24th January 2008
PM accepted Hain’s resignation by phone
1:55 PM — Downing St and the Metropolitan police have issued statements relating to the resignation of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Peter Hain."Peter Hain has made his statement," said Downing St.It is understood the Cabinet minister phoned Prime Minister Gordon Brown at 11.30am, told him about the decision of the Electoral Commission to refer his failure to disclose donations worth more than £103,000 to the police, and offered to resign.
Cabinet minister Peter Hain resigns
12:29 PM — Peter Hain has resigned from the government after the Electoral Commission asked the police to investigate his failure to declare more than £100,000 in donations to his campaign for Deputy Leader of the Labour party.In a short statement he said he was leaving to "clear his name."As Work and Pensions Secretary he was in charge of the biggest spending department in the government. He was also Secretary of State for Wales.
Ken denies accusations of abuse of power
11:50 AM — The Mayor of London has denied that he abused his powers to launch a campaign against the head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme this morning Ken Livingstone also defended grants from the London Development Agency to organisations that subsequently ceased operating without leaving proper accounts.He admitted that City Hall staff had undertaken a campaign to stop Trevor Phillips being appointed to the EHRC.
Gay holocaust victims to be remembered in Westminster 2
11:30 AM — Homosexuals murdered by the Nazis will be among those remembered at a solemn ceremony on Monday in Westminster to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.150 teenagers and young people from across the London borough will present a powerful and poignant mix of drama, video and singing through a series of digital media presentations as they take part in a solemn ceremony.Westminster choir will perform several pieces including one in Hebrew.
Gay Radio 1 DJ defends Chris Moyles 1
10:10 AM — Scott Mills has denied that his fellow Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles is homophobic and said he was not offended by his inappropriate use of the word 'gay.'In an interview with The Guardian Mills, who came out in 2001, said he was not offended by the incident.In June 2006, Moyles came under fire for describing a mobile phone ringtone as 'gay.'
23rd January 2008
Mayoral candidate Brian Paddick answers your questions
8:30 PM — Next week PinkNews.co.uk will be interviewing the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London, Brian Paddick.We are inviting readers to contact us by email with questions you would like us to ask the former Metropolitan police Deputy Assistant Commissioner.Until his retirement from the force in May 2007, Mr Paddick was the most senior out gay officer in the UK.
Gay police protest pay proposal
4:30 PM — Members of the Gay Police Association are among tens of thousands of police officers who are taking part in a protest march through central London today.An estimated 22,500 officers are taking part, a higher number than had been expected. 150 Met officers are policing the event.The government has said that a 2.5% pay rise for police will be backdated to only 1st December.
Prosecutors to review hate crimes procedures 5
2:40 PM — The Crown Prosecution Service is to examine the way in which hate crimes are dealt with.CPS Direct, the department responsible for charging suspects out of hours, has initiated a Hate Crime Scrutiny.It will review how CPS Direct advises the police on domestic violence, disability, homophobic, racist and religiously aggravated crime.
Lawyers win compensation for bereaved gay man
12:40 PM — A law firm that specialises in cases involving motorcycles has won a £30,000 settlement for the same-sex partner of a man killed in an accident.White Dalton Motorcycle solicitors successfully argued in court that the Civil Partnership Act meant that David Burke was entitled to a dependency claim and the statutory bereavement claim after the death of his partner.Nick Routh, a partner at White Dalton Motorcycle Solicitors, said: "The general elements of the claim were not large."
Trans truck driver begins legal action against employers 2
12:15 PM — A transsexual who claims she was hounded out of her job as a trucker after she began her transition from her former male gender is seeking thousands of pounds in damages from her former employer.Vikki-Marie Gaynor, 37, from Wallasey in Wirral, is bringing a sexual discrimination claim against Exel Europe, part of delivery giant DHL, and recruitment agency Blue Arrow.An employment tribunal in Liverpool is hearing the case.
Britain’s changing attitudes towards gays
12:01 PM — An annual survey of more than 3,000 people in Britain has found that views on gay people are slowly becoming more liberal.The British Social Attitudes report found that a third of people still view homosexuality as "always or mostly wrong."In 1987 the figure was 75%.40% still think that a gay male couple are inferior parents compared with a heterosexual couple.
22nd January 2008
Peer attacks Stonewall’s influence on government 3
9:55 PM — In an outspoken speech decrying the proposed new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation, a member of the House of Lords has accused gay equality organisation Stonewall of having "undue influence" over the government.The Lords were debating the proposal, which is part of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill.Lord Stoddart of Swindon attacked Stonewall, claiming that it does not have the "full support" of the gay community.
Brokeback Mountain star Heath Ledger found dead
9:55 PM — The Oscar nominated star of Brokeback Mountain Heath Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment just hours ago, New York City police said."He was found unconscious at the apartment and pronounced dead," a police spokesperson said.Paul Browne, added that police "are investigating the possibility of an overdose."
Lesbian and gay parental rights approved by Lords 20
5:30 PM — Legislation that will grant new rights to gay and lesbian parents has been approved by the House of Lords.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill proposes new recognition of same-sex couples as legal parents of children conceived through the use of donated sperm, eggs or embryos.A woman who gives birth and her civil partner will both be recognised as the parents of a child conceived through assisted reproduction.
Elton donates motorcycles for medical emergencies
11:50 AM — British pop star Elton John has donated 120 motorcycles to the government of Lesotho so that doctors and nurses can use them to treat medical emergencies in the mountains.John had travelled to Lesotho during a tour of southern Africa with his partner David Furnish and decided to give away the bikes.The donation was a part of the Riders for Health Programme that John funds through his organisation Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Nominate your LGBT community hero 4
11:50 AM — Prime Minister Gordon Brown is calling on communities across thecountry to identify the local heroes who they believe should be honoured by the nation.In this year's New Year's Honours List, more than 4 in 5 of all theOBEs and MBEs awarded went to people who have carried out valuablecharitable or voluntary work, either as a career or in their spare time.The government wants local communities to help identify the unsung heroes who have made the best contributions so that they can be put forward for consideration.
Researchers contrite over gay MRSA story 1
11:50 AM — Public affairs officials in San Francisco have apologised for the way in which a statement last Tuesday about gay men being more vulnerable to a new super-resistant strain of the MRSA superbug was handled.Parts of the tabloid press dubbed it a "new HIV."In a new statement on their website, the University of California at San Francisco's (UCSF) Department of Public Affairs states they "regret that our recent news report ... contained some information that could be interpreted as misleading."
Gay rubgy team score for charity
11:15 AM — Members of the world's first gay rugby club, the Kings Cross Steelers, are supporting an annual charity night to raise much needed funds for the Terrance Higgins Trust next month.Renowned for their sporting prowess, the Steelers are swapping the pitch for the pub as they assist in "A Night of Music" on Thursday 7 February at the Kings Arms in Poland Street Soho, London,W1.Live acts include Drag Idol winners Crystal d'Canter and Kelly Mild, indie performers PJ and Shaun Kelly, and acoustic duo In Camera.
A weekend break in Barcelona that helps Stonewall
10:30 AM — Gay rights organisation Stonewall is inviting gay people and their friends to an event that is certain to put the fun back into fundraising.The Barcelona Equality Walk, from 11th to 13th July is a weekend full of sightseeing, meeting new people and raising money for Stonewall's work fighting homophobia in schools.Last year's walk in Barcelona raised more than £50,000 and Stonewall hope that this year's event will be as popular.
21st January 2008
Lords ready for fight over gay parents 20
1:05 PM — Conservative peers and senior churchmen will this week attempt to block new legislation that will give more rights to lesbian and gay parents.Leading gay rights opponent Lord Tebbit, a former Cabinet minister under Margaret Thatcher, wants to defeat proposals that would allow two parents of the same sex to be listed on a child's birth certificate.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill includes new recognition of same-sex couples as legal parents of children conceived through the use of donated sperm, eggs or embryos.