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  • 8th March 2007

    Rapper’s documentary prompts MPs on bullying 1

    The rapper said he was delighted that the programme had been noticed in Parliament.

    5:58 PM — The Channel 4 Schools documentary Coming Out To Class has generated interest at Westminster.The programme, presented by gay rapper QBoy, talked to young people who had come out of the closet while still at school.Lib Dem education spokesman Stephen Williams was inspired to table an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons after the documentary.

  • Blood donation and insurance companies get regulations opt-out 3

    The regulations already in force in Northern Ireland made no mention of blood donation or insurance companies.

    2:50 PM — The new Sexual Orientation Regulations contain an opt-out for insurance companies and blood donor clinics that allows them to continue to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation.The SORs, published yesterday, protect gay, lesbian and bisexual people in England, Scotland and Wales from discrimination when accessing goods and services.Regulation 27 provides an exception to the SORs where a person is treated less favourably on grounds of his sexual orientation.

  • Comment: Racism still an issue in the gay community 20

    I've encountered more cold shoulders and “thanks, no thanks“ on Old Compton Street than Dating Direct or Gaydar.

    1:37 PM — Since coming to London last year, student Balaji Ravichandran has been impressed with the freedom that gay men enjoy here. As an Indian, though, Balaji has noticed that white gay men's attitudes to a guy like him can at times leave something to be desired. "Sorry, not my type." This is probably the most frequented reply I've received on Gaydar - or "DismayDar," as I choose to call it.

  • MPs vote for an elected House of Lords

    The government plans to allow the 26 bishops and archbishops of the Church of England to retain their seats in the reformed Lords.

    12:25 PM — The House of Commons last night voted by a wide margin to have a fully elected House of Lords.The vote was not on an Act of Parliament and therefore will not immediately become law.It is thought that many traditional-minded MPs voted for the most radical proposal in order to scupper plans to elect a proportion of peers.

  • Judge mocks George Michael’s schedule

    The charge arises from an incident last October.

    11:25 AM — The judge overseeing the trial of George Michael yesterday said the singer might have to take a day off work to attend court.In January, Mr Michael's lawyer told the court in north west London that he pleads not guilty to a charge of being unfit to drive.Judge Katherine Marshall was not impressed when lawyers said Mr Michael was too busy to be tied down.

  • Regulations will come into force on April 30th 1

    Catholic adoption agencies have until the end of 2008 to comply with the new laws.

    11:00 AM — New laws protecting lesbian, gay and bisexual people from discrimination when accessing goods and services will come into force at the end of next month.The Sexual Orientation Regulations will be subject to a vote in both Houses of Parliament before they can be implemented.The regulations were published by the government yesterday after months of political argument.

  • Are You Being Served actor dies 2

    He died this morning in St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, West London. photo: BBC

    10:09 AM — John Inman, best known for playing one of the most prominent camp characters in British TV history, has died. He was 71.Mr Inman's portrayal of Mr Humphries in the popular BBC comedy Are You Being Served, made him a household name.He died this morning in St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, West London.

  • 7th March 2007

    Comment: girlie porn fails to impress lesbians 2

    The book, although centring on sex between women, somehow tries to skip nimbly around the idea of homosexuality, as if it is a topic to be avoided.

    11:37 AM — Quiver Books' latest offering by Jamye Waxman, Women Loving Women: Appreciating and Exploring the Beauty of Erotic Female Encounters, promises to capture for the reader "the warm and enlightening approach of exploring erotic possibilities with other women."Promises, however, get broken, particularly concerning soft pornography masquerading as art, explains Rachel Charman. 

  • Sexual Orientation Regulations published today 57

    The regulations come into force on the 30th April

    11:37 AM — The Government has today published the Sexual Orientation Regulations for Great Britain.Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly published the new regulations, which outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in the provision of goods and services.The regulations come into force on the 30th April.

  • Government confirms protection but ends gay only bars 5

    Ruth Kelly said: “The Government, over the last decade, has done more than any other to build a decent and cohesive society“

    11:37 AM — The Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly earlier today published the government's planned regulations to protect from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.While it protects the LGBT community from discrimination, it means the legal end of gay or lesbian only bars.Ms Kelly, who despite being the combining her role as Communities Secretary and Minister for Equality has yet to vote in favour of gay rights.

  • Movie festival features Moscow Pride documentary

    The documentary recently premiered at Berlin's LGBT film festival.

    10:40 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) Film Festival will feature the first UK showing of a documentary following events at last year's infamous Moscow Pride.The festival consists of four screenings at the exclusive private screening room at the One Aldwych Hotel, Covent Garden, London.The UK premiere of Moscow Pride '06 Uncut, will be shown on Saturday 17th March.

  • 6th March 2007

    Health minister announces risky gay sex study

    Ms Flint was speaking at the 10th annual CHAPS conference on gay men's HIV health promotion, organised by the Terrence Higgins Trust.

    4:55 PM — Government minister Caroline Flint today announced that the Department of Health is to fund a major study looking at why some gay men appear to be taking more risks with their sexual health in recent years.The results of the £40,000 study of existing data from the annual Gay Men's Sex Survey is expected to help the NHS and gay men's health organisations promote safer sex among the most at-risk groups.

  • Shirley Bassey dresses to be auctioned for gay kids 1

    From rare Chanel and Christian LaCroix dresses to a signed jewellery case, the 70-year-old singer has more than enough to give away.  photo: dameshirleybassey.com

    4:55 PM — The flamboyant wardrobe of Dame Shirley Bassey will be auctioned off on Friday 30th March by Barnados to raise money for young LGBT people.From rare Chanel and Christian LaCroix dresses to a signed jewellery case, the 70-year-old singer has more than enough to give away.The event, called "Hey Big Spender," will be hosted at Café de Paris in London's Leicester Square.

  • Gilbert George to appear at the Tate

    The couple won the Turner Prize in 1986 and represented the UK at the Venice Biennale in 2005. image: tate.org.uk

    3:30 PM — The art duo Gilbert and George will be signing copies of their new book at the Tate Modern on Friday. The Complete Pictures contains 1,500 full colour illustrations and the two volumes come in a specially designed carry-case, priced £39.99.There is a major retrospective of the British duo's work showing at the Tate Modern gallery in London until May 7th.

  • Feature: Dazzling light show on London’s South Bank

    Many of the light installations, which are for sale, use layering to re-examine iconic images from The Mona Lisa to Marilyn Monroe.

    3:30 PM — Lightstrokes, a free exhibition at the Oxo Tower's Bargehouse, is a visually stunning new installation - with an unforgettable drag twist.The old industrial space has been transformed by the conceptual artist Bern Bowers and his alter-ego Ms Ivana Ivanavich.Alonside the light installations, Ivana performs seven times a day.

  • Gays pessimistic about finding love online 1

    But the biggest barrier to meeting someone is shyness, cited by 42% of gay men and 29% of women.

    12:11 PM — The internet is now officially the most popular way for gay men and women to find a date.Research has shown that 87% of gay men and 58% of lesbians have used the internet to find a prospective partner in the past 12 months.But over the same period only 18% of men and 27% of women have had a serious relationship, suggesting that finding the right partner is like finding a needle in a haystack.

  • Feature: The kids are alright

    The project is creating a much-needed openness and understanding among the next generation.

    12:04 PM — Colette Bernhardt meets the youth group with a hands-on approach to homophobia in schools."There's no way I would have come out at school - I would have been beaten up." Twenty-three-year-old Stuart's words ring true for many of us, particularly if you were at school before the repeal of Section 28 in 2003.

  • Head of CPS gay network guilty of underage sex

    The CPS is responsible for advising whether criminal cases should be sent to courts in England and Wales.

    11:51 AM — A former senior manager at the Crown Prosecution Service has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenager.William Hollins, 42, also pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine.His trial was due to start this morning at Nottingham Crown Court, but he admitted the offences before it began.

  • 5th March 2007

    Met investigate assault on Moscow pride activist

    The Moscow mayor is facing a lawsuit from Mr Alexeyev, after he called gay people “satanic.“

    3:32 PM — The Metropolitan police have confirmed that they are investigating an alleged assault at London's City Hall on Nicolas Alexeyev, the organiser of Moscow Pride.Last Wednesday, the mayors of London, Paris, Berlin and Moscow held their annual meeting.Yuri Luzhkov, the Moscow mayor, was asked several questions at a press conference about his decision to ban Moscow Pride last year.

  • Lesbian wins tribunal case against Next 3

    Next had 14 months to deal with the complaint but failed to do so, which the tribunal ruled was unfair dismissal.

    11:32 AM — An employment tribunal has ruled that the retailer Next's failure to deal with a complaint of homophobic harassment amounted to unfair dismissal.A lesbian woman won her case after persistent taunting and abuse at the hands of co-workers led her to quit her job.Marlene Bielak, 34, told the tribunal that married couple Katrina and Neil Davies made no secret of their disgust for her gay lifestyle.

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