11th February 2008
Gay rugby tournament comes to London
12:10 PM — One of the UK's leading gay rugby union teams are celebrating after it was announced that they will host next year's European tournament.London's Kings Cross Steelers will be defending their title as 2007 European Champions, which they won in Copenhagen last year.The 2009 tournament's host venue will be West Ham FC's home ground.Rugby teams from across Europe will compete for the biennial championship title between May 22nd and 23rd next year.
Interview: The former cop who wants to run London
11:45 AM — Brian Paddick is enjoying running for Mayor of London. The Liberal Democrat candidate may be a distant third in opinion polls, but he has one distinct advantage in this race - lots of people know who he is.The 2008 Mayoral election is already the most exciting contest since the post was established at the turn of the century.Incumbent Ken Livingstone is facing a concerted (some would say co-ordinated) barrage of negative press on everything from cronyism to his alcohol intake.
10th February 2008
Williams under continued pressure over Sharia law speech 50
10:30 PM — Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury is preparing to defend himself following his comments on Sharia law during his address to the Church of England General Synod in London tomorrow.Since saying that the adoption of elements of Sharia law in the UK "seems unavoidable", he has been under attack from all sides. The previous Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey wrote in the News of the World: "He has in my opinion overstated the case for accommodating Islamic legal codes."
9th February 2008
Homophobia within police force soars 13
3:18 PM — Complaints about homophobia within the police force have risen by almost a quarter in the past year according to the Gay Police Association.The association received 350 calls in 2007, 90 more than in 2006. However, it is estimated that 7,000 homophobic incidents each year are not reported. Chairman of the Gay Police Association Paul Cahill said: "We've had some officers refusing to work with gay officers but also slightly more sinister expressions of homophobia.
Archbishop denies he called for Sharia law 50
12:19 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has denied that he called for the introduction ofSharia Law.In a statement he said that he "certainly did not call for its introduction as some kind of parallel jurisdiction to the civil law".He said that he was "exploring ways in which reasonable accommodation might be made within existing arrangements for religious conscience".
Pizza Hut runs out of pizza if you’re gay or transexual, group claims 3
12:18 PM — A group of gay men out with their transsexual friends were told that Pizza Hut had run out of Pizza, in order to avoid serving them it has been claimed.The group, some of them wearing high heels asked for a table in a branch of the chain in Church Street, Blackpool. Michael Kemp, 48, who was wearing a miniskirt claimed: "When we arrived at the Pizza Hut, we noticed people were staring at us and laughing.
8th February 2008
Radio 4 presenter cleared of rape 8
4:20 PM — BBC Radio 4 presenter Nigel Wrench was today cleared by a court of raping a man that he met at a New Years Eve party.He was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting the 26-year-old after inviting him back to his flat in north London after meeting him at a New Years party. The presenter of Radio 4's PM programme admitted snorting cocaine with the man at a Kennigton party before taking him home to view his art collection.
Stonewall ready for Commons battle over gay parents 20
12:30 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has said that new legislation before Parliament that will grant new rights to gay and lesbian parents will face further attempts to wreck it in the Commons.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill proposes new recognition of same-sex couples as legal parents of children conceived through the use of donated sperm, eggs or embryos.The Bill was passed by the Lords on Monday and now goes to the House of Commons.
Gay couple victims of intimidation campaign 3
12:03 PM — In scenes reminiscent of Northern Ireland's sectarian past, a gay couple in the city of Londonderry have spoken out after a gang threatened to burn them out of their home.The couple, one of whom is disabled, have been the victims of an intimidation campaign by locals in the Creggan area of the city.Last month at Derry MP spoke out after an arson attack on the home of a gay couple in his constituency.
Christian magistrate loses gay adoption appeal 2
11:45 AM — A former magistrate who claimed unfair dismissal after he was told he could not pick and choose which adoption cases to rule on has had a second appeal rejected.He announced yesterday that following the decision of the Court of Appeal the issue "will not be debated further."In March 2007 Andrew McClintock's legal action against the Lord Chancellor, claiming that his Bible-influenced opinions should allow him to be excused from approving gay adoptions, was rejected by a Sheffield employment tribunal.
London Mayor candidate rejects Sharia law proposal
11:25 AM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London, Brian Paddick, has criticised the head of the Anglican communion for arguing that aspects of Sharia law should be recognised in Britain.Speaking on LBC radio this morning, Mr Paddick also revealed a new policy on bus fares and revealed that he did not recognise one of the Hollywood stars at his celebrity fundraising dinner.Politicians from all parties have criticised the Archbishop of Canterbury for remarks yesterday suggesting that certain aspects of Islamic law could be adopted in the UK.
Tatchell criticises ban on Islamic scholar
11:02 AM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has said that the British government's decision to ban Muslim cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi from entering Britain to receive medical treatment is "illiberal, unwarranted and unmerciful."The spiritual leader of Islamicist organisation the Muslim Brotherhood, Dr Qaradawi is known to have supported suicide bombings in Israel, the oppression of women's rights and has argued in the past that homosexuals should be put to death.
Bishop must pay £47,000 compensation to gay man 6
10:15 AM — An employment tribunal has ruled that the Bishop of Hereford must pay £47,345 in compensation to John Reaney, the gay man who brought a claim of discrimination claim against him.The case was supported and funded by Stonewall.Mr Reaney was interviewed by a panel of eight people for the post of Youth Officer in the Diocese of Hereford in summer 2006.
7th February 2008
Homophobic Islamic cleric to be extradited to US 5
7:50 PM — Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri is be extradited to the United States to face terrorist charges, the Home Secretary has announced.In 2006 he was convicted and jailed for seven years by a British court on charges of inciting murder and race hate.His numerous lectures and sermons targeted homosexual vicars, the tourist industry, the Royal Family and women in bikinis.
LGBT Muslims condemn ban on homophobic preacher 19
6:45 PM — Europe's largest support group for Muslim LGBT people has expressed concern that the decision to bar a controversial Islamic scholar from the UK could contribute to Islamophobia.Imaan has released a statement joining mainstream Muslim groups concerned at the Home Office decision to ban Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi.The spiritual leader of Islamicist organisation the Muslim Brotherhood is known to have supported suicide bombings in Israel.
Politicians dismiss Archbishop’s Islamic law comments 50
6:30 PM — The Prime Minister's spokesman has distanced him from comments by the Archbishop of Canterbury concerning the introduction of aspects of Sharia law in the UK.Dr Rowan Williams said earlier today that a "constructive accommodation" must be found over issues such as divorce and added that people should not imagine "we know exactly what we mean by Sharia and just associate it with Saudi Arabia."A Downing St spokesman said that aspects of Islamic law could never be justified for breaking UK laws.
Sharia law will be recognised in UK predicts Archbishop 51
3:15 PM — The head of the Anglican communion has said he think it is "unavoidable" that some parts of Muslim Sharia law will be adopted in Britain.Speaking on BBC Radio 4, Dr Rowan Williams said that a "constructive accommodation" must be found over issues such as divorce and said that people should not imagine "that we know exactly what we mean by Sharia and just associate it with Saudi Arabia."However, the Archbishop went on to criticise the practice of Sharia law in some Muslim states.
Gay journalist gets his own radio show 2
2:40 PM — One of the most prominent journalists in the country is to take up presenting duties at a London radio station.Andrew Pierce, the assistant editor of the Daily Telegraph, has been given his own Sunday morning show on LBC 97.3FM.Last year Mr Pierce was named as the sixth most powerful LGBT person in British politics in the PinkNews.co.uk Top 50 list.Andrew Pierce And Friends is a weekend politics and current affairs programme, starting on Sunday 2nd March at 11am.
Interest rate fall good news for homeowners 1
1:45 PM — LGBT homeowners will benefit from another reduction in interest rates by the Bank of England, the second in three months.The Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted to reduce rates by a quarter of one percent to 5.25 per cent.An average £100,000 mortgage will only reduce by £16 and not all mortgage holders will see a reduction.The US Federal reserve last month slashed rates by a total of 1.25 per cent.
Christians present petition opposing gay adoption 9
12:55 PM — A lobby group called the Christian People's Alliance (CPA) has presented a petition with 838 signatures to Sheffield City Council protesting that gay people can adopt.The action was inspired by the case of former magistrate Andrew McClintock, a leading member of the CPA, who tried unsuccessfully to opt out of approving gay adoptions on religious grounds.A key part of his case was that as a magistrate he has to act in the best interests of the child and that placing them with gay people was detrimental to them.