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18 May 2007

  • 18th May 2007

    Insurance victory for Ohio transsexual 57

    When she submitted the bills for the surgery to company Highmark Blue Shield, she was refused.

    8:30 PM — An Ohio transsexual has won a court battle with her insurance company over the cost of her gender reassignment surgery.Jan Stacy, and electronics engineer, was told when she began gender realignment in 2006 that her self insured plan covered the surgery.When she submitted the bills for the surgery to company Highmark Blue Shield, she was refused.

  • IDAHO celebrated worldwide 57

    The Mayor of London voiced his support for IDAHO.

    8:30 PM — The International Day Against Homophobia was marked by events around the world yesterday.Events were held all over the UK. In Brighton, an evening event on the seafront including sky lanterns, a choir performance and speeches from MPs was held.Leader of Brighton and Hove City Council Simon Burgess said: "It's terrible in this day and age to know that 77 governments still persecute people because of their sexuality or gender identity."

  • Kylie Minogue launchpad Neighbours dropped by BBC 3

    Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan while in Neighbours (credit: Grundy promotional photograph)

    8:30 PM — The show that launched the undoubted gay icon, Kylie Minogue, Neighbours has been dropped by the BBC for being too expensive.Despite the show's appeal to gay viewers, it has avoided gay or indeed ethnic minority characters over the past 22 years.It was first broadcast in Australia in March 1985, and made its UK debut in October 1986.

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  • Downing St defends ban on gay blood 6

    The ban on gay and bisexual men has been removed in many countries, among them Italy, Sweden, South Africa, Portugal and Spain.

    6:01 PM — A statement on the Prime Minister's website claims some gay men flout blood donation guidelines and reveals that 40 donations a year are infected with HIV.A petition on the site calls for an end to discrimination against gay and bisexual men by the National Blood Service.HIV is now at its fast growing rate in the heterosexual community but the NBS regard all men who have sex with men as too high-risk to accept blood from.

  • Friend to LGBT community Yolanda King dies 57

    President Bush and the First Lady have expressed their sadness at King's death and offered condolences to her family.

    4:20 PM — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's eldest daughter Yolanda King died on Tuesday.The actress and motivational speaker collapsed and died whilst visiting her brother Dexter at his home in Santa Monica, California. She was 51.Steve Klein, a spokesman for the memorial King Centre in Atlanta, said that relatives suspect she died of a heart problem.

  • Euro gays launch “a homepage for the freaks”

    They want to hear about how homophobia affect young LGBT people in everyday life and how they deal with the problem.

    4:12 PM — LGBT young people from four EU countries have unveiled a new internet platform to deal with homophobia.The page is a joint project of the organisations RFSL Ungdom from Sweden, the Lithuanian Gay League, the Kampania Przeciw Homofobii from Poland and the youth network Lambda Berlin-Brandenburg e. V. from Germany.The four groups present their organisation and their work on the homepage alongside an insight in the work against homophobia.

  • Americans support LGBT hate crimes law 7

    69% of independents and 75% of Democrats said they supported the hate-crimes bill.

    3:55 PM — A poll conducted this month has found that nearly 70% of Americans are in favour of new legislation to extend hate crimes to cover LGBT people.Support for the new protections extends across religious and political groups. 60% of Republicans and 64% of regular church goers supported the proposed new law.The new law will extend protections on the grounds of race or religion extended to cover LGBT people.

  • Warsaw allows gay Pride march

    A gay Pride event was permitted by the city authorities last year.

    3:30 PM — The Mayor of Warsaw has rejected calls from the youth wing of a government party to ban a gay Pride parade in the city tomorrow.The Catholic Youth Movement, who are affiliated with the Polish League of Families, had demanded that she stop the gay event, claiming it posed a threat to morality.Hanna Gronkiewicz Walz told Polish radio that any ban would contradict the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights.

  • Gay rights record threatens Nigerian bid for Commonwealth Games 58

    Nigerian law states that anyone who has “carnal knowledge of any person against order of nature“ can be imprisoned.

    1:17 PM — Debate is taking place over whether or not Nigeria should host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.The Nigerian city of Abuja is in direct competition with Glasgow to host the international sporting competition.Nigeria's poor gay rights record, however, has thrown its application for the games into question.

  • Youth demo against homophobia at Polish embassy

    Young activists including young gay Polish people who now live in Britain and activists from Scotland took part.

    1:17 PM — Young human rights activists including many Poles staged a demo outside the Polish embassy as part of yesterday's International Day Against Homophobia.The demonstration, organised by the British Youth Council (BYC) was well attended with organisers saying that at least 70 people came for the two hour event.Young activists including young gay Polish people who now live in Britain and activists from Scotland took part.

  • New embryo bill will ease lesbian IVF

    Last year a ban was placed on creating the “Frankenstein“ hybrid embryos,

    12:35 PM — The government is to undertake a major relaxation of in vitro fertilisation rules in a new proposed bill.Some key elements included allowing hybrid animal-human embryos for testing, rules which could actually make it easier for single people and lesbians to receive fertility treatment, and it would give equal parenting rights to same sex partnerships.Last year a ban was placed on creating the "Frankenstein" hybrid embryos, due to considerable public unease.

  • Tony Blair may become a Roman Catholic

    Mr Blair is to resign as Prime Minister on 27th June.

    12:19 PM — The Prime Minister will change his religion when he leaves office, it has been reported.Tony Blair, an Anglican, regularly attends Roman Catholic Mass with his family.Fr Michael Seed, a close family friend, hinted to The Times that he might convert.There is confusion over whether a Roman Catholic can serve as Prime Minister.

  • Comment: Farewell to Falwell, saying goodbye to hate 7

    I am happy he is gone, but am weary and scared because I know that there are others just like him out there

    12:18 PM — It was June 2004 and I was covering Tulsa, Oklahoma's Pride Festival.I stood watching the parade of proud members of our GLBTI community march through the streets.As the parade came to an end the parade watchers were invited to follow the parade down the route and into the park that was holding the festival, our festival, a safe haven for our community to be free.

  • New York gays told marriages are legal 57

    Adams and Davie had been waiting since their wedding to find out if their marriage was valid in New York.

    11:30 AM — A gay New York couple have been told that their Massachusetts marriage is legal.On 10th May, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Thomas Connolly found that gay weddings that took place in other states before they became "prohibited" in New York in July last year are legally valid.Michael Adams and Fred Davie were wed in Lowell, Massachusetts in 2004 after the state became the first in the U.S. to allow gay marriage.

  • Mormon student loses gay jibe lawsuit

    The Rice family has not commented since the ruling has been handed down.

    11:30 AM — A judge has ruled against Rebekah Rice, the famed 18-year-old student who sued her school because she was punished by the administration and bullied by other kids for saying "That's so gay."Rice and her parents originally first sued the school in 2003. The case put a spotlight on the phrase and its derogatory meaning.Rice made the remark after students teased her about her Mormon upbringing, asking if she had 10 moms.

  • Man charged over gay murders

    The police believe that Race travelled through New Brunswick and Quebec to the U.S. in Brewster's car.

    11:15 AM — A Nova Scotia man has been charged with the murder of two gay men.Glen Douglas Race was arrested in Texas on Tuesday by the U.S. Border Patrol. Race stands accused of murder in the first degree of Trevor Brewster and in the second degree of Michael Knott.He is also wanted in New York State for the murder of caretaker Darcy Manor. Attempts to extradite Race to New York state are underway.

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