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  • 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 CafĂ© 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.

  • Boy George attacks Madonna’s “homophobic” religion 6

    It is not the first time that Boy George has condemned the Material Girl.

    11:08 AM — 80s pop sensation Boy George, the former Culture Club singer, has launched a fresh attack on Madonna, accusing her of betraying her gay fans.The English pop singer and songwriter is outraged at Madonna's affiliation with the Kaballah Centre.The spiritual organisation teaches the principles of the Kabbalah and is associated with Jewish mysticism.

  • Ruth Kelly adviser resigns over gay rights

    Ms Kelly has been a controversial choice as minister for equality.

    10:33 AM — A senior aide to the Communities Secretary quit her job after clashes over the new Sexual Orientation Regulations, it has been reported.Rachel O'Brien left her £50,000 a year post last week. The Mail on Sunday reports that she fell out with Ruth Kelly over gay rights.The paper also reported that Ms Kelly refused to attend last year's Euro Pride march in London.

  • 2nd March 2007

    Students split over gay blood ban protest 5

    So far, LGBT students from Stirling, Keele, York, Reading, LSE, Leicester, Liverpool Hope and UCLAN have signed petitions

    3:14 PM — The National Union of Students LGBT group is divided over tactics in their campaign for the rights of gay and bisexual men to give blood.Gay students have staged protests outside of their local blood donation clinics, urging passers-by to donate for them because they are currently not allowed, despite the fact that blood from all donors is screened for infection.

  • Soho bomber to stay in prison for 50 years 1

    When he was captured, his lawyers tried to claim he was mentally ill and he was tried on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

    12:38 PM — A High Court judge has ruled that the Soho nail bomber should not be considered for release for fifty years.David Copeland, now 30, terrorised London's minority communities for thirteen days in the spring of 1999.Bombs in Brixton and Brick Lane caused serious injuries. The nail bomb he planted in gay pub the Admiral Duncan, in London's Old Compton Street, killed three people and injured eighty.

  • Magistrate not allowed to refuse gay adoption cases

    The Lawyers' Christian Fellowship claimed the tribunal was putting gay rights above children's rights.

    11:53 AM — A Christian who claimed that he should be allowed to pick and choose which adoption cases he would hear as a magistrate has failed to win an employment tribunal.62-year-old Andrew McClintock brought his legal action against the Lord Chancellor, claiming that his Bible-influenced opinions should allow him to be excused from approving gay adoptions."Gay couples have human rights too," the tribunal said, according to the Daily Mail. 

  • Bucks Fizz Tory says sorry for gay comments 29

    Mr Van Day denied that he had come under pressure from the Conservative party to apologise.

    11:53 AM — A Tory candidate whose comments about a gay men's choir offended some voters has apologised.David Van Day, a former member of Eurovision-winning group Bucks Fizz, is standing as a Conservative candidate for the East Brighton ward.At a Valentine's Day charity fundraising dinner in Brighton Pavilion, Mr Van Day gave a speech after a performance by The Brighton and Hove Actually Gay Men's Chorus.

  • Mayor’s office refuse to apologise to Tatchell 4

    Last year Mr Livingstone was suspended from office for a month after comparing a Jewish journalist to a concentration camp guard.

    10:03 AM — The office of the Mayor of London has stood by comments by Mr Livingstone that gay rights activist Peter Tatchell was waging an Islamophobic campaign in relation to gay rights in Russia.Yesterday Mr Tatchell demanded that the Mayor prove his assertion or apologise.City Hall has responded with a detailed analysis of the statements of OutRage! and Mr Tatchell.

  • 1st March 2007

    Barrymore death investigation to be probed 2

    Last December, Essex police said they were re-opening the investigation.

    4:02 PM — The Independent Police Complaints Commission has announced it will examine the police inquiry into the death of Stuart Lubbock, six years after his death at the home of entertainer Michael Barrymore.Lubbock was found dead in March 2002, and the new inquiry will examine the information Essex Police gave to the coroner about his death.During the inquest that followed, an open verdict was reached and to date no-one has been charged in connection with Mr Lubbock's death.

  • Interview: Lesbian voices amid the clamour of war 1

    Waters explained that writing The Night Watch was more difficult than her previous novels.

    3:33 PM — One of the most acclaimed novelists in Britain, Sarah Waters is the woman behind seminal lesbian fiction like Tipping The Velvet and Fingersmith.Tony Grew met her to chat about sex scenes, The L Word and her latest work, The Night Watch. When I mentioned to my lesbian friend Rachel that I was going to interview Sarah Waters, her big blue eyes lit up.

  • Comment: The politics of religion and gay adoption

    The main Jewish adoption agency, Norwood, on the other hand, said that it was happy to consider gay couples as parents.

    3:00 PM — By Ben Cohen The debate over exemption for religious groups from the Equality Act exposed a division within the government and the country.While we don't know exactly what happened behind closed doors, it appears that Ruth Kelly, the Communities Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality, was persuaded by her friends within the Catholic Church to exempt their adoption agencies from being forced to treat gay and lesbian couples in the same way that they would a straight couple.

  • MPs and peers say regulations should cover schools 1

    The regulations will need an affirmative vote in committee and then on the floor of both Houses.

    12:31 PM — The parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights has produced a report on the Sexual Orientation Regulations that says there can be no exemptions for church-run agencies.The committee, which is made up of peers and MPs, also said that the regulations should be extended to cover schools, even ones run by religious groups.The committee praised the SORs as a significant human rights enhancing measure.

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