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March 2008

  • 28th March 2008

    Homophobic politician meets gay family group 10

    In 2004 Kern was elected for the first time with 67.65% of the vote.

    11:45 AM — An Oklahoma politician who described gay people as a bigger threat to America than terrorism has met with local members of the advocacy group Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).Representative Sally Kern received international attention after her homophobic speech to a group of fellow Republicans was posted on YouTube earlier this month by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.Her supporters claim she has been subject to death threats, something denied by state police.

  • 2,630 gay men diagnosed with HIV in 2007 4

    It is the third successive year that new HIV diagnoses among gay men have risen above 2,600, the highest levels since records began.

    11:30 AM — The Health Protection Agency has revealed that there were an estimated 6,840 new HIV diagnoses in the UK last year, more than a third of them gay men.It is the third successive year that new diagnoses among gay men have risen above 2,600, the highest levels since records began.Increased testing is likely to have contributed in part to these recent high numbers of HIV diagnoses. 2,630 gay men were diagnosed as HIV positive last year.

  • Homophobia claims rejected by police complaints body 16

    Nineteen witnesses gave evidence to IPCC investigators about a range of incidents.

    11:10 AM — Sixteen allegations of homophobia made against the eight Devon and Cornwall police officers have been rejected by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.The complaints were made in 2004 and 2005 by Malcolm Lidbury, a local LGBT activist.He claimed he was "treated poorly" because of his sexuality and claimed that the Devon and Cornwall police have an "inherently homophobic" attitude.

  • 27th March 2008

    ‘Obama Girl’ wants Hillary Clinton out of Presidential race 11

    The first “Obama Girl“ video was released last summer and rapidly spread like wildfire, launching Ettinger into semi-stardom.

    6:50 PM — Amber Lee Ettinger, also known as "Obama Girl," has released a new video calling for New York Senator Hillary Clinton to drop out of the US Presidential race against Barack Obama.The first "Obama Girl" video was released last summer and rapidly spread like wildfire, launching Ettinger into semi-stardom.The videos are the creation of BarelyPolitical.com and the original video has been viewed more than seven million times on YouTube.com alone.

  • Pregnant trans man intrigues bloggerati 2

    Traditional pregnancy site Mom Logic compares the story to a soap opera.

    6:45 PM — Thomas Beatie, a transgendered man from the US state of Oregon who revealed he is pregnant in the latest issue of The Advocate, is five months along according to various reports.Now the story, which spread like wildfire on the Web yesterday following its appearance in the latest issue of the LGBT news magazine, is prompting mass discussion among bloggers.Beatie, who transitioned from female to male, decided not to remove his reproductive organs and stopped taking testosterone injections.

  • US martial arts fighter reveals he is gay

    Smith started fighting at an early age because of he was concerned about someone discovering his sexual orientation.

    6:40 PM — Mixed martial arts has become a national phenomenon in America, and with the creation of the Ultimate Fighting Championships, only continues to grow in popularity.This week, competitor Shad Smith became the first openly gay fighter in the sport when he revealed his sexuality in a New York Times interview.According to the article, Smith entered his first fight in 2000 shortly after his release from prison, where he was serving time for carjacking, one of his many stints.

  • Gay ‘wedding’ planners to sponsor London Falcons

    The Falcons play in the Gay Football Supporters' Network (GFSN) national league, the world's only gay and gay friendly national league.

    6:30 PM — London's newest gay-friendly football club is landed a major sponsor.Perfect Partnerships promote and specialise in co-ordinating civil partnerships, gay and lesbian stag and hen weekends, commitment ceremonies, gay honeymoons and overseas gay weddings.London Falcons Football Club, which fields teams in both 5-a-side and 11-as-side competitions, was founded less than two years ago but already boasts more than 100 members.They recently reached the final of the Yorkshire Terriers 5-a-side tournament.

  • Tax company under fire for gay discrimination

    H  R Block claim to have more than 22 million customers worldwide and had a $4bn (£2bn) turnover in 2007.

    5:50 PM — H R Block, America's leading tax preparation company, has said it is "evaluating alternatives" after it emerged that their online services refuse to accept legal civil unions.Connecticut gay couple Jason Smith and Settimo Piscu were attempting to use their "Tax Cut" service but a message told them: "We don't support Connecticut civil union returns."Through its website, the company said the couple would have to work with one of their professionals, by phone or at one of their office locations, which would be more time consuming and cost an additional $150 (£75).

  • Tributes paid to legendary gay DJ

    DJ Tallulah had been a club DJ for forty years and was a regular at Heaven.

    3:02 PM — One of London's best known scene figures has died. DJ Tallulah had been a club DJ for forty years and was a regular at Heaven.Born in 1948 in Hamburg to English parents, he returned to live with his grandmother in Bexley three years later.He immersed himself in London's underground gay scene as a teenager, and by the early 1970s was established as a leading DJ. In 2007 he became the first inductee into the House Of Homosexual Culture's Hall Of Fame.

  • UK asylum system “not fit for purpose”

    The head of the Border and Immigration Agency, Lin Homer, told the BBC: “I totally refute any suggestion that we treat asylum applicants without care and compassion.“

    1:55 PM — A commission established to examine asylum policy and practice in the UK has concluded that it falls below the standards of a civilised nation.The 12-member Independent Asylum Commission's findings have been rejected by the Border and Immigration Agency, who claim they treat people with "care and compassion."The volume of people seeking asylum in the UK has fallen sharply and last year there were just over 23,000.

  • Cuban parliament considers LGBT rights bill 1

    The proposed change to Cuban family law would put members of same-sex unions on a par with heterosexual couples.  photo: exfordy@flickr.com

    1:10 PM — A draft lesbian, gay and trans rights bill will be considered by Cuban legislators today.The proposed new law would grant equal rights to all citizens and is the first step towards same-sex unions and access to gender reassignment surgery.Mariela Castro, director of the National Sex Education Centre, said:"A relevant resolution will be signed in the nearest future by the Ministry of Health, which will determine the procedure for such surgery."

  • INTERVIEW: My short career as a gay Apprentice

    PinkNews.co.uk spoke to Sir Alan Sugar's first victim, 23 year old Nick De Lacey.

    12:45 PM — Last night the new series of The Apprentice started on BBC1.PinkNews.co.uk spoke to Sir Alan Sugar's first victim, 23 year old Nick De Lacey, about being booted out in the first week, his fear of chavs, and what how homophobia still exists in the workplace.You had to compete with over 20,000 people to get on to The Apprentice, how did it feel to get on the show?It felt really good!

  • Activist calls on people to ditch LGBT labels 3

    DitchtheLabel site was conceived after Liam secured a business grant from the local Chamber of Commerce, who recognised the site's appeal and potential.

    12:20 PM — An ambitious campaign that aims to change the ways in which young people label themselves was launched last week in the form of a funky teen-oriented website.The website Ditch the Label (www.DitchtheLabel.com) was 'virtually' launched last Saturday night in a co-ordinated browsing of the new site, after being advertised via its original Myspace and the founder's personal Myspace sites.The founder of DitchtheLabel is 17-year old student, activist and part-time model, Liam Hackett.

  • Fight against “ex-gay” movement goes multi-media

    TWO's website will include an extensive video catalogue of “ex-gay“ survivors and sexual orientation experts.

    11:10 AM — TruthWinsOut.org (TWO), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to debunking the "ex-gay myth", launched a newly revamped web site this week.The goal of the site is to serve as an educational resource and an "all-encompassing look at the dangerous world of conversion therapy".TWO claims the ex-gay industry has dominated the flow of information about conversion therapy in the past and the new web site is geared to help "counter ex-gay lies and reach vulnerable people with messages of truth and hope."

  • Obama and Clinton supporters attracted by McCain

    Republican John McCain can possibly expect to receive a healthy dose of Democratic support in November regardless of whether he is facing Clinton or Obama.

    10:55 AM — A surprising number of supporters of both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would throw their votes to Republican John McCain if their candidate does not become the Democratic Presidential nominee, according to a new Gallup poll released yesterday.While only 19 percent of Obama supporters said they would vote for McCain over Clinton, 28 percent of Clinton supporters would switch their vote to the Republican nominee.

  • Mardi Gras clergy feel the wrath of fundamentalists 1

    Despite a few vocal opponents to the Reverends' participation, many lay churchgoers emailed the ministers with words of support.

    10:30 AM — Some Sydney-based clergy who marched in this year's 30th anniversary Mardi Gras have had their careers threatened by those who objected to their public participation and support of gay rights.Some 35 ministers marched, alongside eight people who acted as proxies on behalf of their church's Reverends, as part of a group known as 100Revs.The name refers to the 100 Reverends who signed a formal apology to the LGBT community.

  • 26th March 2008

    Paddick still favourite with gay voters 47

    Mr Paddick was until last year was the most senior out gay police officer in the UK.

    6:20 PM — The results of the second PinkNews.co.uk Mayor of London poll show that Lib Dem candidate Brian Paddick still leads among respondents.225 people who live in the London area took part in the poll. Mr Paddick, who until last year was the most senior out gay police officer in the UK, won 43.5%, or 98 of the first preference votes.He was followed by incumbent Mayor and Labour candidate Ken Livingstone, with 29.4% (66 votes). Tory candidate Boris Johnson won 12% (27 votes).

  • Moroccan newspaper sued by judges over gay party story 1

    Last November Al Massae published the first reports of an alleged gay wedding party in the town and said that a local judge attended.

    5:45 PM — One Morocco's leading newspapers has been ordered to pay four judges more than £100,000 each after it mistakenly reported that a judge had been present at a gay "wedding" in the city of town of Ksar el-Kbir.Last November Al Massae published the first reports of an alleged gay wedding party in the town and said that a local judge attended.The paper did not name him, so all four local judges sued. It later emerged that a man with the same name as one of the judges was arrested.

  • Fundraising auction lots range from Take That to Tate Modern

    There is also a host of once-in-a-liftime experiences up for auction, such as tickets for four for the opening of the new Take That musical Never Forget.

    5:10 PM — Stonewall has launched its 2008 silent auction. All proceeds will go toward funding the gay equality organisation's charitable work, including the Education for All campaign, which aims to stamp out homophobic bullying in schools.Up for grabs is an array of rare and unusual prizes, including a chance to be a VIP guest to the stars of Strictly Come Dancing, an afternoon in the studio with BBC Radio 2's Paul Gambacinni and snowboarding lessons for four with the UK's number one snowboarder, Jo Chastney.

  • New England captain has learnt from past mistakes

    Ferdinand has a son, Lorenz, with girlfriend Rebecca Ellison.   photo: johnd1158@flickr.com

    4:40 PM — Rio Ferdinand's appointment as the new captain of the England football squad has been accompanied by a pledge from the player that he has learnt from past mistakes.The 29-year-old stirred controversy in 2006 during an interview with Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles, in which he used the word "faggot."In 2003 he failed to appear to give a drugs test and was suspended from club and international games for eight months and fined £50,000.

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