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21 April 2008

  • 21st April 2008

    Royal gay sex blackmail tape played in secret

    The Royal involved is not thought to carry out public duties

    9:56 PM — The Old Bailey today heard a tape recording that contains claims that a male member of the Royal family performed a gay sex act on an employee, known as witness D. Members of the press and the public were ordered to leave the court room before the judge allowed the tape to be played.

  • There are no gays in football claims Italian club official 2

    "A homosexual cannot do the job of a footballer"

    5:47 PM — A former managing director of one of the world's best-known football clubs has claimed that "a homosexual cannot do the job of a footballer." Luciano Moggi, formerly with Juventus, is banned from football until 2011.

  • Uruguay’s first gay union, four months after they became legal 1

    The first actual ceremony in Uruguay took place last Thursday

    5:03 PM — In the South American nation of Uruguay, a new law granting cohabiting couples who have lived together for more than five years the same rights as straight married couples was signed into law in December.

  • European Commission abandons gay discrimination directive 5

    There is at present no EU law protecting LGB people from discrimination

    4:49 PM — Opposition from Germany and other member states means that European Union citizens will not be protected by an EU directive from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. The BBC has learned that only disability will be covered by the new directive.

  • Derren Brown speaks of his “perfect” boyfriend 2

    Derren Brown's TV performances have been controversial

    3:11 PM — One of the UK's best-known mentalists has spoken to The Sun newspaper about his sexual orientation. Under the headline "I'm A Mind Bender" Derren Brown revealed he has a boyfriend.

  • Online gay museum opens for business

    Proud Heritage seeks to reformulate how a museum can be in the 21st Century

    1:59 PM — Museum professionals have feted the launch of the online national LGBT museum Proud Heritage. The website has its first working day open to the public today. Plans for a physical museum were discussed at the Stonewall hustings for the candidates for Mayor of London on Saturday.

  • Russians protest their country’s gay blood ban

    Gay men are still prevented from giving blood in the UK

    12:20 PM — Activists in Russia have written to the country's Ministry of Health to ask why previous assurances that regulations banning gay men from donating are to be removed have not resulted in action.

  • Website celebrates Africa’s gay heroes

    Simon Nkoli was a gay rights and anti-apartheid activist

    12:06 PM — A Supreme Court judge, an HIV treatment campaigner and an anti-apartheid activist all feature on a new website highlighting African heroes. All three are from South Africa. The website, africansuccess.org, was created by Kadija Traoré Bush.

  • Ken unveils gay manifesto as Boris reveals Fund advisers

    Ken has created a gay and lesbian manifesto outlining 20 key pledges

    11:29 AM — The Labour candidate for Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has said he will "work to ensure that London retains its reputation as a welcoming and safe place for lesbian and gay Londoners and visitors" if re-elected for a third term on May 1st.

  • Campaigners plead with Home Secretary over Syrian deportation 8

    John Houghton, 20, is Chairman of the Scottish Youth Parliament

    10:55 AM — More than 20 members of the Scottish Parliament and a former Big Brother winner have called on the government not to deport a gay teenager to Syria. Jojo Yakob is due to be removed from the UK in 16 days.

  • Equality commission seeks your experiences with public bodies

    The EHRC is designed to promote a fair, equal and diverse society

    10:36 AM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission is calling for evidence from service users of public authorities such as hospitals, government and schools to find out if people are being treated with dignity and respect.

  • Gay boxer upbeat despite defeat at hands of Tory MP

    "White-collar" or "City boxing" allows professionals to train and fight at special boxing events

    10:14 AM — The Pink Pounder may have lost his latest boxing match, but he won't be throwing in the towel just yet. Charles Jones, a 48-year old architect from London, is considered to be the world's first openly gay boxer.

  • N’Sync star speaks out for Day of Silence

    The former N'Sync star recorded the spot to promote the National Day of Silence

    10:05 AM — Proudly out former boy band star Lance Bass speaks out against gay discrimination in a new public service announcement for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network released this week.

  • US gay couples struggle to divorce: the week in review 1

    Domestic partnership laws benefit same-sex couples but the rules surrounding divorce are not as clear cut

    9:45 AM — After years of fighting for equal treatment in regards to marriage, some gay couples are finally hearing the other shoe drop.

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