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  • 8th April 2008

    Lesbian politician’s office “hid” taxpayer’s money

    Ms Quinn is one of the most prominent and high-flying lesbian politicians in the US.

    12:30 PM — The New York City Council Speaker's office has been accused of allocating millions of dollars to non-existent organisations and hoarding the money for redistribution to other groups favoured by council members.Christine Quinn, the first woman to hold the post, is expected to run for Mayor of the city next year. She insists all taxpayer's money was used for legitimate purposes.However, investigations by the US Attorney's Office and the city's Department of Investigation are already underway.

  • Hillary/Degeneres 08? Candidate talks gay with with Ellen

    Ellen Degeneres sat down with Clinton to discuss everything from being a woman in the race for president to gay marriage.

    12:10 PM — Kick-starting her appearance on Ellen with a campaign t-shirt touting "Degeneres/Clinton '08," Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton set the tone for her light but topical appearance on the openly gay talk show host's daytime chat fest.Ellen Degeneres sat down with Clinton to discuss everything from being a woman in the race for president to gay marriage.True to form, Degeneres' visit with Clinton included the kitsch factor, including a 2008 Presidential survival kit and an audible "What" from Clinton when Degeneres announced that she is gay.

  • MEP’s Home Office meetings about gay Iranian 21

    Michael Cashman, who is one of two openly gay MEPs, is meeting the government officials following the return to the UK of Mehdi Kazemi.

    11:30 AM — The President of the European Parliament´s Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights is today holding a series of high level meetings with senior members of the Home Office.Michael Cashman, who is one of two openly gay MEPs, is meeting the government officials following the return to the UK of Mehdi Kazemi."I trust that the UK government will do the right thing in relation to Mehdi," he said.

  • 7th April 2008

    Driver and paparazzi blamed for death of Diana 3

    In the early 1990s, when HIV and AIDS were surrounded by hysteria and prejudice, Diana become patron of the National AIDS Trust.

    6:50 PM — An inquest that heard lurid rumours that Diana, Princess of Wales was pregnant and murdered at the behest of the British Royal Family has concluded that she was unlawfully killed.However, the jury of five men and six women said the driver of the car that crashed in Paris on 31st August 1997, Henri Paul, and the paparazzi who chased the vehicle into a tunnel, were to blame for her death.Diana died shortly after the crash, her boyfriend Dodi Al Fayed and driver Paul also died in the collision.

  • Suicide prisoner was victim of trans bullying

    Lisa Woodhall was serving a four and half year sentence after she slashed the throat of her boyfriend's ex lover.

    6:10 PM — A woman who hanged herself in her prison cell with shoelaces had complained that she was being victimised and picked on by other inmates because she had transitioned from being a man.Lisa Woodhall was serving a four and half year sentence after she slashed the throat of her boyfriend's ex-lover.Woodhall, who had undergone gender reassignment surgery in 2004, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent at Plymouth Crown Court in September 2005.

  • Poland approves Lisbon Treaty with rights opt-out 1

    Last month a Presidential address to the nation tried to used heavy-handed tactics to warn of the dangers of the Lisbon treaty.

    5:30 PM — Both Houses of the Polish parliament have approved the Lisbon Treaty with an opt-out from the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights.The UK is the only other nation in the 27-member EU to opt out of the charter, which is legally binding on EU institutions such as the European Court of Justice, as part of the new Reform Treaty agreed by the EU heads of government in Lisbon.The Lisbon treaty needed a two-thirds majority vote in the Polish parliament to become law.

  • Hillary Clinton repeats desire to end gay military ban

    Senator Clinton was asked if she would use the same method that US President Harry Truman did in 1948 to end racial discrimination.

    3:04 PM — The policy of Don't Ask Don't Tell, which bars openly lesbian, bisexual or gay people from serving in the United States Armed Forces, will most likely have to be repealed by Congress, according to Hillary Clinton.The Senator from New York was First Lady of the United States when the policy became law in 1993.She is now running for the White House in her own right, and is one of two candidates for the Democratic nomination for President.

  • Magistrate investigated after linking gay men to paedophiles 3

    Mr Butler has voluntarily agreed not to sit as a magistrate during the investigation.

    2:35 PM — Comments made in a regional TV documentary about gay people in Wales has led to an investigation into a local magistrate.Byron Butler, a former Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Mid Glamorgan who has been on the bench for 30 years, spoke out on an edition of BBC Wales' Week In Week Out hosted by former Steps singer Ian H Watkins.Mr Butler has voluntarily agreed not to sit as a magistrate during the investigation by the Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace in Mid Glamorgan.

  • Ken campaign to complain about YouGov poll 4

    “YouGov do not take account of the much larger ethnic minority population in London,“ claims the Livingstone campaign

    2:00 PM — Ken Livingstone, the incumbent Mayor of London, has rejected the methodology of an opinion poll company used by Stonewall, the Evening Standard and other papers.The latest poll of 1,000 Londoners from YouGov puts his Tory rival Boris Johnson on 49% with the Mayor on 36%.Lib Dem candidate Brian Paddick remains on 10% and Green party hopeful Sian Berry on 2% in the Standard poll. Once the second preferences are factored in, Boris leads Ken by 56% to 44%.

  • Obama challenged over lack of contact with gay press 13

    In an Editorial Letter to Obama last week, PGN said that he has only spoken to the gay press twice.

    1:30 PM — One of America's most respected gay publications has accused Presidential candidate Barack Obama of disrespecting the "entire local LGBT press."Last week Philadelphia Gay News published an wide-ranging interview with his rival for the Democratic nomination Senator Hillary Clinton, ahead of the Pennsylvania primary later this month.In an Editorial Letter to Obama last week, PGN said that he has only spoken with the gay press twice.

  • Gay Iranian faces uncertain future back in UK

    The British government has been accused of being more inclined to believe Iran than human rights groups on the issue of how gay people are treated in that country.

    1:00 PM — Mehdi Kazemi, a teenage Iranian who is fighting deportation to his homeland where he claims he faces execution for being gay, has returned to the UK.He was previously in a detention centre in Holland but was released on Friday from a Rotterdam detention centre and returned to England. He is staying with his uncle.Mr Kazemi, 19, had unsuccessfully applied for asylum in the United Kingdom following the execution of his partner by Iranian authorities after being found guilty of sodomy.

  • Tatchell held during Olympic torch protests

    The Olympic torch was lit at Olympia in Greece last week and will pass through 20 countries  photo: zoonabar@flickr.com

    12:20 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell was one of scores of people detained by police as yesterday's parading of the Olympic torch through the streets of London descended into chaos.Despite hundreds of police officers deployed on the streets there were repeated attempts to stop the 31-mile procession, as campaigners vented their anger at China's actions in Tibet and its wider record on human rights.At one point a man almost succeeded in grabbing the lit torch.

  • Pope to face gay protests during US visit 26

    Pope Benedict XVI's pastoral visit to the United States takes place between April 15th to 20th.

    11:30 AM — DignityUSA will sponsor a series of public events and witnesses during Pope Benedict XVI's pastoral visit to the United States April 15th to 20th.Events will be held in both Washington, D.C. and New York City.The oldest and most progressive organisation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics, DignityUSA has fifty chapters and local contacts in every state.

  • 4th April 2008

    Court rules website cannot ask sexual orientation question

    Three judges disagreed with the ruling, stating that the court was creating a dangerous precedent and future confusion for internet firms.

    5:50 PM — A roommate-finding site is prohibited from asking users to disclose their sexual orientation, a US appeals court has ruled.Arizona-based website Roommates.com came under fire by The Fair Housing Council of San Fernando Valley and the Fair Housing Council of San Diego, who claimed the site violated the Fair Housing Act by demanding users list their sexual orientation as part of their application form.It is the latest dispute over whether anti-discrimination rules apply to the web.

  • Europe concerned about gays in Lithuania

    A Luxembourgian member of the CoE Parliamentary Assembly, Jean Huss, complained to the committee about the actions of the Vilnius Mayor, Juozas.

    5:15 PM — A leading European organisation has reminded the government of a new EU nation that rallies and public events cannot be banned just because some people are homophobic.The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe expressed concern about the situation in Lithuania, where sexual minorities are barred from holding Pride marches by the authorities in the capital Vilnius.A Luxembourgian member of the CoE Parliamentary Assembly, Jean Huss, complained to the committee.

  • Kennedy pushes LGB but not T workplace protections 2

    Senator Kennedy commented that Senate approval of the bill could pave the way for extending protection to transgender workers.

    4:50 PM — A US Senator has caused outrage among the gay community by refusing to advocate a federal ban on job bias against transsexuals and cross-dressers, despite lending his support to homosexuals.Edward M Kennedy, who represents Massachusetts, is currently leading the push for a ban on employment bias against gays, lesbians and bisexuals, but will not extend the campaign to include others whose outward appearance does not match their gender at birth.Kennedy, who has previously campaigned for the gay community, has said it will be an "uphill struggle" to pass the bill.

  • Hillary Clinton will make gay rights US foreign policy 1

    Senator Hillary Clinton answered questions on gay marriage, immigration policy for same-sex couples and the ban on openly gay people serving in the US military.

    3:50 PM — One of two contenders for the Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States has said that if elected she will be "strongly outspoken" on the executions of gay people in countries such as Iran.In an interview with Philadelphia Gay News ahead of the Pennsylvania primary later this month, Senator Hillary Clinton answered questions on gay marriage, immigration policy for same-sex couples and the ban on openly gay people serving in the US military.

  • Gay chatline calls cost NHS Trust £1,000

    The bill was discovered by a telecoms consultant who was reviewing telecommunications at the Havering Primary Care Trust.

    3:30 PM — A health trust employee ran up a £1,000 calling a premium rate gay chat line from work.The bill was discovered by a telecoms consultant who was reviewing telecommunications at the Havering Primary Care Trust (PCT), which runs GP and dentist surgeries across the borough as well as St George's Hospital in Hornchurch.He estimated the employee had been calling the line for up to a year during 2006,.

  • Gay rights group pays tribute to Bertie Ahern 17

    Bertie Ahern at the opening of GLEN's new premises on 3rd April 2006. photo: GLEN.

    2:06 PM — Politicians from across Europe have spoken about the impact departing Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern had during his decade in office.His tireless work and legendary charm helped bring peace to Northern Ireland, and like his close friend Tony Blair he led his country through a period of economic growth and prosperity.But for some Irish people, his commitment to equality for his gay and lesbian fellow citizens marks him out as one of the most important of the country's political leaders.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Trans trucker wins at employment tribunal

    Employment judge Mr Homfray-Davies ruled that Blue Arrow did discriminate against Gaynor.

    12:50 PM — A transsexual who claimed she was hounded out of her job as a trucker after she began her transition from her former male gender has triumphed at her employment tribunal.Vikki-Marie Gaynor, 37, from Wallasey in Wirral, is waiting to hear the exact sum of compensation she will be rewarded following her successful claims of sexual discrimination against Exel Europe, part of delivery giant DHL, and recruitment agency Blue Arrow.The ex-soldier got her HGV licence through the Royal Corps of Transport.

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