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April 2008

  • 21st April 2008

    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.

  • 20th April 2008

    Gay bishop to attend Lambeth conference despite previous rejection

    Bishop Gene Robinson is the most sernior gay cleric in the Anglican communion

    10:49 PM — The most senior openly gay cleric in the Anglican Communion, Gene Robinson intends to attend the 2008 Lambeth Conference to be held in Caterbury despite previously refusing to.

  • 19th April 2008

    Video: PinkNews editor takes Boris Johnson to task 8

    Boris Johnson is the Conservative Party Candidate (Photo: Elliott Franks)

    11:24 PM — At the Stonewall hustings for the Mayor of London, chair of the hustings, PinkNews.co.uk editor, Tony Grew, took Conservative Party Candidate Boris Johnson to task.

  • Ken steals Boris’s Mayor Fund idea 7

    Nearly 400 people attended the hustings

    2:20 PM — A new fund proposed by Boris Johnson designed to encourage the City to donate money to community projects could be used to help pay for a gay and lesbian museum in London, Ken Livingstone has proposed. He was speaking at a hustings for candidates for Mayor of London organised by gay equality organisation Stonewall.

  • Final PinkNews.co.uk Mayor of London poll

    City Hall, perhaps not Ken's domain for much longer

    1:14 AM — With the race to be Mayor of London entering the final fortnight, we're offering PinkNews.co.uk readers a final say to vote on their choice for the Mayoral and Assembly elections. To vote in our final poll, which closes on Thursday 24th April 2008, click here.

  • 18th April 2008

    After 28 years, Paisley’s heir apparent succeeds 1

    Peter Robinson has been DUP deputy leader since 1980

    5:14 PM — Peter Robinson will be the next leader of the Democratic Unionist party and Northern Ireland's next First Minister, it was confirmed last night. A meeting of the 120 members of party's executive committee backed the Belfast East MP.

  • INTERVIEW: Ken answers his gay critics 22

    Earlier this week Ken Livingstone took a trip round Soho to meet-and-greet gay voters

    4:19 PM — There has been much discussion in the dead tree press about the importance of the "pink" vote in the election for Mayor of London. Earlier this week Ken Livingstone took a trip round Soho and PinkNews.co.uk managed to catch up with him.

  • COMMENT: I have some questions for Ken

    On four issues Ken needs to explain why he has let down the LGBT community

    4:08 PM — London Mayor Ken Livingstone can justifiably boast that he has done much over the last 30 years to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Londoners. But in his second term as Mayor, he caused widespread dismay in the LGBT community.

  • LGBT lawyers forum launched

    Ben Summerskill with InterLaw Forum founder and corporate partner at Simmons and Simmons Daniel Winterfeldt

    3:17 PM — A new forum for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community within the legal profession was launched last night. The InterLaw Forum aims to strengthen diversity within the London legal sector and promote the recruitment, retention and advancement of LGBT talent.

  • Concern for Kyrgyz LGBTs after police raid

    Kyrgyzstan is a former Soviet republic in central Asia

    2:39 PM — A New York-based human rights group has said that a warrantless raid on an LGBT community centre by police in Kyrgyzstan "sends a chilling message." The police action in the capital Bishkek was the second time Labrys had been targeted in this way.

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