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November 2007

  • 13th November 2007

    “Vaccine” may help US smokers overcome addiction

    41 per cent of gay and bisexual men are smokers, rising to 60 per cent for 25 to 34 year olds.

    5:22 PM — Even the most persistent smoker is aware of all of the dangerous side effects associated with the habit, but most people still have great trouble quitting.There may be some new hope just around the corner in the shape of a syringe as early stages of testing on a "vaccine" have showed some promise in helping people quit.The drug NicVAX, created by the Nabi Biopharmaceuticals Company, is in its early developmental stages.

  • Successful gays say sexuality no barrier 1

    The interviewees include film star Sir Ian McKellen, front woman Beth Ditto, Tory shadow minister Alan Duncan, Tory shadow minister,  ITV Director Dawn Airey.

    4:25 PM — Twenty of the most powerful and influential homosexuals in Britain have been interviewed for an educational resource that will be distributed to young gay people throughout the country.In each of the interviews, which are collected in a pocket-sized booklet, it was concluded that, here in the UK, sexual orientation is no longer an obstacle to reaching potential in the workplace, having a successful career or even becoming a world-leading business professional.

  • Nigerian activists react to Commonwealth games decision

    The Commonwealth Games were founded under its original name, the British Empire Games, in 1930.

    4:25 PM — A gay rights group who highlighted Nigeria's poor record on LGBT rights has said it is disappointed that the country did not win the right to hold the Commonwealth Games in 2014.In August Davis Mac-Iyalla, founder and leader of the gay Christian group, Changing Attitude Nigeria, met with the chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) in London to put their case.They presented the CGF with an 11-page report setting out why it should reject the bid by the Nigerian city of Abuja.

  • Catholic school in unholy row after ditching gay charity 5

    Actor Simon Callow, probably best known for his role in the hit British film Four Weddings and a Funeral, is also threatening to quit as patron of the Oratory School Choir, Schola.

    11:34 AM — London's premier Catholic state school, the London Oratory, is facing a furore from gay campaigners this week following their decision to drop a leading AIDS charity as the beneficiary for their World AIDS Day charity concert.Gay rights activists are believed to be planning to picket the Oratory School and distribute leaflets to inform students of the school's decision to suddenly cancel its plan to raise money for the Terrence Higgins Trust, one of Europe's most-respected AIDS charities.

  • Gays should be hanged, says Iranian politician 35

    A series of reported executions of gays in Iran, including two underage boys whose public hanging was posted on the internet, has alarmed human rights campaigners.

    11:34 AM — Homosexuals deserve to be executed or tortured, an Iranian leader told British MPs during a private meeting at a peace conference.According to the Times Mohsen Yahyavi is the highest-ranked politician to admit that Iran believes in the death penalty for homosexuality after a spate of reports that gay youths were being hanged.President Ahmadinejad, questioned by students in New York two months ago about the executions, claimed there were no gays in Iran.

  • New website for LGBT history

    LGBT History Month is intended to be an annual event in the UK, taking place every February to coincide with Valentine's Day.

    11:34 AM — LGBT History Month UK have have launched a new interactive website.The site contains a new calendar for History Month 2008 which allows individuals and organisations to advertise the events they are creating for LGBT History Month by both date and region. It also exhibits all events that have been organised nationwide, with all the relevant information about how to get involved.Last year the organisation had over 800 events on the calendar and is expecting even more this year.

  • Boy George charged with false imprisonment 2

    George, whose real name George O'Dowd, was released on bail and ordered to attend Thames magistrates' court next week.

    11:34 AM — Pop star Boy George has been charged with false imprisonment after allegedly chaining a male escort to a wall in his London flat.Scotland Yard said the 47-year-old singer and DJ has been charged over an incident at his flat in Shoreditch, east London.The former Culture Club frontman was arrested in May after a man accused him of "false imprisonment and common assault."

  • Paddick selected as Lib Dem candidate for London 4

    Mr Paddick came to public prominence as borough commander of Lambeth.

    11:34 AM — Former senior police officer Brian Paddick will run for Mayor of London in May 2008 as the Liberal Democrat candidate.The 49-year-old won 73% of the first preference votes in a ballot of London party members.He faces incumbent Ken Livingstone and Tory candidate Boris Johnson in next May's election.

  • Failed AIDS drug trials could harm future studies

    In the US the Merck vaccine trials took place in 15 cities including Boston, Los Angeles and New York.

    11:20 AM — Executives at Merck and AIDS researchers worldwide are still reeling from the recent announcement that a cold germ might be to blame for the once promising AIDS vaccine that was withdrawn from trial last month after research showed it may well increase risk of infection.The vaccine, being tested across North America, South Africa and in several other locations across the world, was shown to cause more of the some 3,000 test subject who were given the vaccine to develop HIV than those who were given a placebo.

  • Hermoine says gay Dumbledore makes sense

    Critics, fans and pundits have shared their reactions to the character's outing.

    10:59 AM — Author JK Rowling surprised Harry Potter fans the world over last month when she revealed that Hogwarts school headmaster Albus Dumbledore was gay.Critics, fans and pundits have shared their reactions to the character's outing, but what about the people who have helped bring Rowling's story to the big screen for the past seven years?"JK Rowling is an incredibly intelligent woman," Daniel Radcliffe, who has played the titular role in all five Harry Potter films to date, told BBC News.

  • Birmingham police criticised over gay pub raid 3

    The police have been particularly criticised because their only justification for the raid was an anonymous letter.

    10:50 AM — Police in the West Midlands have failed in their efforts to get a gay pub's licence revoked.Their request followed an earlier attempt to raid The Fountain Inn for pornography and drugs after receiving an anonymous tip-off.Police bungled the raid when they went to an Irish family pub, The Fountain, a mile down the road. The pub's drinkers were highly amused by the blunder.

  • Stonewall Cymru community liaison officer honoured 1

    Ms Porter works with the police and criminal justice agencies in Wales.

    10:10 AM — A Stonewall officer has won an award for "outstanding commitment to diversity" in her work tackling issues of homophobic hate crime.Jenny Porter, Stonewall Cymru's community liaison officer, received the award at the North Wales Criminal Justice Board Volunteer and Justice Awards Ceremony this week.Ms Porter works with the police and criminal justice agencies in Wales to develop ways of dealing with homophobically motivated hate crimes

  • 12th November 2007

    More sex please – the British on holiday

    Those who are young and single were most open to having sex with someone new while abroad.

    3:40 PM — One in five Britons has sex with someone new when abroad, according to research published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections.The conclusions are based on interviews with 12,000 men and women aged between 16 and 44 as part of the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL).14% of men and 7% of women admitted to having sex with a new partner while overseas.

  • Review: Casanova the Carol Ann Duffy way

    Casanova is a woman who is imprisoned in Venice after a hilarious and acrobatic romp with a German monk.

    3:35 PM — Casanova, the famous author and bon vivant, claimed to have bedded a woman in every European city.So it is no surprise that in this modern age of sex and sleaze, he is experiencing something of a revival.First, the BBC adaptation of his life starring a geeky David Tennant; now, the play written by controversial poet Carol Ann Duffy

  • Life sentence for teenager guilty of homophobic murder 1

    Mr Kerr was found badly injured by a woman walking her dog in the park early on Sunday 22 April this year.

    3:19 PM — A teenager was sentenced to life imprisonment today for murdering a gay council officer in a homophobic attack.David Meehan, 19, admitted to murdering James Kerr, 51, in South Inch public park and leaving him for dead while he and his accomplices went to a party.According to Mr Meehan, the three walked past Mr Kerr on their way back but ignored their victim who was still breathing.

  • Gay activist sacked for attacking opponent’s wife 2

    Mr Burns, not a member of the Labour party, will no longer be working on the campaign.

    1:15 PM — A Labour party candidate in the Australian federal election has removed a volunteer worker from his campaign after he launched a tirade of abuse at the wife of his opponent.Environment minister Malcolm Turnbull is fighting to retain the seat of Wentworth in Sydney for the incumbent Liberal party.The seat was subject to recent boundary changes and now includes gay districts such as Darlinghurst and Kings Cross.

  • EU governments urged to remove tax on condoms

    The 27 EU member states are free to fix their own VAT rates on condoms.

    12:50 PM — An online petition launched today urges EU governments to cut VAT on condoms to tackle the growth of AIDS in Europe.The European Parliament Socialist Group will present the petition to government ministers ahead of World AIDS Day on 1st December.Hundreds of Facebook users have already joined a group on the social networking site to support the campaign under the slogan "Cut AIDS, Cut VAT on Condoms."

  • Americans warm to same-sex unions

    55 per cent of Americans approve of legalising civil unions and giving same-sex couples the same rights as those who are married.

    12:45 PM — More than half of Americans support civil unions according to the latest ABC News/Washington Post polls.In total, 55 per cent approve of legalising civil unions and giving same-sex couples the same rights as those who are married in matters such as insurance, inheritance and pensions.The latest figures are up from 45 per cent in the same poll in 2006.

  • Republican guilty of soliciting gay sex 5

    Since his election in 2000, Mr Allen has been one of the most homophobic politicians in the Florida state senate.

    12:25 PM — A senior Florida Republican has been found guilty of soliciting oral sex from an undercover police officer.Bob Allen, a former co-chairman of the campaign to select Senator John McCain as the Republican US Presidential candidate, was spotted by police in Titusville, Florida on July 11th acting suspiciously at the men's toilets in a park.Officers decided to send a policeman undercover to investigate, and within minutes Mr Allen allegedly agreed to pay him $20 (£10) to allow him to perform oral sex.

  • UN Commissioner backs LGBT rights

    Last week's event brought together non-governmental organisations, UN representatives and state delegates.

    11:50 AM — The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has spoken of her support for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.Louise Arbour made her comments after an historic meeting at the UN last week.The event, held in parallel with the session of the third committee of the UN General Assembly, discussed the Yogyakarta Principles.

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