21st September 2007
COMMENT: George Michael can’t shrug off HIV 5
1:25 PM — It can be argued that George Michael's recent decision to pull his interview from the upcoming BBC programme Stephen Fry: HIV and Me is justified because it's such a personal issue.However, to discover that he does not believe in HIV tests and finds waiting for results too harrowing is pathetic and cowardly.Someone who is a role model, idol and influencer for so many, hiding from an infection which eventually led to the death of his former partner, Anselmo Feleppa, through an AIDS-related illness, is ignorant.
Politicians welcome homophobic bullying guidance 9
1:15 PM — The three main political parties in the UK have welcomed today's publication by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) of groundbreaking new guidance for teachers on homophobic bullying in schools.The pioneering guidance, commissioned from gay equality organisation Stonewall by the DCSF, provides school governors, heads, teachers and other staff with practical information about how to prevent and respond to homophobic bullying.
George Michael AIDS story “stimulates debate.” 5
1:02 PM — Singer George Michael's decision to withdraw his interview from Stephen Fry's BBC programme HIV and Me has stimulated public debate on HIV testing, says the National Aids Trust.The pop star was asked about his personal experiences relating to HIV. George commented that he does not do tests and hasn't had one since 2004 because he fears the results.The controversy was discussed on Channel 5 programme The Wright Stuff this morning and has been reported across the world.
TURING: Dating the 21st century way 1
1:01 PM — Despite its past and its popularity, cruising sites like Gaydar have outrun their usefulness—and probably do more harm than goodIn many ways, Gaydar is a maverick among the so-called dating websites for men in Britain — gay, straight, bisexual and everything in between — and to a limited extent in a few other European countries, Australia and North America.Indeed, at one time in the not-so-remote past, Gaydar was the third most popular site in Britain after Google and the BBC.
Guidance on gay bullying issued to schools 8
11:50 AM — The Department for Children, Families and Schools has issued guidance to schools in England and Wales on how to tackle homophobic bullying.The new guidance from the government gives teachers, head teachers, school governors and support staff practical advice on how to recognise, prevent and respond to homophobic language and physical abuse.It follows on from Stonewall's wide-ranging study into homophobic bullying published in June this year, entitled "The School Report."
Brian Paddick was an undercover Lib Dem 1
11:45 AM — Mayor of London candidate Brian Paddick has revealed he has always been a Liberal Democrat at heart, even in his former role as Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.Mr Paddick, who spoke a conference event in Brighton yesterday said:"Yes, I've been an undercover Liberal Democrat."Under that blue uniform there was a gold one. I'll leave that to your imagination."
COMMENT: Schools must clamp down on homophobic bullying 8
10:44 AM — Today is a watershed moment for education, as we unveil new guidance that will give schools detailed practical advice on how to deal with homophobic bullying for the first time.This is something teachers have frequently called for and will help schools get to grips with an issue that has blighted too many young people's lives.Every pupil in our schools has the right to be protected from bullying.
The Puppini Sisters join the Supper Club
10:09 AM — This year the Terrence Higgins Trust Supper Club will be entertained by the fabulous The Puppini Sisters.The stylish fundraiser, in association with glam brand Kiehl's, takes place on Tuesday 6 November. 50 different dinner parties will be held simultaneously in fabulous locations around London.The supper guests are then chauffeur driven to an exclusive Café de Paris after-dinner party for drinks, dancing and swing covers from the singing trio.
20th September 2007
Iraqi gays win asylum in UK 1
5:07 PM — Two gay men from Iraq persecuted because of their sexuality have been granted asylum in the UK following an appeal.Fleeing from militia death squads, which have been targeting the LGBT community in their home counrty, Ibaa, 30, and Haider, 29, were initially refused asylum by the Home Office on the grounds that fear of persecution because of sexual orientation was not recognised by the 1951 Refugee Convention.The two men received help from gay rights organisation OutRage! and the exiled LGBT Iraq group.
BBC removes George Michael from HIV documentary 4
4:03 PM — Pop star George Michael's appearance in new BBC documentary Stephen Fry: HIV and Me has been removed at his request.During an interview in which the pop star was asked about his personal experiences relating to HIV, George commented that he does not do tests and hasn't had one since 2004 because he fears the results.Host Stephen Fry then disagrees with him and takes a HIV test, which is negative, there and then to make his point.
Ming sends Lib Dems home with rousing speech 1
2:13 PM — Sir Menzies Campbell made a passionate defence of the values of liberalism in his leader's speech to the Liberal Democrat party conference in Brighton.Liberalism requires tolerance he told an audience of party members, councillors and MPs.He told them he has spent his entire life "speaking out against bigotry," and that intolerance and extremism threaten our freedom.
Nominees for Stonewall Awards announced 3
11:35 AM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has announced the nominees for their annual awards.Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton, comedian Sue Perkins, singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, rapper Mz Fontaine and The Feeling vocalist Dan Gillespie-Sells are nominated for Entertainer of the Year.In the category of Broadcast or Broadcaster of the Year, Doctor Who, Hollyoaks, ITV drama Housewife 49, Capital Radio show Lucio's Drivetime and digital radio station Gaydar Radio are the nominees.
“Robocop” mayor backs gay village in Middlesborough 1
10:58 AM — The elected mayor of Middlesborough has called for more events and even a nightclub for the gay community in the town.Ray Mallon, one of the most popular mayors in the UK, has even suggested a gay quarter, and plans to speak to local authorities in other cities about their success in creating a vibrant gay scene.Known as "Robocop" because of his zero tolerance approach to crime while a senior officer in Cleveland police, Mr Mallon told a meeting of the Middlesborough Council Executive that it is important to raise the issue.
Xbox game courts controversy with lesbian scene 1
10:33 AM — A new video game designed exclusively for the Xbox 360 is stirring up controversy for including an optional lesbian sex scene.Mass Effect, from game developer BioWare, will allow players to engage in romantic interludes with other game characters, including same-sex relationships between female characters.Spoilers on the game were published recently by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).
19th September 2007
Former minister Twigg to return to Commons
11:30 PM — Stephen Twigg, then man who famously defeated Michael Portillo in the safe Tory seat of Enfield Southgate, in 1997 is set to return to the House of Commons.Mr Twigg, 40, who was the first MP to have been first elected as an openly gay man. He lost his Enfield seat in the 2005 general election.He has been selected for the safe Labour seat of West Derby.
Homophobic attacker may be evicted 4
12:37 PM — A youth who took part in a vicious assault on two lesbian friends of popstar Ana Matronic may be evicted from her home.Three young people, aged between 18 and 20, were found guilty of attacking Nina Meffen, 36 and Carol Cashmore, 42, in their driveway on the evening of 31st July last year.Hyde Housing Association, which owns Emer Close, the location of the attack and home to both the victims and the ringleader of the group, says it will be pursuing further action.
Controversial Tory attacks government over race 2
12:04 PM — A vice-chairman of the Conservative party has attacked the government's record on race equality.Sayeeda Warsi was appointed Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion by David Cameron earlier this year, the first Muslim woman to sit in the Tory Shadow Cabinet.The final report from the Commission for Racial Equality was released yesterday. The CRE is being merged into the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights.
Interview: Pricking the bubble of Hollywood celebrity
11:54 AM — "What child would want to be Graham Norton when they are older?" asks Paul Burston."No offence to Graham, what he does is great, but he is not the image you aspire to. When you are a young gay kid, you want to be gay but normal."And he ought to know. Cultural theorist, nightlife journalist andauthor, Paul Burston has chronicled gay popular and club culture formore than 14 years.
18th September 2007
Lib Dems and Stonewall discuss gay issues 1
4:49 PM — DELGA, the Liberal Democrats LGBT organisation, joined forces with Stonewall last night to host a fringe meeting at the party's conference in Brighton.Stephen Williams MP, a party spokesman on education, and Jo Swinson, who speaks on equality issues, were joined by Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall, for a question and answer session with Lib Dem activists.
Author of homophobic crime report killed 2
3:45 PM — The managing director of a research consultancy specialising in gay and lesbian issues died after being attacked near his home in south east London.Tony Hoare, 49, was attacked last week as he walked his two Jack Russell dogs in Charlton Park. He was found unconscious and died shortly after being taken to hospital.The organiser of a vigil to be held this evening in his memory told the Evening Standard that Mr Hoare was the victim of a homophobic abuse in The Swan pub the night he was killed.