1 February 2008Comment: Keep Huckabee out of the White House + It has been 15 years since Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee suggested to the Associated Press that steps should be taken to "isolate the carriers of this plague" with regards to the AIDS epidemic.But time and awareness haven't changed the presidential hopeful's tune.Just months ago, he told Fox News: "I had simply made the point, and I still believe this today, that in the late 80s and early 90s, when we didn't know as much."
1 February 2008Uncertain future for gay arts venue 6 One of the UK's leading producers of lesbian and gay performance has launched a fundraising campaign after Arts Council England confirmed it is to stop all of its £250,000 funding from April.The Drill Hall in central London, whose partons include choreographer Matthew Bourne, Harry Potter actress Miriam Margolyes and comic Julian Clary, has a established an international reputation for championing the work of new artists, performers and theatre practitioners.
1 February 2008Bail for sauna rape suspect + Police in Manchester have bailed a man arrested on suspicion of rape.Shortly after 2.30am on Tuesday police received reports that a man had been raped at the Basement Complex, a gay sauna on Tariff Street."An investigation was launched and a 31-year-old man from the Miles Platting area was arrested on suspicion of rape on Wednesday 30 January 2008," Greater Manchester Police said in a statement.
1 February 2008Memorial to gay Beatles manager gains support + LGBT activists in Liverpool have begun a campaign to honour one of the city's most prominent gay residents.Brian Epstein was one of the most influential figures in the 'Mersey Beat' movement in the early 1960s.As well as managing The Beatles until his death in 1967, he launched the careers of Cilla Black and Gerry and the Pacemakers.
1 February 2008Judge to be investigated over treatment of HIV+ witness 3 The Ontario Judicial Council has received complaints from HIV advocacy groups in Canada after a judge demanded that a witness with the virus wore a mask when giving evidence.The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the HIV and AIDS Legal Clinic are calling for an investigation into Barrie judge Jon-Jo Douglas' conduct on November 23rd last year.When a witness who has Hepatitis C and is HIV-positive took the stand, Judge Douglas told the Crown counsel: "I mean, he speaks within two feet of me with two serious infectious diseases."
1 February 2008Catholic Church tries to influence Spanish elections 13 Socialist politicians in Spain have expressed anger at a statement from the country's Roman Catholic bishops that tells the faithful not to vote for parties that support gay marriage.The Spanish Bishop's Conference issued a statement earlier this week: "Catholics may support and join different parties it is also true that not all (electoral) programmes are equally compatible with the faith and Christian demands in life."Socialist spokesman Jose Blanco said that many Catholics would feel ashamed at attempts by religious leaders to influence March's election.
1 February 2008Homophobic mob attack Jamaican gay men 29 The Jamaican government is being urged to tackle mob violence against gay people in the country after an attack on a group of men alleged to be homosexual.The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays, JFLAG, is urging the Jamaican government to action."This has become a blot on Jamaica's human rights record," said a JFLAG spokesperson.
3 February 2008Suspended MP accuses newspapers of homophobia 32 The Conservative MP suspended from the House of Commons after it emerged that he his son and his friend were given public funds in breach of Parliamentary rules has publically defended his gay son and accused the media of homophobia.Derrick Conway has paid his son out of Parliamentary expenses whilst he was a full time student in Newcastle.
3 February 2008New York to recognise out of state gay weddings + A New York appeals court ruled last Friday that gay marriages or civil partnerships conducted in other states or countries are to be legally recognised in the state.Donna Lieberman of the New York Civil Liberties Union said: "This is a victory for families, it's a victory for fairness and it's a victory for human rights.
4 February 2008Apology to gay community over MRSA story 1 Over the last few weeks, the subject of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) has hit the media, making a big impact in the gay community.Several reputable news agencies including the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle published detailed studies about the spread of the disease between men who have homosexual relations.The 'superbug' does have a higher rate of infection among men who have sex with men.
4 February 2008Ambassador complains to Vatican about election statement 13 Spain's ambassador to the Vatican met with Church officials over the weekend to protest about interference in the country's elections by the country's bishops.Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos revealed on Saturday that Ambassador Francisco Vazquez expressed his "perplexity and surprise" at statement issued last week by the Spanish Bishop's Conference.The Zapatero government introduced full gay marriage in Spain in 2005.
4 February 2008Florida will vote on same-sex marriage ban + An initiative to ask Florida's citizens to ban gay marriage in the state will be voted on in November.
4 February 2008Boles donates money to Boris campaign 7 A leading gay Tory has donated £20,000 to the campaign to elect Boris Johnson as Mayor of London.Nick Boles was the frontrunner to be his party's candidate for Mayor until he withdrew from the race after being diagnosed with a form of cancer.Now it has emerged that he is among a list of donors to Boris' campaign, alongside property developers, hedge fund managers, lobbyists and art dealers.
4 February 2008Super Tuesday could decide the 2008 Presidential race 7 Tomorrow Democrats, Republicans and Independents in 24 US states will take part in the biggest vote before the Presidential election in November.At a series of caucuses and primaries across America, 41% of the pledged delegates for the Republican convention and 52% of the votes at the Democratic convention will fall behind one of the candidates still in the race.No wonder they call it Super Tuesday.
4 February 2008Human rights group condemns Jamaica violence 28 A leading US-based rights organisation has said that the latest incident of homophobic mob violence in Jamaica shows that the police in the Caribbean nation are failing in their duties.Scott Long, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Programme at Human Rights Watch, said: "Gays and lesbians in Jamaica face violence at home, in public, even in a house of worship, and official silence encourages the spread of hate."The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays, JFLAG, brought the most recent attack to wider attention.
4 February 2008NHS surrogates may be used by gay couples + A Primary Care Trust in England is considering an application for funds to pay for a surrogate mother to have a baby for an infertile couple.While it is illegal to pay both surrogate mothers and egg donors in Britain, North East Essex PCT is considering paying up to £15,000 in 'expenses' to carry a baby to full-term, which is allowed under the law.However, the option is at present only under consideration by one of the 152 PCTs in England.
4 February 2008Gay Holocaust memorial to be built in Berlin 3 A multi-media memorial to the thousands of gay men who died in Nazi concentration camps should be ready in a matter of months.It is being constructed opposite the main Holocaust memorial for Jewish victims in Tiergarten Park in Berlin at a cost of 600,000 euros (£450,000).The government agreed to the design last week, four years after the memorial was agreed in principle.
4 February 2008Get walking to fight hate crime + Preparations are underway for a major gay day out in Brighton during the May bank holiday.Gay and lesbian stars will join hundreds of others on a fundraising walk in the popular seaside resort.The 5th Annual Equality Walk is a demonstration of solidarity against hate crime, a nice day out, a good bit of exercise and an opportunity to do a bit of star-spotting.
4 February 2008Speaker calls for transparency on MPs allowances 31 The Speaker of the House of Commons has urged MPs from all sides to move quickly to reform of the allowances system.A meeting of the Members' Estimates Committee is to consider new rules, including a ban on employing relatives with public funds.Speaker Michael Martin, a member of the committee, made a statement to MPs this afernoon.
4 February 2008Minister questioned at LGBT education conference 8 A junior education minister defended the government's new guidance on homophobic bullying at last weekend's Schools OUT conference.Kevin Brennan, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, told an audience of around 100 who packed into London's Drill Hall that the new guidance was a major step forward."While we cannot force a positive attitude through law or through a policy, however robust, you have to have an environment, and schools must promote an environment, based on respect," he said.
Articles from February 2008
- Video: Married binational gay couple kept apart by DOMA urges US Supreme Court strike-down+
- US: President Obama urges Congress to pass bill to end anti-LGBT workplace discrimination1
- US: GOP Senator says he thinks businesses should be able to sack people for being gay7
- Former BP CEO Lord Browne to write new book on homophobia in business3
- Scottish trans woman ‘forced’ to leave town after she was branded a ‘witch’10
- US: Psychotherapists slam ‘gay cure’ app still available from Google app store2
- Mixed martial arts fighter: ‘Equal marriage could lead to incest, bestiality and child marriages’43
- Dale Cregan sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering gay police officer and her colleague3
- Russia: Fans warn anti-gay law poses 2018 World Cup violence risk6
- US Supreme Court ruling on Proposition 8: Six possible outcomes3
- US: GOP Senator says he thinks businesses should be able to sack people for being gay7
- US: Gay Catholics to turn their backs on Cardinal who compared Pride to Ku Klux Klan rally10
- Mixed martial arts fighter: 'Equal marriage could lead to incest, bestiality and child marriages' 43
- French Olympic swimmers pose as 'imaginary gay couple' for anti-homophobia campaign12
- Scottish trans woman 'forced' to leave town after she was branded a 'witch'10
- US: Caterpillar Inc cuts ties with Boy Scouts over lack of progress on gay leadership2
- Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard: It's 'absurd' to think my hairdresser partner Tim Mathieson is gay15
- Nebraska: University withdraws lesbian student for 'immoral homosexual acts'18
- In Photos: As One in the Park 201317
- US: Gay Jewish activist wins $3.5M lawsuit against cousin for 'brutal' childhood abuse9
- Daily Mail's Andrew Pierce: I'm called a 'homophobe' and 'Uncle Tom' for opposing equal marriage102
- Tory Lord Mawhinney tables 'traditional marriage' amendment for equal marriage bill61
- Lord Dear proposes new amendment to equal marriage bill concerning 'traditional marriage'60
- Baroness Knight: The gays are still good at antiques and Section 28 was right59
- French mayor: 'I will go to the gallows' before performing a same-sex wedding52
- Labour's Clause 20 sex education amendment fails in the Commons50
- Pope Francis: There is a 'gay lobby' at the heart of the Vatican 'it exists'48
- YouGov poll: Next Doctor Who actor being straight less important than being male and British45
- Lord Hylton tables new wrecking amendment for the equal marriage bill45
- Labour fear Lord Dear will table a new wrecking amendment for the equal marriage bill43
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