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March 2007

  • 6th March 2007

    Health minister announces risky gay sex study

    Ms Flint was speaking at the 10th annual CHAPS conference on gay men's HIV health promotion, organised by the Terrence Higgins Trust.

    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.

  • Feature: Dazzling light show on London’s South Bank

    Many of the light installations, which are for sale, use layering to re-examine iconic images from The Mona Lisa to Marilyn Monroe.

    3:30 PM — Lightstrokes, a free exhibition at the Oxo Tower's Bargehouse, is a visually stunning new installation - with an unforgettable drag twist.The old industrial space has been transformed by the conceptual artist Bern Bowers and his alter-ego Ms Ivana Ivanavich.Alonside the light installations, Ivana performs seven times a day.

  • Gilbert George to appear at the Tate

    The couple won the Turner Prize in 1986 and represented the UK at the Venice Biennale in 2005. image: tate.org.uk

    3:30 PM — The art duo Gilbert and George will be signing copies of their new book at the Tate Modern on Friday. The Complete Pictures contains 1,500 full colour illustrations and the two volumes come in a specially designed carry-case, priced £39.99.There is a major retrospective of the British duo's work showing at the Tate Modern gallery in London until May 7th.

  • Italian government split on gay partnership law 4

    The bill goes before Parliament today, and will also guarantee rights to unmarried heterosexual couples.

    2:22 PM — The Italian government stands divided over a bill which would give inheritance and healthcare rights to gay couples.The centre-left coalition government covers a variety of views on the subject, many of which are swayed by the country's staunch Catholicism.One opponent of the bill is senator Paola Binetti, a member of the conservative Catholic group Opus Dei.

  • Gays pessimistic about finding love online 1

    But the biggest barrier to meeting someone is shyness, cited by 42% of gay men and 29% of women.

    12:11 PM — The internet is now officially the most popular way for gay men and women to find a date.Research has shown that 87% of gay men and 58% of lesbians have used the internet to find a prospective partner in the past 12 months.But over the same period only 18% of men and 27% of women have had a serious relationship, suggesting that finding the right partner is like finding a needle in a haystack.

  • Feature: The kids are alright

    The project is creating a much-needed openness and understanding among the next generation.

    12:04 PM — Colette Bernhardt meets the youth group with a hands-on approach to homophobia in schools."There's no way I would have come out at school - I would have been beaten up." Twenty-three-year-old Stuart's words ring true for many of us, particularly if you were at school before the repeal of Section 28 in 2003.

  • Head of CPS gay network guilty of underage sex

    The CPS is responsible for advising whether criminal cases should be sent to courts in England and Wales.

    11:51 AM — A former senior manager at the Crown Prosecution Service has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenager.William Hollins, 42, also pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine.His trial was due to start this morning at Nottingham Crown Court, but he admitted the offences before it began.

  • Canadian leader tearful over anti-gay abuse

    Bosclair was elected as the sixth leader of the Parti Québécois in November 2005.

    11:24 AM — A homophobic attack by a radio host left Andre Boisclair, the Parti Quebecois party leader, clearly emotional while giving a speech on Sunday.Bosclair, an openly gay candidate for local election in the region of Saguenay in Quebec, choked up while talking about the importance of tolerance.

  • Hillary Clinton quietly courts the gay vote

    Senator Hillary Clinton spoke at a lunch hosted by Human Rights Campaign, the leading gay rights advocacy group in America.

    10:49 AM — The only female contender for the Presidency of the United States made an unpublicised appearance at a gay event on Friday.Senator Hillary Clinton spoke at a lunch hosted by Human Rights Campaign, the leading gay rights advocacy group in America.However, her office did not publicise her comments and yesterday she dodged questions as to why she spoke so warmly in favour of gay rights.

  • Riga Mayor backs Gay Pride march

    photo: robertpaulyoung@flickr

    10:19 AM — The new Mayor of the Latvian capital has backed gay rights march in the city later this year.In an interview with Diena newspaper, Janis Birks said he was ashamed at events last year, when bags of human excrement were thrown at gay marchers.Last month London Pride announced they would be "twinning" with Riga Pride as a sign of solidarity.

  • 5th March 2007

    Spain grants new identity rights to transsexuals

    The legislation follows the approval of same-sex marriages by the Socialist government in 2005.

    5:44 PM — The Spanish government has passed legislation allowing transsexuals to officially change their name and gender without needing to undergo gender reassignment surgery first.Despite opposition from the conservative Popular Party, the law progressed through the country's lower legislative chamber last week.The new legislation asks transsexuals to obtain and present an official medical diagnosis outlining a clinically proven case of gender dysfunction.

  • Polish government rapped by EU over gay views 1

    He angered Kaczynski last week by asking the European Union to stop “homosexual propaganda“ and ban abortion.

    5:44 PM — Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski summoned his deputy Roman Giertych for talks on Monday after he spoke out against homosexuality and abortion.Giertych is the leader of the League of Polish Families, a far-right party currently enjoying coalition with Kaczynski's ruling Law and Justice party.He angered Kaczynski last week by asking the European Union to stop "homosexual propaganda" and ban abortion.

  • Sydney Mardi Gras passes off with few arrests

    The parade was led by gangs of lesbians, the famous dykes on bikes, many of whom rode bare breasted.

    5:11 PM — Fears that Australian police would target this year's Sydney Lesbian and Gay Mardi Gras parade and after-party proved unfounded. Only eleven people were arrested.Some 8,000 people took part in the three-hour parade through the centre of the city, led this year by British actor Rupert Everett.Police were criticised last week for heavy-handed tactics at an earlier Mardi Gras dance party.

  • Met investigate assault on Moscow pride activist

    The Moscow mayor is facing a lawsuit from Mr Alexeyev, after he called gay people “satanic.“

    3:32 PM — The Metropolitan police have confirmed that they are investigating an alleged assault at London's City Hall on Nicolas Alexeyev, the organiser of Moscow Pride.Last Wednesday, the mayors of London, Paris, Berlin and Moscow held their annual meeting.Yuri Luzhkov, the Moscow mayor, was asked several questions at a press conference about his decision to ban Moscow Pride last year.

  • Gay politician snubs NYC for Dublin on St Pat’s Day 2

    Quinn, a Democrat and council speaker in NYC, will march in the Dublin parade on March 17th.

    2:54 PM — New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn, who is openly gay, has announced she will march in Dublin's St. Patrick's Day parade this year.The move is a direct snub to organisers of the New York City parade who have again banned gay and lesbian groups from participating in the event.Quinn, a Democrat and council speaker in NYC, will march in the Dublin parade on March 17th.

  • City manager sacked over gender reassignment

    Stanton, 48, confirmed last week that he is a transsexual.

    2:32 PM — A Florida city commission voted to fire its city manager just days after he confirmed his plans to return to work after undergoing gender reassignment surgery.The Associated Press reports that the commission voted 5-2 to fire City Manager Steve Stanton at a meeting attended by more than 400 citizens on Feb. 23.Stanton, 48, confirmed last week that he is a transsexual.

  • War hero comes out then speaks out

    Sgt. Alva's intervention comes at a time when Americans are revisiting the policy of banning openly gay people from the military. photo: human rights campaign

    1:16 PM — The first American soldier to be wounded in the current Iraq conflict gained a sensational amount of publicity, including a visit from the President and Mrs Bush.Now Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Alva is in the news again.He has come out as a gay man, and urged Congress to change military policy towards gay personnel.

  • San Francisco Mayor vilified for “porn day”

    Newsom honoured the 40th anniversary of Colt studios by designating last Friday as “Colt Studio Day.“

    12:57 PM — The Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, has been mocked after commemorating a studio that produces gay pornography.Newsom honoured the 40th anniversary of Colt studios by designating last Friday as "Colt Studio Day."The 39-year-old mayor gained international attention in 2004 when he instructed city officials to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

  • Mexico rocked by gay pop star 3

    Mexican gay rights activist, Sergio Villarreal praised Chavez for his decision.

    12:08 PM — A Mexican pop singer has announced that he is gay, becoming one of only a few public figures to have come out in a country that is traditionally conservative Catholic.22-year-old Christian Chavez, a member of the Mexican pop band RBD, revealed his homosexuality following the leaking of photographs that showed him marrying his partner at a ceremony in Canada."I don't want to keep on lying and lie to myself because of fear," he said on the band's website.

  • Lesbian wins tribunal case against Next 3

    Next had 14 months to deal with the complaint but failed to do so, which the tribunal ruled was unfair dismissal.

    11:32 AM — An employment tribunal has ruled that the retailer Next's failure to deal with a complaint of homophobic harassment amounted to unfair dismissal.A lesbian woman won her case after persistent taunting and abuse at the hands of co-workers led her to quit her job.Marlene Bielak, 34, told the tribunal that married couple Katrina and Neil Davies made no secret of their disgust for her gay lifestyle.

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