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  • 21st November 2007

    Ministers lend support to LGBT History Month 5

    The minister for equality Barbara Follett will speak at the event.

    3:45 PM — Senior politicians, broadcasters, legal professionals, teachers and gay rights advocates will gather in central London later next week to raise awareness of next year's LGBT History Month.The pre-launch event will be hosted by the London Crown Prosecution Service, the London Criminal Justice Board and Channel 4 at the Royal Courts of Justice.The fourth Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) History Month just over three months away.

  • Gays advised not to shop at Wal-Mart 3

    Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar told USA Today: “We're proud of our diversity initiatives and we think we are taking the right steps.“  photo: bravenewfilms@flickr.com

    11:03 AM — Wal-Mart, the biggest private employer in the US has been given a "do not buy" rating in a new gay consumer guide.Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay rights group in America, made its announcement, in time for the festive season, due to the company's refusal to give domestic partner benefits to gay and lesbian workers.The 2008 Corporate Quality index rated Wal-Mart, along with other retail giants including Toys R Us and Auto Zone, in the red category, advising gays and their supporters to shop elsewhere.

  • Same-sex marriage foe to perform commitment ceremony

    The ceremony will resemble in nearly every way a “traditional“ wedding, 125 guests are expected to witness the groom and groom, wearing matching tuxedos, say their vows.

    10:51 AM — Philadelphia Mayor John Street may not be Public Enemy No. 1 with the city's gay community for much longer.64-year-old Street, in the past a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage, will preside over the commitment ceremony of longtime colleague Micah Mahjoubian and partner Ryan Bunch this weekend.Mahjoubian, the city's deputy secretary of external affairs, told the Philadelpia Inquirer recently that he popped the question, so to speak, during brunch last fall.

  • 19th November 2007

    Fire service plans to improve gay representation

    The government is seeking the views of the fire and rescue service, its partners and employees.

    5:35 PM — A framework document on the future of the fire and rescue service is set to include plans to improve the representation of the LGB community.Currently less than 0.5% of the fire service are openly lesbian, gay or bixexual, equivalent to less than 270 people. Nationwide, 7% of the working population identify themselves as LGB.The document, to be released in spring 2008, also addresses the representation of women and minority background employees, which the fire service lacks in current trends.

  • New homophobic bullying resources for schools launched

    Research published by Stonewall earlier this year revealed that nearly two thirds of LGB students reported instances of homopbobic harassment.

    5:00 PM — New resources and tools to help school staff fight homophobic bullying have been created by a local authority anti-bullying team.The new materials are designed to help teachers and other staff "effectively and confidently" achieve the aims set out in the guidance materials on bullying.This week is Anti-Bullying Week 2007, run by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA), who this year are focusing on 'bullying in the community.'

  • Barclays sponsor leading gay football team 2

    The deal sees Barclays become the exclusive title sponsor of Stonewall FC's three teams, and provide kit and equipment to the club.

    1:35 PM — Stonewall FC may have narrowly lost out in the final of the gay World Cup earlier this year, but the UK's leading gay football team had some good news to share this weekend.The team has secured a one-year sponsorship deal with Barclays PLC, who also sponsor the Premier League.The deal sees Barclays become the exclusive title sponsor of Stonewall FC's three teams, and provide kit and equipment to the club.

  • 16th November 2007

    LGBT community upset at closure of only gay bar in Jerusalem

    Gays and lesbians frequently face violence and religious hatred in Jerusalem.

    1:53 PM — After weathering religious disapproval and arson, the only gay and lesbian bar in Jerusalem closes this week.Shushan, which has served customers for four years, contained the unlikely sight of drag queens mixing with Palestinians and Orthodox Jews.Yan Carmel, a 21-year-old student at Hebrew University, told The Times: "Shushan was one of the few places where we could feel that we were in a free world."

  • Barrowman backs theatrical AIDS day collection 4

    2007 World AIDS Week Theatre Bucket Collection Appeal will be fronted by stage and screen stars John Barrowman and Connie Fisher.

    11:10 AM — Following on from a hugely successful collection in 2006, which raised a record-breaking £120,000, Theatrecares is soon to launch their 2007 World AIDS Week Theatre Bucket Collection Appeal, again fronted by stage and screen stars John Barrowman and Connie Fisher.Each year, the vast majority of West End theatres participate in the appeal, which is reliant on the goodwill and support of actors, theatre management, crew and producers.In 2006, the Lyceum alone (home to Disney's The Lion King) raised over £13,000.

  • 15th November 2007

    Coach in hot water over Brokeback comments

    According to the Los Angeles Times, this isn't the first time Jackson has been reprimanded by the league.

    3:40 PM — Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson found himself in a bit of hot water yesterday morning after making a comment the previous night that alluded to Brokeback Mountain, the Oscar-winning movie portraying a pair of gay cowboys.In the wake of his team's 92-107 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night, Jackson said: "We call this a Brokeback Mountain, game because there was so much penetration and kickouts. So, you know, it was one of those games."

  • Xmas cards and a single to raise funds for GMFA

    Lee Thomas has worked with some of the music industry greats, including Sony and Culture Club's Helen Terry.

    2:55 PM — A gay men's health charity has come up with some novel fundraising schemes just in time for World AIDS Day and Christmas.Lee Thomas (a.k.a. 4th Child) is releasing a World AIDS Day single with sales that will benefit gay men across London.The single, Lovers Best Friends, will be available for download only and is released on November 26th 2007. Profits will be donated to the gay men's health charity GMFA.

  • Teen ice hockey star denies he is gay

    The young player grew up in the Czech Republic and played for that league until this year when he was drafted 13th by the Maple Leafs.

    11:40 AM — The pictures have been splattered all over the internet of a harmless tongue touch between 19-year-old Toronto Maple Leaf forward Jiri Tlusty and his buddy, but the racier naked picture is what has caught the attention of his Canadian team.The club has threatened legal action against sites which are posting the self-shot naked photo, and unfortunately, Tlusty has to defend his heterosexuality from some creative journalism.The young player grew up in the Czech Republic and played for that league until this year when he was drafted 13th by the Maple Leafs.

  • Scotland hug-in protests target Stagecoach buses 22

    Two gay teenagers were threatened with ejection from a bus and then made to sit separately after a fellow passenger complained about their behaviour.  photo: Gene Hunt@flickr.com

    11:25 AM — Gay rights activists and members of the Scottish Socialist party are to travel on buses in several Scottish cities today in protest at the treatment of a gay couple on a bus earlier this month.Same-sex couples will hold hug-ins on Stagecoach buses in Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh. In Aberdeenshire protestors will join the couple in recreating their journey.Steven Black, 16, and Mark Craig, 19, were threatened with ejection from a bus and then made to sit separately after a fellow passenger complained about their behaviour.

  • 14th November 2007

    Gay poets London residence to become museum 1

    Arthur Rimbaud and his lover Paul Verlaine fled Paris for London in 1872 amid controversy about their love affair.

    5:30 PM — Two of France's most admired poets are to be honoured with a museum in north London dedicated to poetry.Arthur Rimbaud and his lover Paul Verlaine fled Paris for London in 1872 amid controversy about their love affair.The 28-year-old Verlaine had abandoned his wife and child to elope with the 17-year-old Rimbaud. The couple had a short-lived relationship and stayed in London for less than a year.

  • US to mark transgender remembrance day

    GLAAD's “Be an Ally  a Friend“ campaign features 22 public figures from television, film and sports.

    10:45 AM — In the United States next Tuesday is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to memorialise those killed because of anti-transgender violence or prejudice.To mark the event, the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is releasing a public service advert encouraging viewers to treat others with dignity and respect regardless of gender identity/expression or sexual orientation.The 20-second spot is part of GLAAD's ongoing "Be an Ally a Friend" campaign.

  • 13th November 2007

    “Vaccine” may help US smokers overcome addiction

    41 per cent of gay and bisexual men are smokers, rising to 60 per cent for 25 to 34 year olds.

    5:22 PM — Even the most persistent smoker is aware of all of the dangerous side effects associated with the habit, but most people still have great trouble quitting.There may be some new hope just around the corner in the shape of a syringe as early stages of testing on a "vaccine" have showed some promise in helping people quit.The drug NicVAX, created by the Nabi Biopharmaceuticals Company, is in its early developmental stages.

  • Nigerian activists react to Commonwealth games decision

    The Commonwealth Games were founded under its original name, the British Empire Games, in 1930.

    4:25 PM — A gay rights group who highlighted Nigeria's poor record on LGBT rights has said it is disappointed that the country did not win the right to hold the Commonwealth Games in 2014.In August Davis Mac-Iyalla, founder and leader of the gay Christian group, Changing Attitude Nigeria, met with the chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) in London to put their case.They presented the CGF with an 11-page report setting out why it should reject the bid by the Nigerian city of Abuja.

  • Successful gays say sexuality no barrier 1

    The interviewees include film star Sir Ian McKellen, front woman Beth Ditto, Tory shadow minister Alan Duncan, Tory shadow minister,  ITV Director Dawn Airey.

    4:25 PM — Twenty of the most powerful and influential homosexuals in Britain have been interviewed for an educational resource that will be distributed to young gay people throughout the country.In each of the interviews, which are collected in a pocket-sized booklet, it was concluded that, here in the UK, sexual orientation is no longer an obstacle to reaching potential in the workplace, having a successful career or even becoming a world-leading business professional.

  • Stonewall Cymru community liaison officer honoured 1

    Ms Porter works with the police and criminal justice agencies in Wales.

    10:10 AM — A Stonewall officer has won an award for "outstanding commitment to diversity" in her work tackling issues of homophobic hate crime.Jenny Porter, Stonewall Cymru's community liaison officer, received the award at the North Wales Criminal Justice Board Volunteer and Justice Awards Ceremony this week.Ms Porter works with the police and criminal justice agencies in Wales to develop ways of dealing with homophobically motivated hate crimes

  • 12th November 2007

    Amnesty to protest against Lithuanian homophobia

    A poll last December found that only 17% of Lithuanians support gay marriage.

    11:01 AM — Amnesty International today called on its 2.2 million members worldwide to address the rising tide of homophobia in Lithuania.The EU country has seen a rising tide of open homophobia in recent months.In May the mayor of the capital Vilnius refused to give permission for an EU anti-discrimination truck tour to visit and Lithuanian bus drivers refused to drive buses bearing ads which promoted tolerance towards gay people.

  • 9th November 2007

    Brighton teenagers trading sex for a place to stay

    Young people binge drinking on the streets of Brighton are at increased risk of physical and sexual assault.

    4:30 PM — Vulnerable young people are trading sex just for a place to sleep, a year-long research study by charity Barnardos has revealed.The work focused on Sussex, and the vast majority of young people described in the case studies as 'known' or 'suspected' examples of sexual exploitation were aged between 16 and 18 years and were of White British origin.One quarter was male and the majority of these young men identified as gay.

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