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19 October 2007

  • 19th October 2007

    Clegg launches bid for Lib Dem leadership

    Lib Dem members will be sent ballot papers on November 21st, and they must be returned by 15th December.

    6:10 PM — Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg has become the second candidate for the leadership of the Liberal Democrat party."We cannot go on testing the patience of the British people," he told an audience in his constituency at the launch of his campaign."We must come together now and make a long-term commitment to British Liberalism. We must step up or risk falling back for good."Former party leader Lord Paddy Ashdown is supporting Mr Clegg's candidacy.

  • Istanbul LGBT group trial to resume in January 5

    Government officials have made similar legal moves to shut down other lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender organisations in Turkey.

    4:51 PM — Efforts by Turkish officials to close one of the country's leading LGBT organisations will have to wait until next year as a judge has ordered that legal experts compile a report.A department of the Istanbul Governor's office responsible for non-governmental organisations alleges that the group, Lambda Istanbul, violates Turkish laws on morality.They claim that Lambda breaches both the Penal Code and Article 41 of the Turkish constitution.

  • ITV to pay back millions from phone competitions

    ITV has announced £7.8m is available for reimbursements. Any money not reclaimed will be donated to charity.

    4:33 PM — ITV is to reimburse up to eight million voters who took part in phone competitions that they had no chance of winning.Company chairman Michael Grade called the scandal, which took place under former chief executive Charles Allen, "horrible" and "inexcusable."In 2006 Mr Allen was named the UK's 16th most influential gay and lesbian person by The Independent.

  • Policeman fined for homophobic remarks 6

    O'Kane was suspended from work following the incident.

    3:40 PM — A officer from Cleveland Police has been found guilty of making homophobic and racist remarks.At Teesside Magistrates' Court on Wednesday PC Peter O'Kane, of Queens Drive, Billingham was fined £600 and £950 costs after he was convicted of two public order offences, reports the Newcastle Evening Gazette. 25-year-old Mr O'Kane was overheard making the remarks on December 28th while out with a group of friends at the Oak Pub, in Middlesbrough, which has a predominantly gay clientele.

  • Bahamas police accused of harassing gay tourists 8

    Mr Xavier reported the incident to the US embassy and is now preparing to make his request to police.

    1:40 PM — A gay cruise-ship operator is demanding a public apology from the Royal Bahamas Police after they raided a party for LGBT tourists.DaJuan Xavier, Executive Director of Ebony Pyramid Entertainment, called the incident, which happened on Saturday October 6th at the Hard Rock CafĂ© in Nassau, an attempt "to harass, intimidate, and frighten."According to the Nassau Guardian, Mr Xavier reported the incident to the US embassy and is now preparing to make his request to police.

  • Singapore gay rights drive meets opposition 4

    The government has assured the local gay community that it would not actively prosecute them but gay rights advocates say that it is not enough.

    1:20 PM — A group calling itself "The Majority" has set up a website asking the government of Singapore to retain laws outlawing homosexual sex.An online letter to the country's Prime Minister asks him to "do what is right and retain Section 377A for the future of our children and our nation."Laws established during colonial times have held that same-sex relationships could be punishable by fines and jail time.

  • Train crash driver had HIV test

    Slough Coroner's Court heard yesterday from the only witness to the crash, PC Mark Brazier.

    12:55 PM — An inquest into a fatal collision heard how a closeted gay man killed when his car hit a passenger train was "tormented" had taken an HIV test the previous day.Bryan Drysdale, a 48 year old year chef, was inside a Mazda which hit the Paddington to Plymouth train at 100mph near Ufton Nervet, Berkshire, in November 2004.It resulted in seven deaths and 138 injuries, 18 seriously, when the impact turned the carriages of the train and made it slide down an embankment.

  • Landlord prosecuted over homophobic pub sign 2

    New landlord Adrian Taylor, 54, has been fined £500 by magistrates.

    12:29 PM — The landlord of a Wiltshire pub who allowed a homophobic sign to be displayed outside his premises has been found guilty of public order offence at Chippenham Magistrates Court.The pub's former landlords John Williams, 40, and his 26-year-old partner Lee Skaife believed the sign, which read 'faggots and mince not on the menu,' referred to them. They made a formal complaint to police.Mr Williams and Mr Skaife left the Anchor and Hope pub in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, in September 2006 after 15 months at the helm.

  • US study reveals prevalence of gay domestic abuse

    The study found that 32 percent of gay and bisexual men have been abused by their partners.

    12:15 PM — It may not be called spousal abuse because gay marriage is still not considered legal in most US states, but according to a new study in the Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of The New York Academy of Medicine, gay men experience partner abuse at almost the same rate as women in heterosexual relationships.It's a little documented area of abuse, but this new study, which looks at victims of intimate partner violence, found that 32 percent of gay and bisexual men have been abused by their partners.

  • Dancing boys a mark of prestige in Afghanistan 4

    The practice of “bacha baazi“, meaning “boy-play“, is enjoying a resurgence in the North of Afghanistan.

    12:01 PM — Young boys are being sexually abused in Afghanistan in line with a tradition where they are bought by older men to dance at parties.The practice of "bacha baazi", meaning "boy-play", is enjoying a resurgence in the North of Afghanistan where ownership is seen as a status symbol by militia leaders according to Afghan news site, e-Ariana.While condemned by clerics and human rights groups, authorities are doing little to end it.

  • Gay workplace protection law moves forward 21

    87% of the top Fortune 500 companies in the US already provide protection from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

    10:40 AM — A committee of the US House of Representatives yesterday approved the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.The proposed legislation, which covers gay, lesbian and bisexual but not trans people, will now to the floor of the House for a vote next week.The landmark Act was originally designed to protect the American LGBT community from workplace discrimination.

  • Coach found guilty of sexual abuse of 13-year-old pupil

    The girl in question, now 15, told the jury that she felt “threatened“ into having a lesbian relationship with her tennis coach.

    10:15 AM — A former tennis protege turned coach has been convicted of four counts of sexual activity with a child a Liverpool Crown Court.Claire Lyte, 29, from Solihull, is expected to receive a custodial sentence.During her three week trial, the court heard testimony from the mother of a 13-year-old girl, who caught them in bed together in 2005.

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