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January 2008

  • 11th January 2008

    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.

  • 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.

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