4th March 2008
Northern Ireland First Minister to resign 7
6:20 PM — The homophobic First Minister of Northern Ireland, the Reverend Ian Paisley, is to stand down in May and quit his post as leader of the Democratic Unionist Party.The 81-year-old will retain his seats in the House of Commons and Northern Ireland Assembly. Rev Paisley said: "I came to this decision a few weeks ago."He will depart after an economic conference in May, which is also the first anniversary of the power-sharing executive taking office.
NHS Trust unveils gay-specific cancer information
3:10 PM — A Primary Care Trust in London has produced information leaflets about cancer specifically for lesbians and gay men.This is the first time an NHS organisation has produced such leaflets.The Barking and Dagenham Primary Care Trust developed them in association with the Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists (GLADD).Entitled Gay Men and Cancer and Lesbians and Cancer, they are the newest additions to the PCT's A Guide to Cancer series.
New website promotes Somerset as a gay destination
2:58 PM — One of England's more rural counties is being touted as a holiday destination for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.A new online resource, gaysomerset.com, has been launched to promote gay bars, clubs, accommodation, saunas and social groups in Somerset. The website also has information on help and support services in the area, a vital life line for gay people living in small communities."Being 'the only gay in the village' is a real life situation for some in Somerset," editor Tom Faull told PinkNews.co.uk.
Mayor backs Christian challenge over fostering
2:45 PM — The Mayor of Derby is backing a Christian couple who are appealing against a decision that they were not suitable foster parents.Eunice and Owen Johns approached the council about providing weekend respite care for children under 10.They were rejected by an adoption panel after it emerged that Mrs Johns, a Sunday school teacher, wanted any children in their care to go to church on Sundays.The Johns also refused to teach children that gay and lesbian relationships are normal, as required by gay equality laws.
3rd March 2008
Gays and lesbians urged to kick the habit 2
5:05 PM — Smoking rates among the gay and lesbian community in the UK are significantly higher than the general population, and this No Smoking Day we are being urged to give up the fags for good.Around 40% of gays and lesbians smoke, as opposed to 23% of men and 24% of women in general population.Smoking kills more than 112,000 people in the UK each year, making it the country's biggest preventable killer. The gay, lesbian and bisexual community tend to smoke for different reasons and at an earlier age than heterosexual men and women.
Interview: Critic turned playwright explores Gielgud’s darkest hour
4:20 PM — Plague Over England, the new play by Nicholas de Jongh currently playing at the Finborough Theatre in London, opened last week to favourable reviews from the national press.Which must have been a double relief to the playwright, the theatre critic of the Evening Standard since 1991.Billed as a play about the 1953 arrest of actor Sir John Gielgud for cruising, in fact it accurately portrays several intersecting gay lives in the period.
Gay rugby team branches out into club nights
12:21 PM — After winning the European Championship last year in Copenhagen and securing the right to host the contest in 2009, what next for London's leading gay rugby team?Ruggercub is the answer. From next Sunday the Kings Cross Steelers will be hosting their new club night at the Two Brewers in Clapham.The monthly event is aimed at "rugby boys and their followers." The launch party on 9th March 2008 features special guest DJ Andy Bell of Erasure fame.
Bishop stresses civil partnership is not marriage 3
11:30 AM — A Church of England bishop has said it is "careless" to refer to civil partnerships as marriages.The Right Reverend Jonathan Gledhill, Bishop of Lichfield, also attacked the government for weakening the status of marriage."Most of my gay friends would want to distinguish between marriage, which is something that happens for a man and a woman," he said.
Civil partnership for senior Tory 7
10:55 AM — After a whirlwind 14-month romance leading Conservative MP Alan Duncan has proposed to his boyfriend.He met 39-year-old James Dunseath at a dinner arranged by friends and proposed to him on Valentine's Day during a holiday in Oman. They are expected to hold a civil partnership ceremony later this year.Mr Duncan, 50, is the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and MP for Rutland and Melton.
2nd March 2008
Pensioner arrested after Manchester gay village murder 1
5:20 PM — Police investigating the stabbing of a 25-year-old man in Manchester's gay village have arrested a pensioner today on suspicion of murder. Officers have not named the suspect as yet.At about 7.30pm on Monday evening Craig Douglas, who is straight, and another man were approached by two men and the four got into an argument on Canal Street close to its junction with Minshull Street and Aytourn Street.
1st March 2008
Sydney Pride celebrates 30 years of marching 2
12:23 PM — Australia's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) community has celebrated Sydney's 30th Mardi Gras parade. The mile long parade was led by a group of "78ers" those who took part in the first parade in 1978.But one of the "78ers", Diane Minnis, told The Age: "It is still very difficult for young people in country towns to come out as lesbian or gay, and even in outer suburbs and regional centres."
29th February 2008
Man, 70, wanted over gay village murder 1
2:25 PM — Police have today released a second picture of a man they want to speak to in connection with the murder of a 25-year-old man.Detectives need to speak to David Broady, 70, in connection with the murder of Craig Douglas.They and are appealing for anyone who knows of his whereabouts to come forward.Anyone who sees him is asked not to approach him, but call 999 immediately. Police believe he is in Manchester.
Man jailed for making porn film with 16-year-old
1:10 PM — A 48-year-old man has been sentenced to two years and eleven months in prison for inciting a child into pornography.Rufus Ffoulkes, of Alexander Road, Lowestoft, has 58 previous convictions, mostly for fraud and theft. In 1981 he was convicted for having sex with a 13-year-old boy.Floulkes recruited young men for his homemade porn films from the website Gaydar. One brought along the 16-year-old boy.
Teacher’s victory in gay discrimination case 1
12:10 PM — A young gay teacher has received an unqualified apology from the governors of a school which formerly employed him after a landmark case for harassment under sexual orientation employment regulations.The school's governing body accepted guilt and made an unreserved apology before the case went to full procedure.This was the first case in UK law that saw a teacher taking his school to tribunal under the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003.
Iranian asylum seeker’s deportation delayed
10:34 AM — A gay teenager who was due to be deported to the UK earlier this week is still in detention in Holland.19-year-old Medhi Kazemi, who faces possible execution by stoning if he returns to Iran, fled for the Netherlands last year after his appeal for asylum in the UK was refused.He is awaiting the ruling of Dutch court next Monday on whether he should be returned to the UK, who want to deport him to Iran.
28th February 2008
Car salesman loses employment tribunal 2
4:35 PM — A man who claimed that he was forced to leave his job because of homophobic abuse from fellow workers has lost his case at an employment tribunal.Ben Hamilton, 26, was claiming that persistent remarks about his sexuality amounted to constructive unfair dismissal and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.The tribunal questioned why he made no complaints about his treatment before he resigned from his job as a salesman at the BMW showroom in Chandler's Ford in October 2006.
Gay groups present report at Edinburgh Castle reception
4:15 PM — The LGBT Hearts and Minds Agenda Group has presented a copy of their report into challenging prejudice at a special ministerial reception held yesterday evening at Edinburgh Castle.Communities and Sport Minister Stewart Maxwell hosted the event which also marked LGBT History Month.The group is facilitated by the Scottish Government Equality Unit and is made up of representatives from three national LGBT organisations.
Second man released in gay village murder investigation 1
3:55 PM — A 66-year-old man, arrested on Monday on suspicion of murder of Craig Douglas, has been freed on police bail pending further inquiries until 24th March.A 49-year-old man who was also arrested in connection with the incident was earlier released without charge.Inquiries into the circumstances of Mr Douglas' death continue and police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.
Lesbian magazine cover censored 13
3:03 PM — A sensual cover image featuring a lesbian embrace has been censored after objections from a major retailer.DIVA, Europe's leading lesbian glossy, had chosen the photo, a homage to a legendary cover of Rolling Stone magazine featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono, for the cover of their SEX issue.Jane Czyzselska, editor of DIVA magazine, said: "The cover image of Yoko and John taken by Annie Leibovitz for Rolling Stone magazine in 1981 is one of the most iconic of our time."
Pop star denies chaining escort to wall
1:50 PM — Boy George, the DJ and former Culture Club singer, has appeared in court to deny assaulting and imprisoning a Norwegian rent boy last April.At today's 20-minute hearing at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London he appeared using his real name, George O'Dowd. He was bailed and he trial will begin on November 24th.It is alleged that 28-year-old Auden Carlsen met the former Culture Club star on website Gaydar.