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October 2007

  • 16th October 2007

    EU sex advert’s millions of online hits

    One clip features a sex scene between Gael Garcia Bernal and Fele Martínez from Pedro Almodovar's Bad Education.

    3:14 PM — A short promotional film released by the EU to promote their support for European films has had 4.2 million hits on EUtube, the European Commission's YouTube channel, in less than three months.Entitled Film Lovers Will Love This, The 44-second ad features couples - including gay men and lesbians - having sex.Produced by the European Commission's communications unit, it features short clips from a range of films, including French international hit Amelie, and finishes with the tagline "let's come together."

  • Gay police honour campaigning priest 1

    Rev Kirker urged the GPA to give its full support to a proposed new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.

    2:35 PM — The Gay Police Association has honoured the chief executive of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement.The Reverend Richard Kirker was awarded the Matthew Windibank Memorial Award at the 17th GPA Annual Dinner in Brighton on Saturday.The award recognises those individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the progression of gay equality inside and outside the police service.

  • Schoolboy orchestrated fatal homophobic attack 16

    David Meehan, aged 19, admitted murdering gay council worker James Kerr, while 21-year-old Martin Soutar admitted culpable homicide.

    11:21 AM — Two men have admitted killing a council worker in a homophobic attack in a public park in Scotland.The BBC reported that a 15-year-old boy also pleaded guilty to assaulting 51-year-old James Kerr in the South Inch park in Perth in April this year.All three were originally charged with murder, but changed their pleas at the High Court in Perth. They will be sentenced today.

  • Schwarzenegger blocks marriage, signs other gay-friendly legislation

    Some good news also came out the California Governor's office late last week.

    11:21 AM — California Assemblyman Mark Leno,a San Francisco Democrat, was not happy to hear that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed another gay marriage bill on Friday, once again saying voters and the state Supreme Court, not the legislature, should decide the issue.In a statement released on Friday, Schwarzenegger said Californians "should not be discriminated against based upon their sexual orientation."Schwarzenegger wasn't simply the bearer of bad news for the LGBT community on Friday. Some good news also came out the California Governor's office late last week.

  • DC to host LGBT economic summit

    The LGBT community has long been a driving force in rebuilding many of the District's neighbourhoods.

    10:55 AM — Washington D.C. will host its first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Economic Development Summit later this year, according to Neil O. Albert, the city's deputy mayor for planning and economic development.The goal of the summit, which will take place on November 3rd, will be to ensure that LGBT business leaders and entrepreneurs continue to play an important role in leading the economic and creative development of the city.

  • 15th October 2007

    EXCLUSIVE: Gay MP angry at press treatment of Ming 1

    Stephen William, the MP for Bristol West, who is an out gay man, expressed anger at the way Sir Ming has been treated over his age.

    7:05 PM — Liberal Democrat MPs have been paying tribute to Sir Ming Campbell after it was announced today that he has resigned after one year, seven months and thirteen days as party leader.Stephen Williams, the MP for Bristol West, who is an out gay man, expressed anger at the way Sir Ming has been treated over his age."I am very sad about his resignation. I think he has been treated appallingly by sections of the media," he told PinkNews.co.uk

  • Ming Campbell resigns as Lib Dem leader 1

    An election will be held to replace Sir Ming on December 17th.

    6:35 PM — The leader of the Liberal Democrats has resigned.The party's President Simon Hughes announced this evening that Sir Menzies Campbell is stepping down immediately.He has led the party since March 2006, when long-serving leader and fellow Scot Charles Kennedy resigned over press reports about his alcoholism.

  • Vatican’s quick investigation of priest in gay sex sting 5

    The president of the Disciplinary Commission of the Roman Curia told La Repubblica newspaper that the Vatican wanted a quick “internal clean-up.“

    5:55 PM — A senior Roman Catholic official has said that the Church will conduct immediate investigations into allegations against a priest exposed on Italian TV.Cardinal Julian Herranz, president of the Disciplinary Commission of the Roman Curia, told La Repubblica newspaper that the Vatican wanted a quick "internal clean-up."Monsignor Tommaso Stenico was suspended on Sunday after he was identified in a television broadcast supposedly declaring his homosexuality and making advances to a young man.

  • Taiwanese gays march in Rainbow Power parade

    The Taipei Rainbow Power parade is the largest such event in Asia.

    5:28 PM — A demonstration for LGBT rights in the capital of Taiwan yesterday was attended by thousands of people, many in eye-catching costumes.The Taipei Rainbow Power parade is the largest such event in Asia. Organisers estimate 15,000 people took part in the parade or crowded into the streets to show their support."Showing off the power of the LGBT communities and their supporters is the theme of this year's parade," an event spokesman, who wished to be known as Goffy, told the Taipei Times. 

  • Gay.com parent company sells travel business

    Ms Magee told Dow Jones in July that it would take at least 12 to 24 months to turn PlanetOut around.

    5:11 PM — Restructuring continues at one of America's major gay media companies, with the announcement that PlanetOut its travel business RSVP Vacations to Atlantis Events Inc.PlanetOut CEO Karen Magee announced the sale, which will have no effect on passenger bookings."We are extremely pleased that RSVP will become part of the Atlantis family," said Ms Magee.

  • Are you a poster boy (or girl) for gay rights?

    The International Lesbian and Gay Association of Europe wants volunteers to come forward and be photographed.

    4:40 PM — A leading gay organisation is looking for photogenic types willing to feature in their reports.The International Lesbian and Gay Association of Europe wants volunteers willing to be photographed.ILGA are looking for LGBT single parents with their children, LGBT couples with and without children, and larger family groups including two or more generations with LGBT and other family members, cross-generational couples, pregnant couples and so on.

  • NHS to hold STI testing in gay sauna

    Chariots in Shoreditch is working with the Barts and the London NHS Trust and THT to offer the service on Wednesday evenings.

    4:20 PM — HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust and a London NHS Trust are to offer testing for sexually transmitted infections at a London sauna.Chariots in Shoreditch is working with the Barts and the London NHS Trust and THT to offer the service on Wednesday evenings.The testing is being funded by City and Hackney Primary Care Trust, and it is hoped that the informal setting of a gay sauna will encourage men to take part.

  • Sex abuse letting agents on the run

    A jury unanimously found Palmer guilty of five counts of indecent assault on a male at Plymouth Crown Court.

    3:35 PM — A 50-year-old man has been found guilty of sexually abusing two teenage boys and a man.Alfred John Palmer, a letting agent in Plymouth, was convicted in his absence after absconding.Palmer, formerly of Alcester Street, Stoke, was owner of landlord and letting agency Palmer Co. The court heard that he abused his position, performing "intrusive interviews" which included taking photos of his victims.

  • Muslim leader wants gays exiled from Uganda 5

    The Muslim community, who make up 12% of Uganda's population of 27 million, were quick to add their voices of disapproval.

    2:53 PM — The leading Muslim cleric in Uganda, Sheikh Ramathan Shaban Mubajje, has come up with a novel solution to deal with gay and lesbians speaking up in the country.He told journalists at a press conference on Friday that he had recommended to the country's President at a meeting last week that all gay people should be sent into exile on an island in Lake Victoria."If they die there then we shall have no more homosexuals in the country," he added. There has been rising tension in the country over gay and lesbian rights.

  • Gay man expelled from reality TV show for coming out 1

    GeoBar is similar in format to the UK show Bar Wars.

    1:28 PM — A 20-year-old man has become the first person to come out of the closet on Georgian TV.Pako Tabatadze revealed he is gay during the first episode of popular reality show GeoBar and was promptly shown the door by disapproving producers.Mr Tabatadze was competing with eleven other young people for a prize of 40,000 Lari (£11,900), according to the Civil Georgia website.

  • Christians target Labour in Australian election 13

    Mr Rudd looks certain to sweep Labour into power for the first time since the defeat of Paul Keating eleven years ago.

    12:55 PM — The announcement that a general election will be held in Australia on 24th November has prompted evangelical groups in the country to begin campaigning against gay equality.The Australian Christian Lobby has asked a series of questions of Labour party leader Kevin Rudd, including one on gay rights, which it plans to post online.The pressure group is confident that it can influence the man viewed as almost certain to defeat incumbent John Howard and become Australia's 26th Prime Minister.

  • Bondage death of London man raises legal issues

    Exley's family are now suing LeBlanc's estate for unspecified damages, claiming wrongful death.

    12:45 PM — The death of a man during a bondage session is raising questions about liability resulting from sex play.Adrian Exley's body was found in the woods in Rhode Island last June, two months after he was bound up in the bondage playroom Gary LeBlanc had built in the basement of his Massachusetts home.According to AP, Exley, a 32-year-old stripper from Clapham, had travelled to Boston for a bondage session with LeBlanc after they met on a gay fetish website.

  • Euro Parliament holds equal opportunities conference

    The conference was organised by the European Parliament and the European Commission

    12:45 PM — As part of the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All, a conference was held last week at the European Parliament (EP).The two-day event, organised during the Parliament's so-called October mini-Plenary session, hoped to bring together government officials, NGOs, and the general public to talk about the on-going state of affairs for anti-discrimination.The opening session was presided over by Michael Cashman. One of the very few out gay MEPs, he was recently honoured with an MEP of the Year award for his work on human rights.

  • Canadian Anglicans vote for same-sex blessings 2

    The Ottowa decision will do nothing to heal the rift in the 77 million member Anglican church in North America and rest of the world.

    12:15 PM — A diocese of the Anglican church in Canada has voiced its support for the blessing of gay and lesbian marriages in spite of assurances from the national church that no such ceremonies will take place.Ottawa Anglicans voted 177 to 97 in favour of blessing gay marriages at a meeting on Saturday, following several hours of impassioned debate. A similar vote in the diocese of Montreal will take place later this month.Some Ottawan priests have threatened to stop performing marriage ceremonies for heterosexuals unless they are allowed to bless same-sex couples.

  • Concerns about gays in the UK Armed Forces revealed 4

    Since the ban on gay and lesbian people serving in the British Armed Forces was lifted in 2000, there have been few reported problems.

    11:48 AM — A document obtained under the Freedom of Information Act has shed light on the worries some military personnel had about openly gay and lesbian people serving.A review by the Service Personnel Board from 2002, obtained by The Times, revealed that some had left the Navy over the issue and listed concerns over heterosexuals having to share showers and accommodation with gay servicemen and women.In 2000, the government removed the ban on gay, lesbian and bisexual people serving openly in the Armed Forces.

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