29th August 2007
Comment: Nigeria’s anti-gay witch-hunt 1
11:27 AM — Peter Tatchell comments on Nigeria's treatment of gay peopleThe arrest on 5 August of 18 men at a private party in the northernstate of Bauchi is the latest incident in a wave of on-goinghomophobic persecution in Nigeria - much of which is incited byChristian bishops and Muslim imams.Bauchi is a predominantly Muslim region which has adopted Sharia(Islamic) law. Police officers acted on a tip-off from the HisbahIslamic anti-vice squad of the Bauchi Sharia Commission. They seizedthe men, aged 18 to 22, in rooms at the Benko Hotel in Bauchi.
‘Ambisexual’ singer Mika nominated for music award 2
11:27 AM — Chart-topping singer-songwriter, Mika, has been nominated for the prestigious BT Digital Music Awards 2007.Under the category of 'Best Pop Artist in association with TV Hits', the Beirut-born singer will be up against Natasha Bedingfield, Simon Webb, Lil Chris and The Hoosiers for the award.The 23-year-old's hit single Grace Kelly spent weeks at the top of the charts and his debut album Life In Cartoon Motion has sold half a million copies since it was released in February this year.
28th August 2007
LGBT arts festival gaining international momentum 1
3:47 PM — The GFest arts festival, due to begin in November, is starting to whip up international artistic interest as it begins to receive submissions from across the globe.The event, sponsored in part by PinkNews.co.uk, aims to provide a platform for LGBT artists to express themselves.Divided into three broad categories, the festival will show short film screenings, performance events and a visual arts exhibition.
Cornish police accused of homophobia at Pride 21
3:05 PM — Cornwall's first Gay Pride event earned rave reviews from those who attended, despite complaints of police harassment.Following a unanimous vote by Cornwall Pride's steering committee for police to not be involved in the event, a committee member was promptly arrested and detained for 16 hours before being released without charge.The arrest comes as gay activists in Cornwall persist in calling on local forces to address the homophobia in their ranks.
Manchester celebrates Pride all weekend 11
2:25 PM — An estimated 250,000 people took to the streets of Manchester last weekend to celebrate the culmination of eleven days of Pride events.After 78 hours of partying at the Big Weekend, a solemn candlelit vigil was held to remember all those whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS yesterday.The opening event of the weekend was a civil partnership ceremony for ten couples at Marriott Victoria Albert Hotel.
Project tackles LGBT domestic abuse in Scotland 1
12:15 PM — On Thursday a pilot project which aims to tackle the problem of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people facing domestic abuse in Scotland will be launched.The Scottish government is funding the project as part of its national strategy on domestic abuse.There are at least 500,000 LGBT people living in Scotland. Approximately 1 in 4 of them will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime, which parallels the experience of heterosexual women in Scotland.
Malawians oppose McConnell over gay rights 1
11:20 AM — Former Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell has been openly challenged by senior Malawian politicians over his support for gay rights before he moves there as High Commissioner.The head of the main opposition party in Malawi - the United Democratic Front - said Mr McConnell's support for the repeal of Section 28 and civil unions meant he was an unsuitable person to act on behalf of the country."To have a man who supports gay rights to come to Malawi is dangerous for us," Friday Jumbe said.
Venice offers home to Iranian lesbian facing deportation 12
10:41 AM — The city of Venice has supported the decision of the Italian government to offer asylum to a lesbian due to be deported back to Iran today.Pegah Emambakhsh is currently being detained by British officials. Her sexual orientation and her past life in Iran may lead to her being executed.Even if she is not sentenced to death, she is likely to be prosecuted and tortured by Iran's religious officials.
26th August 2007
Tabloid claims Spice Girl Mel B had lesbian threesome 2
10:23 AM — The Sunday Mirror has claimed that Spice Girl, Melanie Brown, known as Mel B had a two year relationship with two lesbians.The tabloid alleges that Mel B began a lesbian affair with mother-of-two Christa Parker after they met at the gates of the school where both women's' children are students. It's claimed that Ms Parker then introduced her to sex-toy vendor, Elizabeth Rodriguez, who joined Mel B and Ms Parker in bed for threesomes.
24th August 2007
Italy ready to grant asylum to Iranian lesbian 12
12:50 PM — A spokesperson for Italian government has confirmed that they will grant ayslum to a lesbian woman due to be deported from the UK to Iran.Pegah Emambakhsh is currently being detained by British officials and she is scheduled for repatriation on Tuesday.Her sexual orientation and her past life in Iran may lead to her being executed.
Gordon Brown urged to support gay football
10:22 AM — The Prime Minister was in the crowd at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night to watch England lose to Germany, and his love of football is well-known.Now Gordon Brown is being urged to show his support for the World Cup, which is being hosted in England next year.Not the over-rated FIFA event, of course, but the International Gay and Lesbian Football Association (IGLFA) World Championship, which kicks off in exactly one year's time today.
TURING: The business of outing 2
10:16 AM — By all means, out someone if he or she is a hypocrite; just don't call them gay. It is nothing short of a comical irony. Ted Haggard, the ex-televangelist, and once the self-appointed spokesperson for Jesus Christ, has all but disappeared from public attention.Only a few months ago, he was reviled not just by the gay community for his blatant homophobic preaching, but also by intelligent people at large for his inability to handle rational criticisms and arguments.
23rd August 2007
Lottery money for older LGBT outreach work 3
12:30 PM — The charity Age Concern has been awarded a £390,000 grant to help improve services in London for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people over 55.The Big Lottery Fund award will pay for two full-time development staff who will work in the Westminster, Hackney, Islington, Camden and Kensington and Chelsea boroughs.Age Concern has carried out in-depth research into the needs of older LGBT people. A resource pack was launched last year to help those working in care homes and extra-care housing support older LGBT people.
Homophobic Christian thinks gays are all white 13
11:45 AM — Stephen Green, an activist with extremist group Christian Voice, has questioned the presence of racist group the National Front at Pride events, on the basis that "homosexuals are not black or Asian as a rule."The controversial preacher made his observation as part of his report on the group's website about his protest at this year's Brighton Pride celebrations.He also complains that the NF are "copying" his idea of protesting at gay events.
22nd August 2007
Football gay liaison officers start training 1
6:12 PM — A day of training and consultation for volunteer liaison officers who will work with football clubs across England to stamp out homophobia was held last week at The Valley, home of Charlton Athletic.The new football season started earlier this month and for the first time homophobic abuse is against the rules in every Premier League and Football League club.The new regime is part of the Football Association's commitment to tackling homophobic abuse at all levels of the game.
Doncaster’s first Pride event draws a crowd
5:18 PM — More than a thousand people defied foul weather to take to the streets of Doncaster over the weekend to celebrate the Yorkshire town's first ever Pride.The event, organised by Doncaster Partnership Against Homophobia and Transphobia, was held in the Market Place.Revellers were treated to six hours of live performances as well speeches from local police and council representatives.There were also fairground rides and a busy market.
Civil partners choose charities above white goods
2:55 PM — When civil partnerships arrived, wedding lists inevitably followed.Recent research found that gay men are keen to have all the trappings of a traditional wedding, including lists of gifts for friends and well-wishers to purchase, such as kettles and washing machines.On average each guest spends nearly £100 each on gifts. However, some couples are taking a different approach, among them Paul Symes and Terry Stacy.
Boris Johnson hits back at his critics 16
2:30 PM — Henley MP Boris Johnson, one of four contenders for the Conservative party nomination for Mayor of London, has responded to a document from a left-leaning organisation listing his previous comments on race, homosexuality and other issues.In the 17-page document, entitled Boris Johnson: A Member of the Tory Right, Compass called the well-known politician "a type of Norman Tebbit in clown's uniform"They also said he is "by far the most right wing candidate ever to be presented by a major party for Mayor of London."
Gay entertainer denies racism charges 1
12:01 PM — Australian singer Darren Hayes has denied accusations that he racially abused a waiter in a Thai restaurant in London.He was arrested by police and has been bailed. The alleged incident happened in Busaba Eathai restaurant on July 22nd.The Metropolitan Police issued this statement."We can confirm that a 35-year-old man was arrested by Westminster police on suspicion of racially abusing a member of staff.
Left-wing group attack Boris Johnson’s gay views 7
11:50 AM — He may not even be the Tory candidate for London Mayor yet, but frontrunner Boris Johnson is already the subject of a 17-page pamphlet from a left-leaning thinktank outlining his previous contentious statements on a range on issues.The Conservative party are selecting their candidate via an open primary, in which all Londoners on the electoral register can take part.The selection process, by phone and ballot, closes on 26th September and the Tory candidate will be announced soon after.