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  • 22nd February 2008

    China Launches First HIV Prevention Programme for Gay Men

    China is said to operate a 'three nos' policy towards gays

    11:38 AM — China's Ministry of Health is set to implement its first ever national programme to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS among gay men, its 2008 work agenda revealed yesterday.The programme marks a subtle new phase in the one-party-state's attitudes towards homosexuality, which - while not overtly discriminatory - have followed the 'Three nos' criteria since sodomy was decriminalised in 1997: No approval, no disapproval and no promotion.

  • Cry for Help from Refugee Sheds Light on Desperation of Gays in Iran 30

    President Ahmadinejad claims there are no gays in Iran

    11:08 AM — A poignant plea for help from a gay Iranian refugee in Malaysia is shedding light on the desperation and fear experienced by homosexuals in Iran and those who have fled their home country to seek refugee status in other countries.The letter, penned by a young gay man calling himself Sepehr, contains a heartbreaking tale of life as a homosexual in Iran and the suffering caused by the necessity of fleeing to another land to escape persecution and possible death.

  • 21st February 2008

    Presidential candidate denies affair with lobbyist

    The 71-year-old, who was held as a prisoner of war by the Vietnamese for five years, described Ms Iseman as a friend.

    3:40 PM — John McCain, the US Senator from Arizona who is the frontrunner to receive the Republican party nomination for President, today rejected media reports that he had an extra-marital affair.The New York Times yesterday claimed he had a relationship with Vicki Iseman nine years ago when Senator McCain was also running for President."I'm very disappointed in the article. It's not true," he told a press conference in Toledo, Ohio.

  • Lesbian may run for mayor of New York City

    GayCityNews spoke to several leading New York figures who confirmed Ms Quinn's candidacy.

    3:25 PM — A recent speech by Christine Quinn, the Speaker of New York City's council, has sparked rumours that she may run for Mayor.Ms Quinn, a Democrat, is one of the most prominent lesbian politicians in America.In her State of the City address earlier this month she said: "I want every New Yorker to hear me when I say: We are ready."Various commentators have interpreted this to be a clear signal she intends to run for Mayor of the city.

  • DUP minister’s gay rugby comments “nasty and spiteful” 7

    Edwin Poots said earlier this week that he “cannot fathom“ why such a team in necessary and said it was a form of “apartheid.“

    2:40 PM — A Northern Ireland minister responsible for sport has been accused of playing party politics with his recent attack on a gay rugby team.Edwin Poots said earlier this week that he "cannot fathom" why such a team is necessary and said it was a form of "apartheid."Yesterday the executive director of the cross-community Alliance Party claimed that Mr Poots' comments were made because his party, the DUP, lost a recent council by-election.

  • Toilet murder victim is named 9

    Jeff Akers, a retired accountant, lived with his partner of 22 years.

    1:15 PM — A gay man who was fatally stabbed in a public toilet in Surrey known as a cruising spot has been named as Peter Jeffrey Akers.The 50-year-old from Wallington was attacked with a large carving knife at around 3pm on Tuesday in toilets near Walton Bridge that police said are "a popular meeting place for men."He was taken by air ambulance to St Peter's Hospital in Chertsey where he died at 5.30pm.

  • Malta’s gay group ask for equal rights

    Malta, a British colony until 1964, has around 400,000 inhabitants and is the smallest EU state in terms of both size and population.

    12:50 PM — The gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans communities in the tiny EU nation of Malta have presented a petition asking for a range of measures to be introduced to protect them through the law, and have received the backing of a fringe political party.Alternattiva Demokratika leader Harry Vassallo said yesterday that the recognition of gay rights would be a step forward, according to the Times of Malta.He said he was supporting the petition organised by the Malta Gay Rights Movement.

  • Stonewall advert vandalised in Blackburn 5

    The campaign, originally designed for schools, was developed in collaboration with 150 secondary school pupils and teachers for Stonewall.

    12:35 PM — One of 600 billboard adverts questioning homophobia in schools that have been displayed across the country has been attacked by vandals.The poster in the town of Blackburn, was "covered in abusive graffiti," the Lancashire Telegraph reports.Advertising space in England, Scotland and Wales was donated to gay equality organisation Stonewall by Titan Outdoor Advertising Ltd.The message - 'Some people are gay. Get over it!' - is displayed in giant, tabloid-style capital letters, on a bright red background.

  • Black US state legislator comes out

    Bartlett is a freshman lawmaker in Connecticut, representing Bethel, Danbury and Redding.

    12:10 PM — Democratic Connecticut State Representative Jason Bartlett made the decision on Thursday to come out publicly as a gay man.Bartlett says he has always preferred to keep his personal life private, but felt the announcement was needed to quell the rumours about his sexual orientation.Bartlett's coming out makes him unique in the political world as the first openly gay black state legislator.

  • Obama’s momentum is a serious challenge to Clinton

    Obama now has 1,358 of the 2,025 delegates needed to win the nomination, compared with Clinton's 1, 267 delegates.

    12:01 PM — In politics, the operative rule to live by is -"it ain't over till it's over" — and the Democratic national convention is still six months away. Anything can happen.But, and this is a BIG 'but,' with his blowout wins in Hawaii and Wisconsin's open primary on Tuesday, Illinois Senator Barack Obama has now won ten contests in a row in the Presidential race against New York Senation Hillary Clinton, once considered the Democratic party's "inevitable" nominee.

  • 20th February 2008

    Israeli politician claims gays cause earthquakes 14

    Mr Benizri's comments echo those of fundamentalist Christians.

    6:25 PM — An outspoken member of Israel's parliament has said recent earthquakes that have hit the country are a consequence of gay rights laws.Shlomo Benizri, who is a member of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, was speaking in a Knesset (parliament) debate on earthquake preparedness.After reading passages from the Old Testament, he said that in his view one cause of earthquakes is that "the Knesset gives legitimacy, to sodomy.

  • Man arrested on suspicion of cruising murder 9

    The victim was stabbed at 3pm yesterday in toilets near Walton Bridge.

    5:50 PM — A 29-year-old man handed himself in at a police station earlier today and has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a 50-year-old gay man.The murder suspect will be questioned by detectives about a knife attack in a public toilet in Walton-on-Thames in Surrey yesterday afternoon.The victim was stabbed at 3pm yesterday in toilets near Walton Bridge that police said are "a popular meeting place for men."

  • Spanish judge suspended over lesbian ruling

    Spain is credited with having some of Europe's most liberal gay rights legislation.

    4:45 PM — A judge in Spain who ordered a mother to choose between her partner and her daughters, because "a homosexual environment threatened their education," has been suspended.The body which supervises the judiciary in that country, the General Council for Judicial Power, has suspended Fernando Ferrín Calamita and a complaint about his behaviour is under investigation.The woman, from Murcia, south east Spain, was faced with the impossible choice after her husband discovered her in a compromising position with another woman.

  • Focus on next US President’s gay appointments

    “Our goal is to make sure all Americans have an equal voice in their government,“ said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of GLLI.

    2:30 PM — Some of America's biggest gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans rights groups have come together to launch the Presidential Appointments Project.Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and Stonewall Democrats are all part of the project.It is designed to help grow the pool of openly LGBT professionals who would be qualified and ready to accept politically appointed positions in the next US Presidential administration.

  • School murder of gay teen spurs new legislation 24

    Lawrence King, who self-identified as gay, was shot in the head by McInerney during a class last Tuesday.

    1:50 PM — The fatal shooting of a 15-year-old gay student in Oxnard, California has spurred the introduction of a new diversity education bill by state Assemblyman Mike Eng.Lawrence King was killed on February 12th by classmate Brandon McInerney, 14, at E.O. Green Junior High School.Mr Eng said he hopes the new bill will establish school diversity and sensitivity training to help prevent such tragedies in the future.

  • Slovenia to host conference on gay families

    The conference is being held in Slovenia as they currently hold the EU presidency.

    1:35 PM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans activists, decision makers and experts will attend a conference in Slovenia next month which aims to draw attention to the to the lack of recognition and existing discrimination LGBT families face in Europe.At present only three of the 27 EU member states legally recognise same-sex marriage, six allow equivalent civil registration schemes and a further seven have schemes which provide considerably less rights and protections than marriage.The conference is being held in Slovenia as they currently hold the EU presidency.

  • Gay man murdered at Surrey cruising spot 9

    Any witnesses or anyone with information should call Surrey Police on 0845 125 2222, or speak anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

    1:15 PM — Police have launched a murder investigation after a man in his 50s was stabbed at a public toilet in Walton-on-Thames in Surrey.The victim was discovered near Walton Bridge at 3pm yesterday. He was taken by air ambulance to St Peter's Hospital in Chertsey where he died at 5.30pm.A police spokesperson said the victim was gay and described the toilets where he was attacked as "a popular meeting place for men."

  • Obama continues his winning streak in Wisconsin

    At stake are 74 delegates from Wisconsin to the national convention in August.

    8:03 AM — Barack Obama, the 46-year-old African-American running to win the Democratic party nomination for President of the United States, is expected to win two more state competitions held yesterday.He took Wisconsin, his ninth win in a row over his only rival, former First Lady Hillary Clinton.Polling data indicates she is losing support among key groups such as white men and women and lower income voters.

  • Paddick welcomes poll result 11

    Despite topping the PinkNews.co.uk poll, others show Mr Paddick trailing the Tory and Labour candidates.

    7:30 AM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London has welcomed a PinkNews.co.uk poll that showed he has strong support in the gay community.Brian Paddick, a former Metropolitan police Deputy Assistant Commissioner, won less first preference votes than incumbent Mayor and Labour's candidate Ken Livingstone in the poll but took more second preference votes.

  • Moscow gays want one million euros compensation for Pride ban

    Activists plan to try to stage another gay Pride march on May 27th this year.

    7:10 AM — The ban placed on the organisation of a gay Pride march in Moscow in 2007 was a breach of human rights, the organisers have said in a letter to the European Court of Human Rights.They are asking the court to rule on the ban and want one million euros compensation.The legal action against the Russian authorities is the second brought by Moscow Pride organisers, who are also asking for a ruling on the 2006 Pride march ban.

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