16th April 2007
BB homophobe’s posters targeted
5:41 PM — A candidate for a Christian party in the Scottish elections has complained that he is the victim of vandalism and theft.Tom Forrest gained press attention three years ago when he refused to take a booking for two gay men at his Bed Breakfast establishment.He is standing as a candidate for the Scottish Christian Party in the elections on May 3rd.
Church of England gay policy incoherent, tribunal told 11
4:55 PM — An employment tribunal in Cardiff heard today that the attitude of the Church of England towards gay people is inconsistent.Youth worker John Reaney is bringing the Hereford Diocesan Board of Finance to the tribunal, claiming that he was discriminated against on the grounds of his sexuality.Mr Reaney was previously employed as a youth officer for the Norwich and Chester Church of England diocese.
Anti-cruising councillor victim of hate campaign 2
3:51 PM — A Lib Dem candidate for Birmingham City Council is being targeted by a hate campaign after complaining about gay men using a local park for sex.Michael Mullaney is standing for re-election in the Moseley and Kings Heath ward.He used YouTube to highlight anti-social behaviour by gay cruisers. It has now been decided to cut back the bushes in Highbury Park.
Rural life still grim for many gays 3
12:22 PM — Despite the recent visibility of gay men and civil partnerships on country soap opera The Archers, new academic research reveals that the reality is very different.Professor Ann Jacoby of Liverpool University says her research shows small villages are awash with homophobia and sexist attitudes.Professor Jacoby, a social scientist, said: "The rural idyll is very nice so long as you fit into certain categories, but problematic if you don't."
Premiership star supports gay footballers 3
11:10 AM — A leading English footballer has slammed the lack of support for gay players and questioned why football should be one of the only industries where people cannot be out and proud.David James, the Portsmouth goalkeeper, wrote in his fortnightly column in The Observer that he has gay friends, but did not reveal if any are other footballers."If one in 10 people are gay, where are all the gay Premiership stars?" asked James, who has played for England 34 times.
13th April 2007
Scrap faith schools, teachers conference told
5:35 PM — A radical proposal to remove all state funding from religious schools was defeated at the NASUWT conference in Belfast yesterday.However, teachers at the annual union conference did vote to call on the government to stop building new faith schools. The government is committed to increasing the number of faith-run schools.The union, the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers, has 200,000 members across the UK.
Christianophobia peddled by gay press says “So Macho” preacher 10
3:42 PM — The songwriter-cum born-again preacher George Hargreaves has accused the "pink press" of peddling hatred of Christians.Mr Hargreaves is standing as a candidate for his Scottish Christian Party in the Scottish parliamentary elections on May 3rd."This is not about gay rights, it's about gay wrongs," he told The Times.
Female sperm might bring an end to turkey baster conception 2
2:44 PM — Researchers at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne have discovered how to grow human sperm cells from bone marrow.The scientists have already cultivated sperm cells from a male's bone marrow and are now seeking permission to replicate their experiment with female marrow.If successful, the breakthrough could lead to a female couple being able to impregnate eggs with sperm grown from the other's bone marrow.
Councillor denies smearing gay Lib Dem 130
2:05 PM — A Labour councillor has said she totally refutes charges that she made false statements about the personal life of her gay opponent.Miranda Grell, 28, won a formerly safe Lib Dem seat in last May's council elections.Her opponent Barry Smith is now at the centre of a prosecution being brought against Ms Grell.
12th April 2007
Sexual health charity wins year’s partnership
3:12 PM — Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has been chosen for a 2007/08 Charity of the Year partnership by Charity People.The sexual health charity was chosen from over 50 others who applied.Charity People hope to raise more than £20,000 for THT and get involved with volunteering, campaigning and awareness-raising.
Walk with the stars in May and combat gay hate
1:41 PM — Preparations are underway for a major gay day out in Brighton at the start of May.Gay and lesbian stars are to join hundreds of others on a gay walk in the popular seaside resort.The 4th Annual Equality walk is a demonstration of solidarity against homophobic crime, a nice day out, a good bit of exercise and an opportunity to do a bit of star-spotting.
TV show encourages gay bullying, say teachers
11:35 AM — A leading teaching union has issued a warning about the influence of prime-time TV drama Life On Mars on young people.The series, which is set in the 1970s, contains sexist and homophobic language and attitudes.It finished its second series on Tuesday night with nearly 8m people tuning in to watch the final episode.
Cardiff Mardi Gras celebrate Charlotte’s baby news 57
11:35 AM — The organisers of one of the largest free lesbian and gay festivals in the UK yesterday celebrated the pregnancy of one of their patrons.Singer Charlotte Church announced last week that she is pregnant. The 21-year-old is a patron of Cardiff Mardi Gras."The Mardi Gras committee are delighted to hear the news of Charlotte's pregnancy," said Mardi Gras spokesman Mark Williams.
11th April 2007
Brighton’s seafront protest against homophobia
11:57 AM — The south coast city of Brighton and Hove is marking International Day Against Homophobia next month with a seaside event.The city's council has voted to officially recognise IDAHO and will be flying the rainbow flag from the Town Hall.Brighton-based IDAHOBIT is organising an event at 8.30pm on 17th May 2007 on Brighton seafront.
Manchester Pride prepares for August
11:00 AM — Preparations are now well under way for the ten-day Manchester Pride celebrations in August.The festival, which will span from August 17 - 27, will involve a parade with over 80 floats.The 2007 Manchester Pride Parade will take place on the afternoon of Saturday 25 August in Manchester city centre.
10th April 2007
Police appeal for help with missing person case
5:25 PM — Have you seen this man?Police in Dover are seeking help from the gay community in finding David Anthony Redman, who went missing from the area of Townwall Street, Dover, on March 9th 2007.Police think he may be staying with a friend in London, or that he may have gone to Brighton.
HIV services improved but difficult to access
4:29 PM — A study by sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has found that gay and bisexual men are more satisfied with sexual health services in England and Wales than they were in the late 1990s.Although it's still difficult to get an appointment in many clinics, once through the door men are happier with the service.The annual Gay Men's Sex Survey is undertaken by Sigma Research and commissioned by THT.
61% think Britain a better place for gay people
2:10 PM — A damning opinion poll on Tony Blair's ten years as Prime Minister has produced a few positive results, among them the finding that nearly two-thirds of people think Britain is a better country for LGB people to live in.The poll in Sunday's Observer contained little good news for the Prime Minister.69% thought Britain a more dangerous country now than in 1997 and 58% disagreed that it was happier.
DLR death fall may have been a gay altercation
12:53 PM — A man killed by a train last week may have been in a relationship with another man who was arrested at the scene of his death.Robert Carter, 34, of Poplar, east London was hit by a Docklands Light Railway train just after 10pm on Monday, April 2nd.Shortly beforehand, he was involved in an altercation with another man outside the station.
Homophobic voice message leads to court case
11:11 AM — A 42-year-old man has been given a 12-month conditional discharge for leaving abusive messages on a gay man's phone.Anthony Cheshire, of Nunfield, Chipperfield, attends Alcoholics Anonymous and Watford Magistrates Court heard that he had been drinking at the time of the incident.Cheshire was trying to contact the chairman of his AA group, John, reports the Edgware Times.