4th July 2007
Who exactly is the minister for gay rights? 1
5:00 PM — There is confusion as to which member of the Brown government will be taking responsibility for women and equality issues.The appointment of Harriet Harman as Minister for Women last week seemed to indicate that she would be in charge of gay rights and other issues that fall under the remit of the Women and Equality Unit.However, the unit is part of the Department of Communities and Local Government, headed by Hazel Blears.
UK marriages down as civil partnerships flourish
3:50 PM — The number of marriages in Wales and England has dramatically fallen to the lowest point on record.The drop in the number of couples tying the knot showed a 10% fall to 244,710 weddings in 2005, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.Other figures showed that 18,000 civil partnerships took place in the UK since they were introduced in December 2005 and the end of December 2006.
Lib Dems appoint new equality spokesperson
12:55 PM — Liberal Democrat leader Ming Campbell has appointed Jo Swinson as the party's spokesperson on women and equality issues.Ms Swinson, 27, is the youngest MP in the Commons, referred to as the Baby of the House. She was previously the party's Scotland spokesperson.The party's former spokesperson on women and equality issues, which includes gay rights, was Lorely Burt.
No July edition of Attitude magazine 1
12:21 PM — Gay lifestyle magazine attitude has failed to appear for the second time in six months.The Press Gazette reports that staff have not been paid since April, as the magazine's parent company, Giant Clipper, goes through a financial crisis.Newsagent chain WH Smith has delisted the magazine over unpaid bills. However, insiders told PinkNews.co.uk that there are a range of interested parties willing to invest in the title.
Ignorance lives on 25 years after Terry Higgins died
11:24 AM — Today's 25th anniversary of the death of Terry Higgins has been marked by a new survey from the charity set up in his memory.Mr Higgins was among the first people to die with AIDS in the UK.Despite the work of the Terrence Higgins Trust to educate the British public about the dangers of the virus, the survey reveals ignorance among all age groups.
Gay hedonist found dead from a suspected overdose
10:40 AM — A German aristocrat famed for his libertine lifestyle has been found dead in his apartment in London.Count Gottfried von Bismarck, who was 44, was discovered by paramedics over the weekend. It is thought he died of a drug overdose.The Count was first thrust into the tabloid limelight as a student at Oxford in 1986, when the 22-year-old daughter of Tory Cabinet minister Paul Channon died at one of his notorious parties.
3rd July 2007
Big Brother’s “double standards” over homophobic language 8
6:13 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Channel 4 has defended itself against accusations that it treats gay slurs less seriously than racist language on reality show Big Brother. On Sunday a female contestant called one of the men a 'poof,' yet no action was taken against her. PinkNews.co.uk readers have expressed their disgust at what they see as a double standard.
Gay candidate for Mayor of London withdraws from race
12:21 PM — Nick Boles, a Conservative seeking his party's nomination to run against Ken Livingstone in next year's election for Mayor of London has withdrawn from the race.The 42-year-old has been diagnosed with cancer and is pulling out to undergo treatment.Mr Boles, who is openly gay, was a parliamentary candidate in the 2005 election. He came within 500 votes of winning Hove.
Gaydar Radio named station of the year 4
11:30 AM — GaydarRadio added yet another trophy to their cabinet yesterday, after being named Commercial Radio Digital Station of the Year at the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards 2007.Earlier this year they won a Gold Sony award and was named UK Digital Terrestrial Station of the Year in April.The Arqiva judges said GaydarRadio, "had established a presence in major gay community events and added diversity to digital broadcasting."
Homophobia on the rise in Scottish schools
11:20 AM — 70% of young gays and lesbians in Scottish schools have also revealed their feelings towards they unsafe environment they have to endure on a daily basis.Scottish schools are realising that bullying is a issue among young people and represents a living hell for most.Homophobia can be directed towards its victim in many ways and can be extremely damaging whether it is physical, emotional or verbal, between young people.
2nd July 2007
Cameron appoints two gay men to shadow Cabinet 3
6:05 PM — Nick Herbert, the MP for Arundel and South Downs and one of only a handful of openly gay Tory MPs, has been promoted to the shadow Cabinet by David Cameron as part of a reshuffle.Mr Herbert only became an MP in 2005 and is seen as a rising star. He was the first ever out gay man elected as a Tory MP. Fellow openly gay MP, Alan Duncan was reappointed to the shadow Cabinet.Francis Maude, who spoke exclusively to PinkNews.co.uk about the death of his brother from AIDS, has been moved from the key role of Party Chairman.
Anglicans tell Paisley to apologise or resign over gay comments 27
5:05 PM — The newspaper of the Anglican Church in Ireland has launched a scathing attack on Ian Paisley Jnr over his recent homophobic outburst.The junior minister in the Northern Ireland government and member of the DUP has been under attack for accusing gay and lesbian people of harming society with their "repulsive" sexuality.Mr Paisley has refused to back down from his comments.
Gay swimmers triumph over straight teams
5:00 PM — Swimming squad Out To Swim has gained further kudos and made the LGB community proud, by winning the Middlesex swimming club championship.This second triumph in the space of a month is being seen as historic because the gay squad beat 17 teams in an all comers county-wide inter-club event.They have improved on Stonewall Football Club's previous triumph at the Middlesex Federation League Cup in 2004, as Out To Swim achieved a double whammy.
Stonewall celebrates their 300th workplace champion
4:15 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall announced that the 300th organisation to join their Diversity Champions programme is Google.A reception was held last week to mark this milestone, hosted by Merrill Lynch.Google, one of the largest internet businesses in the world, joins companies and organisations such as Barclay's, IBM, the Royal Navy and Transport for London as members of the programme.
London Pride plays host to new Labour Deputy Leader 6
3:18 PM — Harriet Harman rounded off the most exceptional month of her political career with a powerful address to London's gay community on Saturday.Speaking in Trafalgar Square to a crowd of tens of thousands of LGBT people and their supporters, the newly-elected Deputy Leader of the Labour Party welcomed the appointment of an openly lesbian MP to a ministerial role and pledged herself to continuing the fight for equality.
Gay artists perform in memory of Diana
1:21 PM — Gay performers Elton John and Will Young were joined by Duran Duran, Rod Stewart, Supertramp to pay tribute to the people's Princess in Wembley Stadium yesterday, on what would have been Diana, Princess of Wales' 46th birthday.The concert concluded with Princes William and Harry paying an emotional tribute to their mother, who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.A 63,000-strong crowd joined in the bittersweet celebration of the late princess' life, despite the rain.
NHS offers quitting advice as smoking ban starts
12:57 PM — England became the last part of the UK to ban smoking in all enclosed public places and workplaces in the UK yesterday.The NHS Smoking Helpline is calling on gay and bisexual men to stub out their cigarettes after a survey revealed that their habit is well above the national average.A study carried out amongst gay and bisexual men for the NHS Smoking Helpline has found that 41 per cent of gay and bisexual men are smokers.
1st July 2007
Evening Standard refuses to put critique of Boris Johnson dossier online 4
5:10 PM — Compass have today issued a statement regarding the Evening Standard's coverage of their report about London mayoral candidate Boris Johnson.The organisation, which campaigns for a "democratic left", published a dossier earlier this month based on his past statements as an MP and journalist, which concluded that Mr Johnson is the most rightwing candidate ever presented by a major party to stand as mayor of London.
Brian Paddick finally admits he will be candidate for London Mayor 4
5:10 PM — As PinkNews.co.uk has speculated since May 2006, Brian Paddick, who was until his retirement, Britain's most senior openly gay police officer, will this week finally announce that he wishes to be the Liberal Democrats candidate for the Mayor of London."Ken [Livingstone] will choke on his breakfast when he sees my ideas. Nobody else putting themselves forward as Mayor knows more about the issue of law and order than I do."
Bishop claims floods are punishment for gay rights 6
11:01 AM — The Rt Rev Graham Dow, the Bishop of Carlisle, has shocked the liberal wing of the Church of England by suggesting that the floods that have caused chaos and death across the UK were caused by God after he was provoked by the introduction of gay equality."This is a strong and definite judgment because the world has been arrogant in going its own way," he said. "We are reaping the consequences of our moral degradation, as well as the environmental damage that we have caused."