21st November 2007
Lords debate more rights for same-sex couples 20
12:50 PM — Today the House of Lords will continue to debate the second reading of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.During Monday's debate bishops and peers disagreed on the role of fathers.For the government, Lord Darzi of Denham explained the purpose of the bill is to "ensure that the law remains effective and fit for purpose in the 21st century."
Tory convicted of gay paedophile slur to appeal 5
10:31 AM — A Conservative councillor found guilty of public order offences after making homophobic comments is to appeal his conviction.Peter Willows was a member of Brighton and Hove City Council with 12 years service when he was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge at Brighton Magistrates Court in December 2006.Magistrates were "satisfied beyond reasonable doubt" that he had made intentionally offensive remarks.
Would you vote Clegg or Huhne for Lib Dem leader? 1
10:20 AM — Today 65,000 members of the Liberal Democrat party are being sent a ballot paper to vote for a new leader.Nick Clegg, 40, the Lib Dem home affairs spokesperson, and Chris Huhne, 53, the party's environment spokesperson, are the candidates.Much has been made in these first few weeks of the race to become leader of the Liberal Democrats about the similarities between the candidates.
19th November 2007
Peer collapses during gay parents debate 11
6:15 PM — A Lords debate on a proposed new law that would make gay and lesbian parenting easier was adjourned after a peer collapsed in the House yesterday.The move was aimed at making the need for a father at IVF children unnecessary.Some peers however said it should uphold the importance of both parents.
Police offficer cautioned in cruising crackdown 6
6:15 PM — A total of 32 people, including a police officer, have been cautioned as a result of a crackdown on cruising in a toilet block in Wallasey, Liverpool.Six people were charged under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for the alleged sexual activity that happened in the toilets on Harrison Drive in the New Brighton area of the city earlier this year.
Fire service plans to improve gay representation
5:35 PM — A framework document on the future of the fire and rescue service is set to include plans to improve the representation of the LGB community.Currently less than 0.5% of the fire service are openly lesbian, gay or bixexual, equivalent to less than 270 people. Nationwide, 7% of the working population identify themselves as LGB.The document, to be released in spring 2008, also addresses the representation of women and minority background employees, which the fire service lacks in current trends.
New homophobic bullying resources for schools launched
5:00 PM — New resources and tools to help school staff fight homophobic bullying have been created by a local authority anti-bullying team.The new materials are designed to help teachers and other staff "effectively and confidently" achieve the aims set out in the guidance materials on bullying.This week is Anti-Bullying Week 2007, run by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), who this year are focusing on 'bullying in the community.'
Barclays sponsor leading gay football team 2
1:35 PM — Stonewall FC may have narrowly lost out in the final of the gay World Cup earlier this year, but the UK's leading gay football team had some good news to share this weekend.The team has secured a one-year sponsorship deal with Barclays PLC, who also sponsor the Premier League.The deal sees Barclays become the exclusive title sponsor of Stonewall FC's three teams, and provide kit and equipment to the club.
Former Tory leader attacks lesbian parents 35
1:15 PM — A leading member of the Conservative party has launched a full-frontal attack on the rights of lesbian and gay couples to equal parenting rights.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill is due before the House of Lords today.It contains new rules that will allow the gay and lesbian couples to become the legal parents of a child conceived through donated sperm, eggs or embryos.
C4 cleared over Muslim gay-hate documentary 9
12:35 PM — The broadcasting watchdog has cleared Channel 4 over a documentary broadcast in January exposing homophobic preaching in UK mosques.The Dispatches programme portrayed a Birmingham mosque as a haven for extreme views.Today Ofcom ruled that Undercover Mosque had not misled viewers or offended Muslims. Undercover footage showed preacher Abu Usamah at Green Lane Mosque in Birmingham calling for gay people to be executed.
Stephen Fry’s panto special to raise HIV funds
12:15 PM — Dame Judi Dench, Elaine Page and Petula Clark are among the stars taking part in a special fund-raising performance of a panto classic next month.Theatrecares, a charity working to support those living with HIV AIDS within the arts, has announced a special gala performance of Stephen Fry's new Cinderella at the Old Vic Theatre on Friday 7th December.This special evening will be hosted by Theatrecares friend and Patron John Barrowman.
Mayoral candidate reveals first gay experience
11:51 AM — The recently-selected Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of London will divulge details of his first gay sexual encounter in his memoirs.Brian Paddick's autobiography Line of Fire is not due for publication until April 2008, just weeks before the election.Already there is widespread speculation about the contents of the book, which will almost certainly contain heavy criticism of London's Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Ian Blair.
Murphy-O’Connor: plans for easier lesbian IVF “profoundly wrong” 4
12:01 AM — The Government's plans to allow lesbian couples to use IVF to bring up children without any lasting involvement from the father have come under fire from politicians and religious leaders.The leader of Britain's Catholic Church, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, criticised the planned Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill , saying that it is "profoundly wrong" to allow lesbian couples to conceive children in this way.
18th November 2007
Tutu hits out at Church of England over treatment of gays 6
1:00 AM — Archbishop Desmond Tutu has criticised the Anglican church for being "obsessed" with homosexuality, in a BBC radio interview to be broadcast on Tuesday. He said that if he believed that God was homophobic, he wouldn't be a Christian.The Nobel Peace Prize winner, said he was ashamed of his church because of its treatment of gays. He said that Rowan Williams has not demonstrated the attributes of a "welcoming God" to homosexuals.
16th November 2007
Minister launches anti-bullying week
12:45 PM — The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families Ed Balls launched Anti-Bullying Week 2007 yesterday at the Victoria Apollo Theatre, home of WICKED the musical.Anti-Bullying Week 2007, from 19th to 23rd November, is run by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), who this year are focusing on 'bullying in the community.'Gay equality organisation Stonewall and LGBT education group Schools Out are members of the ABA, which is funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.
Tribunal told of lesbian encounter in Army stables 2
12:00 PM — A young soldier told a tribunal yesterday how he saw two lesbian colleagues sharing a passionate kiss, one with her hand down the others trousers.Gunner Ashley Yeats said he felt 'embarrassed' after catching Lance Bombardier Kerry Fletcher, 31, and Corporal Louise Ashman, 29, in the army stables of 40 Regiment Royal Artillery in Topcliffe, North Yorkshire, where they were all working in early spring 2005.
Barrowman backs theatrical AIDS day collection 4
11:10 AM — Following on from a hugely successful collection in 2006, which raised a record-breaking £120,000, Theatrecares is soon to launch their 2007 World AIDS Week Theatre Bucket Collection Appeal, again fronted by stage and screen stars John Barrowman and Connie Fisher.Each year, the vast majority of West End theatres participate in the appeal, which is reliant on the goodwill and support of actors, theatre management, crew and producers.In 2006, the Lyceum alone (home to Disney's The Lion King) raised over £13,000.
15th November 2007
Italy gay protection law moves forward 1
3:25 PM — The justice committee of the lower house of the Italian parliament has approved the text of a new bill that will outlaw homophobic crime.The measure is part of a larger legislative package designed to tackle violence against women, children and old people and gender discrimination.Yesterday the Minister for Equal Opportunities, Barbara Pollastrini, said: "every year, there are more women dying from violence than from diseases or accidents."
Xmas cards and a single to raise funds for GMFA
2:55 PM — A gay men's health charity has come up with some novel fundraising schemes just in time for World AIDS Day and Christmas.Lee Thomas (a.k.a. 4th Child) is releasing a World AIDS Day single with sales that will benefit gay men across London.The single, Lovers Best Friends, will be available for download only and is released on November 26th 2007. Profits will be donated to the gay men's health charity GMFA.
Interview: Clegg sets out his leadership credentials
1:31 PM — Since winning Sheffield Hallam in the 2005 general election, Nick Clegg has made a major impression on Liberal Democrats in Parliament and across the country.Tipped as a future leader before he even entered Westminster, in the wake of Sir Menzies Campbell's resignation he finds himself standing sooner than was imagined.Age did it for Ming, and 40-year-old Clegg is the frontrunner in the contest to replace him. Like his opponent in the leadership race, Chris Huhne, he attended the private Westminster School.