12th March 2007
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
Government confirms protection but ends gay only bars 5
11:37 AM — The Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly earlier today published the government's planned regulations to protect from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.While it protects the LGBT community from discrimination, it means the legal end of gay or lesbian only bars.Ms Kelly, who despite being the combining her role as Communities Secretary and Minister for Equality has yet to vote in favour of gay rights.
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.
Sexual Orientation Regulations published today 57
11:37 AM — The Government has today published the Sexual Orientation Regulations for Great Britain.Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly published the new regulations, which outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in the provision of goods and services.The regulations come into force on the 30th April.
Movie festival features Moscow Pride documentary
10:40 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) Film Festival will feature the first UK showing of a documentary following events at last year's infamous Moscow Pride.The festival consists of four screenings at the exclusive private screening room at the One Aldwych Hotel, Covent Garden, London.The UK premiere of Moscow Pride '06 Uncut, will be shown on Saturday 17th March.
6th March 2007
Health minister announces risky gay sex study
4:55 PM — Government minister Caroline Flint today announced that the Department of Health is to fund a major study looking at why some gay men appear to be taking more risks with their sexual health in recent years.The results of the £40,000 study of existing data from the annual Gay Men's Sex Survey is expected to help the NHS and gay men's health organisations promote safer sex among the most at-risk groups.
Shirley Bassey dresses to be auctioned for gay kids 1
4:55 PM — The flamboyant wardrobe of Dame Shirley Bassey will be auctioned off on Friday 30th March by Barnados to raise money for young LGBT people.From rare Chanel and Christian LaCroix dresses to a signed jewellery case, the 70-year-old singer has more than enough to give away.The event, called "Hey Big Spender," will be hosted at Café de Paris in London's Leicester Square.