14th November 2007
Stonewall criticises BBC’s gay representation
2:55 PM — The chief executive of the UK's leading gay equality organisation has told a diversity conference that gay and lesbian people are "massively underserved" by the BBC.Ben Summerskill said that £200m of the BBC's £3bn licence fee is paid by gay citizens, who were not getting proper representation on screen.Recent research by Stonewall found that gay people and their lives are five times more likely to be portrayed in negative terms on the BBC.
EXCLUSIVE: Clegg backs homophobic incitement law 1
1:25 PM — A candidate for the leadership of the Liberal Democrat party has told PinkNews.co.uk that he is "absolutely in favour" of a proposed new law to make incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation an offence.Nick Clegg, who is the party's home affairs spokesperson, dismissed concerns from some gay commentators that the law is unnecessary, saying there is a "real problem of overt homophobic incitement to violence."The party's 2005 manifesto promised legislation to tackle this issue.
13th November 2007
Lesbian solider denies sexual relationship with female colleague 3
5:22 PM — A supposed rendezvous between two lesbian soldiers in an Army stable was just a friendly cuddle, a tribunal heard yesterday.A male colleague had said that Sergeant Louise Ashman and Lance Bombardier Kerry Fletcher were engaged in a romantic encounter in the barn after one sent the other a text message saying "I feel randy", the Daily Mail has reported.But yesterday Miss Ashman insisted she was only comforting her colleague.
Successful gays say sexuality no barrier 1
4:25 PM — Twenty of the most powerful and influential homosexuals in Britain have been interviewed for an educational resource that will be distributed to young gay people throughout the country.In each of the interviews, which are collected in a pocket-sized booklet, it was concluded that, here in the UK, sexual orientation is no longer an obstacle to reaching potential in the workplace, having a successful career or even becoming a world-leading business professional.
Paddick selected as Lib Dem candidate for London 4
11:34 AM — Former senior police officer Brian Paddick will run for Mayor of London in May 2008 as the Liberal Democrat candidate.The 49-year-old won 73% of the first preference votes in a ballot of London party members.He faces incumbent Ken Livingstone and Tory candidate Boris Johnson in next May's election.
Boy George charged with false imprisonment 2
11:34 AM — Pop star Boy George has been charged with false imprisonment after allegedly chaining a male escort to a wall in his London flat.Scotland Yard said the 47-year-old singer and DJ has been charged over an incident at his flat in Shoreditch, east London.The former Culture Club frontman was arrested in May after a man accused him of "false imprisonment and common assault."
New website for LGBT history
11:34 AM — LGBT History Month UK have have launched a new interactive website.The site contains a new calendar for History Month 2008 which allows individuals and organisations to advertise the events they are creating for LGBT History Month by both date and region. It also exhibits all events that have been organised nationwide, with all the relevant information about how to get involved.Last year the organisation had over 800 events on the calendar and is expecting even more this year.
Catholic school in unholy row after ditching gay charity 5
11:34 AM — London's premier Catholic state school, the London Oratory, is facing a furore from gay campaigners this week following their decision to drop a leading AIDS charity as the beneficiary for their World AIDS Day charity concert.Gay rights activists are believed to be planning to picket the Oratory School and distribute leaflets to inform students of the school's decision to suddenly cancel its plan to raise money for the Terrence Higgins Trust, one of Europe's most-respected AIDS charities.
Hermoine says gay Dumbledore makes sense
10:59 AM — Author JK Rowling surprised Harry Potter fans the world over last month when she revealed that Hogwarts school headmaster Albus Dumbledore was gay.Critics, fans and pundits have shared their reactions to the character's outing, but what about the people who have helped bring Rowling's story to the big screen for the past seven years?"JK Rowling is an incredibly intelligent woman," Daniel Radcliffe, who has played the titular role in all five Harry Potter films to date, told BBC News.
Birmingham police criticised over gay pub raid 3
10:50 AM — Police in the West Midlands have failed in their efforts to get a gay pub's licence revoked.Their request followed an earlier attempt to raid The Fountain Inn for pornography and drugs after receiving an anonymous tip-off.Police bungled the raid when they went to an Irish family pub, The Fountain, a mile down the road. The pub's drinkers were highly amused by the blunder.
Stonewall Cymru community liaison officer honoured 1
10:10 AM — A Stonewall officer has won an award for "outstanding commitment to diversity" in her work tackling issues of homophobic hate crime.Jenny Porter, Stonewall Cymru's community liaison officer, received the award at the North Wales Criminal Justice Board Volunteer and Justice Awards Ceremony this week.Ms Porter works with the police and criminal justice agencies in Wales to develop ways of dealing with homophobically motivated hate crimes
12th November 2007
More sex please – the British on holiday
3:40 PM — One in five Britons has sex with someone new when abroad, according to research published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections.The conclusions are based on interviews with 12,000 men and women aged between 16 and 44 as part of the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL).14% of men and 7% of women admitted to having sex with a new partner while overseas.
Review: Casanova the Carol Ann Duffy way
3:35 PM — Casanova, the famous author and bon vivant, claimed to have bedded a woman in every European city.So it is no surprise that in this modern age of sex and sleaze, he is experiencing something of a revival.First, the BBC adaptation of his life starring a geeky David Tennant; now, the play written by controversial poet Carol Ann Duffy
Life sentence for teenager guilty of homophobic murder 1
3:19 PM — A teenager was sentenced to life imprisonment today for murdering a gay council officer in a homophobic attack.David Meehan, 19, admitted to murdering James Kerr, 51, in South Inch public park and leaving him for dead while he and his accomplices went to a party.According to Mr Meehan, the three walked past Mr Kerr on their way back but ignored their victim who was still breathing.
EU governments urged to remove tax on condoms
12:50 PM — An online petition launched today urges EU governments to cut VAT on condoms to tackle the growth of AIDS in Europe.The European Parliament Socialist Group will present the petition to government ministers ahead of World AIDS Day on 1st December.Hundreds of Facebook users have already joined a group on the social networking site to support the campaign under the slogan "Cut AIDS, Cut VAT on Condoms."
First Minister adviser to take up Stonewall post
11:35 AM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has announced the appointment of Derek Munn as director of public affairs.Mr Munn was special adviser to the First Minister of Scotland from 2003 until earlier this year and will take up his post on 3rd December."We're absolutely delighted to have secured someone of Derek's background and considerable abilities to fulfil this important role within the organisation," said Ben Summerskill, Stonewall's chief executive.
Gay football documentary to tackle stereotypes 1
10:45 AM — This winter a new film that highlights the Brighton Bandits Gay Football Club is expected to make the festival circuit.The film follows the team through their 2006/07 season and explores the relationship between sexuality and soccer.Since 1997, the Brighton Bandits have been making a name for themselves as the only gay soccer club in the area.
9th November 2007
Brighton teenagers trading sex for a place to stay
4:30 PM — Vulnerable young people are trading sex just for a place to sleep, a year-long research study by charity Barnardos has revealed.The work focused on Sussex, and the vast majority of young people described in the case studies as 'known' or 'suspected' examples of sexual exploitation were aged between 16 and 18 years and were of White British origin.One quarter was male and the majority of these young men identified as gay.
BBC soap to get new gay character
3:29 PM — EastEnders, the most-watched programme on the BBC, is to get a new gay character in the New Year.The gay brother of character Jane Beale will arrive in Albert Square in early 2008.The soap's executives were inspired to include a gay character after a similar move by ITV's Coronation St proved to be a big hit with viwers.The Mirror reported: "The bosses at EastEnders have seen how well Antony Cotton does as Sean in Corrie."
Welcome for evangelical voice on equality commission 39
3:01 PM — A group that examines religion in public life has welcomed the appointment of the head of the Evangelical Alliance UK to the new Commission on Equality and Human Rights (ECHR).The think-tank Ekklesia says that the controversial evangelical taking his place on the commission is "an historic opportunity for evangelicals to shift toward full acceptance of the equalities agenda."Joel Edwards was a controversial choice for many LGBT activists. The Evangelical Alliance are one of the most strident voices against gay rights in the UK.