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  • 20th April 2007

    China launches safe-sex programme for gay men

    The Chaoyang CDC also plans to distribute “rainbow cards“ in gay clubs that provide the holder with four boxes of condoms per month.

    1:36 PM — A new scheme to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS amongst gay and bisexual men is to be launched in China next month.The Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention will this week begin collecting ideas from men who have sex with men (MSM) on the programmme.It aims to build a national network for the sale and distribution of condoms and lubricants and make them more available to MSM.

  • Welsh politicians stand up for diversity

    It comes as a direct response the British National Party's decision to stand in every regional list seat in the National Assembly elections on 3rd May.

    1:33 PM — Political leaders from across the political divide are to join together to promote tolerance and diversity across Wales.The leaders of Welsh Labour, Welsh Conservatives, Plaid and the Welsh Liberal Democrats, as well as other parties, will take part in Hope not Hate Sunday, an event organised by anti-facism group Wales Friends of Searchlight.

  • 5th April 2007

    Priests in favour of civil unions accused of being gay 10

    The three priests have been met with adversity since their statements.

    10:35 AM — Against a background of continuing Roman Catholic opposition to a new law to recognise unmarried couples, three Catholic priests in Italy have spoken out in defence of civil partnerships.Fathers Vittorio Cristelli, Aldo Antonelli of Aquila and Beppe Scapino of Ivrea showed their support in an article entitled "We are Catholics in favour of homosexual civil unions" in the Turin newspaper La Stampa .

  • Sex education banned in India in face of rising infections 1

    The government has also banned sex education books from the Central Board of Secondary Education syllabus.

    10:22 AM — Three Indian states have banned the introduction of sex education in schools, despite India having the greatest number of HIV/AIDS patients in the world.Maharashtra's ban follows recent similar moves in Gujerat and MadhyaPradesh.The Maharashtra government announced the ban in response to protests from legislators that sex education would corrupt young people's minds.

  • 4th April 2007

    ‘Incest’ bishop under police guard after catherdral attack 10

    Bagnasco has been under police guard since yesterday, due to fears for his personal safety resulting from the appearance of the graffiti.

    4:54 PM — An Italian bishop who compared moves to give gay couples some rights to incest and child abuse is under police guard after his cathedral was attacked by vandals.Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco is being accompanied by an escort after the slogan "Bagnasco shame" was painted on the entrance to the cathedral of St. Lawrence in Genoa.

  • 23rd March 2007

    Smoking in bars: the last 100 days 4

    Some venues welcome the ban.

    5:57 PM — As the National Smoking Ban (in England) on July 1st looms, London's gay venues are preparing for the change.Some businesses across the country are predicting job losses and drops in revenue, claiming that the Scottish ban had this effect.Brewer Scottish Newcastle currently envisages a £10 million drop in profits as they fear smokers will abandon non-smoking venues.

  • Comment: “Gay boyfriend” self-help book is insulting to all

    5:32 PM — Behind Every Great Woman There's A Fabulous Gay Man , the title of Dave Singleton's latest self-help tome declares.The book claims to provide advice for straight women, from the perspective of a gay man, on how to "avoid the pitfalls of the dating game" as well as "live stylishly."Rachel Charman examines the gay man's guide for the single girl, and asks if this is really how men and women interact.

  • Student lawsuit over school’s ban on homophobic T-shirts

    On last year's Day of Silence event, Zamecnik was ordered by a teacher to remove her t-shirt that read “DAY OF SILENCE: STRAIGHT ALLIANCE“.

    12:50 PM — Two Chicago students have filed a lawsuit claiming that being forbidden to wear anti-gay t-shirts is a violation of their civil rights.The Nequa Valley High School pupils, Heidi Zamecnik, 17, and Alexander Nuxoll, 14, are seeking permission from the district court to wear t-shirts bearing homophobic slogans on this year's Day of Silence on 18th April.After a discussion between Zamecnik's parents and school officials the family and Nuxoll decided to take legal action.

  • Lesbian fights asylum case in US

    The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Board of Immigration Appeals had misapplied the law, and ordered the BIA to revisit the case.

    11:13 AM — A Ugandan lesbian has won her appeal to have her deportation from the United States reconsidered.Olivia Nabulwala, who fled Uganda in 2001 after enduring homophobic violence from her family and others, was at risk of deportation for remaining in the US after her visa had run out.The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Board of Immigration Appeals had misapplied the law.

  • Author sues ‘fag’ ex-husband

    The book was also made into a 1998 film starring Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs.

    11:13 AM — Novelist Terry McMillan is suing Jonathan Plummer for $40,000 over claims that he attempted to smear her reputation during their divorce.McMillan's lawsuit claims that her Plummer and his lawyer, Dolores Sargent: "conspired and formed a plan to threaten, humiliate and embarrass Terry McMillan."The couple divorced when Plummer revealed to McMillan that he is gay.

  • 16th March 2007

    Cardinal says Pope should stop giving orders

    Earlier this week the Pope said that politicians have a moral duty to vote against gay marriage or partnership legislation.

    5:43 PM — An Italian cardinal has criticised other church leaders for opposing the legal recognition of same-sex partnerships.Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini told Italian pilgrims in Bethlehem yesterday that, "The Church does not give orders."His statement is seen by many as a clear rebuke to the Pope's stance in the current Italian same-sex union row.

  • Book now for London’s Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

    An image of a pansy created by photographer Nadege Meriau will feature as the symbol for the festival as a whole.

    1:15 PM — The BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival will celebrate its 21st year this month.The LLGFF will take place from 21st March to 4th April, showing over a hundred films and shorts as well as hosting a range of discussions and club nights.Films tipped for success include Itty Bitty Titty Committee, the latest offering from But I'm A Cheerleader director Jamie Babbit.

  • Gay students to study at conservative rabbi school 1

    In 1992 Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson wrote a paper advocating gay ordinations and unions. The paper also advocated lifting the ban on gay sex.

    11:40 AM — A Los Angeles college of Conservative Judaism has accepted openly gay applicants for the first time since the ban on gay ordination was lifted.A spokeswoman for The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (L.A. University of Judaism) announced on Tuesday that a gay man and a lesbian will enrol at the school in the autumn.At the Conservative movement's beacon school, the Jewish Theological Seminary, the policy is still being debated.

  • Caribbean islanders worried Elton will turn them gay 3

    Trinidad and Tobago's immigration law states that self-confessed prostitutes and homosexuals are barred from entering the island.

    10:52 AM — Sir Elton John may not perform at the Plymouth Jazz festival in Tobago over church leader's fears that he will 'turn' locals gay.Archdeacon of Trinidad and Tobago Philip Isaac yesterday expressed fears that:"His visit to the island can open the country to be tempted towards pursuing his lifestyle" according to the Jamaica Gleaner. 

  • 9th March 2007

    Sony’s gay label to feature lesbian pin-up 1

    The track was written by Ditto in response to the U.S. government's resistance to gay marriage. photo: the real janelle@flickr

    5:07 PM — Beth Ditto's band The Gossip have signed to Sony's new gay music label.Music With A Twist is a subsidiary of Sony Music Label Group/Columbia Records, and is designed to "identify and develop lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gendered artists".The lesbian icon's band's hit single "Standing in the Way of Control" will appear on the label's compilation album entitled Twist Revolutions , due for release on 17th April.

  • Gays to march for their rights in Rome

    Famous figures such as Nobel literature prize winner Dario Fo, and his actress wife and senator Franca Rame plan to attend the demonstration.

    3:35 PM — Up to 50,000 Italian gay activists will campaign this weekend in Rome in support for same-sex unions.The campaigners will gather in the Piazza Farnese to voice their enthusiasm for the Dico Bill, which will grant gay and lesbian couples the right to make their relationships official, as well as to mutual assistance and inheritance.The bill is strongly opposed by the Catholic and right wing parties.

  • Gay community encouraged to give up the fags 2

    The No Smoking Day charity is funded by a coalition of government and voluntary sectors organisations, and is now in its 24th year.

    11:21 AM — The 40% of gay and lesbian community who smoke are being encouraged to kick the habit on this year's No Smoking Day next Wednesday.Two million smokers are expected to try to get off the cigarettes on March 14th.With a ban on smoking in bars and other public places coming into force at the start of July, anti-smoking organisations are confident that record numbers will try to rid themselves of the habit in 2007.

  • Malta delays transsexual’s wedding

    Malta is one of the most socially conservative countries in the EU.

    10:56 AM — The Maltese Director of Public Registry is continuing to resist the release of marriage banns for a transsexual woman and her male partner.Mr Justice Gino Camilleri ordered the director, Anthony Geraldi, to issue the banns on 12th February, on the grounds that the union between the transsexual and her partner did not conflict with any part of the Marriage Act, as she has now become a woman.

  • 2nd March 2007

    Students split over gay blood ban protest 5

    So far, LGBT students from Stirling, Keele, York, Reading, LSE, Leicester, Liverpool Hope and UCLAN have signed petitions

    3:14 PM — The National Union of Students LGBT group is divided over tactics in their campaign for the rights of gay and bisexual men to give blood.Gay students have staged protests outside of their local blood donation clinics, urging passers-by to donate for them because they are currently not allowed, despite the fact that blood from all donors is screened for infection.

  • Transsexual gets insurance hike after operation

    She was shocked to discover that, as a woman, her annual premium was more expensive. photo: powerbooktrance@flickr.com

    1:34 PM — A Swedish woman is outraged that her car insurance costs shot up following her gender-reassignment surgery.Carina Bladh from Linköping, central Sweden, became a woman at the end of last year, and at the same time bought a new Audi A6.She was shocked to discover that, as a woman, her annual premium was 1,200 kronor (over £87) more expensive.

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