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18 February 2008

  • 18th February 2008

    Body identified as King’s lover

    The remains were found at Hulton Abbey

    6:20 PM — A body found at Hulton Abbey, Staffordshire has been identified as Sir Hugh Despenser the Younger, the supposed gay lover of the Plantagenet king, Edward II.Sir Hugh died a a gruesome death, hung, drawn and quartered for treason in 1326 after Edward II abdicated. The remains were found in the 1970s but only just identified by anthropologist Mary Lewis says.

  • Beckham team mate’s same-sex kiss excites gossip sites 11

    Guti (left) has played for Real Madrid his entire career, starting with their youth academy in 1986, and is one of three team captains.

    6:20 PM — A former team mate of England footballer David Beckham has been photographed kissing another man.Spanish tabloid magazine Cuore ran the photos of Real Madrid midfielder Guti outside a restaurant.Jose Maria Gutierrez Hernandez, 31, is married to TV presenter Arancha de Benito and they have two children. She has made a statement to the press stating she has decided to "take a break" from their eight year marriage.

  • Spanish gays protest at party’s homophobia

    Mariano Rajoy, who leads the conservative Partido Popular (PP), said in an interview last week that he is ready to take away the right to adopt from gay couples.

    5:55 PM — Spain's Federation of Gays and Lesbians held a protest outside the headquarters of the country's main opposition party on Saturday.Mariano Rajoy, who leads the conservative Partido Popular (PP), said in an interview last week that he is ready to take the right to adopt away from gay couples.Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has called a general election for March 9th.

  • Sopranos and ukuleles at Drill Hall fundraisers 6

    It is facing closure after its Arts Council funding was recently withdrawn.

    4:30 PM — Two benefit concerts in aid of The Drill Hall, the renowned gay theatre and arts centre off Tottenham Court Road, are to be held in April.It is facing closure after its Arts Council funding was recently withdrawn.A high-profile fundraising campaign is under way to replace the £250,000 annual grant and rescue the venue, which is located just off Tottenham Court Road in London.

  • Gay groups welcome Paisley resignation 5

    In May 2006 he caused outrage with homophobic comments he made in a magazine interview.

    4:00 PM — Ian Paisley Jnr's announcement today that he is to resign from the Northern Ireland Executive has been welcomed by groups working for gay equality in the province.Mr Paisley Jnr was a junior minister in the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, the department responsible for equality in the power-sharing executive.He resigned today amid allegations that he lobbied on behalf of a property developer in relation to a £50m government land deal.

  • Scientists locate grave of King’s gay lover

    Edward, who reigned between 1307 and 1327, had a string of gay relationships.

    2:15 PM — The remains of a gay lover of medieval king Edward II have been located by scientists at Hulton Abbey in Staffordshire.Anthropologist Mary Lewis believes her team have positively identified the body of Sir Hugh Dispenser the Younger, a man once described as "a sodomite, even it is said, with the King."Edward, who reigned between 1307 and 1327, had a string of gay relationships and has long provided material for writers and film makers alike.

  • March date for Sharia “gay” trial in Nigeria 22

    Predominantly Muslim states in Nigeria introduced Sharia law, a legal system based on Islamic theory and philosophy of justice, in 2000.

    1:40 PM — The trial of eighteen young men in Nigeria charged with dressing in female clothing and attending a gay wedding may be part of a campaign to reintroduce legislation targeting lesbian, gay and bisexual people.Cary Alan Johnson of the Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) was in Nigeria last week to meet the men and their lawyers.He has expressed serious doubts as to whether the men can get a fair trial. All aged between 18 and 21, they were detained by the Islamic "vice squad" at a hotel in Bauchi city, Nigeria in August 2007.

  • Homophobic minister Ian Paisley resigns from government 6

    Mr Paisley Jnr will not be resigning as a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

    1:02 PM — A junior minister in the Northern Ireland government who was heavily criticised last year for calling gay people repulsive has resigned.Ian Paisley Jnr has come under pressure over his links with property developers and lobbyists."With a certain degree of sadness I have informed the First Minister of my intention to resign from ministerial office," he said.

  • No Cardiff Mardi Gras in 2008 11

    The Cardiff Mardi Gras organising committee has announced the event will not being going ahead this summer.

    12:15 PM — A lack of community and financial support is being blamed for the cancellation of Wales' largest Pride event.The Cardiff Mardi Gras organising committee has announced the event will not being going ahead this summer.Despite the huge success of Mardi Gras in recent years, "high demands placed on committee members have made it difficult to retain volunteers and attract new ones," the committee said in a statement.

  • Riots in Senegal over gay “wedding” photos 5

    Senegal is one of the few Francophone African countries that penalises homosexuality.  photo: erik kristensen@flickr.com

    11:45 AM — Gangs of protestors clashed with riot police in Dakar on Friday after a magazine published photos of an alleged wedding between two men.Newspapers and radio stations in the Senegalese capital have been filled with stories about the arrest and release of several men after tabloid magazine Icone ran the photos in their February edition.Friday's demonstration, which took place in front of Dakar's main mosque, had initially been authorised by police.

  • Gay Congressmen defends his record on trans rights 2

    The executive director of the  National Gay and Lesbian Task Force used a radio interview last week to criticise Congressman Barney Frank.

    11:30 AM — The only out gay man in the US Congress has rejected accusations that he was responsible for the removal of trans people from a workplace protection bill.In November the Employment Non-Discrimination Act was passed by the House by 235 to 184.ENDA was originally designed to make it illegal to fire, refuse to hire or promote a person based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

  • Bush urges continuation of abstinence programmes 1

    The President is currently on a farewell tour of Africa.

    11:02 AM — US President has said that Congress should "stop the squabbling" over the requirement for no sex before marriage in some AIDS programmes in Africa.The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) was created in 2003 and has increased the number of Africans receiving anti-retroviral treatment from 50,000 to 1.2 million.However, by law one-third of that prevention funding must teach exclusively abstinence until marriage programmes.

  • US changes policy on HIV+ diplomats

    The State Department said it has removed HIV from a list of medical conditions that automatically disqualify candidates from the foreign service.

    10:40 AM — The US State Department has decided that people who are HIV positive will be considered as candidates for the foreign service.The government was facing a lawsuit from an HIV positive man who was denied entry to the service under a rule changed last week.Gay rights group Lambda Legal welcomed the decision."At long last, the State Department is taking down its sign that read, 'People with HIV need not apply,'" said HIV project director Bebe Anderson.

  • Cameron’s wife changed his mind on Section 28 3

    Mr Cameron, who became an MP in 2001, married Samantha in 1996.

    10:20 AM — A new documentary examining the political influences on Conservative leader David Cameron has revealed that he was persuaded to drop his support for Section 28 by his wife Samantha.Nick Boles, the Tory prospective parliamentary candidate for Grantham and Stafford and a close friend of the couple, told the Radio 4 programme that Mrs Cameron was instrumental in turning her husband into a moderniser.Mr Cameron, who became an MP in 2001, married Samantha in 1996.

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