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  • 29th August 2007

    Euro-Parliament takes up the case of Iranian lesbian facing deportation 3

    The European Parliament Presidency has committed to sending the letter to Gordon Brown regarding Pegah without delay.

    11:30 PM — European Parliament President Hans Gert Pöettering has said he will write a letter to Prime Minister Gordon Brown regarding the fate of Pegah Emambakhsh, the Iranian lesbian woman who risks expulsion from Great Britain to Iran.His actions follow proposals by Italian MEP Giusto Catania (PRC), representing the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) Group in the European Parliament during today's Conference of Presidents, and Graham Watson, President of the Parliament's Liberal Group.

  • Cornish LGBT officer responds to events at Pride 22

    Cornwall's first Gay Pride event earned rave reviews from those who attended, despite complaints of police harassment.

    11:30 PM — Following reports of police harassment at Cornwall's first gay Pride, Aaron PiperDiversity Manager for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has issued this statement to PinkNews.co.uk:"I would like to take this opportunity to reply to the article posted on PinkNews.co.uk entitled 'Cornish police accused of homophobia at Pride.'

  • Gay rights organisation publishes Pride opposition report

    ILGA-Europe is the European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA).

    11:27 AM — European LGBT rights group, ILGA-Europe, has published an in-depth report on opposition to Pride events throughout Europe.The updated version of their report, Freedom of Assembly -Diary of Events by Country, sets out a detailed history of events from 2000 onwards in 11 European countries where LGBT events have faced problems, including Croatia, Poland, Estonia, Turkey and Russia, where the first Moscow Pride was banned last year.The report also lists 12 key types of event that constitute opposition to LGBT people's freedom of assembly, including pride marches being banned, violence against demonstrators, failure by the police to protect demonstrators and failure by courts to uphold freedom of assembly

  • National AIDS Trust remembers Princess Diana

    Diana was patron of the National AIDS Trust from 1991 until her death in 1997.

    11:27 AM — As the tenth anniversary of the death of Princess Diana approaches, the chief executive of National AIDS has spoken of the ground-breaking work the 'people's princess' did for people living with HIV and AIDS.In the early 1990s, when HIV and AIDS were surrounded by hysteria and prejudice, Diana become patron of the National AIDS Trust, the UK's leading independent policy and campaigning voice on HIV and AIDS.She was patron of the National AIDS Trust from 1991 until her death in 1997.

  • BBC3 commissions new teen transexual documentary 2

    Lucy has already undergone two years of hormone treatment, psychological analysis and surgery, making her one of Britain's youngest transsexuals.

    11:27 AM — BBC3 has commissioned eight documentaries for its third Body Image season, including the story of an 18-year-old trans woman who travels to Thailand to undergo genital surgery.BBC3 will follow up last season's Lucy: Teen Transsexual with Lucy: Teen Transsexual in Thailand, which continues the story of 18-year-old Lucy Parker as she travels to Thailand to undergo male-to-female genital reconstruction surgery to bring her body into harmony with her gender identity.Lucy has already undergone two years of hormone treatment, psychological analysis and surgery, making her one of Britain's youngest transsexual women.

  • Stonewall launches 2008 Workplace Equality Index

    Participating in the Index is a key tool in demonstrating an organisation's commitment to diversity.

    11:27 AM — Stonewall have begun compiling their 2008 Workplace Equality Index, which lists the UK's top 100 employers for gay people.Participating in the Index is a key tool in demonstrating an organisation's commitment to diversity.It is read by many of Britain's 1.7 million gay employees and 3.6 million gay consumers.By tangibly giving credit for improvements, it shows employees that the organisations they work in take diversity and their staff seriously.

  • 21st August 2007

    Mass civil partnership ceremony at Manchester Pride 11

    This year visitors can party at venues on Canal Street in the city's gay village for 78 hours straight.

    4:35 PM — Manchester will be celebrating its LGBT community in style at the city's annual Pride festival this weekend.This year visitors can party at venues on Canal Street in the city's gay village for 78 hours straight as part of the Manchester Pride Big Weekend, which runs from Friday 24th to Monday 27th August.The main stage at the Big Weekend will feature performances from the Gossip, Belinda Carlisle and Gareth Gates.

  • Gay MP’s wedding sparks media frenzy 4

    Gay marriage was legally recognised in Canada two years ago, with the passing of a bill in June 2005.

    12:40 PM — A Canadian MP has become the first federal politician in the country to marry his same-sex partner.Scott Brison, Liberal MP for the Nova Scotia riding of Kings-Hants, wed his partner Maxime St. Pierre at a ceremony near Brison's country home in Cheverie on Saturday.The couple walked down the aisle to It's a Wonderful World and walked back to I Can See Clearly Now.Guests described the ceremony as joyful and emotional, according to CTV.ca.

  • Nigerian bishops to boycott Anglican conference 13

    Nigeria's Peter Akinola, who leads the conservative 'Global South' representing at least a third of global Anglicans, said hopes for a unified communion were as dim as ever.

    12:40 PM — The Church of Nigeria gave its strongest indication yet on Monday that it would boycott next year's conference of global Anglicans to protest against what it called "intransigence" by pro-gay U.S. and Canadian churches.American liberals and conservatives from Africa, Asia and Latin America have been locked in a battle for the soul of the 77-million strong Anglican Communion for over a decade.

  • Iranian lesbian deportation delayed 57

    If Pegah does return to Iran as planned, her sexual orientation and her past life in Iran may lead to her being executed.

    12:40 PM — An Iranian lesbian who has been denied refuge by the British government is due to be deported to Tehran this month, where she faces almost certain death.Pegah Emambakhsh is currently being detained by British officials.If she does return to Iran on 28th August as planned, her sexual orientation and her past life in Iran may lead to her being executed.

  • Unsafe sex now number one cause of HIV cases in China 57

    Of the 70,000 new HIV infections recorded in 2005, 49.8 percent were through sexual contact.

    12:40 PM — Unprotected sex has for the first time overtaken intravenous drug use as the main cause of new HIV infections in China, according to the latest report released by the Chinese Ministry of Health.The findings suggest the virus is spreading from high-risk groups to the general public.Of the 70,000 new HIV infections recorded in 2005, 49.8 percent were through sexual contact, according to the report which was released jointly by the MOH and the China Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. Figures for 2006 are not available.

  • Chilean court delivers controversial sodomy conviction 2

    The ruling was the first sodomy conviction to be issued in Region II since the country's criminal law procedures were overhauled in 2001.

    12:05 PM — Gay rights activists in Santiago, northern Chile are outraged by a recent sodomy conviction in a Chilean court, stating that it is evidence of a bias against homosexuals in Chilean law.The Santiago Times reported last week that a panel of judges in Antofagasta, Region II, had found a 47-year-old labourer guilty of sodomising a 17-year-old male.Because the accused had no previous criminal record, the court sentenced him to 41 days in jail - far less than the 541-day jail term prosecutors had recommended.

  • 20th August 2007

    Gay play nominated for Fringe theatre award 57

    Beadle-Blair's play focuses on the Stonewall riots, a series of violent conflicts at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village

    6:10 PM — A play about the 1969 Stonewall riots has been nominated for a prestigious award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.The cast of Rikki Beadle-Blair's play Stonewall has been nominated in the Best Ensemble category of The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence. They include categories for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Ensemble and Best Solo Performer.

  • 17th August 2007

    Soho Pride will be celebrated this weekend 4

    Soho Pride has become a popular day out for London' gay clubbing community.

    11:02 AM — The streets that constitute London's gay village will get their own party this Sunday as Soho's Pride event takes place.Instead of a parade, various stages will be playing music from midday. Soho Square, Carlisle St and Rupert Street will be closed to traffic.QX magazine will be hosting a stage featuring performances from drag queen Jodie Harsh and the Powder Puff Girls.

  • 15th August 2007

    Soho’s council reaches out to gay community 1

    Westminster council has joined the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme.

    10:39 AM — The City of Westminster council has announced new measures to ensure members of the LGBT community in the London borough are properly catered for.The council will undertake a period of consultation over the remainder of the summer, before producing a new engagement strategy in December 2007. This will include priorities for action, identified by the communities themselves.As part of this initiative, the council has also joined the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme and will also be assessed in 2008.

  • Thai government considers new trans rights

    A new proposal would allow transgender men or women to choose how they are addressed.

    10:25 AM — Thailand, one of the world's most tolerant countries towards transvestites and transsexuals, may soon allow people who have had a sex change to officially alter their title.A proposal which would allow transgender men or women to choose how they are addressed is being considered by the country's National Legislative Assembly, to support an anti-discrimination provision in the draft constitution, according to AP.Thailand is widely tolerant but many trans people face family pressure, social prejudice and domestic violence.

  • 14th August 2007

    Polish coalition government dismantled as elections loom

    In August 2006, when quizzed by the EU over his gay rights record, Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski said he was not a homophobe.

    5:50 PM — Polish President Lech Kaczynski on Monday signalled the formal end of his twin brother's shaky coalition by firing four ministers from two junior parties and replacing them with ruling party loyalists.In a televised ceremony, Kaczynski appointed replacements from within the conservative camp steered by his brother, Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski's Law and Justice (PiS) party.Monday's move marked a key penultimate step towards snap elections, which the Kaczynskis and Poland's liberal opposition have agreed are likely to take place on October 21st.

  • Tories protest homophobic group’s use of London landmark 5

    Hizb ut-Tahrir has been especially active on college campuses in London and Manchester in recent years.

    2:50 PM — A controversial Islamic group accused of being anti-Semitic hate mongers and condoning the murder of gay people recently held a conference at Alexandra Palace in north London, to the disgust of local Conservatives.Thousands of Hizb ut-Tahrir supporters gathered for the conference on how to realise the Khilafah - a global Islamic state.The group has been banned from public activity in countries including Germany on charges of spreading anti-Semitic propaganda.

  • Australian star speaks out against gay marriage ban 2

    Brisbane-born Hayes married Briton Richard Cullen in London last year. photo: www.myspace.com/darrenhayes

    1:20 PM — Singer Darren Hayes has criticised the attitude of Australian Prime Minister John Howard's towards gay marriage after his British 'husband' was forced to fly to Australia on a tourist visa.His comments come as the main opposition leader in Australia, Labour's Kevin Rudd, said he also opposes gay marriage.Brisbane-born Hayes married Briton Richard Cullen in London last year."It makes me angry and frustrated," the former Savage Garden frontman told Australian newspaper the Herald Sun .

  • Greens enter debate about 2011 census 5

    The Office for National Statistics (ONS) will decide in January 2008 which company has won the contract.

    12:35 PM — The Green Party is petitioning the government not to allow the 2011 census to be run by an American arms manufacturer.Lockheed Martin, which produces missiles and land mines used in Afghanistan and Iraq that are illegal in many countries, is one of two remaining contractors in the selection process.80% of their business is with the US Department of Defence and other Federal Government agencies.

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