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  • 6th March 2007

    Gilbert George to appear at the Tate

    The couple won the Turner Prize in 1986 and represented the UK at the Venice Biennale in 2005. image: tate.org.uk

    3:30 PM — The art duo Gilbert and George will be signing copies of their new book at the Tate Modern on Friday. The Complete Pictures contains 1,500 full colour illustrations and the two volumes come in a specially designed carry-case, priced £39.99.There is a major retrospective of the British duo's work showing at the Tate Modern gallery in London until May 7th.

  • Italian government split on gay partnership law 4

    The bill goes before Parliament today, and will also guarantee rights to unmarried heterosexual couples.

    2:22 PM — The Italian government stands divided over a bill which would give inheritance and healthcare rights to gay couples.The centre-left coalition government covers a variety of views on the subject, many of which are swayed by the country's staunch Catholicism.One opponent of the bill is senator Paola Binetti, a member of the conservative Catholic group Opus Dei.

  • Canadian leader tearful over anti-gay abuse

    Bosclair was elected as the sixth leader of the Parti Québécois in November 2005.

    11:24 AM — A homophobic attack by a radio host left Andre Boisclair, the Parti Quebecois party leader, clearly emotional while giving a speech on Sunday.Bosclair, an openly gay candidate for local election in the region of Saguenay in Quebec, choked up while talking about the importance of tolerance.

  • 28th February 2007

    Lithuanian MPs think homosexuality a perversion 4

    Homosexual sex was legalised in Lithuania in 1993.

    11:11 AM — A poll of members of the Lithuanian parliament has revealed that over half of them agree that homosexuality is a perversion.The survey reflected a deeply ingrained homophobia in Lithuanian society. Homosexual sex was legalised in Lithuania in 1993.In 2004 the age of consent for homosexual sex was lowered from 18 to 14 to bring it in line with the age of consent for heterosexual sex.

  • 27th February 2007

    NHS pulls funding on gay smoking cessation

    41% of gay men are smokers, a figure which soars above the national average of 25 per cent.

    12:22 PM — Gay men are set to lose one of the most successful quit smoking courses in the country after it has been denied funding by London's NHS trusts.March 14 will be National No Smoking Day, yet thousands of gay men may be unable to get the help they need to quit because the Gay Men Fighting Aids course is under threat.GMFA, the UK's only charity dedicated to gay men's health, runs a stopping smoking that boasts a 68% success rate.

  • Channel 4 podcast for gay education week 9

    Channel 4 is dedicating this week of its morning Education schedule to programming about gay issues for teenagers.

    11:59 AM — Gay rapper QBoy will be introducing two podcasts for Channel 4 that offer support and advice to gay teenagers.The podcasts, which are part of Channel 4's gay teen Sexuality Awareness week, will focus on the issues of coming out.The first will discuss the family, comparing the motivations and experiences of three young teens coming out to their families.

  • The case of a lesbian adoption and the IBM fortune

    According to court documents, at the time the adoption took place Ms Watson was worth $10m.

    11:30 AM — When Olive Watson and Patricia Spado discovered they could not legally marry in Maine in 1991, they decided to take a less conventional route to cement their rights.Ms Watson adopted Ms Spado, naming her as the sole beneficiary of her will and cementing her rights of inheritance.The couple split in 1992, but Ms Spado is claiming her share of inheritance as an official "grandchild" of Ms Watson's family.

  • 20th February 2007

    Thai Spice girls preach transsexual power 1

    Thai people are often more tolerant of trangender people than other countries.

    5:04 PM — A girl band of transsexuals who model themselves on the Spice Girls are hoping to change social attitudes and achieve pop chart success in Thailand.Venus Flytrap's five members were all born males and later underwent gender reassignment surgery.Like the famous British group, they have onstage personas, namely Cool Venus, Naughty Venus, Posh Venus, Sweet Venus and Hot Venus.

  • Glad To Be Gay singer marks history month

    He is now best known for presenting programmes on the BBC's national radio stations. photo: BBC

    3:32 PM — BBC Radio 6 presenter Tom Robinson will be speaking at the University of Manchester on Friday as part of a national celebration of gay history.Robinson is expected to talk about his years as a musician and gay activist as part of LGBT History Month.The overtly political Robinson Band had a hit with (Sing if you're) Glad to be Gay in 1977.

  • No miracle cure for AIDS, say doctors 1

    There are 4.3 million new infections of HIV every year around the world, but that 1 in 4 people do not realise they are infected.

    12:36 PM — American experts believe that although the elimination of AIDS seems unlikely, over a long period of time it is possible to work towards a lower rate of infection.Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science last weekend, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the disease cannot just be "shut off" because it is transmitted by sexual activity, which is an essential part of human nature.

  • Gender surgery in Hounslow saved from axe

    In a extraordinary U-turn, Hounslow PCT have now claimed that the surgery was put on a list of operations losing funding as a mistake.

    12:25 PM — Plans to remove funding for sex change operations by Hounslow primary care trust have been abandoned after protests from a charity representing British transsexuals.The PCT planned to scrap funding on the grounds that the operations are "non-essential." In comparison, other operations denied funding on the same grounds included tattoo removals and stomach stapling.The Gender Trust, a charity which supports transgender people, slammed the PCT on their website

  • Transsexual MP stands down

    Beyer has served in the post of MP for Wairarapa since 1999, campaigning for the rights of LGBT people.

    11:31 AM — Georgina Beyer, the first transsexual MP to be elected in New Zealand, has retired from her post.Beyer is also a Maori, and so a minority in more ways than one. Over the past seven years she has made history for transgender people.Not only was she the first transsexual in the world to be elected to national office, she was also the first transsexual in the world to be elected as a mayor.

  • 13th February 2007

    Former Mormon missionary runs for President

    Americans liberals are worried about the candidacy of a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    6:23 PM — Mitt Romney, ex-Governor of Massachusetts and staunch opponent of gay marriage, has today officially announced a bid for the Republican party's candidacy for President of the United States.Speculation about his intentions has been rife since he first resigned from the post of Governor in 2005.Massachusetts is the only state in America to have legalised gay marriage.

  • THT target East End girls and boys

    In order to support projects like these and raise money for the Terrence Higgins Trust, six men from Bristol are having their chest hair waxed off.

    4:43 PM — Rising rates of sexually transmitted diseases among young people, gay and straight, have prompted the establishment of a new young people's sexual health service in South Islington.It is run by the Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK's leading HIV and sexual health charity, and the City YMCA.The service offers testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), advice on contraception, and managing relationships to 16 to 24-year-olds.

  • Gay tourists turned off by sexy advertising

    VisitBritain's new ad campaigns may include traditional British images such Buckingham Palace guards. photo: landysonofrobert@flickr.com

    4:36 PM — Recently gay holidaymakers have been lured to Britain using posters of half-dressed men, Kylie Minogue and drag queens.But now VisitBritain, the country's official tourism agency, is having to tone down its advertising approach.Research using focus groups in the USA, France and Germany found that potential visitors were being turned off by its cheesy, stereotypical and overtly sexual campaigns, the Daily Telegraph  reports.

  • Wife Swap want gay or lesbian family

    One at least one occasion the show has descended into violence.

    1:40 PM — Controversial television series Wife Swap is looking for their first same-sex family to take part in the eighth series.The BAFTA-winning Channel 4 programme, which first aired in 2003, takes two families, usually with vastly different lifestyles.The families swap wives for two weeks. In the first week the women try to fill their counterpart's role, and in the second week they impose their own routine on their hosts.

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