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  • 29th August 2007

    Reading to celebrate fourth annual Pride Festival

    The Reading Pride festival began in 2004, attracting 6,000 people.

    11:30 PM — The fourth Reading Pride event is due to take place next weekend.The event was set up to celebrate the LGBT community, to ensure a sense of belonging and build strong and positive relations between people of different backgrounds, whilst working towards equality and inclusion in Reading and its surrounding areas.

  • Shanghai landlords urged to shun same-sex couples

    Last year, China banned foreign gay couples from adopting Chinese children in an attempt to stop an influx of foreign nationals wishing to adopt.

    11:30 PM — New rules are being drafted in Shanghai urging landlords not to rent rooms to same-sex partners, according to Reuters.The city's housing bureau has issued a report advocating conservative restrictions on who should and should not be allowed to rent rooms.In addition to same-sex couples, unmarried couples were also included in the ambiguous report which does not make clear whether the new rules would merely become guidelines or be enforced by law.

  • BBC celebrates 50th anniversary of Wolfenden report 2

    The Hidden Lives series will be shown on BBC4 from Saturday 1st September.  Photo: BBC

    11:30 PM — The BBC is due to screen a week-long series of LGBT programmes to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Wolfenden report.The season is called Hidden Lives Week and programmes range from documentaries to drama.The BBC say the programmes are intended to raise awareness of the landmark report that led to the legalisation of homosexuality in the UK.The Wolfenden report was commissioned 50 years ago this coming Monday (3rd September).

  • Stonewall Cymru to ‘Shout OUT’ at Mardi Gras

    The Shout OUT campaign will encourage the LGBT community to have their say about gay life in Wales and will tackle issues such as hate crimes, health care, education and employment.

    11:30 PM — Stonewall Cymru is launching a new community activism campaign ahead of Saturday's Mardi Gras in Cardiff.The Shout OUT campaign will encourage the LGBT community to have their say about gay life in Wales and will tackle issues such as hate crimes, health care, education and employment.Cardiff's Lesbian and Gay Mardi Gras is set to draw massive crowds this weekend.

  • Volunteers to clean up London’s cruising grounds

    The THT is using the event as an opportunity to offer safer sex information and free condoms to men as part of their 25th Anniversary of supporting people living with HIV.

    11:27 AM — GaydarRadio and the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) have joined forces on a mission to clean up two of London's most popular cruising grounds.The Keep It Clean action day is set to take place in London this Sunday 2nd September.GaydarRadio and THT are teaming up with LGBT police liaison officers and volunteers to promote the event.Hampstead Heath and Clapham Common are famous cruising locations among gay men, as was popularised by the recent TV drama Clapham Junction.

  • ‘Ambisexual’ singer Mika nominated for music award 2

    Mika insists that people should be more concerned about his material than his sexuality.

    11:27 AM — Chart-topping singer-songwriter, Mika, has been nominated for the prestigious BT Digital Music Awards 2007.Under the category of 'Best Pop Artist in association with TV Hits', the Beirut-born singer will be up against Natasha Bedingfield, Simon Webb, Lil Chris and The Hoosiers for the award.The 23-year-old's hit single Grace Kelly spent weeks at the top of the charts and his debut album Life In Cartoon Motion has sold half a million copies since it was released in February this year.

  • Transexual loses birth certificate court appeal

    AB, from Victoria, appealed to state's Federal Court in July 2005 to have her birth certificate changed from male to female.

    11:27 AM — An Australian transsexual has lost a Federal Court appeal to have her birth certificate changed to alter her sex from male to female.The woman, referred to as AB, completed her surgery to become female in April 2002.AB, from Victoria, appealed to state's Federal Court in July 2005 to have her birth certificate changed from male to female.

  • AIDS epidemic threatens Papua New Guinea 1

    In a recent report, the UN said Papua New Guinea accounted for 90 per cent of all HIV infections in the Oceania region.

    11:00 AM — Families are resorting to "live burials" of loved ones as a reaction to the rapid spread of the HIV in Papua New Guinea.Margaret Marabe, a known local activist in the country, told the Agence France-Presse: "I saw three people with my own eyes. When they got very sick and people could not look after them, they buried them."She explained that families are resorting to extreme action due to both feelings that they can no longer look after the sufferer and fears that the infection will spread to others.

  • 28th August 2007

    Anglican bishop compares gay hate to slavery 5

    Bishop Robinson told the BBC that he wants to continue his service.

    5:04 PM — The openly gay Bishop of New Hampshire has attacked the attitudes of homophobic African bishops in an interview with BBC Radio 4 this morning.Gene Robinson spoke openly about his view on the current controversy surrounding the Anglican Church."It's very painful for me," he said. "Coming out of the experience of the United States, where we treated people from Africa as less than human."

  • Manchester celebrates Pride all weekend 11

    Operation Fundraiser, working with Manchester Pride, has raised nearly half a million pounds in the past four year.

    2:25 PM — An estimated 250,000 people took to the streets of Manchester last weekend to celebrate the culmination of eleven days of Pride events.After 78 hours of partying at the Big Weekend, a solemn candlelit vigil was held to remember all those whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS yesterday.The opening event of the weekend was a civil partnership ceremony for ten couples at Marriott Victoria Albert Hotel.

  • 1st July 2007

    Iowa court rules that same-sex couples can marry

    According to Lambda Legal, a gay and lesbian legal organization representing the six couples, the case will be advanced onto the Iowa Supreme Court where the final decision will be made.

    5:10 PM — A district court in US state of Iowa has ruled in favour of same-sex marriage.In response to a lawsuit brought by six same-sex couples seeking to wed, Judge Robert Hanson wrote in the ruling:"Couples, such as plaintiffs, who are otherwise qualified to marry one another may not be denied licenses to marry or certificates of marriage or in any other way prevented from entering into a civil marriage pursuant to Iowa Code Chapter 595 by reason of the fact that both persons compromising such a couple are of the same sex."

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