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April 2007

  • 12th April 2007

    Gay bishop speaks in favour of gay unions

    If the bill passes the state legislature it will have to be signed by New Hampshire Governor John Lynch to become law.

    5:15 PM — Gene Robinson, an openly gay man whose appointment as Bishop of New Hampshire continues to cause controversy, has given evidence in favour of same-sex civil unions.Last week the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to bring forward legal unions by a margin of two-to-one, and this week the state Senate will consider the bill."This legislation simply has nothing do to with religious bodies."

  • Lesbians released by Nepal rebels

    At the start of 2007 gangs of Maoist militants launched a campaign in Nepal against the country's gay and lesbian population.

    4:06 PM — Two women working for an HIV/AIDS advocacy group in Nepal have been freed from a Maoist camp after a month in captivity.Dukhani Choudhary, 16, and Sarita Choudhury, 20, were taken by the rebels on March 2nd.During their detention they were interrogated about their relationship and pressured into returning to a heterosexual lifestyle.

  • Sexual health charity wins year’s partnership

    THT will also work with Charity People to make the agency experts in tackling HIV discrimination in the workplace.

    3:12 PM — Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has been chosen for a 2007/08 Charity of the Year partnership by Charity People.The sexual health charity was chosen from over 50 others who applied.Charity People hope to raise more than £20,000 for THT and get involved with volunteering, campaigning and awareness-raising.

  • Walk with the stars in May and combat gay hate

    Ben Summerskill, (pictured right) Stonewall chief executive, said the event is always fun, but there is a serious side to it.

    1:41 PM — Preparations are underway for a major gay day out in Brighton at the start of May.Gay and lesbian stars are to join hundreds of others on a gay walk in the popular seaside resort.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.

  • Vatican’s gay attitude criticised by French contender

    Despite his criticism of the church, M Sarkozy has made clear his own opposition to gay rights.

    1:29 PM — A politician who is on course to become the next President of France has spoken out against the anti-gay rhetoric of the Roman Catholic church.Nicolas Sarkozy, the UMP candidate for the Presidency, has maintained a consistent lead over his main rival, the Socialist Segolene Royal.The first round of elections are held on 22nd April.

  • Homophobic violence at Jamaica funeral

    Sex between men in Jamaica is illegal, and punishable with up to ten years in jail, usually with hard labour.

    1:01 PM — A funeral service in the Carribean island of Jamaica has been disrupted by a mob attempting to attack a group of mourners.The Easter Sunday funeral of Kirk Wayne Lester, a Jamaican businessman, was attended by "gay cross-dressers," reports Real Jamaica Radio.A mob surrounded the church and attacked people thought to be gay with knives, stones and bottles.

  • Pink’s attack on Bush banned from radio stations

    Pink, 27, thanked the talk show host for being not afraid to let her perform  Dear Mr President.

    12:00 PM — Singer Pink has spoken on American TV about her new song Dear Mr President, which has been unofficially banned from radio stations across the US.Appearing on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show, Pink said that the song, which attacks President Bush for his stance on gay rights and other policies, cannot even be discussed on air in many radio stations.She thanked the talk show host for being not afraid to let her perform Dear Mr President. 

  • TV show encourages gay bullying, say teachers

    The series, which is set in the 1970s, contains sexist and homophobic language and attitudes.  photo: BBC

    11:35 AM — A leading teaching union has issued a warning about the influence of prime-time TV drama Life On Mars on young people.The series, which is set in the 1970s, contains sexist and homophobic language and attitudes.It finished its second series on Tuesday night with nearly 8m people tuning in to watch the final episode.

  • Presidential hopeful’s cancer “in remission”

    Thompson is a former Senator from Tennessee and starred opposite Harrison Ford in The Hunt for Red October.

    11:35 AM — Fred Thompson announced yesterday that he has cancer.The veteran actor, best known for his work on TV show Law and Order, is considering running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States.In a statement, the 65-year-old said he has an indolent lymphoma which is not life-threatening.

  • Cardiff Mardi Gras celebrate Charlotte’s baby news 57

    Cardiff Mardi Gras attracts around 40,000 visitors and is now In its 9th year.

    11:35 AM — The organisers of one of the largest free lesbian and gay festivals in the UK yesterday celebrated the pregnancy of one of their patrons.Singer Charlotte Church announced last week that she is pregnant. The 21-year-old is a patron of Cardiff Mardi Gras."The Mardi Gras committee are delighted to hear the news of Charlotte's pregnancy," said Mardi Gras spokesman Mark Williams.

  • 11th April 2007

    Gay adoption site sued for discrimination

    Gay rights advocates said her decision to allow a trial was an important step forward.

    5:09 PM — One of the largest adoption websites in the world is being sued for refusing to accept a listing from a gay couple.Michael Butler and Richard Butler, who live in California, took action against Arizona-based adoption.com and its owners, Nathan and Dale Gwilliam, in December 2003.The couple have finally been given permission by a judge to go to trial.

  • Presidential hopeful courts gay voters

    Edwards ran for Vice President in 2004 alongside Bob Kerry, but lost to the Bush/Cheney Republican ticket.

    1:14 PM — Democratic candidate for President of the United States John Edwards has been showing off his support among gay political donors.Edwards has released a list of 25 LGB supporters, among them David Mixner, a gay activist who raised millions of dollars for Bill Clinton's campaigns for the White House.The former Senator from North Carolina is making a play for the gay vote in the hotly-contested Democrat nomination for President.

  • Transsexual granted new legal identity without surgery

    There are thought to be up to 10,000 transsexual people in Spain.

    12:34 PM — A Spanish man who had his gender confirmed by civil officials.He is thought to be the first beneficiary of a new law that allows transsexual people to be legally identified as a sex different from that recorded at birth without having undergone gender reassignement surgery.50-year-old Julio Cuesta was granted official documents by the civil registry office in Valencia yesterday.

  • War veterans come out to oppose gay ban

    Nearly 4,000 LGB military personnel each year on active duty or in the guard or reserves would have been retained if they could have been more open about their sexual orientation.

    12:13 PM — Three retired colonels and four captains in the United States military have publicly declared their homosexuality in a gay magazine and spoken out against the policy that bans LGB Americans from serving.The former officers, among them a chaplain and two female Navy Reservists, decided to come out in protest at comments from the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.General Peter Pace called lesbian, gay and bisexual service members "immoral."

  • Brighton’s seafront protest against homophobia

    “Simply by coming to the IDAHO event on Brighton seafront on May 17th, people can make a declaration in defence of tolerance.“

    11:57 AM — The south coast city of Brighton and Hove is marking International Day Against Homophobia next month with a seaside event.The city's council has voted to officially recognise IDAHO and will be flying the rainbow flag from the Town Hall.Brighton-based IDAHOBIT is organising an event at 8.30pm on 17th May 2007 on Brighton seafront.

  • Faded sitcom star apologises for gay rant 3

    In a statement on her blog, Ms Barr apologised to the gay community.

    11:36 AM — Gay campaigners today condemned anti-gay remarks made this week by comedian and actress Roseanne Barr on a California radio station.In a discussion about families accepting their gay relatives, Barr said, "Never once in my 54 years have I ever once heard a gay or lesbian person who's politically active say one thing about anything that was not about them."They don't care about minimum wage, they don't care about any other group other than their own self."

  • US activists celebrate Ellen’s ten lesbian years

    Ultimately, 42 million people tuned in to “The Puppy Episode,“ making it the most-watched programme of the week and ABC's most-watched programme of the season.

    11:17 AM — In the United States, the 10-year anniversary of Ellen DeGeneres' coming out is being celebrated by the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).DeGeneres appeared on the April 14, 1997, cover of Time magazine with the headline, "Yep, I'm Gay."Her onscreen character, Ellen Morgan came out as well during the April 30th 1997, episode of the ABC sitcom Ellen. 

  • Manchester Pride prepares for August

    Within the Lifestyle Expo, LGBT or HIV organisations pay £50 for a stand, while prices start at £350 +VAT for commercial organisations.

    11:00 AM — Preparations are now well under way for the ten-day Manchester Pride celebrations in August.The festival, which will span from August 17 - 27, will involve a parade with over 80 floats.The 2007 Manchester Pride Parade will take place on the afternoon of Saturday 25 August in Manchester city centre.

  • 10th April 2007

    Putin set to re-appoint Moscow mayor

    Media speculation in the Russian papers suggests that Luzhkov is looking to get re-elected without any real opposition.

    6:03 PM — The homophobic mayor of Moscow may be re-appointed in the next few days.The 70-year-old politician, Yuri Luzhkov, has been mayor of the Russian capital since 1992.Media speculation in the Russian papers suggests that Luzhkov is looking to get re-elected without serious opposition.

  • Police appeal for help with missing person case

    Police think he may be staying with a friend in London, or that he may have gone to Brighton.

    5:25 PM — Have you seen this man?Police in Dover are seeking help from the gay community in finding David Anthony Redman, who went missing from the area of Townwall Street, Dover, on March 9th 2007.Police think he may be staying with a friend in London, or that he may have gone to Brighton.

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