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  • 29th January 2008

    Politician’s son creates controversial prison-themed game 1

    Corcoran said John Sebelius sought legal advice to be sure he followed proper requirements, and even took out a loan on his own to pay for the production of his work.

    3:45 PM — The son of Kathleen Sebelius, the Governor of Kansas, is currently selling a board game called Don't Drop the Soap, a prison-themed game he created as part of a class project at the Rhode Island School of Design.John Sebelius, 23, has the backing of his mother and father, U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary Sebelius.Sebelius spokeswoman Nicole Corcoran told AP both parents '"are very proud of their son John's creativity and talent."

  • Israeli gays target MPs over proposed ban on marches

    Jerusalem Pride has been denounced by conservative Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders who regard the city as holy.

    3:00 PM — LGBT activists in Israel have targeted the homes of two homophobic members of Parliament with posters protesting their support of a ban on gay Pride.Nissim Zeev and Eliahu Gabbay's residences were visited by Jerusalem Open House, a group fighting for the right to march in the city."In this house lives an MK (MP) who is trying to outlaw the citizens' right to march and protest on the streets of Jerusalem," one of the posters read.

  • UK prepares to celebrate LGBT History Month

    LGBT History Month was started by LGBT campaigning organisation Schools Out.

    3:00 PM — Hundreds of individual events are scheduled to take place throughout the UK to celebrate the fourth annual LGBT History Month, which begins on Friday and continues throughout February.LGBT History Month was started by LGBT campaigning organisation Schools Out.Founded and run by volunteers, it first took place in February 2005, in the wake of the abolition of Section 28 and has grown each year.

  • Activists to protest against Moscow’s homophobic Mayor 3

    Plans to stage marches in the previous two Gay Prides have been blocked by Mayor Luzhkov.

    2:30 PM — Gay rights activists in Russia are planning to stage a protest against the Mayor of Moscow's opposition to LGBT Pride events when he visits Paris next month.Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who banned two gay pride parades in 2006 and 2007 and seems likely to ban the third pride on 31 May this year, is going to be in Paris to take part in the M4 meeting (a summit of Paris, Berlin, London and Moscow Mayors) which will take place on 18-19 February in Paris City Hall.

  • Mayoral candidate wants to cut Pride London funding 17

    He was selected as the UKIP candidate at the party's conference last year.

    1:31 PM — An MEP who is standing as the UK Independence Party candidate for Mayor of London has said that if elected he would withdraw funding from the city's Pride celebrations.Gerard Batten also pledged to target ethnic minority groups. In the 2004 Mayoral elections UKIP came fourth, winning 6% (115,665) of first preference votes.A founder member of the party, Mr Batten has been an MEP for the London region since 2004.

  • 28th January 2008

    Homophobic cleric seeks treatment in the UK 1

    al-Qaradawi is known to have supported suicide bombings in Israel and the oppression of women's rights.

    6:05 PM — An Islamic preacher who has called for gay people to be put to death is to be allowed entry into the UK for medical treatment.Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, 80, was at the centre of a row in 2004 when he came to London as a guest of Mayor Ken Livingstone, who was then heavily criticised by gay rights campaigners and Jewish organisations for inviting him.He is spiritual leader of Islamicist organisation, the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • Bryant reveals new teen pregnancy strategy 2

    Mr Bryant represents the south Wales working class constituency of the Rhondda, where there is a particularly striking rate of teen pregnancies.

    6:05 PM — Gay Labour MP Chris Bryant today launched a new report with dramatic newly compiled figures on teenage pregnancies in every constituency in England and Wales.Mr Bryant represents the south Wales working class constituency of the Rhondda, where there is a particularly striking rate of teen pregnancies.The report takes the form of an interactive web site, www.teenagemums.org.uk.

  • MP calls for hormone block drugs for trans children 4

    Dr Jones is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Children and has been a consistent advocate for gay and trans rights.

    4:55 PM — A Labour politician is backing a change to guidelines that stop young people who have Gender Identity Disorder being treated with drugs to forestall the effects of puberty.Dr Lynne Jones, the MP for Selly Oak in Birmingham, has lent her support to calls for a change to the rules.The Sunday Mercury has discovered that at least three children from the UK, one of whom is twelve years old, have travelled to the US for drug treatment.

  • Tatchell amubshes Pakistani President’s motorcade 11

    Human rights activist Peter Tatchell has taken direct action against the President of Pakistan.

    4:25 PM — Human rights activist Peter Tatchell has taken direct action against the President of Pakistan by running in front of his car in a London street.He was protesting against President Musharraf's actions against civilians in occupied Baluchistan region.The Presidential motorcade was nearing the Park Lane hotel in London on Friday night, where General Musharraf was due to speak.

  • EXCLUSIVE: I felt safer as a cop, says Paddick

    Mr Paddick faces incumbent Labour Mayor Ken Livingstone and Tory candidate Boris Johnson in the May 1st election for Mayor of London.

    4:10 PM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London has added his voice to the controversy around safety on the streets of the city.In an interview published eight days ago Home Secretary Jacqui Smith admitted that she would not feel safe walking the streets of London at night.Speaking to PinkNews.co.uk, Brian Paddick said that it was difficult for him to judge how safe people felt on the streets today compared with ten or twenty years ago.

  • Mayoral candidate’s gay bar meet and greet 3

    It is thought to be the first time that a candidate for Mayor of London has used a gay bar as a venue for a campaign event.

    1:20 PM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London will be holding an unusual event this evening in Covent Garden.Brian Paddick will be hosting a 'meet and greet' event at the Box bar, which is billed as an opportunity for members of the LGBT community to meet him in person and put any questions they might have to him.Londoners will be able to speak to him face to face between 7.30pm and 9.30pm.

  • Italy’s Prime Minister resigns after losing vote 2

    Romano Prodi's government has collapsed after he lost a vote of confidence in the Italian Senate last week.

    11:15 AM — Romano Prodi's government has collapsed after he lost a vote of confidence in the Italian Senate last week.The Roman Catholic Udeur party's withdrawl of support was key to the defeat.It is likely that elections will have to be held less than two years after a coalition of nine parties took office. Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is leading in opinion polls.

  • Kennedys come out in support of Obama 1

    On Saturday Mr Obama won a decisive victory in the South Carolina primary over Senator Hillary Clinton.

    10:45 AM — The candidacy of Barack Obama has received a significant boost with the endorsement of two members of one of America's most influential political dynasties.Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of former President John F Kennedy, wrote an highly personal opinion piece in the New York Times yesterday comparing Senator Obama to her father and praising him as an inspirational candidate.Later today Senator Edward Kennedy will appear at a rally with Senator Obama and publicly back his run for the Democratic nomination.

  • 27th January 2008

    Nation remembers victims of the Holocaust 3

    Between 5,000 and 15,000 gay men were held in concentration camps

    5:47 PM — More than 1,600 people including survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides are attending a memorial service at Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall.The annual event, held as Liverpool acts as European Capital of Culture falls on the anniversary of the 1945 liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. There, the Nazis murdered gay men and women, Jews, Poles, Romas and Gypsies, political prisoners, people with disabilities, and others during the Second World War.

  • Obama wins decisive victory over Clinton

    Forty-five delegates were at stake in the South Carolina primary. Obama received 25 of them, Clinton took 12 and Edwards won 8.

    3:00 PM — John Edwards may have been the hometown candidate in the state, but Illinois Senator Barack Obama was the voter's favorite as South Carolina primary results came in on Saturday.Obama won over rival New York Senator Hillary Clinton by a strong margin, while she battled with Edwards for second place.With almost all precincts now reported in, Barack Obama has been declared as the winner over Hillary Clinton in the South Carolina primary.

  • Big turnout expected in South Carolina primary

    For Mrs Clinton, South Carolina would be a significant win.

    3:00 PM — Record turnouts are expected in today's South Carolina Democratic primary as Senators Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and former Senator John Edwards fight to pull out a victory in the state, in what is seen as a crucial contest.All three candidates canvassed the state today in a last minute effort to drum up support.Democratic party officials predicted a record turnout for voters in the South Carolina primary, with expectations of as many as 350,000 people casting their votes today.

  • Health Secretary accused of receiving proxy loan

    Alan Johnson lost out to Harriet Harman

    12:01 AM — The Health Secretary, Alan Johnson has been accused in the Sunday Mirror of accepting cash through a proxy for his failed attempt to become Deptuty Leader of the Labour Party.The tabloid says that a Pakistani in Britain on a student visa for the past three years was used to direct £3,334 towards Mr Johnson's campaign.50-year-old Waseem Siddiqui said he wasn't aware who Mr Johnson was.

  • 25th January 2008

    Report demonstrates need for hate crime law in Scotland 1

    The Sentencing of Offences Aggravated by Prejudice (Scotland) Bill was proposed by Patrick Harvie, a Scottish Green MSP.

    1:55 PM — A report commissioned by Lothian and Borders Police has found that 15% of gay men in Edinburgh have been attacked in the last year.One in four of the 150 men questioned said they had been the victim of homophobic violence in the last five years.The report was carried out last April by health psychology professors from Queen Margaret University.7% of lesbians questioned said they had been assaulted physically or sexually in the previous 12 months.

  • Date set for Moscow Pride 2008

    Last year gay rights activists were attacked by police and homophobic demonstrators.

    1:35 PM — Moscow's LGBT community will once again attempt to celebrate Pride on May 31st, organiser Nicolas Alexeyev has announced.In May 2006 and 2007 Pride marches in the city were beset by violence and police intimidation after Mayor Luzhkov refused to grant a permit.He is on record as claiming he will never allow a gay parade to take place in Moscow, and called gay people 'Satanic.'Yesterday an organising committee for Pride was formed.

  • Democrat withdraws from Presidential race 4

    Kucinich stated he wanted to make sure “100 percent of the voters had 100 percent of their votes counted.“

    10:25 AM — Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich announced yesterday he is dropping out of the 2008 Presidential race.Kucinich will make an official statement regarding his decision today. He also stated he will not endorse any candidates in the Democratic race.A former Mayor of Cleveland, he was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1996. Kucinich ran for the Presidential nomination in 2004.

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