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April 2007

  • 20th April 2007

    China launches safe-sex programme for gay men

    The Chaoyang CDC also plans to distribute “rainbow cards“ in gay clubs that provide the holder with four boxes of condoms per month.

    1:36 PM — A new scheme to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS amongst gay and bisexual men is to be launched in China next month.The Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention will this week begin collecting ideas from men who have sex with men (MSM) on the programmme.It aims to build a national network for the sale and distribution of condoms and lubricants and make them more available to MSM.

  • Welsh politicians stand up for diversity

    It comes as a direct response the British National Party's decision to stand in every regional list seat in the National Assembly elections on 3rd May.

    1:33 PM — Political leaders from across the political divide are to join together to promote tolerance and diversity across Wales.The leaders of Welsh Labour, Welsh Conservatives, Plaid and the Welsh Liberal Democrats, as well as other parties, will take part in Hope not Hate Sunday, an event organised by anti-facism group Wales Friends of Searchlight.

  • Ketamine led to death of Gaydar founder 1

    Mr Frisch, originally from South Africa, established Gaydar with his business partner and then-boyfriend Henry Badenhorst in 1999.

    11:05 AM — A London coroner's court has heard evidence about the death of Gary Frisch, who co-founded gay meeting site Gaydar.Mr Frisch died in February aged 38.It emerged in court yesterday that under the influence of the drug ketamine he leapt from the balcony of his eight-floor Battersea apartment.

  • Police advice group focus on gay club deaths

    The advisory group has concerns around these issues and the number of deaths and serious assaults relating to drugs and alcohol.

    10:46 AM — The group that advises the London police on LGBT issues is asking members of the community to speak to them about the increase in serious sexual and physical assaults, deaths and overdoses associated with gay venues.The Metropolitan Police Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Independent Advisory Group has set up an independent review into drugs and alcohol in London.

  • US city creates gaybourhood

    Philadelphia joins a short-list of other North American cities that have erected permanent rainbow installations.

    10:10 AM — When gay and lesbian tourists next visit Philadelphia they'll find something even more welcoming in the gay-friendly city.In what represents a historic moment for the LGBT community and the City of Philadelphia, Mayor John F. Street has dedicated 36 new street signs that are permanently affixed with the rainbow flag to designate the 'Gaybourhood.'A dedication ceremony was held on Wednesday.

  • 19th April 2007

    Transsexual seeks change of birth certificate

    Dr Foy also obtained a Gender Recognition Certificate in the UK.

    6:25 PM — A female who was born as a male is asking the High Court in Dublin to instruct the government to issue her with a new birth cerificate.Dr Lydia Foy, a dentist from Athy, Co. Kildare, is claiming that the failure of the Irish government to take action is in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights Act 2003.She has previously been issued with a passport and driving licence in which she is identified as female.

  • Stonewall’s workplace head off to the Olympics 2

    Stonewall's chief executive, Ben Summerskill, paid tribute to Mr Frost's hard work for the charity.

    5:45 PM — Stephen Frost, the head of workplace programmes at gay equality organisation Stonewall, is leaving to work on the 2012 Olympic Games.Mr Frost is closely associated with the continuing success of Stonewall's Diversity Champions Programme.It has grown from 65 members in 2004 to nearly 300 today, among them some of the biggest companies in the UK.

  • Lesbian chainsaw murderer spared death penalty

    The jury was selected from an all-white shortlist, and the defence had questioned if that was fair.

    4:38 PM — A deaf, black lesbian woman convicted of the murder of an alleged rival will not be put to death.Commentators had widely discussed the possibility that Daphne Wright might become the first woman ever sentenced to death in the state of South Dakota.Wright, 43, was found guilty of murdering Darlene VanderGeisen and cutting up her body with a chainsaw.

  • Gay hate church to picket gun rampage funerals 4

    The Westboro Baptist Church first gained notoriety for their noisy picket at the funeral of Matthew Shepard.

    2:31 PM — The Westboro Baptist Church has announced they will picket the funerals of the 32 victims of the shooting spree at Virginia Tech.The church are notorious for their anti-gay views, and often protest at the funerals of American military personnel killed in Iraq."The evidence is they were not Christian. God does not do that to his servants," a church spokesperson told CBS news.

  • Interview: Su Pollard’s musical menopause

    If you're a woman who is fed up, crying, thinking you can't recognise yourself, then you should come to our show!

    1:47 PM — TV icon Su Pollard is known throughout the land for her much-loved turns in a range of hit BBC sitcoms. Such was her iconic status, she won Rear of the Year in 1988.Now she is back on the London stage.After achieving phenomenal success in both America and Australia, Menopause the Musical is making its debut on these shores.

  • Study suggests 15% of gay men suffer from eating disorders 3

    Information suggests that gay women are not less likely to suffer from eating disorders. photo: lazy lightning@flickr.com

    1:11 PM — A new study claims that gay or bisexual men are three times more likely to suffer from an eating disorder than heterosexual men.The report suggests that gay and bisexual men and women may generally be at far higher risk for conditions like bulimia.The results showed that more than 15% of gay or bisexual men had at some time suffered anorexia, bulimia or binge-eating disorder.

  • Australians worry about gays next door

    Nearly 32,000 people in 19 European countries as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA were asked the question: Would you like to have persons from this group as your neighbours?

    12:34 PM — Global research into attitudes towards minorities has found that a quarter of Australians do not want gay neighbours.However, that figure still did not exceed the homophobia expressed in Italy and other conservative European nations.The people of Northern Ireland were the most prejudiced against gay people, with 36% saying they did not want them moving in next door.

  • Day against homophobia gets support from ministers 1

    A joint statement by the Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Meg Munn, Minister for Women and Equality, (pictured) pledges their support for the worldwide protest day.

    12:03 PM — The International Day Against Homophobia, to be held on 17th May, has received the backing of government ministers.A joint statement by Ian McCartney, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Meg Munn, Minister for Women and Equality, pledges their support for the worldwide protest day.

  • Poland gay rights march faces counter-demo 1

    The gay rights march is part of the 4th Krakow Festival of Gay and Lesbian Culture.

    11:39 AM — This Saturday's March for Tolerance in the Polish city of Krakow will be picketed by a rightwing group with a history of hatred for gay people.All-Polish Youth has said they will take to the streets to protest against homosexual rights."We will not permit the sodomites to enter the city's main square," a spokesman for the group said, according to Catholic World News.

  • Colorado approves workplace protection law

    Colorado lawmakers, led by Democrat state Senator Jen Veiga, have passed similar bills in the last two years.

    11:25 AM — Forgive gay and lesbian Coloradans if they aren't jumping for joy at the recent news that their state Senate approved a bill that would bar workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.Colorado lawmakers, led by Democrat state Senator Jen Veiga, have passed similar bills in the last two years but both were vetoed by former Republican Governor Bill Owens.

  • Gay couple sue adoption website

    The web site's alleged discriminating of the Butlers was not in line with the anti-discrimination laws in the state of California.

    11:10 AM — Michael Butler and Rich Butler, a gay couple from San Jose, have got approval to go ahead with a discrimination suit against an adoption web site.Phyllis J. Hamilton, the US District Court Judge who handed down this ruling, decided that the web site's alleged discriminating of the Butlers, and of gay couples in general, was not in line with the anti-discrimination laws in the state of California

  • US clergy endorse hate-crimes legislation

    A house version of The Matthew Shepard Act was introduced as bipartisan legislation at congress last week.

    10:10 AM — Religious leaders from all of America's 50 states rallied on Capitol Hill yesterday in support of legislation to give homosexuals greater protection under existing hate-crime laws.The bill in question, which has been named the Matthew Shepard Act in memory of the gay college student killed in Wyoming in 1998, will afford the Justice Department with greater powers to investigate crimes motivated by sexual orientation or gender identity.

  • 18th April 2007

    Analysis: Pope’s birthday a time for reflection 1

    Venturing into politics, the Pontiff has given a stark warning to Catholic politicians that the faith's values are “not negotiable.“

    5:51 PM — As Benedict XVI, 80 this week, approaches his third year of his Papal reign there is little evidence to suggest that he his about to loosen his conservative grip.Since his election on April 19 2005, the leader of the world's 800 million Roman Catholics has taken an increasingly tough line in areas such abortion and same-sex marriage.

  • Rural gay project gets Lottery funding 1

    Research undertaken at Liverpool University reported this week that homophobia is common in small villages and hamlets.

    4:49 PM — An educational media charity has received a £76,000 Lottery grant to help sexual minorities in rural areas fight homophobia.The Herefordshire's Rural Media Company won the cash for its "Sticks and Stones" project, a series of short films on how to fight homophobia in rural communities.Around 50 young gay people from rural communities are expected to feature in the films.

  • US teenagers silent school protest against homophobia

    Conservative “pro-family“ groups have been encouraging students to boycott the event and are organising a rival “Day of Truth.“

    4:15 PM — Thousands of student activists across America will go through today without saying a word to help raise awareness of discrimination.The Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has organised the 11th Annual Day of Silence.The campaign has a strong following in the US and more than 500,000 participants from more than 350 schools are expected to remain mute in protest.

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