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  • 11th January 2008

    Seaside Pride will chase away the winter blues

    The festival has something for everyone, from an 80's trans disco to a lesbian mud fight.

    1:30 PM — For those of you finding January a struggle, help is at hand from the seaside city of Brighton.Pride may seem like a distant memory, but fear not - Winter Pride kicks off on February 2nd, a festival of more than 70 events designed to cheer up even the most grumpy gay.The festival has something for everyone, from an 80's trans disco to a lesbian mud fight.

  • Extra performance for London’s sold out gay panto

    The pantomime features a quartet of gay and lesbian ghosts who are freed at a séance and bring chaos in Scrooge's hotel on Christmas Eve.

    12:40 PM — A charity panto in aid of gay equality organisation Stonewall has proved so popular that an extra date has been added to cope with demand.On January 13 London Frontrunners will stage their A Christmas Carol at the Drill Hall in Chenies Street, with an extra evening performance at 7.15pm.The second performance will be in aid of the venue itself, the UK's premier gay arts venue which has recently been threatened with complete withdrawal of its Arts Council funding.

  • British Museum examines Rome’s premier gay couple 2

    Hadrian's sexual orientation wasn't the only unusual aspect of his reign.  Photo © Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons

    12:10 PM — He is best-known in the UK for building a defensive wall as protection against the fierce Scots.However, back in Rome the Emperor Hadrian was noteworthy for taking his gay lover as a consort, a new exhibition about his life reveals. Hadrian: Empire and Conflict opens at the British Museum later this year. Publius Aelius Traianus Hadrianus, to give him his full name, was made emperor in AD117, when the Roman Empire was at its prime.

  • QBoy meets hip hop heroes

    “Meeting Salt-N-Pepa has been my dream since I was a teenager,“ said QBoy.

    11:50 AM — Gay rap sensation QBoy fulfilled one of his lifelong dreams recently - meeting his musical idols Salt-N-Pepa.His interview with the queens of hip hop is part of a documentary for BBC digital network 1Xtra.The documentary about the return of Salt-N-Pepa by Made In Manchester productions has been co-produced by QBoy. This is the rapper's first radio production credit.

  • Pink Singers bring Continental show to London

    Pink Singers will also be celebrating their 25th anniversary this April.

    2:15 AM — After two concerts in Paris, the Pink Singers are bringing Amour and more to London.Equivox, the vibrant Parisian lesbian and gay choir, will be the special guests of the performance which includes various love songs inspired in the city of Paris.The lesbian and gay community choir will be putting on the show on January 19th at Duke's Hall, Royal Academy of Music at Marylebone Road.

  • Stonewall speaks out about bullying after teen suicide 3

    Gay equality organisation Stonewall has spoken out about the treatment of gay kids in British schools.

    1:55 AM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has highlighted the treatment of gay kids in British schools after media reports about a teenage girl who committed suicide after a campaign of harassment about her sexuality.In a letter to supporters Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill wrote: "A number of newspapers reported the death by suicide on Tuesday of a 14 year-old girl from Sussex who had been reportedly taunted by bullies calling her a lesbian.

  • 10th January 2008

    Will the NHS cut HIV prevention funding or not? 15

    The London NHS is spending over 200 times more on HIV treatment than on HIV prevention.

    6:26 PM — A 36% cut in the funding for HIV prevention for gay and bisexual men is to go ahead, claims human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.Last month charity Gay Men Fighting AIDS (GMFA) announced the NHS cuts had been averted.A reduction of £650,000 spending on the London Gay Men's HIV Prevention Programme was proposed by London's Primary Care Trusts.

  • LGBT Labour slam homophobic incitement rebels 100

    “The 12 Labour MP who voted against should be seen as they are - a small irrelevant fringe who should be disgraced by their actions.“

    6:10 PM — The lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans campaign group within the Labour party has said that the small group of party MPs who voted in favour of weakening a new law protecting gay people should be "disgraced by their actions."The Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill passed the Commons last night.It contains a new offence of incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation. Similar proposals to protect trans people were added to the Bill.

  • Commons debates homophobic hatred and blasphemy 100

    An amendment seeking to abolish blasphemy laws was withdrawn after the government said it had every sympathy for the case.

    5:45 PM — Yesterday MPs discussed the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill. As expected, a cross-party group of Christian MPs attempted to amend the proposed new offence of incitement to homophobia on the grounds of sexual orientation.They were overwhelmingly defeated.An amendment introduced by Labour MP Jim Dobbin would have allowed criticism of and expression of antipathy towards conduct relating to a particular sexual orientation.

  • Trans woman claims sexual discrimination

    Sandra Leslie claims she was a victim of sexual discrimination after City College Plymouth turned down her application for a job.

    4:40 PM — A 59-year-old woman from Plymouth is taking a college to an employment tribunal claiming she was not chosen for a job because she is a transsexual.Sandra Leslie claims she was a victim of sexual discrimination after City College Plymouth turned down her application for a job.Ms Leslie believes she was qualified for the post as student union assistant, which mainly consisted of organising events for students and paid a pro-rata salary of £13,500 a year.

  • Diana witness: Queen disapproved of AIDS work 3

    Ken Wharfe told the jury that after a meeting with the Queen, Diana returned to the car distressed.

    3:02 PM — A former Royal police protection officer has claimed that Diana, Princess of Wales confided in him that the Queen did not approve of her support for HIV and AIDS charities.Giving evidence to the inquest into the death of the former Princess, Ken Wharfe told the jury that after a meeting with the Queen, Diana returned to the car distressed.He claims she then told him that the Queen "doesn't like me getting involved in AIDS" and would prefer she involved herself in "something more pleasant."

  • Pride London parade to take place in July 4

    This year's Pride parade will have commercial sponsors with links to LGBT groups and charities.

    12:55 PM — This year's Pride London parade and rally are set to be the biggest ever say organisers.The parade will take place in central London on Saturday July 5th."Following the enormous success of the Pride events in June 2007, and all the feedback we received from people who took part, our aim is to create an even bigger and better event for 2008," said Paul Birrell, Chair of Pride London.

  • The gay poem that broke blasphemy laws 13

    The NVLA, now known as mediawatch, still regards their founder as the 'late, great Mary Whitehouse.'

    12:50 PM — The announcement that the government may support moves to strike down blasphemy laws comes 30 years after Denis Lemon was found guilty of committing libel against Christianity, the last prosecution for blasphemy.He was the editor of the now defunct but iconic UK newspaper Gay News.Mary Whitehouse, founder of the National Viewers and Listeners Association, (NVLA) announced her intention to sue in December 1976.

  • Portsmouth unveils LGBT History Month events

    Organisers hope that the civil offices will fly the rainbow flag to mark the event.

    11:10 AM — A gay ghost hunt, Judy Garland, Mr Humphries and gay life on the ocean waves are due to be the highlights of LGBT History Month in Portsmouth next month.Organisers hope that the civil offices will fly the rainbow flag to mark the event. The council will make a final decision this month.History Month celebrations begin with a church service at John Pounds Memorial Church, High Street, Old Portsmouth on 3rd February.

  • 9th January 2008

    Government may back abolition of blasphemy laws 100

    Justice minister Maria Eagle has told MPs that the government may support the removal of blasphemy from the statute books.

    11:30 PM — Justice minister Maria Eagle has told MPs that the government may support the removal of blasphemy from the statute books.She was speaking in the House of Commons during the debate on the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill.MPs from all sides criticised the government for pushing the legislation forward with just over eight hours of debate.

  • 42-year-old builder guilty of harassing gay teenager 13

    Douglas Inskip, a 42-year-old builder, of The Gables, Brynford, near Holywell, was bailed by Flintshire magistrates awaiting a pre-sentence report.

    4:15 PM — A man who waged a campaign of abuse against a 17-year-old boy has been convicted by a court in Wales of harassment.Douglas Inskip, a 42-year-old builder, of The Gables, Brynford, near Holywell, was bailed by Flintshire magistrates awaiting a pre-sentence report.The father of four tried to claim to police that he did not know the word 'faggot' was an abusive term and claimed in court that the 17-year-old made the whole thing up.

  • Newcastle councillors approve branch of Clone Zone

    Clone Zone has eight branches in major English cities and one in Glasgow.

    3:40 PM — Efforts by fundamentalist Christians to block a shop that sells sex toys and gay DVDs opening in Newcastle have failed.Earlier this week members of the city council regulatory committee approved a licence for a branch of Clone Zone to open in the Scottswood Road.The location, described by the Newcastle Chronicle as in the "gay village," is close to St Mary's Cathedral and another shop that sells R18 DVDs, aimed at the straight community.

  • Gay Christians question evangelical’s employment tribunal

    Revd Kirker said it was “interesting, if not a little paradoxical,“ that Dr Storkey is claiming religious discrimination in this case.

    2:35 PM — The Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement has highlighted the employment practices of a development agency whose UK President has taken the Bishop of Liverpool to an employment tribunal.Dr Elaine Storkey, an academic and contributor to BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day, claims she was dismissed from her at an Oxford theological college, Wycliffe Hall, because she was "the wrong type of Christian Evangelical."The LGCM described the principal of the college, Reverend Richard Turnbull, as an "ultra-conservative fundamentalist evangelical."

  • MP aims to strike down blasphemy laws 3

    Dr Harris' attempt to remove blashphemy from the statute books has support from some religious groups.

    12:20 PM — A Liberal Democrat MP has attached an amendment to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill that would abolish the offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel.Dr Evan Harris' proposal is backed by 27 MPs will be debated today. It is supported by civil rights groups, Humanists and some Christian organisations.Last year Christian Voice attempted to bring a private prosecution for blasphemy against the director general of the BBC after Jerry Springer: The Opera was screened.

  • Police top gay employers list in Scotland and Wales 1

    South Wales Police was named the most gay-friendly employer in the principality.

    11:20 AM — Lothian and Borders police has been named the most gay-friendly employer in Scotland.The force came 11th in the UK list, up from 80th in 2007.Stonewall published its 2008 Workplace Equality Index (WEI) today.It showcases Britain's top 100 employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

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