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07 April 2008

  • 7th April 2008

    Driver and paparazzi blamed for death of Diana 3

    In the early 1990s, when HIV and AIDS were surrounded by hysteria and prejudice, Diana become patron of the National AIDS Trust.

    6:50 PM — An inquest that heard lurid rumours that Diana, Princess of Wales was pregnant and murdered at the behest of the British Royal Family has concluded that she was unlawfully killed.However, the jury of five men and six women said the driver of the car that crashed in Paris on 31st August 1997, Henri Paul, and the paparazzi who chased the vehicle into a tunnel, were to blame for her death.Diana died shortly after the crash, her boyfriend Dodi Al Fayed and driver Paul also died in the collision.

  • Suicide prisoner was victim of trans bullying

    Lisa Woodhall was serving a four and half year sentence after she slashed the throat of her boyfriend's ex lover.

    6:10 PM — A woman who hanged herself in her prison cell with shoelaces had complained that she was being victimised and picked on by other inmates because she had transitioned from being a man.Lisa Woodhall was serving a four and half year sentence after she slashed the throat of her boyfriend's ex-lover.Woodhall, who had undergone gender reassignment surgery in 2004, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent at Plymouth Crown Court in September 2005.

  • Poland approves Lisbon Treaty with rights opt-out 1

    Last month a Presidential address to the nation tried to used heavy-handed tactics to warn of the dangers of the Lisbon treaty.

    5:30 PM — Both Houses of the Polish parliament have approved the Lisbon Treaty with an opt-out from the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights.The UK is the only other nation in the 27-member EU to opt out of the charter, which is legally binding on EU institutions such as the European Court of Justice, as part of the new Reform Treaty agreed by the EU heads of government in Lisbon.The Lisbon treaty needed a two-thirds majority vote in the Polish parliament to become law.

  • International pressure on Egypt over HIV arrests

    At least 12 men have been arrested and four have already been sentenced to a year in jail.

    5:10 PM — More than 115 organisations that advocate human rights and the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS have protested to the government of Egypt over a spate of recent arrests.The groups signing the letter represent 41 countries on six continents, among them Human Rights Watch and Amnesty.In a letter to the Health Ministry and the Egyptian Doctors' Syndicate, the groups said that doctors who helped interrogate men jailed on suspicion of being HIV-positive violated their own medical ethics.

  • Interview: The vibrant support network for LGB soldiers

    In the UK the Armed Forces are proud of their LGB colleagues.

    3:30 PM — The issue of gay people serving in the Armed Forces still divides politicians in the US.For the rest of the countries in the NATO alliance, the claims and counter-claims about unit cohesion and the "influence" of gays on fighting men seem like echoes from another time.The Dutch lifted their ban on gays in 1974, Australia followed in 1992 and Canada soon after. In 2008, most of the member nations of NATO have removed their bans.

  • Hillary Clinton repeats desire to end gay military ban

    Senator Clinton was asked if she would use the same method that US President Harry Truman did in 1948 to end racial discrimination.

    3:04 PM — The policy of Don't Ask Don't Tell, which bars openly lesbian, bisexual or gay people from serving in the United States Armed Forces, will most likely have to be repealed by Congress, according to Hillary Clinton.The Senator from New York was First Lady of the United States when the policy became law in 1993.She is now running for the White House in her own right, and is one of two candidates for the Democratic nomination for President.

  • Magistrate investigated after linking gay men to paedophiles 3

    Mr Butler has voluntarily agreed not to sit as a magistrate during the investigation.

    2:35 PM — Comments made in a regional TV documentary about gay people in Wales has led to an investigation into a local magistrate.Byron Butler, a former Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Mid Glamorgan who has been on the bench for 30 years, spoke out on an edition of BBC Wales' Week In Week Out hosted by former Steps singer Ian H Watkins.Mr Butler has voluntarily agreed not to sit as a magistrate during the investigation by the Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace in Mid Glamorgan.

  • Ken campaign to complain about YouGov poll 4

    “YouGov do not take account of the much larger ethnic minority population in London,“ claims the Livingstone campaign

    2:00 PM — Ken Livingstone, the incumbent Mayor of London, has rejected the methodology of an opinion poll company used by Stonewall, the Evening Standard and other papers.The latest poll of 1,000 Londoners from YouGov puts his Tory rival Boris Johnson on 49% with the Mayor on 36%.Lib Dem candidate Brian Paddick remains on 10% and Green party hopeful Sian Berry on 2% in the Standard poll. Once the second preferences are factored in, Boris leads Ken by 56% to 44%.

  • Obama challenged over lack of contact with gay press 13

    In an Editorial Letter to Obama last week, PGN said that he has only spoken to the gay press twice.

    1:30 PM — One of America's most respected gay publications has accused Presidential candidate Barack Obama of disrespecting the "entire local LGBT press."Last week Philadelphia Gay News published an wide-ranging interview with his rival for the Democratic nomination Senator Hillary Clinton, ahead of the Pennsylvania primary later this month.In an Editorial Letter to Obama last week, PGN said that he has only spoken with the gay press twice.

  • Gay Iranian faces uncertain future back in UK

    The British government has been accused of being more inclined to believe Iran than human rights groups on the issue of how gay people are treated in that country.

    1:00 PM — Mehdi Kazemi, a teenage Iranian who is fighting deportation to his homeland where he claims he faces execution for being gay, has returned to the UK.He was previously in a detention centre in Holland but was released on Friday from a Rotterdam detention centre and returned to England. He is staying with his uncle.Mr Kazemi, 19, had unsuccessfully applied for asylum in the United Kingdom following the execution of his partner by Iranian authorities after being found guilty of sodomy.

  • Tatchell held during Olympic torch protests

    The Olympic torch was lit at Olympia in Greece last week and will pass through 20 countries  photo: zoonabar@flickr.com

    12:20 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell was one of scores of people detained by police as yesterday's parading of the Olympic torch through the streets of London descended into chaos.Despite hundreds of police officers deployed on the streets there were repeated attempts to stop the 31-mile procession, as campaigners vented their anger at China's actions in Tibet and its wider record on human rights.At one point a man almost succeeded in grabbing the lit torch.

  • Death of screen icon who opposed gay equality

    Although Heston talked about and praised the “brilliantly talented homosexuals“ he worked with during his career, he was often accused of being homophobic.

    11:50 AM — Legendary actor Charlton Heston died on Saturday at the age of 83.The iconic actor of such films as Ben Hur and Soylent Green died at his home in Beverly Hills with his wife, Lydia Clarke Heston, by his side.Heston is survived by son Fraser Clarke Heston, daughter Holly Ann Heston, and three grandchildren.Heston's family released a statement on Saturday confirming the actor's death.

  • Anger at “laissez-faire attitude” as US HIV infections up 48%

    In the US the number of infections jumped to 52,878 new reported cases in 2006 up from 35,537 reported in 2005.

    11:40 AM — A US Centre for Disease Ccontrol HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report, that was quietly released recently, shows a "catastrophic" 48% increase in US HIV infections between the years 2005 and 2006.The number of infections jumped to 52,878 new reported cases in 2006 up from 35,537 reported in 2005.With the lifetime costs of one HIV-infected individual's treatment and care estimated to be $600,000 (£302,000) , the new CDC surveillance numbers suggest a $36 billion aggregate cost for caring for these nearly 53,000 individuals.

  • Pope to face gay protests during US visit 26

    Pope Benedict XVI's pastoral visit to the United States takes place between April 15th to 20th.

    11:30 AM — DignityUSA will sponsor a series of public events and witnesses during Pope Benedict XVI's pastoral visit to the United States April 15th to 20th.Events will be held in both Washington, D.C. and New York City.The oldest and most progressive organisation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics, DignityUSA has fifty chapters and local contacts in every state.

  • New social network for gay adoptive parents 1

    Mr May founded the group after using online message boards to communicate with other adopters

    11:00 AM — A gay couple have created a new online social network aimed at lending support to same-sex couples going through the adoption process.The New Family Social group has been set up by Andy May and gives lesbian, gay and bisexual adopters around the UK a chance to chat online and meet with other couples in the same situation.There are currently 60 families registered on the site, which offers free membership and a private discussion board where users can contact other adopters in their area.

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