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March 2008

  • 7th March 2008

    Trans Indians mark International Women’s Day

    International Women's Day has been observed since the early 1900s when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter working hours, better pay and voting rights.

    7:25 PM — A transgender shelter and crisis intervention centre in Kolkata, India is celebrating International Women's Day tomorrow by launching an awareness campaign.The home, "Prothama," operates in association with People Like Us (PLUS) Kolkata and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to reach out to young transgender individuals from socially and economically disadvantaged sections of society.The 'All Equal All Different'campaign hopes to encourage young transgender people.

  • Millivres to continue to sell bareback porn titles 15

    MPG said it had terminated its relationship with Icreme and any associated business.

    7:10 PM — Millvres Prowler Group, the largest gay publisher and retailer in the UK, has distanced itself from the production company at the centre of allegations about performers being infected with HIV through so-called 'bareback' porn, but said it will continue to sell bareback titles.MPG publishes the Pink Paper and magazines GT, DIVA and AXM. The company employs more than 100 people at its Prowler stores in Brighton, Birmingham and London and its headquarters in the capital.

  • GMFA lose contract for HIV prevention ads 3

    GMFA did win the contract to produce small media resources, such as postcards and booklets.

    6:30 PM — A radical overhaul of National Health Service-funded HIV prevention services for gay men in London has seen a number of programmes shift from GMFA to Terrence Higgins Trust.GMFA, a gay health charity founded in 1992, has lost the contract for London advertising campaigns, which will now be delivered by THT, who also hold the contract for providing advertising campaigns on a national basis.THT also gained a part of the group work contract.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Blood service defends gay discrimination 18

    The twelve-month wait is not an option for gay or bisexual men, even one who has been celibate for most of their life.

    5:55 PM — PinkNews.co.uk has challenged the National Blood Service to explain why it continues to discriminate against any man who has ever had sex with another man.Currently, a man who has ever had oral or anal sex with another man, even with a condom, is barred from donating blood for life because they are deemed to be more at risk of passing on sexually transmitted diseases.A National Blood Service spokesperson said the ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood is "justified."

  • Gay health group comments on bareback porn scandal 6

    A man convicted last week of inciting a child into pornography was a former Icreme employee.

    5:25 PM — GMFA, a gay men's health charity, has said that if gay men do not want people who perform in pornographic films to risk their health they should not buy so-called 'bareback' porn.The comments follow an investigation by the BBC's Newsnight programme that exposed the activities of an porn production company called Icreme.Several models discovered they were HIV+ after filming bareback scenes for the company. Bareback is the practice of having sex without condoms.

  • O’Loan to lead inquiry into human rights in Britain 1

    Former Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Dame Nuala O'Loan will be leading the inquiry.

    4:25 PM — An independent inquiry into human rights in Britain is to be carried out almost ten years after the original Act was passed, it was announced today.The investigation comes after a poll for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) showed that the term 'human rights' still prompts mixed reactions from a large population of the British public.Former Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Dame Nuala O'Loan will be leading the inquiry.

  • Art auction raises £230,000 for Ken campaign

    “London's openness and tolerance has made it one of the most creative cities in the world.“ - Ken Livingstone.

    4:10 PM — Well-known British artists such as Anthony Gormley, Banksy and Catherine Yass donated works to an auction in London last night to raise funds for Ken Livingstone's election campaign.The event at the Aquarium Gallery in Farringdon raised more than £230,000."London's openness and tolerance has made it one of the most creative cities in the world," Mr Livingstone said last night.

  • Jail for lesbian couple who murdered teenager

    The court was told that the two women became sexually aroused as they beat the teenager with a concrete block.

    1:20 PM — Two lesbian lovers have been jailed for life after bludgeoning a British girl to death in Australia because they found her "annoying."Jessica Stasinowsky, 21 and Valerie Parashumti, 19, pleaded guilty to murdering 16-year old Stacey Mitchell, whose family had moved to Australia from West Moors, Dorset in 2001.The court was told that the two women became sexually aroused as they beat the teenager with a concrete block and made a mobile phone video of the murder scene.

  • Lesbian and gay hotel brand launched 1

    Attitude Hotels is launching with more than twenty-five hotels in Europe and the US. photo: ilovebutter@flickr.com

    1:15 PM — A new concept in travel for lesbian, gay and bisexual people has been launched at the International Tourism Fair in Berlin.Attitude Hotels claims to be a unique selection of hotels, Inns and BBs "created, designed and developed to satisfy, in particular, gay and lesbian travellers."Community Marketing, a company that specialises in gay and lesbian marketing, estimates the value of American market alone was $65 billion (£32.4bn) in 2007.

  • FIFA President: homosexuality more popular in women’s football 1

    In the past he has suggested that to make the game more exciting the goal be made bigger.

    1:10 PM — The head of world football has spoken out about gay men and lesbians in the game.Sepp Blatter, President of the Federation of International Football, was speaking to journalists ahead of a FIFA board meeting this weekend.In the past he has suggested that the goal be made bigger to make the game more exciting and suggested that women players wear tighter shorts and more 'feminine' clothes.

  • India gets first trans TV host

    Even though she is now set for TV stardom, her life has been difficult since she transitioned.

    12:20 PM — A transgender person is to host a controversial new talk show in India.Ippadikku Rose is anchored by 28-year old Rose from Madras (Chennai).The first episode aired on Thursday and tackled the issue of sexual harassment against women.Later shows plan to deal with other topics that are socially taboo in India such as gay rights, sexual abuse and prostitution.

  • Monk may face charges after porn theft 6

    A search of his room at the medieval Abbey of Maria Laach in Rhineland-Palatine found more than 200 similar DVDs. photo: Nikanos@wikipedia.com

    11:40 AM — A 49-year-old German monk may face criminal charges after he was caught steal gay porn DVDs from a shop.A search of his room at the medieval Abbey of Maria Laach in Rhineland-Palatine found more than 200 similar DVDs.The Benedictine monk was challenged when he tried to steal four DVDs from a sex shop in the Bavarian city of Würzburg, reports Abendzeitung newspaper.

  • Socialists lead in poll ahead of Spanish election 5

    Mr Zapatero promised to fight any attempt to remove or weaken gay rights laws he has introduced as Prime Minister.

    11:00 AM — The government of Spain looks set to win another term of office in Sunday's election, according to polling data.The current Prime Minister and leader of the Socialist party, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, has vowed to protect the gay rights legislation he has introduced since taking office in 2004.In Spain it is illegal to publish opinion polls during the last five days of an election campaign. The Times commissioned and yesterday publshed one from the Spanish polling company Sigma Dos.

  • Comment: Florida’s governor is a hypocrite 4

    Sometimes good people do bad things.  photo: State of Florida,

    10:30 AM — As far as Republican governors go, Charlie Crist appears to be a pretty good guy.He comes across as fair, smart, even-handed and independent in his thinking, and he has even broken ranks with conservatives from time to time to do what he perceives to be the right thing.And while he doesn't support gay marriage or gay adoption, he has publicly supported gay civil unions, which, socially, pretty much puts him miles ahead of the majority of his Republican colleagues.

  • 6th March 2008

    Welsh gays and lesbians offered media training

    The Stonewall Cymru conference will be held on Saturday 19th April at Gregynog, Powys, starting at noon.

    6:15 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall Cymru will be focusing on empowering bisexual, lesbian and gay people in Wales at their annual conference next month.The one day event will feature workshops on media training and lobbying skills.The conference is called Get Engaged! Influencing Decision Makers and Campaigning for Change and will be held on Saturday 19th April at Gregynog, Powys, starting at noon.

  • New York court upholds recognition of foreign marriages

    Lambda Legal intervened in the lawsuit Lewis v. Department of Civil Service on behalf of Peri Rainbow and Tamela Sloan.

    6:00 PM — A lawyer from Lambda Legal has welcomed a ruling by a New York State judge upholding the state's policy of recognising Canadian marriages of same-sex couples for purposes of spousal health insurance coverage for public employees."Yet another court is saying that respect for out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples is the law in New York," said Susan Sommer, Senior Counsel.Lambda Legal is a US-wide organisation committed to achieving full recognition of LGBT civil rights.

  • Gay marriage discussed at Council of Europe 2

    The UK delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe was led by former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.

    5:30 PM — A Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) hearing on the legal recognition of same-sex partnerships will take place in Paris tomorrow.The 47-member Council of Europe predates the European Union. It promotes and protects democracy, educational and sporting co-operation and created the European Court of Human Rights.The hearing will involve representatives of the International Lesbian and Gay Association ILGA Europe as well as parliamentarians and academics.

  • National newspaper takes up gay Iranian story 6

    The Independent newspaper devoted its front page to 19-year-old Medhi Kazemi, who fled to the Netherlands last year after his appeal for asylum in the UK was refused.

    4:40 PM — A concerted campaign by gay rights activists on behalf of a gay teenager facing deportation to Iran and possible execution has pushed his plight into the national press.This morning The Independent newspaper devoted its front page to 19-year-old Medhi Kazemi, who fled to the Netherlands last year after his appeal for asylum in the UK was refused.His story was first reported on PinkNews.co.uk on February 19th. He appeared in a Dutch court yesterday asking to be allowed to remain in the Netherlands.

  • London Mayor candidates will attend gay hustings 1

    The Mayor of London holds powers which can make the lives of over a million lesbian, gay and bisexual Londoners better - or worse.

    3:25 PM — The three leading candidates for Mayor of London have confirmed they will take part in hustings organised by gay equality organisation Stonewall.Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson and Brian Paddick will answer questions from the gay community on Saturday 19th April.PinkNews.co.uk is proud to be Stonewall's media partner for the hustings, which will be held at the BFI Southbank between 11am and 12.30pm.

  • Leicester to host conference on gay discrimination

    Delegates will attend seminars led by local workers who have developed good practice in tackling discrimination against LGBT people.

    2:05 PM — A one-day event later this year aims to bring together staff from Leicester employers to learn practical ways of tackling prejudice and ensuring services are welcoming to all.The 'A Life In A Day - Practical Ways to Make Your Services LGBT Friendly' conference is being hosted by Leicester Lesbian Gay and Bisexual Centre as part of a lottery-funded project and will take place at Leicester City Football Club on Thursday 5th June.MP Sir Peter Soulsby, who represents Leicester South, will give the opening address.

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