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  • 24th April 2007

    Pensioner set alight after gay claim

    Murray, of Bethwin Road, Walworth, admitted one count of arson with intent to endanger life.

    4:57 PM — A man has been jailed for setting fire to a pensioner because he spread rumours that they were in a gay relationship.David Murray, 55, set fire to 80-year-old Richard Clark and his home, after the OAP told Murray's daughter that they were having an affair.Murray denied that such a relationship ever existed.

  • New York moves towards gay marriage

    Massachusetts is currently the only state where same-sex marriage is legal.

    1:15 PM — The Governor of New York is expected to introduce a bill to legalise gay marriage in the next few weeks.Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been a proponent for gay marriage for years, but did not mention the controversial issue in his State of the State speech in January.Nor did he voice his intentions last week, during a speech which outlined his priorities for the legislative session.

  • Pride event cancelled due to lack of money 1

    Organisers are appealing for businesses to sponsor next year's event and for more volunteers to join the 2008 committee.

    12:13 PM — The annual gay pride festival in Leicester has been cancelled this year due to lack of funding and staff.The LGBT festival was due to take place on June 23rd. It is the first time that the event has been cancelled in its seven year history.But organisers hope the party, which costs £20,000, will go ahead in 2008.

  • 23rd April 2007

    Review: Menopause The Musical

    Whatever else is said about  Menopause, it is ground-breaking and original in the sense that it appeals only to a very specific audience.

    12:00 PM — A musical about vibrators, hot flushes and cellulite that asks for audience participation could only have been written by an American. But could it be successful in England?The storyline is simple. While wrestling over cut-price lingerie at Marks and Sparks in Marble Arch, four middle-aged women form an unlikely bond.One is a cut-throat Power Woman (Miquel Brown) in a snappy suit. One is a dreamy, hippie Earth Mother who meditates when stressed (Amanda Symonds.)

  • 18th April 2007

    Iraqi gays victims of “sexual cleansing” 3

    Salim criticises the government for refusing to offer any protection to its LGBT citizens.

    10:12 AM — The lesbian and gay community in Iraq have called for urgent action from the international community to protect LGBT people in the country.The groups have labelled the violence in Iraq aimed at gay people "sexual cleansing," and say that the number of victims is growing on a daily basis.The last three months have seen the most bloodshed.

  • 17th April 2007

    Could drag past scupper Presidential dreams?

    The former mayor's drag performances are already showing up on YouTube.

    5:59 PM — The campaign of presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani could be damaged by his past as a drag queen, political experts say.Giuliani , the former Mayor of New York, has only appeared in drag in public a handful of times.At an annual political roast in 1997, Giuliani came on stage wearing a platinum blonde wig, makeup and a pink gown.

  • Rainbow Awards to honour Welsh heroes

    The awards will include dinner and drinks, a free glass of champagne and dancing to a live big band.

    5:21 PM — Cardiff-Wales Mardi Gras is to hold its first award ceremony, celebrating people who have made the event a success or have fought homophobia.The city's Mardi Gras attracts around 40,000 visitors and is the second largest free lesbian and gay event in the UK.There will be six awards for the great and good of Wales, one for every colour of the Rainbow flag.

  • Howard backs down over ban on HIV+ migrants

    Mr Howard's comments could be in breach of Australia's anti-discrimination legislation.

    2:59 PM — The Prime Minister of Australia has been forced to abandon plans to refuse entry to HIV positive migrants and refugees.A government spokesman has said that the commitment made by John Howard will be "quietly dishonoured," after he came under fire from HIV/AIDS groups.The HIV/AIDS Legal Centre said that HIV positive patients were already barred from entry into Australia in most cases.

  • Cheating husbands rather die than confess to gay sex

    The survey participants were recruited mainly through the internet, or sex venues like saunas.

    12:50 PM — An Australian survey of married men who cheat on their wives with other men has shown that they would rather kill themselves than confess and risk losing everything.A University of Sydney study surveyed 240 men who had been in a heterosexual marriage or de facto relationship, while having sexual relations with men.It also found that men could be putting their health at risk by not telling their doctors about gay relationships.

  • Gay church service to be broadcast on BBC

    The service will be broadcast at 8:10am on Sunday 29 April on BBC Radio 4.

    12:38 PM — The BBC is to broadcast from a church that has been an inspiration to gay, lesbian and transgender Catholics around the world.A service will be broadcast from the Catholic Parish of Most Holy Redeemer, in San Francisco's gay Castro district.The parish offers a "spiritual home" to all, including LGBT church members and parishioners with HIV/AIDS.

  • Gay marriage stunned Canadian PM 1

    Same-sex marriage was cemented in law throughout Canada in 2005 by the Civil Marriage Act.

    11:12 AM — The former Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chretien, has admitted that he was "stunned" by court rulings legalising gay marriage.In 2003, the last year of Chretien's premiership, eight out of ten Canadian provinces legalised gay marriage through a series of court rulings.Gay couples have had access to most rights associated with marriage since 1999.

  • 10th April 2007

    Police appeal for help with missing person case

    Police think he may be staying with a friend in London, or that he may have gone to Brighton.

    5:25 PM — Have you seen this man?Police in Dover are seeking help from the gay community in finding David Anthony Redman, who went missing from the area of Townwall Street, Dover, on March 9th 2007.Police think he may be staying with a friend in London, or that he may have gone to Brighton.

  • HIV services improved but difficult to access

    By the end of 2005, the total number of people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in the UK was more than 47,000.

    4:29 PM — A study by sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has found that gay and bisexual men are more satisfied with sexual health services in England and Wales than they were in the late 1990s.Although it's still difficult to get an appointment in many clinics, once through the door men are happier with the service.The annual Gay Men's Sex Survey is undertaken by Sigma Research and commissioned by THT.

  • HIV+ man detained for reckless transmission

    Adelaide barrister Stephen Walsh QC will conduct an independent review of the Health Department's handling of the case.

    2:01 PM — As many as twelve Australians may have been infected with HIV, after an HIV positive gay man used the internet to have unprotected sex.Stuart McDonald was detained in Glenside Hospital last week for recklessly endangering his sexual partners.McDonald found his sexual partners through Gaydar, the gay meeting website. His profile has now been removed.

  • DLR death fall may have been a gay altercation

    The two men had spent the day at a pub in Poplar, and some media reports have suggested they were in a gay relationship.

    12:53 PM — A man killed by a train last week may have been in a relationship with another man who was arrested at the scene of his death.Robert Carter, 34, of Poplar, east London was hit by a Docklands Light Railway train just after 10pm on Monday, April 2nd.Shortly beforehand, he was involved in an altercation with another man outside the station.

  • Gays take part in White House Easter tradition

    First Lady Bush defended the participation of gay families.

    12:05 PM — Lesbian and gay families took part in the historic Easter Egg Roll at the White House yesterday.At a time when issues such as gay marriage and adoption rights are being contested all over America, the Family Pride Coalition encouraged hundreds of LGBT families to attend the annual Easter egg roll outside the Presidential residence.The tradition began in 1878 and is a day of fun and games for children of all ages.

  • Gender reassignment conference to be held in Norwich

    Workshops will be held on fighting transphobia, explaining the sex change process to families, and the transition in the workplace.

    10:40 AM — An international conference will be held at the University of East Anglia in June on trans issues.Experts from all over the world will gather at the university in Norwich on June 16 and 17 for Conference TG2007.The gathering is open to trans people, family, friends, professionals, researchers, academics and social support workers.

  • 5th April 2007

    No 10 petition on homosexuality laws

    GLITA want the Prime Minister to campaign at the United Nations for a UN resolution for decriminalisation of homosexuality.

    10:50 AM — The rights activists have placed a petition on the website of No 10 Downing St, and are hoping to emulate the success of other petitions on the site.The Gay Liberal Independent Thinkers Association (GLITA) want the Prime Minister to campaign at the United Nations for a UN resolution for decriminalisation of homosexuality.

  • 4th April 2007

    Crucifixion teaching repulsive and insane says gay priest

    Mr John argues that too many Christians live their lives without realising that God is about “love and truth.“ photo: Diocese of Southwark

    11:25 AM — A Church of England Dean will tell a BBC Radio 4 audience this evening that traditional teaching of Christ's crucifixion is both "repulsive" and "insane."The Very Rev Jeffrey John is an openly gay Dean who was forced to step down as a candidate for bishop after a row about his sexuality.Traditionally, Christian theology has taught that because humans have sinned, God sent Christ to suffer and die in our place.

  • Employers challenged over trans policies 2

    And the review suggests that harassment does not stop with colleagues: 18% of respondents experienced it from suppliers, customers or clients.

    11:13 AM — A leading gender charity has criticised employers for rarely giving much thought to how difficult a gender transition can be for their employees.Not long before the Gender Equality duty (GED) comes into force, the Gender Trust has said that employers are often surprised what a turbulent process changing gender can be.The GED will place a duty on public authorities to eliminate unlawful discrimination and harassment.

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