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20 March 2008

  • 20th March 2008

    No investigation into MP’s payments to family

    Mr Conway accused the media of homophobia over the way his son's personal life was reported.

    6:45 PM — The Metropolitan police will investigate former Tory MP Derek Conway about payments he made to two of his children for "working" for him.Scotland Yard announced this evening that it did not believe it was "appropriate."Mr Conway was suspended from the House of Commons for ten days and ordered to repay more than £13,000 after the Commons Standards and Privileges Committee decided he had effectively defrauded the taxpayer.

  • Two EU cities refuse to sign gay rights appeal 9

    Gay campaigners were attacked with eggs and bags of excrement as they aimed to quietly celebrate Riga Pride in 2006.

    6:15 PM — The Mayors of Riga in Latvia and Tallinn in Estonia have declined to take part in a campaign affirming freedom of assembly and expression for LGBT people in Europe.The Europe branch of the International Gay and Lesbian Association wanted the leaders of those cities to join 19 others in Europe and declare their support for their initiative.Gay campaigners were attacked with eggs and bags of excrement as they aimed to quietly celebrate Riga Pride in 2006.

  • THT launches tests and treatments by post

    The tests, treatment and other sexual health services can be ordered online from http://www.thtbypost.org.uk

    5:20 PM — Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is to offer a range of paid-for sexual health tests and treatments.THT by Post offers testing and treatment for chlamydia and gonorrhoea, testing for HIV and treatment for genital herpes and non-specific urethritis.The tests involve taking either a saliva or urine sample at home and posting it off to a lab to be analysed.

  • Mayor defends project that dooms Astoria 2

    The Astoria will be torn down as part of the redevelopment of Tottenham Court Road station.  photo: antmoose@flickr.com

    5:10 PM — Ken Livingstone has claimed there would be "thirty per cent increases in fares and doubling of supplementary business rates" in the capital unless the Crossrail project goes ahead.The £5.5 billion scheme will see a new cross-London rail connection built. However, one of London's best-known gay venues will be demolished.The Astoria will be torn down as part of the redevelopment of Tottenham Court Road station.

  • Medical council denies gay fertility discrimination 1

    “We expect doctors to be prepared to set aside their personal beliefs where this is necessary in order to provide care,“ said the GMC.

    4:20 PM — The regulatory body for the medical professions in the UK has said that doctors cannot discrimate against groups of patients, such as gay men or lesbians.The General Medical Council said that a PinkNews.co.uk report on its new guidelines, entitled Personal Beliefs and Medical Practice, was wrong to give the impression that doctors could decline fertility treatment on the grounds of sexual orientation.

  • Gays get organised in County Down

    GLAD grew out of the North Down and Ards Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans group, which was officially formed on March 2007.

    3:40 PM — A new group for lesbian, gay and bisexual people has been launched in Bangor, Co Down.Gay and Lesbian across Down (GLAD) aims to provide a range of events for gay people living in or visiting the county, which is south of Belfast.District Commander Chief Superintendent Graham Shields of the Northern Ireland Police Service used the launch event to present a new initiative designed to increase the reporting of homophobic hate crime.

  • Paddick questions whether homophobia hurt his career 1

    Brian Paddick's autobiography, Line of Fire,  was launched in London last night and goes on sale next week.

    3:20 PM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London has said if he were straight his career in the Metropolitan police "would have progressed differently."Brian Paddick left the force in May 2007, after 30 years service, at the rank of Deputy Assistant Commissioner. He was the most senior out gay police officer in the country.His autobiography, Line of Fire, was launched in London last night and goes on sale next week.

  • Greek bloggers fight for gay partnership equality 2

    200 weblogs have joined an initiative called Greek Bloggers Against Discrimination.

    2:10 PM — More than 200 weblogs have joined an initiative called Greek Bloggers Against Discrimination to campaign against proposed new legislation on domestic partnerships that excludes same-sex couples."This discriminatory project has been widely denounced not just by the LGBT community, but also Greek citizens from all walks of life who believe that it violates the Equality clause enshrined in our constitution, as well as the country's European commitments," the group said.

  • City law firms form LGBT Forum

    InterLaw hopes that LGBT networks in City firms will collaborate on a range of joint activities.

    1:25 PM — The inaugural meeting of the InterLaw forum for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Networks has been hailed as a "resounding success."24 City law firms were represented at the meeting on Tuesday, which was hosted by Simmons Simmons.InterLaw describes itself as "an inter-organisational forum that was established for LGBT networks in top London law firms to work together to enhance LGBT equality and diversity in the legal sector."

  • Funding pledged to fight stigma around HIV

    The MAC AIDS Fund has pledged £250,000 in new grant money to fight the problem of HIV stigma.

    1:10 PM — UK organisations are being asked to submit plans for innovative programmes that address stigma and shame around HIV/AIDS and the link between those factors and prevention, care and treatment for the disease.The MAC AIDS Fund is the philanthropic arm of Estée Lauder-owned M·A·C Cosmetics.It has pledged £250,000 in new grant money to fight the problem nationally.

  • US Presidential candidate visits Downing St

    Americans will vote for a new President on November 4th.

    12:45 PM — John McCain, the presumptive Republican party nominee for President of the United States, is visiting London today.The Senator from Arizona met with Prime Minister Gordon Brown at Downing St this morning and later had discussions with Conservative leader David Cameron.McCain, 71, is visiting France, Israel, Iraq and Jordan as part of a "fact-finding" mission ahead of the campaign for President.

  • New rules for doctors raise gay fertility treatment questions 1

    Two men will be able to apply for a parental order to become parents of a child conceived through a surrogacy arrangement.

    12:30 PM — New guidelines from the General Medical Council mean doctors could have to reveal to patients if they object to fertility treatment.Personal Beliefs and Medical Practice also covers abortion, the wearing of veils by female doctors and circumcision of male children.The GMC has said that doctors cannot deny any procedure to a patient on the grounds of their sexual orientation. At present some fertility clinics have a blanket ban on same-sex couples.

  • Gay man complains about Polish wedding propaganda 19

    Mr Moulton and Mr Fay married in Ontario, Canada, in 2003. The couple also had a religious marriage ceremony in a New York Episcopal Church.

    12:02 PM — An American gay man has spoken of his dismay that video of his same-sex wedding was used in a TV address by the President of Poland attacking gay rights.President Lech Kaczynski's speech to the nation on Monday night used heavy-handed tactics to warn of the dangers of the Lisbon treaty.Over footage of Brendan Fay's wedding with his partner Tom Moulton the President, a notorious homophobe, claimed the Lisbon treaty would "affect the accepted moral order in Poland."

  • Ken Livingstone invited to Moscow Pride

    In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk last year, London Mayor Ken Livingstone said he may attend Moscow Pride.

    11:30 AM — The organisers of Moscow Pride have invited the Mayors of London, Paris and Berlin to attend this year.Last year's event was banned and gay protesters, including Peter Tatchell and Right Said Fred singer Richard Fairbrass, were physically attacked by a homophobic mob.In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk last year, London Mayor Ken Livingstone said he may attend Moscow Pride.

  • Washington grants new rights to same-sex couples

    In all nine US states have gay and lesbian spousal rights in some form.

    11:10 AM — The US state of Washington has signed into law a Domestic Partnership Expansion bill that will provide more than 160 new rights and responsibilities to registered domestic partners.The bill passed the state Senate on March 4th and the House last month. Governor Chris Gregoire signed the bill into law yesterday.It builds on a 2007 law, which created a domestic partner registry and provided specific rights and responsibilities for both same-sex and opposite sex couples.

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