20th March 2008
Mayor defends project that dooms Astoria 2
5:10 PM — Ken Livingstone has claimed there would be "thirty per cent increases in fares and doubling of supplementary business rates" in the capital unless the Crossrail project goes ahead.The £5.5 billion scheme will see a new cross-London rail connection built. However, one of London's best-known gay venues will be demolished.The Astoria will be torn down as part of the redevelopment of Tottenham Court Road station.
Medical council denies gay fertility discrimination 1
4:20 PM — The regulatory body for the medical professions in the UK has said that doctors cannot discrimate against groups of patients, such as gay men or lesbians.The General Medical Council said that a PinkNews.co.uk report on its new guidelines, entitled Personal Beliefs and Medical Practice, was wrong to give the impression that doctors could decline fertility treatment on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Gays get organised in County Down
3:40 PM — A new group for lesbian, gay and bisexual people has been launched in Bangor, Co Down.Gay and Lesbian across Down (GLAD) aims to provide a range of events for gay people living in or visiting the county, which is south of Belfast.District Commander Chief Superintendent Graham Shields of the Northern Ireland Police Service used the launch event to present a new initiative designed to increase the reporting of homophobic hate crime.
Paddick questions whether homophobia hurt his career 1
3:20 PM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London has said if he were straight his career in the Metropolitan police "would have progressed differently."Brian Paddick left the force in May 2007, after 30 years service, at the rank of Deputy Assistant Commissioner. He was the most senior out gay police officer in the country.His autobiography, Line of Fire, was launched in London last night and goes on sale next week.
City law firms form LGBT Forum
1:25 PM — The inaugural meeting of the InterLaw forum for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Networks has been hailed as a "resounding success."24 City law firms were represented at the meeting on Tuesday, which was hosted by Simmons Simmons.InterLaw describes itself as "an inter-organisational forum that was established for LGBT networks in top London law firms to work together to enhance LGBT equality and diversity in the legal sector."
Funding pledged to fight stigma around HIV
1:10 PM — UK organisations are being asked to submit plans for innovative programmes that address stigma and shame around HIV/AIDS and the link between those factors and prevention, care and treatment for the disease.The MAC AIDS Fund is the philanthropic arm of Estée Lauder-owned M·A·C Cosmetics.It has pledged £250,000 in new grant money to fight the problem nationally.
New rules for doctors raise gay fertility treatment questions 1
12:30 PM — New guidelines from the General Medical Council mean doctors could have to reveal to patients if they object to fertility treatment.Personal Beliefs and Medical Practice also covers abortion, the wearing of veils by female doctors and circumcision of male children.The GMC has said that doctors cannot deny any procedure to a patient on the grounds of their sexual orientation. At present some fertility clinics have a blanket ban on same-sex couples.
Ken Livingstone invited to Moscow Pride
11:30 AM — The organisers of Moscow Pride have invited the Mayors of London, Paris and Berlin to attend this year.Last year's event was banned and gay protesters, including Peter Tatchell and Right Said Fred singer Richard Fairbrass, were physically attacked by a homophobic mob.In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk last year, London Mayor Ken Livingstone said he may attend Moscow Pride.
19th March 2008
Gay dating site helps AIDS fight through grid computing
1:50 PM — Computer users can help find a cure for AIDS with the click of a mouse.Through the technology known as grid computing, PC users are now able to assist scientific research halfway across the world, equipped only with their computers and their Internet connection.Gay dating site Fitlads.net is asking its members to install a small piece of software, by invitation from the research laboratory working on the project as part of FightAIDS@Home.
Amstell’s talent recognised by British Academy
1:15 PM — The Best Entertainment Performer category at this year's television BAFTAs is dominated by gay men, it has emerged.Nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts TV awards were announced yesterday.Simon Amstell, host of the rock comedy panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks, was named as a best entertainer nominee, alongside Alan Carr, who co-hosts The Friday Night Project, and Stephen Fry for his intellectually-arousing game show QI.
Ken reveals election pact with Greens 5
12:30 PM — The incumbent Mayor of London's campaign for re-election has received a boost from the Green party, who today urged their supporters to cast their second preference votes for him.Ken Livingstone said his second preference vote would be going to Green candidate Sian Berry at the launch of their "Common Green Agenda" this morning.In every London Mayoral election so far second preferences decided the outcome.
Tributes paid to private man and sci fi genius
10:59 AM — Legendary science fiction author Sir Arthur C. Clarke has died at the age of 90 at his home in Sri Lanka.Clarke, who wrote more than 100 books during his lifetime, died early yesterday morning from respiratory failure.Although Clarke was never open about his sexuality, he has long been believed to be one of the most prominent gay writers of the last century.
18th March 2008
HIV clusters nothing new say THT and GMFA 3
5:50 PM — Sexual health charities that work with the gay community have said that a recent study that claims HIV is spreading among clusters of gay men is "nothing new."Gay men's health group GMFA and Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) both said that infections among specific groups of gay men have been an acknowledged factor in the epidemiology of the disease for decades.Tim Molloy from GMFA told PinkNews.co.uk: "We have always been aware of sexual networks. Men go to the same bar and are into the same things so it is obvious that there will be a pattern."
Syrian claiming gay asylum faces deportation order 2
3:53 PM — A teenager from Syria who tried to claim asylum in the UK on the grounds of his sexual orientation has pleaded with the Home Office to reverse a deportation order.Jojo Jako Yakob claims he faces certain death if he is returned to his homeland.A deportation order was enacted against him after he was arrested for possession of a fake Belgian passport and placed in Polmont Young Offenders Institution in Scotland.
Who gets your vote for Mayor of London? 6
1:20 PM — PinkNews.co.uk is inviting readers to take part in our second Mayor of London poll.Today is the start of the official campaigning period for the election. Londoners will go to the polls on May 1st.Incumbent Ken Livingstone is running as the Labour candidate. Henley MP Boris Johnson is the Conservative party hopeful, while former Met police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick is standing for the Liberal Democrats.
Countdown to Mayor of London election begins
12:30 PM — The official campaign period for the Mayor of London election starts today. Londoners will go to the polls on May 1st.Incumbent Mayor and Labour candidate Ken Livingstone said that the election "is not Celebrity Big Brother" and referred to the terrorist attacks on the city in 2005 as indicative of the spirit of the capital.Boris Johnson said that as London's first Tory Mayor he would stand up to the national government and claimed the city has lost out on its share of government investment and resources.
Football fans banned for homophobic and racist abuse
12:02 PM — Nine Blackpool FC fans have been banned from their home ground for shouting homophobic and racist abuse during Saturday's match against Preston.Supporters of both teams complained about offensive chanting and police were asked to investigate.Following an ongoing investigation, the nine Blackpool fans have been banned and police are scrutinising CCTV footage with the intention of issuing more banning orders.
17th March 2008
Livermore “excited” about his new role
7:50 PM — The Prime Minister's departing Director of Political Strategy was not forced out of Downing St and he expects to remain close to Gordon Brown, PinkNews.co.uk has learned.It was revealed earlier today that Spencer Livermore is to leave the government this week.Downing St sources said he still expects to play a key role in the next election campaign.
Spencer Livermore to leave Downing St
6:00 PM — The Prime Minister's Director of Political Strategy is reportedly leaving to take a job in advertising.Spencer Livermore was named the most important gay person in British politics in the PinkNews.co.uk Top 50 list in December.His departure is seen as a blow to Gordon Brown: Mr Livermore has been one of his closest and most loyal aides for more than a decade.
Poll shows Boris ahead in race for Mayor of London
5:30 PM — The Conservative candidate for Mayor of London is well ahead of his two main rivals, according to polling carried out for the Evening Standard newspaper.The online poll of 1,005 Londoners was conducted by YouGov. 49% said they would vote for Boris Johnson, 37% for incumbent Labour Mayor Ken Livingstone and 12% for Lib Dem candidate Brian Paddick.17% said they had not yet decided who to vote for. The Mayor of London is elected by the Supplementary Vote (SV) system, where voters may choose a first and second choice candidate.