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  • 25th June 2007

    Soho hosts day out for gay youth

    21st century gay teenagers are certainly not lacking in confidence and many said they would be attending Pride London and were looking forward to the joining in the parade.

    4:01 PM — Life was a picnic for London's LGBT youth communities when their annual gathering in Soho Square attrated more than one hundred people, several as young as 15.When the rain got bad everyone sheltered under the trees taking the picnic with them, luckily the downpour didn't last long.George Allawi, 18, a youth worker said: "I don't think rain will stop us now and I don't think it will stop us next week at Pride."

  • 18th June 2007

    The affluent tastes of Ireland’s gay community

    The survey's findings were mostly very positive for a country that only decriminalised homosexuality 14 years ago.

    1:07 AM — A survey of 1,900 LGBT Irish people found they earned on average €13,000 more than the average Irish wage but only half were out to everyone in their workplace.The large-scale poll, commissioned by Dublin-based gay magazine Gay Community News, sheds light on a community previously ignored in statistical terms.Editor of GCN Brian Finnegan said the survey revealed a "two-tier world."

  • 15th June 2007

    Channel 4 drama has echoes of Jodi’s murder 8

    Two men who kicked, punched and stamped 24-year-old Jody Dobrowski to death on Clapham Common in October 2005 because he was gay.

    4:13 PM — The stars of the 1987 film of E M Forster's novel Maurice will reunite for another gay drama. This time the setting will be the beginning of this century rather than the last.Clapham Junction, starring Rupert Graves and James Wilby, will be broadcast in July as part of Channel Four's season to mark the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality.The drama, by playwright Kevin Elyot, also features actors Paul Nicholas and Samantha Bond.

  • Gay switchboard’s Royal recognition

    The award began in 2002 to mark The Queen's Golden Jubilee, and emphasises the importance of continuing recognition of voluntary and community work.

    3:15 PM — London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard (LLGS) has been recognised for its 33-year commitment to the LGBT community with the 2007 Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.It is the only LGBT organisation to be honoured this way in 2007 and is only the second since the award was set up.LLGS received the award in recognition of its history of providing confidential and non-judgemental listening, support, information and referrals for people across the UK.

  • Focus on men’s mental and physical heatlh

    Men are traditionally seen as the dependable ones who support others.  photo: kk+@flickr.com

    1:31 PM — It is National Men's Health Week and with three times as many suicides as women and twice as many diagnosed with HIV things aren't looking so good for men.CiC have published a fact sheet of problems affecting men and what employers can do to help.Men are traditionally seen as the dependable ones who support others but men don't seem to be looking after themselves all that well.

  • Students and graduates target for new gay careers magazine

    Prospective employers and training scheme providers will be able to use Pink's to directly reach and communicate with students from this under-represented talent pool.

    1:20 PM — A career advice magazine for LGBT students and graduates called Pink's is being launched in the UK on June 19.Pink's is supported by a number of major organisations including the NUS and Stonewall. The first edition will feature a foreword by Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill.The magazine is co-written by students and will provide inspirational and impartial careers advice to the LGBT student and graduate community.

  • US politicians raise plight of gay Iraqis

    Baldwin and Frank asked Secretary Rice to raise the issue and express her concerns to Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki.

    1:00 PM — Two openly gay members of the US Congress have written to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urging the State Department to investigate reports of violent persecution of LGBT people in Iraq.Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and Congressman Barney Frank wrote in the letter that they were very concerned by reports that "Iraqi homosexuals have been systematically persecuted in Iraq under a violent campaign led by Islamic groups and militias."

  • 18th May 2007

    Youth demo against homophobia at Polish embassy

    Young activists including young gay Polish people who now live in Britain and activists from Scotland took part.

    1:17 PM — Young human rights activists including many Poles staged a demo outside the Polish embassy as part of yesterday's International Day Against Homophobia.The demonstration, organised by the British Youth Council (BYC) was well attended with organisers saying that at least 70 people came for the two hour event.Young activists including young gay Polish people who now live in Britain and activists from Scotland took part.

  • 15th May 2007

    Gay customer considers legal action over BT survey 5

    He is considering suing BT over how he has been treated perhaps making use of recent discrimination legislation.

    4:57 PM — When a you are upset by a homophobic online survey do you: a) ignore it or b) try to contact the offending organisation to express your distaste.BT's recent online customer survey, despite being only two questions long, managed to offend twice with possible answers: "pronounced husband and wife" to the first question and "scoring a date with the opposite sex" for the second, with no gay equivalent.

  • 14th May 2007

    Huge crowds in Rome protest gay rights 1

    Many opposition leaders, including former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, attended the pro-family rally.

    1:10 PM — Hundreds of thousands of people, including many families with children, came out to protest in Rome on Saturday about a government bill that included legal rights for homosexual couples.The "Family Day" rally in St John Lateran piazza drew people from across Italy.The protest was organised by lay Catholic groups and family associations but not formally backed by the Vatican.

  • Polish embassy protest planned for IDAHO

    Poland is being targeted because of attitudes within the country

    1:00 PM — LGBT activists will be demonstrating outside the Polish embassy in London on Thursday as one of many protests worldwide for International Day Against Homophobia.The event will be part of events in over 50 countries to show a united international stand against gay hate.Poland is being targeted because of both attitudes within the country and also new legislation the government there is trying to bring in which is likely to encourage homophobia in schools.

  • Moscow Pride organisers unveil plans 4

    Mayor Luzhkov banned the Moscow Pride event planned for May last year.

    12:45 PM — Moscow Gay Pride organisers handed in the official documents this morning relating to the march scheduled for May 27th.Last week State Duma Deputy Alexey Mitrofanov said the event should be allowed to go ahead.To show his support Mitrofanov will be attending a press conference tomorrow, where Pride organisers will give details of the event.

  • 11th May 2007

    Soap creator gave housewives gay dialogue

    When the show first began in 1960 it would have been unthinkable to have a gay character. photo: stormydog@flickr.com

    5:15 PM — The creator of the most watched soap opera in Britain has spoken out about homophobia at TV studios in the Sixties.Tony Warren is the original writer of Coronation Street, one of the nations best loved soaps.He revealed that the gay voices he heard on the streets made their way into the sharp-tounged female dialogue for which the soap is famed.

  • London Pride podcasts seek young contributors

    The Pride festival will climax with a parade through central London on 30th June 2007, expected to attract over 500,000 visitors.

    4:20 PM — Podcasts are being used in the build up to Pride London to give more young people a voice.Recorded and produced by young people as part of the youth section of Pride London, the podcasts aim to help others understand their identity.The podcast Straight Talking: another perspective has been produced and presented by Ryan Haynes, and Bindya Solanki.

  • Pakistan gripped by trans marriage case

    Raj had told the medics he went to a doctor 16 years ago after noticing his voice had changed and he had started growing facial hair.

    3:11 PM — A couple in Pakistan are facing arrest after doctors concluded the groom was actually a woman, despite a sex change operation.Shumain Raj, 31, and Shahzina Tariq, 26, married last year, however last week Raj appeared in court to complain about threats from his wife's relatives, according to a judge Mohammed Sharif.A warrant was issued on Wednesday by the Lahore High Court after the medics charged with examining Raj submitted their report.

  • Bermuda pastor defends island over Rosie cruise 6

    There is a feeling that things are changing in Bermuda with people believing United by Faith went too far.

    2:03 PM — A pastor in Bermuda has spoken out about the recent gay cruise cancellation saying the church had missed a "great opportunity" to show what good Christians they are.Reverend Wilbur Lowe, pastor of the Mount Zion AME church, felt the controversy over the Rosie O'Donnell gay family cruise was handled poorly by United by Faith, an organisation representing 80 churches in Bermuda.O'Donnell's company, R Family Vacations, cancelled the July 12 visit to Bermuda.

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