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April 2008

  • 18th April 2008

    Euro politicians speak out on gay teen suicides 1

    Young LGBT people are facing homophobic bullying when they are still in education

    2:03 PM — A new report released by the Council of Europe this week has acknowledged that suicide rates among young LGBT people are "significantly higher" than the general population.

  • NHS in Wales to improve services for gays and lesbians

    LGB people in Wales are the most likely in Britain to think they will face discrimination when accessing health services

    1:22 PM — New guidance has been issued to the National Health Service by Wales' Health Minister. Edwina Hart said that the Assembly government had produced the guidance in partnership with Stonewall Cymru.

  • Fight hate crime with a springtime walk in Brighton

    The Brighton Equality Walk is one of the highlights of Stonewall's year

    12:12 PM — Gay and lesbian people and their friends have been signing up for a major gay day out in Brighton during the May bank holiday. The 5th Annual Equality Walk is a demonstration of solidarity against hate crime.

  • Neo-Nazi who attacked gays loses appeal

    National Socialist Front leader Simon Lindberg. Image: den-svenske.com

    11:58 AM — The leader of a neo-Nazi group in southern Sweden, jailed for beating five men at a gay rights party, lost his appeal yesterday. National Socialist Front (NSF) leader Simon Lindberg, had the three month sentence handed down by a district court confirmed by the Court of Appeal.

  • Ken and Boris trade blows over Mayor’s Fund

    Boris Johnson will announce his Mayor’s Fund for London later this month

    11:43 AM — The Conservative party candidate for Mayor of London’s plans for a new charitable fund for the city have been attacked as a "throwback to the nineteenth century."

  • Isle of Man drafts gender recognition legislation 1

    80,000 people live on the Isle of Man

    11:08 AM — Transsexual people on the Isle of Man will have their new gender recognised by law under draft legislation. A person who has had a sex change operation and has a full gender recognition certificate will have their new status legally recognised.

  • Court rejects sperm donor’s request for child access

    Mr Justice John Hedigan found that the man had misled the couple as to his true intentions

    10:57 AM — A gay man in Ireland who donated his sperm to a lesbian couple has lost his High Court bid for guardianship and access to his biological child. The 41-year old, known only as 'A', signed an agreement that he would not occupy the role of father but would act as a 'favourite uncle'.

  • Mayoral candidate is planning civil partnership

    The 49-year-old was until May last year the most senior out gay policeman in the country

    10:46 AM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London is to 'tie the knot' with his boyfriend. Brian Paddick told the Pink Paper of his civil partnership plans in an interview published yesterday.

  • SATC star reveals fight with breast cancer

    42-year-old Nixon said she was not surprised by the diagnosis

    10:20 AM — Actress Cynthia Nixon was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and underwent radiation treatment to treat the disease, the Sex and the City star revealed on Tuesday Appearing on Good Morning America. 42-year-old Nixon said she was not surprised by the diagnosis because her mother had battled breast cancer as well.

  • 17th April 2008

    Royal aide shocked by sex and drugs claims 25

    Strachan and McGuigan are both pleading not guilty to making demands with menaces

    4:41 PM — The trial of two men accused of trying to blackmail a member of the Royal family has heard evidence from the victim’s aide. The woman, known as Witness B, told the court that she received several phone calls over the summer, the first in August, about her employer.

  • Ken tours London’s gay bars with his posse 22

    Ken's whole Soho walkabout was part farce, part hard-nosed politics

    3:49 PM — It was a surreal moment in an already bizarre election; Ken Livingstone standing at the bar in Comptons, chatting happily to bears about his plans for London if he's elected for a third time as the city's Mayor. Ken's whole Soho walkabout was part farce, part hard-nosed politics.

  • Mayoral candidates tussle over smoking ban

    Boris Johnson has been tackled about donations from the tobacco industry

    2:35 PM — A seemingly straight-forward comment from Tory candidate for Mayor of London Boris Johnson about the smoking ban has started a row about donations to his campaign. He was asked: "are you still against the smoking ban in pubs and clubs? If so, what, if anything, do you propose to do about it?"

  • A brief history of homosexuality, played out in Vauxhall

    Timberlina was described by Time Out as somewhere between Kenny Everett and Brian Cant

    1:50 PM — Billed as a shambolic evening of informative entertainment, audience participation and politics, the House of Homosexual Culture and Timberlina will present A Brief History of Homosexuality later this month.

  • Commissioner’s horror at extent of homophobia in Europe

    Commissioner Hammarberg has called for more protection from LGBT discrimination

    1:29 PM — The Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights has called for more protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.

  • US Christian celebrity comes out 5

    For a year and a half, Southworth, 21, has hosted and produced the syndicated show The Remix

    1:06 PM — Hath hell frozen over? Azariah Southworth, Nashville resident and host of the famed Christian youth show The Remix, has publicly announced he is gay. "This has been a long time coming. I'm in a place where I’m at peace with my faith."

  • Vengeful transvestite trashes lingerie boutique 2

    Jeremy Paul McIntosh, 27, was angry at the store for refusing to give him a job

    12:57 PM — A man dressed in woman's clothing repeatedly crashed his car into a Detroit area lingerie store on Saturday in a bizarre act of revenge.

  • Royal took drugs, court told

    The Royal Blackmail plot has excited the media around the world

    4:08 AM — The Old Bailey was told yesterday that the Royal at the centre of a gay sex blackmail plot took drugs. The court also heard a comparision to a Royal aide and the BBC Are You Being Served character Mr Humphries. The Royal can't be named due to a court order.

  • 16th April 2008

    Ken emphasises his gay rights credentials 22

    Ken Livingstone said he has been “at the forefront“ of promoting LGBT rights.

    6:10 PM — The Mayor of London will be taking to the streets of Soho this evening to try to drum up votes among the city's lesbian and gay community.Ken Livingstone said he has been "at the forefront" of promoting LGBT rights.

  • Australia may delay gay equality proposals

    58 laws need to be changed to grant gay, bisexual and lesbian Australians equal rights.

    5:20 PM — The government of Australia is considering whether or not to bring forward measures in next month's Budget that will give gay citizens equal rights in a range of areas.Last year the country's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) report was presented to the federal parliament listing the 58 laws that need to be changed.Kevin Rudd's Labour party promised reform during last year's elections.

  • Harriet Harman will not face police probe over donations

    Harriet Harman won the Labour deputy leadership in June 2007.

    4:50 PM — Secretary of State for Equality Harriet Harman will not be referred to the police for her late declaration of donations to her campaign for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, the Electoral Commission has announced.She won the Labour deputy leadership in June 2007 and was made Secretary of State for Equality, chair of the Labour party and Leader of the House.Two donations totalling just over £6,000 and loans of £58,000 were reported to the commission late.

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