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April 2008

  • 16th April 2008

    MSPs ask for more information on gay blood ban 18

    The petitions committee met yesterday afternoon at Holyrood.

    4:20 PM — A committee of the Scottish parliament is to ask the country's government and various blood and tissue donation organisations to explain why men who have sex with men are barred from donating.The petitions committee met yesterday afternoon at Holyrood to consider a submission from Mr Rob McDowall calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to review existing guidelines and risk assessment procedures to allow healthy gay and bisexual men to donate blood.

  • Male eggs and female sperm “science fiction” says report 4

    Women have two copies of the X chromosome but men have one X and one Y.

    3:50 PM — An international panel of scientists has said that while technology that will allow human egg and sperm cells to be grown from stem cells could be here in five years, the prospects of gay and lesbian couples having children that are genetically theirs are slim.The report from the Hinxton group of stem cell researchers said that because women have two copies of the X chromosome but men have one X and one Y, there are no circumstances they can forsee an entirely same-sex baby.

  • TV duo become civil partners in Chelsea ceremony 10

    The Scottish duo have told the press several times they intend to get hitched.

    3:20 PM — Interior designers Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan have become civil partners. The Channel Five stars held a secret ceremony in London last month.Details of their nuptials at Chelsea Old Town Hall in London on February 15th have only come to light now.They first announced their intention to 'tie the knot' in January 2007. Commenting on the delay Mr Ryan, 41, said: "For some reason, we have never got round to making it legal."

  • Brazil takes movie inspiration for condom campaign

    The posters were inspired by the advertising for the Hollywood film American Beauty.

    3:00 PM — "Do whatever you want, but do it with a condom," is the message to young gay Brazilians from a new campaign against HIV and AIDS.Government officials have defended targeting gay men, citing statistics that found there are 1.5 million gay men who have sex with men (MSM) aged between 15 and 49 out of a total population of 184 million.The director of the National Programme of HIV and AIDS, Mariangela Simao, said: "These groups are more susceptible to HIV infection."

  • Scandal MP’s son outshines Paris Hilton 2

    A number of tabloid newspapers focused on Henry Conway's sexuality, pictured centre with his mother and brother Frederick in the 2007 family Christmas card.

    12:55 PM — A man embroiled in of one of the biggest political scandals of 2007 has re-entered the limelight.Conservative MP Derek Conway was suspended from the House of Commons in January after being censured by the Commons Standards and Privileges Committee for paying his son Frederick £50,000 of public money for "work" as a researcher.Mr Conway's elder son Henry, who is gay, had received similar payments during his time at university, totalling £32,000.

  • Rainbow flag to feature in Mayor’s parade

    The Lord Mayor, councillor David James, has chosen the theme The people and diverse communities of Plymouth.

    12:30 PM — The Lord Mayor's Day Parade in Plymouth will feature a gay float this year.The city's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans residents will use a Rainbow Flag theme for their entry in this year's parade on May 17th.The Lord Mayor, councillor David James, has chosen the theme The people and diverse communities of Plymouth. The organisers of plymouth prideevent 2008 want the LGBT community's families and friends to join its float.

  • Ken hits back over gay World Cup funding 2

    London 2008 will take place in Regent's Park, with competitive and recreational competitions for both male and female teams.

    12:01 PM — The Mayor of London has said he is a strong backer of the 2008 International Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championship being held in London later this year.The championship became an issue in the election for Mayor yesterday when LGBT activist and Green party candidate Peter Tatchell attacked incumbent Ken Livingstone for reportedly declining to contribute to the funding and or sign a letter of support for a grant application to the lottery fund.

  • Pope makes distinction between gays and paedophiles 27

    Pope Benedict XVI is in the US until 20th April and will meet President Bush and address the United Nations.

    10:55 AM — The leader of the Roman Catholic Church has spoken out about the sexual abuse of children by priests.Benedict XVI gave a rare insight into his views to reporters accompanying him on his first Papal visit to the United States, which began yesterday.In his comments the pontiff moved to dismiss the suggestion that he links sexual abuse of children with homosexuality.

  • DC Madam with links to Senators found guilty

    Prominent players tied to Palfrey's company via phone records include Senator David Vitter.

    10:35 AM — Once considered a viable running mate for Republican Presidential hopeful Senator John McCain, a federal jury on Tuesday found 'D.C. Madam' Deborah Jeane Palfrey guilty of money laundering and racketeering for running a prostitution ring.Throughout the trial, Palfrey, 52, maintained that her company, Pamela Martin and Associates escort service, provided legal escort services that catered to adult fantasies from 1993 to 2006.Palfrey, wearing a grey suit and with clasped hands, showed little emotion when the jury found her guilty.

  • Brothers and Sisters actor confirms he is gay 1

    The actor has been linked in the press with Prison Break star Wentworth Miller.

    10:20 AM — Canadian actor Luke MacFarlane, who plays the character of Scotty on Brothers and Sisters, has come out in an interview with the Canadian newspaper Globe and Mail.Explaining his decision after years of speculation in the press regarding his sexuality he said:"I don't know what will happen professionally ... that is the fear, but I guess I can't really be concerned about what will happen, because it's my truth."

  • 15th April 2008

    Gay refugees face prejudice across the world

    A person's sexual orientation does not of itself enable that person to be granted asylum,“ said Australian Immigration.

    6:20 PM — Biplob Hossain, a gay refugee from Bangladesh who is seeking asylum in Australia, and Joaquin Ramirez, facing deportation from Canada to El Salvador, have highlighted the plight of gay men who flee their countries to escape persecution.Mr Hossain, 25, moved to Australia on a student visa when he was 19.

  • Senior Mormons agree to meet with gay group 3

    Mormon church officials have agreed to meet with a gay Mormon support group.

    6:00 PM — Mormon church officials have agreed to meet with a gay Mormon support group. Affirmation, a group that supports the Mormon LGBT community, were invited to meet with Fred Riley, commissioner of Family Services for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • Two in court over Royal “blackmail plot” 25

    The prosecution claims Strachan and McGuigan spent three months trying to sell the story to tabloid newspapers.

    4:30 PM — A court at the Old Bailey in London was told today that two men attempted to blackmail an unnamed member of the Royal Family.Sean McGuigan and Ian Strachan obtained an audio recording of a member of the Royal staff claiming his employer had gay sex with him at a party, the jury was told.

  • Doctor Who writer laughs off “most influential” tag

    Russell T Davies has dismissed a claim that he is the most influential gay person in the UK.

    4:00 PM — TV guru Russell T Davies has dismissed the Independent on Sunday's Pink List as "slightly demeaning" and laughed off their assertion that he is the most influential gay person in the UK.

  • Ken claims multiculturalism as “great achievement” 1

    Ken Livingstone, the Labour candidate, is seeking a third term in office.

    2:20 PM — At the launch of his community relations manifesto today the incumbent Mayor of London made a strong defence of multiculturalism, which he called "one of the greatest achievements of my administration." Ken Livingstone, who as the Labour candidate is seeking a third term in office, made no mention of the gay and lesbian community in his comments."I will continue to develop the positive celebration of London's diversity, he said.

  • INTERVIEW: The Socialist alternative for London 26

    In the 2004 Mayoral election Lindsey German won 61,000 first preference votes, or 3.2%.

    1:50 PM — Lindsey German may be known to some Londoners for her work with the Stop The War Coalition, but the party she represents is entirely new.The Left List is part of what used to be the Respect party.

  • Gay World Cup organisers say 90% of funding in place 2

    London 2008 will take place in Regent's Park between 24th and 30th August 2008.

    1:15 PM — The 2008 International Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championship being held in London later this year has announced cash sponsorship from a website.The championship became an issue in the election for Mayor of London today when LGBT activist and Green party candidate Peter Tatchell attacked the incumbent for reportedly declining to contribute to the funding and or sign a letter of support for a grant application to the lottery fund.

  • Scots Parliament considers gay blood ban 18

    “Blood has no sexual preference and being gay does not mean that you sleep about and have serial sexual partners.“

    11:45 AM — A petition calling for an end to the blanket ban on blood donations from gay men will be considered by the Scottish Parliament today.The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service maintains that it is not a question of being gay or bisexual but the risk involved.Rob McDowall, who has led the campaign against the ban, said:"Blood has no sexual preference and being gay does not mean that you sleep about and have serial sexual partners."

  • American Catholics think Pope is out of touch 26

    Pope Benedict XVI, who has been outspoken in his opposition to equal rights for LGBT people, will visit Washington and New York from today.

    11:20 AM — A wide-ranging poll of Roman Catholics in the US has found that two thirds of them feel the Church is out of touch with today's world.Just two years ago, when Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope, 52% of American Catholics held that view: now the figure is 62%.The figures come ahead of a Papal visit to the United States.Pope Benedict XVI, who has been outspoken in his opposition to equal rights for LGBT people, will visit Washington and New York.

  • DA asked to treat King killer as a juvenile 24

    Lawrence King, who self-identified as gay and wore feminine clothing, was shot in the head during a class on February 12th,

    11:06 AM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans activists are urging that a 14-year-old boy who is to stand trial for the murder of his classmate be dealt with by a juvenile court.Lawrence King, who self-identified as gay and wore feminine clothing, was shot in the head during a class on February 12th, allegedly by classmate Brandon McInerney, 14, at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, California.McInerney has been charged as an adult and could face up to 24 years to life for the murder charge.

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