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  • 1st May 2008

    Age of consent to be lowered in Northern Ireland 2

    Some politicians think that the one year age difference with the Republic would encourage sexual predators to cross the border

    12:20 PM — The British government will bring the age at which people can consent to sex in Northern Ireland into line with the rest of the UK. Unionist politicians in the province are expected to oppose the move.

  • Costa Rica backs International Day Against Homophobia 1

    IDAHO is marked in over 50 countries - this poster is from Canada

    11:43 AM — Gay activists have welcomed the decision of the government of Costa Rica to officially declare May 17th IDAHO Day. The International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) is marked in over 50 countries.

  • Nurses speak up for gay teenagers

    The RCN, founded in 1916, has close to 400,000 members across the UK

    11:07 AM — The Royal College of Nursing's annual Congress has overwhelmingly passed a motion in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people. More than 95% of delegates yesterday supported the call for the RCN Council to "develop and promote best practice."

  • 29th April 2008

    Euro court: sisters can not have the same tax benefits as civil partners 6

    The European Court of Human Rights has rejected their case

    11:18 PM — Two elderly British sitters have lost their case in the European Court of Human Rights to allow them to avoid inheritance tax when one of them dies. They argued that British law treats them less favourably than a lesbian couple in a civil partnership.

  • 25th April 2008

    Footballers launch anti-homophobia campaign in honour of Justin Fashanu 2

    Cover of Gay Times issue 154 from 1991 - Justin was the worlds first openly gay professional footballer

    10:08 AM — A campaign is being launched to help stamp out homophobia in British football. Justin is a campaign against homophobia in football that aims to, "vindicate the memory of Justin Fashanu, the world’s first openly gay professional footballer."

  • 23rd April 2008

    Peers vote for freedom to criticise the LGBT community 27

    Religious groups will also welcome the amendment

    10:19 AM — Peers have made an amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill that will protect the freedom of speech of comics, rap artists and those who criticise other people’s sexuality.

  • 22nd April 2008

    Research shows blogs more popular with LGBT community 1

    The rise in popularity of blogs is good news for advertisers

    2:27 PM — According to a recent national survey gay and lesbian adults reading more blogs than their heterosexual counterparts.

  • Chelsea woos gay voters in tight Pennsylvania race 1

    Chelsea Clinton has been a vital contributor to her mother's run for the presidency

    9:35 AM — Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton spent this past weekend campaigning for her mother Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania in a most unusual fashion. Accompanied by Governor Ed Rendell, Chelsea Clinton trolled through Philadelphia on a gay bar crawl.

  • 21st April 2008

    Uruguay’s first gay union, four months after they became legal 1

    The first actual ceremony in Uruguay took place last Thursday

    5:03 PM — In the South American nation of Uruguay, a new law granting cohabiting couples who have lived together for more than five years the same rights as straight married couples was signed into law in December.

  • European Commission abandons gay discrimination directive 5

    There is at present no EU law protecting LGB people from discrimination

    4:49 PM — Opposition from Germany and other member states means that European Union citizens will not be protected by an EU directive from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. The BBC has learned that only disability will be covered by the new directive.

  • Online gay museum opens for business

    Proud Heritage seeks to reformulate how a museum can be in the 21st Century

    1:59 PM — Museum professionals have feted the launch of the online national LGBT museum Proud Heritage. The website has its first working day open to the public today. Plans for a physical museum were discussed at the Stonewall hustings for the candidates for Mayor of London on Saturday.

  • Russians protest their country’s gay blood ban

    Gay men are still prevented from giving blood in the UK

    12:20 PM — Activists in Russia have written to the country's Ministry of Health to ask why previous assurances that regulations banning gay men from donating are to be removed have not resulted in action.

  • Website celebrates Africa’s gay heroes

    Simon Nkoli was a gay rights and anti-apartheid activist

    12:06 PM — A Supreme Court judge, an HIV treatment campaigner and an anti-apartheid activist all feature on a new website highlighting African heroes. All three are from South Africa. The website, africansuccess.org, was created by Kadija Traoré Bush.

  • Ken unveils gay manifesto as Boris reveals Fund advisers

    Ken has created a gay and lesbian manifesto outlining 20 key pledges

    11:29 AM — The Labour candidate for Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has said he will "work to ensure that London retains its reputation as a welcoming and safe place for lesbian and gay Londoners and visitors" if re-elected for a third term on May 1st.

  • Campaigners plead with Home Secretary over Syrian deportation 8

    John Houghton, 20, is Chairman of the Scottish Youth Parliament

    10:55 AM — More than 20 members of the Scottish Parliament and a former Big Brother winner have called on the government not to deport a gay teenager to Syria. Jojo Yakob is due to be removed from the UK in 16 days.

  • Equality commission seeks your experiences with public bodies

    The EHRC is designed to promote a fair, equal and diverse society

    10:36 AM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission is calling for evidence from service users of public authorities such as hospitals, government and schools to find out if people are being treated with dignity and respect.

  • N’Sync star speaks out for Day of Silence

    The former N'Sync star recorded the spot to promote the National Day of Silence

    10:05 AM — Proudly out former boy band star Lance Bass speaks out against gay discrimination in a new public service announcement for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network released this week.

  • 19th April 2008

    Video: PinkNews editor takes Boris Johnson to task 8

    Boris Johnson is the Conservative Party Candidate (Photo: Elliott Franks)

    11:24 PM — At the Stonewall hustings for the Mayor of London, chair of the hustings, PinkNews.co.uk editor, Tony Grew, took Conservative Party Candidate Boris Johnson to task.

  • Ken steals Boris’s Mayor Fund idea 7

    Nearly 400 people attended the hustings

    2:20 PM — A new fund proposed by Boris Johnson designed to encourage the City to donate money to community projects could be used to help pay for a gay and lesbian museum in London, Ken Livingstone has proposed. He was speaking at a hustings for candidates for Mayor of London organised by gay equality organisation Stonewall.

  • 18th April 2008

    LGBT lawyers forum launched

    Ben Summerskill with InterLaw Forum founder and corporate partner at Simmons and Simmons Daniel Winterfeldt

    3:17 PM — A new forum for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community within the legal profession was launched last night. The InterLaw Forum aims to strengthen diversity within the London legal sector and promote the recruitment, retention and advancement of LGBT talent.

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