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2008

  • 16th January 2008

    Presbyterian church allows lesbian ordination

    The San Francisco Presbytery encompasses nearly 80 churches with 28,000 parishioners.

    5:01 PM — In the first test of a new policy allowing local Presbyterian churches the right to welcome into the clergy candidates who object to church teachings, the Presbytery of San Francisco has granted a lesbian deacon her wish of becoming a minister.The regional body yesterday voted 167 to 151 in favour of Lisa Larges, who had twice before been denied ordination.Since 1978 the US Presbyterian denomination bans sexually active gay or lesbian people from the ministry.

  • Gay link to theft of Irish Crown Jewels

    The Order of St Partick is an order of chivalry founded in 1783 by George III.

    4:30 PM — Just four days before King Edward VII arrived in Ireland for a state visit, his Crown Jewels were stolen from Dublin Castle.The 1907 theft angered the monarch, scandalised the Irish press and has remained one of the unsolved mysteries of modern times.The star and badge of the Order of St Patrick, laden with rubies, emeralds and diamonds, were never recovered.Now an historian has blamed the daring heist on Francis Shackleton, brother of the famous polar explorer Ernest.

  • Samaritans claim 80% have been bullied at work

    Occupation has a major influence on stress, with over 40% of IT workers, retailers, caterers and engineers feeling unsupported at work.

    2:55 PM — New research from emotional support charity Samaritans has revealed that one in four people it is a weekly or even daily stress caused by workplace bullying.More than 80% of workers have been bullied during their careers and a third of people are so stressed they have dreamed of quitting for a life abroad.Over half say their jobs are getting more stressful and that work is overtaking their home lives.

  • Plymouth plans a bigger and better Pride in 2008 6

    plymouth prideevent 2008 takes place in The Guildhall on Saturday, June 7th.

    2:45 PM — The nation's most popular lower-case gay day out, plymouth pridevent, has been granted charity status.Supported by, among others, Plymouth City Council and Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, the charity's committee has adopted a new constitution and appointed a new chairman, Mark Ayres.The committee can now make donations to other organisations which also work with Plymouth's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) community.

  • International match to honour lesbian football hero 2

    The Lily Parr Exhibition Trophy will be held in Regents Park on Saturday 9th February  2008 as part of LGBT History Month.

    2:25 PM — She was a footballing genius who lit up the game in the 1920s and 1930s with her antics on and off the field.Lily Parr, who lived openly with her partner Mary and insisted on being paid in Woodbine cigarettes, was the first woman to be inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame.30 years on from her death, lesbians from around the globe will come together on the pitch to celebrate her brilliant life of this star of the game.

  • Florida gay marriage ban short on signatures

    There is already a ban on same-sex marriage in Florida.

    2:02 PM — An initiative to ask Florida's citizens to ban gay marriage in the state is more than 20,000 signatures short of the required number, despite claims last month that the target had been reached.Florida4Marriage.org want a question on the 2008 ballot on following amendment to the state's constitution regarding civil marriage.Revised numbers show that the group is 21,989 signatures short of the required 611,009. There are two weeks left until the deadline.

  • Ken launches campaign for third term as Mayor

    The row over pensioner travel is the first in what looks set to be a fractious campaign for Mayor of London.

    1:35 PM — The Mayor of London kicked off his campaign for a third term in office yesterday with a pledge to extend free travel for pensioners.The Freedom Pass for the over 60s and disabled people cannot currently be used before 9am on weekdays.In a bid for the votes of the million pass users in the capital, Ken Livingstone said the new policy "is part of my central goal of ensuring that London's public transport system is reliable and open to every Londoner."

  • Gay.com parent company up for sale

    PlanetOut floated in October 2004 at a share price of $9 (£4.48), it quickly rose to $14.26 (£7.10) in November that year.

    12:40 PM — Shares in one of the largest gay media companies in the world, PlanetOut, fell 23.4% yesterday to $4.75 (£2.42).A spokesman for the NASDAQ-listed company confirmed they are looking for potential buyers. It has been a rocky year for the company. It is now trading at 13% of its value in January 2007.In May high operating costs and declining sales resulted in a considerable first-quarter loss and a resulting slide in share price.

  • Photos of gay icons bought by National Portrait Gallery

    The portraits will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery, St Martins Place, London, from February.

    11:55 AM — Four portraits by acclaimed gay photographer David Gwinnutt have been acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in London.Mr Gwinnutt, who has photographed many well-known gay celebrities, said he was honoured that his work will become part of the national collection of portraiture.The portraits of film director John Schlesinger, playwright Neil Bartlett, performance artist and club legend Leigh Bowery and photographer Corinne Day are candid and intimate.

  • Aide to Latvian MP convicted of Pride attack

    The court found that he threw a bag of excrement at the car of a gay rights activist.

    11:30 AM — A 32-year-old man who works as an aide to a homophobic Latvian MP has been convicted of "gross public disorderliness" during Riga Pride in 2006.Janis Dzelme is an assistant to the Latvia First Party MP Dainis Turlais.The court found that he has throw a bag of excrement at the car of a gay rights activist.

  • Morocco ‘gay party’ convictions upheld 1

    The prosecution failed to present any evidence that the men actually had engaged in the prohibited conduct in the first place.

    10:55 AM — A leading human rights organisation has called on the authorities in Morocco to release six men jailed for "lewd and unnatural acts."They were arrested by police between November 23rd and 25th 2007, after a video circulated online, including on YouTube, purporting to show a private party, allegedly including the men, taking place in Ksar el-Kbir on November 18th.Press reports claimed the party was a "gay marriage." At an appeal yesterday the men's sentences were reduced but their convictions upheld.

  • Romney and Clinton win in Michigan

    Romney remained in Michigan on Tuesday to drum up last minute votes in the state primary.

    10:25 AM — Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has pulled off a strong win in the Michigan primary results, beating out his rivals, Arizona Senator John McCain and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.Although pre-voting polls had the two top Republican candidates at a virtual tie, Romney pulled off the win with a significant margin.Hillary Clinton, virtually uncontested, won in the Democratic primary.With 77 percent of precincts reporting in, Mitt Romney has been declared the projected winner in the Michigan Republican primary.

  • 15th January 2008

    Swedish opposition may force gay marriage vote 5

    Gay and lesbian couple can register their partnership through a civil ceremony.

    4:45 PM — The three opposition parties in Sweden have said they may force a bill through parliament to extend marriage to gay and lesbian couples.Under current laws, dating back to 1987, marriage is defined as being between a man and a woman.Gay and lesbian couple can register their partnership through a civil ceremony, a process introduced in 1995 which gives same-sex couples the same rights as married couples.

  • Banks woo gay recruits in Asia

    Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and UBS are targeting gay graduates in Hong Kong.

    4:00 PM — While multi-national corporations have been actively recruiting gay, lesbian and bisexual staff in the UK for some time, the policy has now been adopted in some Asian nations.The Financial Times reports that American investment bank Lehman Brothers held a recruietment event for LGB students at Hong Kong university and is considering similar events in Singapore.Homosexual relations are legal in Hong Kong. Despite recent debate about the issue in Singapore they remain against the law.

  • Jail for thief who targeted cruising area

    Halil denied in court that he had robbed the men and claimed they had both approached him for sex.

    3:05 PM — A 29-year-old who used threats of violence to rob two men in a well-known gay meeting spot has been jailed at Isleworth Crown Court.Erkan Halil was living at Ledwood Avenue, Hayes, but has a family home in Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush, reports thisishertfordshire.co.uk.He was sentenced last month to five years in prison for robbing two men in Cranford Park near Heathrow in September and October 2007.

  • US gay men hit by MRSA strain 3

    Sexually active gay men in San Francisco are 13 times more likely to be infected with USA300 than the general population.

    12:05 PM — In the UK the superbug MRSA is associated with hospital infections, but doctors in America have discovered a super-resistant strain is plaguing gay men in San Francsico.Known as USA300, the strain is carried by one in every 588 people in the city's Castro district, thought to be the area with the highest proportion of gay men in the country.Dr Binh Diep, from San Francisco General Hospital Medical Centre is one of the authors of the report, which was published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

  • Gay couple’s home targeted in arson attack 1

    The city's branch of the Rainbow Project was first informed about the incident and the police were told on Friday.

    11:45 AM — A Northern Ireland MP has spoken out after an arson attack on the home of a gay couple in his constituency.A lit disposable lighter was left against the front door of their home in the city of Londonderry, causing minor damage.The News Letter reports that the couple are so distressed by the incident, which took place last Wednesday, that they may leave the area.

  • Ofcom clears ITV over poof comment 6

    Davidson voluntarily left the show shortly after his clash with Dowling.

    11:20 AM — A homophobic outburst by comedian Jim Davidson on a reality TV show did not break broadcasting rules, the industry's watchdog has ruled.197 people complained to Ofcom in September after the comedian, appearing on ITV's Hell's Kitchen, mocked fellow contestant Brian Dowling about his sexuality and used the words 'poof' and 'shirt lifter.'Dowling, who came to public attention through appearing in reality shows, was reduced to tears.

  • 14th January 2008

    Paddick launches campaign for London Mayor

    Brian Paddick named improving public transport and increasing affordable housing as other key priorities.

    4:48 PM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London today pledged to cut crime in the city by 20% if elected.Brian Paddick named improving public transport and increasing affordable housing as other key priorities.His launch event was held in Brixton, south London, this morning.Newly elected Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg attended, calling Mr Paddick an achiever and "serious, focused and determined."

  • Gay gamers experience Second Life

    You can be who you want to be on the streets of Second Life.

    3:40 PM — Video games may come in many shapes and sizes, but one thing tends to stay the same from game to game: They all give the people playing them the opportunity to step into someone else's shoes.As thrilling as that sounds in theory, in practice it usually forces gamers to take control of characters that look little like them and move them through storylines over which they have little control.A few fairly recent releases have added some breathing room to that often claustrophobic aspect of video gaming.

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