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2007

  • 22nd November 2007

    Echoes of Diana as Queen shakes hands with HIV+ man 10

    The Queen is on her first visit to Uganda since 1954 and tomorrow she will open the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the capital Kampala.

    3:50 PM — Her Majesty the Queen visited a clinic for people with AIDS for the first time today.During a state visit to Uganda the monarch shook hands with Steven Wakodo, who is HIV+, echoing the famous handshake between Diana, Princess of Wales and an HIV+ person in April 1987.The Princess's gesture helped overcome the fear of AIDS, demonstrating that the HIV virus cannot be transmitted by touch.

  • Champion athlete may have gender reassignment surgery 1

    Yvonne Buschbaum said that a persistent achilles tendon injury and a feeling that she was “emotionally in the wrong body“ have contributed to her decision to end her career.

    3:10 PM — A former European pole vault medallist has decided to quit the sport, possibly to pursue a sex change operation.Yvonne Buschbaum said that a persistent achilles tendon injury and a feeling that she was "emotionally in the wrong body" have contributed to her decision to end her career.The 27-year-old said on her website: "For many years, I have had the feeling I am in the wrong body."

  • EastEnders actress wins damages over lesbian story

    Ms Janus joined the EastEnders cast in May.  photo: BBC Publicity

    12:30 PM — Actress Samantha Janus has won substantial damages from a claim that she had engaged in a "three hour drug fueled lesbian orgy."She sued the Sunday Sport after story entitled "Sam's sex and drugs shame" hit newsstands on 22 July this year.Two topless photos of Janus, taken by her ex boyfriend Doug Harwood, accompanied the article.

  • US TV host drags the Queen into gay marriage debate

    “In an era when marriage is under attack, the United Kingdom is these days celebrating a 60th wedding anniversary, the longest marriage of any monarch.“

    12:15 PM — In the US, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams upset the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and more than a few bloggers earlier this week.He opened a segment on the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip by saying:"In an era when marriage is under attack, the United Kingdom is these days celebrating a 60th wedding anniversary, the longest marriage of any monarch."

  • Warning over poppers link to HIV infection 1

    The re-emergence of syphilis and chlamydia indicate that the sexual health of gay men is a cause for concern.

    12:03 PM — Poppers usage could increase a gay mans susceptibility to HIV transmission during unprotected sex, a new UK study has found.The use of the drug facilitates longer and rougher sex, as well as increasing the body's uptake of fluids.The research, published in the online edition of Sexually Transmitted Infections, shows gay men are still the highest risk group in terms of UK HIV infection.

  • Poofter licence plates can stay

    Mr Phillips told blog Pam's House Blender that the DMV phoned him and conceded that he could keep using the plates.

    11:45 AM — A gay man in the US state of Virginia who was told to remove his car licence plates because they spell out the word 'poofter' has now been told he can keep them.David Phillips has had the plates for eleven years. He previously claimed that the word is only offensive to English people and Virginians would not understand its meaning.According to the Washington Post, he first heard the word used by performer Boy George in a TV interview and liked it.

  • Chorister dismissed for coming out on TV

    Twenty year old Alberto Ruggin was dismissed by his priest after featuring on a television programme where he revealed his sexuality.

    11:25 AM — Italian gay rights groups have said the case of a chorister forced to leave his choir due to being gay proves the countries need for anti-homophobia laws.Twenty year old Alberto Ruggin was dismissed by his priest after featuring on a television programme where he revealed his sexuality.His priest, Don Paolino Bettanin, from the northern Italian town of Padua, claimed he was "disgusted" by the whole affair.

  • UN figures indicate fall in global HIV infections

    AIDS is among the leading causes of death globally and remains the primary cause of death in Africa.

    11:20 AM — New data from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggests the percentage of people around the globe living with HIV has levelled off and that the number of new infections has fallen, in part as a result of the impact of HIV programmes.Officials warned, however, that while the global prevalence of HIV infection, the percentage of people infected with HIV, has levelled off, the total number of people living with HIV is increasing "because of ongoing acquisition of HIV infection, combined with longer survival times, in a continuously growing general population."

  • 21st November 2007

    Catholic MPs to vote for same-sex parent rights 20

    Roman Catholic MPs such as cabinet minister Ruth Kelly could face a dilemma if asked to defy the church and vote in favour of the bill.

    5:10 PM — Labour MPs will not be given a free vote on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, it has emerged.Traditionally members are given a free vote on issues deemed to be a matter of conscience.However, growing backbench unease about the proposals has led government sources to confirm that the bill will be subject to a three-line whip, meaning all Labour MPs must vote in favour of it.

  • Gay hate preacher’s BBC blasphemy case 7

    Mr Green was arrested last year for handing out leaflets at Cardiff Mardi Gras which included quotes saying homosexuality is wrong.

    4:45 PM — An evangelical minister who came to prominence for his protests at gay Pride events has gone to the High Court in an attempt to bring a private prosecution for blasphemy against the director general of the BBC.Reverend Stephen Green's actions relate to the screening of the acclaimed production Jerry Springer - The Opera on BBC2 in 2005.An attempt to bring a private prosecution in January was dismissed by a district court.

  • Ministers lend support to LGBT History Month 5

    The minister for equality Barbara Follett will speak at the event.

    3:45 PM — Senior politicians, broadcasters, legal professionals, teachers and gay rights advocates will gather in central London later next week to raise awareness of next year's LGBT History Month.The pre-launch event will be hosted by the London Crown Prosecution Service, the London Criminal Justice Board and Channel 4 at the Royal Courts of Justice.The fourth Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) History Month just over three months away.

  • British government releases Iran hanging documents 1

    According to Iranian human rights campaigners, over 4,000 lesbians and gay men have been executed since the Ayatollahs seized power in 1979.

    3:15 PM — Information has been released for the first time from the Foreign and Commonwealth office regarding the execution of gays in Iran.The documentation takes the form of correspondence sent between embassies throughout the EU and dates back as far as May 2005.It refers specifically to the case of two boys, Mahmoud Asqari, who was under 18 at the time the alleged offence was committed, and Ayad Marhouni who were hung in public.

  • Female priest takes up gay Christian role 2

    The Gay Christian Movement was originally established in 1976.

    2:30 PM — The Lesbian and Gay Christian movement has appointed a new assistant chief executive.Rev Sharon Ferguson, a Theology and Psychology graduate, said she hopes that she can work hard towards a time when groups like LGCM are no longer needed.She said she looked forward to a time: "When all people regardless of how they express they sexuality are treated as equal members of the body of Christ."

  • Lords debate more rights for same-sex couples 20

    The Lords will continue their debate on the second reading of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill today.

    12:50 PM — Today the House of Lords will continue to debate the second reading of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.During Monday's debate bishops and peers disagreed on the role of fathers.For the government, Lord Darzi of Denham explained the purpose of the bill is to "ensure that the law remains effective and fit for purpose in the 21st century."

  • Spray-on condom unveiled 1

    The rubber dries in seconds and is later rolled off and discarded like a conventional condom.

    12:35 PM — A German inventor had invented a spray-on condom.Jan Vinzenze Krause, director of the Institute for Condom Consultancy said the idea came from the idea that the condom should fit the man, and not the other way round.Speaking to Spiegel Online he said: "If you go into a drug store to buy condoms, the ones they sell are mainly suited to men with the average penis length of 14.5 centimetres (5.51 inches), but a lot of people have penises that are smaller or larger than that"

  • Trans candidate faces legal challenge

    Georgia is not known for its sympathy to LGBT rights issues.

    12:30 PM — Two city council candidates in the US have filed petitions against a transgender candidate accusing her of committing fraud.Georgia Fuller and Stanley Harris, who both lost their bids for seats, have filed the lawsuit in Georgia claiming that Michelle Bruce falsely identified herself as female in the election earlier this month.The case, which identifies her as 'Michael Bruce', has asked the judge to rule the election invalid.

  • Gays advised not to shop at Wal-Mart 3

    Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar told USA Today: “We're proud of our diversity initiatives and we think we are taking the right steps.“  photo: bravenewfilms@flickr.com

    11:03 AM — Wal-Mart, the biggest private employer in the US has been given a "do not buy" rating in a new gay consumer guide.Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay rights group in America, made its announcement, in time for the festive season, due to the company's refusal to give domestic partner benefits to gay and lesbian workers.The 2008 Corporate Quality index rated Wal-Mart, along with other retail giants including Toys R Us and Auto Zone, in the red category, advising gays and their supporters to shop elsewhere.

  • Same-sex marriage foe to perform commitment ceremony

    The ceremony will resemble in nearly every way a “traditional“ wedding, 125 guests are expected to witness the groom and groom, wearing matching tuxedos, say their vows.

    10:51 AM — Philadelphia Mayor John Street may not be Public Enemy No. 1 with the city's gay community for much longer.64-year-old Street, in the past a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage, will preside over the commitment ceremony of longtime colleague Micah Mahjoubian and partner Ryan Bunch this weekend.Mahjoubian, the city's deputy secretary of external affairs, told the Philadelpia Inquirer recently that he popped the question, so to speak, during brunch last fall.

  • Tory convicted of gay paedophile slur to appeal 5

    Willows,76, was at Lewes Crown Court today and the date for his appeal before a judge in the Crown Court will be heard on February 22nd.

    10:31 AM — A Conservative councillor found guilty of public order offences after making homophobic comments is to appeal his conviction.Peter Willows was a member of Brighton and Hove City Council with 12 years service when he was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge at Brighton Magistrates Court in December 2006.Magistrates were "satisfied beyond reasonable doubt" that he had made intentionally offensive remarks.

  • Would you vote Clegg or Huhne for Lib Dem leader? 1

    Lib Dem members' ballot papers must be returned by 15th December and the winner will be announced on Monday 17th December.

    10:20 AM — Today 65,000 members of the Liberal Democrat party are being sent a ballot paper to vote for a new leader.Nick Clegg, 40, the Lib Dem home affairs spokesperson, and Chris Huhne, 53, the party's environment spokesperson, are the candidates.Much has been made in these first few weeks of the race to become leader of the Liberal Democrats about the similarities between the candidates.

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