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  • 7th February 2008

    Homophobic Islamic cleric to be extradited to US 5

    US authorities want to put Hamza on trial for allegedly running a terrorist “training camp“ in Oregon between 1998 and 2000.

    7:50 PM — Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri is be extradited to the United States to face terrorist charges, the Home Secretary has announced.In 2006 he was convicted and jailed for seven years by a British court on charges of inciting murder and race hate.His numerous lectures and sermons targeted homosexual vicars, the tourist industry, the Royal Family and women in bikinis.

  • LGBT Muslims condemn ban on homophobic preacher 19

    The Home Office today announced  Dr al-Qaradawi would be refused entry over concerns his presence “could foster inter-community violence.“

    6:45 PM — Europe's largest support group for Muslim LGBT people has expressed concern that the decision to bar a controversial Islamic scholar from the UK could contribute to Islamophobia.Imaan has released a statement joining mainstream Muslim groups concerned at the Home Office decision to ban Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi.The spiritual leader of Islamicist organisation the Muslim Brotherhood is known to have supported suicide bombings in Israel.

  • Politicians dismiss Archbishop’s Islamic law comments 50

    A Downing St spokesman said that aspects of Islamic law could never be justified for breaking UK laws.

    6:30 PM — The Prime Minister's spokesman has distanced him from comments by the Archbishop of Canterbury concerning the introduction of aspects of Sharia law in the UK.Dr Rowan Williams said earlier today that a "constructive accommodation" must be found over issues such as divorce and added that people should not imagine "we know exactly what we mean by Sharia and just associate it with Saudi Arabia."A Downing St spokesman said that aspects of Islamic law could never be justified for breaking UK laws.

  • Sharia law will be recognised in UK predicts Archbishop 51

    Dr Rowan Williams said that a “constructive accommodation“ must be found over issues such as divorce.

    3:15 PM — The head of the Anglican communion has said he think it is "unavoidable" that some parts of Muslim Sharia law will be adopted in Britain.Speaking on BBC Radio 4, Dr Rowan Williams said that a "constructive accommodation" must be found over issues such as divorce and said that people should not imagine "that we know exactly what we mean by Sharia and just associate it with Saudi Arabia."However, the Archbishop went on to criticise the practice of Sharia law in some Muslim states.

  • Gay journalist gets his own radio show 2

    “Andrew combines wit and charm with an incisive political brain.“

    2:40 PM — One of the most prominent journalists in the country is to take up presenting duties at a London radio station.Andrew Pierce, the assistant editor of the Daily Telegraph, has been given his own Sunday morning show on LBC 97.3FM.Last year Mr Pierce was named as the sixth most powerful LGBT person in British politics in the PinkNews.co.uk Top 50 list.Andrew Pierce And Friends is a weekend politics and current affairs programme, starting on Sunday 2nd March at 11am.

  • Interest rate fall good news for homeowners 1

    An average £100,000 mortgage will only reduce by £16 and not all mortgage holders will see a reduction.

    1:45 PM — LGBT homeowners will benefit from another reduction in interest rates by the Bank of England, the second in three months.The Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted to reduce rates by a quarter of one percent to 5.25 per cent.An average £100,000 mortgage will only reduce by £16 and not all mortgage holders will see a reduction.The US Federal reserve last month slashed rates by a total of 1.25 per cent.

  • Christians present petition opposing gay adoption 9

    Andrew McClintock, a leading member of the CPA unsuccessfully tried to opt out of gay adoptions on religious grounds.

    12:55 PM — A lobby group called the Christian People's Alliance (CPA) has presented a petition with 838 signatures to Sheffield City Council protesting that gay people can adopt.The action was inspired by the case of former magistrate Andrew McClintock, a leading member of the CPA, who tried unsuccessfully to opt out of approving gay adoptions on religious grounds.A key part of his case was that as a magistrate he has to act in the best interests of the child and that placing them with gay people was detrimental to them.

  • Met Police host History Month conference

    The Met will be holding two internal film screenings in February at New Scotland Yard to celebrate LGBT History Month.

    12:20 PM — February is Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) History Month, and among the hundreds of events across the country, the Metropolitan Police Service hosted a one day conference at New Scotland Yard on Monday.Met staff and officers joined others from the Crown Prosecution Service, youth workers and local LGBT forums to discuss compound discrimination, homophobic bullying and hate crime research.A number of events including MPS LGBT community forums will be taking place across London.

  • Hate preacher refused UK entry visa 19

    al-Qaradawi is banned from entering the United States, but has visited Sweden and France in recent times.

    12:05 PM — An Islamic preacher who has called for gay people to be put to death has been denied entry into the UK for medical treatment.Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, 80, was at the centre of a row in 2004 when he spoke at an event in City Hall as a guest of London Mayor Ken Livingstone, who was then heavily criticised by gay rights campaigners and Jewish organisations for inviting him.The spiritual leader of Islamicist organisation the Muslim Brotherhood, Dr Qaradawi is known to have supported suicide bombings in Israel.

  • 6th February 2008

    Kids drama that introduced gay teachers is axed

    After eight head teachers and exactly 30 years, Children's BBC has decided to axe the show.

    5:15 PM — A children's television programme that tackled gay themes is to cease production after 30 years on air.Grange Hill caused controversy by introducing a gay teacher in 1992. Mr Brisley remained part of the fictional staff until 1999.However, it was not the first controversy the show had stirred.In the late 1970s it was tackling the dangers of paedophiles and in the 1980s it found unparalleled popularity with its campaign against heroin.

  • Gay couple make GQ’s power list

    The March edition of GQ is on sale from tomorrow.

    4:00 PM — Sir Elton John and partner David Furnish have been recognised as among the most powerful men in Britain by GQ.They are jointly listed at number 30 on the magazine's 100 most powerful men list, the only joint entry.The magazine says the couple, who entered into a civil partnership in 2006, are worth £225m. GQ chose Tory leader David Cameron as the most powerful man in Britain.

  • Keep up to date with Stonewall’s work for gay equality 2

    Stonewall's campaigning has led to a catalogue of legislative changes.

    3:00 PM — Stonewall, the UK's leading gay, lesbian and bisexual equality organisation is actively involved in a range of areas, from campaigning for legislation to working towards workplace equality, from media monitoring to tackling homophobia in schools.Now you can keep up to date with Stonewall's work by signing up to their monthly e-bulletin. Sent straight to your inbox, it provides a regular update of progress in the charity's vital work for justice and equality. To sign up, simply click here.

  • Fundamentalist Christian poster breached advert code 27

    The ASA ruled that the statement was “likely to be understood to represent the prevailing view of the gay community.“

    12:10 PM — A advertising poster for the Christian Congress for Traditional Values which claimed that gay people want to abolish families has been found to breach the advertising standards code.In an adjudication released today the Advertising Standards Authority judged the poster to be in breach of rules on social responsibility, decency, substantiation, truthfulness and matters of opinion.A mobile poster for the CCTV showed a family consisting of a man, a woman and a young son and daughter. Body copy beside it stated "GAY AIM: ABOLISH THE FAMILY."

  • Alleged rape victim is HIV positive 1

    Mr Wrench's defence barrister, Sarah Forshaw QC, told the court that the alleged victim did not mention his HIV status.

    11:50 AM — A court at the Old Bailey has been told that a 26-year-old man who accused a BBC Radio 4 reporter of raping him is HIV positive.Nigel Wrench, 47, was open about his status and had made a documentary, Aids and Me about his experiences living with HIV and a later diagnosis of AIDS.He is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting the 26-year-old after inviting him back to his flat in north London after meeting him at a New Years party.

  • 5th February 2008

    University launches gay network

    Newcastle University is the third largest employer in the city, with around 17,000 students and 4,500 staff.

    6:10 PM — Ice skating and drinks at Camp David will mark the inaugural event for a new professional LGBT network at Newcastle University.The network has been called Mosaic to reflect "the inclusivity of the network while recognising the individuality of its members and connoting that joining the network will be a positive contribution to the bigger picture."It is open to students, staff and alumni of the university, which is home to more than 23,000 people.

  • Play to explore Gielgud’s gay sex conviction

    Sir John Gielgud, who died in 2000, is generally regarded as the finest stage actor of the 20th century.

    5:00 PM — A new play opening in London later this month will examine one of the most scandalous incidents in 20th century British theatre.In 1953 acclaimed classical actor John Gielgud, who had recently been knighted by the Queen, was prosecuted for persistently importuning for immoral purposes, more commonly known as cottaging.He was devastated by the attendant publicity and feared his career was over, but he was greeted with a standing ovation the next time he appeared on stage.

  • Bishop regrets actions over gay cleric’s promotion 3

    The Rt. Rev. James Jones was one of nine Diocesan Bishops to have objected publicly to the proposed consecration of Dr John because of homosexuality.

    3:40 PM — The Bishop of Liverpool has said he "deeply regrets" his public opposition to the promotion of Canon Jeffrey John and said that in his view "gay rights are civil rights."Dr John was forced to step down as Bishop of Reading in 2003 amid controversy about his sex life. He is now Dean of St Albans.The Rt. Rev. James Jones was one of nine Diocesan Bishops who objected publicly to the proposed consecration of Dr John because he was in a gay relationship.

  • Boris upset at Elton’s support for rival 2

    Londoners will go to the polls in the Mayoral election on May 1st.

    12:55 PM — The Tory candidate for Mayor of London has revealed that he is on Sir Elton John's Christmas card list and was shocked and disappointed when the star gave his backing to Lib Dem hopeful Brian Paddick.The Conservative, who has the dubious honour of being backed by nightclub owner Peter Stringfellow, told LBC radio this morning that he hopes to recruit troubled singer Amy Winehouse to his campaign.

  • Welsh gays to meet police about hate crime 1

    Stonewall will facilitate a series of meetings between local lesbian, gay and bisexual people and South Wales Police Hate Crime Officers.

    12:30 PM — Stonewall Cymru has joined forces with a local LGB group to fight homophobic hate crime in Merthyr Tydfil.Working with the South East Wales Lesbian Gay and Bisexual Forum, Stonewall will facilitate a series of meetings between local lesbian, gay and bisexual people and South Wales Police Hate Crime Officers to address issues of homophobic hate crime in the area.It is hoped the project will help to establish a local LGB network in the Merthyr area.

  • 4th February 2008

    Minister questioned at LGBT education conference 8

    Mr Brennan stressed that professional organisations such as teaching unions have a role to play.

    5:35 PM — A junior education minister defended the government's new guidance on homophobic bullying at last weekend's Schools OUT conference.Kevin Brennan, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, told an audience of around 100 who packed into London's Drill Hall that the new guidance was a major step forward."While we cannot force a positive attitude through law or through a policy, however robust, you have to have an environment, and schools must promote an environment, based on respect," he said.

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