22nd October 2007
Queer as Folk creator to write new gay drama 4
8:50 PM — Russell T Davies, the creator of Queer as Folk, is developing a new BBC drama series about forty-something gay men, it was confirmed today.Mr Davies is understood to be currently developing script ideas for the as yet unnamed series.A BBC spokeswomen told MediaGuardian that it was "too early" to say which channel might the series would air on or whether it will be produced by an independent production company.
Brazilian senator uses paedophilia to condemn gay rights 1
6:53 PM — A Brazilian politician has caused outrage by comparing homosexuality to paedophilia.Senator Magno Malta made the comment during a speech opposing a proposed new law which will classify homophobia as a criminal offence.Mr Malta said that allowing homosexuals to be openly affectionate in public would be the same as legalising paedophilia.
Suspended Vatican priest has list of gay colleagues 5
4:50 PM — A Roman Catholic Church official suspended after he was identified in a television broadcast supposedly declaring his homosexuality and making advances to a young man has a dossier of gay clergy who work in the Vatican, according to a TV report.Monsignor Tommaso Stenico has a "list of names and circumstances implicating a certain number of priests and even bishops working at the Curia," Italian current affairs show Panorama revealed on Friday.The Curia is the governing body of the Roman Catholic Church.
Comment: Stop deporting gay refugees back to Iran 28
4:31 PM — Detention centres stand as monuments to Britain's attitude to human rights, incarcerating behind razor wire asylum seekers awaiting deportation.They are the last stop for those who have failed to make a successful asylum claim, a key tool in the British governments attempt to "manage migration" and hold an average 25,000 every year.Much of the debate around immigration to the UK focuses on the legitimacy of asylum claims.
Comment: When will she be Dame JK? 2
2:21 PM — The casual yet calculated announcement by Harry Potter author JK Rowling that the character of Albus Dumbledore was gay made headlines around the world.Her books are, as she put it, "a prolonged argument for tolerance," a theme not lost on her millions of gay fans.The character that embodies that tolerance above all others is Dumbledore, the wise and caring headmaster.
Ex-magistrate begins gay adoption appeal 9
1:03 PM — The Christian former magistrate who claimed unfair dismissal after he was told he could not pick and choose which adoption cases to rule on starts his appeal today.In March 62-year-old Andrew McClintock learned that his legal action against the Lord Chancellor, claiming that his Bible-influenced opinions should allow him to be excused from approving gay adoptions, was rejected by an employment tribunal.McClintock says that evidence given in his defence by a right-wing American academic, claiming that gay parents were bad for kids, was not given due consideration by the Sheffield tribunal.
Irish court makes landmark ruling in trans case
12:45 PM — A ruling by Ireland's highest court may lead to a change in the law with regards to the rights of trans people to have a new birth certificate issued.At the High Court in Dublin Mr Justice Liam McKechnie ruled that the failure of the Irish government to provide proper recognition of the female identity of Dr Lydia Foy is a violation of the European Convention of Human Rights.He said that the system of birth registration in Ireland is incompatible with the convention.
Gay activists picket Saudi embassy 9
12:39 PM — Students and members of OutRage! took to the streets of London last week to protest about the treatment of gays in Saudi Arabia.Fifty people picketed the Saudi embassy after it was reported that two men had been sentenced to 7,000 lashes for "sodomy."The London protest was organised by the National Union of Students(NUS) LGBT campaign and supported by OutRage! It came just over a week ahead of the state visit to the UK of the Saudi head of state King Abdullah bin Abdul Azaz al Saud.
A new dawn for Poland as homophobes lose power 1
12:01 PM — Poland will have a new Prime Minister after Jaroslaw Kaczynski and his Law and Justice party conceded defeat to Civic Platform.The League of Polish Families, a junior partner in the former coalition government and the most outspokenly homophobic party, did not meet the 5% threshold and now have no seats in Parliament.While in government League party leader Roman Giertych was deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister.
THT promotes use of post exposure treatment
11:45 AM — HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is re-launching its PEP campaign today, this time urging gay men to "Act Fast" with PEP (post exposure prophylaxsis).PEP is a month long course of HIV treatment that may prevent HIV infection after the virus has entered the body.The faster it is taken after someone has put themselves at risk, the more likely it will work.
Interview: The inside story of gay life in the US Air Force 1
11:41 AM — No sooner did Reichen Lehmkuhl become an overnight symbol of success for the gay community when he and then partner Chip Arndt took home the million dollar prize on The Amazing Race than the tabloids turned on him.The picture of domesticity turned failed gay union, the reality show star turned wannabe actor/beefcake calendar pinup, the front burner romance with boy-bander Lance Bass that crumbled under a they said, Reichen said battle of accusations.
Rights group challenges New York schools over gay students
11:31 AM — In an effort to persuade the Ithaca City School District to abandon its stance that the New York Human Rights Law does not apply to public schools, New York-based Lambda Legal today sent school board members a letter critiquing the board's argument and explaining the potential harm the board's position could cause."The human rights law is the only effective law that expressly addresses anti-gay discrimination in New York schools," Hayley Gorenberg, deputy legal director at Lambda Legal, said in a release. "Attacking it jeopardises LGBT students."
Scouts pay for ban on gays
10:10 AM — The Philadelphia chapter of the Boy Scouts of America is facing a heavy price, in the form of $200,000 (£97,680) in rent per year, for its National Council's stubborn stance against admitting gays.Previously the Boy Scouts of America's Cradle of Liberty Council paid $1 a year to locate its headquarters in a historic, city-owned building.According to reports in the Philadelphia Inquirer, city officials raised the amount charged to the organisation.
21st October 2007
Polish government headed for defeat
10:49 PM — The Polish prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, tonight faces defeat following snap parliamentary elections. Exit polls indicate that the right wing, homophobic Law and Justice (PiS) party looks set to lose power following official declarations likely to be held on Tuesday.Exit polls for the TVN24 news channel indicate that the Civil Platform party (PO) won 44 per cent of the popular vote with the Law and Justice Party taking just 31 per cent.
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20th October 2007
JK Rowling reveals Potter character is gay 6
5:05 AM — Harry Potter author JK Rowling has outed the Headmaster of Hogwarts school.At a fan event in New York, she revealed that Albus Dumbledore is gay. Her shock announcement was greeted by applause and gasps of amazement from her audience.The most successful author of modern times described her seven-book saga as a "prolonged argument for tolerance."
19th October 2007
Clegg launches bid for Lib Dem leadership
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
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
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.