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December 2007

  • 17th December 2007

    McKellen and Fry nominated as Great Britons

    Actor Sir Ian McKellen joined author JK Rowling and artist Damian Hirst on the Arts shortlist.

    11:20 AM — The Morgan Stanley Great Briton 2007 shortlist has been revealed in the Daily Telegraph, with two gay men among the shortlist of 21.Thousands of public nominations were whittled down by a series of expert panel to leave just three names in each of the awards seven categories.Actor Sir Ian McKellen joined author JK Rowling and artist Damian Hirst on the Arts shortlist.

  • Congressional opposition to new HIV+ travel restrictions

    The White House touted the new Homeland Security Department regulations as a tool that would make the process easier for HIV-positive people.

    11:01 AM — Gay rights activists and US lawmakers are crying foul over regulations proposed by the Homeland Security Department that could actually make it more difficult for persons living with HIV/AIDS to travel to the United States.Under current federal law, travel and immigration to the US by HIV-positive people is severely restricted.In fact, at present, foreigners with the HIV/AIDS virus can only obtain visas after receiving a waiver from the Homeland Security Department.

  • Florida to vote on same-sex marriage ban 1

    If the measure ends up on the 2008 ballot and passes, Florida would become the 28th state to ban marriage between people of the same sex with a constitutional amendment.

    10:30 AM — Should the Florida constitution ban same-sex couples from marrying? That's the question that will be put before the state's voters next year, thanks to the efforts of Florida4Marriage.org, a coalition of groups led by Orlando lawyer John Stemberger.The coalition announced late last week that after three years they have succeeded in gathering the 611,009 signatures needed to add the question to the November 2008 ballot, assuming all of them are verified.

  • 16th December 2007

    Archbishop apologises for persecution of gays 9

    The interview with Archbishop Desmond Tutu can be heard this Monday night from 8pm on BBC Radio Manchester.

    1:40 AM — Archbishop Desmond Tutu has apologised to gay people all around the world for the way they have been treated by the Church.He recently criticised Anglicans for being 'obsessed' with homosexuality.In a world exclusive interview with production company Made in Manchester, Tutu spoke to creative director Ashley Byrne.

  • 15th December 2007

    Interview: Peter Tatchell’s 40 years of campaigning 4

    Peter Tatchell began campaigning for human rights, democracy and global justice in 1967, aged 15.

    3:20 PM — Peter Tatchell celebrated his fortieth year of campaigning on 10th December, Human Rights Day.The Australian-born activist began campaigning for human rights, democracy and global justice in 1967, aged 15.Now, at 55, his eyes still have the vividness and energy of a teenager, and he has no intention to retire, because, he says, there is still much work to do.

  • 14th December 2007

    Critics decide Stephen Fry’s panto is too gay

    Writing in The Guardian,  Michael Billington  called his script “smart, knowing, self-referential and layered with innuendo.“

    5:10 PM — The Old Vic theatre's latest production, a new version of Cinderella, by actor, TV presenter, director, novelist and national treasure Stephen Fry, has received a muted response from the critics.Writing in The Guardian, Michael Billington called his script "smart, knowing, self-referential and layered with innuendo."Fortunately it has just enough of the traditional ingredients to keep young audiences happy, though at times it's a close thing."

  • Gay bishop not welcome at Anglican meeting 17

    Conservative and liberal branches of the worldwide Anglican communion have been at loggerheads over the issues of homosexuality and same-sex unions ever since Gene Robinson was ordained as a bishop in the US in 2003.

    4:35 PM — Bishop Gene Robinson will not be invited to next year's Lambeth Conference, the Archbishop of Canterbury said today.Many Anglicans wrote letters of complaint to the Archbishop about the exclusion of the openly gay Bishop of New Hampshire and in June it was reported that Dr Williams was reconsidering.However, his office confirmed today that neither Bishop Robinson nor a rogue American priest who was consecrated a bishop by the Nigerian Church, Martyn Minns, will be asked to the 14th Lambeth Conference, the assembly of Anglican bishops held once every ten years.

  • Clegg favourite among PinkNews.co.uk readers 1

    82% of PinkNews.co.uk readers who took part in the poll favour the MP for Sheffield Hallam.

    4:20 PM — A survey of readers asking their preference to succeed Sir Ming Campbell as leader of the Liberal Democrats reveals that Nick Clegg is way out on front.82% of PinkNews.co.uk readers who took part in the poll favour the MP for Sheffield Hallam. His opponent Chris Huhne was chosen by 12% of participating readers as their choice.An estimated 65,000 Lib Dem members were sent ballot papers on November 21st, and they must be returned by tomorrow.

  • Castro’s girl seeks legal protection for Cuban LGBT 1

    Mariela Castro is director of Cuba's National Centre for Sex Education (CENESEX).

    4:05 PM — A Cuban sexologist has shocked her communist country by suggesting that gays, lesbians, transsexuals, transvestites and transgender people should be granted legal protection under forthcoming reforms.Mariela Castro, director of the National Centre for Sex Education (CENESEX), is calling for new measures including non-discrimination on the grounds of sexuality or gender identity.She also advocates the introduction of same-sex unions and adoption rights, and major reforms relating to health care and treatment of trans people.

  • Leading gay arts venue loses funding 6

    The Drill Hall's partons include choreographer Matthew Bourne, Harry Potter actress Miriam Margolyes and comic Julian Clary.

    4:01 PM — The UK's leading producer and presenter of lesbian, gay and queer performance is to appeal against the Arts Council's decision to stop its funding from April 2008.The Drill Hall in central London, whose partons include choreographer Matthew Bourne, Harry Potter actress Miriam Margolyes and comic Julian Clary, has a established an international reputation for championing the work of new artists, performers and theatre practitioners.

  • Policy Exchange stands by report into homophobic Muslim texts 17

    Policy Exchange's research director Dean Godson accused Newsnight of making a disastrous editorial judgement.

    1:40 PM — BBC news programme Newsnight has called into question the validity of a controversial report claiming that extremist texts encouraging hatred of gays, Christians and Jews are available at Britain's mosques.Researchers for the centre-Right think tank Policy Exchange claimed to have found such publications in a quarter of the 100 mosques and Islamic institutions they visited, including London Central Mosque in Regent's Park, which is funded by Saudi Arabia.

  • Premier league club commits to fight homophobia 1

    The start of the 2007/08 season saw a change in football ground regulations with homophobic abuse now deemed punishable.

    1:15 PM — Reading FC have pledged their support to The Football Association's campaign to ban homophobia from the terraces.The start of the 2007/08 season saw a change in football ground regulations with homophobic abuse now deemed punishable.Richard Howgill of the Gay Football Supporter's Network recently discovered that the Madejski Stadium outfit are top of the league when it comes to training their staff.

  • Help young homeless gays this Christmas 5

    Supported lodgings are available not just to those who are homeless, but also young LGBT people living in a hostile environment.

    1:04 PM — Iconic out gay actor Sir Ian McKellen has teamed up with the Albert Kennedy Trust to offer a very special gift this Christmas.For its 'Safe and Sound' appeal, the Trust, who support homeless gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, is offering supporters the opportunity to buy a gift voucher priced £18.Just £18 provides a safe shelter for an LGBT young person for one night. The vouchers are presented inside Christmas cards specially designed by Sir Ian.

  • Comment: Gay Hollywood. Two steps forward, two steps back

    Foster, at least, has never flatly denied that she's gay.

    12:50 PM — It was the headline that spread like a California wildfire. Queen Latifah was to marry her longtime girlfriend/personal trainer and come out publicly following promotional duties for her latest flick, The Perfect Holiday. Though admittedly sceptical, the gays rallied. Would the A-lister finally say publicly what we've known for years?To be fair, we had reason to hope. After 14 years of essentially keeping her personal life under lock and key, Jodie Foster thanked longtime partner Cydney Bernard.

  • Swing to Greens in Brighton excites election pundits

    The Regency ward was held by the Greens with a 3.5% swing away from the Tories.

    12:30 PM — The Green party's strong showing in the south coast city of Brighton and Hove was reflected in a by-election for a council seat , which they retained comfortably.The Regency ward was held by the Greens with a 3.5% swing away from the Tories.The significance of the result is that the ward is in the parliamentary constituency of Brighton Pavilion. In 2005 the Greens took 22% of the vote, with the Tories on 23.9% and Labour on 35.4%.

  • Peru urged to protect LGBT youth 1

    The Peruvian Congress is under pressure from gay rights activists to become a party to a convention on the rights of young people.

    12:05 PM — The Peruvian Congress is under pressure from gay rights activists to become a party to a convention on the rights of young people.The Ibero-American Convention on the Rights of Youth seeks to promote and safeguard the rights of young people and remedy the inequality that thousands of young people confront for a variety of reasons, including for having a sexual orientation different from heterosexuality.But the Foreign Relations Committee of the Congress of Peru has raised concerns in this respect.

  • Top brass speak out against US military gay ban

    79 percent of Americans believe that gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve openly in the military.

    10:23 AM — 28 retired, high-ranking American military leaders have signed a letter calling for the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."In the years since the policy was enacted, over 12,000 men and women have been discharged from the US military under the policy.The letter marks the single largest number of Generals and Admirals from the US Armed Forces to come out against the ban.

  • 13th December 2007

    MEPs want to block state funding for hate groups 1

    The parliament today adopted a resolution to show its concern that several EU countries have experienced increased hate crimes against minority groups.

    4:54 PM — The European Parliament has called for public funding to be withdrawn from political parties, media organisations or businesses that incite to hate of a group of people on the basis of their race, religion, handicap, sexual orientation or nationality.Meeting in Strasbourg, the parliament today adopted a resolution to show its concern that several EU countries have experienced increased hate crimes against minority groups.The text of the resolution was adopted by 527 votes, with 15 against and 39 abstentions.

  • Exhibition of gay history to tour Czech Republic

    The exhibition will not shy away from the homophobia Czech gays faced under the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Nazis.

    4:42 PM — An exhibition detailing gay life from antiquity to the modern day was unveiled earlier this week in Prague.Archives, photos and pages from gay publications will detail the experiences of gay people in the Czech Republic."We want to show to the public that gays and lesbians did not fall from the Mars," gay rights advocate Jiri Hromada told CTK."The older generation used to say there were no homosexuals in its youth."

  • Lesbian denied teaching permit in Chile

    Gay rights leaders in Chile have said they are disappointed at the government's stance regarding a lesbian teacher who is being denied re-certification.

    4:10 PM — Gay rights leaders in Chile have said they are disappointed at the government's stance regarding a lesbian teacher who is being denied re-certification.Sandra Pavez taught religious education at a state elementary school in Santiago for 21 years.The Roman Catholic church revoked her permission to teach religion after finding out she is a lesbian. In Chile religious education teachers legally have to be certified by a religious authority in order to teach.

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