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September 2007

  • 23rd September 2007

    Travel: Finca el Cerrillo

    Finca el Cerrillo

    12:02 PM — When is a hotel not a hotel? When it is the Finca el Cerrillo - one of the best kept secrets of southern SpainOwned by the aptly named Gordon and Sue Kind, the now restored 200-year-old farmhouse that serves as one of Andalucia's best kept secrets was used as an olive mill from 1805 until 1960. It sounds like a cliché calling this place a home from home - but the number of visitors who return are testament to the welcome this fascinating property offers its guests.

  • Travel: Fly-drive to Transylvania and beyond 1

    Brasov, Transylvania - medieval charm and vampire myths

    12:02 PM — Note- Although homosexuality is legal in Romania, public displays of gay relationships are frowned upon and in some instances can be illegal. Homosexuality is however tolerated in areas popular with Western tourists.When you think of fly-drive holidays, the US probably springs to mind. A fly-drive holiday to Romania, including the region of Transylvania, offers something a little different and in many ways more magical than anything Mickey Mouse can offer.

  • Travel: The architectural wonders of Europe

    The majestic Parthenon is Greece's most famous temple

    12:02 PM — Europe's great ruins and cities are mighty testament to the ancient and modern world. These are cities of legendary proportions, each with its unique charm, history and works of classical and modern art. Europe is on your doorstep: take a journey through its wondrous history.Here we take a tour of the best picks for a short break.

  • Archbishop of Canterbury: Homosexuality is not a disease 6

    Rowan Williams: “I do not assume that homosexual inclination is a disease“

    12:02 PM — "I do not assume that homosexual inclination is a disease," the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, told bishops of the American branch of the Anglican Communion.He warned that "violence against gay and lesbian people is inexcusable," adding: "Gay and lesbian people have a place in the Church as do all the baptised."

  • 22nd September 2007

    Councillor guilty of paedophile slurs against opponent 130

    Ms Grell was found guilty of two charges of “making a false statement of fact about Mr Smith's personal character or conduct,“ contrary to election law.

    1:15 PM — A Labour party councillor has been barred from public office for three years and fined £1000 for making false allegations of paedophilia against her gay opponent.Miranda Grell, who works as a researcher for London's Deputy Mayor Nicky Gavron, wept as District Judge John Woollard passed sentence.Ms Grell, 29, was also ordered to pay £3000 towards prosecution costs.

  • 21st September 2007

    Costa Rica considers law to prevent gay adoption 1

    The proposed amendment to Costa Rica's Family Code was agreed by all 57 elected members of the Legislative Assembly.

    5:50 PM — A bill has reached the first stages of becoming law in the central American country of Costa Rica that would prevent gays, lesbians and bisexuals from adopting children.The proposed amendment to Costa Rica's Family Code, the law regarding marriage, divorce, paternity and adoption, was agreed by all 57 elected members of the Legislative Assembly.The bill bans adoption by individuals or gay and lesbian couples. It will now be debated.

  • Trans bus driver’s appeal dismissed

    The court ruled that transsexuals are not included in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

    4:50 PM — A transsexual bus driver who was fired for using the women's toilets had her appeal dismissed by a federal appeals court in Denver last week.In 2002, in preparation for gender reassignment surgery, Krystal Etsitty was taking hormone therapy and living as a woman.She had officially changed her birth name Michael to Krystal and had changed this detail on her driver's licence.

  • Nominees for Stonewall politics award “honoured” 52

    Two Cabinet ministers, a member of the Scottish Parliament, a Tory frontbench spokesperson, a junior Treasury minister and the only openly gay peer in the House of Lords are in contention for the coveted Politician of the Year award.

    4:40 PM — Senior politicians from across the political divide have spoken to PinkNews.co.uk about their nominations for a Stonewall Award.Two Cabinet ministers, a member of the Scottish Parliament, a Tory frontbench spokesperson, a junior Treasury minister and the only openly gay peer in the House of Lords are in contention for the coveted Politician of the Year award.Alan Johnson, the Secretary of State for Health, was instrumental in getting the Sexual Orientation Regulations onto the statute books.

  • Clary returns to the West End

    Julian started his stand-up career as The Joan Collins Fanclub in the 1980s.

    3:23 PM — Julian Clary will be replacing James Dreyfus to play the role of Emcee in The Lyric Theatre's production of Cabaret.The comedian, TV presenter, actor and novelist is joining the cast of the hit musical from 2 October, returning to the West End after a successful run as Leigh Bowery in Boy George's musical Taboo in 2002.Directed by Rufus Norris, the production celebrates its first year on 10 October. Julian is one of several cast changes.

  • British teams fly the flag at gay World Cup

    The tournament at Buenos Aires' Sarmiento Park, hosted by the Argentina Soccer Association, kicks off with a ceremony at Amerika disco on Sunday 23 September.

    1:35 PM — This weekend four British football clubs will head to the 2007 International Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Soccer Championship in Argentina.It is the first time Latin American country has hosted the event.British teams Stonewall FC and Village Manchester will play in the competitive league while the two London rivals, Leftfooters and London Titans, will compete in the recreational division.

  • COMMENT: George Michael can’t shrug off HIV 5

    The man runs from himself and turns his back on everything he stands for when he refuses to get tested for HIV.

    1:25 PM — It can be argued that George Michael's recent decision to pull his interview from the upcoming BBC programme Stephen Fry: HIV and Me is justified because it's such a personal issue.However, to discover that he does not believe in HIV tests and finds waiting for results too harrowing is pathetic and cowardly.Someone who is a role model, idol and influencer for so many, hiding from an infection which eventually led to the death of his former partner, Anselmo Feleppa, through an AIDS-related illness, is ignorant.

  • Politicians welcome homophobic bullying guidance 9

    Michael Gove, Conservative Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Young People and Families committed his party to helping the government beat bullying.

    1:15 PM — The three main political parties in the UK have welcomed today's publication by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) of groundbreaking new guidance for teachers on homophobic bullying in schools.The pioneering guidance, commissioned from gay equality organisation Stonewall by the DCSF, provides school governors, heads, teachers and other staff with practical information about how to prevent and respond to homophobic bullying.

  • George Michael AIDS story “stimulates debate.” 5

    The controversy was discussed on Channel 5 programme The Wright Stuff this morning and has been reported across the world.

    1:02 PM — Singer George Michael's decision to withdraw his interview from Stephen Fry's BBC programme HIV and Me has stimulated public debate on HIV testing, says the National Aids Trust.The pop star was asked about his personal experiences relating to HIV. George commented that he does not do tests and hasn't had one since 2004 because he fears the results.The controversy was discussed on Channel 5 programme The Wright Stuff this morning and has been reported across the world.

  • TURING: Dating the 21st century way 1

    Discerning readers who have by now become impatient with this column might consider what the point of it all is.

    1:01 PM — Despite its past and its popularity, cruising sites like Gaydar have outrun their usefulness—and probably do more harm than goodIn many ways, Gaydar is a maverick among the so-called dating websites for men in Britain — gay, straight, bisexual and everything in between — and to a limited extent in a few other European countries, Australia and North America.Indeed, at one time in the not-so-remote past, Gaydar was the third most popular site in Britain after Google and the BBC.

  • Guidance on gay bullying issued to schools 8

    A survey of more than 1,100 young people found that only 23% of all UK schools explicitly condemn homophobic bullying.

    11:50 AM — The Department for Children, Families and Schools has issued guidance to schools in England and Wales on how to tackle homophobic bullying.The new guidance from the government gives teachers, head teachers, school governors and support staff practical advice on how to recognise, prevent and respond to homophobic language and physical abuse.It follows on from Stonewall's wide-ranging study into homophobic bullying published in June this year, entitled "The School Report."

  • Brian Paddick was an undercover Lib Dem 1

    Mr Paddick was the UK's most senior out gay policeman until his retirement in May this year.

    11:45 AM — Mayor of London candidate Brian Paddick has revealed he has always been a Liberal Democrat at heart, even in his former role as Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.Mr Paddick, who spoke a conference event in Brighton yesterday said:"Yes, I've been an undercover Liberal Democrat."Under that blue uniform there was a gold one. I'll leave that to your imagination."

  • Postcards to US Congress ask for workplace protection

    The Employment Non Discrimination Act was introduced in the House by a bipartisan group of legislators.

    11:15 AM — On Monday the national staff of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) will hand-deliver more than 12,000 pro-equality postcards from constituents across the country to both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.The individually written cards were collected from 40 states across the country as part of PFLAG's campaign, "People Don't Get Fired for Being Straight" to support the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

  • Gay marriage activists picket Schwarzenegger’s star 3

    Although Schwarzenegger has yet to take an official stance on the bill, he has suggested on numerous occasions that he will not sign it.

    10:45 AM — Chanting, "Sign AB 43, equal rights for you and me," more than 200 activists marched to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, where they left pens and urged him to sign legislation ending discrimination against gay and lesbian couples who wish to marry their partners.The California legislature has again passed a bill (AB 43) that would give the state's gay and lesbian couples the right to marry, but all signs point to the governor, who is set to get the legislation this week, vetoing it, just as he did a similar bill in 2005.

  • COMMENT: Schools must clamp down on homophobic bullying 8

    “Schools have a clear, legal duty to establish measures to prevent all forms of bullying, including homophobic bullying. “

    10:44 AM — Today is a watershed moment for education, as we unveil new guidance that will give schools detailed practical advice on how to deal with homophobic bullying for the first time.This is something teachers have frequently called for and will help schools get to grips with an issue that has blighted too many young people's lives.Every pupil in our schools has the right to be protected from bullying.

  • The Puppini Sisters join the Supper Club

    The supper guests are chauffeur driven to an exclusive Café de Paris after-dinner party for drinks, dancing and swing covers from the singing trio.

    10:09 AM — This year the Terrence Higgins Trust Supper Club will be entertained by the fabulous The Puppini Sisters.The stylish fundraiser, in association with glam brand Kiehl's, takes place on Tuesday 6 November. 50 different dinner parties will be held simultaneously in fabulous locations around London.The supper guests are then chauffeur driven to an exclusive Café de Paris after-dinner party for drinks, dancing and swing covers from the singing trio.

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