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March 2008

  • 18th March 2008

    HIV clusters nothing new say THT and GMFA 3

    2,700 gay and bisexual men were newly diagnosed in 2006, the highest number ever.

    5:50 PM — Sexual health charities that work with the gay community have said that a recent study that claims HIV is spreading among clusters of gay men is "nothing new."Gay men's health group GMFA and Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) both said that infections among specific groups of gay men have been an acknowledged factor in the epidemiology of the disease for decades.Tim Molloy from GMFA told PinkNews.co.uk: "We have always been aware of sexual networks. Men go to the same bar and are into the same things so it is obvious that there will be a pattern."

  • GLAAD honours Matthew Shepard’s mother

    Judy Shepard was honoured for her tireless work for LGBT Americans.

    5:00 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's Excellence in Media Award has been presented to the mother of a murdered gay teenager.At the GLAAD Media Awards in New York yesterday Judy Shepard was honoured for her tireless work for LGBT Americans.As executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, she has become one of America's most vocal advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.

  • Egypt accused of undermining fight against AIDS 5

    Earlier this month Cairo prosecutors handed down indictments against five men on debauchery charges.

    4:05 PM — Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have accused the Egyptian government of "official ignorance and prejudice about HIV" in the wake of more prosecutions for "habitual debauchery."The term is used under Egyptian law to prosecute consensual sexual acts between men.Earlier this month Cairo prosecutors handed down indictments against five men on debauchery charges. The lead prosecutor told a lawyer for the defendants that the men should not be allowed to "roam the streets freely."

  • Syrian claiming gay asylum faces deportation order 2

    Yakob applied for asylum and was granted extended leave by the Home Office, but was then arrested in Aberdeen last April.

    3:53 PM — A teenager from Syria who tried to claim asylum in the UK on the grounds of his sexual orientation has pleaded with the Home Office to reverse a deportation order.Jojo Jako Yakob claims he faces certain death if he is returned to his homeland.A deportation order was enacted against him after he was arrested for possession of a fake Belgian passport and placed in Polmont Young Offenders Institution in Scotland.

  • Another outing for R.E.M. singer 1

    The 48 year old R.E.M. star, who is known for deflecting questions about his sexuality.

    3:10 PM — Michael Stipe has announced that he is gay. The 48 year old R.E.M. star, who is known for deflecting questions about his sexuality, told US music magazine Spin "I was totally open with the band and my family and my friends and certainly the people I was sleeping with. I thought it was pretty obvious."I'd just never felt strongly enough about a particular relationship to say, 'Yeah, he's my boyfriend, that is what it is.'"

  • Gay adoption ruling may set precedent in Israel 1

    The landmark decision, made by the Ramat Gan Family Court in Tel Aviv, may well set a precedent for other gay couples.

    1:30 PM — An Israeli court has ruled that a gay couple can both register to be their adopted son's father.The landmark decision, made by the Ramat Gan Family Court in Tel Aviv, may well set a precedent for other gay couples.Giora Shavit and his long-time partner Avi Shadiv have now registered to jointly adopt their five-year-old son. The four year old boy, who comes from Georgia, has no registered biological parents.

  • Who gets your vote for Mayor of London? 6

    The Mayor of London is elected by the Supplementary Vote (SV) system, meaning voters may choose a first and second choice candidate.

    1:20 PM — PinkNews.co.uk is inviting readers to take part in our second Mayor of London poll.Today is the start of the official campaigning period for the election. Londoners will go to the polls on May 1st.Incumbent Ken Livingstone is running as the Labour candidate. Henley MP Boris Johnson is the Conservative party hopeful, while former Met police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick is standing for the Liberal Democrats.

  • Countdown to Mayor of London election begins

    Gay equality organisation Stonewall is hosting a hustings event with the candidates for Mayor of London on Saturday 19th April.

    12:30 PM — The official campaign period for the Mayor of London election starts today. Londoners will go to the polls on May 1st.Incumbent Mayor and Labour candidate Ken Livingstone said that the election "is not Celebrity Big Brother" and referred to the terrorist attacks on the city in 2005 as indicative of the spirit of the capital.Boris Johnson said that as London's first Tory Mayor he would stand up to the national government and claimed the city has lost out on its share of government investment and resources.

  • Football fans banned for homophobic and racist abuse

    The start of the 2007/08 season saw a change in football ground regulations with homophobic abuse now deemed punishable.

    12:02 PM — Nine Blackpool FC fans have been banned from their home ground for shouting homophobic and racist abuse during Saturday's match against Preston.Supporters of both teams complained about offensive chanting and police were asked to investigate.Following an ongoing investigation, the nine Blackpool fans have been banned and police are scrutinising CCTV footage with the intention of issuing more banning orders.

  • McGreevey confirms threesome claims 1

    The former Governor appeared on Oprah in 2006, and shocked viewers with his confession of an encounter with a gay aide while his wife lay in bed in hospital following a difficult birth of their son.

    11:40 AM — The saga of Jim McGreevey, the first US state Governor to come out of the closet, continues with allegations he and his ex-wife regularly had threesomes with a male employee.The former Governor of New Jersey admitted in 2004 to having an extra-marital affair with his male aide Golan Cipel.McGreevey announced the story himself and resigned from office after a sexual harassment lawsuit was brought against him by Cipel.

  • Scouts frank about gay sex, drugs and abortion 1

    Founded by Robert Baden-Powell in England in 1907, the Scout movement has an estimated 38 million members in 216 countries.

    11:10 AM — A report by the Italian Scouting Association has reportedly found that nine out of ten Scouts and Girl Guides questioned have no problem with pre-marital sex.Other liberal attitudes expressed by the young people, gathered together from international scouting associations at a jamboree in Florence in 2006, include one quarter of the girls and 12 per cent of the boys reportedly saying that they would consider a same-sex experience.More than 80 per cent of those questioned said they were happy to get drunk.

  • Homophobic politician’s son denies he is gay 11

    Representative Kern reiterated her son's comments, telling the Tulsa World that he is “artistic, very musical, and not one to play on the football team,“ but that he was not gay.

    10:58 AM — Much talk has been made about Oklahoma State House Representative Sally Kern's remarks that the "gay agenda" was more threatening to her country than terrorism.Rumours began to circulate after the media frenzy about her remarks erupted that her son, a 31-year-old affiliate of the Des Moines School of Metaphysics, was gay.This week however, Jesse Kern denied those rumours, saying he is not gay, just celibate.

  • 17th March 2008

    Livermore “excited” about his new role

    Friends of Spencer Livermore say Carter certainly didn't push him out.

    7:50 PM — The Prime Minister's departing Director of Political Strategy was not forced out of Downing St and he expects to remain close to Gordon Brown, PinkNews.co.uk has learned.It was revealed earlier today that Spencer Livermore is to leave the government this week.Downing St sources said he still expects to play a key role in the next election campaign.

  • Spencer Livermore to leave Downing St

    Spencer Livermore was named the most important gay person in British politics in the PinkNews.co.uk in December.

    6:00 PM — The Prime Minister's Director of Political Strategy is reportedly leaving to take a job in advertising.Spencer Livermore was named the most important gay person in British politics in the PinkNews.co.uk Top 50 list in December.His departure is seen as a blow to Gordon Brown: Mr Livermore has been one of his closest and most loyal aides for more than a decade.

  • Elton to play fundraiser for Hillary

    Mrs Clinton, 60, has used her time as First Lady to burnish her credentials as a foreign affairs expert.

    6:00 PM — British pop legend Sir Elton John has stepped into the political limelight for the second time this year by agreeing to raise funds for Senator Hillary Clinton's campaign for President of the United States.The multi-millionaire singer-songwriter said in a statement: "I'm not a politician but I believe in the work that Hillary Clinton does."Last month Sir Elton and his civil partner David Furnish held a dinner at their London home to introduce potential donors to Brian Paddick, a friend of the couple and the Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of the city.

  • Poll shows Boris ahead in race for Mayor of London

    The online poll of 1,005 Londoners was conducted by YouGov. 49% said they would vote for Boris Johnson.

    5:30 PM — The Conservative candidate for Mayor of London is well ahead of his two main rivals, according to polling carried out for the Evening Standard newspaper.The online poll of 1,005 Londoners was conducted by YouGov. 49% said they would vote for Boris Johnson, 37% for incumbent Labour Mayor Ken Livingstone and 12% for Lib Dem candidate Brian Paddick.17% said they had not yet decided who to vote for. The Mayor of London is elected by the Supplementary Vote (SV) system, where voters may choose a first and second choice candidate.

  • Feeling singer says pop stars should follow him out of the closet

    The Feeling were the most played band on UK radio in 2006 and Dan won the Stonewall Entertainer of the Year Award in 2007.

    4:45 PM — The Feeling's frontman Dan Gillespie Sells has urged more pop stars to come out.In an interview to publicise the Feeling's upcoming album, Join With Us, he told the Daily Record:"The world would be a healthier place if people were more honest about their sexuality and the entertainment industry would be healthier if people were more honest full stop.

  • Swiss may deport gay teen to Cameroon 1

    Organisers of the campaign to stop Mr Zali's deportation have suggested a number of actions that could help him to stay in Switzerland.

    4:20 PM — Switzerland is due to return a Cameroonian teenager to his home country, where he could face imprisonment and physical punishment.Anatole Zali arrived in Switzerland from Cameroon on 3rd February 2008 and claimed asylum on the grounds that he had been threatened because he is gay.In Cameroon, Zali, who is 18, claims to have received threats from the police, where he stayed with his cousin for protection.

  • Activists and politicians launch IDAHO in London

    IDAHO, now in its fourth year, is marked in 50 countries.

    3:55 PM — Government ministers, candidates for Mayor of London and more than 100 LGBT activists from across the world came together at the University of the Arts in London last week for the UK launch of the International Day Against Homophobia.Students on the Design for Graphic Communication course at the University of Arts designed double sided broadsheet posters to encourage UK campaigners to arrange events for the IDAHO on May 17th, and the winning posters were displayed at the event.IDAHO founder Louis-Georges Tin was in attendance.

  • Gay protest at St Patrick’s Day parade 3

    Today's St Patrick's Day parade will be the 247th in the New York's history. photo: craig hatfield@flickr.com

    3:20 PM — A gay rights group in New York will protest at the traditional St Patrick's Day Parade today.The group, Irish Queers, plans to disrupt the parade, which excludes members of the LGBT community on the grounds that it is a religious event."We're sick of hearing city officials say they can't intercede in the homophobia because it's a religious march," said Tierney Gleason of Irish Queers.

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