30th April 2007
Smoking ban comes into force 4
12:46 PM — Belfast's gay bars will become the latest to go smoke-free today, as Northern Ireland becomes the second part of the UK to enforce a smoking ban.Bans are already in place in the Republic of Ireland, Wales and Scotland.Only England remains, where LGBT people only have until the end of June to continue to smoke in enclosed public places like bars and clubs.
Boy George arrested over gay bondage claim
11:45 AM — A Norwegian escort has claimed that singer and DJ Boy George chained him to a wall against his will.George has been arrested by police and bailed to appear before magistrates on charges of forced imprisonment and assault. The Mirror reports that 28-year-old Auden Carlsen met the former Culture Club singer on website Gaydar.
Gordon Brown’s homophobic abuse 3
11:29 AM — The man expected to become Britain's next Prime Minister was verbally assaulted in Soho last week.A gang of hoodies taunted Gordon Brown with anti-gay jibes as he left a restaurant in Greek St.thelondonpaper reports that on Thursday evening the Chancellor was outside the Gay Hussar, a favourite with Westminster politicians, when the gang started to shout abuse.
Discrimination protections become law 5
10:28 AM — The Sexual Orientation Regulations come into force in Britain today.It is now illegal to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation when providing goods, services and facilities.Heterosexual people are also covered by the new law, meaning that it is now illegal to refuse them entry into gay bars.
28th April 2007
Police raid closes gay club for rest of the weekend
8:10 PM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveFire, the club raided by police in the early hours of Saturday morning has confirmed that they will be closed for the remainder of this weekend but will re-open for next week's bank holiday long weekend.Megan Jones promotions manager for Orange Club, who run Fire told PinkNews.co.uk : "The raid was civilised and with the full cooperation from staff and security personnel."
Clubbers filmed raid on gay club
4:00 PM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay clubbers captured the police raid that resulted in the Fire gay nightclub being shut down by Lambeth police in the early hours of Saturday morning. Witnesses claim hundreds of police were involved in the raid.PinkNews.co.uk has heard criticism of the police for taking photographs of clubbers (but not taking their names). One reader pointed out that this was a particular worry for those not yet openly gay.
Concerns raised over police tactics during gay club raid
2:30 PM — The Fire gay nightclub has been temporarily closed following a raid by Lambeth police in the early hours of Saturday morning. Witnesses claim hundreds of police were involved in the raid.PinkNews.co.uk has heard criticism of the police for taking photographs of clubbers (but not taking their names). One reader pointed out that this was a particular worry for those not yet out.Nine people were arrested in the raid that followed a three month long intelligence led operation into Class A drugs- codenamed Pivot.
Gay nightclub Fire shut down after raid by police
1:50 PM — The Fire gay nightclub has been temporarily closed following a raid by Lambeth police in the early hours of Saturday morning.Nine people were arrested in the raid that followed a three month long intelligence led operation into Class A drugs- codenamed Pivot.Officers armed with a search warrant raided the club in Vauxhall at 2:15 am on Saturday. Suspects are being held in a central London police station.
27th April 2007
BBC’s gay programme extended to one hour
5:48 PM — The only gay radio show on the BBC is moving timeslots. Gay Night on BBC Radio Manchester will now be broadcast on Mondays - and it will be twice as long.The popular community show, previously called GayTalk, is moving from 6.30pm Wednesday to Monday evenings at 8pm.With the show now an hour long, there will be twice as many features and guests and more music.
Gay MEP questions Tory tactics on homophobia
5:34 PM — Labour MEP Michael Cashman has strongly condemned the actions of Conservative MEPs who sided with extreme-right political groups in an attempt to suppress a debate on homophobia.On Wednesday the European Parliament voted to send a fact-finding mission to Poland to investigate a new laws that seek to suppress discussion of gay issues in schools.The extreme-right Union for Europe of the Nations (UEN) Group attempted to suppress the debate.
Analysis: Gays – football’s last taboo 3
5:15 PM — An article by Portsmouth goalkeeper David James, published in The Observer earlier this month, has re-ignited one of the crucial but rarely asked questions in football: why are there no openly gay players?There were times when reading the article that I laughed out loud at some of his comments.My favourite section reads: "Down the years I could easily have been accused of being gay."
BBC defends broadcast of gay Mass
3:13 PM — The BBC has defended its decision to broadcast from a church that has been an inspiration to gay, lesbian and transgender Catholics around the world.This Sunday BBC Radio 4's Morning Worship programme will come from the Catholic parish of the Most Holy Redeemer, in San Francisco's gay Castro district.The parish offers a "spiritual home" to all, including LGBT church members and parishioners with HIV/AIDS.
Edinburgh gays not reporting hate crimes
2:59 PM — A new report has found that the majority of violent homophobic attacks in Edinburgh are not reported to police.The survey by Queen Margaret University found that only 37% of such crimes are brought to the attention of law enforcement.Gay rights groups cited an historic mistrust of police in a community where homosexuality was not decriminalised until 1980.
Welsh Tory candidate in gay row 3
2:41 PM — A Labour candidate for the Welsh Assembly claims his Tory opponent said homosexuality is a sin at a public meeting.Conservative leader David Cameron has defended the party's candidate in Clywd West, Darren Millar, claiming his remarks have been taken out of context.A party spokesman told the BBC that Mr Millar was merely pointing out that religious texts say homosexuality is a sin.
Gay police will march in uniform at Pride
11:20 AM — The ban on LGBT police from Hampshire marching in uniform at Brighton Pride has been lifted.The decision relfects a chance of heart by the Chief Constable of Hampshire Police, Paul Kernaghan.He previously banned all of his officers from gay Pride events over concerns that the impartiality of the police might be compromised.
Brian Paddick to leave the Met early
10:15 AM — The most senior gay police officer in the UK is to retire more than a year early.Brian Paddick, who is currently a Deputy Assistant Commissioner in London's Metropolitan Police, is understood to have asked to be allowed to stand down before the end of his current contract.He is to leave the force at the end of May. He has completed 30 years' service and will be entitled to a full pension.
26th April 2007
No 10 petition asks for gay question on census 5
3:35 PM — Gay people are being asked to add their names to a petition calling for a question on sexual orientation to be included on the census.The petition is on the Prime Minister's website. The next national survey will take place in 2011.It is conducted every 10 years by the Office of National Statistics who announced last year that they did not think a question about sexual orientation would not be suitable.
Comment: Was Ted Heath gay? 4
2:34 PM — Jeremy Norman, a successful gay businessman who founded the iconic London nightclub Heaven, was a friend of former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath.In his autobiography No Make Up published last year, he devoted an entire chapter to Heath.Here he gives us his view on the current discussion of his old friend's sexuality.
City Hall venue for trans dialogue 1
1:00 PM — A public meeting next week aims to foster a frank dialogue between London's trans community and providers of gender identity services.City Hall will be the venue for a public discussion on gender reassignment in London on Tuesday 1st May.The event will bring together representatives from the trans community with speakers from specialist commissioning and London's gender identity clinic.
Adopt a rubber duck and help fight AIDS
11:00 AM — Gay men are adopting ducks to help raise funds for gay men's health charity GMFA.The rubber ducks will form part of the world's biggest duck race when 165,000 rubber ducks will be released on a 1km stretch of the River Thames.The aim is to set a new World Record and raise money for UK charities.