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April 2007

  • 27th April 2007

    BBC defends broadcast of gay Mass

    The service was recorded in October and will be broadcast at 8:10am on Sunday on BBC Radio 4.

    3:13 PM — The BBC has defended its decision to broadcast from a church that has been an inspiration to gay, lesbian and transgender Catholics around the world.This Sunday BBC Radio 4's Morning Worship programme will come from the Catholic parish of the Most Holy Redeemer, in San Francisco's gay Castro district.The parish offers a "spiritual home" to all, including LGBT church members and parishioners with HIV/AIDS.

  • Edinburgh gays not reporting hate crimes

    The gay equality organisation are calling on LGBT Scots to use their votes in the elections for the Scottish Parliament next Thursday.

    2:59 PM — A new report has found that the majority of violent homophobic attacks in Edinburgh are not reported to police.The survey by Queen Margaret University found that only 37% of such crimes are brought to the attention of law enforcement.Gay rights groups cited an historic mistrust of police in a community where homosexuality was not decriminalised until 1980.

  • Welsh Tory candidate in gay row 3

    The Tory leader is campaigning in Wales ahead of elections for the 40-member Assembly next Thursday.

    2:41 PM — A Labour candidate for the Welsh Assembly claims his Tory opponent said homosexuality is a sin at a public meeting.Conservative leader David Cameron has defended the party's candidate in Clywd West, Darren Millar, claiming his remarks have been taken out of context.A party spokesman told the BBC that Mr Millar was merely pointing out that religious texts say homosexuality is a sin.

  • Trans sports journalist raises visibility

    Penner has been a staple for the paper for several years and has extensively covered the NFL.

    12:49 PM — Things are definitely changing for the Los Angeles Times as sportswriter Mike Penner wrote his final words this week and revealed a secret that he has been holding inside for his entire life.He will be taking a few weeks vacation and when he returns to his position, his work will be penned under the name Christine Daniels.

  • Polish PM backs “Section 28″ law

    For the first time Mr Kaczynski has spoken in favour of repressive new laws that would affect schools.

    11:58 AM — The Prime Minister of Poland has rejected the European Parliament's censure of his government's homophobia.For the first time Jaroslaw Kaczynski has spoken in favour of repressive new laws that would affect schools.He said that gay people did not face discrimination in Poland, but reiterated his view that homosexuality is bad for society.

  • Gay police will march in uniform at Pride

    Hampshire officers will be marching in uniform in this year's Brighton Pride parade on August 4th.

    11:20 AM — The ban on LGBT police from Hampshire marching in uniform at Brighton Pride has been lifted.The decision relfects a chance of heart by the Chief Constable of Hampshire Police, Paul Kernaghan.He previously banned all of his officers from gay Pride events over concerns that the impartiality of the police might be compromised.

  • Lesbian polygamist on the run 1

    Homosexuality is illegal throughout Nigeria.  photo: zouzouwizman@flickr.com

    10:55 AM — A Nigerian woman has gone into hiding after holding a sumptuous wedding ceremony.Aunty Maiduguri, 45, reportedly married four women at a ceremony in the city of Kano.The multiple marriage was witnessed by 2,000 guests and was followed by two days of feasting.

  • Brian Paddick to leave the Met early

    For all the controversy, Mr Paddick will be remembered for inspiring many other police men and women to be open about their sexuality.

    10:15 AM — The most senior gay police officer in the UK is to retire more than a year early.Brian Paddick, who is currently a Deputy Assistant Commissioner in London's Metropolitan Police, is understood to have asked to be allowed to stand down before the end of his current contract.He is to leave the force at the end of May. He has completed 30 years' service and will be entitled to a full pension.

  • 26th April 2007

    New Hampshire gets same-sex unions

    Today the Senate approved the bill by 14 votes to 10.

    6:45 PM — The New Hampshire Senate has approved a civil unions bill, which has now been sent to the state's Governor.Last week he indicated that he will sign the bill into law and it is set to come into force on January 1st 2008.The state will become the fourth in the USA to allow such unions. The bill previously passed the state's House of Representatives by a margin of 2 to 1.

  • Notre Dame lesbian wedding protesters fined one euro 1

    In June 2005 a lesbian couple in wedding dresses walked up the aisle of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. photo: jswieringa@flickr.com

    4:26 PM — Gay activists in France who staged a mock wedding in the country's most famous church have been fined one euro (68p) by a court.In June 2005 a lesbian couple in wedding dresses walked up the aisle of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris and an activist dressed as a priest conducted a mock ceremony.In front of shocked tourists, the lesbian couple exchanged rings and kissed.

  • Gay bishop’s election “a great blessing” 1

    Bishop Jefferts Schori's appointment as head of the US Anglican communion last year caused even more tension.

    4:00 PM — The head of the Anglican church in the United States has praised the ordination of an openly gay man as Bishop of New Hampshire.While acknowledging that it may take many years to bring the worldwide Anglican communion to a common position on the issue of gay clergy, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori compared the struggle for gay acceptance to slavery and female ordination.

  • No 10 petition asks for gay question on census 5

    Final decisions on the content of the 2011 Census will not be made until the consultation and testing programme is complete

    3:35 PM — Gay people are being asked to add their names to a petition calling for a question on sexual orientation to be included on the census.The petition is on the Prime Minister's website. The next national survey will take place in 2011.It is conducted every 10 years by the Office of National Statistics who announced last year that they did not think a question about sexual orientation would not be suitable.

  • Comment: Was Ted Heath gay? 4

    It is well known that many people deny their sexuality when it is inconvenient or illegal; such I believe was the case with Ted Heath.

    2:34 PM — Jeremy Norman, a successful gay businessman who founded the iconic London nightclub Heaven, was a friend of former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath.In his autobiography No Make Up published last year, he devoted an entire chapter to Heath.Here he gives us his view on the current discussion of his old friend's sexuality. 

  • City Hall venue for trans dialogue 1

    The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, said he is delighted to support the event at City Hall.

    1:00 PM — A public meeting next week aims to foster a frank dialogue between London's trans community and providers of gender identity services.City Hall will be the venue for a public discussion on gender reassignment in London on Tuesday 1st May.The event will bring together representatives from the trans community with speakers from specialist commissioning and London's gender identity clinic.

  • MEPs walk out of homophobia debate 1

    The centre-right EPP group in the Parliament agreed with the Poles, and many of their MEPs walked out.

    12:35 PM — A European Parliament debate on homophobia yesterday went ahead despite a mass walk-out of MEPs led by Polish delegates.Konrad Szymanski, who leads the Justice and Law party in the parliament, said the debate should be abandoned as it was attempting to discuss legislation that was not on the Polish government's official agenda.

  • European mayors asked to sign gay rights pledge

    Last year Moscow, Riga and the Moldovan capital of Chisinau banned gay Pride events.

    11:55 AM — An international gay rights organisation is appealing to mayors of cities across Europe to show their support for the right to freedom of assembly and expression for LGBT people.ILGA-Europe's campaign, which will continue until September, is also asking cultural, sporting and political celebrities in Europe to speak out.The first signatories will be announced on 17 May, the International Day Against Homophobia.

  • Wife of trans dentist worried about new birth certificate

    Counsel for Mrs Foy told the court yesterday that Mrs Foy could be in a unique position if the Court rules in Dr Foy's favour.

    11:25 AM — Counsel for a mother of two whose husband is seeking a new birth certificate after transitioning into a woman has told the Irish High Court that such a ruling would create "enormous uncertainty."Anne Foy is legally separated from Dr Lydia Foy.Dr Foy is asking the court to order that the 2002 decision not to issue her with a new birth certificate breaches the European Convention on Human Rights.

  • Adopt a rubber duck and help fight AIDS

    It costs £2 to adopt a duck (plus a donation to GMFA) and the owner of the first duck to cross the finish line will win the first prize of £10,000.

    11:00 AM — Gay men are adopting ducks to help raise funds for gay men's health charity GMFA.The rubber ducks will form part of the world's biggest duck race when 165,000 rubber ducks will be released on a 1km stretch of the River Thames.The aim is to set a new World Record and raise money for UK charities.

  • 25th April 2007

    Politicians coming out is still important, say Stonewall 3

    Ben Summerskill said that the actual number of gay MPs showed that sexuality was not yet irrelevant.

    6:31 PM — In the media storm surrounding his revelation that former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath was warned off cruising for sex, the thrust of Brian Coleman's article for the New Statesman has been sidelined.Mr Coleman, the Chairman of the London Assembly, who is a Conservative, said that MPs and other prominent figures coming out and being forthright about their sexual orientation was not necessary.

  • George adds Brent magistrates court to his tour

    District Judge Katherine Marshall rejected an application for the singer to avoid coming to court.

    6:00 PM — Pop icon George Michael will be in court facing charges of being unfit to drive the day before he is due to play the first concert at the new Wembley stadium.He will also now face an additional charge of being in charge of a vehicle while unfit through drugs.His appearance at Brent Magistrates Court follows an incident last October when he was found by police in his car in Cricklewood.

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