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  • 6th June 2007

    Conductor jailed for abusing boys can still teach 57

    Robert King was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison by Judge Hezlett Colgan.

    12:19 PM — A leading orchestra conductor has been jailed for sexually abusing talented young musicians, but will still be able to work with children.Robert King, 46, was convicted of 14 counts of indecent assault over an 11-year period yesterday at London's Isleworth Crown Court.He molested five boys, one of whom was just 12 years old.

  • Gay victims of domestic violence urged to seek help 58

    Two women a week and 30 men a year die in England and Wales as a result of domestic abuse.

    11:17 AM — Victims of domestic abuse in same-sex relationships are being urged to seek help from the police and victim support organisations.Research suggests that domestic abuse is as common, and as severe, in same-sex couples as among heterosexual couples.Two women a week and 30 men a year die in England and Wales as a result of domestic abuse.

  • 5th June 2007

    British authors won’t create gay villains 57

    Authors can no longer create disabled villains such as Long John Silver for fear of breaking politically correct legislation.

    4:43 PM — Authors cannot create a modern villain because of political correctness, according to a best-selling British spy author.Anthony Horowitz has complained that writers who attempt to create a truly evil character such as Captain Hook or Long John Silver are having to self-censor.Horowitz, 52, is the successful author of the Alex Rider spy books, the seventh volume of which is due to be published in November.

  • John Edwards says no to gay marriage 57

    Previously Edwards had said he would not take a position on same-sex marriage as he “was just not there yet.“

    3:55 PM — Democrat Presidential hopeful John Edwards announced yesterday that he will not support same-sex marriage, but neither will he support a constitutional amendment to ban it.Senator Edwards, who ran for vice-president with John Kerry in 2004, is one of the fore-runners in the Democrat race to win back the White House.

  • 4th June 2007

    Berlin memorial to persecuted gays 57

    The new memorial will echo the design of Eisenman's tribute to the Nazi's Jewish victims, a field of more than 2,700 concrete slabs.

    4:55 PM — A memorial to gay people persecuted and murdered by the Nazis will be complete later this year, the German government announced today.The tribute to forgotten victims will be situated on the edge of Tiergarten park, near to a memorial for the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust.The memorial will take the form of a gray concrete slab, with a window to allow visitors to view a video.

  • Gay pride in Riga goes ahead peacefully 57

    Five hundred people gathered in the Latvian capital, in a fenced park with security provided by the police.

    3:45 PM — Gay men and women held the first gay pride with no sign of violence in Riga yesterday.Five hundred people gathered in the Latvian capital, in a fenced park with tight security provided by the police.Small groups of anti-gay protestors hurled insults, but no violence took place, and two people were arrested for the verbal abuse.

  • Angels in America AIDS gala 57

    Tony award-winning actor Alan Cumming will host the gala performance

    1:20 PM — Alan Cumming is to host a charity gala performance of Angels in America at the Lyric Hammersmith in aid of the National AIDS Trust.The performance, which is to be held on 4th July, will raise money and awareness for the cause of HIV/AIDS prevention.Tony award-winning actor Alan Cumming said: "Unfortunately HIV-related stigma and discrimination is still with us today, fifteen years after this play was written."

  • Paris Hilton in jail 57

    Paris:  “Although I am scared, I am ready to begin my jail sentence.“

    12:33 PM — Heiress, socialite and gay icon Paris Hilton began her jail sentence for violating probation in Los Angeles yesterday.Hilton's jail term has already been cut from 45 days to 23 days under state sentencing guidelines, but she did not have to hand herself in until Tuesday.Richard A. Hutton, her attorney, said: "Paris Hilton has turned herself in to begin serving her sentence for violating probation at a Los Angeles County Jail."

  • Christian groups fight gay equality laws 57

    A recent YouGov poll  found that 85% of Britons support the 2007 Sexual Orientation Regulations.

    12:02 PM — Churches go to the High Court in Belfast today to argue that the Sexual Orientation Regulations restrict their human rights.If they are successful, the regulations that protect gay rights could be declared unlawful.The case, which has been brought by The Christian Institute along with other Christian groups, is scheduled to last three days.

  • London will stage gay World Cup 57

    Up to 50 teams from across the world will apply to the tournament.

    11:20 AM — London is to be home to the footballing gay world cup in 2008, it has emerged.The International Gay and Lesbian Football Association (IGLFA) is to hold their world championship at Leftfooters FC in London next August.Leftfooters FC, a gay football club based in Regent's Park, have been working with the Football Association for the past two years.

  • Californian gay prisoners get conjugal visits 57

    Overnight visits from family can help reduce the stress of prison life

    11:00 AM — Gay and lesbian prisoners in California are to be allowed conjugal visits from their partners, under a new prison policy revealed on Friday.The change in policy came after gay and civil rights groups threatened to sue the prisons under equality laws.The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sent a letter threatening legal action on behalf of Vernon Foeller, 40, a gay inmate incarcerated for attempted burglary.

  • 29th May 2007

    Pride London main acts announced 57

    Pride London takes place on June 30,  and the acts will follow the parade and will start at 2pm.

    4:55 PM — Pride London has announced the acts that will be performing on the main stage in Trafalgar Square.The event, which takes place on June 30, will take place after the parade and will start at 2pm.Headlining is Darren Hayes, formerly of Savage Garden. Pride London patron Mz Fontaine will follow, along with QBoy, who recently toured America.

  • Bisexual side of Dietrich show 57

    The film star was awarded the Legion d'Honneur and the Congressional Medal of Honour for her fight against Nazism.

    4:55 PM — Marlene Dietrich, the smoky-voiced icon of the silver screen is being reclaimed by the gay community.A new show about her life will focus on her atheism and lesbian exploits, and also feature cabaret.Terry Sanderson, organiser and gay rights activist, said: "Marlene has always had a big attraction for the gay community."

  • Tutu tells Church to stop obsessing about gays 57

    Dr Tutu says church leaders should be focusing on problems in Zimbabwe, HIV/AIDS, and Darfur.

    3:49 PM — Desmond Tutu has called for the Anglican Church in Africa to stop "obsessing" with gay priests and same-sex marriages.The Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Archbishop of Cape Town said that church leaders in Africa were not paying enough attention to problems in Zimbabwe, HIV/AIDs, or the crisis in Darfur.He told ABC News: "There are so many issues crying out for concern and application by the church of its resources, and here we are, I mean, with this kind of extraordinary obsession."

  • Carer forced to leave job because of homophobic abuse claims 57

    The employment tribunal heard how Mr Reid was offered his job back, but felt he could not accept.

    3:23 PM — A carer at an old people's home said yesterday that he was forced to leave his job because he was gay.Kevin Reid, 43, told an employment tribunal that he was accused of performing an indecent act in front of patients, touching patients inappropriately and not wearing gloves while bathing patients.He was suspended over the allegations, then cleared by the home bosses and offered his job back.

  • British pianist banned from Vietnam 57

    Vietnamese officials say that they cannot guarantee the safety of the award-winning pianist.

    2:52 PM — A famous British concert pianist has been banned from performing in Vietnam because officials are worried about his sexuality.Vietnamese authorities refused to grant Stephen Hough a license to play because they thought he would be a security risk, according to The Telegraph. The company who invited him to play in Vietnam, Hennessy, promptly withdrew their invitation to the award-winning musician.

  • Gay couple guilty of setting fire to club 57

    Newcastle Crown Court heard how the crime could have easily ended in tragedy

    1:34 PM — A gay couple have been found guilty of torching a club with more than 50 people still inside.Stephen Bingham, 40, set fire to the Switch Spot in Newcastle an hour after he was removed from the club for punching the owner.Bingham was jailed for four and a half years. He told door staff that they should clear the club because he would torch it.

  • Australian gay bar wins right to ban lesbians and straight men 58

    The historic case is believed to be the first of its kind in Australia.

    12:03 PM — The Scottish owner of a gay bar in Australia has won the right to ban lesbians and heterosexual men from its premises.A tribunal made the historic ruling after hotelier Tom McFeely argued that women and straight men posed a physical threat to his guests in Peel Hotel, Melbourne.The Victoria tribunal said: "Sometimes heterosexual groups and lesbian groups insult and deride and are even physically violent towards the gay male patrons."

  • Gay teletubby probe by Polish government 57

    Picture copyright BBC publicity

    11:05 AM — The Polish government is currently investigating the Teletubbies over claims of homosexuality.The popular children's television show, and especially the character of Tinky Winky, has been accused of promoting gay propaganda by the conservative government.Teletubbies features four brightly coloured alien characters which are loved by young children.

  • 22nd May 2007

    Homophobic bullying not an issue for MEPs 57

    The declaration called for member states to support their gay communities.

    5:05 PM — Only 239 out of 785 members of the European Parliament have signed a declaration against homophobic bullying.Liberal Democrat MEP Baroness Sarah Ludford, a member of the European Parliament's intergroup on gay and lesbian rights, said:"While this result clearly signifies that combating homophobic bullying is more than a marginal issue for MEPs, we must work harder to make a majority understand the degree of misery and exclusion it can cause."

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