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April 2007

  • 25th April 2007

    Early gay activism discovered in National Archives 2

    The work contained a defence of gay desire. photo: kevinkim@flickr.com

    5:44 PM — A dusty scroll of parchment which contains the writings of an 18th century proponent of gay rights has been unearthed.Thomas Cannon's 1749 book, Ancient And Modern Pederasty Investigated And Exemplified was suppressed, all copies were destroyed and the printer fled the country.The work contained a defence of gay desire and translations of homosexual Greek and Roman writings.

  • Info leaflet about HIV treatment charges launched

    Some recent migrants and people of uncertain immigration status are now charged for accessing HIV services in the UK.

    5:11 PM — Two of the UK's most respected charities have co-operated on a new information leaflet about the charges a small group of people now have to pay for HIV treatments.The National AIDS Trust and the Terrence Higgins Trust have jointly produced the leaflet giving advice to people who are concerned that they may be charged for accessing NHS sexual health and HIV services.

  • Cashman: Poland reminds me of Thatcher era 3

    Mr Cashman, who represents the West Midlands, heads the European Parliament's inter-party group on gay and lesbian rights.

    4:53 PM — Michael Cashman, one of only two out gay members of the European Parliament, has said that pressure from other countries can help gay and lesbians in Poland.He compared the actions of the current Polish government to those of the Conservative administration of Margaret Thatcher.Mr Cashman, who represents the West Midlands, heads the European Parliament's inter-party group on gay and lesbian rights

  • Prom king nomination a victory for trans people

    After Covarrubias was nominated by his fellow students, administrators from the school eliminated a rule that said only bio-males can be a part of the contest.

    4:17 PM — Seventeen-year-old Cinthia Covarrubias has made history.The transmale student from California's Fresno High School ran against six other students for the title of prom king on Saturday April 21, making it the first time any openly transgendered student in America has done so.Though he lost to student Dan Abril, the fact that Covarrubias ran at all is seen as a major event.

  • Stars get ready to walk against homophobia

    Coronation Street star Anthony Cotton and lesbian comedian Amy Lamé have already confirmed they will be trekking to raise money for Stonewall

    1:37 PM — Gay and lesbian stars are to join hundreds of others on a gay walk in Brighton to help kids who face homophobia at school.The 4th Annual Equality walk is a demonstration of solidarity against homophobic crime, a nice day out, a good bit of exercise and an opportunity to do a bit of star-spotting.The event, organised by Stonewall, will take place on Sunday 6th May, which is the Bank Holiday weekend.

  • Work protection act comes before Congress

    87% of the top Fortune 500 companies in the US already provide protection from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

    12:42 PM — The United States House of Representatives is to consider new legislation that would make it illegal to fire, refuse to hire or promote a person based on sexual orientation or gender identity.This is the first time since 1994 that legislation that protects LGB people at work has been brought to the House, and for the first time trans people are to be protected as well.The Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007 (ENDA) was introduced by the two openly gay members of Congress.

  • Gay beauty salon opens in Kathmandu

    The project was funded by the Oslo-based Norwegian National Association of Lesbian and Gay Liberation and Sigrid Rausing Trust in London.

    11:53 AM — For people visiting Nepal, finding and supporting gay-owned businesses can be a bit of a challenge.That may soon change, however, if more businesses follow in the groundbreaking footsteps of The Cutey Beauty Salon, which recently opened in Kathmandu's Lazimpat area.According to a report from the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS), the salon is run by gay and transgender people.

  • Church of Scotland “sinfully” intolerant of gays 3

    The Presbyterians are the largest Protestant denomination in Scotland, with 520,000 members.

    10:10 AM — A report by prominent members of the Church of Scotland concludes that it is institutionally homophobic and they must embrace lesbian and gay Christians.The Presbyterians are the largest Protestant denomination in Scotland, with 520,000 members.The report into same-sex partnerships from the working group of the Mission and Discipleship Council will be presented to the General Assembly next month.

  • Edward Heath warned to stop cruising 3

    Mr Heath led the Conservative party from 1965 to 1975, and was Prime Minister from 1970 to 1974.

    10:10 AM — A gay member of the London Assembly has claimed that former British Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath was warned to stop having sex with men in public.Brian Coleman, a Conservative, claims that Sir Edward was warned by police to stop cruising for sex as part of a vetting process in 1955.That year he became a Privy Councillor and Chief Whip under Prime Minister Anthony Eden.

  • 24th April 2007

    Gays find more acceptance in the City

    The government estimates that 6% of the UK population is lesbian or gay, but London's gay population is thought to be nearer to 10%.

    5:13 PM — London's financial heart is moving away from its homophobic reputation and becoming more gay friendly, according to new research.The number of gay people employed in City careers such as banking, finance or insurance has risen significantly since new initiatives designed to promote diversity were put in place.Two years ago, 5.9% of City employees anonymously identified themselves as gay or lesbian.

  • Pensioner set alight after gay claim

    Murray, of Bethwin Road, Walworth, admitted one count of arson with intent to endanger life.

    4:57 PM — A man has been jailed for setting fire to a pensioner because he spread rumours that they were in a gay relationship.David Murray, 55, set fire to 80-year-old Richard Clark and his home, after the OAP told Murray's daughter that they were having an affair.Murray denied that such a relationship ever existed.

  • Moldovan gay activists call for protest at London embassy

    LGBT activist group GenderDoc-M has decided to take to the streets of Chisinau in defiance of the ban.

    4:45 PM — For the third year in a row, Moldovan authorities have banned the gay Pride march in the capital of Chisinau.Now activists in the country are asking for a show of support for the gay community here to protest outside the London embassy this Friday as a show of solidarity.LGBT activist group GenderDoc-M has decided to take to the streets of Chisinau in defiance of the ban.

  • Cancer doctors consider Pap smears for gay men

    Compared to the increase of just 1% in cancer cases overall the quickly climbing rate of anal cancer is very serious.

    4:10 PM — Cases of anal cancer in the US have risen 37% in the last 10 years and San Francisco doctors are promoting Pap tests for gay men to reduce those rising rates.The goal is to push back rising rates of anal cancer, which is a preventable disease that has been on a dramatic increase in the United States since a decade ago.Compared to the increase of just 1 percent in cancer cases over all the quickly climbing rate of anal cancer is very serious.

  • New York moves towards gay marriage

    Massachusetts is currently the only state where same-sex marriage is legal.

    1:15 PM — The Governor of New York is expected to introduce a bill to legalise gay marriage in the next few weeks.Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been a proponent for gay marriage for years, but did not mention the controversial issue in his State of the State speech in January.Nor did he voice his intentions last week, during a speech which outlined his priorities for the legislative session.

  • Unlimited legal advice for only £89 a year 1

    This £89 per year, flat-fee for legal service is thought to be the first of its kind launched by a high street financial service provider.

    12:13 PM — Lawyers may not be the most loved profession in the world, but at various points in our lives most of us will need one to advise us on everyday things.The costs of those little trips to a solicitor can be excessive, but now a new service provided by Halifax will cut the cost of everyday legal services.

  • Pride event cancelled due to lack of money 1

    Organisers are appealing for businesses to sponsor next year's event and for more volunteers to join the 2008 committee.

    12:13 PM — The annual gay pride festival in Leicester has been cancelled this year due to lack of funding and staff.The LGBT festival was due to take place on June 23rd. It is the first time that the event has been cancelled in its seven year history.But organisers hope the party, which costs £20,000, will go ahead in 2008.

  • Australian state to register same-sex partners

    Mr Bracks, who has been Premier since 1999, has previously blocked gay marriage legislation.

    12:03 PM — The Premier of Victoria has announced that his government will institute a register for gay and lesbian couples by the end of 2007.The proposed register will also be used by unmarried heterosexual couples and two people in a long-term "care-giving" relationship.Steve Bracks announced that the state government will introduce legislation similar to that already in place in Tasmania.

  • Vatican official launches another anti-gay rant

    The hardline Catholic attitude, which they claim is in defence of marriage, is rejected by the majority of Italians.

    11:13 AM — A senior Roman Catholic official has launched a wide-ranging attack on modern life in what many see as yet another attempt by the church to influence Italian domestic politics.Speaking to an audience of priests, Archbishop Angelo Amato said that the media are responsible for presenting abortion and gay rights are signs of progress in human society.The church is planning a rally in Rome next month.

  • Peter Tatchell to run for Westminster 2

    In 1990 Mr Tatchell sought the Labour nomination in the Hampstead and Highgate constituency.

    10:22 AM — The Green party in the constituency of Oxford East has chosen gay rights activist Peter Tatchell to contest the seat at the next general election.The seat has been held by Labour MP Andrew Smith since 1987.At the 2005 general election he retained Oxford East but saw his majority cut by 90% in a swing to the Liberal Democrats.

  • 23rd April 2007

    DVLA accused of political correctness over H8 GAY ban

    It has been decided that MO57 EMM and MU57 UM will not be issued, as they appear to spell out the word 'Muslim.'

    6:56 PM — The agency that controls the issuing of licence plates for cars in the UK has been criticised by a Conservative politician for banning offensive letter and number combinations.Papers released to the Mail On Sunday under the Freedom of Information Act show that the Minister for Transport, Dr Stephen Ladyman, has already withdrawn the plate 'H8 GAY' from use.

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