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15 June 2007

  • 15th June 2007

    Channel 4 drama has echoes of Jodi’s murder 8

    Two men who kicked, punched and stamped 24-year-old Jody Dobrowski to death on Clapham Common in October 2005 because he was gay.

    4:13 PM — The stars of the 1987 film of E M Forster's novel Maurice will reunite for another gay drama. This time the setting will be the beginning of this century rather than the last.Clapham Junction, starring Rupert Graves and James Wilby, will be broadcast in July as part of Channel Four's season to mark the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality.The drama, by playwright Kevin Elyot, also features actors Paul Nicholas and Samantha Bond.

  • Gay switchboard’s Royal recognition

    The award began in 2002 to mark The Queen's Golden Jubilee, and emphasises the importance of continuing recognition of voluntary and community work.

    3:15 PM — London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard (LLGS) has been recognised for its 33-year commitment to the LGBT community with the 2007 Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.It is the only LGBT organisation to be honoured this way in 2007 and is only the second since the award was set up.LLGS received the award in recognition of its history of providing confidential and non-judgemental listening, support, information and referrals for people across the UK.

  • Acclaimed disabled gay actor fights eviction

    Mr Kanga has been fighting for the past 12 months to keep his home, which is specially adapted to his needs as a wheelchair user.

    2:38 PM — Firdaus Kanga, a gay, disabled writer and actor, who wrote and starred in the semi-autobiographical film Sixth Happiness, is bringing a legal action to halt his eviction from disabled-adapted housing in Islington, north London.Peter Tatchell and LGBTI human rights group OutRage! is backing Mr Firdaus's battle to keep his flat."This case is about the housing rights and security of disabled people, and about the universality of the laws protecting disabled people against discrimination," said Mr Tatchell.

  • Gay radio station nominated for prestigious award 4

    Gaydar Radio is up against radio stations The Jazz and Planet Rock for the award.

    2:12 PM — Gaydar Radio is the running for its third award in less than a year, this time its The Argiva Commercial Radio Digital Station of the Year.In April, GaydarRadio was named UK Digital Terrestrial Station of the Year at the Sony Radio Awards.In October last year listeners voted them the Best Radio Station in the BT Digital Music Awards.

  • Stonewall helps gay youth develop their potential

    Young people travelled from Wigan, Hull, Cambridge and Bristol to be at the event.

    2:00 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall's first Gay Youth Event, held last weekend in London, attracted almost 100 participants from around the country.The event, held at London's City Hall and sponsored by Norwich Union and the Greater London Authority, was part of Stonewall's pioneering Education for All programme.It offered practical help about being gay in 21st century Britain through a mix of inspirational speakers and workshops.

  • Focus on men’s mental and physical heatlh

    Men are traditionally seen as the dependable ones who support others.  photo: kk+@flickr.com

    1:31 PM — It is National Men's Health Week and with three times as many suicides as women and twice as many diagnosed with HIV things aren't looking so good for men.CiC have published a fact sheet of problems affecting men and what employers can do to help.Men are traditionally seen as the dependable ones who support others but men don't seem to be looking after themselves all that well.

  • Students and graduates target for new gay careers magazine

    Prospective employers and training scheme providers will be able to use Pink's to directly reach and communicate with students from this under-represented talent pool.

    1:20 PM — A career advice magazine for LGBT students and graduates called Pink's is being launched in the UK on June 19.Pink's is supported by a number of major organisations including the NUS and Stonewall. The first edition will feature a foreword by Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill.The magazine is co-written by students and will provide inspirational and impartial careers advice to the LGBT student and graduate community.

  • US politicians raise plight of gay Iraqis

    Baldwin and Frank asked Secretary Rice to raise the issue and express her concerns to Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki.

    1:00 PM — Two openly gay members of the US Congress have written to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urging the State Department to investigate reports of violent persecution of LGBT people in Iraq.Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and Congressman Barney Frank wrote in the letter that they were very concerned by reports that "Iraqi homosexuals have been systematically persecuted in Iraq under a violent campaign led by Islamic groups and militias."

  • Gay military ban campaigners target key election states

    Former Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Alva, the first U.S. service member wounded in Iraq.

    10:50 AM — With an eye toward the Iowa caucuses in January that will officially mark the start of the 2008 presidential elections, the Human Rights Campaign began its national "A Legacy of Service" tour against the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in Des Moines, Iowa, this week.The tour will feature former Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Alva, the first U.S. service member wounded in Iraq, along with many other American heroes.

  • Gay stars to perform for Diana

    Sir Elton John and Will Young will be joined by Duran Duran, Bryan Ferry and Lily Allen.

    10:40 AM — It's been 10 years since Diana, Princess of Wales died in a car accident in Paris, but even in death she remains the "People's Princess."On Sunday, July 1st, 2007, on what would have been her 46th birthday, Princes William and Harry are planning a bash of royal proportions to commemorate the life of their mother with the Concert for Diana, which will be broadcast live from London's Wembley Stadium.

  • Massachusetts gay marriage referendum defeated

    Same-sex couples have married in Massachusetts since it became legal in May 2004.

    10:33 AM — The Massachusetts legislature yesterday voted down a discriminatory constitutional amendment that would have halted marriage equality in the state.The vote came amid heavy pressure to kill the measure from Gov. Deval Patrick and legislative leaders.It was a devastating blow to efforts to reverse a historic 2003 court ruling legalising same-sex marriage.

  • IKEA wins prize for positive gay advert

    IKEA followed up its famed 1994 gay male couple ad with “Living Room“ both produced by advertising agency Deutsch.

    10:10 AM — The third annual US Images In Advertising Awards for best demonstrating inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals (GLBT) in mainstream print, broadcast and internet advertising campaigns saw IKEA win Outstanding Commercial.Commercial Closet Association, a nonprofit organisation that educates advertisers about GLBT references for a more accepting society and successful business results, chose Swedish furniture company for the night's top honour.

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