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23 March 2007

  • 23rd March 2007

    Smoking in bars: the last 100 days 4

    Some venues welcome the ban.

    5:57 PM — As the National Smoking Ban (in England) on July 1st looms, London's gay venues are preparing for the change.Some businesses across the country are predicting job losses and drops in revenue, claiming that the Scottish ban had this effect.Brewer Scottish Newcastle currently envisages a £10 million drop in profits as they fear smokers will abandon non-smoking venues.

  • Comment: A book to enrage gay men – and straight women 2

    Behind Every Great Woman  is incredibly sexist. Singleton rants against men who “call you baby on the first date“, i.e. disrespect and patronise women.

    5:57 PM — Behind Every Great Woman There's A Fabulous Gay Man, the title of Dave Singleton's latest self-help tome declares.Is there? Rachel Charman, herself a great woman, took the book home for a little light reading. She was not happy.There is a paradox between the title of this book and the text; namely, that Singleton's presentation of straight women shows them to be weak, needy, irrational and pathetic.

  • Pop star Mika gets gay death threat 2

    Mika, real name Mica Penniman, was educated at the exclusive Westminster School.

    5:49 PM — Singer Mika has revealed that one fan has reacted particularly badly to his refusal to comment on his sexuality.The 23-year-old's hit single Grace Kelly spent weeks at the top of the charts and his debut album Life In Cartoon Motion has sold half a million copies since it was released last month.The Beirut-born pop singer has revealed that he gets hate messages and even a death threat.

  • Comment: “Gay boyfriend” self-help book is insulting to all

    5:32 PM — Behind Every Great Woman There's A Fabulous Gay Man , the title of Dave Singleton's latest self-help tome declares.The book claims to provide advice for straight women, from the perspective of a gay man, on how to "avoid the pitfalls of the dating game" as well as "live stylishly."Rachel Charman examines the gay man's guide for the single girl, and asks if this is really how men and women interact.

  • MP’s researcher sends rude email to anti-gay activist

    Mr Simpson, the MP for Nottingham South, said that it was wrong for Mr May to be abusive in his response to the anti-gay email, which he said should have gone in the bin.

    5:32 PM — A Nottingham MP has said one of his staff was wrong to send an abusive response to an email from a Christian activist.Dries De Coster, a 19-year-old theology student, had group e-mailed every MP calling on them to oppose the Sexual Orientation Regulations.Paul May, a researcher for Nottingham MP Alan Simpson, responded to Mr De Coster's email.

  • Stonewall raise £230,000 at Blair dinner

    Later in the evening, an auction was held and a considerable sum was raised from lots such as an evening out with  Torchwood star John Barrowman and a book reading with award-winning author Sarah Waters.

    5:15 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall said they were delighted that last night's Equality dinner raised nearly a quarter of a million pounds.The money raised will help Stonewall's ongoing campaigns, such as Education for All, which tackles homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools.

  • Student lawsuit over school’s ban on homophobic T-shirts

    On last year's Day of Silence event, Zamecnik was ordered by a teacher to remove her t-shirt that read “DAY OF SILENCE: STRAIGHT ALLIANCE“.

    12:50 PM — Two Chicago students have filed a lawsuit claiming that being forbidden to wear anti-gay t-shirts is a violation of their civil rights.The Nequa Valley High School pupils, Heidi Zamecnik, 17, and Alexander Nuxoll, 14, are seeking permission from the district court to wear t-shirts bearing homophobic slogans on this year's Day of Silence on 18th April.After a discussion between Zamecnik's parents and school officials the family and Nuxoll decided to take legal action.

  • Author sues ‘fag’ ex-husband

    The book was also made into a 1998 film starring Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs.

    11:13 AM — Novelist Terry McMillan is suing Jonathan Plummer for $40,000 over claims that he attempted to smear her reputation during their divorce.McMillan's lawsuit claims that her Plummer and his lawyer, Dolores Sargent: "conspired and formed a plan to threaten, humiliate and embarrass Terry McMillan."The couple divorced when Plummer revealed to McMillan that he is gay.

  • Lesbian fights asylum case in US

    The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Board of Immigration Appeals had misapplied the law, and ordered the BIA to revisit the case.

    11:13 AM — A Ugandan lesbian has won her appeal to have her deportation from the United States reconsidered.Olivia Nabulwala, who fled Uganda in 2001 after enduring homophobic violence from her family and others, was at risk of deportation for remaining in the US after her visa had run out.The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Board of Immigration Appeals had misapplied the law.

  • Gay EU Commissioner defiant over sacking rumours

    He was appointed to the Cabinet twice, but had to resign both times.

    10:51 AM — Peter Mandelson has told the BBC that he will be staying in his post as EU Trade Commissioner until 2009.The imminent change of British Prime Minister had raised the possibility that Mr Mandelson might be sacked as the UK's Commissioner.There is an EU Commissioner from every member state. Mr Mandelson has been the UK's man in Brussels since November 2004.

  • £62 million spent on civil partnership ceremonies

    Topping the list of venues includes registry offices (54%), hotels (15 %) and stately homes (8%).

    10:33 AM — New research shows that civil partnership ceremonies are more popular than ever, with UK couples splashing out an estimated £62 million on getting hitched and 28,000 ceremonies set to happen over the next year.Three years on from the publication of the Civil Partnerships Bill, research from Direct Line Home Insurance reveals that over 15,000 same-sex ceremonies have taken place with a further 28,000 set to happen this year, costing on average £4,000 to host.

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