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March 2008

  • 20th March 2008

    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.

  • 19th March 2008

    Gay poet will stay on Ireland’s school curriculum 2

    Allegations about the poet's relationship with the young boys surfaced after the screening of Fairytale of Kathmandu.

    4:15 PM — The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) in Ireland has said that works by a poet accused of sexually exploiting young men in Nepal will continue to be taught in schools.Education Minister Mary Hanafin has been advised by the council: "On balance, the Council considered that its original position on the artistic merit and suitability for study of the work of Cathal O'Searcaigh should stand."The poet has been accused of the "sexual exploitation and grooming" of 16 year old Nepalese boys.

  • Greek Orthodox church slams rights for unmarried couples 2

    The Chruch's governing synod described moves by the Greek government to afford unmarried or defacto couples the same legal rights as their married counterparts as a “catastrophic bomb“.

    3:24 PM — The Greek Othordox Church has spoken out against proposals to allow unmarried heretosexual couples in the country to have their relationships registered.The BBC reports that the Chruch's governing synod described moves by the Greek government to afford unmarried or defacto couples the same legal rights as their married counterparts as a "catastrophic bomb" which threatened Greek society and compared the move to "prostitution."

  • Gay dating site helps AIDS fight through grid computing

    The FightAIDS@Home project was first launched in 2002 in the US, to limited exposure.

    1:50 PM — Computer users can help find a cure for AIDS with the click of a mouse.Through the technology known as grid computing, PC users are now able to assist scientific research halfway across the world, equipped only with their computers and their Internet connection.Gay dating site Fitlads.net is asking its members to install a small piece of software, by invitation from the research laboratory working on the project as part of FightAIDS@Home.

  • Amstell’s talent recognised by British Academy

    It is the first time Amstell (c) has been nominated for a BAFTA.

    1:15 PM — The Best Entertainment Performer category at this year's television BAFTAs is dominated by gay men, it has emerged.Nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts TV awards were announced yesterday.Simon Amstell, host of the rock comedy panel show Never Mind the Buzzcocks, was named as a best entertainer nominee, alongside Alan Carr, who co-hosts The Friday Night Project, and Stephen Fry for his intellectually-arousing game show QI.

  • Ken reveals election pact with Greens 5

    Ken Livingstone said his second preference vote would be going to Green candidate Sian Berry.

    12:30 PM — The incumbent Mayor of London's campaign for re-election has received a boost from the Green party, who today urged their supporters to cast their second preference votes for him.Ken Livingstone said his second preference vote would be going to Green candidate Sian Berry at the launch of their "Common Green Agenda" this morning.In every London Mayoral election so far second preferences decided the outcome.

  • Comment: Obama’s hit and miss speech on race 6

    In terms of telling his personal story and giving voters a view of the complexities of the richly diverse experience from which he has come, Barack Obama succeeded spectacularly.

    12:10 PM — In a speech prompted by extensive media coverage of the divisive, racially-tinged sermons of his pastor and 'spiritual mentor' of the last twenty years, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama today attempted to address concerns over his stance on issues, including race and patriotism, that have dogged his campaign for the last week.Speaking from the National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia, Senator Obama's words yesterday broadened the context of the debate beyond the firestorm surrounding Reverend Wright's comments alone and instead focused on the subject of race in America.

  • Polish President uses gays as EU treaty scare tactic 20

    President Kaczynski's address to the nation on Monday nights used heavy-handed tactics to warn of the danger's of the Lisbon treaty.

    11:40 AM — Poland's attempts to ratify the Lisbon Treaty have been thrown into disarray after President Lech Kaczynski made a controversial speech to the nation decrying German influence on the country and gay marriage.Prime Minister Donald Tusk accused the head of state of trying to scare Poles.Opposition leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski is the President's twin brother and leader of the homophobic Law and Justice party.

  • NY Governor reveals extra-marital affairs

    46-year-old Paterson is making headlines as both the first black Governor of New York and also the country's first blind Governor.

    11:20 AM — Hours after being sworn in as the new Governor of New York, David A. Paterson seemed intent to avoid himself an Eliot Spitzer-like media blitz and tossed his own skeletons out of the closet.Paterson told the New York Daily News that he and his wife both had affairs during a rough patch in their marriage.As he was sworn in, Paterson was hailed as a man of integrity, a word formerly used to describe his predecessor Eliot Spitzer.

  • Tributes paid to private man and sci fi genius

    Clarke was long believed to be gay and was asked numerous times about his sexuality by the press.

    10:59 AM — Legendary science fiction author Sir Arthur C. Clarke has died at the age of 90 at his home in Sri Lanka.Clarke, who wrote more than 100 books during his lifetime, died early yesterday morning from respiratory failure.Although Clarke was never open about his sexuality, he has long been believed to be one of the most prominent gay writers of the last century.

  • Barack Obama on race in America 6

    Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America's improbable experiment in democracy.

    1:10 AM — "We the people, in order to form a more perfect union."Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and, with these simple words, launched America's improbable experiment in democracy. Farmers and scholars; statesmen and patriots who had traveled across an ocean to escape tyranny and persecution finally made real their declaration of independence at a Philadelphia convention that lasted through the spring of 1787.

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