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  • 17th April 2008

    Ken tours London’s gay bars with his posse 22

    Ken's whole Soho walkabout was part farce, part hard-nosed politics

    3:49 PM — It was a surreal moment in an already bizarre election; Ken Livingstone standing at the bar in Comptons, chatting happily to bears about his plans for London if he's elected for a third time as the city's Mayor. Ken's whole Soho walkabout was part farce, part hard-nosed politics.

  • Mayoral candidates tussle over smoking ban

    Boris Johnson has been tackled about donations from the tobacco industry

    2:35 PM — A seemingly straight-forward comment from Tory candidate for Mayor of London Boris Johnson about the smoking ban has started a row about donations to his campaign. He was asked: "are you still against the smoking ban in pubs and clubs? If so, what, if anything, do you propose to do about it?"

  • Commissioner’s horror at extent of homophobia in Europe

    Commissioner Hammarberg has called for more protection from LGBT discrimination

    1:29 PM — The Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights has called for more protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.

  • US Christian celebrity comes out 5

    For a year and a half, Southworth, 21, has hosted and produced the syndicated show The Remix

    1:06 PM — Hath hell frozen over? Azariah Southworth, Nashville resident and host of the famed Christian youth show The Remix, has publicly announced he is gay. "This has been a long time coming. I'm in a place where I’m at peace with my faith."

  • Vengeful transvestite trashes lingerie boutique 2

    Jeremy Paul McIntosh, 27, was angry at the store for refusing to give him a job

    12:57 PM — A man dressed in woman's clothing repeatedly crashed his car into a Detroit area lingerie store on Saturday in a bizarre act of revenge.

  • Royal took drugs, court told

    The Royal Blackmail plot has excited the media around the world

    4:08 AM — The Old Bailey was told yesterday that the Royal at the centre of a gay sex blackmail plot took drugs. The court also heard a comparision to a Royal aide and the BBC Are You Being Served character Mr Humphries. The Royal can't be named due to a court order.

  • 16th April 2008

    Ken emphasises his gay rights credentials 22

    Ken Livingstone said he has been “at the forefront“ of promoting LGBT rights.

    6:10 PM — The Mayor of London will be taking to the streets of Soho this evening to try to drum up votes among the city's lesbian and gay community.Ken Livingstone said he has been "at the forefront" of promoting LGBT rights.

  • Australia may delay gay equality proposals

    58 laws need to be changed to grant gay, bisexual and lesbian Australians equal rights.

    5:20 PM — The government of Australia is considering whether or not to bring forward measures in next month's Budget that will give gay citizens equal rights in a range of areas.Last year the country's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) report was presented to the federal parliament listing the 58 laws that need to be changed.Kevin Rudd's Labour party promised reform during last year's elections.

  • Harriet Harman will not face police probe over donations

    Harriet Harman won the Labour deputy leadership in June 2007.

    4:50 PM — Secretary of State for Equality Harriet Harman will not be referred to the police for her late declaration of donations to her campaign for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, the Electoral Commission has announced.She won the Labour deputy leadership in June 2007 and was made Secretary of State for Equality, chair of the Labour party and Leader of the House.Two donations totalling just over £6,000 and loans of £58,000 were reported to the commission late.

  • MSPs ask for more information on gay blood ban 18

    The petitions committee met yesterday afternoon at Holyrood.

    4:20 PM — A committee of the Scottish parliament is to ask the country's government and various blood and tissue donation organisations to explain why men who have sex with men are barred from donating.The petitions committee met yesterday afternoon at Holyrood to consider a submission from Mr Rob McDowall calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to review existing guidelines and risk assessment procedures to allow healthy gay and bisexual men to donate blood.

  • Scandal MP’s son outshines Paris Hilton 2

    A number of tabloid newspapers focused on Henry Conway's sexuality, pictured centre with his mother and brother Frederick in the 2007 family Christmas card.

    12:55 PM — A man embroiled in of one of the biggest political scandals of 2007 has re-entered the limelight.Conservative MP Derek Conway was suspended from the House of Commons in January after being censured by the Commons Standards and Privileges Committee for paying his son Frederick £50,000 of public money for "work" as a researcher.Mr Conway's elder son Henry, who is gay, had received similar payments during his time at university, totalling £32,000.

  • Ken hits back over gay World Cup funding 2

    London 2008 will take place in Regent's Park, with competitive and recreational competitions for both male and female teams.

    12:01 PM — The Mayor of London has said he is a strong backer of the 2008 International Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championship being held in London later this year.The championship became an issue in the election for Mayor yesterday when LGBT activist and Green party candidate Peter Tatchell attacked incumbent Ken Livingstone for reportedly declining to contribute to the funding and or sign a letter of support for a grant application to the lottery fund.

  • Pope makes distinction between gays and paedophiles 27

    Pope Benedict XVI is in the US until 20th April and will meet President Bush and address the United Nations.

    10:55 AM — The leader of the Roman Catholic Church has spoken out about the sexual abuse of children by priests.Benedict XVI gave a rare insight into his views to reporters accompanying him on his first Papal visit to the United States, which began yesterday.In his comments the pontiff moved to dismiss the suggestion that he links sexual abuse of children with homosexuality.

  • DC Madam with links to Senators found guilty

    Prominent players tied to Palfrey's company via phone records include Senator David Vitter.

    10:35 AM — Once considered a viable running mate for Republican Presidential hopeful Senator John McCain, a federal jury on Tuesday found 'D.C. Madam' Deborah Jeane Palfrey guilty of money laundering and racketeering for running a prostitution ring.Throughout the trial, Palfrey, 52, maintained that her company, Pamela Martin and Associates escort service, provided legal escort services that catered to adult fantasies from 1993 to 2006.Palfrey, wearing a grey suit and with clasped hands, showed little emotion when the jury found her guilty.

  • 15th April 2008

    Gay refugees face prejudice across the world

    A person's sexual orientation does not of itself enable that person to be granted asylum,“ said Australian Immigration.

    6:20 PM — Biplob Hossain, a gay refugee from Bangladesh who is seeking asylum in Australia, and Joaquin Ramirez, facing deportation from Canada to El Salvador, have highlighted the plight of gay men who flee their countries to escape persecution.Mr Hossain, 25, moved to Australia on a student visa when he was 19.

  • Senior Mormons agree to meet with gay group 3

    Mormon church officials have agreed to meet with a gay Mormon support group.

    6:00 PM — Mormon church officials have agreed to meet with a gay Mormon support group. Affirmation, a group that supports the Mormon LGBT community, were invited to meet with Fred Riley, commissioner of Family Services for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • Two in court over Royal “blackmail plot” 25

    The prosecution claims Strachan and McGuigan spent three months trying to sell the story to tabloid newspapers.

    4:30 PM — A court at the Old Bailey in London was told today that two men attempted to blackmail an unnamed member of the Royal Family.Sean McGuigan and Ian Strachan obtained an audio recording of a member of the Royal staff claiming his employer had gay sex with him at a party, the jury was told.

  • Ken claims multiculturalism as “great achievement” 1

    Ken Livingstone, the Labour candidate, is seeking a third term in office.

    2:20 PM — At the launch of his community relations manifesto today the incumbent Mayor of London made a strong defence of multiculturalism, which he called "one of the greatest achievements of my administration." Ken Livingstone, who as the Labour candidate is seeking a third term in office, made no mention of the gay and lesbian community in his comments."I will continue to develop the positive celebration of London's diversity, he said.

  • INTERVIEW: The Socialist alternative for London 26

    In the 2004 Mayoral election Lindsey German won 61,000 first preference votes, or 3.2%.

    1:50 PM — Lindsey German may be known to some Londoners for her work with the Stop The War Coalition, but the party she represents is entirely new.The Left List is part of what used to be the Respect party.

  • Gay World Cup organisers say 90% of funding in place 2

    London 2008 will take place in Regent's Park between 24th and 30th August 2008.

    1:15 PM — The 2008 International Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championship being held in London later this year has announced cash sponsorship from a website.The championship became an issue in the election for Mayor of London today when LGBT activist and Green party candidate Peter Tatchell attacked the incumbent for reportedly declining to contribute to the funding and or sign a letter of support for a grant application to the lottery fund.

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