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January 2008

  • 21st January 2008

    Gay nursing home opens in Germany 2

    “When you are old, the last thing that you want to do is to have to hide. And you certainly don't want to give up your identity and live in some hostile environment, possibly sharing a room with someone who despises you.“

    1:05 PM — Europe's first gay nursing home has opened in Berlin.Berlin's gay mayor Klaus Wowereit is publicly supporting the ground-breaking project, which culminates years of planning and fund-raising.The newly built, four-storey nursing facility in the Pankow district of the German capital can accommodate 28 patients in state-of-the-art rooms with private bathrooms and enough space for some of their own furnishings.

  • Irish authority calls for trans equality review

    The tender documents say that the new report should also explicitly identify trans people as covered under the gender ground.

    1:05 PM — Ireland's Equality Authority is seeking tenders for a report on extending equal status legislation to cover discrimination against trans people.The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform is reviewing the grounds covered by the Equal Status Acts, which outlaw discrimination on the grounds of gender, marital status, family status, age, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion and membership of the Traveller community.

  • GLAAD announces nominees for 19th Media Awards

    The GLAAD Media Awards aim to recognise and honour media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.

    1:05 PM — The Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has announced the nominees and honourees for its 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.Nominees this year include the films Across the Universe, The Jane Austen Book Club and Stardust, dramas Brothers Sisters and The L Word and comedies Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty and The War at Home.My Name is Earl and Law Order are nominated in the category for an individual episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character), while Project Runway is listed in the reality programme category.

  • Lords ready for fight over gay parents 20

    Today the Lords will discuss a change in abortion law.

    1:05 PM — Conservative peers and senior churchmen will this week attempt to block new legislation that will give more rights to lesbian and gay parents.Leading gay rights opponent Lord Tebbit, a former Cabinet minister under Margaret Thatcher, wants to defeat proposals that would allow two parents of the same sex to be listed on a child's birth certificate.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill includes new recognition of same-sex couples as legal parents of children conceived through the use of donated sperm, eggs or embryos.

  • Cuban law may recognise same-sex partners, say officials 2

    The proposed change to Cuban family law would put members of same-sex unions on a par with heterosexual couples, said psychologist Mariela Castro, who is the daughter of acting President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel.

    12:08 PM — The Cuban Communist Party is considering granting legal recognition to same-sex unions, as health officials prepare to authorise sex-change operations, the director of the Cenesex sex education centre in Cuba has said.The proposed change to Cuban family law would put members of same-sex unions on a par with heterosexual couples, psychologist Mariela Castro, who is the daughter of acting President Raul Castro and niece of Fidel, told EFE.

  • Gay Jesus play condemned by church 2

    Set to open on February 7th as part of Sydney's annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival, Corpus Christi depicts Jesus and his followers as gay, and ends with Jesus being crucified.

    12:08 PM — A controversial play that depicts Jesus being seduced by Judas and conducting a gay marriage for two apostles has been condemned by church leaders ahead of its opening in Sydney.The Anglican Bishop of South Sydney, Robert Forsyth, expressed his outrage at the plot of Corpus Christi on Sunday, calling the play "historical nonsense.""It is deliberately, not innocently, offensive and they're obviously having a laugh about it," he told the Sun-Herald newspaper.

  • Teen sports pictures found on gay porn sites 1

    State Assembly member Jose Solorio promised an investigation but said it was unclear whether re-posting the pictures, taken from school and other websites, is illegal.

    12:08 PM — Parents and politicians in southern California have condemned sexually explicit gay websites which feature photos of teenage boys playing water polo.An investigation by the Orange County Register discovered photographs of players from eleven high schools in the area, some as young as 14, posted next to naked images of young men on a website registered in London.Players from other California high schools were also found.

  • Obama references gays in Martin Luther King speech 1

    Senator Barack Obama is arguably the first African-American candidate with a realistic shot at the White House.

    11:10 AM — The only United States federal holiday honouring an African-American is celebrated today, and Democratic candidates in the Presidential races have evoked the memory of Martin Luther King in their bid for the White House.Celebrated on the third Monday in January, Martin Luther King Day will be marked with a debate between the Democratic candidates sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus and broadcast on CNN.Martin Luther King Day was signed into law by a Republican President, Ronald Reagan, in 1983.

  • Gay Christians warn of evangelical commissioner’s anti-gay crusade 3

    The Evangelical Alliance is one of the most strident voices against gay rights in the UK.

    10:40 AM — The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement has claimed that one of the Equality and Human Rights commissioners should never have been appointed.In a ten-page dossier the LGCM states that Joel Edwards, who is director of The Evangelical Alliance, "has tried to stall or frustrate the passage of almost every single legislative reform or repeal promoting justice and fairness for the UK's lesbian and gay citizens."The EHRC is designed to promote a fair, equal and diverse society and tackling illegal discrimination.

  • Paddick advertises crime message on PinkNews.co.uk

    Mr Paddick's adverts targets the incumbent Mayor's record on violent crime in London.

    10:21 AM — The Liberal Democrat contender for Mayor of London is targeting LGBT voters with adverts on PinkNews.co.uk.Brian Paddick, who as Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police was the most senior out gay officer in the UK, was chosen as the party's candidate in November.Londoners will go to the polls on May 1st. Ken Livingstone is standing for the Labour party and seeking a third term in office. Boris Johnson, the MP for Henley, is the Conservative candidate. Sian Berry is standing for the Green party.

  • 20th January 2008

    McCain beats Huckabee in South Carolina 2

    John McCain beat John Huckabee

    2:50 AM — In the South Carolina primaries, John McCain beat Mike Huckabee by 33 per cent to 30 per cent. Mr Huckabee last week compared gay marriage to "a man and an animal."In the Nevada Democratic caucus, New York Senator Hillary Clinton scored 51 per cent of the vote compared to Barack Obama's 45 per cent. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has been declared the winner in the Republican Nevada caucus, leading over rival Arizona Senator John McCain by a wide margin.

  • Home Secretary won’t walk the streets of Hackney 1

    Jacqui Smith said she didn't think people walk in Hackney at night

    2:50 AM — Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has told the Sunday Times that she wouldn't walk the streets of Hackney (East London), an area with a burgeoning LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) population, at night. Ironically, fellow Home Office Minister, Meg Hillier is the MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch.Asked by the newspaper if she would walk alone in Hackney Ms Smith replied: "Well, no, but I don't think I'd have ever have done."

  • 18th January 2008

    Bar staff convicted of vicious assault 2

    CCTV footage was vital in convicting the men.

    5:50 PM — The co-owner of the Fridge Bar in Brixton, south London, has been convicted along with members of staff of violent disorder and attempted grievous bodily harm.Bar cashier Victor Reid, 41, from Brixton, doorman Frederick Mallefroy, 43, from Ilford in Essex and bar co-owner Ralph Daley, 45, of Purley, set upon a man in his twenties as he tried to gain entry to the bar in November 2006.The Fridge Bar and adjoining club have in the past hosted many well-known gay events.

  • NZ commission suggests more rights for trans people

    80% of trans people in New Zealand had experienced discrimination.

    5:30 PM — The Human Rights Commission in New Zealand has recommended that citizens should be able to alter their sex on documents such as passports and birth certificates.Following a two-year study the commission has said the country's Human Rights Act should be amended to make gender identity discrimination illegal."Forms of discrimination and harassment ranged from low-level (avoidance and insults) to very severe (violent physical and sexual assaults)," the commission said.

  • MPs question queerupnorth funding cut 1

    queerupnorth was the first of its kind in the UK and Europe and describes itself as “the most adventurous and creative queer arts  cultural producer in the UK.“

    4:15 PM — A group of Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs have condemned a decision by the Arts Council in England to stop funding a gay and lesbian arts festival in Manchester.John Leech, Jeremy Corbyn, Stephen Williams, Simon Hughes and Mark Williams have signed an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons highlighting the work that queerupnorth does tackling homophobic bullying in schools.The LGBT arts organisation is facing a bleak future after its funding for next year has been cut.

  • Jewish leaders back homophobic incitement law 5

    The Board of Deputies of British Jews said that their community's experience of prejudice was the reason they were supporting the government's proposal.

    3:31 PM — A proposed new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation has been backed by the main body representing British Jews.The Board of Deputies of British Jews said that their community's experience of prejudice was the reason they were supporting the government's proposal.The Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill was passed by the House of Commons last week and will now be discussed in the Lords.

  • Huckabee compares gay marriage to bestiality 19

    Since winning the Iowa primary earlier this month, the evangelical Christian has become a serious contender for the White House.

    2:15 PM — Mike Huckabee, one of the leading contenders for the Republican party nomination for President of the United States, has said he wants to change the country's Constitution to ban abortion and compared gay relationships to "a man and an animal."In an interview with an online religious magazine Huckabee, a former Baptist preacher, said: "I think the radical view is to say that we're going to change the definition of marriage so that it can mean two men, two women, a man and three women, a man and a child, a man and animal."

  • Welsh gay project closes due to lack of support

    The existing funds of the Rainbow Project have been transferred to Terence Higgins Trust.

    1:30 PM — In a short press statement published online yesterday, the Rainbow Project South Wales announced it had dissolved itself at the end of December.The charity had been in existence for at least ten years and gained charitable status four years ago.It was working towards opening a lesbian, gay and bisexual community centre in Cardiff.

  • Gay drop-in centre proposed for Soho

    The proposal is part of a wider Soho Action Plan launched by Westminster City Council this week.

    1:10 PM — Westminster City Council is supporting an initiative for a "one-stop-shop" for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender residents in Soho, offering health and social care services, business support and an exhibition space all under one roof.The council estimates that 10% of the 4,000 residents in the area are gay, lesbian or transgender, and if the plan goes ahead the centre will be the largest of its type in the UK.Charity Kairos, which promotes the health and well-being of the LGBT community, is backing the scheme.

  • Win a shopping trip with Joan Collins

    Where else could you bid for a walk on part in Little Britain USA or a trip to Harvey Nics with Joan Collins?

    1:00 PM — An auction to raise money for sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has a range of unusual celebrity lots on offer.A walk on part in Little Britain USA, a ballroom dancing lesson with Strictly Come Dancing's Camilla Dallerup and a shopping trip with Joan Collins are just some of the experiences on offer at the Lighthouse Gala Auction on March 10th.The auction, supported by Barclays, will place at Christie's. Kylie Minogue has signed a unique Jimmie Martin chair for the auction which features her portrait.

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