elections on May 3rd.
Church of England gay policy incoherent, tribunal told 11
4:55 PM — An employment tribunal in Cardiff heard today that the attitude of the Church of England towards gay people is inconsistent.Youth worker John Reaney is bringing the Hereford Diocesan Board of Finance to the tribunal, claiming that he was discriminated against on the grounds of his sexuality.Mr Reaney was previously employed as a youth officer for the Norwich and Chester Church of England diocese.