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January 2008

  • 31st January 2008

    British editor appointed to new PlanetOut role 1

    In July a company that invests the wealth of Microsoft founder Bill Gates purchased a major stake in PlanetOut.

    2:00 PM — The editor in chief of American gay magazine Out has been promoted to editorial director for the parent company PlanetOut.In an email to company employees yesterday, PlanetOut CEO Karen Magee announced the changes.Aaron Hicklin, who was born in Wiltshire, began his career on the Edinburgh-based Scotland on Sunday and also contributed to The List and The Independent. 

  • Brian Paddick on Elton, cruising and his partner 6

    Mr Paddick was chosen last year by Lib Dem London members as their candidate.

    1:01 PM — The Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of London has spoken to PinkNews.co.uk about his friendship with Sir Elton John and David Furnish.Earlier today it was revealed that the international star and his film producer partner hosted a dinner where they introduced Brian Paddick to potential donors to his campaign."I have met David probably on twenty or more occasions, and we have had dinner together alone on a number of occasions," Mr Paddick told PinkNews.co.uk.

  • Man arrested on suspicion of sauna rape

    Greater Manchester Police said that anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault can contact on 0161 872 5050 or 999 in an emergency.

    12:10 PM — Police in Manchester have confirmed they have made an arrest in relation to the alleged rape in a gay sauna in the city centre earlier this week.Shortly after 2.30am on Tuesday police received reports that a man had been raped at the Basement Complex on Tariff Street.An investigation was launched and a 31-year-old man from the Miles Platting area has been arrested on suspicion of rape. He is currently in police custody.

  • Scientists create sperm from female stem cells 4

    The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill is currently before the House of Lords.

    10:26 AM — A research team at the University of Newcastle has created primitive sperm cells with female embryonic stem cells.The breakthrough could lead to same-sex couples producing children with both their genes.Karim Nayernia, Professor of Stem Cell Biology at Newcastle University, told New Scientist: "I think, in principle, it will be scientifically possible."

  • Disgraced Tory MP paid son’s friend 32

    Mr Conway announced he would be stepping down from Parliament at the next election after being censured by the Commons Standards and Privileges Committee.

    9:35 AM — A Conservative MP who will today be suspended from the Commons for ten days after revelations about payments to his family has been accused of making additional payments to his son's friend.The Sun reports that "disgraced Tory MP Derek Conway gave a job to a close pal of his gay son Henry."Earlier this week Mr Conway announced he would be stepping down from Parliament at the next election after being censured by the Commons Standards and Privileges Committee.

  • Heath Ledger rehab stories denied by publicist

    Ledger, 28, was found dead in his New York apartment last Tuesday.

    9:05 AM — Rumours of a Heath Ledger drug video surfaced on Hollywood gossip blogs across the Net on Wednesday.The video, reportedly to be aired on Entertainment Tonight, shows Ledger at a 'drug-fuelled' party in 2006.The video rumour comes on the heels of revelations Ledger's former fiancee Michelle Williams tried and failed to get him into rehab.

  • Schools OUT to launch homophobia toolkit for LGBT pupils 1

    Schools OUT will be celebrating the launch of LGBT History Month 2008 at their conference on Saturday.

    8:55 AM — An organisation that works towards equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in education will be unveiling a new resource for LGBT young people and their family and friends at the weekend.Schools OUT will also be celebrating the launch of LGBT History Month 2008 at their conference on Saturday.The event, taking place in the Drill Hall theatre in London, will feature a range of speakers, from a government minister to a lesbian rapper.

  • Footballers back cancer campaign aimed at young fans

    Portsmouth and England goalkeeper David James is telling fans to 'catch it early' in a new tongue-in-cheek advert.

    8:40 AM — An England footballer is backing a new campaign about testicular cancer.Portsmouth and England goalkeeper David James is telling fans to 'catch it early' in a new tongue-in-cheek advert to raise awareness of the disease for the Keep Your Eye On The Ball campaign.The advert will be screened to millions of fans at football grounds around the UK throughout the campaign's Focus Fortnight.

  • Gay group faces court challenge in Turkey 1

    The closing of Lambda would be a devastating blow for the European LGBT emancipation movement.

    8:30 AM — Efforts by Turkish officials to close one of the country's leading LGBT organisations will resume in court today.A department of the Istanbul Governor's office responsible for non-governmental organisations alleges that the group, Lambda Istanbul, violates Turkish laws on morality.They claim that Lambda violates both the Penal Code, as an association in violation of "law and morals," and Article 41 of the Turkish constitution, which is concerned with "the peace and welfare of the family."

  • Defeated Giuiliani endorses McCain for President 2

    Failure in Florida left Giuliani with little hope of finding any success in the vital “Super Tuesday“ races next week.

    8:10 AM — Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuiliani ended his campaign for the Republican 2008 Presidential nomination yesterday after losing by a significant margin to rivals John McCain and Mitt Romney in the Florida primary.Giuliani endorsed McCain in a speech from California yesterday afternoon.Once considered a strong frontrunner for the Republican Presidential nomination, Giuiliani has trailed largely behind candidates John McCain and Mitt Romney in national polls recently.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Elton John backs Paddick’s campaign for Mayor 6

    Mr Paddick told guests how his background ideally qualified him for the job.

    7:45 AM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London received a boost last night when singer Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish held a fundraising event for him.The celebrity couple held a dinner for friends in their London home to introduce them to Brian Paddick.Speaking to PinkNews.co.uk this morning, Mr Paddick said: "I have been friends with Elton and David for many years and I am so grateful to them for supporting me in this way."

  • 30th January 2008

    Candidates praise Edwards for “classy” campaign

    Barack Obama said Edwards had left the presidential battle in a “classy“ way.

    8:03 PM — Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards has announced he will be dropping out of the race for the Democratic Presidential nomination.The decision comes after a consistent inability to compete strongly against rivals Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and a disappointing third place finish in the Florida Democratic primary on Tuesday.Barack Obama said Edwards had left the presidential battle in a "classy" way.

  • Praise for Stonewall’s homophobic bullying work 4

    Stonewall produced a wide-ranging study into homophobic bullying published in June 2007, entitled The School Report.

    4:50 PM — A senior member of the government paid tribute to the work of gay equality organisation Stonewall today.Speaking at the launch of the first ever national guidance from the government to help schools tackle homophobic bullying, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families Ed Balls paid tribute to the group's work.Stonewall was commissioned to write the groundbreaking online guidance in partnership with EACH (Education Action Challenging Homophobia).

  • Right-wing attempts to weaken work protection in Chile

    Gay rights leaders in Chile have have recently been disappointed. photo: blue diego@flickr.com

    4:35 PM — Conservative politicians in Chile are working to water down new legislation that would protect gay people at work.The Chilean Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation (MOVILH), sais that some Senators are attempting to water down an anti-discrimination bill currently before the Senate."The right is waging a tremendous campaign against the bill, with the aim of removing the clause about sexual orientation from the text," Rolando Jimenez, the head of MOVILH, told IPS News.

  • Edwards drops out of race for White House

    Edwards made his name as a trial lawyer, taking on corporate clients and winning huge damages for his clients.

    3:50 PM — Former US Senator John Edwards has announced he will end his campaign for Democratic party nomination for President of the United States.An official announcement is expected later today in New Orleans. Mr Edwards' decision means the Democratic nominee will now be either former US First Lady Hillary Clinton or Senator Barack Obama.Senator Edwards' campaign has focused on poverty in America. He had not won any of the Democratic caucuses and primaries held so far.

  • Bush greets gay Congressman’s boyfriend 3

    He came out in 1987, and his political opponents have tried to smear and unseat him on many occasions.

    2:40 PM — It was a moment of affection between two politicians, and in normal circumstances it would pass unnoticed.But when one is the only out gay man in Congress and the other a President who has revelled in his hostility to gay marriage, their closeness raises eyebrows.After his final State of the Union address to both Houses of Congress on Monday, President George W Bush greeted Congressman Barney Frank with a shoulder and head touch, as the two shared a personal moment.

  • Vets mark 15th anniversary of US gay military ban

    As a Presidential candidate, Bill Clinton had promised to allow gays to serve, but was forced to accept the compromise policy.

    2:10 PM — "I believe if we get a Democratic President we'll get rid of the ban. The younger generation doesn't care one bit."That is the hope Joan Darrah expressed to Time magazine this week - the retired Navy captain, and lesbian, served from 1972 to 2002.She is not alone. Millions of Americans are hoping that the next resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will abolish a policy that stops openly gay people from serving in the US Army Forces.

  • Cameron calls for ban on hate preachers 13

    Yesterday Mr Cameron led calls to refuse entry to Mr al-Qaradawi and others who “preach hate.“

    1:35 PM — The Leader of the Opposition has urged the Prime Minister to stop controversial Islamic theologian Yusuf al-Qaradawi from entering the country.Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons, David Cameron said that he was a "hate preacher" and should be denied entry.Mr al-Qaradawi is known to have supported suicide bombings in Israel, the oppression of women's rights and has argued in the past that homosexuals should be put to death.

  • Farrell to be best man on gay brother’s big day 6

    The younger Farrell brother is best-known for his versatile performances in a string of hit films such as Phone Booth  and Alexander.

    1:10 PM — Actor Colin Farrell is to be best man at his brother's civil partnership ceremony.Eamon Farrell, 35, is planning to marry his 23-year-old boyfriend Steven Mannion after a proposing to him in New York last year.According to the Mirror: "Eamon proposed before Christmas. The pair share a love of art and this is what brought them together."Eamon is a respected dance teacher who set up the National Performing Arts School in Dublin more than 10 years ago."

  • Nearly 500 Czech gay and lesbian couples register

    353 male same-sex couples and 134 lesbian couples had registered by the end of 2007, reports Czech gay portal Colour Planet.

    12:45 PM — Research into the number of homosexual partnerships registered in the Czech Republic since a change in the law in July 2006 has found that not many have taken up their new rights.353 male same-sex couples and 134 lesbian couples had registered by the end of 2007, reports Czech gay portal Colour Planet.The Czech Republic was the first post-communist to recognise homosexual partnerships.

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