31st August 2006
Gay groups urge Met to drop GPA investigation 9
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveHuman rights activists have urged the Metropolitan Police Commissioner to drop a faith crime investigation regarding the Gay Police Association (GPA).Outrage! and the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) have each sent a letter to Sir Ian Blair in support of the GPA after Scotland Yard began an investigation last month following complaints regarding an advert in the Independent coinciding with last month's EuroPride event.
30th August 2006
Fertility group backs lesbian IVF access
12:00 AM — Lesbians and single women should be treated the same way as heterosexual couples in access to NHS funded fertility treatment, medical experts recommended today.The British Fertility Society (BFS), the organisation representing professionals working with assisted conception, has issued a series of recommendations on social criteria for access to NHS-funded fertility treatment amid speculation of a postcode lottery in gaining support.
Local party stops modernising Tories
12:00 AM — Controversial Tory Ian Laws has moved back into the fold in his local Conservative party by being allowed to stand as a nominee for the Falmouth Camborne seat, according to The Times.Conservative party member Mr Laws was suspended following his public appeal for openly gay Ashley Crossely to be dumped as the local party candidate for the parliamentary seat at the last election.
Manc police to monitor Gay Village
12:00 AM — A dedicated police officer and community support officer (PCSO) are taking to the beat around Manchester's Gay Village, as part of the city's commitment to neighbourhood policing, prompting accusations of political correctness.PC Sam Tennant and PCSO Ann Marie Lewis are now based in the Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) offices on Princess Street in the city centre.
“Elton is gay” attackers found guilty
12:00 AM — Thugs Henry Peters and Neil Wattley have been found guilty of attacking Elton John fans following the star's concert at Watford football stadium last June, according to HemelHempsteadToday.The pair attacked uncle and nephew Graham and John Brydon shouting "Elton John is f***ing gay" after Peters had spotted the official concert T-shirt Graham Brydon was wearing.
Europe mourns loss of first openly gay referee
12:00 AM — Tributes have been paid this week following the death of the only openly gay referee in the history of professional football.John Blankenstein, 57, a Dutch official who oversaw the 1993 UEFA Cup final and 1992 European Championship matches died last Friday from a kidney disease.
Seamen required for cruising channel 57
12:00 AM — The Big Cruise is looking for seamen to jump aboard when it sets sail next May on its maiden voyage.The luxury liner, described as "one of the campest ships in the fleet" by its owners, will set sail from Dover on a 3 day cruise around the channel, including a day in St Peter's Port, Guernsey.
29th August 2006
‘Gay friendly’ potential President to address Tories
12:00 AM — A US politician tipped as the next US President and known to favour state power to define gay marriage laws will address the Conservative Party Conference in Bournemouth next month, according to reports.John McCain, the senior Senator from Arizona, who voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2004 and has been praised by gay lobby group the Log Cabin Republicans, will speak at the opening evening of the Tory annual gathering.
Rise in gay teenagers calling Childline
12:00 AM — The NSPCC has reported a rise in the number of LGBT teenagers calling their helpline to ask for help with homophobic bullying.There was a 21% rise in calls to Childline about all types of bullying in the year up to March 2006.About a quarter of all calls to the helpline are about bullying.
Stonewall welcomes legal industry homophobia report
12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall today welcomed a Law Society report highlighting the homophobia faced by lesbians and gay men working in large City law firms.The report into the working experiences of lesbian and gay lawyers in the workplace found that the dominant macho culture in many of the firms made it difficult for gay staff to come out.
Matthew Parris: married on a Thursday 2
12:00 AM — The Times has revealed its star political columnist Matthew Parris has entered into a civil partnership with his long-time boyfriend.Parris, a former Conservative MP, 'tied the knot' in a ceremony in Bakewell, Derbyshire.His partner is Guardian journalist Julian Glover. They have been a couple for 11 years.
Nationwide search for gay man who infected partner 57
12:00 AM — Police have asked for help in tracing a gay man who was convicted earlier this month of recklessly infecting his lover with HIV.Mark James absconded before he was sentenced, and is currently on the run.Acting Detective Inspector Mike Sunman, of Hounslow Police, described James as a danger to public health, and appealed for help in tracing him.
Thousands oppose gay venue closure 1
12:00 AM — Over 16,000 people have signed a petition opposing the closure of the home of the G-A-Y nightclub.The Astoria was sold in June for around ?24 million to Derwent Valley developers who are reportedly planning to turn the venue into shops, offices and flats.Partygoers including the gay community are determined to keep the popular music venue open.
Pride veterans shun gay pride charge
12:00 AM — Two former pride organisers protested against Manchester Pride by taking part in the march on Saturday but refusing to pay the £50 registration charge.In a move aimed at subverting, and protesting against Manchester Pride's charging over £50 for walkers, the pair, Ohmeed Ahi, chief steward of The Pink Festival, and Tim Groves, deputy chief steward of Europride 2006, shunned the registration process last weekend.
“Macho” culture hindering gay lawyers
12:00 AM — The "macho" culture of law firms is hindering gay and lesbian lawyers from coming out at work fearing it will affect their career progression, a report revealed today.Legal regulator, The Law Society's first report on the career experiences of gay and lesbian solicitors discovered "undertones of homophobia" in legal practices with employees feeling restricted by perceptions and expectations of discrimination.
Man City FC sign up to Stonewall diversity scheme 3
12:00 AM — Manchester City have become the first professional football club to join the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme.A spokesman for Stonewall, the leading gay rights organisation, praised the club for being the first to "put their head above the parapet," and hinted that other clubs may soon follow Man City's lead.Over 200 companies and organisations have now signed up for the scheme, which promotes good employment practice.
Gay humanists criticise “spineless” Archbishop 5
12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has been labelled "spineless" after telling gay they are not welcome in his Church unless they "change their ways."The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) criticised remarks made by Dr Rowan Williams in Dutch newspaper Nederlands Dagblad.
Homophobic bullying targeted in Manchester
12:00 AM — The Liberal Democrats launched their Stop Homophobic Bullying Petition in the North West last weekend to coincide with Manchester Gay Pride.John Leech, Lib Dem MP for Manchester Withington, brought the initiative to Manchester, aiming to clamp down on homophobic bullying, encourage anti-bullying policies and training teachers how to deal with it.
25th August 2006
Badgering for LGF
12:00 AM — The Apprentice finalist Ruth Badger will be helping out with the Lesbian Gay Foundation (LGF) at the forthcoming Manchester Pride's Big Weekend, August 26-28.Ms Badger has apparently been putting her entrepreneurial skills to the test by helping out to organise and develop the LGF's campaign for the weekend which is aimed at people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
COMMENT: Not all representation is positive 7
12:00 AM — Should we be happy that the rather shallow humour of Little Britain is being exported to America?Or that more and more companies are commissioning 'gay' adverts to appeal to homo-consumers?Representation is always a slippery issue. Tony Grew muses on whether more adverts and more gay jokes are a good thing.