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  • 9th November 2007

    Nigeria loses out on Commonwealth Games

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

    1:03 PM — Glasgow will host the 2014 Commonwealth Games, it was announced today.Scotland's largest city beat a bid from the Nigerian city of Abuja by 47 votes to 24 at a meeting of the Games voting nations in Sri Lanka.Gay activists in Nigeria had questioned whether that country should be allowed to host the Games because of its "systematic persecution of lesbian and gay Nigerians."

  • Discrimination against gay athletes on sports agenda

    While many sports organisations don't specifically exclude gay athletes, they don't have a policy to include them.

    11:05 AM — At a recent sports conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, hundreds of leading media professionals, academics, and officials met to discuss controversial issues in the sports world.Among those topics, which included changes to the current doping policy, was addressing the discrimination against the growing number of gay athletes."Play the Game" is an independent institution which aims to strengthen the basic ethical values of sport.

  • 8th November 2007

    Ban on Pride protests upheld by Moscow court

    In August the Taganski district court of Moscow ruled that the ban on the pickets by the prefecture was lawful

    1:15 PM — A Russian court has dismissed an appeal from the organisers of Moscow Pride against the decision that a ban of Pride pickets as part of Moscow Pride on 27th May this year was lawful.Two pickets in support of tolerance and respect of the rights and freedoms of homosexual people in Russia were organised as an alternative to the march on the same day which was banned by Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov.One of the pickets was planned on Tverskaya Square in front of City Hall.

  • THT supper night brings in the bacon

    All the restaurants and caterers involved donated their services free of charge to raise funds for the charity.

    12:03 PM — Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust raised a record £80,000 at last night's Supper Club in Central London.The annual event saw more than 40 chic dinner parties taking place simultaneously in the capital's best restaurants and private homes.After dinner, guests were chauffeur-driven to a party at Café de Paris for Grey Goose vodka cocktails, champagne and an exclusive performance by The Puppini Sisters.

  • 7th November 2007

    Torchwood star backs homophobic bullying campaign 13

    Posters, stickers and postcards with the legend Some People Are Gay. Get Over It! will be sent to all 5,000 secondary schools in England.

    3:15 PM — Stonewall today launched a major new anti-bullying campaign aimed at young people in schools across England.Backed by Dr Who and Torchwood star John Barrowman, the campaign will see posters, stickers and postcards with the legend Some People Are Gay. Get Over It! sent to all 5,000 secondary schools in England in advance of this year's Anti-Bullying Week, November 19-23.The powerful statement and bold design, developed together with over 100 secondary school pupils and teachers, have been devised as part of Stonewall's Education for All programme.

  • 5% of UK adults suffer gay prejudice

    The research was commissioned by Chickenshed, a theatre company that runs children's and youth theatre workshops.

    2:45 PM — A national survey on prejudice as found that 56% of the UK population feel they have experienced prejudice at some stage of their lives.5.2% of the 1,927 adults interviewed last month said they had suffered prejudice related to their sexuality. Nationally that would mean 1.5 million separate instances of prejudiced behaviour.For over half of the population that do encounter it, 11% (3.3 million people) experience prejudice on a frequent basis, and 76% of this group (26 million people), have experienced prejudice more than once.

  • Premier league club tackles homophobia in football 1

    Homophobic abuse is against the rules in every Premier League and Football League club for the first time.

    2:00 PM — Reading FC has become one of the first football clubs to actively implement the new Football Association and Gay Footballers Supporters' Network initiative to combat homophobia in football.The GFSN said it is delighted with the response that Reading has made to the initiative, and urged all other Premier League and Football League clubs to follow Reading's excellent example in their work to tackle homophobia.GFSN Liaison Officer Richard Howgill said, "These are important steps to tackle homophobia in football."

  • 6th November 2007

    Safe houses for Iraqi gays to close 3

    Iraqi lgbt blames the western invasion and occupation of their country for unleashing religious fanaticism.

    1:55 PM — Three out of five gay safe houses in Iraq are closing down, due to a lack of funds to pay their rent and utility bills, says human rights group Iraqi lgbt.The refuges were set up two years ago, to provide a place of safetyfor lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (lgbt) Iraqis who have fled homophobic threats and attempts to kill them by religiousfundamentalists and death squads.

  • European teams to compete in gay basketball tournament

    Teams can reserve a slot by visiting www.ngba.us and filling out the team registration form.

    11:02 AM — The West Coast Classic III will be held over America's Martin Luther King public holiday weekend, January 19-20, 2008, the National Gay Basketball Association announced.Highlights of the tournament will include 20 teams from across the US and Europe competing in 3 men's divisions A, B and 35 plus and a women's division.The Memphis River City Champions, Spin-Freeze A and DC Sentinels B, and the host of last summer's European tournament, the London Cruisers, are all taking part.

  • 5th November 2007

    Armed Forces hold LGBT conference

    Air Vice Marshal Simon Bryant, Chief of Staff for RAF personnel, addressed the Joint Services LGBT conference.

    3:45 PM — The third Joint Services Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual conference took place last week in London.All three services approved the two day event, at which more than 100 service personnel were updated on developments in diversity training, participated in presentations and workshops, and took advantage of a social networking opportunity for personnel and their partners.In 2000, the UK government removed the ban on gay, lesbian and bisexual people serving openly in the Armed Forces.

  • Gay teen couple made to sit apart on bus 22

    The Stagecoach Group bus and train operating company is the second-largest in the UK. photo: Gene Hunt@flickr.com

    3:13 PM — Two gay teenagers from Scotland are considering legal action after being humiliated on a late-night bus journey.Steven Black, 16, and Mark Craig, 19, were told to get off the bus by the driver and then forced to sit in separate seats, according to the Sunday Mail. "If we had been all over each other, I could understand - because that behaviour in public is not appropriate whatever your sexuality. But Mark just had his arm around my shoulder," Steven told the paper.

  • Gaydar abuse leads to restraining order and fine 1

    Matthews has since received a two-year conditional discharge, a restraining order and paid £1,725 in compensation.

    2:35 PM — A gay performer has won his case against an internet bully who hounded him with messages of an "abusive nature" which he claimed were a joke.Thomas Matthews, who pleaded guilty to harassing Miguel Diaz, was issued with an indefinite restraining order by Magistrates Court in Swansea.Mr Diaz, who performs as a woman under the stage name Lady Imelda, met Mr Matthews in a chatroom on the Gaydar website.

  • Daughter of homophobic activist is out and proud 1

    Ms Contrada is also starring in a high school production of The Laramie Project.

    12:54 PM — The daughter of a vehemently anti-gay activist has revealed that she is a lesbian.Claudia Contrada, whose mother Amy Contrada forms one half of the US hate group MassResistance, has stood up for young people struggling with homophobia in their homes or communities.In 2005, Mrs Contrada attended a conference which advocated sending gay teenagers to conversion camps. MassResistance is a homophobic organisation in Massachusetts, which has campaigned zealously against all pro-gay developments since its inception in 1995.

  • Offensive licence plate must be removed

    Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles has ordered Mr Phillips to remove the poofter plates because they are offensive.

    12:14 PM — A gay man in the US state of Virginia may be forced to remove his car licence plates because they spell out the word 'poofter.'David Phillips has had the plates for eleven years, and has complained 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.

  • Gay teenagers are homecoming couple 1

    Principal Michael Cawley, who declined to comment on the election, only said that he hoped the issue would remain “low-key“.

    11:45 AM — A gay couple have made school history in the United States by being the first-ever elected homecoming prince and prince.Brandon Raphael and Kiernan Gatewood, both 16, wore sashes proudly proclaiming their royalty as they rode through the city of Davis, California, in the school's annual homecoming parade.According to the Sacramento Bee, "They stood in the back of a pick-up truck, arm-in-arm, smiling warmly despite the rain."

  • 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."

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