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February 2008

  • 6th February 2008

    Clinton and McCain score California victories 7

    John Mccain has made a number of big gains

    8:30 AM — New York Senator Hillary Clinton has been declared the winner over Illinois Senator Barack Obama in the Democratic race in California on Super Tuesday. Arizona Senator John McCain is the projected winner in the California Republican primary Super Tuesday results over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.With 16 percent of precincts reporting in the California Democratic primary, Mrs Clinton leads over Mr Obama 55 per cent to 33 per cent.

  • 5th February 2008

    Huckabee wins early Super Tuesday victory 1

    Mike Huckabee has won an early Super Tuesday victory

    11:15 PM — Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is the first winner in the massive Super Tuesday series of primaries and caucuses across the nation. Mr Huckabee won handily over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in the West Virginia state convention on Tuesday morning.Although Mr Romney has won the first round of votes in the West Virginia state convention, he did not take more than a 50 percent majority.

  • University launches gay network

    Newcastle University is the third largest employer in the city, with around 17,000 students and 4,500 staff.

    6:10 PM — Ice skating and drinks at Camp David will mark the inaugural event for a new professional LGBT network at Newcastle University.The network has been called Mosaic to reflect "the inclusivity of the network while recognising the individuality of its members and connoting that joining the network will be a positive contribution to the bigger picture."It is open to students, staff and alumni of the university, which is home to more than 23,000 people.

  • Hillary and Barack court gay voters 7

    Polling data released yesterday indicated that Senator Obama is edging into the lead over Senator Clinton.

    5:45 PM — The frontrunners for the Democratic party nomination for President of the United States have been highlighting their gay-friendly credentials ahead of today's vital primary contests.New York Senator and former First Lady Hillary Clinton posted a message on lesbian website ourchart.com outlining why she thinks LGBT Americans should vote for her.Illinois Senator Barack Obama has revealed that many gay supporters of John Edwards, who withrdrew from the race last week, are now supporting him.

  • Play to explore Gielgud’s gay sex conviction

    Sir John Gielgud, who died in 2000, is generally regarded as the finest stage actor of the 20th century.

    5:00 PM — A new play opening in London later this month will examine one of the most scandalous incidents in 20th century British theatre.In 1953 acclaimed classical actor John Gielgud, who had recently been knighted by the Queen, was prosecuted for persistently importuning for immoral purposes, more commonly known as cottaging.He was devastated by the attendant publicity and feared his career was over, but he was greeted with a standing ovation the next time he appeared on stage.

  • LGBT Palestinian organisation formed in Jerusalem 1

    The JOH will continue to host Al-Qaws in its new community centre in downtown Jerusalem.

    4:10 PM — A long-established group for gay, lesbian, trans and bisexual Palestinians in Jerusalem has decided to become independent.Al-Qaws began life six years ago as a project of the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance (JOH).In branching out on its own it becomes the first-ever official Palestinian gay organisation. In November Al-Qaws received nonprofit organisation status and was renamed Al-Qaws - for Sexual Gender Diversity in the Palestinian Society.

  • Bishop regrets actions over gay cleric’s promotion 3

    The Rt. Rev. James Jones was one of nine Diocesan Bishops to have objected publicly to the proposed consecration of Dr John because of homosexuality.

    3:40 PM — The Bishop of Liverpool has said he "deeply regrets" his public opposition to the promotion of Canon Jeffrey John and said that in his view "gay rights are civil rights."Dr John was forced to step down as Bishop of Reading in 2003 amid controversy about his sex life. He is now Dean of St Albans.The Rt. Rev. James Jones was one of nine Diocesan Bishops who objected publicly to the proposed consecration of Dr John because he was in a gay relationship.

  • Turkish gay group court challenge delayed 5

    Turkey is a candidate country for EU membership, but concerns about human rights are one factor frustrating negotiations.

    2:40 PM — A group of supporters of a gay rights group threatened with closure have been accused of demonstrating outside a Turkish court.A department of the Istanbul Governor's office responsible for non-governmental organisations alleges that the group, Lambda Istanbul, violates Turkish laws on morality.They claim that Lambda violates both the Penal Code, as an association in violation of "law and morals," and Article 41 of the Turkish constitution, which is concerned with "the peace and welfare of the family."

  • Maverick Republican’s hopes for Alaska primary

    Ron Paul is hoping he can get his supporters to be the ones to make the trek to the Republican “preferential poll“ in Alaska.

    1:10 PM — Texas Congressman Ron Paul is hoping Alaska will be the one state where he can claim a surprise win on Super Tuesday among voters known for their unpredictability in choosing presidential candidates.Paul is banking on an organised campaign in the state, where few others have dared to tread to win voters' loyalty. There are no solid polls in place to take a look into the future of the Alaska races.

  • Boris upset at Elton’s support for rival 2

    Londoners will go to the polls in the Mayoral election on May 1st.

    12:55 PM — The Tory candidate for Mayor of London has revealed that he is on Sir Elton John's Christmas card list and was shocked and disappointed when the star gave his backing to Lib Dem hopeful Brian Paddick.The Conservative, who has the dubious honour of being backed by nightclub owner Peter Stringfellow, told LBC radio this morning that he hopes to recruit troubled singer Amy Winehouse to his campaign.

  • Welsh gays to meet police about hate crime 1

    Stonewall will facilitate a series of meetings between local lesbian, gay and bisexual people and South Wales Police Hate Crime Officers.

    12:30 PM — Stonewall Cymru has joined forces with a local LGB group to fight homophobic hate crime in Merthyr Tydfil.Working with the South East Wales Lesbian Gay and Bisexual Forum, Stonewall will facilitate a series of meetings between local lesbian, gay and bisexual people and South Wales Police Hate Crime Officers to address issues of homophobic hate crime in the area.It is hoped the project will help to establish a local LGB network in the Merthyr area.

  • Men arrested in Senegal over “gay wedding” photos 5

    Senegal is one of the few Francophone African countries that penalise homosexuality.

    11:54 AM — Gay rights activists have called for a group of men arrested in Senegal on suspicion of homosexuality to be released from prison.In a letter to Senegalese Minister of Justice, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and PAN-Africa ILGA have demanded the immediate and unconditional release of up to 20 gay men.An unknown number have been arrested in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, since Sunday morning.

  • Candidates fight for votes in Alabama 7

    Romney had planned to make a stop in Birmingham, Alabama on Monday, but instead traveled to Tennessee and Georgia.

    11:30 AM — New York Senator Hillary Clinton and Arizona Senator John McCain are battling for a win in the Alabama primary results.Clinton holds a slight lead among voters over rival Illinois Senator Barack Obama going into the race, while McCain maintains a small margin over former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee in the Super Tuesday primary.In a Rasmussen Reports poll conducted Jan 31, Clinton led Obama 46 to 41 percent among likely Democratic voters.

  • 4th February 2008

    Gay Radio 4 presenter raped New Year party man, court told 8

    Nigel Wrench denies all the charges against him (Photo:BBC)

    5:35 PM — An openly gay BBC Radio 4 presenter drugged and raped a man that he met at a New Years party, a court heard today.Nigel Wrench, 47, who is a regular presenter of the radio station's flagship evening news programme PM invited the man back to see his art collection and sit in on his show, the court was told.The Old Bailey heard that Mr Wrench snorted cocaine with the 26-year-old man and then poured him a glass of champagne, which made him feel "not at all well."

  • Minister questioned at LGBT education conference 8

    Mr Brennan stressed that professional organisations such as teaching unions have a role to play.

    5:35 PM — 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.

  • Speaker calls for transparency on MPs allowances 31

    177 other MPs, among them 95 Labour MPs, two members of the Cabinet, and 75 Tories, employ members of their family using tax payers money.

    4:40 PM — 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. "We must take fully into account the public interest in transparency," he said.

  • Get walking to fight hate crime

    The Brighton Equality Walk is one of the highlights of Stonewall's year.

    4:01 PM — 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. The 10k walk begins from the Pavilion Gardens at 2pm on Sunday May 4th.

  • Gay Holocaust memorial to be built in Berlin 3

    As well as an estimated six million Jews, hundreds of thousands of Roma people died in Nazi concentration camps.

    3:50 PM — 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.

  • NHS surrogates may be used by gay couples

    It is illegal to pay both surrogate mothers and egg donors in Britain.

    3:14 PM — 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.

  • Human rights group condemns Jamaica violence 28

    The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays, JFLAG, brought the most recent attack to wider attention.

    2:40 PM — 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.

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