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February 2007

  • 13th February 2007

    Wife Swap want gay or lesbian family

    One at least one occasion the show has descended into violence.

    1:40 PM — Controversial television series Wife Swap is looking for their first same-sex family to take part in the eighth series.The BAFTA-winning Channel 4 programme, which first aired in 2003, takes two families, usually with vastly different lifestyles.The families swap wives for two weeks. In the first week the women try to fill their counterpart's role, and in the second week they impose their own routine on their hosts.

  • Robbie Williams’ birthday drug rehab 1

    In December 2005 Williams successfully sued the  People  and the  Daily Star  and over allegations he was secretly gay.

    11:54 AM — The singer Robbie Williams has checked into rehab on his 33rd birthday.The former Take That star's spokeswoman, Bryony Watts, confirmed that he has been admitted to a clinic to deal with an addiction to prescription medications.In December 2005 Williams successfully sued the People and the Daily Star over allegations he was secretly gay.

  • Presidential hopeful’s pledge on gay rights

    In 2000, as the Minister of the Family and Children, Royal spoke out against anti-gay bullying in schools.

    11:28 AM — Segolene Royal took the race to succeed Jacques Chirac as President of France in a fresh direction yesterday, launching a 100 point manifesto for France under her rule.The 53-year-old socialist party candidate for the presidency would become France's first woman president if elected.She pitched her reform programme to a 15,000-strong rally just outside Paris yesterday.

  • James Bond actor attacks gay journalist 4

    Craig is the sixth actor to portray the spy character.

    10:44 AM — It has emerged that Bond star Daniel Craig verbally abused a leading gay journalist at a BAFTA party on Sunday night.Johann Hari, best known for his rigorously intellectual comment and investigative writing for The Independent, revealed that Craig called him a "fucking fool" at the event.It seems Hari had made the mistake of complimenting the new James Bond on his physical appearance.

  • 12th February 2007

    Obama says he is running for the White House 2

    Obama is the only African-American in the Senate, and his candidacy is already being compared to that of President John F Kennedy.

    6:35 PM — Senator Barack Obama has officially declared that he is running for President.The charismatic American politician said that he does not think either race or religion will be defining factors in the choice of the next leader of the free world.In an interview with PA the junior senator from Illinois, who has been publicly supportive of gay rights, said that being mixed race was not a disadvantage.

  • COMMENT: End of the road for united Anglican communion 3

    Archbishop Williams needs to stop trying to hold this fractured communion together.

    5:41 PM — This week the senior primates of the Anglican church will meet in Africa. Many predict the outcome of this meeting will be an outright schism in the church over the issue of gay priests.Tony Grew examines the nature of the Church of England and questions whether it can ever be a home for radical evangelicals. My dad used to tell me that the Anglican church is not really a religious denomination as such. It is more of a social club.

  • Gay harassment victim awarded £120,000 1

    Ms Cape called the behaviour of Mr Paul malicious and oppressive.

    4:19 PM — An employment tribunal in Glasgow has awarded huge damages to a gay man victimised at work.32-year-old Jonah Ditton was a media sales manager for CP Publishing Ltd for only eight days, yet the nakedly homophobic behaviour of his boss is reflected in the compensation of almost £120,000 he was awarded.This is the largest award ever for a case of sexual orientation discrimination.

  • Gaydar founder fell to his death

    Police are investigating Mr Frisch's death but are not treating it as suspicious.

    3:23 PM — Gary Frisch, the co-founder of website Gaydar, fell to his death from the balcony of his eight-floor apartment.The 38-year-old may have fallen accidentally or jumped from the balcony in Battersea on Saturday afternoon, reports yourlocalguardian.co.ukMr Frisch co-founded Gaydar in 1999, and it has grown into arguably the most influential gay site in the world.

  • Russia says it backs gay rights 4

    Patricia Prendiville, the executive director of the European branch of the International Lesbian and Gay Association, welcomed Russia's statement.

    3:03 PM — Despite banning Moscow Gay Pride last year, the Russian government has sent out a message of commitment to the rights of sexual minorities.In its capacity as current Chairman of the Committee of Ministers for the Council of Europe, the Russian Federation has stated that sexual minorities do have the right to freedom of expression and assembly, according to RainbowNetwork.com.They added that the police have a duty to protect such demonstrations when they take place.

  • Canary Wharf hosts transsexual photo exhibition

    Jones has many awards for her work which include “Best Use of Photography“ at the Campaign Press advertising awards in 1995.

    2:33 PM — Award-winning photographs of transsexuals and drag queens are to go on show in Canary Wharf next month.A retrospective exhibition of the award winning photographs of Jeanette Jones will be held at the Frontispiece Gallery on the concourse level of One Canada Square from 5 - 31 March.The exhibition features a collection of images of drag queens and transsexuals published in Jones' book Walk on the Wild Side.

  • Berlusconi attacks gay rights legislation

    Italy remains divided over the extent that gay and unmarried couples should benefit from the legal rights that married heterosexual couples enjoy.

    1:37 PM — Italian opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi slammed legislation to give legal rights to same-sex couples yesterday.The former Prime Minister, who is still leader of Forza Italia, accused the Romano Prodi-led Italian coalition government of devaluing the institution of the family.Last week the Italian Cabinet voted unanimously to bring forward legislation bestowing some legal protection to unmarried couples.

  • Court bans gay partner health insurance

    Massachusetts is the only American state that can legally marry same-sex couples. It has been doing so since May 2004.

    1:22 PM — An appeals court in Michigan has banned public organisations from providing health insurance to partners of gay employees.The decision has caused outrage amongst American gay rights organisations.Last Friday Michigan amended its voter-approved ban on gay marriage to incorporate a ruling that prohibits universities and government bodies from recognising same-sex unions in the provision of health benefits. It is the first US state to do so.

  • Gaydar founder dies aged 38

    There are no further details about the cause of death, and suicide has not been ruled out. No foul play is suspected.

    12:11 PM — Gary Frisch, one of the founders of the internet phenomenon Gaydar, has been found dead in his London home.A statement from QSoft Consulting, owners of the Gaydar portfolio of brands, confirmed his death this morning.Mr Frisch died on Saturday. He was 38. There are no further details about the cause of death, and suicide has not been ruled out. No foul play is suspected.

  • Scots minister in gay blessing storm

    The Anglican communion worldwide has been split over gay rights issues since the ordination of a gay bishop by the American church in 2003.

    12:01 PM — The Church of Scotland faces widespread division after a minister announced she would use her church to bless same-sex civil partnerships.Aberdeenshire minister the Rev Kim Cran will risk the possibility of disciplinary action in order to bless four homosexual couples, Scotsman.com has reported.Last year the Church of Scotland's local branches, the presbyteries, voted to reject a declaration that would allow clerics to conduct ceremonies without fear of punishment.

  • Drag act to represent Denmark at Eurovision 57

    The UK has won five times and have achieved the  best cumulative points record of any country.

    11:37 AM — Drag performer DQ will represent Denmark at this year's Eurovision Song Contest.He won the Danish Melodi Grand Prix, which decides who will represent the country the contest, on Saturday night.Televised in this country by the BBC, it will be held Helsinki, Finland, on the 12th of May.

  • Canadian cops seek out gay recruits

    Others attending the session said they were concerned their sexuality would be more valued than their qualifications.

    10:50 AM — Toronto police held a recruiting session in the city's gay village Saturday afternoon in an effort to diversify its ranks.According to the Canadian Press, the city's police service has made efforts to diversify by recruiting officers who reflect the variety of ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds found across the city.Constable Gail Steed of the police employment unit told CP that the information sessions for the gay community are a natural extension of that outreach.

  • BA asked to donate to anti-gay Christian group 3

    British Airways, who sponsored last year's EuroPride in London, have yet to announce whether they will meet Mrs Eweida's demands

    10:30 AM — The British Airways check-in worker at the centre of last year's crucifix row has demanded a £100,000 donation be paid to a Christian charity rigorously opposed to anti-discrimination legislation.55-year-old Nadia Eweida was suspended last September after she refused to cover up her crucifix in accordance with BA rules.Following changes to the airline's uniform policy Mrs Eweida will return to work after spending four months on unpaid leave.

  • 9th February 2007

    Gay haters to picket kids’ funeral 1

    The WBC say on their website that: “the Messengers of God do not stop preaching the truth just because you pass laws.“

    6:13 PM — Anti-gay activists from the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, plan to protest at the collective funeral of the victims of the Bardstown house fire that killed 10 people last week.The blaze, described as the deadliest in Kentucky in thirty years, killed six children, and left two others hospitalised. The cause of the fire has yet to be confirmed.The controversial church appears at high-profile funerals in order to gain publicity for their cause, despite laws banning such demonstrations.

  • Drug-resistant HIV strain worries doctors

    Once the four men contract AIDS, treatment for them will be extremely limited.

    5:40 PM — A strain of HIV that is resistant to two types of treatment has been discovered in America.Four men in Washington state were diagnosed with strains of highly-resistant HIV (HR HIV) between 2005 and 2006.Researchers now say that these strains are very similar, indicating that the four men may have had sex or shared injection equipment with common partners.

  • Pride photos part of London LGBT History Month 3

    Southwark's Head of Culture, Councillor Howard Barnes, expressed his commitment to creating an LGBT resource for the Southwark community,

    5:29 PM — Southwark LGBT Network kicked off this year's History Month with a free photographic exhibition, depicting 32 years of London Pride events, courtesy of lesbian photographer Pam Isherwood.The network, an offshoot of the Southwark Anti-Homophobic Forum, organised seven events for the first year of History Month and has been committed to the event ever since.The photography exhibition was organised by Dax Ashworth, LGBT community development worker at Southwark Council.

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