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April 2007

  • 10th April 2007

    HIV services improved but difficult to access

    By the end of 2005, the total number of people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in the UK was more than 47,000.

    4:29 PM — A study by sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has found that gay and bisexual men are more satisfied with sexual health services in England and Wales than they were in the late 1990s.Although it's still difficult to get an appointment in many clinics, once through the door men are happier with the service.The annual Gay Men's Sex Survey is undertaken by Sigma Research and commissioned by THT.

  • 61% think Britain a better place for gay people

    57% thought Mr Blair has remained in office too long.

    2:10 PM — A damning opinion poll on Tony Blair's ten years as Prime Minister has produced a few positive results, among them the finding that nearly two-thirds of people think Britain is a better country for LGB people to live in.The poll in Sunday's Observer contained little good news for the Prime Minister.69% thought Britain a more dangerous country now than in 1997 and 58% disagreed that it was happier.

  • HIV+ man detained for reckless transmission

    Adelaide barrister Stephen Walsh QC will conduct an independent review of the Health Department's handling of the case.

    2:01 PM — As many as twelve Australians may have been infected with HIV, after an HIV positive gay man used the internet to have unprotected sex.Stuart McDonald was detained in Glenside Hospital last week for recklessly endangering his sexual partners.McDonald found his sexual partners through Gaydar, the gay meeting website. His profile has now been removed.

  • DLR death fall may have been a gay altercation

    The two men had spent the day at a pub in Poplar, and some media reports have suggested they were in a gay relationship.

    12:53 PM — A man killed by a train last week may have been in a relationship with another man who was arrested at the scene of his death.Robert Carter, 34, of Poplar, east London was hit by a Docklands Light Railway train just after 10pm on Monday, April 2nd.Shortly beforehand, he was involved in an altercation with another man outside the station.

  • Gays take part in White House Easter tradition

    First Lady Bush defended the participation of gay families.

    12:05 PM — Lesbian and gay families took part in the historic Easter Egg Roll at the White House yesterday.At a time when issues such as gay marriage and adoption rights are being contested all over America, the Family Pride Coalition encouraged hundreds of LGBT families to attend the annual Easter egg roll outside the Presidential residence.The tradition began in 1878 and is a day of fun and games for children of all ages.

  • Lesbian chainsaw murder trial excites press interest 1

    Wright, 43, is accused of murdering in Darlene VanderGiesen and cutting up her body with a chainsaw.

    11:47 AM — A small rural community in the United States is at the centre of media attention as more details of a gruesome murder emerge.A deaf, black lesbian woman is on trail for the murder of an alleged rival.Commentators are already discussing the possibility that Daphne Wright might become the first woman ever sentenced to death in the state of South Dakota.

  • Homophobic voice message leads to court case

    Cheshire was arrested five days later after a complaint was made to police.

    11:11 AM — A 42-year-old man has been given a 12-month conditional discharge for leaving abusive messages on a gay man's phone.Anthony Cheshire, of Nunfield, Chipperfield, attends Alcoholics Anonymous and Watford Magistrates Court heard that he had been drinking at the time of the incident.Cheshire was trying to contact the chairman of his AA group, John, reports the Edgware Times. 

  • Gender reassignment conference to be held in Norwich

    Workshops will be held on fighting transphobia, explaining the sex change process to families, and the transition in the workplace.

    10:40 AM — An international conference will be held at the University of East Anglia in June on trans issues.Experts from all over the world will gather at the university in Norwich on June 16 and 17 for Conference TG2007.The gathering is open to trans people, family, friends, professionals, researchers, academics and social support workers.

  • Church discriminates against gay people says Archbishop 2

    The Rt. Rev. Dr. Barry Morgan said that gays in the church are feeling isolated. photo: copyright © :The Royal School of Church Music

    10:22 AM — The head of the Anglican church in Wales has called for an end to discrimination against gays and lesbians.In his Easter sermon, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Barry Morgan said that gays in the church are feeling isolated and women are not treated as equals.His comments came at the end of a week when a bishop of the Church of England faced an employment tribunal in Cardiff over allegations he discriminated against a gay man seeking employment.

  • Anti-gay Army recruiter suspended

    According to reports, the recruiter wrote in one reply, “If you are gay, we don't take you. We consider you unqualified.“

    10:05 AM — The Human Rights Campaign is commending the decision by the U.S. Army to suspend a recruiter and engage in an investigation into reports of recent anti-gay, racist remarks.The insulting comments were made to Corey Andrew, a gay, African-American man who was in talks with the recruiter about serving as an openly gay man."The announcement by the U.S. Army to suspend this recruiter until a complete investigation has taken place is a positive step."

  • 9th April 2007

    Archbishop of York claims Church is distracted by homosexuality 5

    Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York said the “endless debate“ on gay issues such as the ordination of openly gay priests was causing the Church of England to fail to spread God's word

    12:00 AM — The second most senior clergy man in the Church of England has warned that his church has become distracted by homosexuality.Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York said the "endless debate" on gay issues such as the ordination of openly gay priests was causing the Church of England to fail to spread God's word.Dr Sentamu said: "The Church has not been very good at clearly spelling out what the message of Jesus is about."

  • 6th April 2007

    London Sexual Health charity wins £20,000 award

    The Metro Centre, the Greenwich-based HIV prevention and sexual health charity, has been awarded a prestigious GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Award

    12:00 AM — The Metro Centre, the Greenwich-based HIV prevention and sexual health charity, has been awarded a prestigious GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Award worth £20,000 for its work with lesbian, gay and bisexual people.The Metro Centre has been providing advice, support, information, events, education and training to LGB people, since 1983.It runs a range of drop-in centres providing support and peer advice and a dedicated group for people 50 years of age and over.

  • Disney to offer “Fairy Tale” weddings to gay couples 3

    Couples can now have a “Fairy Tale Wedding“

    12:00 AM — Disney has changed the policies of its Fairy Tale Wedding package to allow gay couples to hold their dream weddings at their two United States resorts and cruise line.The company did previously allow gay couples to organise their own ceremonies but barred them from their Fairy Tale package.Donn Walker from Disney Parks said: "We are updating our Fairy Tale Wedding guidelines to include commitment ceremonies."

  • Swede donates TV fee to Riga Pride

    Sverker Åström, 88, is a former Swedish diplomat

    12:00 AM — One of Sweden's most distinguished diplomats has donated his fee from presenting a gay TV series to Riga Pride.Sverker Åström, 88, is a former Swedish diplomat, ambassador and State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Four years ago he came out in a newspaper interview.

  • 5th April 2007

    Vice President’s lesbian daughter expecting a boy 1

    Mr Cheney has often spoken publicly of his love, admiration and respect for his lesbian daughter.

    4:29 PM — US Vice-President Dick Cheney has revealed that his daughter Mary is expecting a baby boy. In an interview with ABC radio Mr Cheney said he was looking forward to the birth of his grandson.Ms Cheney, 37, announced in December 2006 that she is pregnant. She has been with her partner Heather Poe for 15 years. She is due to give birth next month.The Vice President has always been publicly supportive and protective of his younger child.

  • Bishop’s sex questions embarrassed me, tribunal told 11

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

    3:38 PM — A bishop of the Church of England asked a gay man a series of highly personal questions about his sex life as part of a job interview, an employment tribunal in Cardiff was told today.John Reaney is bringing the Hereford Diocesan Board of Finance to the tribunal, claiming that he was discriminated against on the grounds of his sexuality.At a meeting with the Bishop of Hereford in July last year, he was asked about his sexual relationships, he said.

  • MP presses for gay census question 5

    Mr Williams, the MP for Bristol West, said that is important to know how many gay people there are in the UK.

    3:07 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive A frontbench spokesman for the Liberal Democrats has said he is disappointed that the government has decided not to include a question on sexual orientation in the next census.The next national survey will take place in 2011.It is conducted every 10 years by the Office of National Statistics.

  • Presidential candidate favours civil unions and tolerance 1

    Mr Dodd is a United States Senator representing Connecticut.

    11:49 AM — One of the less-well known potential candidates in the race for the President of the United States asked an audience of teenagers to consider how they would feel if their child grew up gay.Chris Dodd was addressing high school students in Concord, New Hampshire.The state's 400-member House of Representatives yesterday approved a civil unions bill.

  • Cardinal in gay April Fool furore

    A story in the fake March 28th edition featured an admission by Cardinal Justin Rigali, archbishop of Philadelphia, that he is gay. photo: vatican website

    11:22 AM — Students at a Roman Catholic university in the United States have apologised for an April Fools edition of the campus newspaper that said the Archbishop of Philadephia is gay.However, the journalists at Saint Joseph's University in the city received praise from one teacher, a priest, who said in a letter to the newspaper, The Hawk, that he "laughed his head off."

  • No 10 petition on homosexuality laws

    GLITA want the Prime Minister to campaign at the United Nations for a UN resolution for decriminalisation of homosexuality.

    10:50 AM — The rights activists have placed a petition on the website of No 10 Downing St, and are hoping to emulate the success of other petitions on the site.The Gay Liberal Independent Thinkers Association (GLITA) want the Prime Minister to campaign at the United Nations for a UN resolution for decriminalisation of homosexuality.

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