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July 2007

  • 2nd July 2007

    Gay swimmers triumph over straight teams

    The event concluded with a nail-biting finish. OTS were 10 points down with two 50m freestyle events to go.

    5:00 PM — Swimming squad Out To Swim has gained further kudos and made the LGB community proud, by winning the Middlesex swimming club championship.This second triumph in the space of a month is being seen as historic because the gay squad beat 17 teams in an all comers county-wide inter-club event.They have improved on Stonewall Football Club's previous triumph at the Middlesex Federation League Cup in 2004, as Out To Swim achieved a double whammy.

  • Stonewall celebrates their 300th workplace champion

    Nicholas Creswell,  chair of the LGBT network at Google UK, called Gaygler, told PinkNews.co.uk that the decision to join the Stonewall programme came from the top

    4:15 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall announced that the 300th organisation to join their Diversity Champions programme is Google.A reception was held last week to mark this milestone, hosted by Merrill Lynch.Google, one of the largest internet businesses in the world, joins companies and organisations such as Barclay's, IBM, the Royal Navy and Transport for London as members of the programme.

  • London Pride plays host to new Labour Deputy Leader 6

    Ms Harman appeared on stage with Angela Eagle MP.

    3:18 PM — Harriet Harman rounded off the most exceptional month of her political career with a powerful address to London's gay community on Saturday.Speaking in Trafalgar Square to a crowd of tens of thousands of LGBT people and their supporters, the newly-elected Deputy Leader of the Labour Party welcomed the appointment of an openly lesbian MP to a ministerial role and pledged herself to continuing the fight for equality.

  • Gay artists perform in memory of Diana

    A 63,000-strong crowd joined in the bittersweet celebration of the late princess' life, despite the rain.

    1:21 PM — Gay performers Elton John and Will Young were joined by Duran Duran, Rod Stewart, Supertramp to pay tribute to the people's Princess in Wembley Stadium yesterday, on what would have been Diana, Princess of Wales' 46th birthday.The concert concluded with Princes William and Harry paying an emotional tribute to their mother, who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.A 63,000-strong crowd joined in the bittersweet celebration of the late princess' life, despite the rain.

  • NHS offers quitting advice as smoking ban starts

    The NHS estimate that 12,000 gay men die from smoking related diseases every year, much more than die from HIV/AIDS.

    12:57 PM — England became the last part of the UK to ban smoking in all enclosed public places and workplaces in the UK yesterday.The NHS Smoking Helpline is calling on gay and bisexual men to stub out their cigarettes after a survey revealed that their habit is well above the national average.A study carried out amongst gay and bisexual men for the NHS Smoking Helpline has found that 41 per cent of gay and bisexual men are smokers.

  • Two words and a comma would enshrine gay rights 2

    Two Words and a Comma is supported by an advertising campaign.

    12:40 PM — Human rights activists in Bermuda have launched a campaign to add sexual orientation as a protected grounds of discrimination under the country's Human Rights Act.They want to insert an amendment to the Act, which advocates say amounts to not much more than two words and a comma.A group describing themselves as 'concerned citizens' has now launched a campaign to include sexual orientation in the legislation.

  • Swedes accuse Finnish army of ‘anti-gay bias’

    The President of HOF told Swedish radio he wants the Swedish Defence Minister Mikael Odenberg to raise the issue of “discriminatory and insulting behaviour“ with the Finns.

    12:08 PM — A gay rights organisation has accused the Finnish Defence Forces of acting in a discrimatory and insulting way towards Swedish gay soldiers.HOF, which promotes the rights of gays, bisexuals, and transsexuals in the Swedish military, says that the attitude of the Finns makes it difficult for LGBT soldiers to take part in joint operations.Sweden still practices conscription and there has been debate in the country over the rights of gay people in the military.

  • Jodie Foster donates record amount to gay helpline

    Jodie Foster has kicked off the fundraising campaign with a major gift, the largest in the organisation's history.  photo: alan light@flickr.com

    11:15 AM — Academy Award-winning actress Jodie Foster has made a major donation to America's only round-the-clock suicide prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth.The Trevor Project, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organisation, recently launched a major fundraising campaign to fund two call centres that will take crisis calls made to The Trevor Helpline.The goal of the campaign, which is the largest in the organisation's history, is to raise $1,000,000 (£500,000) in multi-year gifts.

  • Australia urged to stop gay discrimination

    HRW has written to Prime Minister John Howard and opposition leader Kevin Rudd asking him to take action on the HREOC report.

    11:15 AM — New York based advocacy group Human Rights Watch have urged the Australian government to amend legal provisions that exclude same-sex partners from the definition of 'spouse.'HRC also called for an end all discrimination against lesbian and gay people's children and families.Australia's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission report was presented to the federal parliament listing the 58 laws that need to be changed to grant gay, bisexual and lesbian Australians equal rights.

  • Spanish sun shines on Europride

    The next Europride will be held in Stockholm in August 4th 2008.

    10:43 AM — As London Pride was being battered by torrential rain, our luckier Continental cousins were basking in the sunshine of Madrid summer's day as they took to the streets to celebrate Europride.Nearly fifty floats, one of them from Manchester, paraded through the streets of the Spanish capital accompanied by an estimated two million revellers. The parade was followed by a free concert.

  • Concern over deadly strain of syhpilis in gay men

    Although syphilis is treatable with antibiotics, this form can be deadly leading to blindness, and possible stroke.

    10:19 AM — Over the past few years health officials have detected a serious strain of the sexually transmitted bacterial disease syphilis in gay and bisexual US men infected with the AIDS virus.The strain had been all but wiped out decades ago, but the US Centre for Disease Control is indicating that gay and bisexual men are the primary cause of the rebirth of syphilis in the past few years.Symptomatic early neurosyphilis is a rare manifestation of syphilis that usually occurs within the first 12 months of infection.

  • 1st July 2007

    Gay police to don rubber gear 2

    The 'Pink in Blue' are set to wear leather and rubber gear

    5:10 PM — Amsterdam's special homosexual police unit is set to don frocks, leather and rubber gear in the fight against homophobic attacks, it has been revealed.Lesbian officers will be sent undercover to infiltrate anti-gay gangs and gay activists are calling for judges to ban known gay-bashers from gay areas and pick-up spots.The plans are part of a concerted effort by the authorities to retain Amsterdam's image as the gay capital of the world following a spate of homophobic attacks and widespread concern in the gay community of increased violence.

  • “Lady boy” war erupts in Thailand – two arrested 1

    Lady boys on Thailand Streets (un-related to this story) (photo by burgermac)

    5:10 PM — Scores of teenage "lady boys"and male prostitutes have been involved in a three day "gay war" on the Thailand resort of Pattaya.The resort is popular with British tourists where teenage rent boys and so transvestite "lady boys" are available for as little as £12. Although prostitution is illegal, police are often paid to turn a blind eye to the prostitution.It's understood that police arrested two young men.

  • Michael Clayton

    5:10 PM — This latest outing from George Clooney is another of the character pieces in which he is beginning to specialise - a close study of one flawed man up against overwhelming odds.After taking on similar parts in the likes of Syriana and The Good German, and having directed films revolving around the same basic concept in Good Night and Good Luck and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, it seems that this is becoming Clooney's personal trademark.

  • Mrs Ratcliffe’s Revolution

    5:10 PM — Catherine Tate is a bizarre phenomenon. Her rise over the last few years has been so rapid that the expression "meteoric" seems to have been made for it.She's now a big enough name that pretty much everyone in Britain has surely heard of her, but for those who haven't watched her BBC2 comedy sketch series, modestly entitled The Catherine Tate Show, the precise nature of her talents seems a little vague.

  • Death Proof

    5:10 PM — Sometimes even the biggest names in cinema can get it wrong. When uber-producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein - the chaps responsible for such mega-hits as Sin City, Chicago, Cold Mountain, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill - decided to team up with best buddy directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez to create the ultimate cool, experimental cult movie, few would have predicted an impending commercial disaster. Though Rodriguez and Tarantino may not be to everyone's taste, they each have a vast and loyal fanbase - a smash hit seemed all but inevitable.

  • A Mighty Heart

    5:10 PM — Six years after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, Hollywood has begun to gear up to critical approaches to the War on Terror. In the last couple of years we've had the sentimental looks at the attacks themselves in World Trade Center and United 93; now A Mighty Heart takes us into the aftermath, and the impact of America's swift response. Over the next 12 months will come a glut of films looking at life in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the machinations behind the scenes in the world's latest war.

  • 3:10 to Yuma

    5:10 PM — Back in the 1950s, it was practically impossible to go to the cinema without being confronted with posters for movies about men in wide-brimmed hats with six-shooters at their waists.Where today it's science fiction and superheroes dominating the box office, with every other film seeming to have some kind of fantastical computer-generated special effect or other, in the fifties it was the Western that was king.

  • Atonement

    5:10 PM — For the last three decades, Ian McEwan has been at the forefront of the British literary scene - a multiple prize-winner and author of innumerable critically-lauded books that have seen him inducted into the Royal Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and even given a knighthood.His very first collection of short stories won the Somerset Maugham Prize back in 1976, and considering Maugham's long association with Hollywood it is perhaps only fitting that McEwan's Booker Prize-shortlisted 2001 novel Atonement should now receive the movie treatment.

  • Run, Fat Boy, Run 1

    5:10 PM — Americans seem to have had a long, special kind of reverence for the British sense of humour. Be it the slapstick Vaudeville antics of London boy Charlie Chaplin, the surreal sketches of Monty Python, or the more recent Stateside superstardom of Sacha Baron Cohen and Ricky Gervais, when America takes to British humour, it takes to it big time.Little wonder, then, that after the insane successes of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Simon Pegg is now considered a hot comedy property with serious potential to make it big in the US.

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