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February 2007

  • 15th February 2007

    US bishop refuses to apologise for gay stance 3

    In any case, conservatives seem in no mood for a middle-way.

    4:55 PM — The meeting of Anglican primates taking place in Tanzania looks likely to result in a stalemate over gay issues.Today the churchmen were considering their options over the US Anglicans'ordination of a gay bishop and seeming acceptance of gay marriage.The head of the American church, presiding bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, has made it clear she will not give in to demands from African churches.

  • Gay basketball star exposes the game’s homophobia 3

    He emphasised his new mission is to send the message to gay athletes in all sports that coming out is the right thing to do.

    3:11 PM — John Amaechi, the former NBA basketball player who disclosed his homosexuality last week, has been receiving threatening e-mails since making the announcement.Currently promoting his autobiography <>IMan in the Middle in the United States, Amaechi said the kind of e-mails he was sent would "make you sick."The British-born 36-year-old has been asked by American gay activists Human Rights Campaign be to their spokesman for their "Coming Out project."

  • Local NHS trusts failing on sexual health services

    Local PCT's actions contradict the national policy of prioritising sexual health services.

    1:39 PM — An annual survey of medical professionals working in sexual health services has revealed they are not being prioritised despite rising infection rates.The research shows that prescribing restrictions are becoming more common, with over a third of clinicians reporting that restrictions for HIV drugs were either already in place or had been discussed.

  • Gays and alcoholics the same, says Moscow

    Russian men have a low mortality rate and alcohol remains a major factor. photo: jimmyOK@flickr

    12:45 PM — A high-ranking official in Moscow has joined in the growing debate over the city's refusal to allow a gay rights parade this year.Georgy Muradov, head of the city's international relations department, yesterday likened homosexuality to alcoholism and argued that both are "bad for one's health."His remarks came as he tried to fend off criticisms from the Swedish ambassador of the city's decision to ban a Pride march.

  • Channel 4 uses gays to court yet more controversy 4

    The channel is expecting controversy over their explicit Clapham Common piece, and the PR offensive has already begun.

    12:09 PM — Channel 4 will mark the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality this summer with a series of films and documentaries.Clapham Junction, a film by Kevin Elyot, is expected to generate more headlines for the channel.It charts the lives of seven gay men over a 36-hour period as they visit Clapham Common in search of sex.

  • Gang of teenagers sentenced for gay abuse 1

    Bromley Youth Court heard how the youths shouted words like “batty boy“ and “queers“ at the men.

    11:18 AM — Four teenage boys who subjected a gay couple to a sustained harassment and abuse have pleaded guilty to public order offences.The children, aged between 14 and 16, followed the two men around a branch of Marks Spencer in Beckenham, Kent, hurling abuse at them and threatening them with physical violence.A magistrate has given one of the boys a conditional discharge and another a referral order. Two await sentencing.

  • Walk with Stonewall to beat the homophobic bullies

    Registration this year is only £10 for which participants will receive a Stonewall Equality Walk t-shirt and goodies on the day.

    10:48 AM — Gay and lesbian stars are to join hundreds of others on a gay walk in Brighton to help kids who face homophobia at school.The 4th Annual Equality walk is a demonstration of solidarity against homophobic crime, a nice day out, a good bit of exercise and an opportunity to do a bit of star-spotting.The event, organised by Stonewall, will take place on Sunday 6th May, which is the Bank Holiday weekend.

  • Gay rights row influences Labour deputy race

    Seven ministers have now declared they back Mr Johnson to succeed John Prescott as deputy leader.

    10:04 AM — The Education Secretary, Alan Johnson, has had his candidacy for the deputy leadership of the Labour party endorsed by a string of ministers.Many of the middle-ranking MPs had warm praise for the tenacious way Johnson stood up to the Prime Minister in defence of gay equality laws.Last month Mr Blair and the Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly were at the centre of a cabinet row over anti-discrimination legislation.

  • 14th February 2007

    Nigeria elections could swing new anti-gay law 1

    Nigerian society is divided along Christian/Muslim lines, yet this issue unites them.

    6:40 PM — A committee of the Nigerian parliament met today to conduct a public hearing into the proposed new legislation that will imprison people for being gay or having gay or lesbian sex.With elections for the Presidency, Senate and House of Representatives in April, gay rights activists fear that politicians will put populism above human rights.

  • Body Shop founder has Hepatitis C 1

    There is no preventative vaccine for Hepatitis C infection, but some treatments can be effective in around 50% of cases.

    12:50 PM — Dame Anita Roddick, who built a retail empire while taking an ethical approach to business, has revealed she contracted the Hepatitis C virus and is now suffering liver damage.A blood transfusion she received in 1971 while giving birth to her youngest child was the source of the infection.Roddick founded The Body Shop in 1976 and sold her stake in the 2000-store chain to cosmetics giant L'Oreal for £652m last year.

  • Brokeback kiss is voted number one

    Lovefilm marketing manager Fliss White said: “We never expected the results to be so varied.“

    12:50 PM — A online poll of people who rent DVDs has revealed that their favourite movie kiss of all time was between two men.Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal's passionate kiss in Brokeback Mountain topped the online survey by DVD rental firm Lovefilm, beating classic movie moments from Gone With The Wind and Breakfast at Tiffany's. Lesbians are not left out either: the Selma Blair/Sarah Michelle Gellar encounter in Cruel Intentions came in at number five.

  • Transgender summit a first for Ireland 2

    The conference was organised by the Belfast Butterfly Club, a support network for transgendered people and their families.

    12:28 PM — An event being held in Belfast today aims to increase awareness of the existence of transgender and transsexual people in Ireland.The Transgender Symmetry conference is the first time such a gathering has been seen on either side of the Irish border.Richard O'Brien, presenter of TV show The Crystal Maze and star and writer of musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show, is attending the event.

  • Proposal to outlaw homosexuality in Russia has “no support” 4

    Alexeyev, a lawyer, dismissed reports that Russia may return to the situation where homosexuality was illegal.

    12:11 PM — The organiser of Moscow Pride has said that an attempt by a maverick deputy in the Russian parliament to re-instate Soviet-era sexuality laws is certain to fail.Nikolai Alexeyev, who was arrested by police at last year's banned Pride march, spoke to PinkNews.co.uk from Berlin, where a documentary about the event is being premiered.Alexeyev, a lawyer, dismissed concerns that Russia may return to the situation where homosexuality was illegal

  • Kisses charity offers ethical Valentines

    Kisses That Count has already attracted support from high-profile individuals including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Actor Kevin Bacon and Supermodel Iman.

    11:36 AM — A charitable institution established by a lesbian couple from Cornwall is offering a range of Valentine's Day services with a unique twist.The Kisses That Count website provides facilities for delivering 'Kiss' e-cards to someone you love, choosing from a wide range of animations or uploading your own photos, and including a loving message.Each Kiss costs £1 and is a donation to one of the charity projects that the website features.

  • Gaydar founder died of multiple injuries

    Mr Frisch, originally from South Africa, established Gaydar with his business partner and then-boyfriend Henry Badenhorst in 1999.

    11:00 AM — An autopsy was carried out yesterday on Gary Frisch, the co-founder of gay dating website Gaydar.Mr Frisch was discovered in the street on Saturday afternoon outside his eighth floor Battersea apartment. It is thought he either fell or jumped from the balcony.The autopsy found that the cause of death was multiple injuries.

  • 13th February 2007

    MEPs highlight homophobic bullying in school

    They spoke to over 750 young LGBT people from 37 countries and found that over half (53%) had experienced bullying in school.

    6:23 PM — Members of the European Parliament from across the EU are to present a written declaration on combating homophobic bullying as new research shows that kids across the continent are being victimised.The MEPs have chosen Valentines Day to highlight the extent to which LGBT teens in all EU countries experience abuse and intimidation at school.Research by gay rights group ILGA Europe and their youth wing examined social exclusion among LGBT kids in Europe.

  • Former Mormon missionary runs for President

    Americans liberals are worried about the candidacy of a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    6:23 PM — Mitt Romney, ex-Governor of Massachusetts and staunch opponent of gay marriage, has today officially announced a bid for the Republican party's candidacy for President of the United States.Speculation about his intentions has been rife since he first resigned from the post of Governor in 2005.Massachusetts is the only state in America to have legalised gay marriage.

  • THT target East End girls and boys

    In order to support projects like these and raise money for the Terrence Higgins Trust, six men from Bristol are having their chest hair waxed off.

    4:43 PM — Rising rates of sexually transmitted diseases among young people, gay and straight, have prompted the establishment of a new young people's sexual health service in South Islington.It is run by the Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK's leading HIV and sexual health charity, and the City YMCA.The service offers testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), advice on contraception, and managing relationships to 16 to 24-year-olds.

  • Gay tourists turned off by sexy advertising

    VisitBritain's new ad campaigns may include traditional British images such Buckingham Palace guards. photo: landysonofrobert@flickr.com

    4:36 PM — Recently gay holidaymakers have been lured to Britain using posters of half-dressed men, Kylie Minogue and drag queens.But now VisitBritain, the country's official tourism agency, is having to tone down its advertising approach.Research using focus groups in the USA, France and Germany found that potential visitors were being turned off by its cheesy, stereotypical and overtly sexual campaigns, the Daily Telegraph  reports.

  • Ukranian gays face fight with parliament 1

    Since 1991 Ukraine, formerly part of the Soviet Union, has had an equal age of consent.

    3:52 PM — The leader of Committee on Human Rights of the Ukrainian Parliament has called homosexual people "perverts" and said that a fight against them is needed.Mr. Leonid Grach, a Communist, said last week that the state must protect society from evils, and then listed homosexuality and lesbianism.Ukraine is seeking membership of the EU.

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