1st February 2008
Homophobic mob attack Jamaican gay men 29
4:45 PM — 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. "No modern democracy can afford to revert to jungle justice."
Catholic Church tries to influence Spanish elections 13
4:20 PM — 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.
Judge to be investigated over treatment of HIV+ witness 3
4:00 PM — 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."
Memorial to gay Beatles manager gains support
3:35 PM — 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. Liverpool is European Capital of Culture 2008.
Bail for sauna rape suspect
12:20 PM — 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.
Uncertain future for gay arts venue 6
11:45 AM — 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.
Comment: Keep Huckabee out of the White House
11:30 AM — 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."