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09 March 2007

  • 9th March 2007

    Gains for anti-gay party in Northern Ireland elections 1

    The only truly non-sectarian party, the Alliance,  has so far gained three seats.

    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

    It is hoped that teaching children as young as five about the existence of gay relationships might help in tackling the use of words like gay to mean bad or inferior.

    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.

  • Sony’s gay label to feature lesbian pin-up 1

    The track was written by Ditto in response to the U.S. government's resistance to gay marriage. photo: the real janelle@flickr

    5:07 PM — Beth Ditto's band The Gossip have signed to Sony's new gay music label.Music With A Twist is a subsidiary of Sony Music Label Group/Columbia Records, and is designed to "identify and develop lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gendered artists".The lesbian icon's band's hit single "Standing in the Way of Control" will appear on the label's compilation album entitled Twist Revolutions , due for release on 17th April.

  • Government funds “educational” lesbian erotic films 1

    Officials in the north-eastern Spanish region have deemed the erotic films useful in spreading the Catalan language.  photo: BBC

    4:48 PM — A Spanish region is to encourage the use of its native language by funding a film maker's "women-friendly erotic films."The government of Catalonia has awarded a £10,000 grant to Conrad Son, a local who claims his films are artistic but not pornographic.Officials in the north-eastern Spanish region have deemed the erotic films useful in spreading the Catalan language.

  • Gays to march for their rights in Rome

    Famous figures such as Nobel literature prize winner Dario Fo, and his actress wife and senator Franca Rame plan to attend the demonstration.

    3:35 PM — Up to 50,000 Italian gay activists will campaign this weekend in Rome in support for same-sex unions.The campaigners will gather in the Piazza Farnese to voice their enthusiasm for the Dico Bill, which will grant gay and lesbian couples the right to make their relationships official, as well as to mutual assistance and inheritance.The bill is strongly opposed by the Catholic and right wing parties.

  • Republican activist defends porn career 1

    “I don't like porn, it reduces the mind, flattens the soul,“ Sanchez wrote on his blog and on Salon.com.

    3:26 PM — An ex gay porn performer seems to have repented his wicked ways - with a vengeance.Marine Corporal Matt Sanchez, formerly known as 'Rod Majors' and 'Pierre LaBranche,' has expressed conservative views about his eventful past."I don't like porn, it reduces the mind, flattens the soul," Sanchez wrote on his blog and on Salon.com.

  • Quebec DJ sacked for “club of fags” comment

    The Parti Quebecois advocate independence from Canada and the formation of their own French-speaking state in Quebec. photo: CKRS

    1:35 PM — A Canadian shock jock has been pulled from the airwaves for making homophobic comments about the Parti Quebecois and its local candidates during an election campaign.Saguenay radio host Louis Champagne fell foul of the authorities at popular radio station CKRS when he described the Parti Quebecois as a "club of fags."Champagne also said that local factory workers would not vote for gay candidates.

  • US attitudes to gay weddings dependent on age

    California is more tolerant than most states when it comes to gay couples.

    12:24 PM — Younger Californians are more supportive of same-sex marriage, a study has found.According to the poll, released on Thursday, age is a crucial factor in determining who opposes orbacks gay unions.Two political scientists analysed 20 years worth of data on the subject, and discovered that while more Californians still oppose same-sex marriage than support it, the margin is closing fast.

  • DVD focuses on older gay and lesbian voices

    Stories describe homophobic discrimination within the Royal Navy and a sexual encounter with the Head of the London Vice Squad.

    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

    The No Smoking Day charity is funded by a coalition of government and voluntary sectors organisations, and is now in its 24th year.

    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

    The three acts of the play all focus on different periods of Arnold's life.  His love life involves a choice between Ed, an unreliable and confused bisexual, or Alan, a young model.

    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.

  • Malta delays transsexual’s wedding

    Malta is one of the most socially conservative countries in the EU.

    10:56 AM — The Maltese Director of Public Registry is continuing to resist the release of marriage banns for a transsexual woman and her male partner.Mr Justice Gino Camilleri ordered the director, Anthony Geraldi, to issue the banns on 12th February, on the grounds that the union between the transsexual and her partner did not conflict with any part of the Marriage Act, as she has now become a woman.

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