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10 January 2008

  • 10th January 2008

    John Kerry endorses Obama for President

    Candidate Kerry chose Obama, then a mere candidate for the US Senate, to deliver the keynote address.

    7:30 PM — The 2004 Democratic candidate for President of the United States has given his backing to Barack Obama.John Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran and Senator from Massachusetts, said that his Illinois colleague can unite the country and transform it.After Hillary Clinton's win in New Hampshire primaries earlier this week the Democratic frontrunners in the race for the White House have been concentrating their efforts on South Carolina.

  • Will the NHS cut HIV prevention funding or not? 15

    The London NHS is spending over 200 times more on HIV treatment than on HIV prevention.

    6:26 PM — A 36% cut in the funding for HIV prevention for gay and bisexual men is to go ahead, claims human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.Last month charity Gay Men Fighting AIDS (GMFA) announced the NHS cuts had been averted.A reduction of £650,000 spending on the London Gay Men's HIV Prevention Programme was proposed by London's Primary Care Trusts.

  • LGBT Labour slam homophobic incitement rebels 100

    “The 12 Labour MP who voted against should be seen as they are - a small irrelevant fringe who should be disgraced by their actions.“

    6:10 PM — The lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans campaign group within the Labour party has said that the small group of party MPs who voted in favour of weakening a new law protecting gay people should be "disgraced by their actions."The Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill passed the Commons last night.It contains a new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation. Similar proposals to protect trans people were added to the Bill.

  • Commons debates homophobic hatred and blasphemy 100

    An amendment seeking to abolish blasphemy laws was withdrawn after the government said it had every sympathy for the case.

    5:45 PM — Yesterday MPs discussed the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill. As expected, a cross-party group of Christian MPs attempted to amend the proposed new offence of incitement to homophobia on the grounds of sexual orientation.They were overwhelmingly defeated.An amendment introduced by Labour MP Jim Dobbin would have allowed criticism of and expression of antipathy towards conduct relating to a particular sexual orientation.

  • Documentary uncovers the double lives of China’s gay men

    Ms Yang is campaigning for a smoke-free 2008 Olympics, as China has over 350 million smokers.

    4:50 PM — Oscar-winning documentary maker Ruby Yang is to direct a film about homosexuality and the pressures created by China's one-child policy.China is known for its strong censorship, especially on sensitive issues. "There's a lot of pressure to produce an heir," Ms Yang told Reuters ."Many gay men are married and live a double life. They lie to their parents, lie to their wives."

  • Trans woman claims sexual discrimination

    Sandra Leslie claims she was a victim of sexual discrimination after City College Plymouth turned down her application for a job.

    4:40 PM — A 59-year-old woman from Plymouth is taking a college to an employment tribunal claiming she was not chosen for a job because she is a transsexual.Sandra Leslie claims she was a victim of sexual discrimination after City College Plymouth turned down her application for a job.Ms Leslie believes she was qualified for the post as student union assistant, which mainly consisted of organising events for students and paid a pro-rata salary of £13,500 a year.

  • Diana witness: Queen disapproved of AIDS work 3

    Ken Wharfe told the jury that after a meeting with the Queen, Diana returned to the car distressed.

    3:02 PM — A former Royal police protection officer has claimed that Diana, Princess of Wales confided in him that the Queen did not approve of her support for HIV and AIDS charities.Giving evidence to the inquest into the death of the former Princess, Ken Wharfe told the jury that after a meeting with the Queen, Diana returned to the car distressed.He claims she then told him that the Queen "doesn't like me getting involved in AIDS" and would prefer she involved herself in "something more pleasant."

  • Pride London parade to take place in July 4

    This year's Pride parade will have commercial sponsors with links to LGBT groups and charities.

    12:55 PM — This year's Pride London parade and rally are set to be the biggest ever say organisers.The parade will take place in central London on Saturday July 5th."Following the enormous success of the Pride events in June 2007, and all the feedback we received from people who took part, our aim is to create an even bigger and better event for 2008," said Paul Birrell, Chair of Pride London.

  • The gay poem that broke blasphemy laws 13

    The NVLA, now known as mediawatch, still regards their founder as the 'late, great Mary Whitehouse.'

    12:50 PM — The announcement that the government may support moves to strike down blasphemy laws comes 30 years after Denis Lemon was found guilty of committing libel against Christianity, the last prosecution for blasphemy.He was the editor of the now defunct but iconic UK newspaper Gay News.Mary Whitehouse, founder of the National Viewers and Listeners Association, (NVLA) announced her intention to sue in December 1976.

  • World’s first trans MP to be subject of biopic

    Ms Beyer had served in the post of MP for Wairarapa since 1999, campaigning for the rights of LGBT people.

    12:40 PM — Two Australian-based film-makers have won the right to make a film about the life of Georgina Beyer, the world's first transsexual MP.Ms Beyer, who retired from politics last year, is co-operating with the producers of the film, which is said to have a sizeable budget."I'm not going to be one of those people that wants to be there every inch of the way and having some control over casting of course," Ms Beyer told 3 News.

  • Spanish government defiant over Church attacks 40

    The Socialists and PP are only a few percentage points apart in opinion polls.

    12:30 PM — The rift between church and state in Spain showed no signs of healing today after the country's government said it would not accept "moral guardianship" from anyone.Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega said that the Church could no longer impose its morality on the country.Last week the Prime Minister of Spain responded to Roman Catholic leaders after they criticised government policy supporting gay marriage, easier divorces and abortion.

  • Student apologises for legal challenge to gay law question 1

    A question came up in Mr Dunne's bar exam last year concerning the rights of two married lesbians, their children and their property.

    12:02 PM — A man who failed Massachusetts' bar exam and then brought a lawsuit claiming that he failed because he refused to answer a question related to same-sex marriage has apologised to the gay community.In a letter to Boston paper Bay Windows Stephen Dunne called his legal action misguided."I have regrettably perpetuated intolerance and animosity towards my fellow Americans," he wrote. "My religiously-based discrimination of gay people was callous and diametrically opposed to America's core principles of freedom and equality."

  • US group reveals gay-friendly employers list

    A total of 195 US companies can now use the 2008 “Best Places to Work for GLBT Equality“ seal to distinguish their company as a fair-minded employer.

    11:55 AM — Human Rights Campaign, America's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights organisation, today released its annual list of the "Best Places to Work for GLBT Equality."A total of 195 US companies can now use the 2008 "Best Places to Work for GLBT Equality" seal to distinguish their company as a fair-minded employer.The seal is given to companies who score a perfect 100% on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index

  • Portsmouth unveils LGBT History Month events

    Organisers hope that the civil offices will fly the rainbow flag to mark the event.

    11:10 AM — A gay ghost hunt, Judy Garland, Mr Humphries and gay life on the ocean waves are due to be the highlights of LGBT History Month in Portsmouth next month.Organisers hope that the civil offices will fly the rainbow flag to mark the event. The council will make a final decision this month.History Month celebrations begin with a church service at John Pounds Memorial Church, High Street, Old Portsmouth on 3rd February.

  • Candidate withdraws from White House race

    A Democratic strategist told CNN on Wednesday Richardson plans to formally withdraw from the Presidential race this week.

    10:30 AM — New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has decided to drop out of the Democratic Presidential candidate race after a disappointing fourth place finishes in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries.A source close to Richardson told CNN he will make an official announcement of his resignation of the race on Thursday.Elected as Governor of New Mexico in 2002, he previously served as a US Representative, an Ambassador to the United Nations and as US Secretary of Energy.

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