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2008 Listing of UK, Ireland and
Europe LGBT Events
Aug 30: UK:
Wins Gay World Football Championship. English club Stonewall Lions
FC has convincingly won the Gay World Football Championship today at Leyton
Orient’s league ground, the Matchroom Stadium, in London.
Aug 30: UK:
Controversy at Manchester Gay Pride as Business Group Speaks Out Against
Commercialisation. The row over the ‘commercialisation’ of
Manchester Gay Pride deepened yesterday when the chair of the Village
Business Association (VBA) hit out at the ‘establishment’, saying that Gay
Pride in the city had lost its direction.
Aug 28: USA:
By Cyndi Lauper. The Grammy
and Emmy award-winning singer, songwriter, and actress endorses Barack Obama.
“I believe that a President Obama would
deliver on the promises that have been made to the LGBT community for so
long, like inclusive workplace non-discrimination legislation, the end of
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, and finally the passage of hate crimes legislation
that includes everyone, not just some.”
Aug 27: UK:
‘Connect’ Counselling for Gay Men. Terrence Higgins Trust (THT)
is launching ‘Connect’, a new low cost counselling service for gay or
bisexual men based in King’s Cross, London, next month.
Aug 24: UK:
Gay Pride in Pictures. Thirty photographs from yesterday's event,
the 18th Pride in the city.
Aug 23: UK:
Defy Manchester Pride With ‘Pride Not Profit’ Placards. A
small group of gay youngsters incurred the wrath of Manchester Gay Pride
Festival organisers with a number of placards and t-shirts that read
Pride Before Profit and Pride Is a Protest. Minutes
before the march moved off from Liverpool Street, Festival director Jackie
Crozier went up to David Henry of the Queer Youth Network....
Aug 22: UK:
Doncaster, Gay Pride OK but Royal British Legion Veterans Day Parade Taboo.
OpEd. For years, UK Gay News has backed Gay Prides in
such cities as Moscow and Warsaw whose mayors have not permitted planned
events, citing varying reasons ranging from the lack of facilities of a
local council through to the downright homophobic attitude.
Aug 21: UK:
Tipped to Win Gay World Football Championship. The British
team Stonewall FC is strongly tipped to win the Gay Football World
Championship which opens in London this Sunday, August 24. The world title
event has the official backing of the Football Association.
Aug 20: UK:
Roads Closed in Central Manchester for Gay Pride.
Details of road closures during Manchester Gay Pride’s ‘Big Weekend’ and the
Pride Parade have been unveiled today by the festival organisers.
Aug 20: USA:
American Airlines Launches In-Flight Mobile Broadband Internet.
American Airlines, the first US airline to target the gay community,
chalked-up another ‘first’ today when it launched an in-flight broadband
Internet, developed by Aircell’s Gogo, facility for passengers.
Gay Fury as
EU Anti-Discrimination Road Show Truck Banned Again from Lithuanian Cities.
The European Union’s
“anti-discrimination road show” truck has been barred from parking on
municipal land in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius by the city’s mayor.
Aug 20: Australia:
Gay Blood Ban Hearing: Questions
for Gay Donors Would Take Too Long, Red Cross Claims.
Questions necessary to establish if a potential gay blood donor is able to
give blood would take too long, Dr Brenton Wylie, from the Australian Red
Cross, told the anti-discrimination Tribunal today.
Aug 20: USA:
and Shakers Launch Community Website to Elect Barack Obama.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender supporters of Barack Obama yesterday
launched an online community web portal for information and discussion about
the Presidential election campaign, and easy to use tools for getting
Aug 19: Uganda:
President Don’t Bash Us – We Are Gay, but Still Ugandans. The following is an ‘open
letter’ from a gay Ugandan to the President of his country, Yoweri Museveni.
It comes after President Museveni publicly praised Anglican bishops for
resisting homosexuality, as reported last weekend in
Aug 19: UK:
Organisers “Delighted” at Turn Out for Foyle Festival Launch. The
organisers of Foyle Gay Pride in Northern Ireland said today that they were
“delighted” with the turn out for the launch of the 2008 festival, which
continues until August 24.
Aug 19: Australia:
Ban Hearing: Red Cross Ignores Concerns from Experts and AMA.
The Australian Red Cross has ignored the expert opinion of its chief medical
advisor on low risk sexual activity between men, it was claimed today.
Aug 18: Australia:
Ban Hearing: Screen Donors for Risky Sex, Not Partner’s Gender – Aids Expert.
An Australian Aids expert has told the Tasmanian inquiry into the gay blood
ban that it is time for donors to be screened for risky sexual activity, not
their partner’s gender.
Aug 18: Belgium:
Belgian Primary School Children and Their Teachers Addresses ‘Gay Issues’.
The Flemish GLBTQ youth movement Jong & HiB has developed an original
ready-to-go lesson package, meant for use in primary schools. The folder is
printed and distributed by the Province West-Flanders.
Aug 16: UK:
Thousands at Swindon
Thousands turned out for the
first-ever Swindon Gay Pride, held today in the Town Gardens. See
Swindon Gay Pride in Pictures. 14
photographs from the first-ever Swindon Pride.
Aug 15: Australia:
Infection From Gay Blood Donation Likely “Once Every 5769 Years”.
The Tribunal hearing a case against the Australian Red Cross gay blood ban
has been told today that if the current bar on gay blood donation is lifted,
a single HIV-positive blood donation from a gay man will slip through
clinical screening in Tasmania once every 197 years.
Aug 13: Australia:
Bio-Ethicists Address Gay Blood
Donor Hearings. Two bio-ethicists today addressed the inquiry
underway in Tasmania into gay blood donation.
Aug 12: Australia:
‘Gay Blood’ Inquiry Hears that Safe Sex Works.
An inquiry into the current ban on
gay blood donation has heard that safe sex is effective in reducing HIV
risk. Social researcher, Associate Professor Anne Mitchell, today told
the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Tribunal that risky sexual activity is not
as widespread amongst gay and bisexual men as some studies suggest.
statementof Prof. Anne Mitchell.
Aug 8: UK:
New Magazine for Gay Women Launches
sophisticated, gay lifestyle magazine for women launches in print on Monday
in the UK. It is be online from today.
Aug 8: UK:
... Dancing Queens
at Manchester Gay Pride!
Just as the movie Mamma Mia soars its way to the top of the UK box office,
Manchester Pride have confirmed that the Abba tribute band Björn Again will
be performing on Sunday August 24 during “The Big Weekend”.
Aug 7: Australia:
Gay Blood Ban Hearing: Red Cross Accused of “Scare
Gay activists have accused the Red
Cross of scare tactics on the first day of a hearing
into Australia’s gay blood ban, in Hobart today.
Aug 7: UK:
Gay Split in
Anglican Church Is Re-run of Row Over Evolution and Votes for Women –
Tatchell. “The Archbishop of Canterbury is willing to
include and embrace homophobes within the Anglican Communion, but we all
know that that he would never seek a similar accommodation with racists and
anti-Semites,” Peter Tatchell pointed out yesterday.
Aug 5: Australia:
Groundbreaking Gay Blood Ban Case Starts Thursday.
The first full hearing in a groundbreaking gay blood ban
case begins in Hobart, Tasmania, on Thursday before the Tasmanian