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  • 7th December 2007

    Government-funded gender reassignment surgery successful

    Rabie first approached a lawyer in August 2005 and legal papers calling for him to be legally recognised as a man were filed in June last year.

    1:11 PM — A Bahraini trans person's gender reassignment surgery, paid for by his government, has been successfully carried out in Thailand.According to English-language newspaper Gulf Daily News, 33-year old Hussain Rabie underwent eight hours of surgery.Rabie, who is partially blind in his right eye, hopes to return to represent the Bahrain Disabled Sports Federation in the men's shot put and discus.

  • 6th December 2007

    Small interest rate cut benefits LGBT home owners 1

    Traditionally, banks and building societies have passed on reductions in the base rate to borrowers by reducing the cost of variable rate mortgages.

    12:50 PM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) home owners, especially those in a relationship, have welcomed the decision of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee to reduce interest rates by a quarter of one percent.High levels of LGBT couples retain two properties, living in one and renting out the other.The buy-to-let market has suffered from stagnating rental prices coupled with rising interest rates. Today's cut was the first in two years.

  • Euro queer youth discuss gay-friendly schools

    IGLYO member organisations will discuss the organisational priorities and strategies on advancing equality.

    12:30 PM — Today 100 young LGBT people from all over Europe are gathering in Málaga, Spain, for a three-day meeting of International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Queer Youth and Student Organisation.IGLYO member organisations will discuss the organisational priorities and strategies on advancing equality and human rights for LGBTQ young people.Euro MP Michael Cashman will be speaking at the event. He is President of the European Parliament Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights.

  • New homopbobic bullying resource unveiled

    The study, which involved 899 students, revealed that 64 per cent of them had witnessed homophobic bullying cases.

    12:01 PM — Northamptonshire County Council is launching a pioneering programme to tackle homophobic bullying in schools.The "Tackling Diversity and Sexuality resource" will be used in the county's schools as a tool to fight the spread of homophobic bullying of both adults and students.The project follows a series of studies, including a major piece of research which was completed in Northamptonshire in 2004.

  • Baseball player in porn scandal returns to Japan 1

    Cleveland Indians pitcher Kazuhito Tadano had been rejected by Japanese baseball clubs for appearing in a gay pornographic video.

    10:59 AM — A few years back it was discovered that Cleveland Indians pitcher Kazuhito Tadano had been rejected by Japanese baseball clubs for appearing in a gay pornographic video.After a few mildly successful years playing ball in the United States, the talented player has now been called back to Japan to play with the Nippon Ham Fighters.Tadano was a star pitcher at Rikkyo University and was expected to be a welcome addition to the Japanese leagues in 2002.

  • 3rd December 2007

    Condoleezza Rice’s sexuality excites bloggers

    The Sunday Times carried a story on the rumours surrounding the most powerful woman in America yesterday.

    12:35 PM — As an historic conference to try to find peace in the Middle East takes place near Washington DC, the blogosphere in America has been discussing a tabloid's attempts to "out" the US Secretary of State.While highbrow newspapers such as The New York Times have concentrated on Condoleezza Rice's efforts to secure peace, the tabloid National Enquirer chose to speculate on her sexuality.In an article entitled "Who's Gay and Who's Not" the paper reports that it is "an open secret" that Ms Rice is a lesbian.

  • 2nd December 2007

    Gay sailors exhibit at boat show

    The Sailing and Cruising Association can be found at stand 1 M 60 at the Earls Court Boat show

    3:10 PM — Among the many stands at the Earl's Court Boat Show, being held at the London exhibition centre until 9th December, is one from the Sailing and Cruising Association, a gay sailing club.It is the first time they have exhibited at the show, one of the largest in Europe."This is a new departure for us and, so far as we know, for any UK boat show," association commodore Colin Weston told PinkNews.co.uk

  • 30th November 2007

    EU to combat homophobia in football

    Franco Frattini yesterday pledged with €10 million (£7 million) of EU money at a conference on violence in sport.

    2:03 PM — The European Union Justice Commissioner has spoken of his desire to establish a EU police force for sport, and hopes to pilot the idea at next year's Euro 2008 tournament in Austria and Switzerland.Franco Frattini yesterday pledged with €10 million (£7 million) of EU money at a conference on violence in sport.The money will be used to establish a common training programme for the tournament. Police forces from across the EU will send officers for training in combating hooliganism and other football-related crimes.

  • 29th November 2007

    Forget Euro 2008 as gay football comes to London

    Leftfooters FC, a gay football club based in Regent's Park, are hosting the tournament.

    11:30 AM — Anyone still depressed about England and all the other home nations failing to qualify for Euro 2008 is being urged to keep next summer's hottest gay sports event in mind.The International Gay Lesbian Football Association World Championship is coming to London between 24th and 30th August 2008.Teams from all over the world will take part in the event, to be held in Regents Park.

  • 28th November 2007

    Police unveil LGBT community DVD

    Lothian and Borders police, who serve a quarter of Scotland's population, have generated a number of new initiatives to communicate with the LGBT community.

    4:40 PM — A Scottish police force has produced a DVD to support the LGBT community.Entitled Work with us to support our LGBT community, it aims to increase awareness of remote reporting and promote Lothian and Borders police's diversity work.The impetus for the DVD, which will be launched this evening, came as a result of a study carried out by Queen Margaret College University.

  • Caribbean island considers ban on gay cruises 4

    A cruise hosted by lesbian comedian Rosie O'Donnell was the focus of faith-based protests when it visited the Bahamas in 2004.

    12:30 PM — Tourist authorities on Grenada are considering a ban on cruises for gay people from their shores.The tiny island nation, which has a population of 103,000, gained independence from the UK in 1974. Male homosexual acts are illegal and punishable with up to ten years in jail.Tourism Minister Clarice Modeste-Curwen has said that a policy on the cruise ships has not been finalised.

  • HIV poverty highlighted in Scottish report

    Since 1991, half of all people diagnosed with HIV in Scotland have turned to the Crusaid Hardship Fund for support.

    10:58 AM — Children and the elderly are most at risk from HIV-related poverty, a report has revealed.Poverty and HIV: findings from the Crusaid Hardship Fund in Scotland, which was released yesterday in the Scottish Parliament, highlights the effects that stigma and discrimination can have on the financial situation of people living with HIV.The report, conducted by AIDS charity Crusaid, Waverley Care and HIV Scotland, calls for action in tackling the root causes of poverty.

  • Gamer complains of online homophobia

    Blog readers have had mixed reactions to the offensive behaviour.

    10:50 AM — The point is to move your player around a make believe world killing bad guys, but as the online gaming community continues to become big business, it may also be a new anonymous place to breed homophobia.This week, a self proclaimed gay gamer was verbally attacked for his sexuality while a participant in the Xbox online game Halo3.Halo 3 is a first-person shooter video game, which was developed by Bungie Studio for the Xbox 360.

  • 27th November 2007

    Kyrgyzstani group publishes homosexuality information 3

    Labris' leader Anna Kirey said it was difficult to accurately calculate the number of gay people in Kyrgyzstan.

    12:24 PM — The publication of a brochure about homosexuality in the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan has drawn attention to the discrimination lesbian, trans and bisexual people in the country face.However, the head of Bishkek mosque condemned the publication."If there is no reaction to it, then our society has truly sunken below the level of animals," said Myktybek ajy, according to the BBC.

  • 26th November 2007

    Gay rugby gets bookie’s backing

    The Bigham Cup's director Richie Whyte is overjoyed with the support.

    2:00 PM — A gay rugby tournament to be held in Ireland next year has received €100,000 (£72,000) in sponsorship from the betting group, Paddy Power.The deal, the biggest ever secured for a gay event in Ireland, will be used to host the 2008 Bingham Cup, an international rugby tournament that has already sold more than 600 tickets to those living abroad.The sponsorship was proposed by Paddy Power who view the event as highly appropriate for their brand.

  • 23rd November 2007

    Mark World AIDS day with cycling and champagne at St Pancras

    After a drink at the Europe's longest champagne bar, which has just opened in the station, the fun moves to St Pancras Church. photo: alaskan dude@flickr.com

    1:01 PM — A cycling campaign group is planning to hold a ride to coincide with World Aids Day on December 1st.Southwark Cyclists' bike trek will start at the newly refurbished St Pancras International rail station. It is being held is in association with voluntary group The Food Chain, who deliver meals to men, women and children who are very ill as a result of HIV-related illnesses.Those who are taking part are being asked to contribute a donation of £10. All money goes to The Food Chain.

  • Zoo hosts anti-bullying event

    Young Anti-Bullying Alliance (Young ABA) is hosting a special event at London Zoo today to mark Blue Friday. photo © ZSL - Daniel Sprawson

    12:45 PM — The Young Anti-Bullying Alliance (Young ABA) is hosting a special event at London Zoo today to mark Blue Friday, the day when all children and young people are encouraged to dress in blue for the day in support of the anti-bullying message.Young ABA (YABA) is a recently established advisory board of nine Diana Anti-Bullying Award holders - one from each government region.This week is Anti-Bullying Week 2007, run by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA).

  • 22nd November 2007

    Army sergeant denies sending texts to lesbian soldier 3

    The staff sergeant described how Miss Fletcher had often been late for duties and insubordinate towards him.

    4:10 PM — An employment tribunal has heard an Army sergeant deny sending texts to a lesbian soldier claiming he could "convert" her.Lance Corporal Kerry Fletcher, 31, claims she was picked on because of her sexuality and that the staff sergeant sent her text messages indicating he wanted to have sex with her when she was working at an army stables in North Yorkshire.The sergeant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has maintained his innocence.

  • Champion athlete may have gender reassignment surgery 1

    Yvonne Buschbaum said that a persistent achilles tendon injury and a feeling that she was “emotionally in the wrong body“ have contributed to her decision to end her career.

    3:10 PM — A former European pole vault medallist has decided to quit the sport, possibly to pursue a sex change operation.Yvonne Buschbaum said that a persistent achilles tendon injury and a feeling that she was "emotionally in the wrong body" have contributed to her decision to end her career.The 27-year-old said on her website: "For many years, I have had the feeling I am in the wrong body."

  • Poofter licence plates can stay

    Mr Phillips told blog Pam's House Blender that the DMV phoned him and conceded that he could keep using the plates.

    11:45 AM — A gay man in the US state of Virginia who was told to remove his car licence plates because they spell out the word 'poofter' has now been told he can keep them.David Phillips has had the plates for eleven years. He previously claimed that the word is only offensive to English people and Virginians would not understand its meaning.According to the Washington Post, he first heard the word used by performer Boy George in a TV interview and liked it.

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