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  • 16th April 2007

    Premiership star supports gay footballers 3

    Stonewall, the gay rights organisation, welcomed Mr James' words of support.

    11:10 AM — A leading English footballer has slammed the lack of support for gay players and questioned why football should be one of the only industries where people cannot be out and proud.David James, the Portsmouth goalkeeper, wrote in his fortnightly column in The Observer that he has gay friends, but did not reveal if any are other footballers."If one in 10 people are gay, where are all the gay Premiership stars?" asked James, who has played for England 34 times.

  • 13th April 2007

    Scrap faith schools, teachers conference told

    Last month MPs on the Commons education committee singled out the Roman Catholic church for criticism.

    5:35 PM — A radical proposal to remove all state funding from religious schools was defeated at the NASUWT conference in Belfast yesterday.However, teachers at the annual union conference did vote to call on the government to stop building new faith schools. The government is committed to increasing the number of faith-run schools.The union, the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers, has 200,000 members across the UK.

  • Christianophobia peddled by gay press says “So Macho” preacher 10

    Mr Hargreaves has funded the SCP with royalties he continues to receive for co-writing and producing the 1980s anthem  So Macho

    3:42 PM — The songwriter-cum born-again preacher George Hargreaves has accused the "pink press" of peddling hatred of Christians.Mr Hargreaves is standing as a candidate for his Scottish Christian Party in the Scottish parliamentary elections on May 3rd."This is not about gay rights, it's about gay wrongs," he told The Times. 

  • Female sperm might bring an end to turkey baster conception 2

    A ban is supported by the BMA amid fears that sub-standard sperm or eggs might produce children with serious health problems.

    2:44 PM — Researchers at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne have discovered how to grow human sperm cells from bone marrow.The scientists have already cultivated sperm cells from a male's bone marrow and are now seeking permission to replicate their experiment with female marrow.If successful, the breakthrough could lead to a female couple being able to impregnate eggs with sperm grown from the other's bone marrow.

  • Councillor denies smearing gay Lib Dem 130

    Ms Grell is to appear at Waltham Forest Magistrates Court on Tuesday to answer charges under the Representation of the People Act 1983.

    2:05 PM — A Labour councillor has said she totally refutes charges that she made false statements about the personal life of her gay opponent.Miranda Grell, 28, won a formerly safe Lib Dem seat in last May's council elections.Her opponent Barry Smith is now at the centre of a prosecution being brought against Ms Grell.

  • 12th April 2007

    Sexual health charity wins year’s partnership

    THT will also work with Charity People to make the agency experts in tackling HIV discrimination in the workplace.

    3:12 PM — Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has been chosen for a 2007/08 Charity of the Year partnership by Charity People.The sexual health charity was chosen from over 50 others who applied.Charity People hope to raise more than £20,000 for THT and get involved with volunteering, campaigning and awareness-raising.

  • Walk with the stars in May and combat gay hate

    Ben Summerskill, (pictured right) Stonewall chief executive, said the event is always fun, but there is a serious side to it.

    1:41 PM — Preparations are underway for a major gay day out in Brighton at the start of May.Gay and lesbian stars are to join hundreds of others on a gay walk in the popular seaside resort.The 4th Annual Equality walk is a demonstration of solidarity against homophobic crime, a nice day out, a good bit of exercise and an opportunity to do a bit of star-spotting.

  • Cardiff Mardi Gras celebrate Charlotte’s baby news 57

    Cardiff Mardi Gras attracts around 40,000 visitors and is now In its 9th year.

    11:35 AM — The organisers of one of the largest free lesbian and gay festivals in the UK yesterday celebrated the pregnancy of one of their patrons.Singer Charlotte Church announced last week that she is pregnant. The 21-year-old is a patron of Cardiff Mardi Gras."The Mardi Gras committee are delighted to hear the news of Charlotte's pregnancy," said Mardi Gras spokesman Mark Williams.

  • TV show encourages gay bullying, say teachers

    The series, which is set in the 1970s, contains sexist and homophobic language and attitudes.  photo: BBC

    11:35 AM — A leading teaching union has issued a warning about the influence of prime-time TV drama Life On Mars on young people.The series, which is set in the 1970s, contains sexist and homophobic language and attitudes.It finished its second series on Tuesday night with nearly 8m people tuning in to watch the final episode.

  • 11th April 2007

    Brighton’s seafront protest against homophobia

    “Simply by coming to the IDAHO event on Brighton seafront on May 17th, people can make a declaration in defence of tolerance.“

    11:57 AM — The south coast city of Brighton and Hove is marking International Day Against Homophobia next month with a seaside event.The city's council has voted to officially recognise IDAHO and will be flying the rainbow flag from the Town Hall.Brighton-based IDAHOBIT is organising an event at 8.30pm on 17th May 2007 on Brighton seafront.

  • Manchester Pride prepares for August

    Within the Lifestyle Expo, LGBT or HIV organisations pay £50 for a stand, while prices start at £350 +VAT for commercial organisations.

    11:00 AM — Preparations are now well under way for the ten-day Manchester Pride celebrations in August.The festival, which will span from August 17 - 27, will involve a parade with over 80 floats.The 2007 Manchester Pride Parade will take place on the afternoon of Saturday 25 August in Manchester city centre.

  • 10th April 2007

    Police appeal for help with missing person case

    Police think he may be staying with a friend in London, or that he may have gone to Brighton.

    5:25 PM — Have you seen this man?Police in Dover are seeking help from the gay community in finding David Anthony Redman, who went missing from the area of Townwall Street, Dover, on March 9th 2007.Police think he may be staying with a friend in London, or that he may have gone to Brighton.

  • HIV services improved but difficult to access

    By the end of 2005, the total number of people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in the UK was more than 47,000.

    4:29 PM — A study by sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has found that gay and bisexual men are more satisfied with sexual health services in England and Wales than they were in the late 1990s.Although it's still difficult to get an appointment in many clinics, once through the door men are happier with the service.The annual Gay Men's Sex Survey is undertaken by Sigma Research and commissioned by THT.

  • 61% think Britain a better place for gay people

    57% thought Mr Blair has remained in office too long.

    2:10 PM — A damning opinion poll on Tony Blair's ten years as Prime Minister has produced a few positive results, among them the finding that nearly two-thirds of people think Britain is a better country for LGB people to live in.The poll in Sunday's Observer contained little good news for the Prime Minister.69% thought Britain a more dangerous country now than in 1997 and 58% disagreed that it was happier.

  • DLR death fall may have been a gay altercation

    The two men had spent the day at a pub in Poplar, and some media reports have suggested they were in a gay relationship.

    12:53 PM — A man killed by a train last week may have been in a relationship with another man who was arrested at the scene of his death.Robert Carter, 34, of Poplar, east London was hit by a Docklands Light Railway train just after 10pm on Monday, April 2nd.Shortly beforehand, he was involved in an altercation with another man outside the station.

  • Homophobic voice message leads to court case

    Cheshire was arrested five days later after a complaint was made to police.

    11:11 AM — A 42-year-old man has been given a 12-month conditional discharge for leaving abusive messages on a gay man's phone.Anthony Cheshire, of Nunfield, Chipperfield, attends Alcoholics Anonymous and Watford Magistrates Court heard that he had been drinking at the time of the incident.Cheshire was trying to contact the chairman of his AA group, John, reports the Edgware Times. 

  • Gender reassignment conference to be held in Norwich

    Workshops will be held on fighting transphobia, explaining the sex change process to families, and the transition in the workplace.

    10:40 AM — An international conference will be held at the University of East Anglia in June on trans issues.Experts from all over the world will gather at the university in Norwich on June 16 and 17 for Conference TG2007.The gathering is open to trans people, family, friends, professionals, researchers, academics and social support workers.

  • Church discriminates against gay people says Archbishop 2

    The Rt. Rev. Dr. Barry Morgan said that gays in the church are feeling isolated. photo: copyright © :The Royal School of Church Music

    10:22 AM — The head of the Anglican church in Wales has called for an end to discrimination against gays and lesbians.In his Easter sermon, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Barry Morgan said that gays in the church are feeling isolated and women are not treated as equals.His comments came at the end of a week when a bishop of the Church of England faced an employment tribunal in Cardiff over allegations he discriminated against a gay man seeking employment.

  • 9th April 2007

    Archbishop of York claims Church is distracted by homosexuality 5

    Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York said the “endless debate“ on gay issues such as the ordination of openly gay priests was causing the Church of England to fail to spread God's word

    12:00 AM — The second most senior clergy man in the Church of England has warned that his church has become distracted by homosexuality.Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York said the "endless debate" on gay issues such as the ordination of openly gay priests was causing the Church of England to fail to spread God's word.Dr Sentamu said: "The Church has not been very good at clearly spelling out what the message of Jesus is about."

  • 6th April 2007

    London Sexual Health charity wins £20,000 award

    The Metro Centre, the Greenwich-based HIV prevention and sexual health charity, has been awarded a prestigious GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Award

    12:00 AM — The Metro Centre, the Greenwich-based HIV prevention and sexual health charity, has been awarded a prestigious GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Award worth £20,000 for its work with lesbian, gay and bisexual people.The Metro Centre has been providing advice, support, information, events, education and training to LGB people, since 1983.It runs a range of drop-in centres providing support and peer advice and a dedicated group for people 50 years of age and over.

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