29th August 2007
Civil partnerships and marriages to be treated the same by insurers 17
11:30 PM — The Association of British Insurers (ABI) is proposing the abolition of exemptions in insurance law regarding sexual orientation.According to the ABI, insurance companies see no need and do not wish to differentiate for insurance purposes between customers in civil partnerships and married couples.The proposal forms part of the ABI's detailed response to the Government's current consultation on its Discrimination Law Review.
Earthquake hits Manchester’s gay village 2
11:30 PM — Residents in Manchester were woken today by the sixth earthquake in a month to hit the city.Residents living near the city's gay village, Canal Street, were amongst those who felt the earthquakes tremors early this morning.People reported wardrobe doors rattling and buildings creaking as the earthquake measuring an initial 2.4 on the Richter scale shook the city centre at about 5:45 a.m, according to Reuters.
Euro-Parliament takes up the case of Iranian lesbian facing deportation 3
11:30 PM — European Parliament President Hans Gert Pöettering has said he will write a letter to Prime Minister Gordon Brown regarding the fate of Pegah Emambakhsh, the Iranian lesbian woman who risks expulsion from Great Britain to Iran.His actions follow proposals by Italian MEP Giusto Catania (PRC), representing the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) Group in the European Parliament during today's Conference of Presidents, and Graham Watson, President of the Parliament's Liberal Group.
BBC celebrates 50th anniversary of Wolfenden report 2
11:30 PM — The BBC is due to screen a week-long series of LGBT programmes to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Wolfenden report.The season is called Hidden Lives Week and programmes range from documentaries to drama.The BBC say the programmes are intended to raise awareness of the landmark report that led to the legalisation of homosexuality in the UK.The Wolfenden report was commissioned 50 years ago this coming Monday (3rd September).
Talksport homophobic comments “highly offensive” 3
11:34 AM — The broadcasting watchdog has heavily criticised two homophobic outbursts broadcast on talk radio station Talksport - both of them from presenters.Ofcom said that a bizarre series of comments from Mike Mendoza in May comparing gay people to paedophiles were highly offensive.The radio station said that Mendoza had been suspended for a week after the incident.
‘Ambisexual’ singer Mika nominated for music award 2
11:27 AM — Chart-topping singer-songwriter, Mika, has been nominated for the prestigious BT Digital Music Awards 2007.Under the category of 'Best Pop Artist in association with TV Hits', the Beirut-born singer will be up against Natasha Bedingfield, Simon Webb, Lil Chris and The Hoosiers for the award.The 23-year-old's hit single Grace Kelly spent weeks at the top of the charts and his debut album Life In Cartoon Motion has sold half a million copies since it was released in February this year.
One in four women would bed another woman 2
11:27 AM — One in four women would consider having sex with another woman according to a new online survey of the nation's female sex lives.Ninety-one per cent of the women questioned described themselves as either heterosexual or straight in the survey, but 26 per cent admitted that they would consider having sex with a women, or that they had fantasised about it.Of more than 200 women questioned in the survey, conducted by lesbian personals site GaydarGirls.com, seven per cent admitted they had had sex with another woman.
National AIDS Trust remembers Princess Diana
11:27 AM — As the tenth anniversary of the death of Princess Diana approaches, the chief executive of National AIDS has spoken of the ground-breaking work the 'people's princess' did for people living with HIV and AIDS.In the early 1990s, when HIV and AIDS were surrounded by hysteria and prejudice, Diana become patron of the National AIDS Trust, the UK's leading independent policy and campaigning voice on HIV and AIDS.She was patron of the National AIDS Trust from 1991 until her death in 1997.
BBC3 commissions new teen transexual documentary 2
11:27 AM — BBC3 has commissioned eight documentaries for its third Body Image season, including the story of an 18-year-old trans woman who travels to Thailand to undergo genital surgery.BBC3 will follow up last season's Lucy: Teen Transsexual with Lucy: Teen Transsexual in Thailand, which continues the story of 18-year-old Lucy Parker as she travels to Thailand to undergo male-to-female genital reconstruction surgery to bring her body into harmony with her gender identity.Lucy has already undergone two years of hormone treatment, psychological analysis and surgery, making her one of Britain's youngest transsexual women.
Volunteers to clean up London’s cruising grounds
11:27 AM — GaydarRadio and the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) have joined forces on a mission to clean up two of London's most popular cruising grounds.The Keep It Clean action day is set to take place in London this Sunday 2nd September.GaydarRadio and THT are teaming up with LGBT police liaison officers and volunteers to promote the event.Hampstead Heath and Clapham Common are famous cruising locations among gay men, as was popularised by the recent TV drama Clapham Junction.
Stonewall launches 2008 Workplace Equality Index
11:27 AM — Stonewall have begun compiling their 2008 Workplace Equality Index, which lists the UK's top 100 employers for gay people.Participating in the Index is a key tool in demonstrating an organisation's commitment to diversity.It is read by many of Britain's 1.7 million gay employees and 3.6 million gay consumers.By tangibly giving credit for improvements, it shows employees that the organisations they work in take diversity and their staff seriously.
Comment: Nigeria’s anti-gay witch-hunt 1
11:27 AM — Peter Tatchell comments on Nigeria's treatment of gay peopleThe arrest on 5 August of 18 men at a private party in the northernstate of Bauchi is the latest incident in a wave of on-goinghomophobic persecution in Nigeria - much of which is incited byChristian bishops and Muslim imams.Bauchi is a predominantly Muslim region which has adopted Sharia(Islamic) law. Police officers acted on a tip-off from the HisbahIslamic anti-vice squad of the Bauchi Sharia Commission. They seizedthe men, aged 18 to 22, in rooms at the Benko Hotel in Bauchi.
28th August 2007
LGBT arts festival gaining international momentum 1
3:47 PM — The GFest arts festival, due to begin in November, is starting to whip up international artistic interest as it begins to receive submissions from across the globe.The event, sponsored in part by PinkNews.co.uk, aims to provide a platform for LGBT artists to express themselves.Divided into three broad categories, the festival will show short film screenings, performance events and a visual arts exhibition.
Cornish police accused of homophobia at Pride 21
3:05 PM — Cornwall's first Gay Pride event earned rave reviews from those who attended, despite complaints of police harassment.Following a unanimous vote by Cornwall Pride's steering committee for police to not be involved in the event, a committee member was promptly arrested and detained for 16 hours before being released without charge.The arrest comes as gay activists in Cornwall persist in calling on local forces to address the homophobia in their ranks.
Manchester celebrates Pride all weekend 11
2:25 PM — An estimated 250,000 people took to the streets of Manchester last weekend to celebrate the culmination of eleven days of Pride events.After 78 hours of partying at the Big Weekend, a solemn candlelit vigil was held to remember all those whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS yesterday.The opening event of the weekend was a civil partnership ceremony for ten couples at Marriott Victoria Albert Hotel.
Project tackles LGBT domestic abuse in Scotland 1
12:15 PM — On Thursday a pilot project which aims to tackle the problem of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people facing domestic abuse in Scotland will be launched.The Scottish government is funding the project as part of its national strategy on domestic abuse.There are at least 500,000 LGBT people living in Scotland. Approximately 1 in 4 of them will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime, which parallels the experience of heterosexual women in Scotland.
Malawians oppose McConnell over gay rights 1
11:20 AM — Former Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell has been openly challenged by senior Malawian politicians over his support for gay rights before he moves there as High Commissioner.The head of the main opposition party in Malawi - the United Democratic Front - said Mr McConnell's support for the repeal of Section 28 and civil unions meant he was an unsuitable person to act on behalf of the country."To have a man who supports gay rights to come to Malawi is dangerous for us," Friday Jumbe said.
Venice offers home to Iranian lesbian facing deportation 12
10:41 AM — The city of Venice has supported the decision of the Italian government to offer asylum to a lesbian due to be deported back to Iran today.Pegah Emambakhsh is currently being detained by British officials. 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.
26th August 2007
Tabloid claims Spice Girl Mel B had lesbian threesome 2
10:23 AM — The Sunday Mirror has claimed that Spice Girl, Melanie Brown, known as Mel B had a two year relationship with two lesbians.The tabloid alleges that Mel B began a lesbian affair with mother-of-two Christa Parker after they met at the gates of the school where both women's' children are students. It's claimed that Ms Parker then introduced her to sex-toy vendor, Elizabeth Rodriguez, who joined Mel B and Ms Parker in bed for threesomes.
24th August 2007
Italy ready to grant asylum to Iranian lesbian 12
12:50 PM — A spokesperson for Italian government has confirmed that they will grant ayslum to a lesbian woman due to be deported from the UK to Iran.Pegah Emambakhsh is currently being detained by British officials and she is scheduled for repatriation on Tuesday.Her sexual orientation and her past life in Iran may lead to her being executed.