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21 May 2007

  • 21st May 2007

    More precautions required for Hepatitis B

    Most sporting bodies have ruled that HIV testing should be mandatory for all contact sport competitors.

    5:39 PM — Recent studies of Olympic wrestlers show that the Hepatitis B virus (HBV) may be contracted through sweat.HBV is a blood-borne virus that affects primarily the liver and has few or no symptoms immediately after infection, but can be very dangerous.It can cause cirrhosis, chronic active hepatitis, and liver cancer.

  • Opposition parties differ on homophobic incitement law 2

    A law protecting LGBT people similar to the Racial and Religious Hatred Act is a key campaigning aim of gay equality organisation Stonewall.

    5:39 PM — The Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties have responded to the discussion of an offence of homophobic incitement.Candidates for the Deputy Leader of the Labour party have given their support to such a law.Peter Hain, Harriet Harman and Alan Johnson all backed calls for a new law to outlaw anti-gay hatred. Hazel Blears said it was one way forward alongside other measures such as better support for victims.

  • Interview: Peter Hain sets out his stall

    Mr Hain himself greets me in a suitably grand office, as befits his status of Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Wales.

    3:00 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusiveWith the "battle" for the leadership of the Labour party over before it even started, all eyes are now on the deputy role. A lack of choice is hardly an issue in this race, with six MPs jockeying to fill John Prescott's shoes.Tony Grew met with contender Peter Hain to discuss gay rights in the UK and in Europe and to find out why the former anti-apartheid campaigner believes he is the best person to become deputy leader of a party desperate for a fourth term of office.

  • Gay referee to officiate at Rugby World Cup

    The 2007 World Cup will be held from September 7th to October 20th.

    2:46 PM — A 35-year-old referee has spoken of his personal struggle before coming out of the closet.Nigel Owens is the only openly gay man to be a rugby union ref at the highest level of the game. He told The Sun that he thought about killing himself rather than reveal his sexuality.He is due to officiate at the Rugby World Cup in France later this year.

  • Ofcom slams Clarkson’s gay car comment 27

    In July the corporation defended Clarkson's comments.

    2:22 PM — Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been criticised by broadcasting watchdog Ofcom for using homophobic cockney-rhyming slang to describe a car.The BBC's head of editorial complaints conceded that his comments about the Daihatsu Copen in a programme broadcast last year were capable of causing offence.Clarkson asked a member of the audience if he would buy the car, to which he replied "no, its a bit gay."

  • Homophobic poster campaign fails to swing Swiss voters

    The referendum result means same-sex couples will be exempt from inheritance tax if when one of them dies.

    1:47 PM — An overwhelming majority of voters in Geneva have voted in favour of granting gay and lesbian couples equal inheritance rights and other benefits.In a referendum yesterday 83% voted in favour of the changes, which were supported by all political parties except the Swiss People's Party (UDC).The right-wing party caused outrage earlier this month with advertising posters opposing the changes calling gay couples infertile.

  • Deputy leadership candidates support gay hate law 2

    Gay equality organisation Stonewall welcomed the support for a new law on homophobic incitement.

    1:12 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Peter Hain, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Wales, has said he would personally support new legislation outlawing incitement to homophobia.In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Mr Hain said that the government must make sure there are no hate crimes against any group in the UK.In January Home Office minister Tony McNulty vowed to review homophobic incitement laws.

  • Survey reveals extent of homophobia at work 28

    The full details of the survey of attitudes towards LGB people will be published later this week.

    12:55 PM — A poll of more than 2,000 people across the UK has found that while nine of ten of them support laws protecting LGB people in the workplace, homophobia is rife.The Stonewall survey, conducted by YouGov, found that one in six people in the UK had witnessed verbal or physical bullying of gay people at work.Since 2003, LGB people have been protected against harassment in the workplace by legislation.

  • Two charged over murder of pornographer

    An autopsy showed his throat had been slashed and he had been stabbed 28 times in the torso.

    12:00 PM — Two men have been arrested and charged with the killing of Bryan Charles Kosis, owner of gay pornographic movie company Cobra Video.According to the Associated Press, Harlow R. Cuadra, 25, and Joseph M. Kerekes, 33, were arrested in Virginia Beach, Virginia.The 44-year-old Kocis' body was found in late January by firefighters responding to a blaze at his home in Dallas Township.

  • Gay Poles march with Pride in Warsaw

    Gay activists and others carried rainbow flags and placards condemning homophobia on their march.

    11:51 AM — Despite the hostile attitude of the Polish government towards the LGBT community, thousands took to the streets in Saturday for an Equality march.Organisers estimate about 20,000 people took part."This was the largest parade we've held in Poland," parade organizer Tomasz Baczkowski said."Polish society has opened its eyes and they know what democracy, equality and diversity mean."

  • Rights groups condemn Iran’s campaign against ‘immorality’

    On April 14th, Iran's Supreme Court overturned murder sentences against six basiji who had killed five people in 2002 whom they considered “morally corrupt.“

    11:01 AM — Iran's arbitrary arrests of thousands of men and women in recent weeks under the banner of "countering immoral behaviour" threaten basic rights to privacy, says Human Rights Watch.They have called for the immediate release of all those detained as part of this campaign, including more than 80 people seized in a raid on a private gathering in the city of Esfahan on May 10th, 2007.

  • Canadians turning to US surrogates

    Despite this, a recent article in Maclean's Magazine said that surrogacy among same-sex couples in Canada is increasing.

    10:58 AM — Couples who participate in paid surrogacy in Canada can receive a $500,000 (£233,900) fine or a decade in jail.Yet these stiff punishments have not put an end to the practice. It has simply made people more secretive, CBC News reported.Canadian law says that a surrogate can only be paid for costs directly related to the surrogacy, but may not receive a fee otherwise.

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