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  • 2nd November 2007

    Analysis: Martina defends her freedom of speech 1

    Her willingness to be open and speak her mind has helped other athletes who have come out of the closet to be met with more acceptance.

    2:25 PM — For 26 years Martina Navratilova has been a bright beckon of hope for gay athletes as she faced criticism, controversy and scrutiny over her decision to come out to the world.This month, the outspoken advocate voiced her opinions about the political climate in the United States in Tennis Magazine after a reporter jokingly said she should go back the Czech Republic.In her career, she has captured 18 Grand Slam Singles Titles, an all time record of 31 Grand Slam Doubles Titles.

  • History month to tackle small town homophobia 1

    Herefordshire's Equality Partnership is planning their contribution to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month in February 2008.

    12:30 PM — A series of events for the LGBT community in a largely rural part of the UK will take place early next year.Police and local councils have lent their support to the month-long programme aimed at people living in Herefordshire, Worcerstershire, Shropshire and mid-Wales.Herefordshire's Equality Partnership is planning their contribution to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month in February 2008, called Out In The Sticks, and already a list of events is taking shape.

  • Hate church given taste of own medicine 2

    The message on the sign said, “God hates the Phelps,“ while the message on the fence read, “God hates intolerance.“

    11:03 AM — In what some may see as an example of karma, the family of Reverend Fred Phelps awoke this morning to a pair of messages spray painted to a sign and a fence on the grounds of their Kansas church.The message on the sign said, "God hates the Phelps," while the message on the fence read, "God hates intolerance," according to a report from the ABC television station in Topeka, Kansas.Topeka Police were called to the Phelps compound, which houses the family's Westboro Baptist Church, around 10 a.m. yesterday morning.

  • Newspapers triumph at Stonewall Awards 52

    Three awards - for Hero, Bully and Community Group of the Year - were voted for by 6,000 Stonewall supporters from across Britain.

    10:10 AM — The Guardian was named Newspaper of the Year at the second Stonewall Awards ceremony last night.Philip Hensher, who writes a column for The Independent, won Journalist of the Year.The awards ceremony, hosted by TV presenter Anthony Crank, took place at London's Victoria Albert Museum before an audience of 400 people.

  • 1st November 2007

    EXCLUSIVE: Major banks drag their feet over civil partnerships 7

    PinkNews.co.uk has contacted other banks to find out if their application procedures take account of the fact that civil partnerships have been legal since December 2005.

    3:10 PM — Following last week's investigation into Smile, PinkNews.co.uk has contacted other banks to find out if their application procedures take account of the fact that civil partnerships have been legal since December 2005.NATIONWIDEA spokesperson confirmed that they offer civil partner as an option on all accounts and that this became completely compliant in April 2006.On their website it states that "Nationwide is committed to treating civil partners the same as married couples."

  • 31st October 2007

    Comment: It’s STILL Elementary

    Small but highly vocal minorities of homophobic activists continue to pressure educators in numerous areas across the country to backtrack on their progress and to abandon their LGBT-inclusive curricula.

    1:35 PM — Academy award-winning director Debra Chasnoff on teaching American schoolchildren about LGBT people. When we released our film, It's Elementary - Talking About Gay Issues in Schools, a decade ago, the teachers featured in the documentary were breaking new ground by finding ways to talk to their elementary and middle school students about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.The educators we found were rarities. Most teachers had never considered having such conversations.

  • Political parties reach out to gay graduates

    20,000 hard copies of Starting Out are being distributed to student unions, university careers services, employment agencies and university lesbian and gay societies across Britain.

    1:24 PM — The Labour and Conservative parties are among the organisations and businesses featured in the latest Stonewall guide for gay and lesbian job seekers.The third Starting Out guide was launched last night at the University of London Students Union.Representatives of many of the companies listed in the guide attended, as did LGB students from across the country.At 322 pages, this year's Starting Out is the biggest so far.

  • London gay men three times more likely to use drugs

    Taking drugs and drinking alcohol have both been linked with a greater likelihood of unprotected sex.

    12:40 PM — New figures indicating that gay men are more than three times more likely to use drugs than other Londoners has prompted a gay health charity to launch a new campaign.37% of gay and bisexual men in London took drugs in the last year, compared to 11% of the general population.The new campaign by Gay Men Fighting AIDS (GMFA) highlights the increased risks that gay men may take when using alcohol or drugs and provides tips on planning for safer sex.

  • Third of US high school footballers have gay sex claims sociologist 1

    “Heterosexual athletes contesting masculinity and the one-time rule of homosexuality“ will appear in January.

    11:14 AM — A new study to be published in the Journal of Sex Roles suggests that one third of former American high school football players have had sexual relations with other men.Sociologist Dr. Eric Anderson, who is credited with being the first openly gay high school coach during his tenure at Huntington Breach High in the early nineties, conducted research questionnaires with a small sample of ex-high school football players who said that they have had some sexual contact with other men.

  • New community forum for LGB Leicestershire

    The next Forum meeting will be held on Thursday 22nd November from 7.30pm at Leicester LGB Centre.

    10:54 AM — Leicester's Lesbian Gay and Bisexual Centre has set up a new forum to tackle homophobia and increase the involvement of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in their local community.The Community Forum will enable LGBT people who live or work in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland to give their opinions on topics which affect them.The next Forum meeting will be held on Thursday 22nd November.

  • 30th October 2007

    Local paper censured over “lesbian lover” headline 1

    Ms Mahmoud complained to the PCC, who agreed that the reporting was inaccurate.

    4:32 PM — The Press Complaints Commission has upheld a complaint that a newspaper printed an inaccurate headline about a lesbian woman."Man attacked girlfriend's lesbian lover," which appeared in the January 26th edition of the Isle of Wight County Press, was judged to breach the PCC Code of Practice.Ms Leila Mahmoud, of Ryde, had been the subject of an assault by her friend's boyfriend, who had pleaded guilty at his trial.

  • Symbols of Nazi gay hate up for auction

    During World War Two the Nazis forced homosexual men to wear a pink triangle.

    2:37 PM — Two pink triangles, the symbols of Hitler's hatred towards homosexuals, are up for auction in Shropshire this week.They are expected to fetch hundreds of pounds when they go under the hammer at the Mullock's Auctioneers at Ludlow Racecourse on Thursday.Also being sold at the auction are other rare items including a description of a Spanish flu pandemic that killed millions and an apologetic letter from composer Edward Elgar.

  • Ugandan LGBT form IDAHO chapter

    2007 has seen the first gay rights press conference and the first anti-gay rally in Uganda.

    11:05 AM — Gay rights activists in Uganda have come together to create a Chapter of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) and take part in a landmark debate organised by Queer Youth Uganda.The climate for LGBT people in the country is extremely hostile, and attacks from the media, religious groups and the government are commonplace.Despite this, more than 100 activists and supporters gathered in the capital Kampala to debate the way forward for gay rights in Uganda.

  • RAF among new entries in Stonewall recruitment guide 2

    20,000 hard copies of the guide are being distributed.

    10:33 AM — Lesbian and gay graduates and job-seekers will have a new resource to help them find their dream career with the launch today of Starting Out, Stonewall's recruitment guide.This is the third edition of the guide, and this year there are new entries from Channel 4, Allen Overy, Deloitte Touche, the RAF, Westminster City Council and the Charity Commission.Starting Out is aimed at the estimated 150,000 gay and lesbian students in Britain, and provides vital information on employers across the country who support and welcome gay staff.

  • 29th October 2007

    LGBT conference concludes despite bans and protests

    Austrine Marija Pavilioniene, a member of the Lithuanian Parliament, and Patricia Prendiville, Executive Director of ILGA-Europe.

    4:35 PM — 11th annual ILGA-Europe conference came to a close yesterday.It was held in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius and attended by almost 200 delegates from all over Europe.Fears that anti-gay activists had attempted to sabotage the conference were unfounded - Lithuanian and international media had reported on smoke bombs set off in a gay nightclub adjacent to the conference venue. "It appears it has no direct link to our conference and the participants were not targeted," a spokesman for ILGA said.

  • Greek gay community protest Iran deportation

    GHC-EOK say that the man, known as Alex, was arrested, beaten and tortured in his Iran because he is gay.

    10:33 AM — A gay rights group in Greece has asked for help to stop the deportation of a 40-year-old Iranian man.GHC-EOK say that the man, known as Alex, was arrested, beaten and tortured in his home country because he is gay.Two separate applications to remain in Greece have been rejected and his case is due to be discussed before the country's Supreme Council.

  • 26th October 2007

    Vietnamese high school pupils accepting of homosexuality 2

    A mental health counsellor at Hon Viet said that most pupils were lonely and confused when discussing their sexuorientation.

    4:06 PM — A survey of school children in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's capital, has revealed that a quarter of them believe at least 10% of their class mates are gay.HCMC University of Pedagogy conducted the poll of 300 pupils at three junior high and high schools and discovered that 80% of pupils said "no" when asked "is homosexuality bad?"Experts believe that while the actual number of gay pupils is difficult to determine, open homosexuality in schools appears to be on the rise, despite still carrying social stigma amongst the adult population.

  • DVD Review: Poltergay is a camp Halloween treat 1

    What follows is a kind of supernatural Queer Eye For The Straight Guy.

    2:46 PM — When young couple Marc (Clovis Cornillac) and Emma (Julie Depardieu) move into their new home, a huge, run-down house that's been empty for years, all is not what it seems.For a start, there's the loud disco music that wakes Marc up every night, although Emma can't hear it.Giant images of winged penises begin to appear on the walls and a Polaroid camera photographs Marc showering, seemingly of its own accord.

  • US airline becomes first to advertise on gay TV network

    American Airlines is the first airline to advertise nationally on the network.

    1:31 PM — American Airlines began airing its first TV spots on US gay television network LOGO this week.Both spots urge viewers to visit the welcome page for American Airlines' LGBT website and will be shown in rotation for 13 weeks.American Airlines is the first airline to advertise nationally on the network. "We're thrilled that American Airlines is reaching out to Logo's television audience in a connective and humorous way," LOGO Senior Vice President and General Manager Lisa Sherman said

  • Gay club attacked in Lithuania 3

    Earlier this year, PinkNews.co.uk reported that more than half of Lithuanian MPs believe homosexuality to be a perversion.

    12:02 PM — Smoke bombs were set off in a nightclub in Vilnius last night as members of the International Gay and Lesbian Association partied inside.The Lithuanian capital is hosting ILGA Europe's annual conference, despite a ban on a public Rainbow Flag display by the city's mayor.Last night's incident happened at Soho nightclub, which is next to the conference venue.

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