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  • 6th May 2008

    Royal blackmailer to appeal conviction

    Strachan and Sean McGuigan were convicted at the Old Bailey last week after a three-week trial

    10:51 AM — One of the two men sentenced last week to five years in prison for attempting to blackmail a member of the Royal family over gay allegations will appeal. A lawyer for 31-year-old Ian Strachan told The Scotsman that there was no blackmail.

  • Australian government stands by ban on gay marriage 4

    Rodney Croome compared Mr Rudd's opposition to gay marriage to arguments made in favour of slavery

    10:36 AM — The Australian government's decision to refuse same-sex marriages has been compared to slavery by gay rights groups. Last week the Australian government announced more than 100 reforms.

  • COMMENT: Can Obama go all the way? 4

    Barack Obama was comfortably at least seven points ahead of Clinton

    9:35 AM — In a week when he should have been focused on getting his campaign back on track ahead of Tuesday’s primaries in Indiana and North Carolina, Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama was once again forced to deal with distractions.

  • 3rd May 2008

    BNP wins London Assembly seat, joining a handful of openly gay members 18

    Richard Barnbrook has the first BNP seat on the London Assembly

    12:32 AM — The far right BNP has won a seat on the London Assembly. Their mayoral candidate Richard Barnbrook received 69,710 votes in the Mayoral election.

  • 2nd May 2008

    Boris Johnson elected Mayor of London 9

    Boris Johnson is the new Mayor of London

    11:55 PM — Conservative Boris Johnson is the new Mayor of London. Gay Liberal Democrat Brian Paddick came third. Mr Johnson beat Labour's Ken Livingstone by 1,168,738 to 1,028,966 after second-preference votes were counted.

  • Royal gay sex blackmailers found guilty

    The men have been found guilty at the Old Bailey

    11:13 PM — Two men who asked for £50,000 from an unnamed member of the Royal Family in exchanged for tapes that featured claims of gay sex have been found guilty of blackmail.

  • Protest rally called as polls indicate BNP will win seat on London Assembly 13

    The British National Party candidate, Richard Barnbrook, is a Barking and Dagenham councillor

    2:16 PM — All the votes for the 25-member London Assembly have not been counted, but already anti-fascist groups are calling for protests if the British National Party wins a seat.

  • Homophobe Mugabe beaten in Zimbabwean election 2

    Robert Mugabe, now 84, has terrorised many groups in his country, not least gays and lesbians

    1:59 PM — The results of last month’s Presidential election in Zimbabwe have finally been published. The leader of the Movement for Democratic Change, Morgan Tsvangirai, won 47.9%. Robert Mugabe of the Zanu/PF party won 43.2%.

  • Moscow Pride will apply for five marches a day

    Moscow's LGBT community will once again attempt to celebrate Pride on May 31st

    1:18 PM — Gay rights activists in Russia have lodged court appeals after the Moscow municipal authorities banned a series of marches they are planning. Organisers have previously said that they are going to apply for five marches each day in May.

  • US study claims LGB population is less than 3% 1

    The Treasury estimates that 6% of the UK population are lesbian, gay or bisexual

    12:15 PM — A new poll published in the United States on Wednesday claims that there are considerably less gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans than previously estimated. A Hunter College poll of 768 people who took part online found that just 2.9% identified as LGB.

  • All eyes on London as pundits predict Boris victory

    5.5 million Londoners were eligible to vote yesterday

    11:49 AM — Counting has begun in the London Mayoral election. A result is not expected until this evening, but London Tories are already claiming that their candidate Boris Johnson has won.

  • Tories soar to 44% in local elections 1

    "This is a very big moment for the Conservative Party," said David Cameron

    11:24 AM — Conservative activists are celebrating after the party made significant gains in yesterday's local council elections in England and Wales. They won a projected 44% of the national vote. The Lib Dems on 25% beat Labour, on 24%, into third place.

  • Hillary “makes Rocky Balboa look like a pansy” says governor 1

    Easley’s endorsement and praise could prove to be a boon for Clinton’s campaign

    10:52 AM — Wrapping up a three-day campaign blitz in North Carolina, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton nabbed a high-profile endorsement from the state’s highest-ranking member, Governor Mike Easley. He officially endorsed Clinton at a joint appearance at North Carolina State University on Tuesday.

  • DC sex scandal madam found dead

    Police discovered the body of a woman believed to be convicted DC Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey

    10:37 AM — Police discovered the body of a woman believed to be convicted DC Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey, in what appears to be an apparent suicide, in Tarpon Springs Florida on Thursday. A former employee of Palfrey, Brandy Britton, killed herself in 2007.

  • Indiana delegate comes out for Obama ahead of tight race 4

    The Obama campaign now has the backing of four Indiana superdelegates

    10:14 AM — Indiana Representative Baron Hill, who introduced Senator Hillary Clinton at a rally just last Friday, today endorsed Barack Obama, becoming the fourth new superdelegate to throw support behind the Obama campaign in the last 24 hours.

  • 1st May 2008

    Royal “blackmail” evidence is “insubstantial, insignificant, and incomplete”

    The British press are legally restrained from revealing the identity of the person

    5:08 PM — A defence barrister at the trial of two men accused of trying to blackmail a member of the Royal Family has dismissed the legal proceedings as farcical.

  • Gay rights champion nominated to Nepalese assembly 1

    Mr Pant is a hero to many gay activists across the world

    4:24 PM — The founder of Nepal's only LGBT rights group has been chosen as one of 601 members of a new constituent assembly in the country. Sunit Pant has been named as one of five representatives of the fringe Communist Party of Nepal-United.

  • Europe questions UK about gay rights in Gibraltar 24

    Gibraltar is a self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom

    3:51 PM — The British government has told the Council of Europe that it takes "very seriously" Gibraltar's compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights. The self-governing British overseas territory still has a higher age of consent for gay sex.

  • Lesbos lawsuit “pathetic and scary” says activist 3

    Lesbos residents taking the case to court claim that the term is used erroneously

    1:10 PM — A publicity-seeking attempt by three residents of the island of Lesbos to sue a gay advocacy group has a serious side, says a lesbian rights campaigner. The Greek island was home to the 6th Century BC poet Sappho.

  • 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.

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