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March 2008

  • 4th March 2008

    NHS Trust unveils gay-specific cancer information

    some particular cancers seem to be more common in gay men and lesbians.

    3:10 PM — A Primary Care Trust in London has produced information leaflets about cancer specifically for lesbians and gay men.This is the first time an NHS organisation has produced such leaflets.The Barking and Dagenham Primary Care Trust developed them in association with the Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists (GLADD).Entitled Gay Men and Cancer and Lesbians and Cancer, they are the newest additions to the PCT's A Guide to Cancer series.

  • New website promotes Somerset as a gay destination

    gaysomerset.com is to undertake a national campaign to promote Somerset as a holiday destination for the LGBT population in the UK.

    2:58 PM — One of England's more rural counties is being touted as a holiday destination for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.A new online resource, gaysomerset.com, has been launched to promote gay bars, clubs, accommodation, saunas and social groups in Somerset. The website also has information on help and support services in the area, a vital life line for gay people living in small communities."Being 'the only gay in the village' is a real life situation for some in Somerset," editor Tom Faull told PinkNews.co.uk.

  • Mayor backs Christian challenge over fostering

    Conservative councillor Pauline Latham, who holds the ceremonial post of Mayor of Derby, has backed the Johns.

    2:45 PM — The Mayor of Derby is backing a Christian couple who are appealing against a decision that they were not suitable foster parents.Eunice and Owen Johns approached the council about providing weekend respite care for children under 10.They were rejected by an adoption panel after it emerged that Mrs Johns, a Sunday school teacher, wanted any children in their care to go to church on Sundays.The Johns also refused to teach children that gay and lesbian relationships are normal, as required by gay equality laws.

  • Sydney celebrates biggest-ever Mardi Gras

    The colourful annual event is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.  photo: paleontour@flickr.com

    1:15 PM — More than 300,000 people lined the streets of the Australian city of Sydney to watch a mile long Mardi Gras parade on Saturday night.The colourful annual event is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.10,000 marchers in a variety of dazzling costumes, and more than 150 floats including a gay 'pope-mobile,' took part. The parade was led by the '78er's', who staged a 1,500 strong protest march for gay rights in 1978.

  • Pope praises US opposition to gay rights 26

    The Pope will visit Washington and New York between April 15th and 20th.

    12:36 PM — The leader of the Roman Catholic church has welcomed the new United States Ambassador to the Vatican with praise for her country's opposition to abortion and gay marriage.Mary Ann Glendon, a close friend of President Bush, took up her appointment last month.Speaking in English Pope Benedict XVI said that he is "looking forward" to his five-day trip to the US next month.

  • Dutch stand up for gays at UN Human Rights council 1

    The UN Human Rights Council was established in 2006, and is holding its seventh session in Geneva from 3rd to 28th March.

    11:40 AM — The Foreign Minister of the Netherlands today told an international meeting that gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people deserve equal rights.Maxime Verhagen made his remarks at the opening session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.In a wide-ranging speech he highlighted the rights of "children in Uzbekistan picking cotton for long hours for little or no wages" and proposed the EU move to ban on the sale of goods that have been produced "using any form of slavery."

  • Gay.com parent company loses $51m

    Allen  Company is assisting PlanetOut in finding a buyer.

    11:03 AM — One of the largest gay media companies in the world has reported a loss of $51.2m (£25.8m) in 2007.PlanetOut saw sales slide to $53m last year, down from $58.8m in 2006. The company also recorded a $25.9 million charge for "impairment of goodwill and intangible assets" in 2007.In May 2007 high operating costs and declining sales resulted in a considerable first-quarter loss and a resulting slide in share price.

  • Lesbian group criticise police in Croatia

    Ten people were injured when violence broke out at the gay Pride march in Zagreb.

    10:40 AM — A group representing lesbians in Croatia has questioned why only one person has been prosecuted for attacking last year's Pride parade in the capital city of Zagreb.Last week Josip Situm was convicted of endangering lives and property and ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment while behind bars after being found guilty of a hate crime.Police spotted him at the Pride event in Zagreb on 7th July 2007 with petrol bombs, but he fled the scene. Ten people were injured when violence broke out at the gay Pride march in Zagreb.

  • Battle for same-sex marriage continues in California

    Barring same-sex couples from marriage unconstitutionally discriminates on the basis of sex and violates the fundamental right to marry.

    10:30 AM — The California Supreme Court will today hear final arguments from same-sex couples who want access to civil marriage in the state.Attorneys will argue that California violates its own constitution by denying same-sex partners the right to marry.The California Supreme Court agreed to hear the case in 2006 after the California Court of Appeal reversed a decision by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard A. Kramer.

  • 3rd March 2008

    Gays and lesbians urged to kick the habit 2

    The gay, lesbian and bisexual community tend to smoke for different reasons and at an earlier age than heterosexual men and women.

    5:05 PM — Smoking rates among the gay and lesbian community in the UK are significantly higher than the general population, and this No Smoking Day we are being urged to give up the fags for good.Around 40% of gays and lesbians smoke, as opposed to 23% of men and 24% of women in general population.Smoking kills more than 112,000 people in the UK each year, making it the country's biggest preventable killer. The gay, lesbian and bisexual community tend to smoke for different reasons and at an earlier age than heterosexual men and women.

  • Baldwin brothers disagree over gay marriage 6

    Baldwin is presently enjoying commercial and critical acclaim for his portrayal of Jack Donaghy in the hit TV comedy 30 Rock.

    4:50 PM — Film and TV star Alec Baldwin has spoken publicly about the anti-gay political views of his younger and less well-known brother Stephen.Stephen is best-known for his roles in the controversial 1994 film Threesome and 1995 thriller The Usual Suspects. He became a born-again Christian after the attacks on New York on September 11th 2001. During an appearance on the Howard Stern radio show in January he spoke out about same-sex marriage.

  • Interview: Critic turned playwright explores Gielgud’s darkest hour

    Gielgud's conviction helped break the great taboo about open discussion in the national press of homosexuality.

    4:20 PM — Plague Over England, the new play by Nicholas de Jongh currently playing at the Finborough Theatre in London, opened last week to favourable reviews from the national press.Which must have been a double relief to the playwright, the theatre critic of the Evening Standard since 1991.Billed as a play about the 1953 arrest of actor Sir John Gielgud for cruising, in fact it accurately portrays several intersecting gay lives in the period.

  • LesbiaNation lists top ten film lesbians 2

    Latifah's role remains one of the best of her career, playing Cleo with equal parts strength and sensitivity.

    2:25 PM — In February, we asked our readers to tell us their favourite hot lesbian characters from the silver screen.Based on your votes, we bring you the LesbiaNation Top Ten Film Lesbians, including Gina Gershon in Bound, Queen Latifah in Set It Off, Erin Kelly in Loving Annabelle and more!We wanted to know who your top favourite lesbian characters were from the movies. Our readers sent us a plethora of suggestions, which we narrowed down to ten based on the number of requests received.

  • Obama uses Bible to defend civil unions 3

    Senator Obama continues to gain ground in the key primaries of Ohio and Texas, which will be held tomorrow.

    12:55 PM — Presidential candidate Barack Obama has defended his support of civil unions by referring to the Sermon on the Mount.The famous sermon given by Jesus, which includes the Beatitudes, the instruction to 'turn the other cheek' and the Lord's Prayer, is found in the book of Matthew in the New Testament.Senator Obama is thought to have been referring to Jesus' instruction to: "Do to others what you would have them do to you."

  • Jamaican gays reject tourist boycott over homophobia 2

    Hatred for gay people is often publicly expressed by political and religious leaders in Jamaica.

    12:35 PM — J-Flag, the Jamaican lesbian and gay rights group, has rejected calls for a tourist boycott in protest at homophobia on the island.Canadian newspapers have been focusing on the prejudice and violence gay people face in Jamaica since a leading activist sought asylum there, and some have called for Canadians to refuse to holiday in the popular destination.In a statement released yesterday, J-Flag, Jamaica's Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays, said it shared the frustration at the "slow progress towards transforming the social climate."

  • Gay rugby team branches out into club nights

    From next Sunday the Kings Cross Steelers will be hosting their new club night at the Two Brewers in Clapham.

    12:21 PM — After winning the European Championship last year in Copenhagen and securing the right to host the contest in 2009, what next for London's leading gay rugby team?Ruggercub is the answer. From next Sunday the Kings Cross Steelers will be hosting their new club night at the Two Brewers in Clapham.The monthly event is aimed at "rugby boys and their followers." The launch party on 9th March 2008 features special guest DJ Andy Bell of Erasure fame.

  • MP targeted by “Satan” after gay earthquake comments 14

    Shlomo Benizri, who is a member of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, has been targeted by someone using the name “Satan.“

    12:02 PM — A member of Israel's parliament who generated headlines across the world when he linked earthquakes to gay rights has been receiving death threats.Shlomo Benizri, who is a member of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, has been targeted by someone using the name "Satan."The Jerusalem Post reports: "It is unknown if those threats are connected to a suspicious envelope filled with white powder that the MK received last week."

  • Bishop stresses civil partnership is not marriage 3

    The term 'gay marriage' is often used to describe civil partnerships, despite significant differences.

    11:30 AM — A Church of England bishop has said it is "careless" to refer to civil partnerships as marriages.The Right Reverend Jonathan Gledhill, Bishop of Lichfield, also attacked the government for weakening the status of marriage."Most of my gay friends would want to distinguish between marriage, which is something that happens for a man and a woman," he said.

  • Civil partnership for senior Tory 7

    Mr Duncan, 50, is the Shadow Secretary of State for Business,  Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and MP for Rutland and Melton.

    10:55 AM — After a whirlwind 14-month romance leading Conservative MP Alan Duncan has proposed to his boyfriend.He met 39-year-old James Dunseath at a dinner arranged by friends and proposed to him on Valentine's Day during a holiday in Oman. They are expected to hold a civil partnership ceremony later this year.Mr Duncan, 50, is the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and MP for Rutland and Melton.

  • Clinton does comedy on Saturday Night Live

    Clinton provided an “editorial response“ and praised Amy Poehler's deft imitation of her on SNL.

    10:20 AM — After plugging the show during her televised debate with rival Barack Obama last week, Hillary Clinton dropped by Saturday Night Live this weekend for a surprise guest appearance.After a parody skit of the debate, Clinton provided an "editorial response" and praised Amy Poehler's deft imitation of her on SNL.For the second week in a row, Saturday Night Live opened with a scene featuring a Democratic debate.

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