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May 2007

  • 2nd May 2007

    Comment: Is it right to call Lord Browne gay? 15

    I don't think I was gay until I came out, to myself, my friends and family. And I guess to the wider world.

    6:10 PM — Most of the time, I feel perfectly comfortable with my sexuality at Channel 4 News. The Channel has a remit to promote diversity and it's hardly a macho environment.But I did feel a little unsure about our coverage of Lord Browne last night.To me the most interesting thing to emerge from the whole sorry saga is why the Mail on Sunday were that interested in Lord Browne's sexuality.

  • One hour HIV testing service launched

    The clinic will be run by staff from the GUM Clinic at Newcastle General Hospital.

    5:05 PM — Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a rapid service for gay and bisexual men in Newcastle.The city's NHS Primary Care Trust and MESMAC North East are working together with THT to launch a testing service called the "Fastest" clinic.It will offer a one hour HIV testing - results from tests at sexual health clinics can take several days.

  • Young LGB people invited to Stonewall event

    Inspirational gay role models will give short speeches and a series of wide-ranging workshops will be held.

    4:58 PM — Gay rights organisation Stonewall is holding a day of inspirational workshops and advice sessions for gay, bisexual and lesbian people aged between 16 and 21.The event, which will be held in City Hall in London, is open to young people from across the UK, and financial assistance with travel expenses is available.The event is a unique opportunity for young people to meet other young gay, lesbian or bisexual people.

  • School shooting linked to gay abuse

    Defence lawyers intend to portray him as an immature boy who faced serious abuse at home and at school.

    4:20 PM — A teenage boy accused of shooting his school principal has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder.Eric Hainstock, a 16-year-old from Wisconsin, will claim he has been the victim of persistent homophobic abuse at school.He was allegedly upset that Weston School's principal, John Klang, had done nothing to stop other students from teasing him about his sexuality.

  • Court papers reveal website where BP boss met ex-partner 15

    PinkNews.co.uk attempted to access the site this afternoon,  but it is down due to “technical reasons.“

    3:33 PM — Lord Browne, who resigned as chief executive of BP yesterday, met his former partner on an escort website.The peer quit his job after it was revealed that he lied to the High Court about where he met Jeff Chevalier.He told the court three times in written statements that they met in Battersea Park.

  • Black churches oppose protection for gays 7

    Last week the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act passed out of the Judiciary Committee.

    2:22 PM — Representatives of African-American religious groups have asked the US Congress to block a new hate-crimes bill that would cover homophobic offencesThey have called on the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, John Conyers, to block the proposed new law, claiming it would impede their freedom to preach against homosexuality."Ex-gay" Christian group Exodus International also oppose the hate crimes bill.

  • BP boss could face perjury charges 15

    It is not clear if the Attorney General will pursue Lord Browne on perjury charges.

    12:48 PM — Lord Browne, who resigned as chief executive of BP yesterday after it was revealed he lied to the High Court, could face a criminal trail.The Mail On Sunday newspaper is reported to be preparing papers to be handed to the Attorney General.Lord Browne three times stated in documents to the High Court that he met his partner of four years, Jeff Chevalier, while exercising in Battersea Park.

  • DUP minister in gay Pride row 3

    Edwin Poots, the DUP minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure, is renowned for his homophobic opinions.

    11:55 AM — The Democratic Unionist Party are being challenged by their own supporters over a grant from a government department to Belfast Pride.A Free Presbyterian preacher has demanded that the new government minister block a grant to Pride, calling it a "celebration of sodomy."A coalition government will take power in the province next week.

  • Gay ex-Governor wants civil union 1

    McGreevey and Matos McGreevey have been engaged in a bitter war of words over the past few weeks.

    11:30 AM — Former New Jersey governor James McGreevey has revealed that he would eventually like to have a civil union with his boyfriend, Australian business executive Mark O'Donnell."What I want is what hopefully everyone wants, a loving family," McGreevey told New York Daily News. On Friday McGreevey won joint custody of 5-year-old Jacqueline, his daughter with future ex-wife Dina Matos McGreevey.

  • Catholic school bans same-sex prom date

    Even though Ms Strott and her prom date are just friends and not dating, they still cannot attend the prom together.

    11:24 AM — All Roseanne Strott wanted was to take her date, another female student, to the school prom.But she couldn't: officials from the Catholic diocese said they could not attend together.Her school, Bishop Feehan High School, falls under the rule of the Diocese of Fall River.

  • Diverse events in London for IDAHO

    Camden's LGBT Forum are involved for the first time in IDAHO and are enthusiastically supporting “The Pansy Project.“

    11:01 AM — The London boroughs of Lambeth and Wandsworth will be celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) on May 17th.Their celebrations will focus on the area of Clapham Common, which is shared by both boroughs.There will be a memorial for the murder of Jody Dobrowski at the bandstand on the common.

  • Croatia accused of homophobia in schools

    Nearly 90 percent of Croatia's population of 4.4 million are Roman Catholics.

    10:44 AM — A sex education programme in Croatia has been slammed by the European Parliament because it encourages homophobia.The programme is backed by the Roman Catholic Church and teaches that there should be no sex outside marriage, no safe sex, and no gay sex.Croatia is not a member of the EU, but has applied to join and is regarded as likely to be admitted in 2009 or 2010.

  • Pride event is a first for Plymouth 5

    The event will be modelled on Gay Pride festivals in London, Manchester and Brighton.

    10:26 AM — Gay pride is coming to the West Country, in the shape of plymouth prideevent 2007, a celebration of LGBT people in Devon and Cornwall.The weekend, which will include a carnival, will be held in and around Plymouth on June 2nd and 3rd.It is the first time that a large-scale pride festival has taken place in the South West, and thousands of people are expected to attend.

  • 1st May 2007

    BP boss wanted to keep gay life private 15

    Lord Browne was one of the highest paid executives in the UK.

    5:35 PM — Lord Browne, who resigned today as chief executive of BP after it was revealed he lied to the High Court about where he met his former boyfriend, has said he is disappointed that his private life has become public.The 59-year-old peer had unsuccessfully sought a court injunction against Associated Newspapers to stop them revealing details of his four year relationship with Jeff Chevalier.

  • Green MSP attacked over opposition to Catholic schools 2

    The paper also claimed Mr Harvie, who is bisexual, had been branded a fascist by an un-named source.

    4:37 PM — An MSP who could be a member of the Executive in the next Scottish Parliament has been branded a militant homosexual.Patrick Harvie, a Green Party MSP, has campaigned for gay adoption and for homophobic abuse to be made a hate crime.The party has called for a ban on state funding for Catholic schools, and Mr Harvie is in the firing line because he supports the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA.)

  • BP boss resigns over gay lie 16

    Lord Browne was one of the highest paid executives in the UK.

    3:58 PM — Lord Browne, one of the foremost businessmen in the UK, has resigned after it was revealed he lied to the High Court.In a statement to the court earlier this year the peer said he met Jeff Chevalier while exercising in Battersea Park.He later admitted this was untrue and apologised.Mr Chevalier, a Canadian citizen, went to the press after Lord Browne ended their relationship last year.

  • Human rights award for gay rights group

    In February 2007, the Nepalese authorities legally recognised transgender identity by issuing the first citizenship ID for a transgender person.

    3:36 PM — The Blue Diamond Society, Nepal's first gay rights organisation, will receive an international award for human rights today.The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission will present them with the Felipa de Souza Award for 2007 at a ceremony in New York.In recent years the Blue Diamond Society (BDS) has reported many cases of harassment and abuse of LGBT people.

  • HIV and hepatitis crisis in UK prisons

    Prisoners are vulnerable because they are more likely to be injecting drugs and sharing needles.

    3:20 PM — Prisoners in the UK are 15 times more likely to be infected with HIV than the general population in the UK, experts say.The most recent figures, from 1997, show that prisons in the UK are facing a health crisis due to inadequate health services.The figures show that prisoners are 20 times more likely to have hepatitis C than the general population, but ten years on experts predict that prisoners are even more likely to be infected.

  • BP boss’ gay relationship revealed 15

    Lord Browne, 59, met Mr Chevalier in 2002, and over the next four years provided him with a life of luxury.

    2:50 PM — The chief executive of one of the UK's biggest companies has failed to keep details of his four year relationship with another man out of the press.Lord Browne took his fight as far as the House of Lords in an attempt to stop Associated Newspapers, owners of the Daily Mail and the Evening Standard, publishing details of his relationship with Jeff Chevalier.Mr Chevalier, a Canadian citizen, went to the press after Lord Browne ended their relationship last year.

  • Five suspected dealers charged after raid on Fire

    Officers with a search warrant raided the club in Vauxhall at 2:15 am on Saturday.

    12:28 PM — Five people have appeared in court on drugs charges following a raid by police on the gay nightclub Fire in the early hours of Saturday morning.57 charges of supplying and possessing Class A drugs were laid before Camberwell Magistrates Court yesterday.Officers with a search warrant raided the club in Vauxhall at 2:15 am on Saturday.

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