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March 2007

  • 9th March 2007

    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.

  • 8th March 2007

    Rapper’s documentary prompts MPs on bullying 1

    The rapper said he was delighted that the programme had been noticed in Parliament.

    5:58 PM — The Channel 4 Schools documentary Coming Out To Class has generated interest at Westminster.The programme, presented by gay rapper QBoy, talked to young people who had come out of the closet while still at school.Lib Dem education spokesman Stephen Williams was inspired to table an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons after the documentary.

  • Analysis: Nigeria attacks the heart of human rights

    Simply taking part in a gay or lesbian club or support group would be illegal.

    5:37 PM — Legislation proposed by the Nigerian government last year designed to ban and criminalise same sex marriages and those who assist with it, is expected to be enacted by the National Assembly before the April 2007 elections.The Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act 2007 in its current form provides that persons of the same sex and those who marry them or is a witness thereto will be committing a crime with a mandatory sentence of five years imprisonment.

  • Turkey bars YouTube after Greek jibes 1

    The febrile Turkish press had pounced on the story of Greeks posting insulting YouTube videos

    5:20 PM — The centuries-long feud between Turkey and Greece took a technological turn yesterday.Internet video hosting site YouTube has become the latest battleground for patriots from the two neighbouring countries to trade insults.However, a video posting alleging that all Turks are gay, as was the modern Republic's beloved founder, Ataturk, proved too much.

  • Blood donation and insurance companies get regulations opt-out 3

    The regulations already in force in Northern Ireland made no mention of blood donation or insurance companies.

    2:50 PM — The new Sexual Orientation Regulations contain an opt-out for insurance companies and blood donor clinics that allows them to continue to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation.The SORs, published yesterday, protect gay, lesbian and bisexual people in England, Scotland and Wales from discrimination when accessing goods and services.Regulation 27 provides an exception to the SORs where a person is treated less favourably on grounds of his sexual orientation.

  • Comment: Racism still an issue in the gay community 20

    I've encountered more cold shoulders and “thanks, no thanks“ on Old Compton Street than Dating Direct or Gaydar.

    1:37 PM — Since coming to London last year, student Balaji Ravichandran has been impressed with the freedom that gay men enjoy here. As an Indian, though, Balaji has noticed that white gay men's attitudes to a guy like him can at times leave something to be desired. "Sorry, not my type." This is probably the most frequented reply I've received on Gaydar - or "DismayDar," as I choose to call it.

  • MPs vote for an elected House of Lords

    The government plans to allow the 26 bishops and archbishops of the Church of England to retain their seats in the reformed Lords.

    12:25 PM — The House of Commons last night voted by a wide margin to have a fully elected House of Lords.The vote was not on an Act of Parliament and therefore will not immediately become law.It is thought that many traditional-minded MPs voted for the most radical proposal in order to scupper plans to elect a proportion of peers.

  • Catholic Church attacks gay rights bill 2

    Under the legislation couples would have be together for at least five years and sign a registry.

    12:11 PM — A conference of bishops has said that new legislation which will grant rights to unmarried straight and homosexual couples will weaken marriage.The new law was a manifesto commitment by the ruling leftist coalition of President Tabare Vasquez.The government of Uruguay has brought forward the new law, and it will be voted on by the lower house of parliament later this week.

  • Judge mocks George Michael’s schedule

    The charge arises from an incident last October.

    11:25 AM — The judge overseeing the trial of George Michael yesterday said the singer might have to take a day off work to attend court.In January, Mr Michael's lawyer told the court in north west London that he pleads not guilty to a charge of being unfit to drive.Judge Katherine Marshall was not impressed when lawyers said Mr Michael was too busy to be tied down.

  • Regulations will come into force on April 30th 1

    Catholic adoption agencies have until the end of 2008 to comply with the new laws.

    11:00 AM — New laws protecting lesbian, gay and bisexual people from discrimination when accessing goods and services will come into force at the end of next month.The Sexual Orientation Regulations will be subject to a vote in both Houses of Parliament before they can be implemented.The regulations were published by the government yesterday after months of political argument.

  • Are You Being Served actor dies 2

    He died this morning in St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, West London. photo: BBC

    10:09 AM — John Inman, best known for playing one of the most prominent camp characters in British TV history, has died. He was 71.Mr Inman's portrayal of Mr Humphries in the popular BBC comedy Are You Being Served, made him a household name.He died this morning in St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, West London.

  • 7th March 2007

    Government confirms protection but ends gay only bars 5

    Ruth Kelly said: “The Government, over the last decade, has done more than any other to build a decent and cohesive society“

    11:37 AM — The Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly earlier today published the government's planned regulations to protect from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.While it protects the LGBT community from discrimination, it means the legal end of gay or lesbian only bars.Ms Kelly, who despite being the combining her role as Communities Secretary and Minister for Equality has yet to vote in favour of gay rights.

  • Sexual Orientation Regulations published today 57

    The regulations come into force on the 30th April

    11:37 AM — The Government has today published the Sexual Orientation Regulations for Great Britain.Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly published the new regulations, which outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in the provision of goods and services.The regulations come into force on the 30th April.

  • Comment: girlie porn fails to impress lesbians 2

    The book, although centring on sex between women, somehow tries to skip nimbly around the idea of homosexuality, as if it is a topic to be avoided.

    11:37 AM — Quiver Books' latest offering by Jamye Waxman, Women Loving Women: Appreciating and Exploring the Beauty of Erotic Female Encounters, promises to capture for the reader "the warm and enlightening approach of exploring erotic possibilities with other women."Promises, however, get broken, particularly concerning soft pornography masquerading as art, explains Rachel Charman. 

  • Movie festival features Moscow Pride documentary

    The documentary recently premiered at Berlin's LGBT film festival.

    10:40 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) Film Festival will feature the first UK showing of a documentary following events at last year's infamous Moscow Pride.The festival consists of four screenings at the exclusive private screening room at the One Aldwych Hotel, Covent Garden, London.The UK premiere of Moscow Pride '06 Uncut, will be shown on Saturday 17th March.

  • 6th March 2007

    White House gay activist dies

    When President Clinton took office he appointed Hattoy to the Presidential Commission on HIV/AIDS.

    4:55 PM — An HIV+ man who worked as a White House aide to President Bill Clinton and spoke out against government indifference to AIDS has died aged 56.Bob Hattoy made a memorable speech to the Democratic National Convention in 1992, in which he told America that he did not want to die.He had just learnt that he had AIDS, and he castigated then-President George Bush senior for doing nothing about the disease.

  • Bush daughter to write AIDS book

    The 25-year-old daughter of President George Bush and First Lady Laura has worked as an intern for the UN.

    4:55 PM — Jenna Bush is to write a book for teenagers about AIDS after working as a UNICEF ambassador.The 25-year-old daughter of President George Bush and First Lady Laura has worked as an intern for the UN organisation since the Autumn of last year.Her book will focus on the life of a teenage single mother who is HIV+

  • Shirley Bassey dresses to be auctioned for gay kids 1

    From rare Chanel and Christian LaCroix dresses to a signed jewellery case, the 70-year-old singer has more than enough to give away.  photo: dameshirleybassey.com

    4:55 PM — The flamboyant wardrobe of Dame Shirley Bassey will be auctioned off on Friday 30th March by Barnados to raise money for young LGBT people.From rare Chanel and Christian LaCroix dresses to a signed jewellery case, the 70-year-old singer has more than enough to give away.The event, called "Hey Big Spender," will be hosted at CafĂ© de Paris in London's Leicester Square.

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