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  • 21st May 2007

    Gay referee to officiate at Rugby World Cup

    The 2007 World Cup will be held from September 7th to October 20th.

    2:46 PM — A 35-year-old referee has spoken of his personal struggle before coming out of the closet.Nigel Owens is the only openly gay man to be a rugby union ref at the highest level of the game. He told The Sun that he thought about killing himself rather than reveal his sexuality.He is due to officiate at the Rugby World Cup in France later this year.

  • 18th May 2007

    IDAHO celebrated worldwide 57

    The Mayor of London voiced his support for IDAHO.

    8:30 PM — The International Day Against Homophobia was marked by events around the world yesterday.Events were held all over the UK. In Brighton, an evening event on the seafront including sky lanterns, a choir performance and speeches from MPs was held.Leader of Brighton and Hove City Council Simon Burgess said: "It's terrible in this day and age to know that 77 governments still persecute people because of their sexuality or gender identity."

  • Gay rights record threatens Nigerian bid for Commonwealth Games 58

    Nigerian law states that anyone who has “carnal knowledge of any person against order of nature“ can be imprisoned.

    1:17 PM — Debate is taking place over whether or not Nigeria should host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.The Nigerian city of Abuja is in direct competition with Glasgow to host the international sporting competition.Nigeria's poor gay rights record, however, has thrown its application for the games into question.

  • 17th May 2007

    Gay dogs to compete for Best in Show

    All proceeds go to Pride in Brighton and Hove. photo: Paul Englefield@flickr.com

    11:57 AM — This year's Pride Dog Show will be held on Sunday 8th July.Now in its fifth year, the Kennel Club-registered Pride Companion Dog Show is being held at Hove Rugby Club and promises to be the biggest and best yet.The pedigree classes will be judged by Glen Dimock. He has judged all over the world and will be judging at Crufts next year.

  • 16th May 2007

    Activists focus on HIV+ fears, expectations and needs

    The Unite Advisory Panel will convene again in July to decide how to take the Consensus Statement forward.

    4:57 PM — The long-term needs of people with HIV are the focus of a statement from a new collaborative group.Unite came together for the first time recently to put together a "Consensus Statement" that defines the considerations and actions that needed now to manage the health of men who have sex with men and are living with HIV.This is the first time a group like this has come together to discuss the long-term issues.

  • 14th May 2007

    Army recruiter disciplined over offensive emails

    Ramode also said “being gay is disgusting and immoral,“ and told Andrew to “migrate to another country.“

    11:24 AM — The US Army has re-assigned a recruiter who sent racist and homophobic emails to a potential recruit who inquired about Army careers.Sergeant Marcia Ramode, who in March sent a series of offensive emails to Corey Andrew, an African American gay man contacted by Ramode through Monster.com, has been suspended from recruiting duties.

  • Cancer threat from oral sex

    Currently there is no screening test for oral cancer.

    10:45 AM — A new cancer study has found that the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer also increases the risk of certain types of throat cancer among people infected through oral sex.According to the study unprotected oral sex is one of the major causes of a disease often associated with smoking and alcohol abuse.The study involved 100 participants with throat cancer and 200 without it.

  • 9th May 2007

    Gay parents just as good, government study finds 2

    Children with two lesbian mothers may have marginally better social competence than children in 'traditional nuclear' families.

    2:54 PM — An academic study into the impact of children being raised by gay parents found that children living with two mothers have the same social competence as a child raised by a straight couple.The 2003 report was only released by Canada's Justice Department after a freedom of information request by its author.Professor Paul Hastings of Concordia University was commissioned by the Liberal government as the country was discussing same-sex marriage, now legal in Canada.

  • Bournemouth triumph in gay football cup

    The Gay Football Supporters Network are better known for their list of footballers - and the tabloid response.

    2:14 PM — England's first gay football championship saw a Vicky Pollard impersonator being penalised by a referee and GFC Bournemouth go on to lift the cup.The beat the Yorkshire Terriers 2 - 0 in the final played at Sutton Coldfield.The Gay Footballers Supporters Network National League was formed in 2002.

  • Scots urged to write for gay rights 1

    Amnesty International works to expose human rights abuses and to protect human rights defenders who put themselves at risk.

    11:46 AM — In a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are being criminalised, tortured or ill-treated on the basis of their real or perceived sexuality, people in Scotland are being asked to take action.To mark the third International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) on 17th May, individuals are encouraged to demand greater respect for the human rights by writing to one of the countries failing to protect LGBT people from abuse.

  • 2nd May 2007

    One hour HIV testing service launched

    The clinic will be run by staff from the GUM Clinic at Newcastle General Hospital.

    5:05 PM — Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a rapid service for gay and bisexual men in Newcastle.The city's NHS Primary Care Trust and MESMAC North East are working together with THT to launch a testing service called the "Fastest" clinic.It will offer a one hour HIV testing - results from tests at sexual health clinics can take several days.

  • Court papers reveal website where BP boss met ex-partner 15

    PinkNews.co.uk attempted to access the site this afternoon,  but it is down due to “technical reasons.“

    3:33 PM — Lord Browne, who resigned as chief executive of BP yesterday, met his former partner on an escort website.The peer quit his job after it was revealed that he lied to the High Court about where he met Jeff Chevalier.He told the court three times in written statements that they met in Battersea Park.

  • 1st May 2007

    BP boss wanted to keep gay life private 15

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

    5:35 PM — Lord Browne, who resigned today as chief executive of BP after it was revealed he lied to the High Court about where he met his former boyfriend, has said he is disappointed that his private life has become public.The 59-year-old peer had unsuccessfully sought a court injunction against Associated Newspapers to stop them revealing details of his four year relationship with Jeff Chevalier.

  • 44% of HIV+ men in London undiagnosed

    Large numbers, especially in the UK's major cities, have HIV and don't know it

    11:52 AM — More than one in three HIV positive gay men say they have unprotected sex, a survey reveals.The surveys were carried out at 90 gay bars, clubs and saunas in London, Manchester and Brighton.Over 2,000 men provided saliva samples. Of these, one in three of the men with HIV did not know they had the virus.

  • 30th April 2007

    Child sexual abuse may lead to risky behaviour

    The study's authors recommended further research to help determine how childhood sexual abuse contributes to sexual risk taking.

    12:00 PM — A study has found that gay and bisexual men who were victims of childhood sexual abuse are more likely to engage in sexual behaviours that put them at higher risk of contracting HIV.A survey of 862 randomly selected gay and bisexual men who were enrolled in a community festival found that almost one in seven had been victims of childhood sexual abuse.Those who reported regular childhood sexual abuse were at significantly greater risk for being HIV positive.

  • 25th April 2007

    Info leaflet about HIV treatment charges launched

    Some recent migrants and people of uncertain immigration status are now charged for accessing HIV services in the UK.

    5:11 PM — Two of the UK's most respected charities have co-operated on a new information leaflet about the charges a small group of people now have to pay for HIV treatments.The National AIDS Trust and the Terrence Higgins Trust have jointly produced the leaflet giving advice to people who are concerned that they may be charged for accessing NHS sexual health and HIV services.

  • 20th April 2007

    City schools take on homophobic bullies

    Council education authorities are concerned that the 182 racist bullying incidents reported in the school year 2005-06 were only the tip of the iceberg.

    3:36 PM — The education authorities in Coventry are to send leaflets to secondary school students about how to deal with discrimination.The leaflets from the city council will instruct pupils to speak out about bullying over race, religion, disability or sexuality.There are also plans to implement a drama workshop to encourage pupils to speak out against bullying in schools.

  • 19th April 2007

    Study suggests 15% of gay men suffer from eating disorders 3

    Information suggests that gay women are not less likely to suffer from eating disorders. photo: lazy lightning@flickr.com

    1:11 PM — A new study claims that gay or bisexual men are three times more likely to suffer from an eating disorder than heterosexual men.The report suggests that gay and bisexual men and women may generally be at far higher risk for conditions like bulimia.The results showed that more than 15% of gay or bisexual men had at some time suffered anorexia, bulimia or binge-eating disorder.

  • 18th April 2007

    US teenagers silent school protest against homophobia

    Conservative “pro-family“ groups have been encouraging students to boycott the event and are organising a rival “Day of Truth.“

    4:15 PM — Thousands of student activists across America will go through today without saying a word to help raise awareness of discrimination.The Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has organised the 11th Annual Day of Silence.The campaign has a strong following in the US and more than 500,000 participants from more than 350 schools are expected to remain mute in protest.

  • 17th April 2007

    Cheating husbands rather die than confess to gay sex

    The survey participants were recruited mainly through the internet, or sex venues like saunas.

    12:50 PM — An Australian survey of married men who cheat on their wives with other men has shown that they would rather kill themselves than confess and risk losing everything.A University of Sydney study surveyed 240 men who had been in a heterosexual marriage or de facto relationship, while having sexual relations with men.It also found that men could be putting their health at risk by not telling their doctors about gay relationships.

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