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  • 27th February 2008

    Welsh police force flies Pride flag

    LGBT History Month is being celebrated with hundreds of events across the country throughout February.

    11:40 AM — A second UK police force has marked LGBT History Month by flying the gay Pride flag at its headquarters.South Wales Police were named the most gay-friendly employer in Wales by gay equality organisation Stonewall earlier this year.The police force came 17th in the list of 100 top British businesses for gay people to work in. The Pride Flag is flying at police headquarters in Bridgend.

  • Police appeal in toilet murder investigation 9

    Members of the public who were near Walton Bridge or New Zealand Avenue between 1pm and 3.30pm last Tuesday should contact Surrey Police on 0845 125 2222.

    11:10 AM — Detectives investigating the murder of a gay man in a public toilet last week are appealing for anyone who was in the area that afternoon to come forward.Last Tuesday 50-year-old Peter Jeffrey Akers, known as Jeff, was found in the gent's toilet near Walton Bridge in Walton-on-Thames.He had been stabbed. Despite being rushed to hospital by air ambulance he died of his injuries later that afternoon.

  • Twin porn performers arrested after robbery spree

    Both brothers have reportedly appeared in a variety of gay porn videos, according to blogger Rod 2.0.

    10:58 AM — Twin brothers, 26-year-old Taleon and Keyontyli Goffney, were arrested last week after burgling a Rite Aid pharmacy in Philadelphia.The brothers, whom gossip blogger Perez Hilton outed on his site as gay porn actors, are suspected in a spree of at least 35 other robberies over three states.The twins have appeared in videos on sites such as Blackmen.net and EbonyD.com.

  • Obama endorsed by former Presidential rival

    Both the Obama campaign and the Hillary Clinton campaign courted Dodd for his endorsement.

    10:30 AM — Illinois Senator Barack Obama received the endorsement of former Presidential candidate Chris Dodd yesterday.The Connecticut Senator said at a press conference in Cleveland that he is "deeply proud to be the first 2008 Democratic Presidential candidate to endorse Barack Obama."In endorsing Obama, Dodd urged Democrats to "come together, to get behind this candidacy."

  • 26th February 2008

    War of words over photos of Obama in traditional dress

    The picture has been released, allegedly by staffers for his rival for the Democratic nomination for President, Senator Hillary Clinton.

    4:15 PM — When visiting his father's homeland of Kenya two years ago, Presidential candidate Barack Obama wore a traditional white turban and a wraparound white robe presented to him by elders.In the febrile atmosphere of the 2008 primaries, that picture has been released, allegedly by staffers for his rival for the Democratic nomination for President, Senator Hillary Clinton.The public scrapping between the only female and the only black candidate in the race for the White House has reached a new low.

  • Petition calls for repeal of repressive gay sex law 2

    The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which Morocco has ratified, bars interference with the right to privacy.

    2:40 PM — A human rights movement has called on the Moroccan government to repeal a law that demands prison terms for consensual homosexual acts.The petition, launched by Human Rights Watch and the Moroccan Human Rights Association, also asks for the release of six men currently imprisoned under this article of the penal code, and demands that the government protect the rights to privacy and a fair trial.Police arrested the six men in November 2007, after a video was circulated on the internet.

  • Pride petrol bomber jailed for attempted attack

    He is the first person convicted of a hate crime in the country since they became an offence under the country's Penal Code in 2006.

    2:15 PM — A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to 14 months in jail after being found guilty of a hate crime by a court in Croatia.Yesterday Josip Situm was convicted of endangering lives and property and ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment while behind bars.Police spotted him at the Pride event in the Croatian capital Zagreb on 7th July 2007 with petrol bombs, but he fled the scene. He was later arrested.

  • Gay Iranian due for deportation today 6

    London Liberal Democrat MEP Baroness Sarah Ludford has written to the Home Secretary to request her to urgently review the case of 19-year-old Medhi Kazemi.

    1:25 PM — A gay teenager from Iran who fled the UK for the Netherlands last year after his appeal for asylum was refused is expected to be returned to the UK today by Dutch authorities.London Liberal Democrat MEP Baroness Sarah Ludford has written to the Home Secretary to request her to urgently review the case of Medhi Kazemi, who faces possible execution by stoning if he returns to Iran.At the end of last year a court in the Netherlands ruled Medhi must be returned back to the UK.

  • Spanish Prime Minister vows to defend gay rights 2

    Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has called a general election for March 9th.

    12:50 PM — In an interview with a gay magazine, the leader of Spain's Socialist party has promised to fight any attempt to remove or weaken gay rights laws he has introduced as Prime Minister.Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has called a general election for March 9th. During his four years in office he has legalised gay marriage and given same-sex couples the right to adopt.The lead up to the election has been marked by bad-tempered exchanges between the government and the Roman Catholic church.

  • Mayoral candidates to speak at anti-homophobia day launch 57

    A message of support for the IDAHO campaign will be read on behalf of incumbent Mayor Ken Livingstone.

    12:50 PM — Mayoral candidates, government ministers, students and academics and national and international LGBT campaigners are all gearing up for the launch of International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO-UK 2008), which take place at the London College of Fashion on March 13th.A message of support for the IDAHO campaign will be read on behalf of incumbent Mayor Ken Livingstone. Mayor of London. Richard Barnes the Conservative Leader on the London Assembly, Brian Paddick, Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor, and Sian Berry, the Green candidate will also be speaking.

  • International gay rights convention not feasible says minister 2

    Ms Munn referred to a joint statement she made last year as Minister for Women and Equality.

    12:30 PM — A Labour MP has asked a series of questions in the House of Commons about what steps the government is taking to bring about the universal decriminalisation of homosexuality.Ashok Kumar, who represents Middlesbrough South East Cleveland, also asked junior Foreign and Commonwealth Office minister Meg Munn to support the introduction of an international convention which explicitly recognises gay rights as essential human rights.Ms Munn referred to a joint statement she made last year as Minister for Women and Equality.

  • Man stabbed to death in gay village 1

    Officers have now launched a murder inquiry to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident.

    12:30 PM — Police are investigating the murder of a 25-year-old man who was stabbed to death in Manchester's gay village.At about 7.30pm on Monday 25 February 2008 the victim was on Canal Street when he was approached by two other men.One of these men approached the victim and stabbed him in the neck. He suffered a serious stab wound in the incident and was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary.

  • Jamaican gay cop fears for his life 2

    International human rights organisations have described Jamaica as one of the most homophobic places in the world.

    12:01 PM — A 24-year-old police officer is in hiding in Jamaica after being abused and attacked by fellow officers because of his sexuality.Michael Hayden told the Toronto Star that he wants to seek asylum in Canada.A leading gay rights activist from Jamaica, Gareth Henry, did so last week, claiming that thirteen of his gay and lesbian friends had died in the last four years.

  • Gay rights group makes progress with government

    Malta, a British colony until 1964, has around 400,000 inhabitants and is the smallest EU state in terms of both size and population.

    12:01 PM — A gay rights group in Malta on Monday presented a petition to the country's ruling party asking for formal recognition of the rights of same sex couples.The petition presented to Malta's 'Partit Nazzjonalista' (Nationalist Party) by the Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM) was backed by 1,084 signatures.It also requested the inclusion of an article in the Criminal Code regarding homophobic and transphobic violence, and a clear strategy addressing homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools.

  • Comedian backs “bitch” Hillary for President 1

    Even Hillary Clinton herself seems to be a fan of the SNL episode.

    10:40 AM — 30 Rock star Tina Fey set the bloggersphere on fire this week with a pro-Hillary Clinton rant on the first episode of Saturday Night Live since the Writer's Guild of America strike ended.Saying "bitch is the new black," Fey gave a passionate, thinly veiled endorsement of Clinton on SNL, urging voters on Texas and Ohio to "get on board" and vote for the Democratic Presidential candidate.As a special guest on the show, Tina Fey was quick to step right back into her old place on the show.

  • Anti-gay harassment project attacked by pro-family group 1

    The 24-page pamphlet has been sent to all public school superintendents in a coalition led by the National Education Association (NEA) and American Psychological Association (APA).

    10:40 AM — A pamphlet has been sent out to 16,000 schools across the United States in an effort to protect the well-being of students "at higher risk" because of their sexual orientation.The 24-page pamphlet has been sent to all public school superintendents in a coalition led by the National Education Association (NEA) and American Psychological Association (APA).The initiative has drawn criticism from national pro-family group the Family Research Council, who have said it is a "promotion of homosexuality" in schools.

  • 25th February 2008

    Canadian gay groups oppose rise in age of consent

    Under Canada's Criminal Code, anal sex is only legal if both individuals are 18 years old.

    4:10 PM — Gay and straight youth groups in Canada have come out against a change in age of consent from 14 to 16.Richard Hudler of the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario claims that it will unfairly prejudice gay teenagers."My first lover was 17 years older than me. And this is common [among gay people]," he said. "It is dangerous, considering the attitude toward sexual orientation in schools, for a young person to attempt to make sexual contact with a peer."

  • Burrell reported to be in crisis talks after gay revelations 4

    It was claimed yesterday that Burrell, 49, trawls gay saunas hunting for young men to bed behind his wife's back.

    3:15 PM — Allegations that former Royal employee Paul Burrell is secretly gay have led to crisis meetings between the former butler and his advisers.He has amassed a sizable fortune in the United States, reported to be in the region of $25 million (£12.7m). His projects there include books, a home furnishings line and etiquette classes as well as presenting a number of popular television programmes such as American Princess.

  • Interview: Gays and the United States military 3

    The United States continues to operate under the “Don't Ask Don't Tell“ law, a messy compromise reached in 1994.

    2:45 PM — It is almost eight years since the British government moved to allow openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people to serve in our Army, Navy and Air Force.We were by no means the first. The Dutch lifted their ban in 1974, Australia followed in 1992, Canada soon after.In 2008, most of the member nations of NATO have removed their bans, with one glaring exception. The United States continues to operate under the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" law, a messy compromise reached in 1994.

  • Gay blood ban row moves to Scottish parliament

    The National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) bars men who have had sex with other men from donating blood, even if they used a condom.

    12:10 PM — A petition is being prepared for submission to the Scottish Parliament calling for a repeal to the ban the prevents gay and bisexual men from donating blood in the UK.Rob McDowall, the creator of the petition, told PinkNews.co.uk: "Being gay doesn't prevent me from paying tax, using public transport or working in a responsible position, so why should it prevent me from giving the gift of life?"The UK Blood Transfusion Service bars men who have had sex with other men from donating blood.

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