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April 2008

  • 11th April 2008

    Nigerian Sharia court punishes lesbian couple 4

    In Bauchi state alone there are 40 people awaiting amputation of one or both hands for theft.

    3:00 PM — Two women in Kaduna, Nigeria have been sentenced to six months in prison and 20 lashes each for having a lesbian relationship.The Sharia court said that Malama Hauwa and Hajiya Ai'sha were violating the tenets of Islam and the teachings of Sharia law.The women claimed in court to have been married for five years. Ai'sha said she had paid a dowry of 5,000 Nigerian naira (£21) to her 'wife' at the start of their relationship.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Rail company apologises for homophobic incident 15

    The centrepiece of the £800m refurbishment of St Pancras station is a 9m high sculpture of a couple kissing - a straight couple.

    2:40 PM — The Customer Service Director of rail operator First Capital Connect has said she was "both appalled and embarrassed" by an incident at London St Pancras station when a gay couple were told to stop being affectionate.The incident occurred at around 6:30am on Sunday, March 30th.A public announcement was made by a First Capital Connect staff member, directed at the gay couple, requesting "passengers please keep their hands to themselves and refrain from kissing."

  • Gay group reminds people to register to vote

    Stonewall used the popularity of voting for reality TV show contestants to make a point about local elections.

    2:03 PM — Stonewall, the largest lesbian, gay and bisexual equality organisation in the UK, has reminded people to register to vote ahead of the elections on May 1st.All councils in Wales and 135 local authorities in England will hold elections.The Mayor of London and the city's 25-member Assembly will also be elected that day.

  • Lesbian “tug of war” custody case goes to Supreme Court

    Lisa Miller is appealing the decision to the Virginia Supreme Court. photo: davidpaulohmer@flickr.com

    1:40 PM — A lesbian woman who is attempting to use a US state law banning gay marriage to exclude her former partner from custody of their daughter will have her case heard in the Virginia Supreme Court next week.Janet Jenkins (formerly Miller-Jenkins) and Lisa Miller (formerly Miller-Jenkins) were joined in a civil union in Vermont and shortly thereafter had a child.After the women ended their relationship, Miller moved to Virginia with the women's daughter.

  • Three poofs to run the London Marathon for THT

    4 Poofs and a Piano have been Jonathan Ross's house band since 2001.

    1:20 PM — This Sunday tens of thousands of people will take to the streets of London to run the annual marathon, and among the famous faces this year will be three men who are professionally known as poofs.David Roper, Stephen De-Martin and David Wickenden are best-known as three-quarters of 4 Poofs and a Piano, the house band on the popular BBC1 show Friday Night With Jonathan Ross.They will be donning their running vests and tackling the 26 mile course, while fourth poof Ian Parkin will be cheering them on from the sidelines.

  • INTERVIEW: The hottest lesbian comedy on the net

    3Way is about a straight soap actress who moves her best gay girlfriend into her home.

    1:10 PM — From soap star to veritable lesbian icon, Executive Producer and actress Maeve Quinlan's on the cutting edge of scripted comedy with the hilarious and irreverent lesbian-themed Internet romp, 3Way.Along with her former co-workers and best pals, Nancylee Myatt and Paige Bernhardt, Quinlan conceived of and created the sensation that has become 3Way, about a straight soap actress who moves her best gay girlfriend into her home only to be followed by an array of whacky lesbian characters.

  • Obama and Clinton’s accessibility to gay media assessed

    Obama's interview with The Advocate is the second he has done with the national gay magazine in the past two years.

    12:50 PM — Democratic US Presidential contender Barack Obama has faced increasing criticism in the LGBT community in recent weeks for refusing to speak to the gay and lesbian press.While rival Hillary Clinton has gone on record with gay media outlets such as Logo and the Philadelphia Gay News, Obama has turned down repeated requests for interviews.Now Obama is speaking out at last directly to the gay community in an exclusive interview with The Advocate.

  • 10th April 2008

    Elton John laments American misogyny at Hillary gig 3

    Sir Elton sang several of his classic songs at the concert, such as Rocket Man, Daniel and Your Song.

    2:55 PM — Singer Sir Elton John has attacked the sexist attitude of some American voters at a fundraising concert for Hillary Clinton last night.Senator Clinton is one of two leading candidates for the Democratic party nomination for President, and she appeared on stage with Sir Elton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton."I've always been a Hillary supporter," Sir Elton said. "There is no one more qualified to lead America. Having said that, I never cease to be amazed at the misogynistic attitude of some people in this country."

  • New project for black gay men seeks volunteers 1

    A grant from the Big Lottery Fun has allowed sexual health charity GMFA to launch a new three-year project.

    2:45 PM — A grant from the Big Lottery Fun has allowed sexual health charity GMFA to launch a new three-year project targeting group that are disproportionately affected by HIV.Big Up, the black gay men's volunteer group at GMFA, will be carrying out research to investigate the sexual health needs of black gay men, and in turn provide them with better services.New volunteers are needed to become involved in peer education projects.

  • Footballers to mark day against homophobia 1

    Jason Hall, a player with Brighton Bandits FC, has arranged an exhibition about Justin Fashanu's life and death.

    2:10 PM — The organisers of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) in the UK have spoken of their excitement at the many events being held across the country.May 17th is IDAHO, and this year it will be marked in more than 50 countries.IDAHO day coincides with Cup Final Day and so far two events have been arranged to highlight this. Jason Hall, a player with Brighton Bandits FC, has arranged an exhibition about Justin Fashanu's life and death.

  • Five more convicted in Egypt’s HIV crackdown 5

    The men were charged with the “habitual practice of debauchery,“ a term which in Egyptian law includes consensual sexual acts between men.

    1:20 PM — Five men have been sentenced to three years in prison in Egypt for consensual homosexual acts.Their convictions are the latest in what has been characterised by human rights groups as "a police crackdown" on people living with HIV/AIDS.At least 12 men have been arrested and four have already been sentenced to a year in jail.

  • Obama backs LGB troops in gay magazine interview

    Senator Obama said he would sign into law workplace protections for LGB people.

    1:05 PM — US Presidential candidate Barack Obama has given an interview with leading gay publication The Advocate, just a week after being criticised for "disrespecting" the LGBT media.The interview is due to be published tomorrow, but AP were given excerpts.Mr Obama, a US Senator from Illinois, said he supports a repeal of a law that bars openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people from serving in the country's Armed Forces and is hopeful it can be achieved.

  • Moscow Pride organiser unhappy about documentary

    In Moscow last year gay protesters, including Peter Tatchell, were physically attacked by a homophobic mob.

    12:45 PM — A leading gay rights activist has accused a German documentary maker of "acting in irresponsible and dishonest manner," over the screening of a documentary about Moscow Pride at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.The documentary film East/West: Sex Politics by director Jochen Hick was screened at the festival last week.It premiered in the Berlin International Film Festival in February and follows some LGBT people in Moscow around the Moscow Pride events.

  • Poll gives Ken slight lead in race for Mayor 1

    A new opinion poll commissioned by trade union UNISON has found that the race for Mayor of London is still effectively neck and neck.

    12:30 PM — A new opinion poll commissioned by trade union UNISON has found that the race for Mayor of London is still effectively neck and neck.In the IPSOS-MORI poll the 48% who say they are "absolutely certain to vote," shows the first preference results were 41% for incumbent Mayor and Labour candidate Ken Livingstone, 40% for Conservative Boris Johnson.Lib Dem candidate Brian Paddick took 14% and the Green party's Sian Berry 5%.

  • Mortgage rates to drop by 0.25%

    Mortgage rates should drop following the decision

    12:20 PM — The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee today cuts rates by a quarter of one per cent to 5 per cent, a further attempt to reduce the impact of the global credit crisis hitting Britain.It's the third cut since December, earlier this week it was shown that house prices had fallen by 2.5% in a month, the worse drop since 1992.A mortgage of £100,000 will fall by £17 a month if lenders pass on the cuts in full.

  • Tutu inspires gay audience in San Francisco 5

    The former leader of the Anglican Church in South Africa was presented with an OUTSPOKEN Award. photo: Steve Fisch

    11:45 AM — One of the most respected religious leaders in the world has apologised to the gay community for the way his Church ostracised them.Archbishop Desmond Tutu also expressed regret for making them feel as if God had made a mistake by creating them to be who they are.His speech was the highlight of A Celebration of Courage, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission's (IGLHRC's) annual gala awards ceremony held in San Francisco on Tuesday.

  • Anglican leader condemns gay death threats 3

    The Archbishop of Canterbury indicated in 2006 that he did not want to discuss human sexuality issues at the conference.

    11:10 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken out after the director of a group representing gay Anglicans revealed he has received death threats.Rev Colin Coward, director of Changing Attitude, said that the threats against his life were encouraged by the outspokenly homophobic language and attitude of some in the church.Dr Rowan Williams said the threats are the "latest round of un-Christian bullying."The row over the stance of evangelical and traditionalist bishops in the Anglican church worldwide over gay issues has exposed a deep division in the communion.

  • PlanetOut sells magazine division

    Sale of the magazine and book publishing business will allow PlanetOut to focus on its core online properties.

    10:15 AM — PlanetOut Inc, parent company of long-established gay publications including The Advocate and Out magazine, announced yesterday it has entered into a binding Letter of Intent with an affiliate of here! Networks (owner of Gaywired Media) to acquire PlanetOut's magazine and book publishing businesses.Sale of the magazine and book publishing business will allow PlanetOut to focus on its core online properties.The magazine and book publishing business will join here!'s online, television and film properties.

  • 9th April 2008

    Sperm bank man gets 16 months for fraud

    It is illegal to procure, test, process or distribute sperm without a licence from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

    5:35 PM — John Gonzales, who ran online sperm bank Mannotincluded.com catering mainly for lesbians and single women, has been sentenced to 16 months in prison.He pled guilty to five offences including fraud, forgery and perjury and was also disqualified from acting as a company director for five years.He was sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court today following an investigation and prosecution by the Department for Business and Enterprise (BERR).

  • Gay burial plot to go ahead in Copenhagen cemetery 1

    Each “gay“ space at the cemetery, which is run by the Copenhagen city authorities, costs £270.  photo: Bob Jagendorf@flickr.com

    5:02 PM — People that want to be buried next to others who were gay or lesbian have been granted their wish at a cemetery where author Hans Christian Andersen is buried.Other famous people interned at the Assistens Kirkegård, which was founded in 1737 and is the largest in Copenhagen, include dozens of artists, musicians and writers.Space for 45 urns, set apart from the rest of the cemetery by a triangle of pebbles on the ground, has been rented by a new group.

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