6th March 2008
Welsh gays and lesbians offered media training
6:15 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall Cymru will be focusing on empowering bisexual, lesbian and gay people in Wales at their annual conference next month.The one day event will feature workshops on media training and lobbying skills.The conference is called Get Engaged! Influencing Decision Makers and Campaigning for Change and will be held on Saturday 19th April at Gregynog, Powys, starting at noon.
National newspaper takes up gay Iranian story 6
4:40 PM — A concerted campaign by gay rights activists on behalf of a gay teenager facing deportation to Iran and possible execution has pushed his plight into the national press.This morning The Independent newspaper devoted its front page to 19-year-old Medhi Kazemi, who fled to the Netherlands last year after his appeal for asylum in the UK was refused.His story was first reported on PinkNews.co.uk on February 19th. He appeared in a Dutch court yesterday asking to be allowed to remain in the Netherlands.
London Mayor candidates will attend gay hustings 1
3:25 PM — The three leading candidates for Mayor of London have confirmed they will take part in hustings organised by gay equality organisation Stonewall.Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson and Brian Paddick will answer questions from the gay community on Saturday 19th April.PinkNews.co.uk is proud to be Stonewall's media partner for the hustings, which will be held at the BFI Southbank between 11am and 12.30pm.
Leicester to host conference on gay discrimination
2:05 PM — A one-day event later this year aims to bring together staff from Leicester employers to learn practical ways of tackling prejudice and ensuring services are welcoming to all.The 'A Life In A Day - Practical Ways to Make Your Services LGBT Friendly' conference is being hosted by Leicester Lesbian Gay and Bisexual Centre as part of a lottery-funded project and will take place at Leicester City Football Club on Thursday 5th June.MP Sir Peter Soulsby, who represents Leicester South, will give the opening address.
A new name for Glasgow’s Pride 3
1:25 PM — Scotland's largest city will celebrate the LGBT community at the end of August with a renamed Pride event.Pride Scotia (Glasgow) Ltd has changed it name to Pride Glasgow and plan to bring Pride back to Glasgow with a bang, say organisers.They are hoping to attract well-known performers to appear at the event. Glasgow last hosted a Pride event in 2006.Pride Glasgow already has the support of Glasgow City Council, Strathclyde Police and Glasgow and Greater Clyde National Health Service.
5th March 2008
Porn company abandons bareback after BBC investigation 16
11:40 PM — British porn producer Icreme has agreed to stop filming bareback scenes.The company claims to produce more adult material than any other in the UK.Icreme told the BBC that all their porn performers would use condoms from now on.
EXCLUSIVE: HIV+ bareback porn performer speaks out 9
8:50 PM — Clyde is like many 20 year old gay boys: chatty, outgoing, sweet natured, and already learning the harsh realities of life on the scene.A former porn performer, he found out he is HIV+ last year.BBC news programme Newsnight has been investigating the booming industry in cheaply made gay porn and the seemingly insatiable appetite for films featuring sex without condoms, known as 'bareback.'
Runners invited to do their bit for gay rights
6:30 PM — In the light of their successful performance last year, The Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) have once again secured places in the Manchester Run.The charity are inviting people to team up and join them in what promises to be one of the biggest 10 km events in the world.The LGF is one of the UK's largest gay charities, offering a variety of services and supporting the lesbian, gay and bisexual community, such as legal advice and a free helpline.
Bi and lesbian women’s net communities studied
6:15 PM — A London university is looking at the role that internet communities have in the lives of lesbian and bisexual women and how this may relate to health and well being.Researchers at London Metropolitan University are asking for women to take part in an online survey as part of the study, which will also consider if message boards function as a sense of community or social support.In the next phase of the study the research team will be conducting a series of interviews and are keen for bi and lesbian women to take part.
Straight man taunted for being gay backed by EHRC
5:40 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has taken up the case of a 56-year-old married man who was repeatedly taunted at work about being gay because he lives in Brighton.An employment tribunal and an appeal tribunal have both rejected his claims of sexual discrimination.Stephen English suffered years of abuse and insinuation from colleagues at Thomas Sanderson Blinds, based near Portsmouth, where he had worked in sales.
Bareback porn withdrawn from sale after investigation 6
3:40 PM — The BBC news programme Newsnight has reported that three porn films have been withdrawn from sale after the programme revealed that some performers are becoming infected with HIV.Two of the DVD titles show eight young men having sex with each other "in various combinations" without using condoms. Four of them were diagnosed as HIV positive shortly after filming.One of the men told Newsnight that he was "distressed that footage which he believed showed him becoming infected had been put on sale."
4th March 2008
Pensioner charged over Manchester gay village murder 1
11:50 PM — A 70-year-old man has been charged with murdering a a 25-year-old man in the heart of Manchester's gay village.At about 7.30pm on the 25th February 2008 Craig Douglas, who was 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. David Brodie from Victoria Square, Manchester, has been charged with murdering Mr Douglas.
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.