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  • 11th June 2007

    More death threats for anti-gay bishop

    The Archbishop's comments have resulted in some of the heaviest criticism of the church in an ongoing row over the place of religion in the Italian state.

    4:17 PM — An Italian bishop who compared moves to give gay couples some rights to incest and child abuse has received three bullets and a threat against his life in the post.Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco's cathedral was attacked by vandals in April.He was placed under police guard after he was sent a bullet in the post later that month, accompanied by a picture of the Archbishop defaced with a swastika.

  • Americans more tolerant of gays

    Last year, the number of Americans who said gay relationships should be legal increased once again to 56 percent.

    3:40 PM — A recent survey conducted by Gallup has found that US public "tolerance" toward gay rights has made a bit of a comeback.When Americans were first asked in 1977 whether gay relations should be legal, just 43 percent of respondents answered in the affirmative.By the middle of 2003, the number had jumped to 60 percent, only to plummet (to 50 percent) after the Supreme Court struck down a Texas sodomy law in June of that same year.

  • Moscow Pride organiser convicted of disobeying police 1

    Moscow Pride organisers have vowed to hold the event in 2008.

    3:15 PM — Nicolas Alexeyev, the main organiser of last month's banned Moscow Pride event, has been found guilty by a Russian court of breaching traffic rules by not obeying orders from police.He was fined £20, but said he would not pay the fine, claiming the court had not accepted video evidence proving that he and other gay rights activists had not broken the law.Gay rights advocates had attempted to deliver a letter of protest to the office of the Mayor of Moscow on the day of the banned march, May 27th.

  • New York counts the cost of gay nuptials

    The Comptroller's Office adopted a conservative approach to produce the estimates in the report.

    2:45 PM — New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. has issued a study finding that the legalisation of marriage for same-sex partners could yield $142 million in economic benefits to New York City.The report, Love Counts: The Economic Benefits of Marriage Equality for New York, concluded that the revenue would be largely generated in the three years immediately following enactment of legislation and would be derived from the spending of residents and visitors on their weddings, along with the spending of their out-of-town guests.

  • Energy drink blamed for painful priapism

    The 29-year-old said the complications were not over after a winter shunt implant was given to him. photo: jacobw.com@flickr.com

    2:30 PM — A New York man has filed a law suit against the makers of the health drink Boost Plus, claiming the vitamin-enriched beverage gave him an erection that would not go away.Christopher Woods said he bought the protein supplement beverage at a drugstore on June 5, 2004.He drank it, and the next day woke up with what he described in court papers as "an erection that would not subside."

  • General who opposed gays in the military leaves top job

    SLDN demanded that General Pace apologise for his remarks, igniting a firestorm of controversy in the media.

    2:15 PM — CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr has reported that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Peter Pace's departure from that post may be linked to his recent comments regarding lesbian and gay military personnel.According to Starr's report, Pace's comments, along with his role in planning the war in Iraq and his support for convicted Vice Presidential advisor I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, played key roles in Congressional opposition to Pace's re-nomination.His recent statements that he believed homosexual statements are immoral presented a "significant problem" for Pace.

  • Violence casts a shadow over gay Pride

    The march was organised by Accept, a Romanian gay-rights advocacy group.

    2:00 PM — Romania's gay pride celebration on Saturday was marred as police used tear gas against protesters who hurled stones at marchers in the capital city Bucharest, officials said.According to the Associated Press, about 100 people were detained for throwing stones and fireworks at police and about 400 participants in the gay rights march, said Christian Ciocan, a police spokesman.Police responded with tear gas. Nobody was injured, he said.

  • 8th June 2007

    Fired trans manager changes name 1

    Miss Stanton has lobbied Washington for better understanding of transgender issues.

    2:37 PM — A Florida city manager who was fired just days after her gender reassignment surgery has officially changed her name, from Steve Stanton to Susan Stanton, after a two-minute court hearing yesterday.Susan Ashley Stanton told reporters: "I didn't anticipate this being the emotional experience it was. It's a critical step."

  • George Michael will not go to jail

    The singer, who will not go to jail, said that he regretted endangering the lives of others.

    12:53 PM — George Michael will not be sent to jail after pleading guilty to driving while unfit.District Judge Katherine Marshall at Brent Magistrates Court ruled out a custodial sentence, instead giving Michael 100 hours community service and a two year driving ban.Today the singer said that he regretted endangering the lives of others.

  • Outed police officer should have received apology 1

    The constable, who cannot be named, was outed without his permission in February 2005

    12:42 PM — A gay police officer who was outed at work by his sergeant should have received an apology, Cleveland Police admitted yesterday.The constable, who cannot be named except for legal reasons has been off work with stress since April last year.He claimed in an employment tribunal that he was treated less favourably because of his sexuality.

  • Brit murder suspect identified as drug addict GP

    The judge will now hold interviews with any witnesses, including the owners of local bars on the popular Playa del Ingles resort.

    12:35 PM — The British man arrested over the murder of a gay German in Gran Canaria is a former GP who was banned from practicing after developing a drug addiction, it was revealed today.The man has been identified by Spanish officials as Colin Brown, 39, who was arrested after for the murder he was found to have overdosed on drugs in a suicide attempt.

  • Simon Hughes protests against Russian treatment of Peter Tatchell 2

    Peter Tatchell shortly after his attack

    11:38 AM — Liberal Democrat Simon Hughes MP requested a meeting with the Russian ambassador to the UK yesterday, to protest about the treatment Peter Tatchell received at Moscow Pride.Mr Tatchell, who is one of Mr Hughes' constituents, was attacked and then arrested by riot police when he joined protestors supporting the right of freedom of expression of lesbian and gay people in Moscow and Russia.

  • Dutch gay gang spreads HIV through rape and injecting contaminated blood

    Police say two of the suspects have already confessed, saying that it “excited“ them

    11:07 AM — A gay gang that allegedly lured victims on the Internet, drugged them and raped them, infecting them with the HIV virus has shocked the Netherlands.Police say they have arrested three gay men after four victims, aged 25 to 50, accused them of rape and premeditated bodily harm.In some cases, the victims were raped and then injected with HIV positive blood.

  • George Michael appears in court for sentencing 2

    Michael had a mix of drugs in his system at the time of arrest.

    10:24 AM — Singer George Michael has arrived at court this morning to be sentenced for driving while unfit.He has admitted the offence but claims he was guilty due to "tiredness and prescribed drugs."Michael, 43, arrived at Brent Magistrates Court in north London, to hear his sentence.

  • 7th June 2007

    Blears comments ‘deeply disturbing’ say Tories 21

    David Cameron has aimed to modernise his party since becoming leader, this has included targeting more gay and lesbian candidates and shedding its previously homophobic image

    6:12 PM — The Conservative Party have hit back at claims made by Labour deputy leader candidate Hazel Blears that they are a party "riddled with homophobia."Ms Blears made the comments following a survey by Conservatives Home, the unofficial Conservative grassroots website.The survey claimed that a third of all Conservative activists would not attend a Civil Partnership ceremony - even if invited by a friend.

  • Scot arrested for murdering German too ill to go to court

    Karl Heinz Thonningen was stabbed to death on Saturday after returning home from gay clubs in the popular Playa Del Ingles holiday resort.

    4:22 PM — The British man arrested over the murder of a gay German in Gran Canaria is too ill to appear in court today.The 39-year old man identified only as EB by police was arrested after he was found to have overdosed on drugs in a suicide attempt.Karl Heinz Thonningen, 44, was stabbed to death at 0500 on Saturday after returning home from gay clubs in the popular Playa Del Ingles holiday resort.

  • Gay rights groups criticise surgeon general nominee

    Dr Holsinger's nomination must be confirmed by a majority vote in the United States Senate before he is appointed.

    3:51 PM — Gay rights groups have slammed President Bush's nominee for surgeon general, Kentucky cardiologist Dr. James Holsinger, for writing in 1991 that gay sex is unnatural and unhealthy.In his paper for the United Methodist Church, Holsinger said that gay sex was dangerous because "When the complementarity of the sexes is breached, injuries and diseases may occur."

  • Lib Dems call for computing genius to be remembered

    Turing killed himself by eating an apple laced with cyanide on 8th June 1954.

    3:05 PM — The Liberal Democrats are calling for the House of Commons to remember cryptographer Alan Turing tomorrow, on the 53rd anniversary of his death.Turing famously invented the Turing machine and cracked the German Enigma code during World War Two, but sadly committed suicide after being convicted of having a sexual relationship with another man.

  • Lesbian use of IVF increasing

    The average cost of a cycle of IVF treatment ranges from £4,000 to £8,000.

    2:03 PM — The number of lesbians using IVF is increasing, new figures show.Between 1999 and 2006, the number of treatment cycles for lesbian couples tripled from 300 per year to almost 1,000.During the same time period, the number of treatment cycles undergone by single women only doubled.

  • Iranian partygoers released

    The maximum punishment for adultery and gay sex is death, and teenage boys as young as 15 are eligible for the death penalty.

    12:43 PM — Nearly all of the young men arrested at a party in Iran earlier this month under suspicion of being gay have now been released.Eighty-seven young men were originally arrested, and seventeen were held for "homosexual conduct" and drinking alcohol in a crackdown by Iranian police.

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