6th February 2007
Now GP wants adoption opt-out 4
10:01 AM — A doctor employed by the National Health Service is to lobby the government for an opt-out from assessing gay couples as adoptive parents.Bedfordshire GP Dr John Lockley argues that his "Christian conscience" would stop him from giving a positive recommendation for gay patients to an adoption agency.Dr Lockley says that he faces being struck off if he refuses go give references under the terms of the new Sexual Orientation Regulations, due to become law in April.
5th February 2007
Homophobic bullying campaigns are “failing” 5
2:34 PM — High-profile campaigns are failing to make a significant impact in preventing homophobic bullying, according to the Queer Youth Network.Their national survey of young people revealed 84% think that anti-gay bullying is getting worse, and 79% said that having a formal school policy to deal with homophobic bullies makes no difference.The network conduct an annual survey of LGBT young people.
Gay policeman speaks out for LGBT History Month 2
2:05 PM — A gay police officer has given a newspaper interview about his sexuality in an effort to make the force more accessible to Bexley's gay community.40-year-old Phil Moore is an inspector responsible for 20 neighbourhood officers in the Bexley area of London.Moore joined the Metropolitan Police as constable in 1988 but did not tell his colleagues that he was gay until 10 years later.
Winter Pride starts in Brighton
11:54 AM — The largest winter LGBT festival of its kind in Britain got underway on Saturday, with over 50 events scheduled to take place over nine days in Brighton and Hove.Now in its third year, the Winter Pride festival raises funds for the city's main free Pride Festival in August.Supported by the city's gay venues, all kinds of events will be taking place over the course of the week.
Woman injured by letter bomb
11:43 AM — Part of central London has been cordoned off after an explosion in an office building.What is thought to be a letter bomb detonated in the Capita building near well-known gay venue The Stag in Victoria.London Ambulance confirmed they had taken one person to hospital.
Trans rapist complains of jail prejudice
10:02 AM — A prisoner at the high security Whitemoor prison has complained that she is the victim of harassment by staff and inmates because he is transsexual.Jessica Winfield, formerly known as Martin, is serving a sentence for rape.Whitemoor prison, near March in Cambridgeshire, houses around 500 of the UK's most dangerous prisoners.
Sir Ian launches LGBT History Month 3
9:40 AM — Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen was the guest of honour at the launch of the third Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month in central London on Saturday.Organised by the LGBT education campaigning group, Schools Out, the annual event was initiated in 2005 as their first major project after the repeal of the controversial Section 28 five years earlier.Schools Out has been campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality in education since 1974.
2nd February 2007
Labour MP “uncomfortable” with gay adoption 8
11:27 AM — Labour MP Tony Cunningham has told his local newspaper that gay couples should not be able adopt children because he is "uncomfortable with the idea."Mr Cunningham, who is Catholic, has voted against gay rights before, in 2002, he voted against gays and lesbians being given equal rights for adoption.The MP told The Workington Times Star: "I was just uncomfortable with the idea."
Photos of UK’s first Pride march go on show
10:03 AM — An exhibition of images of gay history are to go on show next week, as part of the national LGBT History Week.Photos of the first Pride march, on July 1st 1972, will also be on display next week at the Cooltan Arts centre in south London.The free exhibition, specially commissioned by the Southwark LGBT Network, showcases images that reflect some of the joys, struggles and triumphs that the LGBT community has faced in recent years.
1st February 2007
Archbishop still hopeful about adoption opt-out 10
3:16 PM — One of the Roman Catholic church's most senior figures has said he is still confident that the church's followers will be able to opt-out of new gay rights laws.The Archbishop of Birmingham said that he is still hopeful of a "common sense solution" to the issue.On Monday the Prime Minister announced that there would be no exemptions to the Sexual Orientation Regulations.
Jews urged to fight gay rights laws 1
2:38 PM — The Federation of Synagogues has called on Jews to fight the Sexual Orientation Regualtions due to come before Parliament this month.A spokesman for the federation described the idea of gay couples adopting children as "terrifying."The Jewish adoption agency Norwood, the only one in England, told PinkNews.co.uk last week that they were not interested in seeking an exemption from the regulations.
Blair questioned again by police over honours
12:15 PM — Last Friday the Prime Minister was questioned for a second time by Scotland Yard detectives investigating the alleged sale of peerages to Labour party donors.A No 10 spokesman confirmed this morning that Mr Blair was questioned at Downing St by Metropolitan Police detectives.The interview lasted for less than an hour.
University could ban civil partnerships
11:55 AM — Academics at Canterbury Christ Church University are angry about a possible ban on civil partnership ceremonies being conducted on university premises.A meeting of the institution's branch of trades union UCU on Tuesday called on the three administrators who have proposed the ban to withdraw it or resign.The university is a teacher training college for the Church of England.
Gay charity furious at local MPs over adoption 10
11:14 AM — The Intercom Trust has criticised MPs from the south west of England for signing an Early Day Motion calling for a exemption from anti-discrimination legislation for Roman Catholic adoption agencies.As reported on PinkNews.co.uk last week, Teignbridge MP Richard Younger-Ross tabled the motion in the House of Commons. The Lib Dem was supported by party colleague Colin Breed (South East Cornwall) and Tory Gary Streeter (South West Devon).
African activists attack OutRage! tactics 1
10:44 AM — A group of 20 gay and lesbian activists from ten African countries have attacked the tactics of direct action campaigning group OutRage!In a strongly-worded statement they accuse the group, whose most public spokesman is Peter Tatchell, of having, "disrespected the lives, damaged the struggle, and endangered the safety of African human rights defenders."
12-year-old trans child – a clarification 1
9:50 AM — Transsexual activist Persia West has asked PinkNews.co.uk to publish the following clarification of her comments on the reported case of a 12-year-old child in Austria who underwent gender reassignment treatment:"It is entirely normal for a transsexual person to know that they are trans at an early age, even before the age of 12, as is the case of the young person in Vienna which has been given publicity recently.
31st January 2007
Two Jags says he is demob-happy
4:53 PM — John Prescott has told MPs that he is enjoying the "happy demob stage" of his career, as he faced more questions in the House of Commons about what his current role in government consists of.Mr Prescott, who revealed earlier this month that as a young man he was wary of homosexuals, has been an MP for 36 years.It is widely anticipated that he will stand down from the deputy role when Prime Minister Tony Blair leaves office later this year.
Nurses union launches LGBT network
4:12 PM — The North West region of the Royal College of Nurses is launching an LGBT network for members working in health.The network is also open to those who have an interest in working and influencing the formation of RCN policy and activity around the region.As part of the RCN's work around diversity, the network will support members to promote LGBT issues.
Attitude back on the shelves 11
1:05 PM — The official MySpace page of gay lifestyle title attitude has announced that the magazine will return to the shelves this Friday.Despite attempts to contact the editorial team at attitude, PinkNews.co.uk has been unable to ascertain what will be done to compensate subscribers to the magazine who did not receive copies in December or January.
Ruth Kelly to seek re-election in marginal seat 4
12:33 PM — The Communities Secretary, Ruth Kelly, has confirmed that she will be contesting the constituency she currently represents at the next general election.There had been rumours that Ms Kelly would abandon Bolton West for the safer Bolton South East constituency, whose sitting MP is retiring at the next election.She is the cabinet minister with the most marginal seat.