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  • 30th April 2008

    First Mr Gay UK winner charged with murder 8

    Damian was an employee of All Points North, the company owning 'Bent' Magazine, 'Mission' Club in Leeds and ironically the 'Mr Gay UK' brand

    3:45 PM — The first winner of the Mr Gay UK competition Anthony Francis Morley, has been charged with the murder of Damian Oldfield, a 33 year man worked for the company that runs the Mr Gay UK competition.

  • 29th April 2008

    Anti-gay ‘Day of Truth’ fails to make its mark in US schools

    These flyers that were handed to students were printed by Exodus Ministries, a Christian organisation that claims it can 'cure' homosexuality

    4:08 PM — Gay rights groups across America have breathed a sigh of relief after the homophobic ‘Day of Truth’ failed to make an impact on American schools.

  • Obama ally defends HIV comments 5

    Rev. Wright’s comments caused trouble for the Obama campaign

    1:04 PM — Continuing to drive a wedge between Barack Obama and the hopeful new America his campaign aims to impart to voters, Rev. Jeremiah Wright further defended comments he made during a YouTube taped Chicago Sermon while speaking before a group of journalists Monday.

  • 28th April 2008

    Police storm international meeting for gay rights in Kyrgyzstan

    Kyrgyzstan is a secular state though Islam has exerted growing influence in politics

    11:09 AM — Human rights groups have highlighted the plight of the LGBT community in Kyrgyzstan after a police raid on a leading gay rights association.

  • 23rd April 2008

    Government of Bahrain seeks to punish ‘homosexual children’ 6

    MP's have called for a study into how widespread homosexuality is in Bahrain

    10:59 AM — The government of Bahrain is taking action to stamp out homosexuals in the country. In a wide ranging set of proposals MP's have set out a number of initiative designed to rid the country of homosexuals.

  • Peers vote for freedom to criticise the LGBT community 27

    Religious groups will also welcome the amendment

    10:19 AM — Peers have made an amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill that will protect the freedom of speech of comics, rap artists and those who criticise other people’s sexuality.

  • 22nd April 2008

    Pope reinforces conservative values at the end of US tour 26

    The tour will be remembered for his comments about the church's sexual abuse crisis

    11:06 AM — Pope Benedict XVI has concluded his six-day visit to the United States with a speech that spoke against abortion and gay marriage. Before a crowd of over 60,000 people, he ended his first visit to the United States.

  • 20th April 2008

    Gay bishop to attend Lambeth conference despite previous rejection

    Bishop Gene Robinson is the most sernior gay cleric in the Anglican communion

    10:49 PM — The most senior openly gay cleric in the Anglican Communion, Gene Robinson intends to attend the 2008 Lambeth Conference to be held in Caterbury despite previously refusing to.

  • 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.

  • US Christian celebrity comes out 5

    For a year and a half, Southworth, 21, has hosted and produced the syndicated show The Remix

    1:06 PM — Hath hell frozen over? Azariah Southworth, Nashville resident and host of the famed Christian youth show The Remix, has publicly announced he is gay. "This has been a long time coming. I'm in a place where I’m at peace with my faith."

  • 16th April 2008

    Pope makes distinction between gays and paedophiles 27

    Pope Benedict XVI is in the US until 20th April and will meet President Bush and address the United Nations.

    10:55 AM — The leader of the Roman Catholic Church has spoken out about the sexual abuse of children by priests.Benedict XVI gave a rare insight into his views to reporters accompanying him on his first Papal visit to the United States, which began yesterday.In his comments the pontiff moved to dismiss the suggestion that he links sexual abuse of children with homosexuality.

  • 15th April 2008

    Senior Mormons agree to meet with gay group 3

    Mormon church officials have agreed to meet with a gay Mormon support group.

    6:00 PM — Mormon church officials have agreed to meet with a gay Mormon support group. Affirmation, a group that supports the Mormon LGBT community, were invited to meet with Fred Riley, commissioner of Family Services for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • 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.

  • American Catholics think Pope is out of touch 26

    Pope Benedict XVI, who has been outspoken in his opposition to equal rights for LGBT people, will visit Washington and New York from today.

    11:20 AM — A wide-ranging poll of Roman Catholics in the US has found that two thirds of them feel the Church is out of touch with today's world.Just two years ago, when Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope, 52% of American Catholics held that view: now the figure is 62%.The figures come ahead of a Papal visit to the United States.Pope Benedict XVI, who has been outspoken in his opposition to equal rights for LGBT people, will visit Washington and New York.

  • 14th April 2008

    Wales may get “ex-gay” ministry 8

    Stephen Green is best-known as the head of anti-gay lobby group Christian Voice.

    12:10 PM — The controversial fundamentalist Christian Stephen Green has hinted that the controversial movement that encourages people to "pray away the gay" and become straight could be established in Wales.Mr Green, who is notorious for his protests at gay Pride events, made his remarks in a BBC Wales current affairs programme, Week In, Week Out. While being interviewed by H from Steps, also known as Ian Watkins, he told the former pop star, who came out in 2007, that he could "walk away" from homosexuality.

  • Ken releases list of celeb supporters 2

    A majority of opinion polls indicate a very tight race between Mr Livingstone and his Conservative rival Boris Johnson.

    11:15 AM — The Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has compiled a list of actors, entertainers and celebrities who support his campaign for a third term in office. Among his backers are Blur frontman Damon Albarn, comedians Bill Bailey and Jo Brand, artists Anthony Gormley and Banksy.

  • 10th April 2008

    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.

  • 8th April 2008

    ‘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.

  • 7th April 2008

    Pope to face gay protests during US visit 26

    Pope Benedict XVI's pastoral visit to the United States takes place between April 15th to 20th.

    11:30 AM — DignityUSA will sponsor a series of public events and witnesses during Pope Benedict XVI's pastoral visit to the United States April 15th to 20th.Events will be held in both Washington, D.C. and New York City.The oldest and most progressive organisation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics, DignityUSA has fifty chapters and local contacts in every state.

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