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April 2007

  • 3rd April 2007

    Pop idol praised for coming out 1

    “Frankly I'd trade 10 judges for one pop star.  I think it's a wonderful thing that he's expressed the truth and he's getting on with his life.“

    12:11 PM — One of Australia's most senior judges has voiced his approval of a former Australian Idol contestant's decision to come out of the closet.During a speech at the Southern Cross University in Lismore this week, High Court Justice Michael Kirby paid tribute to Idol finalist Anthony Callea.The judge, who is openly gay, told the audience that the time for hiding the truth about one's sexuality is over.

  • Trans employment project launches in LA

    A new programme launched this month is helping transgender women and men, especially those engaged in sex work.

    11:45 AM — Few people find it more difficult to find steady and rewarding jobs than transgender men and women.Facing a complex and daunting combination of transgender phobia, homophobia and gender discrimination in the workplace, many transgender adults accept low-level and low-paying jobs or—worse yet—turn to sex work to survive.

  • American gay teens lobby for their rights

    Gay youth make a difference because their tales might remind politicians of how it felt to be picked on in high school.

    11:34 AM — A group of gay youth lobbied California assemblyman Curren Price on Saturday, asking him to co-sponsor a bill that would protect young people from discrimination in schools.The lobbyists included Maria Ramos, 18; Andrew Konke, 21; and Ignacio Pitalua, 19. Pitalua told the congressman that being picked on by other kids was "a big obstacle to learning," the AP reported.These young people are not alone in their activism. Others like them are protesting for gay rights across the country.

  • Internet abuse by child triggers police investigation 2

    Mr Rawlinson said his son was terrified when the police arrived at their home, and thought that he would be locked up in a prison cell.

    11:21 AM — An 11-year-old boy has been the subject of a homophobic hate crime investigation after he labelled a classmate a "gay boy" in an e-mail.The parents of the 10-year-old victim complained to police after seeing the e-mail, which they viewed as homophobic bullying.Two policemen from Widnes in Cheshire then visited the boys' primary school to speak to the head teacher.

  • China’s first gay TV show 1

    A more relaxed attitude to homosexuality in China has come alongside the liberalisation of the country's economy.

    10:35 AM — An hour-long internet television programme to be broadcast this week will be the first in China aimed at gay men. Connecting Homosexuals will be presented by out gay man and AIDS activist Didier Zheng and will be shown on www.phoenixtv.com on Thursday.Mr Zheng, who was educated in Paris, explained that he hopes gay people will gain more visibility and recognition in Chinese society.

  • 2nd April 2007

    Court rejects Moscow Pride appeal 1

    Mayor Luzhkov said earlier this year that he will never allow a gay parade to take place in Moscow, and called gay people “Satanic.“

    5:23 PM — Moscow City Court has upheld a ban on a gay rights march in the city last year.Organisers have vowed to fight on and are taking their case to the Russian Supreme Court, where they hope to receive a more "objective" ruling.Today's decision is the latest in a string of court actions regarding last year's events.

  • Homophobic preacher harassing Swedish royal family 2

    The Westboro Baptist church has protested at over 100 funerals of soldiers killed in the line of duty in Iraq.

    4:29 PM — A spokesman for Sweden's royals has confirmed that American preacher Rev Fred Phelps has been faxing hate messages to them.Phelps and his Westboro Baptist church are best known for their "God Hates Fags" campaigns in the United States.They were the subject of a BBC2 documentary by Louis Theroux broadcast last night.

  • Ex-wife not aware Governor had gay lovers 1

    Stone told the  Star-Ledger  that she, too, doubts McGreevey is gay.

    2:58 PM — The estranged wife of gay ex-New Jersey governor James McGreevey did not know her husband was carrying on a relationship with a man, says the ghostwriter for her upcoming memoir.Elizabeth Stone, the uncredited co-author of Silent Partner, due out May 1st, spoke about writing Dina Matos McGreevey's book Saturday.She spoke during a Fordham University panel discussion on memoir writing for students and alumni.

  • Gay Big Brother star faces political opposition

    Graham, a farmer and former model, famously “outed“ himself on the reality show last year.

    2:52 PM — Openly gay Big Brother contestant David Graham is the target of Australian National Party MPs who have vowed to stop his efforts at breaking into politics.Graham, a farmer and former model, famously "outed" himself on the reality show last year.He is a long-time member of the National Party, but his homosexuality has proved too much for some in the party.

  • Tribunal set for landmark ruling 11

    Mr Reaney was previously employed as a youth officer for the Norwich and Chester Church of England diocese.

    2:37 PM — This week's employment tribunal involving the Bishop of Hereford could set an important precedent for gay people.A gay man, John Reaney, is claiming that he was discriminated against on the grounds of his sexuality.The case will be a test of the 2003 law that protects gay, bisexual and lesbian people in employment.

  • Ukranians protest against drag Eurovision act

    In February the Danes chose drag act DQ to represent them at the competition. The 2007 British entry was chosen last month.

    1:38 PM — The choice of a drag act to represent the Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest has sparked protests.Nationalists took to the streets yesterday to demand that the country withdraw from the competition. They claim that the female impersonator will damage the Ukraine's reputation.Verka Serdyuchka is a hugely popular entertainer in the country and in Russia.

  • Riga Pride attacker to be prosecuted

    14 people were arrested, but magistrates imposed non-custodial sentences on the Pride attackers.

    12:01 PM — A right-wing nationalist who allegedly orchestrated last year's attack on a gay Pride march in Latvia is to be prosecuted for inciting public disorder.Viktors Birze, who heads the National Force Union, is to face charges in relation to events last July.Gay men and lesbians were refused permission to march in Riga on 22nd July by city officials.

  • Bishop compares gay rights to incest 11

    A newspaper article later said the Archbishop was merely using incest and paedophilia as examples of changing morality.

    11:03 AM — The new head of the Italian Bishops Conference has been heavily criticised by politicians for comparing moves to give gay couples some rights to incest and child abuse.Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, who was appointed last month, is in charge of the Roman Catholic church campaign to block a new law that would allow unmarried couples, gay and straight, some legal protection.

  • Comment: Why I am keeping faith with Labour 1

    I was seduced by New Labour's idealism, its optimism and its apparent desire to make Britain a better and fairer place.

    10:37 AM — I joined the Labour party in 1999 at the age of 16 with the desire to make my own small contribution to building a better Britain.I've always felt that having strong beliefs and values and being courageous in expressing them is a crucial part of playing a role in society.Some people choose religion and God, but for me, an atheist, the choice was politics and the Labour party.

  • Comment: Why I left the Lib Dems for the Tories 16

    I am reassured that David Cameron will ensure we don't go back to the dark days of Section 28 and inequality.

    10:20 AM — They say a leopard never changes it's spots, but it's clear over the last twelve months that David Cameron and the Conservative party have set about changing the way they think, act and formulate policy to respond to the needs of a modern Britain.For years, I was a member of the Liberal Democrats, and represented them both locally as a councillor, and nationally when I stood as a candidate in the general election.

  • 1st April 2007

    Stonewall backs gay youth worker in case against bishop 11

    Mr Reaney was told the job was his if the bishop approved.

    10:38 AM — The Rt Rev Anthony Priddis, the Bishop of Hereford is accused of blocking the application of a gay man to work within his diocese.John Reaney, 42, was previously employed as a youth officer for the Norwich and Chester Church of England diocese.Within the application form for a similar job in Hereford, Mr Reaney admitted that he was gay. Following a successful interview, he was told that subject the consent of the Bishop, he would be appointed.

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