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  • 31st January 2008

    EXCLUSIVE: Elton John backs Paddick’s campaign for Mayor 6

    Mr Paddick told guests how his background ideally qualified him for the job.

    7:45 AM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London received a boost last night when singer Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish held a fundraising event for him.The celebrity couple held a dinner for friends in their London home to introduce them to Brian Paddick.Speaking to PinkNews.co.uk this morning, Mr Paddick said: "I have been friends with Elton and David for many years and I am so grateful to them for supporting me in this way."

  • 30th January 2008

    Candidates praise Edwards for “classy” campaign

    Barack Obama said Edwards had left the presidential battle in a “classy“ way.

    8:03 PM — Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards has announced he will be dropping out of the race for the Democratic Presidential nomination.The decision comes after a consistent inability to compete strongly against rivals Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and a disappointing third place finish in the Florida Democratic primary on Tuesday.Barack Obama said Edwards had left the presidential battle in a "classy" way.

  • Praise for Stonewall’s homophobic bullying work 4

    Stonewall produced a wide-ranging study into homophobic bullying published in June 2007, entitled The School Report.

    4:50 PM — A senior member of the government paid tribute to the work of gay equality organisation Stonewall today.Speaking at the launch of the first ever national guidance from the government to help schools tackle homophobic bullying, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families Ed Balls paid tribute to the group's work.Stonewall was commissioned to write the groundbreaking online guidance in partnership with EACH (Education Action Challenging Homophobia).

  • Right-wing attempts to weaken work protection in Chile

    Gay rights leaders in Chile have have recently been disappointed. photo: blue diego@flickr.com

    4:35 PM — Conservative politicians in Chile are working to water down new legislation that would protect gay people at work.The Chilean Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation (MOVILH), sais that some Senators are attempting to water down an anti-discrimination bill currently before the Senate."The right is waging a tremendous campaign against the bill, with the aim of removing the clause about sexual orientation from the text," Rolando Jimenez, the head of MOVILH, told IPS News.

  • Edwards drops out of race for White House

    Edwards made his name as a trial lawyer, taking on corporate clients and winning huge damages for his clients.

    3:50 PM — Former US Senator John Edwards has announced he will end his campaign for Democratic party nomination for President of the United States.An official announcement is expected later today in New Orleans. Mr Edwards' decision means the Democratic nominee will now be either former US First Lady Hillary Clinton or Senator Barack Obama.Senator Edwards' campaign has focused on poverty in America. He had not won any of the Democratic caucuses and primaries held so far.

  • Bush greets gay Congressman’s boyfriend 3

    He came out in 1987, and his political opponents have tried to smear and unseat him on many occasions.

    2:40 PM — It was a moment of affection between two politicians, and in normal circumstances it would pass unnoticed.But when one is the only out gay man in Congress and the other a President who has revelled in his hostility to gay marriage, their closeness raises eyebrows.After his final State of the Union address to both Houses of Congress on Monday, President George W Bush greeted Congressman Barney Frank with a shoulder and head touch, as the two shared a personal moment.

  • Vets mark 15th anniversary of US gay military ban

    As a Presidential candidate, Bill Clinton had promised to allow gays to serve, but was forced to accept the compromise policy.

    2:10 PM — "I believe if we get a Democratic President we'll get rid of the ban. The younger generation doesn't care one bit."That is the hope Joan Darrah expressed to Time magazine this week - the retired Navy captain, and lesbian, served from 1972 to 2002.She is not alone. Millions of Americans are hoping that the next resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will abolish a policy that stops openly gay people from serving in the US Army Forces.

  • Cameron calls for ban on hate preachers 13

    Yesterday Mr Cameron led calls to refuse entry to Mr al-Qaradawi and others who “preach hate.“

    1:35 PM — The Leader of the Opposition has urged the Prime Minister to stop controversial Islamic theologian Yusuf al-Qaradawi from entering the country.Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons, David Cameron said that he was a "hate preacher" and should be denied entry.Mr al-Qaradawi is known to have supported suicide bombings in Israel, the oppression of women's rights and has argued in the past that homosexuals should be put to death.

  • McCain’s win in Florida signals end of Giuliani

    Florida may well be the determining factor in who lands the Republican nomination in November.

    11:20 AM — Arizona Senator John McCain won a significant victory in the Florida primary results on Tuesday.McCain won by a narrow margin over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.Previous Florida frontrunner, former New York Major Rudy Giuliani, came in a distant third and is expected to withdraw from the Presidential race.

  • Minister launches homophobic bullying guidance 4

    Ninety seven per cent of gay pupils regularly hear homophobic insults at school.

    11:10 AM — The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families has welcomed the launch of the first ever national guidance from the government to help schools tackle homophobic bullying.Speaking at the official launch event of the guidance in London, Ed Balls said:"Bullying of any form is unacceptable - we must uphold every child's right to learn in a safe and secure environment."

  • 29th January 2008

    Analysis: Florida primary is Giuliani’s last chance 2

    Giuliani, working with limited resources, decided to throw most of his time and funds into the Florida primary.

    7:10 PM — Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is looking to Florida to give him a win and propel him forward in the Presidential race, but it is doubtful he's going to get it.The latest polls show the one-time frontrunner trailing far behind Arizona Senator John McCain and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.Tuesday's primary in Florida is the final contest for Democrats and Republicans before the all important "Super Tuesday" contest.

  • Bishops will bring partners to Lambeth conference 1

    The 14th Lambeth Conference will take place between 16th July and 4th August 2008.

    5:10 PM — The wife of the Archbishop of Canterbury has revealed that she expects to host the male partners of Anglican bishops attending this year's Lambeth conference.Jane Williams was speaking at the launch of the conference at the University of Kent.She is organising the Spouses Conference, which runs in parallel with the meeting of primates and church leaders from across the globe.

  • Police investigate alleged rape in gay sauna

    Anyone with information has been asked to contact police, who have interviewed the victim of the alleged attack.

    4:30 PM — Officers from the Greater Manchester police have sealed off an area in the centre of the city around a gay sauna.It is thought their investigations focus on the Basement Sauna on Tariff St.A rape reportedly took place at around 02:00 this morning.Anyone with information has been asked to contact police, who have interviewed the victim of the alleged attack.

  • Tory MP arrested for allegedly assaulting his children 2

    The Daily Telegraph reports that the teenagers in question are Mr Waterson's son and daughter.

    3:45 PM — A close friend of Tory leader David Cameron was arrested and then held at a police station for more than 12 hours for an alleged assault on two teenagers.Shadow work and pensions minister Nigel Waterson, who has been the MP for Eastbourne since 1992, was released by police yesterday morning.The Daily Telegraph reports that the teenagers in question are Mr Waterson's son and daughter.

  • Politician’s son creates controversial prison-themed game 1

    Corcoran said John Sebelius sought legal advice to be sure he followed proper requirements, and even took out a loan on his own to pay for the production of his work.

    3:45 PM — The son of Kathleen Sebelius, the Governor of Kansas, is currently selling a board game called Don't Drop the Soap, a prison-themed game he created as part of a class project at the Rhode Island School of Design.John Sebelius, 23, has the backing of his mother and father, U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary Sebelius.Sebelius spokeswoman Nicole Corcoran told AP both parents '"are very proud of their son John's creativity and talent."

  • Israeli gays target MPs over proposed ban on marches

    Jerusalem Pride has been denounced by conservative Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders who regard the city as holy.

    3:00 PM — LGBT activists in Israel have targeted the homes of two homophobic members of Parliament with posters protesting their support of a ban on gay Pride.Nissim Zeev and Eliahu Gabbay's residences were visited by Jerusalem Open House, a group fighting for the right to march in the city."In this house lives an MK (MP) who is trying to outlaw the citizens' right to march and protest on the streets of Jerusalem," one of the posters read.

  • UK prepares to celebrate LGBT History Month

    LGBT History Month was started by LGBT campaigning organisation Schools Out.

    3:00 PM — Hundreds of individual events are scheduled to take place throughout the UK to celebrate the fourth annual LGBT History Month, which begins on Friday and continues throughout February.LGBT History Month was started by LGBT campaigning organisation Schools Out.Founded and run by volunteers, it first took place in February 2005, in the wake of the abolition of Section 28 and has grown each year.

  • Activists to protest against Moscow’s homophobic Mayor 3

    Plans to stage marches in the previous two Gay Prides have been blocked by Mayor Luzhkov.

    2:30 PM — Gay rights activists in Russia are planning to stage a protest against the Mayor of Moscow's opposition to LGBT Pride events when he visits Paris next month.Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who banned two gay pride parades in 2006 and 2007 and seems likely to ban the third pride on 31 May this year, is going to be in Paris to take part in the M4 meeting (a summit of Paris, Berlin, London and Moscow Mayors) which will take place on 18-19 February in Paris City Hall.

  • Mayoral candidate wants to cut Pride London funding 17

    He was selected as the UKIP candidate at the party's conference last year.

    1:31 PM — An MEP who is standing as the UK Independence Party candidate for Mayor of London has said that if elected he would withdraw funding from the city's Pride celebrations.Gerard Batten also pledged to target ethnic minority groups. In the 2004 Mayoral elections UKIP came fourth, winning 6% (115,665) of first preference votes.A founder member of the party, Mr Batten has been an MEP for the London region since 2004.

  • 28th January 2008

    Homophobic cleric seeks treatment in the UK 1

    al-Qaradawi is known to have supported suicide bombings in Israel and the oppression of women's rights.

    6:05 PM — An Islamic preacher who has called for gay people to be put to death is to be allowed entry into the UK for medical treatment.Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, 80, was at the centre of a row in 2004 when he came to London as a guest of Mayor Ken Livingstone, who was then heavily criticised by gay rights campaigners and Jewish organisations for inviting him.He is spiritual leader of Islamicist organisation, the Muslim Brotherhood.

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