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2007

  • 2nd December 2007

    Brazilian president calls national LGBT conference

    Homosexuality has been legal in Brazil since 1823, except in the armed forces, and civil unions are allowed in some areas.

    3:10 PM — Gay rights activists have praised Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the President of Brazil, for announcing that he is convening the first national conference of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and trans persons (LGBT).New York-based Human Rights Watch has urged people to write to Mr da Silva to congratulate him on his decision to call the conference. His decree was published in the Official Gazette last week.700 people are expected to take part, 60% civil society and 40% government.

  • Dutch to study gay bashing incidents 5

    The University of Amsterdam has been commissioned by the city's mayor to carry out the research into homophobic attacks.

    3:10 PM — The mayor of Amsterdam has commissioned academics to study a spate of attacks on gay people in the city.A substantial increase in homophobic attacks in the capital has been reported over the last few years.Over half of Dutch gays feel less safe than they did a year ago, a survey carried out in August by current affairs programme EenVandaag revealed.

  • 50 million Chinese at risk from HIV

    Although Chinese leaders are more openly confronting the disease these days, after years of denying it was a problem, challenges remain.

    3:10 PM — United Nations officials are raising the alarm in China that between 30 and 50 million of that country's citizens are at risk of contracting HIV or AIDS.The warning comes just a day after Chinese officials reported the spread of the disease has slowed.Last week, according to news agency AFP, Chinese health minister Chen Zhu announced there were an estimated 50,000 new cases of HIV in 2007, bringing the total number of Chinese people living with HIV and AIDS to 700,000.

  • LGBT Labour “furious” at party support for Grell 130

    Miranda Grell's appeal against her conviction for making false allegations of paedophilia against her gay opponent was rejected by Snaresbrook Crown Court.

    3:10 PM — Labour's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender society has revealed that it complained about the backing a councillor convicted of homophobic slurs against her opponent received from the party.In a statement issued shortly after Miranda Grell's appeal against her conviction for making false allegations of paedophilia against her gay opponent was rejected by Snaresbrook Crown Court, LGBT Labour said they were furious.

  • Councillor loses paedophile slur appeal 130

    Last week at Snaresbrook Crown Court Grell's appeal against her conviction was unsuccessful.

    2:05 PM — A Labour party councillor convicted of making false allegations of paedophilia against her gay opponent has had her appeal rejected.In September Miranda Grell was barred from public office for three years, fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 costs by Waltham Forest Magistrates Court.Last week at Snaresbrook Crown Court her appeal against her conviction was unsuccessful.

  • 30th November 2007

    Canada mourns death of lesbian author

    In 1964 her first novel Desert of the Heart, a lesbian love story, was published and Ms Rule was publicly outed.

    4:30 PM — Jane Rule, 76, a writer of lesbian-themed novels, died on Tuesday of complications from liver cancer at her home in British Columbia, Canada.Born in New Jersey in 1931, Ms Rule moved to Galiano Island, Canada with partner Helen Sonthoff, after a peripatetic childhood in America."I was proud and relieved to claim the label Canadian," Ms. Rule told the Globe and Mail. In July she was appointed to the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour.

  • Homophobic incitement law moves forward 100

    Justice minister Maria Eagle told the committee that the proposal is to outlaw only threatening words and behaviour.

    4:15 PM — A committee of MPs yesterday approved amendments to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill that will make incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation an offence.None of the Conservative MPs on the committee voted against the proposals. The Bill will now proceed to a report stage and third reading in the Commons before being sent to the Lords.Justice minister Maria Eagle told the committee that the proposal is to outlaw only threatening words and behaviour.

  • Iraq and Afghanistan vets organise against gay ban

    “Don't Ask, Don't Tell“ policy prohibits gays, lesbians or bisexuals revealing their sexuality, or talking about any gay relationship, while serving in the US armed forces.

    3:35 PM — A group of young Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, veterans of the broader American "war on terrorism" and their active duty allies and supporters was launched today in the US.Servicemembers United was formed to aggressively educate both the public and policymakers about the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" issue and to give a stronger voice to the majority of servicemen and women who support strengthening the US Armed Forces by repealing the discriminatory law.

  • 10% of London’s gay men have HIV 4

    Almost half of HIV infected men who have sex with men left sexual health clinics last year unaware of their HIV infection.

    3:15 PM — As we commemorate World AIDS Day tomorrow across the world, the National AIDS Trust has highlighted the high rates of HIV infection among the London gay community.At a fundraising event on Wednesday, hosted by Gaydar parent company QSoft Consulting, the trust's chief executive urged the gay community to do more to tackle the problem.Earlier this month the Health Protection Agency revealed that the number of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV in the UK is at its highest rate since the start of the epidemic.

  • Ireland to legislate for gay partnerships next year 13

    A bill outlining the new proposed legislation is expected to be published in March.

    2:45 PM — Ireland's Minister of State for Equality, Sean Power, said this morning that legislation allowing same-sex civil partnerships could be introduced by early next summer.He was speaking at the National Lesbian and Gay Federation's (NLGF) symposium on Full And Equal Rights: Lesbian And Gay Marriage And Partnership Rights In Ireland. The symposium is part of the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All 2007Mr Power added that the government was keen to pass the new laws as soon as possible.

  • Herbert blasts Labour over illegal donations 3

    £185,000 that Ms Kidd had donated to the Labour party since 2003 all came from Mr Abrahams.

    2:45 PM — Shadow Justice Secretary Nick Herbert has accused the government of breaking the trust of the public just months after Gordon Brown took over as Prime Minister.He added that the Conservative party is confident that they have not received any donations through a third party.Yesterday the Electoral Commission announced that it has referred the illegal "anonymous" donations to Labour from property developer David Abrahams to the police.

  • EU to combat homophobia in football

    Franco Frattini yesterday pledged with €10 million (£7 million) of EU money at a conference on violence in sport.

    2:03 PM — The European Union Justice Commissioner has spoken of his desire to establish a EU police force for sport, and hopes to pilot the idea at next year's Euro 2008 tournament in Austria and Switzerland.Franco Frattini yesterday pledged with €10 million (£7 million) of EU money at a conference on violence in sport.The money will be used to establish a common training programme for the tournament. Police forces from across the EU will send officers for training in combating hooliganism and other football-related crimes.

  • Archbishop of Canterbury’s meeting with LGBT clergy 1

    The Church has been close to splitting over the issue of gay clergy since the ordination of openly gay Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire in 2003.

    1:30 PM — Yesterday the Archbishop of Canterbury attended a meeting of the Clergy Consultation, a support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and intersex clergy and their partners.Dr Rowan Williams presided and preached at a service of Holy Communion and later addressed the members present, responding to questions.The Rev Colin Coward, Director of Changing Attitude, was present at yesterday's meeting. "The Archbishop of Canterbury met with over 80 members of the Consultation yesterday," he said.

  • US Queer as Folk tops list of gay TV characters 2

    A lovable rogue, Brian indulged in drug-taking and promiscuous sex yet still found time to father a child with a lesbian friend and bring down a homophobic politician.

    12:45 PM — A poll by gay entertainment website, AfterElton.com has revealed the top 25 most popular gay and bisexual television characters.In first place was Brian Kinney, controversial lead character in the America series of Queer as Folk.A lovable rogue, Brian indulged in drug-taking and promiscuous sex yet still found time to father a child with a lesbian friend and bring down a homophobic politician.

  • Russia’s first LGBT film festival slated for 2008

    Side by Side will showcase work from around the world including feature films, innovative independent films, documentaries, experimental and short films.

    12:39 PM — Next October the Russian city of St Petersburg will host Side by Side ("Bok o Bok"), its first international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film festival.The festival will run from 2nd to 5th October, 2008, with films and events at the historic Dom Kino House of Cinema, one of Europe's premier venues for quality world cinema.The event is expected to draw visitors from over 30 countries as well as major international sponsors.

  • 63% of LGB Americans will vote to nominate Hillary 2

    72 percent of LGB likely voters consider Senator Clinton a supporter of gay rights.

    9:45 AM — A new survey of likely American voters suggests Senator Hillary Clinton will have the overwhelming support of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGBs) Americans in the upcoming Democratic primaries.Sixty-three percent of those who participated in the Hunter College poll said they planned to cast their votes for the former first lady, while Senator Barack Obama and John Edwards received 22 percent and 7 percent of the vote, respectively.

  • 29th November 2007

    Two people arrested in trans murder case 5

    Two people have been arrested by police investigating the murder of Kellie Telesford.

    6:57 PM — Detectives investigating the murder of Kellie Telesford today arrested two people.However, police are still asking anyone who knew Kellie or has information relevant to the murder investigation to contact them.40-year-old Kellie's body was found at her Thornton Heath flat last Wednesday after police responded to calls from friends and forced entry into the apartment.

  • Trans community urged to help Kellie murder investigation 4

    Police are following several lines of enquiry, but are continuing to appeal to members of the public who had contact with Kellie between the 15th and 21st November to come forward.

    5:35 PM — Metropolitan police detectives investigating the death of Kellie Telesford are now treating it as murder.40-year-old Kellie's body was found at her Thornton Heath flat last Wednesday after police responded to calls from friends and forced entry into the apartment.A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as strangulation. DCI Cliff Lyons has asked anyone who knew Kellie or has information relevant to the murder investigation to contact the police.

  • Ministers praise LGBT History Month at launch event 5

    Ms Follett attacked media personalities and TV shows that allow the use of the word 'gay' in derogatory fashion.

    5:03 PM — The palatial surroundings of the Royal Courts of Justice in London served as a fitting backdrop to the pre-launch event for LBT History Month 2008.Representatives from the Crown Prosecution Service and the London Criminal Justice Board hosted Monday night's event along with Channel 4.Two government ministers addressed a crowd of more than 400 invited guests and praised the annual February event.

  • Gay general confronts military ban at Republican debate

    Out retired brigadier general Keith Kerr wanted to know: “Why you think that American men and women in uniform are not professional enough to serve with gays and lesbians.“

    3:15 PM — Last night the candidates for the Republican party nomination for President of the United States participated in a CNN-YouTube debate, hosted by Anderson Cooper.But the silver-haired presenter was not the only gay to ask a question - an out retired brigadier general called Keith Kerr wanted to know: "Why you think that American men and women in uniform are not professional enough to serve with gays and lesbians."Republicans immediately seized on the information that Mr Kerr is a member of the Clinton campaign gay rights steering committee.

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