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  • 3rd May 2007

    LGBT people urged to vote

    Seats are being contested in 312 councils in England.

    10:56 AM — Stonewall and other gay rights groups have urged the LGBT community to vote in today's elections.In Scotland, the 129-member Parliament is being elected. Stonewall Scotland has created a special section on their website where voters can check what the party's manifestos have to say about LGBT issues.The Scottish Christian Party has vowed to unseat Green MSP Patrick Harvie in Glasgow.

  • 2nd May 2007

    Comment: Browne shouldn’t have been outed 15

    Peter Tatchell is a Green Parliamentary candidate

    7:03 PM — Peter Tatchell writesIt was ethically wrong for the Mail on Sunday to seek to expose Lord Browne's homosexuality, and especially wrong for the newspaper to plan the publication of uncorroborated 'kiss and tell' revelations from his ex-partner, Jeff Chevalier.The newspaper colluded with a bitter, greedy former boyfriend who demanded money from Lord Browne, and who implicitly threatened him if he did not pay up.

  • Comment: Is it right to call Lord Browne gay? 15

    I don't think I was gay until I came out, to myself, my friends and family. And I guess to the wider world.

    6:10 PM — Most of the time, I feel perfectly comfortable with my sexuality at Channel 4 News. The Channel has a remit to promote diversity and it's hardly a macho environment.But I did feel a little unsure about our coverage of Lord Browne last night.To me the most interesting thing to emerge from the whole sorry saga is why the Mail on Sunday were that interested in Lord Browne's sexuality.

  • School shooting linked to gay abuse

    Defence lawyers intend to portray him as an immature boy who faced serious abuse at home and at school.

    4:20 PM — A teenage boy accused of shooting his school principal has pleaded not guilty to first degree murder.Eric Hainstock, a 16-year-old from Wisconsin, will claim he has been the victim of persistent homophobic abuse at school.He was allegedly upset that Weston School's principal, John Klang, had done nothing to stop other students from teasing him about his sexuality.

  • Black churches oppose protection for gays 7

    Last week the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act passed out of the Judiciary Committee.

    2:22 PM — Representatives of African-American religious groups have asked the US Congress to block a new hate-crimes bill that would cover homophobic offencesThey have called on the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, John Conyers, to block the proposed new law, claiming it would impede their freedom to preach against homosexuality."Ex-gay" Christian group Exodus International also oppose the hate crimes bill.

  • BP boss could face perjury charges 15

    It is not clear if the Attorney General will pursue Lord Browne on perjury charges.

    12:48 PM — Lord Browne, who resigned as chief executive of BP yesterday after it was revealed he lied to the High Court, could face a criminal trail.The Mail On Sunday newspaper is reported to be preparing papers to be handed to the Attorney General.Lord Browne three times stated in documents to the High Court that he met his partner of four years, Jeff Chevalier, while exercising in Battersea Park.

  • DUP minister in gay Pride row 3

    Edwin Poots, the DUP minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure, is renowned for his homophobic opinions.

    11:55 AM — The Democratic Unionist Party are being challenged by their own supporters over a grant from a government department to Belfast Pride.A Free Presbyterian preacher has demanded that the new government minister block a grant to Pride, calling it a "celebration of sodomy."A coalition government will take power in the province next week.

  • Gay ex-Governor wants civil union 1

    McGreevey and Matos McGreevey have been engaged in a bitter war of words over the past few weeks.

    11:30 AM — Former New Jersey governor James McGreevey has revealed that he would eventually like to have a civil union with his boyfriend, Australian business executive Mark O'Donnell."What I want is what hopefully everyone wants, a loving family," McGreevey told New York Daily News. On Friday McGreevey won joint custody of 5-year-old Jacqueline, his daughter with future ex-wife Dina Matos McGreevey.

  • Croatia accused of homophobia in schools

    Nearly 90 percent of Croatia's population of 4.4 million are Roman Catholics.

    10:44 AM — A sex education programme in Croatia has been slammed by the European Parliament because it encourages homophobia.The programme is backed by the Roman Catholic Church and teaches that there should be no sex outside marriage, no safe sex, and no gay sex.Croatia is not a member of the EU, but has applied to join and is regarded as likely to be admitted in 2009 or 2010.

  • 1st May 2007

    Green MSP attacked over opposition to Catholic schools 2

    The paper also claimed Mr Harvie, who is bisexual, had been branded a fascist by an un-named source.

    4:37 PM — An MSP who could be a member of the Executive in the next Scottish Parliament has been branded a militant homosexual.Patrick Harvie, a Green Party MSP, has campaigned for gay adoption and for homophobic abuse to be made a hate crime.The party has called for a ban on state funding for Catholic schools, and Mr Harvie is in the firing line because he supports the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA.)

  • BP boss resigns over gay lie 16

    Lord Browne was one of the highest paid executives in the UK.

    3:58 PM — Lord Browne, one of the foremost businessmen in the UK, has resigned after it was revealed he lied to the High Court.In a statement to the court earlier this year the peer said he met Jeff Chevalier while exercising in Battersea Park.He later admitted this was untrue and apologised.Mr Chevalier, a Canadian citizen, went to the press after Lord Browne ended their relationship last year.

  • Human rights award for gay rights group

    In February 2007, the Nepalese authorities legally recognised transgender identity by issuing the first citizenship ID for a transgender person.

    3:36 PM — The Blue Diamond Society, Nepal's first gay rights organisation, will receive an international award for human rights today.The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission will present them with the Felipa de Souza Award for 2007 at a ceremony in New York.In recent years the Blue Diamond Society (BDS) has reported many cases of harassment and abuse of LGBT people.

  • HIV and hepatitis crisis in UK prisons

    Prisoners are vulnerable because they are more likely to be injecting drugs and sharing needles.

    3:20 PM — Prisoners in the UK are 15 times more likely to be infected with HIV than the general population in the UK, experts say.The most recent figures, from 1997, show that prisons in the UK are facing a health crisis due to inadequate health services.The figures show that prisoners are 20 times more likely to have hepatitis C than the general population, but ten years on experts predict that prisoners are even more likely to be infected.

  • BP boss’ gay relationship revealed 15

    Lord Browne, 59, met Mr Chevalier in 2002, and over the next four years provided him with a life of luxury.

    2:50 PM — The chief executive of one of the UK's biggest companies has failed to keep details of his four year relationship with another man out of the press.Lord Browne took his fight as far as the House of Lords in an attempt to stop Associated Newspapers, owners of the Daily Mail and the Evening Standard, publishing details of his relationship with Jeff Chevalier.Mr Chevalier, a Canadian citizen, went to the press after Lord Browne ended their relationship last year.

  • Five suspected dealers charged after raid on Fire

    Officers with a search warrant raided the club in Vauxhall at 2:15 am on Saturday.

    12:28 PM — Five people have appeared in court on drugs charges following a raid by police on the gay nightclub Fire in the early hours of Saturday morning.57 charges of supplying and possessing Class A drugs were laid before Camberwell Magistrates Court yesterday.Officers with a search warrant raided the club in Vauxhall at 2:15 am on Saturday.

  • Pope backs bullet bishop 10

    A Vatican spokesman said the Pope had called the Archbishop to express his support.

    12:04 PM — A spokesman for Pope Benedict XVI has said he is shocked by the threats made against the life of an Archbishop leading the Roman Catholic church in Italy's opposition to gay rights.Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco was sent a live bullet in the post last week.A police guard had already been put in place last month after Archbishop Bagnasco's cathedral in Genoa was attacked by vandals.

  • 30th April 2007

    Tory councillor’s gay dating profile a hoax 3

    In the last series of BBC reality show  The Apprentice  Mr Stanberry was the first contestant to be fired by Sir Alan Sugar.

    4:53 PM — A London councillor who appeared as a contestant on The Apprentice has said a gay dating profile with his picture on it is a hoax.Ben Stanberry is a Conservative councillor in Richmond-upon-Thames. He suspects the fake profile was posted by a disgruntled former student.In the last series of BBC reality show The Apprentice Mr Stanberry was the first contestant to be fired by Sir Alan Sugar.

  • Campaign highlights illegal treatment of HIV+ people

    The law has changed and now covers everybody who knows they have HIV.

    4:35 PM — Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has launched a new campaign today aimed at helping people with HIV.It aims to ensure that they receive fair and equal treatment in healthcare.The Healthy Respect campaign sets out the standards of care that people should receive from GPs, dentists and hospitals.

  • Outspoken bishop gets more death threats 10

    Monsignor Bagnasco was appointed head of the Bishops Conference in March.

    12:12 PM — An Italian bishop who compared moves to give gay couples some rights to incest and child abuse is under police guard after he was sent a live bullet in the post.The guard was put in place earlier this month after Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco's cathedral was attacked by vandals.At Sunday Mass security was stepped up with two bodyguards accompanying the Archbishop.

  • Boy George arrested over gay bondage claim

    The Metropolitan Police confirmed to the paper they are investigating Mr Carlsen's claims.

    11:45 AM — A Norwegian escort has claimed that singer and DJ Boy George chained him to a wall against his will.George has been arrested by police and bailed to appear before magistrates on charges of forced imprisonment and assault. The Mirror reports that 28-year-old Auden Carlsen met the former Culture Club singer on website Gaydar.

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