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  • 15th January 2008

    Jail for thief who targeted cruising area

    Halil denied in court that he had robbed the men and claimed they had both approached him for sex.

    3:05 PM — A 29-year-old who used threats of violence to rob two men in a well-known gay meeting spot has been jailed at Isleworth Crown Court.Erkan Halil was living at Ledwood Avenue, Hayes, but has a family home in Goldhawk Road, Shepherds Bush, reports thisishertfordshire.co.uk.He was sentenced last month to five years in prison for robbing two men in Cranford Park near Heathrow in September and October 2007.

  • Gay couple’s home targeted in arson attack 1

    The city's branch of the Rainbow Project was first informed about the incident and the police were told on Friday.

    11:45 AM — A Northern Ireland MP has spoken out after an arson attack on the home of a gay couple in his constituency.A lit disposable lighter was left against the front door of their home in the city of Londonderry, causing minor damage.The News Letter reports that the couple are so distressed by the incident, which took place last Wednesday, that they may leave the area.

  • 14th January 2008

    Paddick launches campaign for London Mayor

    Brian Paddick named improving public transport and increasing affordable housing as other key priorities.

    4:48 PM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London today pledged to cut crime in the city by 20% if elected.Brian Paddick named improving public transport and increasing affordable housing as other key priorities.His launch event was held in Brixton, south London, this morning.Newly elected Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg attended, calling Mr Paddick an achiever and "serious, focused and determined."

  • LGBT youth leader on child porn charges 9

    Jamie Rennie, 37, is charged with sending a message that is grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing, reports The Herald.

    12:45 PM — The chief executive of LGBT Youth Scotland has been remanded in custody charged with possession of indecent images of a child or children under the age of 18.Jamie Rennie, 37, is also charged with sending a message that is grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or menacing, reports The Herald. He was committed for trial on December 24th.He has been suspended from LGBT Youth Scotland, a national organisation working towards the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people.

  • National poll puts Clinton and McCain in the lead

    Senator Clinton is riding on a positive wave of increased support after her surprising win in New Hampshire.

    11:20 AM — New York Senator Hillary Clinton and Arizona Senator John McCain lead in a new national poll released on Friday by CNN/Opinion Research Group.Taken after the New Hampshire primary, is shows McCain with 34 percent of registered Republicans.On the Democratic side, Clinton leads with a healthy percentage over Illinois Senator Barack Obama.

  • 11th January 2008

    Spanish party pledges to create “family” ministry

    PP have not indicated they intend to amend or abolish gay marriage should they come to power.

    5:30 PM — The main opposition party in Spain has made a bid for conservative and Catholic votes by promising to establish a new "family" ministry if they win the elections in March.Addressing a rally in Toledo yesterday the leader of Partido Popular, Mariano Rajoy, suggested that the "traditional family" needs extra protection.The incumbent Socialist government has legalised same-sex marriage, eased divorce laws and repeatedly clashed with the Roman Catholic Church.

  • Gay activists cleared by Russian court

    The acquitted activists are considering suing the police for illegal arrest and detention.

    4:30 PM — A group of LGBT rights campaigners arrested at a polling station in Russia during December's elections have been acquitted.More than two dozen activists came to vote at the polling station to protest against the electoral process and the homophobic stance of all political parties including President Vladimir Putin's United Russia.Mayor Luzhkov, the city's homophobic Mayor, headed the Moscow list for the party and cast his vote at the polling station an hour after the arrests.

  • Baby taken away from Brazilian gay couple 2

    The official, Cláudio Santos de Moraes, said he was not being homophobic when he fought for the couple to lose custody of the baby.

    3:14 PM — A government official who successfully fought to take an adopted baby away from a gay couple in Brazil has said that "gay couples are abnormal."Last Monday 70 people gathered in San Jose do Rio Preto, a small town outside of Sao Paulo, to protest against the baby being removed from the care of a 30-year-old transsexual hairdresser, Roberta Góes Luiz, and her partner."I've been through three psychological evaluations successfully. I have my own home," Roberta told O Globo .

  • Man unhappy at sentence for boyfriend’s killer 2

    Judge Brian Barker described the events in the park as “a dispute over dogs which was blown up out of all proportion.“

    2:50 PM — A 42-year-old man who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of the managing director of a research consultancy specialising in gay and lesbian issues has been sentenced two and a half years in prison.Tony Hoare, 49, was attacked in September as he walked his two Jack Russell dogs in Charlton Park, south east London.He was found unconscious and died shortly after being taken to hospital.

  • Gibraltar gays take age of consent fight to Europe 24

    The Council of Ministers is the highest level of the European body which is responsible for overseeing human rights.

    2:11 PM — Gibraltar's unequal age of consent and discriminatory sexual offences legislation have been taken to the Council of Ministers of the Council of Europe by gay rights group GGR.At present male homosexual sex is legal at 18, rather than 16 for heterosexual and lesbian sex.The Council of Ministers is the highest level of the European body which is responsible for overseeing human rights.Gibraltar is a self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom.

  • Gay mayor is Al-Qaeda target

    Mr Delanoe is running for a second seven-year term as mayor of Paris.

    12:50 PM — The Socialist mayor of Paris has been given increased police protection after US security services informed their French counterparts that he might be attacked by terrorists.While monitoring internet traffic related to Al-Qaeda the CIA discovered that Bertrand Delanoe was listed as a target.As mayor of France's biggest city, he is the most prominent gay politician in the country. A police spokesman confirmed that the mayor was being given more security.

  • AIDS mother still waiting for Huckabee meeting 1

    On the campaign trail Mr Huckabee said he would be happy to meet with White-Ginder.

    12:25 PM — US Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has been accused of breaking his word by failing to meet AIDS activist Jeanne White-Ginder.The former Governor had agreed to a meeting last month after he was heavily criticised for comments he made 15 years ago that people with AIDS should be isolated from the population.Ms White-Ginder is the mother of teenager Ryan White. He raised awareness about AIDS in the early 1980s when he contracted the disease from a blood-clotting agent used to treat haemophilia.

  • Stonewall speaks out about bullying after teen suicide 3

    Gay equality organisation Stonewall has spoken out about the treatment of gay kids in British schools.

    1:55 AM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has highlighted the treatment of gay kids in British schools after media reports about a teenage girl who committed suicide after a campaign of harassment about her sexuality.In a letter to supporters Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill wrote: "A number of newspapers reported the death by suicide on Tuesday of a 14 year-old girl from Sussex who had been reportedly taunted by bullies calling her a lesbian.

  • 10th January 2008

    John Kerry endorses Obama for President

    Candidate Kerry chose Obama, then a mere candidate for the US Senate, to deliver the keynote address.

    7:30 PM — The 2004 Democratic candidate for President of the United States has given his backing to Barack Obama.John Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran and Senator from Massachusetts, said that his Illinois colleague can unite the country and transform it.After Hillary Clinton's win in New Hampshire primaries earlier this week the Democratic frontrunners in the race for the White House have been concentrating their efforts on South Carolina.

  • LGBT Labour slam homophobic incitement rebels 100

    “The 12 Labour MP who voted against should be seen as they are - a small irrelevant fringe who should be disgraced by their actions.“

    6:10 PM — The lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans campaign group within the Labour party has said that the small group of party MPs who voted in favour of weakening a new law protecting gay people should be "disgraced by their actions."The Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill passed the Commons last night.It contains a new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation. Similar proposals to protect trans people were added to the Bill.

  • Commons debates homophobic hatred and blasphemy 100

    An amendment seeking to abolish blasphemy laws was withdrawn after the government said it had every sympathy for the case.

    5:45 PM — Yesterday MPs discussed the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill. As expected, a cross-party group of Christian MPs attempted to amend the proposed new offence of incitement to homophobia on the grounds of sexual orientation.They were overwhelmingly defeated.An amendment introduced by Labour MP Jim Dobbin would have allowed criticism of and expression of antipathy towards conduct relating to a particular sexual orientation.

  • Trans woman claims sexual discrimination

    Sandra Leslie claims she was a victim of sexual discrimination after City College Plymouth turned down her application for a job.

    4:40 PM — A 59-year-old woman from Plymouth is taking a college to an employment tribunal claiming she was not chosen for a job because she is a transsexual.Sandra Leslie claims she was a victim of sexual discrimination after City College Plymouth turned down her application for a job.Ms Leslie believes she was qualified for the post as student union assistant, which mainly consisted of organising events for students and paid a pro-rata salary of £13,500 a year.

  • Spanish government defiant over Church attacks 40

    The Socialists and PP are only a few percentage points apart in opinion polls.

    12:30 PM — The rift between church and state in Spain showed no signs of healing today after the country's government said it would not accept "moral guardianship" from anyone.Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega said that the Church could no longer impose its morality on the country.Last week the Prime Minister of Spain responded to Roman Catholic leaders after they criticised government policy supporting gay marriage, easier divorces and abortion.

  • Student apologises for legal challenge to gay law question 1

    A question came up in Mr Dunne's bar exam last year concerning the rights of two married lesbians, their children and their property.

    12:02 PM — A man who failed Massachusetts' bar exam and then brought a lawsuit claiming that he failed because he refused to answer a question related to same-sex marriage has apologised to the gay community.In a letter to Boston paper Bay Windows Stephen Dunne called his legal action misguided."I have regrettably perpetuated intolerance and animosity towards my fellow Americans," he wrote. "My religiously-based discrimination of gay people was callous and diametrically opposed to America's core principles of freedom and equality."

  • Candidate withdraws from White House race

    A Democratic strategist told CNN on Wednesday Richardson plans to formally withdraw from the Presidential race this week.

    10:30 AM — New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has decided to drop out of the Democratic Presidential candidate race after a disappointing fourth place finishes in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primaries.A source close to Richardson told CNN he will make an official announcement of his resignation of the race on Thursday.Elected as Governor of New Mexico in 2002, he previously served as a US Representative, an Ambassador to the United Nations and as US Secretary of Energy.

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