25th April 2007
Church of Scotland “sinfully” intolerant of gays 3
10:10 AM — A report by prominent members of the Church of Scotland concludes that it is institutionally homophobic and they must embrace lesbian and gay Christians.The Presbyterians are the largest Protestant denomination in Scotland, with 520,000 members.The report into same-sex partnerships from the working group of the Mission and Discipleship Council will be presented to the General Assembly next month.
24th April 2007
Gays find more acceptance in the City
5:13 PM — London's financial heart is moving away from its homophobic reputation and becoming more gay friendly, according to new research.The number of gay people employed in City careers such as banking, finance or insurance has risen significantly since new initiatives designed to promote diversity were put in place.Two years ago, 5.9% of City employees anonymously identified themselves as gay or lesbian.
Pensioner set alight after gay claim
4:57 PM — A man has been jailed for setting fire to a pensioner because he spread rumours that they were in a gay relationship.David Murray, 55, set fire to 80-year-old Richard Clark and his home, after the OAP told Murray's daughter that they were having an affair.Murray denied that such a relationship ever existed.
Pride event cancelled due to lack of money 1
12:13 PM — The annual gay pride festival in Leicester has been cancelled this year due to lack of funding and staff.The LGBT festival was due to take place on June 23rd. It is the first time that the event has been cancelled in its seven year history.But organisers hope the party, which costs £20,000, will go ahead in 2008.
Unlimited legal advice for only £89 a year 1
12:13 PM — Lawyers may not be the most loved profession in the world, but at various points in our lives most of us will need one to advise us on everyday things.The costs of those little trips to a solicitor can be excessive, but now a new service provided by Halifax will cut the cost of everyday legal services.
Peter Tatchell to run for Westminster 2
10:22 AM — The Green party in the constituency of Oxford East has chosen gay rights activist Peter Tatchell to contest the seat at the next general election.The seat has been held by Labour MP Andrew Smith since 1987.At the 2005 general election he retained Oxford East but saw his majority cut by 90% in a swing to the Liberal Democrats.
23rd April 2007
DVLA accused of political correctness over H8 GAY ban
6:56 PM — The agency that controls the issuing of licence plates for cars in the UK has been criticised by a Conservative politician for banning offensive letter and number combinations.Papers released to the Mail On Sunday under the Freedom of Information Act show that the Minister for Transport, Dr Stephen Ladyman, has already withdrawn the plate 'H8 GAY' from use.
Transsexual Army officer to take legal action 4
4:32 PM — A 42-year-old officer is to take the Army to an employment tribunal.Jan Hamilton claims she is the victim of sexual discrimination.She had been appointed as head of media operations for the Army in Gibraltar but a dispute over a formal medical exam has led to the job offer being withdrawn.
Bermuda stresses its gay-friendly credentials 6
1:51 PM — The Premier of Bermuda has said gay people are welcome on the island after a cruise for gay families cancelled plans to visit later this year.The cruise, hosted by lesbian comedian Rosie O'Donnell, was the focus of faith-based protests when it visited the Bahamas in 2004.Bermudan church groups had promised action against the visiting gay families.
Review: Menopause The Musical
12:00 PM — A musical about vibrators, hot flushes and cellulite that asks for audience participation could only have been written by an American. But could it be successful in England?The storyline is simple. While wrestling over cut-price lingerie at Marks and Sparks in Marble Arch, four middle-aged women form an unlikely bond.One is a cut-throat Power Woman (Miquel Brown) in a snappy suit. One is a dreamy, hippie Earth Mother who meditates when stressed (Amanda Symonds.)
Free event for gays to find out their legal rights
10:00 AM — A special free event designed to inform gay, lesbian and bisexual people of their rights has been organised by award-winning solicitors Russell Jones Walker. Pink Law - Know Your Rights At Home, At Work At Play is sponsored by PinkNews.co.ukMembers of the gay community will be able to get free access to information about the range of new laws affecting their lives.
20th April 2007
City schools take on homophobic bullies
3:36 PM — The education authorities in Coventry are to send leaflets to secondary school students about how to deal with discrimination.The leaflets from the city council will instruct pupils to speak out about bullying over race, religion, disability or sexuality.There are also plans to implement a drama workshop to encourage pupils to speak out against bullying in schools.
Women who forced children to fight escape jail 1
3:07 PM — A grandmother and three of her daughters who encouraged a two-year-old boy and his three-year-old sister to fight, then filmed it, have been given suspended sentences.Carole Oliver, 48, and Zara, 29, Serenza, 29, and Danielle, 19, all pleaded guilty to inciting the ill treatment of children.One of the four can be heard on the tape calling the boy a "faggot" when he did not fight his sister.
Welsh politicians stand up for diversity
1:33 PM — Political leaders from across the political divide are to join together to promote tolerance and diversity across Wales.The leaders of Welsh Labour, Welsh Conservatives, Plaid and the Welsh Liberal Democrats, as well as other parties, will take part in Hope not Hate Sunday, an event organised by anti-facism group Wales Friends of Searchlight.
Ketamine led to death of Gaydar founder 1
11:05 AM — A London coroner's court has heard evidence about the death of Gary Frisch, who co-founded gay meeting site Gaydar.Mr Frisch died in February aged 38.It emerged in court yesterday that under the influence of the drug ketamine he leapt from the balcony of his eight-floor Battersea apartment.
Police advice group focus on gay club deaths
10:46 AM — The group that advises the London police on LGBT issues is asking members of the community to speak to them about the increase in serious sexual and physical assaults, deaths and overdoses associated with gay venues.The Metropolitan Police Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Independent Advisory Group has set up an independent review into drugs and alcohol in London.
19th April 2007
Stonewall’s workplace head off to the Olympics 2
5:45 PM — Stephen Frost, the head of workplace programmes at gay equality organisation Stonewall, is leaving to work on the 2012 Olympic Games.Mr Frost is closely associated with the continuing success of Stonewall's Diversity Champions Programme.It has grown from 65 members in 2004 to nearly 300 today, among them some of the biggest companies in the UK.
Interview: Su Pollard’s musical menopause
1:47 PM — TV icon Su Pollard is known throughout the land for her much-loved turns in a range of hit BBC sitcoms. Such was her iconic status, she won Rear of the Year in 1988.Now she is back on the London stage.After achieving phenomenal success in both America and Australia, Menopause the Musical is making its debut on these shores.
Day against homophobia gets support from ministers 1
12:03 PM — The International Day Against Homophobia, to be held on 17th May, has received the backing of government ministers.A joint statement by Ian McCartney, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Meg Munn, Minister for Women and Equality, pledges their support for the worldwide protest day.
18th April 2007
Rural gay project gets Lottery funding 1
4:49 PM — An educational media charity has received a £76,000 Lottery grant to help sexual minorities in rural areas fight homophobia.The Herefordshire's Rural Media Company won the cash for its "Sticks and Stones" project, a series of short films on how to fight homophobia in rural communities.Around 50 young gay people from rural communities are expected to feature in the films.