22nd March 2007
Gay adoption rules approved by House of Lords 5
10:20 AM — The Sexual Orientation Regulations have been approved by the House of Lords and will become law on April 30th.A motion by Tory peer Baroness O'Cathain seeking to strike down the regulations was defeated by 168 votes to 122.They outlaw discrimination against gay, lesbian and bisexual people when they access goods, services and facilities.
21st March 2007
Elton John’s rails against global homophobia 1
5:07 PM — Elton John has urged people to stand up against homophobia in an interview with the New Statesman. Sir Elton, who celebrates his 60th birthday this weekend, used the interview to raise the case of William Hernandez, a gay rights activist from El Salvador.Sir Elton also spoke about his relationship with long term partner David Furnish.
Exclusive: On the front line with Christian protesters 10
4:30 PM — Religious groups gathered around Parliament today to protest against the Sexual Orientation Regulations, which will be debated in the House of Lords tonight.Around 300 to 400 protesters attended the demonstration, carrying banners with the slogans: "Gay Aim = Abolish the Family" and "No to Gay Sex Lessons."Event organiser Phil Whealy told PinkNews.co.uk that the demonstration was supported by people across the UK.
HIV+ employees still reluctant to disclose status
3:55 PM — New research has found that the majority of workers living with HIV are still reluctant to disclose their status to their current or potential employer for fear of facing discrimination.Since 2005, employees living with HIV have been protected from discrimination in the workplace from the moment of diagnosis under the Disability Discrimination Act.However, many employers and people living with HIV are still uncertain of what this change in legislation means.
Income tax cut in Brown’s Budget
2:51 PM — In his 11th Budget as Chancellor, the man most likely to succeed Tony Blair as Prime Minister later this year announced modest rises in taxes on beer and wine and no change in the duty on spirits.Tax exemption for capital gains will rise to £18,400 for civil partners and married couples, Mr Brown announced.The Chancellor revealed that the basic rate of income tax will fall back to 20% from April 2008.
Gay film festival opens in London
1:02 PM — The BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, now in its 21st year, opens this evening.The LLGFF runs until 4th April, showing over a hundred films and shorts as well as hosting a range of discussions and club nights.The opening gala tonight will screen Itty Bitty Titty Committee, the latest offering from But I'm A Cheerleader director Jamie Babbit.
Comment: Eurovision: no place for serious artists 1
12:33 PM — So it is to be Scooch. The UK picked its latest Eurovision entry last weekend, a camp airline-themed pop anthem. Will it win?Ben Leung forces himself to relive some of the music that the Eurovision has been responsible for and asks if any credible musician should enter. Twenty-two years ago this May, the terribly-named female duo of Bobbysocks won the Eurovision Song Contest for Norway with the annoyingly catchy La Det Swinge.
Welsh gays urged to use their vote wisely
10:48 AM — Stonewall Cymru are encouraging LGBT people in the principality to make their votes count in the elections for the Welsh Assembly in May.Tomorrow the gay equality organisation will present a report at the Senedd building in Cardiff on inequality in healthcare in parts of Wales.The Inside-Out report highlights concerns about the varied attitudes of health professionals towards lesbian, gay and bisexual service users.
Gay rights more important than Christian ones, claims bishop 6
10:16 AM — A senior Church of England clergyman has complained that gay people's rights take precedence over everyone else's.The Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt made his comments ahead of a vote on the Sexual Orientation Regulations in the House of Lords later today.The regulations were approved by the House of Commons on Monday night by 310 votes to 100.
20th March 2007
New website gives advice on work discrimination
5:25 PM — The first website solely designed to help employees and employers fight discrimination in the workplace has been launched today.Discriminationonline.com is a website run by Brabners Chaffe, specialists in discrimination law.It contains useful information for anyone who thinks they are being discriminated against.
JP Morgan tells law firms to focus on gay equality
3:25 PM — One of the world's largest financial services companies has told law firms it uses to bring their policies on gay and lesbian staff up to standard.JP Morgan has invited 15 external law firms to attend a meeting with Stonewall next month to learn about best practice towards homosexual and bisexual staff.The company's assistant general counsel and managing director Tim Hailes told The Lawyer: "The firms' commitment to this agenda will be a relevant factor."
Anti-gay propaganda from Christian activists on YouTube
2:18 PM — An offensive video created by an unnamed Christian group denouncing the new Sexual Orientation Regulations is circulating on YouTube.The footage shows a primary school teacher reading about homosexuality to a group of small children.It comes with a warning that nobody aged under 18 should view it.
Exclusive: Ming Campbell speaks to PinkNews.co.uk
12:39 PM — When PinkNews.co.uk spoke to Sir Menzies Campbell at his office in the Palace of Westminster earlier this month, the Liberal Democrat leader discussed his values and attitudes towards gay rights, and how British society has changed since the days of Ted Heath and Jeremy Thorpe. It is just over a year since Sir Menzies Campbell won the leadership of the Liberal Democrats.
Cardinal accuses Blair of abuse 2
12:03 PM — Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has accused Tony Blair of abusing Parliament by not allowing MPs more time to debate the Sexual Orientation Regulations.A proposed opt-out for Roman Catholic-run adoption services caused a Cabinet row earlier this year.The head of the Roman Catholic church in England and Wales said that adoption agencies will close rather than comply with new rules outlawing discrimination.
Gordon Brown and David Cameron vote for gay regulations 1
11:33 AM — An attempt to block legislation that will protect gay people from discrimination has failed.Tory MPs in the House of Commons forced a vote on the Sexual Orientation Regulations yesterday. However, the regulations passed by 310 votes to 100.29 Tory MPs voted in favour of the regulations, among them party leader David Cameron and gay MPs Nick Herbert and Alan Duncan.
Greens call for teacher training on homophobia 1
10:57 AM — The Green Party in Brighton is calling on the city's council to improve anti-homophobia training for headteachers.The party says that the council has a responsibility to protect LGBT education workers."Thanks to a EU directive, workers in the UK now enjoy protection from homophobic and transphobic discrimination and harassment," says Nigel Tart, Chair of the Green Party LGBT group.
19th March 2007
Activists go into the closet for IDAHO 2
5:18 PM — Gay rights campaigners in Gloucestershire will be "coming in" this May to highlight the persecution of gays and lesbians.As part of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), activists will be spending hour-long shifts in a pub closet to raise awareness of laws across the world that discriminate against gay and lesbians.The protest will take place at the Lockkeepers bar in Wallbridge, Stroud, on May 18.
Bishops urged to scupper gay discrimination rules 6
4:18 PM — Christian opposition to gay rights laws has escalated as protestors realise that the House of Lords debate on Wednesday will be the last chance to derail new regulations.Members of the General Synod, or ruling body, of the Church of England have written to all bishops urging them to go to the Lords and vote against the Sexual Orientation Regulations.The rules make it illegal to discriminate against lesbian, bisexual or gay people when providing goods and services.
Sex charity to hold a gay prom in south London
4:03 PM — The UK's leading HIV and sexual health charity is holding its annual youth event in April, providing gay young people an informal space to engage with issues of health and sexuality and meet new people.The Terrence Higgins Trust's youth service, NRG, is also holding prom for lesbian gay or bisexual under 21s and those who are questioning their sexuality.'Moving On Up', will consist of workshops on topics ranging from hair and beauty to tai chi.
Romeo and Romeo is latest from Matthew Bourne
12:31 PM — One of Britain's most successful choreographers and the mastermind behind Swan Lake, plans to give Romeo a male lover in a gay adaptation of the Shakespearean classic Romeo and Juliet.Following the international success of Swan Lake, which has been touring for over ten years, Matthew Bourne is turning his attention to Romeo, Romeo.It is an adaptation of Sergei Prokofiev's ballet, which, like Swan Lake, will feature an all-male cast.