1st February 2008
Memorial to gay Beatles manager gains support
3:35 PM — LGBT activists in Liverpool have begun a campaign to honour one of the city's most prominent gay residents.Brian Epstein was one of the most influential figures in the 'Mersey Beat' movement in the early 1960s.As well as managing The Beatles until his death in 1967, he launched the careers of Cilla Black and Gerry and the Pacemakers. Liverpool is European Capital of Culture 2008.
Bail for sauna rape suspect
12:20 PM — Police in Manchester have bailed a man arrested on suspicion of rape.Shortly after 2.30am on Tuesday police received reports that a man had been raped at the Basement Complex, a gay sauna on Tariff Street."An investigation was launched and a 31-year-old man from the Miles Platting area was arrested on suspicion of rape on Wednesday 30 January 2008," Greater Manchester Police said in a statement.
Uncertain future for gay arts venue 6
11:45 AM — One of the UK's leading producers of lesbian and gay performance has launched a fundraising campaign after Arts Council England confirmed it is to stop all of its £250,000 funding from April.The Drill Hall in central London, whose partons include choreographer Matthew Bourne, Harry Potter actress Miriam Margolyes and comic Julian Clary, has a established an international reputation for championing the work of new artists, performers and theatre practitioners.
31st January 2008
Brian Paddick on Elton, cruising and his partner 6
1:01 PM — The Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of London has spoken to PinkNews.co.uk about his friendship with Sir Elton John and David Furnish.Earlier today it was revealed that the international star and his film producer partner hosted a dinner where they introduced Brian Paddick to potential donors to his campaign."I have met David probably on twenty or more occasions, and we have had dinner together alone on a number of occasions," Mr Paddick told PinkNews.co.uk.
Man arrested on suspicion of sauna rape
12:10 PM — Police in Manchester have confirmed they have made an arrest in relation to the alleged rape in a gay sauna in the city centre earlier this week.Shortly after 2.30am on Tuesday police received reports that a man had been raped at the Basement Complex on Tariff Street.An investigation was launched and a 31-year-old man from the Miles Platting area has been arrested on suspicion of rape. He is currently in police custody.
Scientists create sperm from female stem cells 4
10:26 AM — A research team at the University of Newcastle has created primitive sperm cells with female embryonic stem cells.The breakthrough could lead to same-sex couples producing children with both their genes.Karim Nayernia, Professor of Stem Cell Biology at Newcastle University, told New Scientist: "I think, in principle, it will be scientifically possible."
Disgraced Tory MP paid son’s friend 32
9:35 AM — A Conservative MP who will today be suspended from the Commons for ten days after revelations about payments to his family has been accused of making additional payments to his son's friend.The Sun reports that "disgraced Tory MP Derek Conway gave a job to a close pal of his gay son Henry."Earlier this week Mr Conway announced he would be stepping down from Parliament at the next election after being censured by the Commons Standards and Privileges Committee.
Schools OUT to launch homophobia toolkit for LGBT pupils 1
8:55 AM — An organisation that works towards equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in education will be unveiling a new resource for LGBT young people and their family and friends at the weekend.Schools OUT will also be celebrating the launch of LGBT History Month 2008 at their conference on Saturday.The event, taking place in the Drill Hall theatre in London, will feature a range of speakers, from a government minister to a lesbian rapper.
Footballers back cancer campaign aimed at young fans
8:40 AM — An England footballer is backing a new campaign about testicular cancer.Portsmouth and England goalkeeper David James is telling fans to 'catch it early' in a new tongue-in-cheek advert to raise awareness of the disease for the Keep Your Eye On The Ball campaign.The advert will be screened to millions of fans at football grounds around the UK throughout the campaign's Focus Fortnight.
EXCLUSIVE: Elton John backs Paddick’s campaign for Mayor 6
7:45 AM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London received a boost last night when singer Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish held a fundraising event for him.The celebrity couple held a dinner for friends in their London home to introduce them to Brian Paddick.Speaking to PinkNews.co.uk this morning, Mr Paddick said: "I have been friends with Elton and David for many years and I am so grateful to them for supporting me in this way."
30th January 2008
Praise for Stonewall’s homophobic bullying work 4
4:50 PM — A senior member of the government paid tribute to the work of gay equality organisation Stonewall today.Speaking at the launch of the first ever national guidance from the government to help schools tackle homophobic bullying, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families Ed Balls paid tribute to the group's work.Stonewall was commissioned to write the groundbreaking online guidance in partnership with EACH (Education Action Challenging Homophobia).
Cameron calls for ban on hate preachers 13
1:35 PM — The Leader of the Opposition has urged the Prime Minister to stop controversial Islamic theologian Yusuf al-Qaradawi from entering the country.Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons, David Cameron said that he was a "hate preacher" and should be denied entry.Mr al-Qaradawi is known to have supported suicide bombings in Israel, the oppression of women's rights and has argued in the past that homosexuals should be put to death.
Minister launches homophobic bullying guidance 4
11:10 AM — The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families has welcomed the launch of the first ever national guidance from the government to help schools tackle homophobic bullying.Speaking at the official launch event of the guidance in London, Ed Balls said:"Bullying of any form is unacceptable - we must uphold every child's right to learn in a safe and secure environment."
29th January 2008
Bishops will bring partners to Lambeth conference 1
5:10 PM — The wife of the Archbishop of Canterbury has revealed that she expects to host the male partners of Anglican bishops attending this year's Lambeth conference.Jane Williams was speaking at the launch of the conference at the University of Kent.She is organising the Spouses Conference, which runs in parallel with the meeting of primates and church leaders from across the globe.
Police investigate alleged rape in gay sauna
4:30 PM — Officers from the Greater Manchester police have sealed off an area in the centre of the city around a gay sauna.It is thought their investigations focus on the Basement Sauna on Tariff St.A rape reportedly took place at around 02:00 this morning.Anyone with information has been asked to contact police, who have interviewed the victim of the alleged attack.
Tory MP arrested for allegedly assaulting his children 2
3:45 PM — A close friend of Tory leader David Cameron was arrested and then held at a police station for more than 12 hours for an alleged assault on two teenagers.Shadow work and pensions minister Nigel Waterson, who has been the MP for Eastbourne since 1992, was released by police yesterday morning.The Daily Telegraph reports that the teenagers in question are Mr Waterson's son and daughter.
UK prepares to celebrate LGBT History Month
3:00 PM — Hundreds of individual events are scheduled to take place throughout the UK to celebrate the fourth annual LGBT History Month, which begins on Friday and continues throughout February.LGBT History Month was started by LGBT campaigning organisation Schools Out.Founded and run by volunteers, it first took place in February 2005, in the wake of the abolition of Section 28 and has grown each year.
Mayoral candidate wants to cut Pride London funding 17
1:31 PM — An MEP who is standing as the UK Independence Party candidate for Mayor of London has said that if elected he would withdraw funding from the city's Pride celebrations.Gerard Batten also pledged to target ethnic minority groups. In the 2004 Mayoral elections UKIP came fourth, winning 6% (115,665) of first preference votes.A founder member of the party, Mr Batten has been an MEP for the London region since 2004.
28th January 2008
Homophobic cleric seeks treatment in the UK 1
6:05 PM — An Islamic preacher who has called for gay people to be put to death is to be allowed entry into the UK for medical treatment.Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, 80, was at the centre of a row in 2004 when he came to London as a guest of Mayor Ken Livingstone, who was then heavily criticised by gay rights campaigners and Jewish organisations for inviting him.He is spiritual leader of Islamicist organisation, the Muslim Brotherhood.
Bryant reveals new teen pregnancy strategy 2
6:05 PM — Gay Labour MP Chris Bryant today launched a new report with dramatic newly compiled figures on teenage pregnancies in every constituency in England and Wales.Mr Bryant represents the south Wales working class constituency of the Rhondda, where there is a particularly striking rate of teen pregnancies.The report takes the form of an interactive web site, www.teenagemums.org.uk.