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  • 13th November 2007

    Lesbian solider denies sexual relationship with female colleague 3

    Giving evidence for her friend at an employment tribunal where Miss Fletcher is suing the Ministry of Defence for discrimination, Miss Ashman denied having had a sexual relationship with her.

    5:22 PM — A supposed rendezvous between two lesbian soldiers in an Army stable was just a friendly cuddle, a tribunal heard yesterday.A male colleague had said that Sergeant Louise Ashman and Lance Bombardier Kerry Fletcher were engaged in a romantic encounter in the barn after one sent the other a text message saying "I feel randy", the Daily Mail has reported.But yesterday Miss Ashman insisted she was only comforting her colleague.

  • Successful gays say sexuality no barrier 1

    The interviewees include film star Sir Ian McKellen, front woman Beth Ditto, Tory shadow minister Alan Duncan, Tory shadow minister,  ITV Director Dawn Airey.

    4:25 PM — Twenty of the most powerful and influential homosexuals in Britain have been interviewed for an educational resource that will be distributed to young gay people throughout the country.In each of the interviews, which are collected in a pocket-sized booklet, it was concluded that, here in the UK, sexual orientation is no longer an obstacle to reaching potential in the workplace, having a successful career or even becoming a world-leading business professional.

  • New website for LGBT history

    LGBT History Month is intended to be an annual event in the UK, taking place every February to coincide with Valentine's Day.

    11:34 AM — LGBT History Month UK have have launched a new interactive website.The site contains a new calendar for History Month 2008 which allows individuals and organisations to advertise the events they are creating for LGBT History Month by both date and region. It also exhibits all events that have been organised nationwide, with all the relevant information about how to get involved.Last year the organisation had over 800 events on the calendar and is expecting even more this year.

  • Catholic school in unholy row after ditching gay charity 5

    Actor Simon Callow, probably best known for his role in the hit British film Four Weddings and a Funeral, is also threatening to quit as patron of the Oratory School Choir, Schola.

    11:34 AM — London's premier Catholic state school, the London Oratory, is facing a furore from gay campaigners this week following their decision to drop a leading AIDS charity as the beneficiary for their World AIDS Day charity concert.Gay rights activists are believed to be planning to picket the Oratory School and distribute leaflets to inform students of the school's decision to suddenly cancel its plan to raise money for the Terrence Higgins Trust, one of Europe's most-respected AIDS charities.

  • Paddick selected as Lib Dem candidate for London 4

    Mr Paddick came to public prominence as borough commander of Lambeth.

    11:34 AM — Former senior police officer Brian Paddick will run for Mayor of London in May 2008 as the Liberal Democrat candidate.The 49-year-old won 73% of the first preference votes in a ballot of London party members.He faces incumbent Ken Livingstone and Tory candidate Boris Johnson in next May's election.

  • Boy George charged with false imprisonment 2

    George, whose real name George O'Dowd, was released on bail and ordered to attend Thames magistrates' court next week.

    11:34 AM — Pop star Boy George has been charged with false imprisonment after allegedly chaining a male escort to a wall in his London flat.Scotland Yard said the 47-year-old singer and DJ has been charged over an incident at his flat in Shoreditch, east London.The former Culture Club frontman was arrested in May after a man accused him of "false imprisonment and common assault."

  • Hermoine says gay Dumbledore makes sense

    Critics, fans and pundits have shared their reactions to the character's outing.

    10:59 AM — Author JK Rowling surprised Harry Potter fans the world over last month when she revealed that Hogwarts school headmaster Albus Dumbledore was gay.Critics, fans and pundits have shared their reactions to the character's outing, but what about the people who have helped bring Rowling's story to the big screen for the past seven years?"JK Rowling is an incredibly intelligent woman," Daniel Radcliffe, who has played the titular role in all five Harry Potter films to date, told BBC News.

  • Birmingham police criticised over gay pub raid 3

    The police have been particularly criticised because their only justification for the raid was an anonymous letter.

    10:50 AM — Police in the West Midlands have failed in their efforts to get a gay pub's licence revoked.Their request followed an earlier attempt to raid The Fountain Inn for pornography and drugs after receiving an anonymous tip-off.Police bungled the raid when they went to an Irish family pub, The Fountain, a mile down the road. The pub's drinkers were highly amused by the blunder.

  • Stonewall Cymru community liaison officer honoured 1

    Ms Porter works with the police and criminal justice agencies in Wales.

    10:10 AM — A Stonewall officer has won an award for "outstanding commitment to diversity" in her work tackling issues of homophobic hate crime.Jenny Porter, Stonewall Cymru's community liaison officer, received the award at the North Wales Criminal Justice Board Volunteer and Justice Awards Ceremony this week.Ms Porter works with the police and criminal justice agencies in Wales to develop ways of dealing with homophobically motivated hate crimes

  • 12th November 2007

    More sex please – the British on holiday

    Those who are young and single were most open to having sex with someone new while abroad.

    3:40 PM — One in five Britons has sex with someone new when abroad, according to research published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections.The conclusions are based on interviews with 12,000 men and women aged between 16 and 44 as part of the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL).14% of men and 7% of women admitted to having sex with a new partner while overseas.

  • Review: Casanova the Carol Ann Duffy way

    Casanova is a woman who is imprisoned in Venice after a hilarious and acrobatic romp with a German monk.

    3:35 PM — Casanova, the famous author and bon vivant, claimed to have bedded a woman in every European city.So it is no surprise that in this modern age of sex and sleaze, he is experiencing something of a revival.First, the BBC adaptation of his life starring a geeky David Tennant; now, the play written by controversial poet Carol Ann Duffy

  • Life sentence for teenager guilty of homophobic murder 1

    Mr Kerr was found badly injured by a woman walking her dog in the park early on Sunday 22 April this year.

    3:19 PM — A teenager was sentenced to life imprisonment today for murdering a gay council officer in a homophobic attack.David Meehan, 19, admitted to murdering James Kerr, 51, in South Inch public park and leaving him for dead while he and his accomplices went to a party.According to Mr Meehan, the three walked past Mr Kerr on their way back but ignored their victim who was still breathing.

  • EU governments urged to remove tax on condoms

    The 27 EU member states are free to fix their own VAT rates on condoms.

    12:50 PM — An online petition launched today urges EU governments to cut VAT on condoms to tackle the growth of AIDS in Europe.The European Parliament Socialist Group will present the petition to government ministers ahead of World AIDS Day on 1st December.Hundreds of Facebook users have already joined a group on the social networking site to support the campaign under the slogan "Cut AIDS, Cut VAT on Condoms."

  • First Minister adviser to take up Stonewall post

    Mr Munn was special adviser to the First Minister of Scotland from 2003 until earlier this year.

    11:35 AM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has announced the appointment of Derek Munn as director of public affairs.Mr Munn was special adviser to the First Minister of Scotland from 2003 until earlier this year and will take up his post on 3rd December."We're absolutely delighted to have secured someone of Derek's background and considerable abilities to fulfil this important role within the organisation," said Ben Summerskill, Stonewall's chief executive.

  • Gay football documentary to tackle stereotypes 1

    Since 1997, the Brighton Bandits have been making a name for themselves as the only gay soccer club in the area.

    10:45 AM — This winter a new film that highlights the Brighton Bandits Gay Football Club is expected to make the festival circuit.The film follows the team through their 2006/07 season and explores the relationship between sexuality and soccer.Since 1997, the Brighton Bandits have been making a name for themselves as the only gay soccer club in the area.

  • 9th November 2007

    Brighton teenagers trading sex for a place to stay

    Young people binge drinking on the streets of Brighton are at increased risk of physical and sexual assault.

    4:30 PM — Vulnerable young people are trading sex just for a place to sleep, a year-long research study by charity Barnardos has revealed.The work focused on Sussex, and the vast majority of young people described in the case studies as 'known' or 'suspected' examples of sexual exploitation were aged between 16 and 18 years and were of White British origin.One quarter was male and the majority of these young men identified as gay.

  • BBC soap to get new gay character

    The long-running soap is no stranger to gay and lesbian storylines.

    3:29 PM — EastEnders, the most-watched programme on the BBC, is to get a new gay character in the New Year.The gay brother of character Jane Beale will arrive in Albert Square in early 2008.The soap's executives were inspired to include a gay character after a similar move by ITV's Coronation St proved to be a big hit with viwers.The Mirror reported: "The bosses at EastEnders have seen how well Antony Cotton does as Sean in Corrie."

  • Welcome for evangelical voice on equality commission 39

    The Evangelical Alliance are one of the most strident voices against gay rights in the UK.

    3:01 PM — A group that examines religion in public life has welcomed the appointment of the head of the Evangelical Alliance UK to the new Commission on Equality and Human Rights (ECHR).The think-tank Ekklesia says that the controversial evangelical taking his place on the commission is "an historic opportunity for evangelicals to shift toward full acceptance of the equalities agenda."Joel Edwards was a controversial choice for many LGBT activists. The Evangelical Alliance are one of the most strident voices against gay rights in the UK.

  • Nigeria loses out on Commonwealth Games

    The Commonwealth Games was founded under its original name, the British Empire Games, in 1930.

    1:03 PM — Glasgow will host the 2014 Commonwealth Games, it was announced today.Scotland's largest city beat a bid from the Nigerian city of Abuja by 47 votes to 24 at a meeting of the Games voting nations in Sri Lanka.Gay activists in Nigeria had questioned whether that country should be allowed to host the Games because of its "systematic persecution of lesbian and gay Nigerians."

  • Bi and gay Africans with HIV face double stigma says report

    This report is third in a series of projects describing the experiences of African people living with HIV in London.

    11:50 AM — The first study into the lives of gay and bisexual African men living with HIV in London describes the challenges they face in dealing with the complex and sometimes contradictory realities of life.The report, entitled I count myself as being in a different world: African gay and bisexual men living with HIV in London, has just been released by the Centre of Sexual Health and HIV at Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.It highlights that the additional stigma of being gay or bisexual and HIV positive is difficult for African men.

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