13th March 2007
Comment: Are we too quick to scream homophobia? 2
12:48 PM — Ben Leung, himself a member of an ethnic minority, considers the seriousness of last week's racist and homophobic outbursts from prominent right-wingers in Britain and the US. I've been contributing to this website for a few months now, and have always tried to remain as politically neutral as possible.However, events in the last week on both sides of the Atlantic have made me wonder.
Interview: A boy and his Diva
12:17 PM — Paul Burston's latest book, Lovers and Losers follows his recent successes with Star People (2006) and Shameless (2001) and is just as compelling a read.Paul, who has written for a range of publications from, City Limits, The Sunday Times, The Times, The Guardian, Time Out to The Independent, believes his third book is more biographical than the rest.
12th March 2007
BBC in new homophobic comments row 2
5:50 PM — The BBC confirmed today that it has received complaints from viewers after presenter Patrick Kielty called a Comic Relief Does Fame Academy contestant "a big gayer."MediaGuardian reports that TV watchdog Ofcom has also received complaints from viewers who thought the Irish presenter's comment was homophobic.DJ Colin Murray had tears in his eyes after performing on the charity programme.
Scots police move to eradicate homophobic football chants
5:32 PM — The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland has issued new guidance which says that people who make anti-gay comments at football matches should be subject to criminal charges.The new approach is expected to be controversial among the country's football fans, who are well known for their robust approach to taunting opponents.The guidance tells officers to verbally warn people who shout homophobic statements, and then charge them if they persist.
Charity demand HIV legal loophole be closed
12:02 PM — Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a new campaign to reduce discrimination against people who are perceived to have HIV - often partners, friends or family of those diagnosed with the condition.The current Disability Discrimination Act covers people who are diagnosed with the virus but doesn't protect those who experience discrimination based on the belief or perception by others that they are likely to have HIV.
Comment: Notes on Notes on a Scandal 6
11:29 AM — The Oscar-nominated film Notes on a Scandal is the latest bone of contention to set lesbians screaming blue murder about media representation.Rachel Charman takes a long, dispassionate look at the movie, and the reaction of her co-lesbians to the "mad dyke" role taken by a Dame better known as M.
Catholics protest gay rights from the pulpit 5
10:39 AM — In a clear indication that the Catholic church's fight over the Sexual Orientation Regulations is far from over, the Archbishop of Birmingham has urged his flock to write protest letters to the government.A letter was read out at all churches in the diocese at Mass yesterday, telling Roman Catholics to write to their MPs about the regulations, which outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services.
9th March 2007
Gains for anti-gay party in Northern Ireland elections 1
5:19 PM — The results of the elections for the Northern Ireland Assembly show big gains for Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionist Party.The DUP tried to overturn the Sexual Orientation Regulations, which outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services.The regulations came into force in the province in January.
Gay fairy tales for primary school children 5
5:07 PM — A new scheme promoting gay lifestyles through fairytales aimed a primary-aged children has been criticised by Christian activists.So far fourteen schools and one local authority are taking part in the No Outsiders programme. It has secured funding of £600,000 from the Economic and Social Research Council.
DVD focuses on older gay and lesbian voices
12:09 PM — Age Concern has released a film version of the Clare Summerskill play Gateway to Heaven , based on the memories of older lesbians and gay men.The DVD portrays gays and lesbians in 1940s Soho club culture as well as experiences of Greenham Common and the Spare Rib collective of the 1970s.Playwright Clare Summerskill based the original piece on transcripts of interviews with 26 older lesbians and gay men.
Gay community encouraged to give up the fags 2
11:21 AM — The 40% of gay and lesbian community who smoke are being encouraged to kick the habit on this year's No Smoking Day next Wednesday.Two million smokers are expected to try to get off the cigarettes on March 14th.With a ban on smoking in bars and other public places coming into force at the start of July, anti-smoking organisations are confident that record numbers will try to rid themselves of the habit in 2007.
Feature: Torch Song Trilogy back on London stage
11:08 AM — The award-winning Torch Song Trilogy by Harvey Fierstein will be making a long overdue return to London next week.One of the first plays about life as a gay man, Torch Song Trilogy is explores the process of finding love and dealing with the prejudices of one's nearest and dearest.From Tuesday it will be showing at the Bridewell Theatre in Fleet Street, performed by the Tower Theatre Company.
8th March 2007
Rapper’s documentary prompts MPs on bullying 1
5:58 PM — The Channel 4 Schools documentary Coming Out To Class has generated interest at Westminster.The programme, presented by gay rapper QBoy, talked to young people who had come out of the closet while still at school.Lib Dem education spokesman Stephen Williams was inspired to table an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons after the documentary.
Blood donation and insurance companies get regulations opt-out 3
2:50 PM — The new Sexual Orientation Regulations contain an opt-out for insurance companies and blood donor clinics that allows them to continue to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation.The SORs, published yesterday, protect gay, lesbian and bisexual people in England, Scotland and Wales from discrimination when accessing goods and services.Regulation 27 provides an exception to the SORs where a person is treated less favourably on grounds of his sexual orientation.
Comment: Racism still an issue in the gay community 20
1:37 PM — Since coming to London last year, student Balaji Ravichandran has been impressed with the freedom that gay men enjoy here. As an Indian, though, Balaji has noticed that white gay men's attitudes to a guy like him can at times leave something to be desired. "Sorry, not my type." This is probably the most frequented reply I've received on Gaydar - or "DismayDar," as I choose to call it.
MPs vote for an elected House of Lords
12:25 PM — The House of Commons last night voted by a wide margin to have a fully elected House of Lords.The vote was not on an Act of Parliament and therefore will not immediately become law.It is thought that many traditional-minded MPs voted for the most radical proposal in order to scupper plans to elect a proportion of peers.
Judge mocks George Michael’s schedule
11:25 AM — The judge overseeing the trial of George Michael yesterday said the singer might have to take a day off work to attend court.In January, Mr Michael's lawyer told the court in north west London that he pleads not guilty to a charge of being unfit to drive.Judge Katherine Marshall was not impressed when lawyers said Mr Michael was too busy to be tied down.
Regulations will come into force on April 30th 1
11:00 AM — New laws protecting lesbian, gay and bisexual people from discrimination when accessing goods and services will come into force at the end of next month.The Sexual Orientation Regulations will be subject to a vote in both Houses of Parliament before they can be implemented.The regulations were published by the government yesterday after months of political argument.
Are You Being Served actor dies 2
10:09 AM — John Inman, best known for playing one of the most prominent camp characters in British TV history, has died. He was 71.Mr Inman's portrayal of Mr Humphries in the popular BBC comedy Are You Being Served, made him a household name.He died this morning in St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, West London.
7th March 2007
Comment: girlie porn fails to impress lesbians 2
11:37 AM — Quiver Books' latest offering by Jamye Waxman, Women Loving Women: Appreciating and Exploring the Beauty of Erotic Female Encounters, promises to capture for the reader "the warm and enlightening approach of exploring erotic possibilities with other women."Promises, however, get broken, particularly concerning soft pornography masquerading as art, explains Rachel Charman.