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  • 18th April 2008

    COMMENT: I have some questions for Ken

    On four issues Ken needs to explain why he has let down the LGBT community

    4:08 PM — London Mayor Ken Livingstone can justifiably boast that he has done much over the last 30 years to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Londoners. But in his second term as Mayor, he caused widespread dismay in the LGBT community.

  • Concern for Kyrgyz LGBTs after police raid

    Kyrgyzstan is a former Soviet republic in central Asia

    2:39 PM — A New York-based human rights group has said that a warrantless raid on an LGBT community centre by police in Kyrgyzstan "sends a chilling message." The police action in the capital Bishkek was the second time Labrys had been targeted in this way.

  • Euro politicians speak out on gay teen suicides 1

    Young LGBT people are facing homophobic bullying when they are still in education

    2:03 PM — A new report released by the Council of Europe this week has acknowledged that suicide rates among young LGBT people are "significantly higher" than the general population.

  • NHS in Wales to improve services for gays and lesbians

    LGB people in Wales are the most likely in Britain to think they will face discrimination when accessing health services

    1:22 PM — New guidance has been issued to the National Health Service by Wales' Health Minister. Edwina Hart said that the Assembly government had produced the guidance in partnership with Stonewall Cymru.

  • Neo-Nazi who attacked gays loses appeal

    National Socialist Front leader Simon Lindberg. Image: den-svenske.com

    11:58 AM — The leader of a neo-Nazi group in southern Sweden, jailed for beating five men at a gay rights party, lost his appeal yesterday. National Socialist Front (NSF) leader Simon Lindberg, had the three month sentence handed down by a district court confirmed by the Court of Appeal.

  • Ken and Boris trade blows over Mayor’s Fund

    Boris Johnson will announce his Mayor’s Fund for London later this month

    11:43 AM — The Conservative party candidate for Mayor of London’s plans for a new charitable fund for the city have been attacked as a "throwback to the nineteenth century."

  • Isle of Man drafts gender recognition legislation 1

    80,000 people live on the Isle of Man

    11:08 AM — Transsexual people on the Isle of Man will have their new gender recognised by law under draft legislation. A person who has had a sex change operation and has a full gender recognition certificate will have their new status legally recognised.

  • Mayoral candidate is planning civil partnership

    The 49-year-old was until May last year the most senior out gay policeman in the country

    10:46 AM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London is to 'tie the knot' with his boyfriend. Brian Paddick told the Pink Paper of his civil partnership plans in an interview published yesterday.

  • 17th April 2008

    Ken tours London’s gay bars with his posse 22

    Ken's whole Soho walkabout was part farce, part hard-nosed politics

    3:49 PM — It was a surreal moment in an already bizarre election; Ken Livingstone standing at the bar in Comptons, chatting happily to bears about his plans for London if he's elected for a third time as the city's Mayor. Ken's whole Soho walkabout was part farce, part hard-nosed politics.

  • Mayoral candidates tussle over smoking ban

    Boris Johnson has been tackled about donations from the tobacco industry

    2:35 PM — A seemingly straight-forward comment from Tory candidate for Mayor of London Boris Johnson about the smoking ban has started a row about donations to his campaign. He was asked: "are you still against the smoking ban in pubs and clubs? If so, what, if anything, do you propose to do about it?"

  • Commissioner’s horror at extent of homophobia in Europe

    Commissioner Hammarberg has called for more protection from LGBT discrimination

    1:29 PM — The Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights has called for more protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.

  • 16th April 2008

    Ken emphasises his gay rights credentials 22

    Ken Livingstone said he has been “at the forefront“ of promoting LGBT rights.

    6:10 PM — The Mayor of London will be taking to the streets of Soho this evening to try to drum up votes among the city's lesbian and gay community.Ken Livingstone said he has been "at the forefront" of promoting LGBT rights.

  • Australia may delay gay equality proposals

    58 laws need to be changed to grant gay, bisexual and lesbian Australians equal rights.

    5:20 PM — The government of Australia is considering whether or not to bring forward measures in next month's Budget that will give gay citizens equal rights in a range of areas.Last year the country's Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) report was presented to the federal parliament listing the 58 laws that need to be changed.Kevin Rudd's Labour party promised reform during last year's elections.

  • Harriet Harman will not face police probe over donations

    Harriet Harman won the Labour deputy leadership in June 2007.

    4:50 PM — Secretary of State for Equality Harriet Harman will not be referred to the police for her late declaration of donations to her campaign for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, the Electoral Commission has announced.She won the Labour deputy leadership in June 2007 and was made Secretary of State for Equality, chair of the Labour party and Leader of the House.Two donations totalling just over £6,000 and loans of £58,000 were reported to the commission late.

  • MSPs ask for more information on gay blood ban 18

    The petitions committee met yesterday afternoon at Holyrood.

    4:20 PM — A committee of the Scottish parliament is to ask the country's government and various blood and tissue donation organisations to explain why men who have sex with men are barred from donating.The petitions committee met yesterday afternoon at Holyrood to consider a submission from Mr Rob McDowall calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to review existing guidelines and risk assessment procedures to allow healthy gay and bisexual men to donate blood.

  • Scandal MP’s son outshines Paris Hilton 2

    A number of tabloid newspapers focused on Henry Conway's sexuality, pictured centre with his mother and brother Frederick in the 2007 family Christmas card.

    12:55 PM — A man embroiled in of one of the biggest political scandals of 2007 has re-entered the limelight.Conservative MP Derek Conway was suspended from the House of Commons in January after being censured by the Commons Standards and Privileges Committee for paying his son Frederick £50,000 of public money for "work" as a researcher.Mr Conway's elder son Henry, who is gay, had received similar payments during his time at university, totalling £32,000.

  • Ken hits back over gay World Cup funding 2

    London 2008 will take place in Regent's Park, with competitive and recreational competitions for both male and female teams.

    12:01 PM — The Mayor of London has said he is a strong backer of the 2008 International Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championship being held in London later this year.The championship became an issue in the election for Mayor yesterday when LGBT activist and Green party candidate Peter Tatchell attacked incumbent Ken Livingstone for reportedly declining to contribute to the funding and or sign a letter of support for a grant application to the lottery fund.

  • DC Madam with links to Senators found guilty

    Prominent players tied to Palfrey's company via phone records include Senator David Vitter.

    10:35 AM — Once considered a viable running mate for Republican Presidential hopeful Senator John McCain, a federal jury on Tuesday found 'D.C. Madam' Deborah Jeane Palfrey guilty of money laundering and racketeering for running a prostitution ring.Throughout the trial, Palfrey, 52, maintained that her company, Pamela Martin and Associates escort service, provided legal escort services that catered to adult fantasies from 1993 to 2006.Palfrey, wearing a grey suit and with clasped hands, showed little emotion when the jury found her guilty.

  • 15th April 2008

    Ken claims multiculturalism as “great achievement” 1

    Ken Livingstone, the Labour candidate, is seeking a third term in office.

    2:20 PM — At the launch of his community relations manifesto today the incumbent Mayor of London made a strong defence of multiculturalism, which he called "one of the greatest achievements of my administration." Ken Livingstone, who as the Labour candidate is seeking a third term in office, made no mention of the gay and lesbian community in his comments."I will continue to develop the positive celebration of London's diversity, he said.

  • INTERVIEW: The Socialist alternative for London 26

    In the 2004 Mayoral election Lindsey German won 61,000 first preference votes, or 3.2%.

    1:50 PM — Lindsey German may be known to some Londoners for her work with the Stop The War Coalition, but the party she represents is entirely new.The Left List is part of what used to be the Respect party.

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