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11 March 2008

  • 11th March 2008

    Gay peer speaks out against deportations to Iran 21

    Lord Alli is one of only two openly gay peers.

    6:10 PM — A gay member of the House of Lords has demanded the government take action to stop a gay teenager being deported back to Iran where he could face the death penalty.Today it was revealed that 19-year-old Mehdi Kazemi, who was refused asylum in Britain and fled to Holland, will be deported back to the UK.He had unsuccessfully applied for asylum in the United Kingdom following the execution of his partner by Iranian authorities after being found guilty of sodomy.

  • Manchester police lose chief constable 1

    Mr Todd became Chief Constable in 2002. He was previously an assistant commissioner in the Metropolitan police.

    5:45 PM — A police chief known for being gay friendly has died. As Chief Constable of Greater Manchester police, Mike Todd was in charge of the service when they joined the Stonewall Diversity Champions scheme.Manchester, the second-largest police force in the UK, was last year was placed joint 43rd on the list of top 100 employers for gay people in the Stonewall Work Equality Index.The city is home to one of the largest gay scenes in England.

  • Iranian gay teen loses appeal against deportation to the UK 22

    The United Kingdom sent a formal request to Holland asking for Medhi's return to Britain, in order to proceed with his deportation to Iran.

    4:55 PM — A 19-year-old gay man from Iran who was refused asylum in Britain and fled to Holland will be deported back to the UK, according to gay rights activists connected with his case.Mehdi Kazemi had unsuccessfully applied for asylum in the United Kingdom following the execution of his partner by Iranian authorities after being found guilty of sodomy.He faces possible execution by stoning if he returns to Iran. Activists have pledged to take his case the EU courts.

  • Prodi to step down from Italian politics

    Mr Prodi served as President of the European Commission from 1999 to 2004.

    3:50 PM — Romano Prodi has announced that he is "finished" with politics in Italy.He has served twice as Prime Minister and heads the interim government in place until the country holds a general election next month.Mr Prodi, who also served as President of the European Commission from 1999 to 2004, lost the support of parliament in January after a nine-party coalition government he was leading fell apart.

  • Tribunal hearing over civil partnerships on forms 11

    Mr McQuade, 49, a communications officer with the force, said that no slur was intended on the gay community.

    3:45 PM — An employment tribunal has ruled that a Catholic couple from Scotland can pursue their claim of sexual and religious discrimination against Strathclyde Police over its definition of the term 'marital status.'Devout Catholics Lucille and Frank McQuade claim that Scotland's largest police force is guilty of religious discrimination after altering its civilian employee records to change their status from "married" to "married/civil partnership."Mr McQuade, 49, a communications officer with the force, said that no slur was intended on the gay community.

  • JK Rowling: Homophobia is a fear of people loving 7

    The 42-year-old seven-series saga about the boy wizard has made her an estimated £545m.

    3:15 PM — The author of the best-selling Harry Potter novels has given a wide-ranging interview to a student newspaper in which she defends her gay character Albus Dumbledore.JK Rowling also spoke out against fundamentalist Christians in the United States who are trying to ban her work.Speaking to Edinburgh University's Student newspaper Rowling, whose successful series of novels have made her the richest women in Britain, defended her decision to out Dumbledore last year.

  • Republican refuses to apologise for homophobic speech 10

    The YouTube video posted this weekend by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund featured Kern speaking out against gays.

    1:30 PM — Oklahoma state politician Sally Kern is under fire after an audio recording was leaked of her comparing gays to terrorists and telling fellow Republicans the "homosexual agenda is destroying this nation."The recording and accompanying YouTube video have sparked outrage from many, but Kern defends her words, telling the press: "What I'm saying, I believe in."The YouTube video posted this weekend by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund featured Kern speaking out against gays.

  • Obama dismisses talk of Vice Presidency

    Obama is not so taken with the thought of playing second fiddle to Clinton.

    1:22 PM — Illinois Senator Barack Obama yesterday firmly rejected the idea he would be willing to sign on as Vice President for Hillary Clinton.Obama's response comes after hints from Clinton that she would be willing to consider sharing a ticket with him in the November election."I don't know how somebody who is in second place is offering the Vice presidency to someone in first place," Obama said.

  • Democrat infighting may help McCain to the White House

    20% of white Democratic voters would vote for McCain if Obama is the Democratic nominee.

    1:10 PM — The Democrats' dilemma over choosing a nominee might just be John McCain's ace in the hole.The highly publicised description of Hillary Clinton as "a monster" capable of "stooping to anything" to win by Barack Obama foreign policy advisor Samantha Powers merely underscores the intensity of the growing discord between Clinton and Obama supporters as the race for the Democratic presidential nomination lumbers forward.Moreover, it is perhaps a powerful omen of the great divide that the Democratic Party's eventual nominee will have to bridge.

  • Baywatch star praised for coming out 2

    It is estimated that one billion people in 142 countries tuned in to watch Simmons play Australian lifeguard Logan Fowler in Baywatch.

    12:50 PM — Jaason Simmons, known to millions across the world as hunky lifeguard Logan Fowler in beach soap opera Baywatch, has come out to an Australian magazine.The 37-year-old actor plans to marry his partner, Irish actor John O'Callaghan.The couple, who have been together for eight months, have also adopted a six-year-old Ugandan boy. The decision to go public about their relationship has been praised by gay rights advocates.

  • Mehdi’s deportation to be raised in Euro Parliament 21

    Cashman, who is one of only two out gay MEPs, co-initiated the resolution on behalf of the Socialist Group in the Parliament.

    12:30 PM — MEP Michael Cashman has said he will raise the case of Mehdi Kazemi in the European Parliament in Strasbourg this week.The 19-year-old Iranian is currently being held in Holland and is fighting legal moves to return him to the UK, where he is likely to face deportation to his homeland.He had unsuccessfully applied for asylum in the United Kingdom following the execution of his partner by Iranian authorities after being found guilty of sodomy.

  • Gay hate preacher attacks Steps star 10

    Stephen Green is best-known as the head of anti-gay lobby group Christian Voice.

    12:20 PM — The controversial fundamentalist Christian Stephen Green has compared Steps singer H to mass murderer Jeffrey Dahmer.Green, who is notorious for his protests at gay Pride events, was taking part in BBC Wales current affairs programme, Week In, Week Out. While being interviewed by H, also known as Ian Watkins, Green called him vile and said he would pray for him.

  • Lesbian sex guide launched in Manchester 1

    The Beating About The Bush guide and the safer sex leaflet are both available now to download free.

    11:59 AM — One of the UK's leading gay charities will be supplying free lube and a safer sex leaflet to women in Manchester.The Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) has also launched Beating About The Bush, a 32-page sex guide and lesbian and bisexual women's safer sex leaflet.LGF is a health-based community charity based in Manchester working to "end homophobia and empower people."

  • I am not gay says Welsh Olympian

    Cardiff-born Jackson won a silver medal in the 110m Hurdles at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.  photo: UK Sport

    11:45 AM — Former Olympic athlete Colin Jackson has denied he is gay, but said he does not mind what people say about him.Jackson, 41, told The Voice newspaper that persistent rumours about his sexuality are "strange and bizarre."The former hurdler appeared on BBC show Strictly Come Dancing in 2005 and 2006.He has just released a book, Life's New Hurdles. He won a silver medal in the 100m Hurdles at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

  • New London route for 10K Crusaid walk

    The new 10 kilometre route will snake through London, taking in landmarks including the London Eye. photo: txd@flickr.com

    11:15 AM — Crusaid's Walk for Life has announced a new and improved route for this years event.The sponsored walk, which last year raised £375,000, supports poor and marginalised people affected by HIV and AIDS in the UK and Africa.Europe's largest fundraising walk for HIV kicks off at the Event Village, based at Potters Fields Park, on the 1st June. The new 10 kilometre route will snake through London.

  • High number of Irish same-sex couples living in US

    In December Ireland's Minister of Justice rejected the possibility of a referendum to allow gay marriage.

    11:03 AM — New research into US Census Bureau data has revealed that 1,200 Irish-born gay men and lesbians are living with a same-sex partner in America.The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy also found that two-thirds of Irish-born same-sex partners are women and 15% are raising children.The Irish government is expected to bring forward proposals for a form of civil partnerships at the end of this month. They have been legal in Northern Ireland since 2005.

  • Pro-gay Governor of New York in prostitution scandal 1

    Spitzer informed his aides on Sunday of his involvement in the prostitution ring.

    10:10 AM — New York Democratic Governor Eliot Spitzer has been tied to a prostitution ring after a federal investigation revealed he was recorded on a wiretap arranging to meet with a prostitute.Identified as Client 9 at the Emperors Club VIP escort service, Spitzer was recorded confirming plans to fly a prostitute from New York to Washington to meet him at a hotel.According to the New York Times, court documents stated Client 9 arranged to meet with an Emperors Club VIP prostitute on February 13th in Washington DC.

  • Clinton campaign ad actress supports Obama 1

    Clinton has run the race for the nomination on a platform of experience.

    9:46 AM — It was an ad campaign that seemed to change the tide of Hillary Clinton's race for the Presidential nomination.Capitalising on her years of experience, Clinton assured viewers she was the best person to pick up the phone if a national emergency arose at 3am.The tactic seemed to work, but now it has emerged that an actress in the ad, Casey Knowles, says she is a actually an Obama supporter.

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