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  • 10th April 2008

    Poll gives Ken slight lead in race for Mayor 1

    A new opinion poll commissioned by trade union UNISON has found that the race for Mayor of London is still effectively neck and neck.

    12:30 PM — A new opinion poll commissioned by trade union UNISON has found that the race for Mayor of London is still effectively neck and neck.In the IPSOS-MORI poll the 48% who say they are "absolutely certain to vote," shows the first preference results were 41% for incumbent Mayor and Labour candidate Ken Livingstone, 40% for Conservative Boris Johnson.Lib Dem candidate Brian Paddick took 14% and the Green party's Sian Berry 5%.

  • Mortgage rates to drop by 0.25%

    Mortgage rates should drop following the decision

    12:20 PM — The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee today cuts rates by a quarter of one per cent to 5 per cent, a further attempt to reduce the impact of the global credit crisis hitting Britain.It's the third cut since December, earlier this week it was shown that house prices had fallen by 2.5% in a month, the worse drop since 1992.A mortgage of £100,000 will fall by £17 a month if lenders pass on the cuts in full.

  • Tutu inspires gay audience in San Francisco 5

    The former leader of the Anglican Church in South Africa was presented with an OUTSPOKEN Award. photo: Steve Fisch

    11:45 AM — One of the most respected religious leaders in the world has apologised to the gay community for the way his Church ostracised them.Archbishop Desmond Tutu also expressed regret for making them feel as if God had made a mistake by creating them to be who they are.His speech was the highlight of A Celebration of Courage, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission's (IGLHRC's) annual gala awards ceremony held in San Francisco on Tuesday.

  • Anglican leader condemns gay death threats 3

    The Archbishop of Canterbury indicated in 2006 that he did not want to discuss human sexuality issues at the conference.

    11:10 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken out after the director of a group representing gay Anglicans revealed he has received death threats.Rev Colin Coward, director of Changing Attitude, said that the threats against his life were encouraged by the outspokenly homophobic language and attitude of some in the church.Dr Rowan Williams said the threats are the "latest round of un-Christian bullying."The row over the stance of evangelical and traditionalist bishops in the Anglican church worldwide over gay issues has exposed a deep division in the communion.

  • 9th April 2008

    Sperm bank man gets 16 months for fraud

    It is illegal to procure, test, process or distribute sperm without a licence from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

    5:35 PM — John Gonzales, who ran online sperm bank Mannotincluded.com catering mainly for lesbians and single women, has been sentenced to 16 months in prison.He pled guilty to five offences including fraud, forgery and perjury and was also disqualified from acting as a company director for five years.He was sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court today following an investigation and prosecution by the Department for Business and Enterprise (BERR).

  • PFLAG accuse homophobic politician of lying 10

    In 2004 Kern was elected for the first time with 67.65% of the vote.

    4:30 PM — Advocacy group Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) has released new audio footage of politician Sally Kern that contradicts her statements to the press.The Oklahoma state representative, who described gay people as a bigger threat to America than terrorism, met with three PFLAG representatives last month.Both sides described the encounter as polite and cordial but just hours after the meeting, she said she was being misrepresented.

  • MEPs demand EU directive cover gay discrimination 2

    The European Parliament has called for a discrimination directive at least on seven occasions in the past eight years.

    4:30 PM — Members of the European Parliament's LGBT rights group and the International Lesbian and Gay Association are calling on the European Commission to propose a "horizontal" EU directive tackling discrimination on basis of sexual orientation.EU directives are legislation that requires member states to, for example, deal with discrimination, but leaves it up to the states to decide on the best course of action to take.A new EU directive will be decided on by the Commission in the coming months.

  • Canada’s lesbian senator to tackle homophobic MP

    Senator Nancy Ruth told the Canadian Press that an apology is insufficient.

    4:10 PM — The Prime Minister of Canada has declined to discipline one of his MPs over comments he made in 1991 calling gay people "homosexual faggots with dirt on their fingernails that transmit disease."Conservative Stephen Harper told the House of Commons on Monday that he considers the matter closed after Tom Lukiwski apologised.However, the only openly gay member of the PM's parliamentary party has decided to challenge Lukiwski about his remarks, which only came to light last week.

  • Euro court will not re-open trans case

    The seven judges ruled that Lithuania must implement new legislation on gender reassignment or pay damages.

    3:50 PM — The European Court of Human Rights will not re-examine the case of a Lithuanian transsexual who won there last September.The seven judges ruled that Lithuania must implement new legislation on gender reassignment or pay damages.The 28-year-old, known as Mr L, has been undergoing gender reassignment since 1998 including hormone treatment and breast removal, but was blocked from more treatment because of the laws in Lithuania.

  • Tatchell pledges his second preference vote to Ken 1

    Mr Tatchell is the Green party candidate for the parliamentary constituency of Oxford East.

    3:05 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has said that the election of Boris Johnson as Mayor of London would be a "big mistake."In the comments section of The Guardian website he said that he would be voting for Green candidate Sian Berry, but his second preference vote will go to incumbent Mayor and Labour candidate Ken Livingstone.Mr Tatchell is the Green party candidate for the parliamentary constituency of Oxford East.

  • You can be gay behind closed doors says BNP 14

    Richard Barnbrook is a Barking and Dagenham councillor, along with eleven BNP colleagues.

    1:10 PM — The British National Party candidate for Mayor of London has given a wide-ranging interview to the BBC.Richard Barnbrook is a Barking and Dagenham councillor, along with eleven BNP colleagues.He told the BBC: "You can be gay behind closed doors, you can be heterosexual behind closed doors, but you don't bring it onto the streets, demanding more rights for it."

  • 8th April 2008

    “Only gays in the village” abusers found guilty 2

    Reeves and Myles have been ordered to stay away from the village until they are both sentenced.

    5:30 PM — A mother and daughter are awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of harassing their gay neighbours.Karen Reeves, 44, and Christie Myles, 22, had both denied using homophobic and offensive abuse towards Michael Harris and Shires Crichton of Marley Lane, in Kingston, near Canterbury.The couple have been dubbed by locals as, 'The only gays in the village', a reference to a sketch in BBC comedy show Little Britain.

  • Homophobic remarks come back to haunt Canadian MP

    Tom Lukiwski, a 56-year-old Conservative MP spoke of his, “deep regret and deep remorse for my words of 17 years ago.“

    2:30 PM — A politician in Canada has issued an apology after a the discovery of a videotape in which he described homosexuals as 'diseased.'Tom Lukiwski, a 56-year-old Conservative MP spoke of his, "deep regret and deep remorse for my words of 17 years ago."He was elected in 2004 after his predecessor, Larry Spencer, was barred from running for making homophobic comments. Mr Spencer was a member of the Canadian Alliance caucus.

  • ‘God Hates Fags’ sect could lose their church 6

    Westboro Baptist members regularly picket funerals of members of the US Armed Forces killed in action,

    2:00 PM — A federal judge has ordered that the Westboro Baptist Church building and the Phelps-Chartered Law office be taken away from the owners in order to pay a $5 million (£2.54m) fine.The church runs numerous websites such as GodHatesFags.com, GodHatesAmerica.com and others expressing condemnation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, Roman Catholics, Muslims and Jews.The religious organisation was ordered to pay the damages after members of its congregation picketed the funeral of two American servicemen.

  • Ken warns of BNP seat on London Assembly 13

    Yesterday Mr Johnson attacked Mr Livingstone for “failing to stand up against controversial figures preaching hate. “

    1:40 PM — The fascist British National Party could win a seat in the London Assembly, claims incumbent Mayor of London and Labour candidate Ken Livingstone.Londoners will go to the polls to choose the 25-member Assembly and elect the Mayor.Mr Livingstone said that London's future as a united diverse city" was at risk if the BNP get a seat. The party already has 11 councillors on Barking and Dagenham council.

  • Lesbian mums fight for legal rights in Israel

    Israel is opposed to allowing both partners in a lesbian couple to be registered as the biological mothers.

    12:40 PM — A Israeli lesbian couple have filed a suit in a Tel Aviv district court for the right to both be named the biological parents of their newborn baby boy.The case is exceptional as it is the first time that both partners in a homosexual relationship have had an active and biological role in the birth of the child.After the woman who bore the child experienced fertility problems the couple decided that the other partner would conceive.

  • 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.

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