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11 January 2008

  • 11th January 2008

    Spanish party pledges to create “family” ministry

    PP have not indicated they intend to amend or abolish gay marriage should they come to power.

    5:30 PM — The main opposition party in Spain has made a bid for conservative and Catholic votes by promising to establish a new "family" ministry if they win the elections in March.Addressing a rally in Toledo yesterday the leader of Partido Popular, Mariano Rajoy, suggested that the "traditional family" needs extra protection.The incumbent Socialist government has legalised same-sex marriage, eased divorce laws and repeatedly clashed with the Roman Catholic Church.

  • Researchers pinpoint human proteins HIV needs to survive 2

    When the virus didn't spread effectively in some of the genes, researchers could pin point which proteins it needed to survive.

    4:55 PM — Researchers at Harvard Medical school have discovered 273 of the human proteins that the HIV virus preys on to damage the body.Experts have always known the virus depended on human proteins to attack the body, but only knew what 36 of these proteins were before last Thursday.The new research was published online by the journal Science. Scientists used a type of genetic screen to discover these new human proteins, which the virus needs to survive in human cells.

  • Gay activists cleared by Russian court

    The acquitted activists are considering suing the police for illegal arrest and detention.

    4:30 PM — A group of LGBT rights campaigners arrested at a polling station in Russia during December's elections have been acquitted.More than two dozen activists came to vote at the polling station to protest against the electoral process and the homophobic stance of all political parties including President Vladimir Putin's United Russia.Mayor Luzhkov, the city's homophobic Mayor, headed the Moscow list for the party and cast his vote at the polling station an hour after the arrests.

  • Baby taken away from Brazilian gay couple 2

    The official, Cláudio Santos de Moraes, said he was not being homophobic when he fought for the couple to lose custody of the baby.

    3:14 PM — A government official who successfully fought to take an adopted baby away from a gay couple in Brazil has said that "gay couples are abnormal."Last Monday 70 people gathered in San Jose do Rio Preto, a small town outside of Sao Paulo, to protest against the baby being removed from the care of a 30-year-old transsexual hairdresser, Roberta Góes Luiz, and her partner."I've been through three psychological evaluations successfully. I have my own home," Roberta told O Globo .

  • Website records life and times of Orton 1

    The new website includes information on Orton's plays and diaries.

    2:55 PM — A website dedicated to the life and times of gay playwright Joe Orton has been launched.Leicester City Council joined forces with the University of Leicester and Islington Council to create the site, which has the endorsement of the Orton Estate.Despite his professional career lasting a mere three years, Joe Orton is still remembered as one of the most talented and outrageous playwrights of the 20th century.

  • Man unhappy at sentence for boyfriend’s killer 2

    Judge Brian Barker described the events in the park as “a dispute over dogs which was blown up out of all proportion.“

    2:50 PM — A 42-year-old man who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of the managing director of a research consultancy specialising in gay and lesbian issues has been sentenced two and a half years in prison.Tony Hoare, 49, was attacked in September as he walked his two Jack Russell dogs in Charlton Park, south east London.He was found unconscious and died shortly after being taken to hospital.

  • Comment: L Word highlights US military’s gay ban 2

    Rollins' character is navigating the difficult choice many real LGB soldiers are facing in the US military.

    2:39 PM — Actress Rose Rollins is speaking out about her The L Word character Tasha and the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" storyline garnering national attention for her role.Playing a captain in the Army National Guard, Rollins' character is navigating the difficult choice many real LGB soldiers are facing in the US military — whether to stay in the closet or face being discharged and losing their careers.Although Tasha has developed a reputation as being the 'tough' girl on the show, her character is about far more than her exterior 'attitude'.

  • Gibraltar gays take age of consent fight to Europe 24

    The Council of Ministers is the highest level of the European body which is responsible for overseeing human rights.

    2:11 PM — Gibraltar's unequal age of consent and discriminatory sexual offences legislation have been taken to the Council of Ministers of the Council of Europe by gay rights group GGR.At present male homosexual sex is legal at 18, rather than 16 for heterosexual and lesbian sex.The Council of Ministers is the highest level of the European body which is responsible for overseeing human rights.Gibraltar is a self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom.

  • Seaside Pride will chase away the winter blues

    The festival has something for everyone, from an 80's trans disco to a lesbian mud fight.

    1:30 PM — For those of you finding January a struggle, help is at hand from the seaside city of Brighton.Pride may seem like a distant memory, but fear not - Winter Pride kicks off on February 2nd, a festival of more than 70 events designed to cheer up even the most grumpy gay.The festival has something for everyone, from an 80's trans disco to a lesbian mud fight.

  • Gay mayor is Al-Qaeda target

    Mr Delanoe is running for a second seven-year term as mayor of Paris.

    12:50 PM — The Socialist mayor of Paris has been given increased police protection after US security services informed their French counterparts that he might be attacked by terrorists.While monitoring internet traffic related to Al-Qaeda the CIA discovered that Bertrand Delanoe was listed as a target.As mayor of France's biggest city, he is the most prominent gay politician in the country. A police spokesman confirmed that the mayor was being given more security.

  • Extra performance for London’s sold out gay panto

    The pantomime features a quartet of gay and lesbian ghosts who are freed at a séance and bring chaos in Scrooge's hotel on Christmas Eve.

    12:40 PM — A charity panto in aid of gay equality organisation Stonewall has proved so popular that an extra date has been added to cope with demand.On January 13 London Frontrunners will stage their A Christmas Carol at the Drill Hall in Chenies Street, with an extra evening performance at 7.15pm.The second performance will be in aid of the venue itself, the UK's premier gay arts venue which has recently been threatened with complete withdrawal of its Arts Council funding.

  • AIDS mother still waiting for Huckabee meeting 1

    On the campaign trail Mr Huckabee said he would be happy to meet with White-Ginder.

    12:25 PM — US Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has been accused of breaking his word by failing to meet AIDS activist Jeanne White-Ginder.The former Governor had agreed to a meeting last month after he was heavily criticised for comments he made 15 years ago that people with AIDS should be isolated from the population.Ms White-Ginder is the mother of teenager Ryan White. He raised awareness about AIDS in the early 1980s when he contracted the disease from a blood-clotting agent used to treat haemophilia.

  • British Museum examines Rome’s premier gay couple 2

    Hadrian's sexual orientation wasn't the only unusual aspect of his reign.  Photo © Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons

    12:10 PM — He is best-known in the UK for building a defensive wall as protection against the fierce Scots.However, back in Rome the Emperor Hadrian was noteworthy for taking his gay lover as a consort, a new exhibition about his life reveals. Hadrian: Empire and Conflict opens at the British Museum later this year. Publius Aelius Traianus Hadrianus, to give him his full name, was made emperor in AD117, when the Roman Empire was at its prime.

  • QBoy meets hip hop heroes

    “Meeting Salt-N-Pepa has been my dream since I was a teenager,“ said QBoy.

    11:50 AM — Gay rap sensation QBoy fulfilled one of his lifelong dreams recently - meeting his musical idols Salt-N-Pepa.His interview with the queens of hip hop is part of a documentary for BBC digital network 1Xtra.The documentary about the return of Salt-N-Pepa by Made In Manchester productions has been co-produced by QBoy. This is the rapper's first radio production credit.

  • Pink Singers bring Continental show to London

    Pink Singers will also be celebrating their 25th anniversary this April.

    2:15 AM — After two concerts in Paris, the Pink Singers are bringing Amour and more to London.Equivox, the vibrant Parisian lesbian and gay choir, will be the special guests of the performance which includes various love songs inspired in the city of Paris.The lesbian and gay community choir will be putting on the show on January 19th at Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music at Marylebone Road.

  • Conference discusses Fidel’s attitude to gay Cubans

    Sexual diversity was seen by Fidel Castro as a corrupt consequence of capitalism.

    2:05 AM — Yesterday in Madrid a two-day discussion on homosexuality in Cuba and the repression that sexual minorities had undergone because of the island's communist regime began.Sexual diversity was seen by Fidel Castro as a corrupt consequence of capitalism.Posters for the conference bore Che Guevara's well-known picture along with the rainbow colours of the gay Pride flag.

  • Stonewall speaks out about bullying after teen suicide 3

    Gay equality organisation Stonewall has spoken out about the treatment of gay kids in British schools.

    1:55 AM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has highlighted the treatment of gay kids in British schools after media reports about a teenage girl who committed suicide after a campaign of harassment about her sexuality.In a letter to supporters Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill wrote: "A number of newspapers reported the death by suicide on Tuesday of a 14 year-old girl from Sussex who had been reportedly taunted by bullies calling her a lesbian.

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