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August 2007

  • 15th August 2007

    PinkNews.co.uk re-launches daily newsletter

    In September PinkNews.co.uk will be launching a new dedicated jobs website.

    4:41 PM — Readers of PinkNews.co.uk can now sign up for a new, improved newsletter service.Due to the large number of subscribers, the old system had become erratic and at times failed to deliver our lunchtime round-up of popular stories to everyone who wanted one.Now, thanks to investment in a new system, all readers who sign up to the newsletter should receive an email update every weekday lunchtime.

  • Stonewall Awards to be held at VA 52

    The chosen Community Group of the Year will receive a cheque for five thousand pounds to support its work.

    3:00 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has announced that its second annual awards ceremony will be held on November 1st at the Victoria Albert Museum in London.They will be presented by Doctor Who and Any Dream Will Do star John Barrowman, who won Entertainer of the Year at last year's ceremony.The Stonewall Awards are sponsored by Barclays.

  • Gay.com founder launches gay advertising network

    68% of gay web users are between the ages of 18 and 34 and are generally better educated, highly paid and have more discretionary income than average Americans.

    1:25 PM — A leading gay entreprenuer has joined forces with many of America's leading internet and regional LGBT titles to create a new online ad network.Gay Ad Network was founded by Mark Elderkin, a 13-year industry veteran and pioneer in developing gay online advertising and subscription-based businesses.As president of PlanetOut, Inc. he was responsible for global advertising sales, online editorial and business partnerships.

  • Comment: Despite the fanfare, freedom still eludes gay Indians 57

    Technically, it is still not illegal if someone were to arrest me just for being gay.

    12:55 PM — As India celebrates the 60th anniversary of its independence from Britain, Balaji Ravichandran explains why he feels neither free nor independent. The celebrations started well before I arrived in India six weeks ago.From the moment I switched on the television at home the advertisements, programmes and notices, often painfully jingoistic in their self-congratulation, have constantly greeted me with their patriotic screams.

  • Circumcision “ineffective” as HIV prevention in gay men 1

    Two contrasting studies examining this issue were presented at last month's International AIDS Society Conference.

    11:43 AM — With male circumcision showing effectiveness in reducing female-to-male HIV transmission among African heterosexual men, some are questioning whether the tool might also be effective in other populations affected by HIV, including gay men and other groups of men who have sex with men (MSM).Two contrasting studies examining this issue were presented at last month's International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in Sydney.

  • Gay Soprano’s new ad upsets gay activists

    The Sopranos has authorised his name to be used on a pool stick branded with the phrase “A Cue to Die For.

    11:30 AM — The character of Vito Spatafore was groundbreaking - a gay gangster in the world of the ultra-violent Sopranos television drama.Of course, his was not a Queer as Folk story arc of self-discovery and slow acceptance.After successfully hiding his sexuality for over 40 episodes, the mob finally clicked that Vito was gay.

  • Swedish Christians attack gay Jesus exhibition 19

    The 12 photographs show Jesus among trans people, people with AIDS and men in leather.  photo: copyright Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin.

    11:03 AM — A fight involving as many as 30 people broke out at a photographic exhibition in the Swedish city of Jonkoping.The controversy surrounds the Ecco Homo exhibit, which portrays Jesus Christ as a gay man.Ecco Homo has long been a source of disagreement among Swedish Christians - the series of 12 images was exhibited at the nation's leading cathedral in Uppsala with the permission of the archbishop and toured the country.

  • Soho’s council reaches out to gay community 1

    Westminster council has joined the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme.

    10:39 AM — The City of Westminster council has announced new measures to ensure members of the LGBT community in the London borough are properly catered for.The council will undertake a period of consultation over the remainder of the summer, before producing a new engagement strategy in December 2007. This will include priorities for action, identified by the communities themselves.As part of this initiative, the council has also joined the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme and will also be assessed in 2008.

  • Thai government considers new trans rights

    A new proposal would allow transgender men or women to choose how they are addressed.

    10:25 AM — Thailand, one of the world's most tolerant countries towards transvestites and transsexuals, may soon allow people who have had a sex change to officially alter their title.A proposal which would allow transgender men or women to choose how they are addressed is being considered by the country's National Legislative Assembly, to support an anti-discrimination provision in the draft constitution, according to AP.Thailand is widely tolerant but many trans people face family pressure, social prejudice and domestic violence.

  • 14th August 2007

    Polish coalition government dismantled as elections loom

    In August 2006, when quizzed by the EU over his gay rights record, Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski said he was not a homophobe.

    5:50 PM — Polish President Lech Kaczynski on Monday signalled the formal end of his twin brother's shaky coalition by firing four ministers from two junior parties and replacing them with ruling party loyalists.In a televised ceremony, Kaczynski appointed replacements from within the conservative camp steered by his brother, Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski's Law and Justice (PiS) party.Monday's move marked a key penultimate step towards snap elections, which the Kaczynskis and Poland's liberal opposition have agreed are likely to take place on October 21st.

  • Kenyan bishop to consecrate dissident Americans 1

    Archbishop Nzimbi told Reuters that he was not breaking church rules.

    5:16 PM — In a further sign of the deterioration of the Anglican communion, Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi will consecrate two American clergy as assistant bishops in his province of Kenya at the end of the month.The crisis in the Anglican church worldwide over gay issues began in 2003 with the ordination in New Hampshire of the first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson.Evengelical and conservative American Anglicans have rejected the authority of gay-friendly bishops in their country and are seeking religous leadership from a range of African leaders.

  • Corporate benefits of gay-friendly marketing

    Survey participants were solicited through over 75 widely distributed internet and print publications.

    4:50 PM — A survey conducted by an American marketing company has revealed new information about the spending patterns of gay and lesbian consumers in the US.85% of both gay men and lesbians said that advertising in gay media favourably influences their decision to purchase products or do business with a company.The survey, the largest of its type ever, includes psychographic and demographic information based on a America-wide survey of more than 12,000 gay men and more than 10,000 lesbians.

  • Tories protest homophobic group’s use of London landmark 5

    Hizb ut-Tahrir has been especially active on college campuses in London and Manchester in recent years.

    2:50 PM — A controversial Islamic group accused of being anti-Semitic hate mongers and condoning the murder of gay people recently held a conference at Alexandra Palace in north London, to the disgust of local Conservatives.Thousands of Hizb ut-Tahrir supporters gathered for the conference on how to realise the Khilafah - a global Islamic state.The group has been banned from public activity in countries including Germany on charges of spreading anti-Semitic propaganda.

  • Australian star speaks out against gay marriage ban 2

    Brisbane-born Hayes married Briton Richard Cullen in London last year. photo: www.myspace.com/darrenhayes

    1:20 PM — Singer Darren Hayes has criticised the attitude of Australian Prime Minister John Howard's towards gay marriage after his British 'husband' was forced to fly to Australia on a tourist visa.His comments come as the main opposition leader in Australia, Labour's Kevin Rudd, said he also opposes gay marriage.Brisbane-born Hayes married Briton Richard Cullen in London last year."It makes me angry and frustrated," the former Savage Garden frontman told Australian newspaper the Herald Sun .

  • Gay hate preacher attacks Irish tolerance 6

    Phelps has been invited to speak at University College Dublin next year.

    1:01 PM — The religious extremist who pickets the funerals of American soldiers killed in action has turned his attention to Ireland.Rev Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist church are best known for their "God Hates Fags" campaigns in the United States.He has now launched godhatesireland.com in protest at the introduction of laws in the Republic protecting gay people from harassment.

  • Greens enter debate about 2011 census 5

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) will decide in January 2008 which company has won the contract.

    12:35 PM — The Green Party is petitioning the government not to allow the 2011 census to be run by an American arms manufacturer.Lockheed Martin, which produces missiles and land mines used in Afghanistan and Iraq that are illegal in many countries, is one of two remaining contractors in the selection process.80% of their business is with the US Department of Defence and other Federal Government agencies.

  • Birmingham HIV+ rapist imprisoned

    Judge Peter Ross called their rape a “vile and perverted act“ and said that “mercifully“ their victim has tested negative for the HIV virus.

    12:15 PM — A judge at Birmingham Crown Court has given two men convicted of robbing and then raping their male victim indeterminate sentences.Daniel Myers, 20, of Barry Jackson Tower in Aston, was found guilty alongside Nikos Johnson, 26, of Rawling Street, Ladywood, of one charge of robbery and two of rape.The Birmingham Post reported that during the trial Myers revealed under cross-examination that he is HIV+.

  • GLAAD awards to include gay media

    Events will be held in March, April and May in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and South Florida.

    12:01 PM — Next year, for the first time, the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Media Awards will include LGBT media.At its annual Los Angeles summer cocktail fundraiser yesterday, GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano announced the change in policy and unveiled the four dates and venues for the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards taking place in 2008."With the expansion of cable channels and niche programming, LGBT created and consumed media is more readily available than ever before," Mr Giuliano said.

  • Increase in eating disorders among men 3

    Bulimia is a psychological disorder which results in the reoccurrence of binge eating followed by deliberate purging. photo: lazy lightning@flickr.com

    11:39 AM — New research from the Department of Health has found that over the past three years there has been a 90% increase in the number of men reported with eating disorders.Over the same time, there was a 25% increase amongst women. There are now thought to be at least 1.1 million people in the UK who are affected by an eating disorder.People in the age group of 14-25 are most likely to develop this type of illness.

  • Scientists study gay brothers in search for cause of homosexuality 1

    Scientists are largely in agreement that sexual orientation is at least partially determined by biology.

    11:30 AM — Scientists investigating a genetic basis for homosexuality will be recruiting more pairs of gay brothers in Chicago this weekend.The Molecular Genetic Study of Sexual Orientation is the most extensive study of its kind.It was embarked upon by a team of researchers from Chicago universities four years ago. Researchers hope that by gathering DNA samples from 1,000 sets of gay brothers they will be able to find genetic linkages smaller studies failed to detect.

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