14th September 2007
Gay equality on the agenda at party conferences
12:15 PM — Over the next fortnight, three seaside resorts will brace themselves for an influx of MPs, political activists and journalists as the party conference season gets underway.These tribal gatherings are a perfect opportunity to lobby politicians, and to that end gay equality organisation Stonewall will be holding a series of fringe meetings, which are open to all."If you live near Brighton, Bournemouth or Blackpool or are attending the conferences in any capacity please join us at one or more of our fringe meetings," said a Stonewall spokesperson.
TURING: Ads beware 1
10:40 AM — More often than not, the fuss is unnecessary. But, that does not relieve the media companies from their responsibilityMarshall McLuhan, the communications theorist, believed that advertising was the greatest art form of the twentieth century.The description could perhaps be made more accurate if one replaces his superlative adjective with a more plausible alternative —'greatest' with 'most controversial.'
13th September 2007
Witnesses claim Labour activist called Lib Dem a paedophile 130
1:50 PM — A London court has heard evidence from a member of the public who says a Labour council candidate make allegations of paedophilia against her Lib Dem opponent.Miranda Grell, 29, won a formerly safe Lib Dem seat on Waltham Forest council in last May's elections. Her opponent Barry Smith is now at the centre of a prosecution being brought against Ms Grell.She has been charged with "making a false statement of fact about Mr Smith's personal character or conduct," contrary to election law. Ms Grell denies all the allegations against her.
Gay professionals event up for community award
1:05 PM — Village Drinks is among the organisations in contention for the prestigious Stonewall Community Group of the Year at the Stonewall Awards.Earlier this year Village Drinks founder Neil Spring made it into the Independent on Sunday Pink List of the 100 most influential gay people in Britain.Organisers of the leading social networking evenings have announced that it is to launch an event in Brighton.
12th September 2007
Your views on political adverts on gay websites 71
6:07 PM — Last Friday PinkNews.co.uk started to feature adverts from the Conservative party.The advertisements feature party leader David Cameron alongside a series of messages on a variety of campaign issues.Their appearance on the site generated a lot of interest and was reported by Associated Press and in The Yorkshire Post, The Sun and a range of other publications.
Iranian lesbian released from UK immigration detention centre 3
5:01 PM — A lesbian woman due to be deported from the UK to her come country of Iran will have her case heard by The Court of Appeal.Pegah Emambakhsh has been released on bail by British officials. She was scheduled for repatriation last month.Her sexual orientation and her past life in Iran may lead to her being executed.Even if she is not sentenced to death, she is likely to be prosecuted and tortured by Iran's religious officials.
Cashman nominated for MEP of the Year
4:40 PM — European Parliament member Michael Cashman has been nominated for an award in recognition of his work for human rights.An MEP for the West Midlands, he has been a strong defender of the rights of LGBT across Europe. He is president of the European Parliament Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights.
PinkNews.co.uk writer to challenge Tory MP 3
3:20 PM — A veteran Conservative MP is to challenged for his seat by Alex Bryce, a Labour party activist who writes comment pieces for PinkNews.co.ukThe 24-year-old has been contributing to PinkNews.co.uk since April on a range of topics including homophobia in sport and the future of the gay rights movement.He has been selected as the Labour Parliamentary candidate for Macclesfield. The seat is held by right-wing Tory MP Sir Nicholas Winterton.
Evangelicals respond to gay equality judgment 20
11:20 AM — The Evangelical Alliance called on Christian evangelicals in the UK to "think about their responsibilities to other people created in the image of God" following yesterday's court decision on the Sexual Orientation Regulations.The High Court in Northern Ireland ruled that a provision of the Sexual Orientation Regulations must be removed.Mr Justice Weatherup said that a provision that protects LGB people from harassment when accessing goods and services should be set aside.
AIDS charity backs HIV home testing kits
10:45 AM — Terrence Higgins Trust is urging the Government to change the law to let people buy and use home test kits for HIV.Changing the HIV Testing Kits and Services Regulations 1992 is one of '25 Things' that THT is asking the Government to do in its 25th anniversary year.Approximately a third of people with HIV in the UK are currently undiagnosed and some people fail to test for HIV because they don't want to go to a clinic, either because of stigma, long waiting times or restricted opening hours.
ChildLine campaign broke advertising rules 1
10:23 AM — A children's charity has been criticised by the Advertising Standards Authority over its fundraising material.Three people complained to the ASA about the campaign in which a letter asking for donations to ChildLine was accompanied by a mock log sheet of calls to the helpline.The log sheet alluded to child abuse and domestic violence, while the letter said that many children couldn't get through to ChildLine.
11th September 2007
Actor admits gay Hollyoaks role was uncomfortable 4
3:23 PM — Teen soap Hollyoaks' gay storyline has been a hit with viewers, but one of the actors involved has spoken about his concerns at the plotline.Craig Dean, played by Guy Burnet, has been coming to terms with his homosexuality after falling for friend John Paul McQueen, played by James Hutton. The Craig Dean character is leaving the show later this month.In an interview with Digital Spy, Burnet said that he argued against his seemingly-heterosexual character coming out.
Trans woman on remand in male prison for petrol station robbery
3:23 PM — A transsexual wearing a mini skirt and women's knickers on their head robbed a petrol station in New Malden twice in three weeks, brandishing a large knife.Chloe Bradley, 23, a pre-operation male to female transsexual, admitted holding up the Texaco garage, in Kingston Road, on two separate occasions and stealing more than £100, the Wimbledon Guardian reported.Kingston Crown Court heard how Bradley walked into the Texaco garage at 4.45am on December 12 last year.
London host to celebration of open relationships
3:17 PM — A celebration of open and polyamorous relationships will be held later this month.Polyday will combine a day of discussions and an evening of music and dancing, giving attendees an opportunity to "meet others, to build a community, and to celebrate their varied lives."Last year the event attracted more than 250 participants. It aims to demonstrate that "relationships don't have to be monogamous."
Stonewall dismisses “Pyrrhic victory” for Christians 20
3:05 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall said today that the ruling of the High Court in Belfast on the Sexual Orientation Regulations would not diminish the protections for LGB people in the UK.Chief executive Ben Summerskill told PinkNews.co.uk:"We are delighted that the court has upheld the regulations as they currently exist across the rest of Britain."Mr Justice Weatherup said that a provision which protects LGB people from harassment when accessing goods and services should be set aside.
Judge strikes down Sexual Orientation Regulations provision 20
1:11 PM — The High Court in Northern Ireland has ruled that parts of the Sexual Orientation Regulations must be removed.In a victory for Evangelical Christian activists, Mr Justice Weatherup said that a provision that protects LGB people from harassment when accessing goods and services should be set aside.Christians who provide goods and services will not be prosectuted for saying they are unwilling to provide them to LGB people.
Ken attacks Boris over support for Section 28 2
12:44 PM — The hustings for the contest for the Conservative party nomination for Mayor of London opened yesterday with an attack from the present incumbent on the Tory front runner.Ken Livingstone, who has been in office since 2000, accused Henley MP Boris Johnson of inconsistency on a range of issues, including gay rights.Four Tories are contesting the primary. All Londoners who are registered to vote can take part either by phone or postal ballot.
Armed Forces to hold gay conference 2
11:15 AM — The Royal Air Force is to host the third Joint Service conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Matters in November.All three services have approved the two day event, at which service personnel will be updated on developments in diversity training, participate in presentations and workshops, and take advantage of a social networking opportunity.In 2000, the government removed the ban on gay, lesbian and bisexual people serving openly in the Armed Forces.
Channel 4 to show ad for anti-gay Christianity crash-course 21
11:15 AM — Channel 4 is to broadcast an advertisement for the Alpha Course, an evangelical programme run by Alpha UK, who promote the idea that homosexuality is a sin.The Alpha Course is a ten-week programme designed to introduce students to Christianity.The advertisement forms part of a major campaign by the Alpha UK group, which is renowned for its conservative approach.
Jim Davidson quits Hells Kitchen after gay row 11
9:20 AM — Controversial Comedian Jim Davidson has walked out of ITV1's Hell's Kitchen after a row with fellow contestant, the gay television presenter Brian Dowling."Why do shirt-lifters pull that same face?" Davidson asked Dowling and another contestant about some customers in the restaurant."Please don't say shirt-lifters," Brian replied. "It's really rude."