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  • 18th July 2008

    Gay Christian groups “disappointed” at registrar victory 3

    Employment tribunal victory for registrar Lillian Ladele is "disappointing"

    12:10 PM — Two leading gay Christian organisations have said that an employment tribunal victory for London registrar Lillian Ladele is "disappointing."

  • 8th July 2008

    COMMENT: Sex education leaves lesbians in the dark 1

    There is discussion about more and better Sex and Relationship Education.

    11:16 AM — More voices are being added to the call for more and better Sex and Relationship Education. The Family Planning Association and Brook, two of the UK’s leading sexual health charities, recently called for SRE to be taught at a younger age.

  • 25th June 2008

    Pride London hit by volunteer walkout 5

    Pride London is the UK’s largest Pride event

    4:17 PM — Members of Pride London’s production team have walked out with just ten days until the event. Volunteer producer Ryan Haynes, who has been organising main stage acts for Pride London for six months, will hand over his duties this week.

  • 1st June 2007

    Polish TV cuts Little Britain gay vicar sketch 57

    “British viewers are more open and indulgent than their Polish counterparts.“

    1:15 PM — Polish state broadcaster TVP announced yesterday it had censored a Little Britain sketch due to its portrayal of gay characters.Around one minute of an episode of the comedy show was cut.It showed popular character Daffyd (Matt Lucas), "the only gay in the village", manning a sex toy stall at a church fete, and a gay vicar kissing his boyfriend (David Walliams).

  • Backlash against New Hampshire civil unions 57

    There has been some opposition to the new law.

    1:15 PM — Conservative groups in New Hampshire are voicing concerns over the legalisation of same-sex unions.Governor John Lynch yesterday signed the new bill that will make civil partnerships available to gay New Hampshire couples from January 2008.New Hampshire is now the fourth state to allow same-sex civil unions.

  • Montreal gay bar under fire for sexual discrimination 57

    “I didn't say a word until I'd left. I was too shocked.“

    10:39 AM — A woman turned away from a gay bar on the grounds of her gender has lodged a human rights complaint.Audrey Vachon, a 20 year old college student, was refused service and asked to leave Le Stud, a gay bar in Montreal's village, last Tuesday.Ms. Vachon has since made a complaint to Quebec's human rights commission, based on Article 10 of the Quebec Charter, which prevents sexual discrimination.

  • BBC to make drama on Wolfenden report 57

    The film will examine the debate within the Wolfenden committee over homosexuality

    10:39 AM — Lion Television Scotland's first drama will focus on the debate leading to the 1957 Wolfenden report.The report was a turning point for British gays, and was a step towards the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967.The 75-minute programme Consenting Adults , commissioned by BBC Drama for Lion Television Scotland and BBC Four, will feature Charles Dance as Wolfenden and Sean Biggerstaff as his son Jeremy.

  • 25th May 2007

    Gender reassignment doctor still allowed to practice 57

    Reid can now only continue to practice under strict supervision in NHS hospitals or GMC-approved clinics.

    3:13 PM — The UK's leading gender identity psychiatrist has had charges of serious professional misconduct against him upheld.The General Medical Council found 63-year-old consultant Dr. Russell Reid guilty, but chose not to bar him from the medical profession.The GMC disciplinary panel declared on Monday that Reid had rushed transsexual patients into treatment inappropriately.

  • Kirk still unclear on gay couples 57

    A call for more clarity on the exact attitude of the Church to gay couples came from Rev Louis Kinsey.

    2:29 PM — The Church of Scotland report on homosexuality was discussed in the Church General Assembly on Wednesday.The aim of the meeting was to reach a consensus within the Church on attitudes to gay Christians.The 800 members of the Assembly met in Edinburgh to watch video clips from the report's working party.

  • Stonewall launches guide to new gay protections 57

    “These protections will make a practical difference to the lives of millions of gay people.“

    2:29 PM — Stonewall today launched a guide to the new goods and services protections for LGB people.Sponsored by Lloyds TSB, the gay equality organisation has published 300,000 postcard-sized 'image-heavy text-light' guides.The 12-page booklets advise lesbian, gay and bisexual people that "If something is offered, you can have it, whatever the colour of your money."

  • Birmingham ready for Pride 2007 57

    Headlining the Gaydar/Nightingale stage are ABBA tribute favourites Bjorn Again

    11:27 AM — Birmingham organisers are preparing for Pride celebrations this weekend.Kicking off the weekend is XXL Bear Pride Birmingham, the only Bear Pride event in the Midlands. The night at Club DV8 features a set from XXL resident DJ Christian M, as well as free CD giveaways and other surprises on the night.On Saturday, the Pride warm-up will begin. The Pride Community Village will boast outside bars and catering.

  • History event to mark decriminalisation of homosexuality 57

    The HoHoC describes the event as 'an afternoon of personal testimony, musical memories, film clips, fashion and performance.'

    11:27 AM — The House of Homosexual Culture will host a twentieth-century history event this weekend.57/67 celebrates and examines the publication of the Wolfenden Report in 1957, and the passing of the Sexual Offences Act ten years later.Historians, authors and members of the public will come together to discuss the effects of the two events on LGBT people both then and now.

  • Channel 4 drama celebrates gay rights turning point 57

    The programme will air in July as part of Channel 4's season marking the 1967 Act.

    11:27 AM — A dramatisation of the trial of Lord Edward Montagu and Peter Wildeblood on Channel 4 will mark the passing of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act.The 90-minute drama entitled The Last Gay Trial is being made by Blast Films and features Orlando Wells, last seen in the West End's The History Boys , as Montagu, and Martin Hutson as Wildeblood. The programme also stars former Emmerdale actor Karl Davies.

  • 18th May 2007

    IDAHO celebrated worldwide 57

    The Mayor of London voiced his support for IDAHO.

    8:30 PM — The International Day Against Homophobia was marked by events around the world yesterday.Events were held all over the UK. In Brighton, an evening event on the seafront including sky lanterns, a choir performance and speeches from MPs was held.Leader of Brighton and Hove City Council Simon Burgess said: "It's terrible in this day and age to know that 77 governments still persecute people because of their sexuality or gender identity."

  • Insurance victory for Ohio transsexual 57

    When she submitted the bills for the surgery to company Highmark Blue Shield, she was refused.

    8:30 PM — An Ohio transsexual has won a court battle with her insurance company over the cost of her gender reassignment surgery.Jan Stacy, and electronics engineer, was told when she began gender realignment in 2006 that her self insured plan covered the surgery.When she submitted the bills for the surgery to company Highmark Blue Shield, she was refused.

  • Friend to LGBT community Yolanda King dies 57

    President Bush and the First Lady have expressed their sadness at King's death and offered condolences to her family.

    4:20 PM — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's eldest daughter Yolanda King died on Tuesday.The actress and motivational speaker collapsed and died whilst visiting her brother Dexter at his home in Santa Monica, California. She was 51.Steve Klein, a spokesman for the memorial King Centre in Atlanta, said that relatives suspect she died of a heart problem.

  • Gay rights record threatens Nigerian bid for Commonwealth Games 58

    Nigerian law states that anyone who has “carnal knowledge of any person against order of nature“ can be imprisoned.

    1:17 PM — Debate is taking place over whether or not Nigeria should host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.The Nigerian city of Abuja is in direct competition with Glasgow to host the international sporting competition.Nigeria's poor gay rights record, however, has thrown its application for the games into question.

  • New York gays told marriages are legal 57

    Adams and Davie had been waiting since their wedding to find out if their marriage was valid in New York.

    11:30 AM — A gay New York couple have been told that their Massachusetts marriage is legal.On 10th May, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Thomas Connolly found that gay weddings that took place in other states before they became "prohibited" in New York in July last year are legally valid.Michael Adams and Fred Davie were wed in Lowell, Massachusetts in 2004 after the state became the first in the U.S. to allow gay marriage.

  • Man charged over gay murders

    The police believe that Race travelled through New Brunswick and Quebec to the U.S. in Brewster's car.

    11:15 AM — A Nova Scotia man has been charged with the murder of two gay men.Glen Douglas Race was arrested in Texas on Tuesday by the U.S. Border Patrol. Race stands accused of murder in the first degree of Trevor Brewster and in the second degree of Michael Knott.He is also wanted in New York State for the murder of caretaker Darcy Manor. Attempts to extradite Race to New York state are underway.

  • 20th April 2007

    City schools take on homophobic bullies

    Council education authorities are concerned that the 182 racist bullying incidents reported in the school year 2005-06 were only the tip of the iceberg.

    3:36 PM — The education authorities in Coventry are to send leaflets to secondary school students about how to deal with discrimination.The leaflets from the city council will instruct pupils to speak out about bullying over race, religion, disability or sexuality.There are also plans to implement a drama workshop to encourage pupils to speak out against bullying in schools.

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