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October 2007

  • 9th October 2007

    York to host lesbian festival

    On Sunday, from 12noon until 1.30pm, York City Centre will rock to the sound of lesbian performers at the outdoor Street Concert.

    11:35 AM — The biggest Lesbian Arts Festival in the country will be taking place in the city of York later this month. There are a range of events, some open to everyone, others women-only.On Saturday 27th October a Book Festival will be held at York Racecourse.The event and be packed with talented and inspiring authors and artists from the UK and USA.

  • Lesbian daughter helped Mrs Cheney “evolve”

    Vice President Cheney takes the oath of office, watched by Mrs Cheney and their daughter Mary.

    10:59 AM — Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick Cheney, busy promoting her forthcoming memoir, Blue Skies, No Fences, opened up about her experience as the parent of a gay child this weekend during an interview with CBS' Sunday Morning correspondent Rita Braver.In the book, which Cheney describes as "a celebration of the joys of growing up in the West in the '40s and '50s," the "Second Lady" acknowledges that while the times were good for straight, white kids, they weren't always so good for African American and gay kids.

  • The gay sporting genius airbrushed from the history books 1

    History is not always pretty, but it is through history that we can learn to build a better future.

    10:50 AM — Although the world of professional openly gay athletes continues to grow, there was a time when you could name them all on one hand.NFL star David Kopay is largely considered the first gay athlete to come out of the closet and is credited with changing the way gay athletes are viewed, but as early as the 1920s tennis legend Bill Tilden had put his mark on gay sports history.He won three Wimbledon titles, seven US open Championships and leading the US Davis Cup team to 7 victories.

  • 8th October 2007

    Government approves incitement to gay hate law 101

    Gay rights advocates had been lobbying for a homophobic incitement law for more than six months.

    7:30 PM — The Justice Secretary has announced that a new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation will be introduced in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill.Jack Straw added that he would consider similar protections for trans and disabled people.The House of Commons met today for the first time since July to hear a statement from the Prime Minister on Iraq and to give the bill its second reading.

  • Nick Boles selected to fight Thatcher seat 1

    Mr Boles said that he had made a short statement to party activists, during which he mentioned that he is gay.

    4:40 PM — A prominent gay politician has been selected to fight the constituency of Grantham and Stamford for the Conservatives at the next election.Nick Boles, who was a frontrunner to be his party's candidate for Mayor of London until he withdrew from the race after being diagnosed with a form of cancer, came within 500 votes of winning Hove in the 2005 election.The seat has particular importance for Tories. Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was born and raised in Grantham.

  • Top prize for lesbian coming of age film

    The film is the story of Alike (Adepero Oduye), a 17-year old girl struggling to find her sexual identity.

    4:05 PM — A drama about a teenage African-American lesbian has won a £25,000 award.Pariah was directed by Dee Rees, an American director who originally wrote it as a semi-autobiographical feature-length piece.The movie already made a stir on the American short film circuit as well as winning the best narrative short award at the Newfest film festival in New York.

  • Haggard rent boy claims Senator was client 1

    The long-serving Senator from Idaho has been at the centre of a scandal surrounding his behaviour in a public toilet.

    3:26 PM — The male prostitute who brought the career of homophobic preacher Ted Haggard to an end by revealing they had a sexual relationship has now made sensational claims about a US Senator embroiled in a cruising scandal.Haggard resigned last year as president of the National Association of Evangelicals after Mike Jones alleged the preacher paid him over a three-year period for sex and sometimes took crystal meth (methamphetamine) during the encounters.

  • Kyrgyzstan lesbian community print information brochure 2

    Kyrgyzstan is a former Soviet republic of more than five million people.

    2:45 PM — A social organisation for lesbian, trans and bisexual people in the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan has taken its first steps toward wider acceptance by publishing a brochure about homosexuality.Representatives of Labris told a press conference in the capital Bishkek that Homosexuality: A Kyrgyzstan Reality has an initial print run of 1,000 copies, half of them in Russian and the other 500 in Kyrgyz.The group has more than 100 members and provides legal and emotional advice, information and support to lesbian, bisexual and trans Kyrgyzstanis.

  • Swedish politicians unite to support gay marriage 1

    Opinion polls show that 46% of Swedes are in favour of gay marriage, with 31% opposed.

    12:58 PM — The three opposition parties in Sweden have joined forces to put a proposal before the country's parliament to legalise gay marriage.Given the governing coalition's slim majority, only four MPs would need to vote in favour of the opposition motion for it to pass.The Green party, Left party and Social Democrats' motion, if passed, would make Sweden the fouth country in Europe to legalise gay marriage after Holland, Spain and Belgium.

  • Revellers defy rain to party at Joburg Pride

    Vibrant displays of the gay rainbow colours were evident on numerous floats as participants walked the circular seven kilometre route.

    12:30 PM — An estimated five thousand gays and lesbians - and their friends and families - turned out for the 18th Annual Joburg Pride Parade in Rosebank, Johannesburg, on Saturday, despite some inclement weather."We're amazed and humbled at the support that our community has shown towards the new Pride organisers," said Tracey Sandilands, Chairperson of the Joburg Gay Pride Festival Company."The fact that thousands braved the rain and cold to assert the importance of Pride shows that the event remains entirely relevant."

  • LGBT activists concern over homophobic Patriarch

    The UK delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe was led by former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.

    12:15 PM — The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) has added its voice of protest to the comments made by a Russian religious leader at last week's meeting of the Council of Europe.Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II had called homosexuality an "illness" and attacked what he called "homosexual propaganda" influencing young people during an address to the council's parliamentary assembly.The patriarch was there as part of council's regular debates with political and religious leaders.

  • English bishop threatens conference boycott over gays 30

    Michael Nazir-Ali, who is an evangelical Christian, has said he would “find it difficult“ to attend the conference.

    11:36 AM — The Church of England's war of words over the ordination of a gay bishop has been reignited by the Bishop of Rochester, who has indicated he may boycott a meeting of senior Anglican leaders next year.The Lambeth conference, held every ten years, has been a focus of discontent from traditionalists angry over the Church's stance over gay clergy and the blessing of same-sex relationships.Conservative bishop Michael Nazir-Ali has said he would "find it difficult" to attend the conference.

  • State grants right to silence for gay partners in court

    The change from “de facto spouse“ to “de facto partner“ is intended to be gender neutral, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

    11:31 AM — Another small victory for LGBT equality in Australia has been won with the announcement that same-sex partners in the state of New South Wales will have the right to decline to give evidence against their partner in court.The change from "de facto spouse" to "de facto partner" is intended to be gender neutral, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.A spokesman for the NSW Premier pointed out that the Commonwealth, or federal government, still refuses to recognise same-sex couples in this way.

  • Christians object to proposed homophobic incitement law 100

    The Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill gets its second reading this afternoon as Parliament reconvenes after its long summer break.

    10:54 AM — Fundamentalist religious groups are claiming their members could face seven years in jail for expressing their views about homosexuality under proposed new legislation.The Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill gets its second reading this afternoon as Parliament reconvenes after its long summer break.Gay rights activists are hopeful that the bill will introduce a new offence of incitement to hatred based on sexual orientation.

  • Newcastle plans Pride 2008 3

    Northern Pride will be launched in July 2008 and aims to attract 3,000 people from the region and beyond by offering a wide-range of entertainment.

    10:12 AM — An annual celebration of the North East's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities is being planned.Northern Pride will be launched in July 2008 and aims to attract 3,000 people from the region and beyond by offering a wide-range of entertainment.Run by a team of LGBT volunteers from the North East, organisers hope it will grow to become a mainstay of the region's cultural calendar in the same way as other Pride events in Manchester and Brighton.

  • 7th October 2007

    United Nations hosts LGBT rights panel

    Last year 54 states called for the UN Human Rights Council to act against egregious violations of the rights of LGBT people.

    11:49 AM — The United Nations is hosting a panel discussion today to explore discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.The event, which will bring together non-governmental organisations, UN representatives and state delegates, is an initiative co-sponsored by Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.It will be addressed by Mary Robinson, the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

  • 6th October 2007

    Gay Republican adverts “out” Presidential candidate 1

    On the surface, the advertisement appears to be a deceptively positive commercial in support of Romney, the former Governor of Massachusetts.

    11:20 PM — Gay Republicans have launched a new television ad campaign to 'out' US Presidential candidate Mitt Romney on issues such as abortion rights and gun control.The 30-second advertisement will run nationally on Fox News Channel, with a focus on reaching Iowa voters.Romney called the ad from the Log Cabin Republicans a "personal, negative attack" and accused the group of showing their favouritism for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani by airing the ad.

  • Two gay venues face closure in Birmingham 5

    Both venues are popular both within the gay and the straight community

    11:20 PM — Two of Birmingham's most popular gay venues face closure after what the owners' claim is "targeting" by property developers and the police.Cosby Homes, a development company has complained to the local council that the Nightingale, the biggest gay club in the area, emits too much noise and holds "unauthorised adult entertainment." The complaint comes six months after they were turned down to develop 162 flats on land close to the venue. Crosby Homes are appealing the rejection.

  • Gordon Brown rules out early election 2

    Gordon Brown partied at the gay rights disco last month

    5:41 PM — The Prime Minister, Gordon Brown's official spokesman has ruled out an early election that had been hyped by Labour ministers and the Prime Minister's officials.A spokesman for Mr Brown said: "I can now confirm that the prime minister has said there will be no autumn poll."The Prime Minister has this weekend pored over private and media polls that have shown that Labour's lead over the opposition Conservative Party has narrowed.

  • Colombian court rules in favour of equal rights for gay couples

    President Uribe supports changes in rights for gay couples

    1:50 PM — Gay couples in the deeply Conservative Catholic country of Colombia have won equal social security rights following a Constitutional Court ruling.In June, Colombia's conservative President Alvaro Uribe gave his backing to the country becoming the first in Latin America to nationally give gay couples full rights to health insurance, inheritance and benefits. This followed a bill passing through the country's Congress.

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