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February 2008

  • 29th February 2008

    Jamaican police may get “sensitivity training”

    Sex between men in Jamaica is illegal, and punishable with up to ten years in jail, usually with hard labour.

    3:40 PM — The Deputy Commissioner of Police in Jamaica has said his officers need training to improve the way they deal with gay people.The Commonwealth country is notorious as one of the most homophobic places on earth.In the course of the last month a leading LGBT activist has fled the island claiming he was brutalised by police and an officer has gone into hiding after being abused by colleagues about his sexuality.

  • Gay film festival to showcase Japanese queer cinema 1

    This year there will be a retrospective on Japanese queer films from the 1960s to the present.

    2:55 PM — Now in its 23rd year, the Torino GLBT Film Festival or "Da Sodoma a Hollywood" will be held from 17th to 25th April 2008.Organisers said it will be the third Turin festival jointly organised and administered with Itlay's National Museum of Cinema."23 years of exploration and construction of queer imagination," they said in a press release. "With a sharp discerning eye for perceiving new developments, the festival has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of the major drivers of dialogue between the GLBT community and the public.

  • Man, 70, wanted over gay village murder 1

    Detectives need to speak to David Broady, 70, in connection with the murder of Craig Douglas.

    2:25 PM — Police have today released a second picture of a man they want to speak to in connection with the murder of a 25-year-old man.Detectives need to speak to David Broady, 70, in connection with the murder of Craig Douglas.They and are appealing for anyone who knows of his whereabouts to come forward.Anyone who sees him is asked not to approach him, but call 999 immediately. Police believe he is in Manchester.

  • Man jailed for making porn film with 16-year-old

    Ffoulkes paid the teenager £500 to appear in a photoshoot then directed him in a bareback porn film.

    1:10 PM — A 48-year-old man has been sentenced to two years and eleven months in prison for inciting a child into pornography.Rufus Ffoulkes, of Alexander Road, Lowestoft, has 58 previous convictions, mostly for fraud and theft. In 1981 he was convicted for having sex with a 13-year-old boy.Floulkes recruited young men for his homemade porn films from the website Gaydar. One brought along the 16-year-old boy.

  • Tutu to accept award from LGBT rights group 6

    In December he apologised to gay people all around the world for the way they have been treated by the Church.

    12:30 PM — The former Archbishop of Cape Town and Nobel Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu is to be honoured by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.The Anglican leader has been outspoken in his rejection of homophobia, often clashing with his more conservative African colleagues.He will be appearing at IGLHRC's A Celebration of Courage event in San Francisco on April 8th to accept the OUTSPOKEN Award.

  • Report exposes exclusion and prejudice faced by gay parents

    22% of students said that a teacher, principal or other school staff person had discouraged them from talking about their family.

    12:20 PM — The first comprehensive study into lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) families' experiences in education in America has found that they are more conscientious than straight parents but suffer high levels of discrimination.Current estimates indicate there are more than seven million LGBT parents with school-age children in the United States.53% of parents described various forms of exclusion from their school communities.

  • Teacher’s victory in gay discrimination case 1

    The school's governing body accepted guilt and made an unreserved apology before the case went to full procedure.

    12:10 PM — A young gay teacher has received an unqualified apology from the governors of a school which formerly employed him after a landmark case for harassment under sexual orientation employment regulations.The school's governing body accepted guilt and made an unreserved apology before the case went to full procedure.This was the first case in UK law that saw a teacher taking his school to tribunal under the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003.

  • Iranian asylum seeker’s deportation delayed

    Medhi will have to be repatriated to his country of origin because according to the British government, he does not run any risk there.

    10:34 AM — A gay teenager who was due to be deported to the UK earlier this week is still in detention in Holland.19-year-old Medhi Kazemi, who faces possible execution by stoning if he returns to Iran, fled for the Netherlands last year after his appeal for asylum in the UK was refused.He is awaiting the ruling of Dutch court next Monday on whether he should be returned to the UK, who want to deport him to Iran.

  • McCain addresses birthplace questions

    An article in the New York Times on Thursday revisted the question of whether or not McCain is qualified to hold the highest office in the country.

    1:30 AM — Arizona Senator John McCain has finally spoken out about persistent rumours that he is not a 'natural born citizen' of the United States and therefore not eligible to become President.McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone and some have argued that under the definition of 'natural born citizen', he is cannot be president according to the U.S. constitution.He was born August 29, 1936 at the Coco Solo Air Base in the American-controlled Panama Canal Zone.

  • Feds to investigate death of Brokeback actor

    Ledger was found lying face down, naked and unresponsive in his bedroom by a housekeeper and a masseuse on January 22nd.

    1:22 AM — Autopsy results in the death of 28-year-old actor Heath Ledger indicated the actor died of an accidental overdose of prescription medication.Now, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency wants to know who prescribed the medications that killed Ledger, if the prescriptions were legal and how much the doctors responsible knew about the total medications Ledger was taking.

  • Presidential candidate picks Green running mate

    The Green Party currently already has four announced candidates.

    1:15 AM — Ralph Nader, who announced this week he will run again for President, has chosen former San Francisco Supervisor Matt Gonzalez as his running mate.Texas-born Gonzalez ran for mayor of San Francisco in 2003 as a Green Party candidate, but lost to Gavin Newsom."I want someone who shares my sense of justice and opposition to corporate state control over our society," Nader said of Gonzalez.

  • Analysis: Obama reaches out to LGBT community 2

    HIV/AIDS was also a focus of Obama's letter to the gay community.

    1:03 AM — Illinois Senator Barack Obama is appealing directly to LGBT voters with new advertisements in Ohio and Texas gay newspapers.The Democratic Presidential contender also released a statement on Thursday targeted to the gay community, asking for support "so that together we can bring about real change for all LGBT Americans."In a statement from the Obama campaign released on Thursday, titled "Open Letter from Barack Obama to the LGBT community," the Senator detailed his history of activism on behalf of gay Americans.

  • 28th February 2008

    Car salesman loses employment tribunal 2

    Mr Hamilton claimed his workmates at a BMW showroom branded him “the nice poof“, “faggot“ and “bender Ben.“

    4:35 PM — A man who claimed that he was forced to leave his job because of homophobic abuse from fellow workers has lost his case at an employment tribunal.Ben Hamilton, 26, was claiming that persistent remarks about his sexuality amounted to constructive unfair dismissal and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.The tribunal questioned why he made no complaints about his treatment before he resigned from his job as a salesman at the BMW showroom in Chandler's Ford in October 2006.

  • Gay groups present report at Edinburgh Castle reception

    Communities and Sport Minister Stewart Maxwell hosted the event which also marked LGBT History Month.

    4:15 PM — The LGBT Hearts and Minds Agenda Group has presented a copy of their report into challenging prejudice at a special ministerial reception held yesterday evening at Edinburgh Castle.Communities and Sport Minister Stewart Maxwell hosted the event which also marked LGBT History Month.The group is facilitated by the Scottish Government Equality Unit and is made up of representatives from three national LGBT organisations.

  • Second man released in gay village murder investigation 1

    Inquiries into the circumstances of Mr Douglas' death continue.

    3:55 PM — A 66-year-old man, arrested on Monday on suspicion of murder of Craig Douglas, has been freed on police bail pending further inquiries until 24th March.A 49-year-old man who was also arrested in connection with the incident was earlier released without charge.Inquiries into the circumstances of Mr Douglas' death continue and police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.

  • Matthew Shepard anniversary marked with hate crime campaign

    Judy Shepard will unveil the new campaign during the 7th Annual Bear to Make a Difference Gala.

    3:30 PM — The mother of a murdered gay man will mark the ten years since his death by unveiling a new, aggressive anti-hate campaign.The Matthew Shepard Foundation announced today that it plans to engage the general public in the mission to "Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion and Acceptance."Judy Shepard will unveil the new campaign during the 7th Annual Bear to Make a Difference Gala, which will take place on Saturday, March 29th in Denver, Colorado.

  • Lesbian magazine cover censored 13

    DIVA, Europe's leading lesbian glossy chose this photo, a homage to a legendary cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

    3:03 PM — A sensual cover image featuring a lesbian embrace has been censored after objections from a major retailer.DIVA, Europe's leading lesbian glossy, had chosen the photo, a homage to a legendary cover of Rolling Stone magazine featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono, for the cover of their SEX issue.Jane Czyzselska, editor of DIVA magazine, said: "The cover image of Yoko and John taken by Annie Leibovitz for Rolling Stone magazine in 1981 is one of the most iconic of our time."

  • Pop star denies chaining escort to wall

    At today's 20-minute hearing at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London he appeared using his real name, George O'Dowd.

    1:50 PM — Boy George, the DJ and former Culture Club singer, has appeared in court to deny assaulting and imprisoning a Norwegian rent boy last April.At today's 20-minute hearing at Snaresbrook Crown Court in London he appeared using his real name, George O'Dowd. He was bailed and he trial will begin on November 24th.It is alleged that 28-year-old Auden Carlsen met the former Culture Club star on website Gaydar.

  • Socialists question First Minister about gay rights 1

    The Northern Irish and Scottish governments meet regularly at the British-Irish Council.

    1:25 PM — The national convenor of the Scottish Socialist party has written to the First Minister of Scotland seeking an assurance that any future meetings with members of the Northern Ireland Assembly would raise the issue of attitudes towards lesbian and gay rights by its ministers.Two DUP members of the Northern Ireland Executive, which operates as a coalition government with Republican party Sinn Fein, have been accused of homophobia.

  • Obama adverts target gay community 1

    Senator Obama smiled at her criticisms of his lack of foreign affairs experience.

    12:40 PM — Presidential candidate Barack Obama has bought advertising in gay newspapers in four cities in the two key primary states of Texas and Ohio.The Advocate reports that full page adverts will appear in titles in Dallas, Houston, Cleveland and Columbus.Democratic primary and caucus participants in the two states vote next Tuesday, along with Rhode Island and Vermont. The delegate-rich Ohio and Texas contests are must-wins for Hillary Clinton.

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