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  • 4th December 2007

    Sperm donor forced to pay child maintenance

    Changes in the law in 2005 mean that when children turn 18 they can contact the HFEA and ask for the identity of their father.

    10:45 AM — A man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple is being made to pay child support.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is warning "DIY" donors that they risk financial responsibility unless they go through a licensed clinic.Men who donate through a clinic have no legal or financial obligation to the child that is conceived and do not have a right to be named on the birth certificate.

  • 3rd December 2007

    Paedophile slur councillor resigns from Labour party 130

    In a statement, the Labour party today confirmed that Ms Grell has resigned ahead of an investigation into her conduct.

    12:35 PM — A Labour politician who was found guilty of making false allegations of paedophilia against her gay opponent has resigned from the party.In September Miranda Grell, 29, was barred from public office for three years, fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 costs by Waltham Forest Magistrates Court.Ms Grell won a formerly safe Lib Dem seat on the London Borough of Waltham Forest council in last May's elections.

  • Gay activists arrested as observers query Russian election

    The arrests came amid accusations of illegal election practices against Vladimir Putin's party who secured a landslide victory in the parliamentary elections.

    12:35 PM — Gay rights campaigners were arrested yesterday at a polling station in Russia for attempting to conduct an "illegal gathering."The group was there to protest against homophobic Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who was expected at the polling station later that day.Mr Luzhkov has banned the last two gay pride marches in Moscow calling them a "work of Satan." Activist Nicolas Alexeyev was arrested after he wrote "No to homophobes, no to Luzhkov" on his ballot.

  • More men claim they had sex with Senator Craig 4

    Larry Craig, who represents Idaho, has been under pressure to resign since it emerged he pleaded guilty cruising in a public toilet.

    12:35 PM — A United States Senator has described new stories about his sexual relationships with several other men as "complete nonsense."Larry Craig, who represents Idaho, has been under pressure to resign since it emerged he pleaded guilty to cruising in a public toilet.He was arrested on June 11th by an undercover police officer in a Minneapolis airport toilet who said the lawmaker had engaged in conduct "often used by persons communicating a desire to engage in sexual conduct."

  • Liberal leader comes out for gay rights

    49-year-old Mr Nelson has drawn comparisons with Tory leader David Cameron.

    12:00 PM — Just weeks after being kicked out of office, the Australian Liberal party has decided to embrace limited gay equality.Former Prime Minister John Howard, who lost office and his own seat in Parliament in last month's federal election, has been replaced as party leader by Brendan Nelson.The former Liberal/National coalition government failed to make any decisions on gay equality across a range of issues outlined for them in June by a report from the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.

  • Equalisation of age of consent angers Northern Ireland politicians 2

    The change to the age of consent is a matter for the British government and not the Northern Ireland Assembly or Executive.

    12:00 PM — Gay rights groups in Northern Ireland are at loggerheads with the Roman Catholic Church and the Democratic Unionist Party over proposed legislation to lower the age of consent from 17 to 16, bringing it in line with the rest of the UK.Justice Minister Paul Goggins MP, who unveiled the draft Sexual Offences (NI) Order, said that there is no convincing reason for the age to be different than it is in the rest of the UK.The change to the age of consent is a matter for the British government and not the Northern Ireland Assembly or Executive.

  • 2nd December 2007

    LGBT Labour “furious” at party support for Grell 130

    Miranda Grell's appeal against her conviction for making false allegations of paedophilia against her gay opponent was rejected by Snaresbrook Crown Court.

    3:10 PM — Labour's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender society has revealed that it complained about the backing a councillor convicted of homophobic slurs against her opponent received from the party.In a statement issued shortly after Miranda Grell's appeal against her conviction for making false allegations of paedophilia against her gay opponent was rejected by Snaresbrook Crown Court, LGBT Labour said they were furious.

  • Brazilian president calls national LGBT conference

    Homosexuality has been legal in Brazil since 1823, except in the armed forces, and civil unions are allowed in some areas.

    3:10 PM — Gay rights activists have praised Luiz InĂ¡cio Lula da Silva, the President of Brazil, for announcing that he is convening the first national conference of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and trans persons (LGBT).New York-based Human Rights Watch has urged people to write to Mr da Silva to congratulate him on his decision to call the conference. His decree was published in the Official Gazette last week.700 people are expected to take part, 60% civil society and 40% government.

  • Dutch to study gay bashing incidents 5

    The University of Amsterdam has been commissioned by the city's mayor to carry out the research into homophobic attacks.

    3:10 PM — The mayor of Amsterdam has commissioned academics to study a spate of attacks on gay people in the city.A substantial increase in homophobic attacks in the capital has been reported over the last few years.Over half of Dutch gays feel less safe than they did a year ago, a survey carried out in August by current affairs programme EenVandaag revealed.

  • Councillor loses paedophile slur appeal 130

    Last week at Snaresbrook Crown Court Grell's appeal against her conviction was unsuccessful.

    2:05 PM — A Labour party councillor convicted of making false allegations of paedophilia against her gay opponent has had her appeal rejected.In September Miranda Grell was barred from public office for three years, fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 costs by Waltham Forest Magistrates Court.Last week at Snaresbrook Crown Court her appeal against her conviction was unsuccessful.

  • 30th November 2007

    Homophobic incitement law moves forward 100

    Justice minister Maria Eagle told the committee that the proposal is to outlaw only threatening words and behaviour.

    4:15 PM — A committee of MPs yesterday approved amendments to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill that will make incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation an offence.None of the Conservative MPs on the committee voted against the proposals. The Bill will now proceed to a report stage and third reading in the Commons before being sent to the Lords.Justice minister Maria Eagle told the committee that the proposal is to outlaw only threatening words and behaviour.

  • Iraq and Afghanistan vets organise against gay ban

    “Don't Ask, Don't Tell“ policy prohibits gays, lesbians or bisexuals revealing their sexuality, or talking about any gay relationship, while serving in the US armed forces.

    3:35 PM — A group of young Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, veterans of the broader American "war on terrorism" and their active duty allies and supporters was launched today in the US.Servicemembers United was formed to aggressively educate both the public and policymakers about the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" issue and to give a stronger voice to the majority of servicemen and women who support strengthening the US Armed Forces by repealing the discriminatory law.

  • Herbert blasts Labour over illegal donations 3

    £185,000 that Ms Kidd had donated to the Labour party since 2003 all came from Mr Abrahams.

    2:45 PM — Shadow Justice Secretary Nick Herbert has accused the government of breaking the trust of the public just months after Gordon Brown took over as Prime Minister.He added that the Conservative party is confident that they have not received any donations through a third party.Yesterday the Electoral Commission announced that it has referred the illegal "anonymous" donations to Labour from property developer David Abrahams to the police.

  • Ireland to legislate for gay partnerships next year 13

    A bill outlining the new proposed legislation is expected to be published in March.

    2:45 PM — Ireland's Minister of State for Equality, Sean Power, said this morning that legislation allowing same-sex civil partnerships could be introduced by early next summer.He was speaking at the National Lesbian and Gay Federation's (NLGF) symposium on Full And Equal Rights: Lesbian And Gay Marriage And Partnership Rights In Ireland. The symposium is part of the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All 2007Mr Power added that the government was keen to pass the new laws as soon as possible.

  • Archbishop of Canterbury’s meeting with LGBT clergy 1

    The Church has been close to splitting over the issue of gay clergy since the ordination of openly gay Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire in 2003.

    1:30 PM — Yesterday the Archbishop of Canterbury attended a meeting of the Clergy Consultation, a support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and intersex clergy and their partners.Dr Rowan Williams presided and preached at a service of Holy Communion and later addressed the members present, responding to questions.The Rev Colin Coward, Director of Changing Attitude, was present at yesterday's meeting. "The Archbishop of Canterbury met with over 80 members of the Consultation yesterday," he said.

  • 63% of LGB Americans will vote to nominate Hillary 2

    72 percent of LGB likely voters consider Senator Clinton a supporter of gay rights.

    9:45 AM — A new survey of likely American voters suggests Senator Hillary Clinton will have the overwhelming support of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGBs) Americans in the upcoming Democratic primaries.Sixty-three percent of those who participated in the Hunter College poll said they planned to cast their votes for the former first lady, while Senator Barack Obama and John Edwards received 22 percent and 7 percent of the vote, respectively.

  • 29th November 2007

    Two people arrested in trans murder case 5

    Two people have been arrested by police investigating the murder of Kellie Telesford.

    6:57 PM — Detectives investigating the murder of Kellie Telesford today arrested two people.However, police are still asking anyone who knew Kellie or has information relevant to the murder investigation to contact them.40-year-old Kellie's body was found at her Thornton Heath flat last Wednesday after police responded to calls from friends and forced entry into the apartment.

  • Trans community urged to help Kellie murder investigation 4

    Police are following several lines of enquiry, but are continuing to appeal to members of the public who had contact with Kellie between the 15th and 21st November to come forward.

    5:35 PM — Metropolitan police detectives investigating the death of Kellie Telesford are now treating it as murder.40-year-old Kellie's body was found at her Thornton Heath flat last Wednesday after police responded to calls from friends and forced entry into the apartment.A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as strangulation. DCI Cliff Lyons has asked anyone who knew Kellie or has information relevant to the murder investigation to contact the police.

  • Ministers praise LGBT History Month at launch event 5

    Ms Follett attacked media personalities and TV shows that allow the use of the word 'gay' in derogatory fashion.

    5:03 PM — The palatial surroundings of the Royal Courts of Justice in London served as a fitting backdrop to the pre-launch event for LBT History Month 2008.Representatives from the Crown Prosecution Service and the London Criminal Justice Board hosted Monday night's event along with Channel 4.Two government ministers addressed a crowd of more than 400 invited guests and praised the annual February event.

  • Gay general confronts military ban at Republican debate

    Out retired brigadier general Keith Kerr wanted to know: “Why you think that American men and women in uniform are not professional enough to serve with gays and lesbians.“

    3:15 PM — Last night the candidates for the Republican party nomination for President of the United States participated in a CNN-YouTube debate, hosted by Anderson Cooper.But the silver-haired presenter was not the only gay to ask a question - an out retired brigadier general called Keith Kerr wanted to know: "Why you think that American men and women in uniform are not professional enough to serve with gays and lesbians."Republicans immediately seized on the information that Mr Kerr is a member of the Clinton campaign gay rights steering committee.

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