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Milly Shaw

Milly is the Editor and one of the founders of Lesbilicious. She co-ordinates the writing team, and even writes the odd word on occasion. Milly loves a careful metaphor and hates multiple exclamation marks. She admires the works of Margaret Atwood, Hilary Mantle, Jeanette Winterson and Sarah Connor.

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85 new hate crime centres to open

North Yorkshire police have created 85 hate crime reporting centres across the region.

The reporting centres, which are located in public buildings such as libraries, housing associations and community areas, are designed to provide an informal environment for victims of hate crime who feel intimidated by police stations.

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Film review: Ghosted

Ghosted: a supernatural thriller masquerading as a love story. Confused? Anna Bella certainly was…

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Jodie Foster dumped by girlfriend

Actress Jodie Foster is reportedly ‘devastated’ after being left by her partner Cindy Mort.

In 2008 Foster broke up with her partner of 14 years, Cydney Bernard, in order to be with Mort.

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Treatment of Alan Turing was “horrifying” – Gordon Brown

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has apologised for the British government’s treatment of World War II mathematician Alan Turing, following pressure from an online petition.

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‘Some people are gay’ supporters on Fourth Plinth

LGBT people and allies in London are being urged to visit Trafalgar Square on Saturday 12 and Tuesday 15 September to support two people using their ‘fourth plinth’ slots to promote Stonewall’s ‘some people are gay, get over it’ message.

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Column: Bi the way

And so the ‘getting myself out onto the gay scene’ has begun… sort of. A recent girly night out ended in Soho. So far, so good.

My sympathetic straight girl friend and I head to a busy bar for a drink and a bit of a boogie later in the evening. And so the recipe goes:

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Publisher apologises for ‘Tatchell racist’ claims

A publisher has been forced to apologise ‘unreservedly’ after publishing a book which claimed that Peter Tatchell had links with racist and fascist groups and had made Islamphobic comments such as “Muslim=Nazi” and “Muslim=Evil.”

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82% of LGBT Americans trust Obama with economy

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the USA are more optimistic for their future and the future of the USA than heterosexual Americans, according to a new poll.

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Claud Cunningham Can (cycle the length of Great Britain)!

Claud Cunningham, founder of Black Angel, is cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise funds that will be donated to the Parkinson’s Disease Society (PDS).

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Sarah Waters’ “The Little Stranger” on Booker shortlist

Sarah Waters has today been named as one of the six authors shortlisted for the 2009 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

The Little Stranger is Waters’ third novel to be shortlisted for the prize. Fingersmith was nominated in 2002 and The Night Watch in 2006.

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Stephen Fry joins Alan Turing apology petition

Stephen Fry has joined the campaign calling for the British government to posthumously apologise to Alan Turing, the World War II hero who was chemically castrated and prosecuted by the government because he was gay.

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Where the girls are (clue: not the gay scene)

The music is loud, the girls are hot and everyone in the room is dressed like a rockstar. Legs tangle, hands grab, hips sway. It’s girl on girl action like you’ve never seen before, and you’re not going to find it at your local gay bar…

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‘Obama right to forget gay marriage’ – Beth Ditto

Gossip singer Beth Ditto has defended Barack Obama’s decision to move slowly on the issue of gay marriage.

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Stonewall Awards nominees announced

The fourth annual Stonewall Awards is set to take place on 5th November 2009 at the V&A in London.

Awards include ‘Hero of the Year’, celebrating those who have made a positive contribution to the lives of lesbian and gay people in Britain, and also ‘Bigot of the Year’.

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L Word reality show to be created

Producers of the L Word are set to create a reality TV show called The Real L Word: Los Angeles.

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Conservative Party launch LGB Group

The launch of LGBTory took place at Manchester Pride this year.

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Kate Moennig pulls out of L Word convention

Actress Kate Moennig has cancelled her appearance at an UK L Word convention less than three weeks before the event.

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New rights for lesbian mums

From today (1 September 2009) lesbian couples who have children through fertility treatment can name both women as parents on the child’s birth certificate.

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‘British L Word’ to be made for BBC

A new TV series focusing on a group of lesbian and bisexual women in Glasgow is to be broadcast on BBC3.

The six-part drama, called Lip Service, will centre around the sex lives and love affairs of a group of twentysomething women.

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The deal with disability

Eva Sweeney is a 26-year-old queer gender studies graduate. She also has cerebral palsy, a condition which means she can’t walk, speak, or use her muscles in conventional ways.

Eva’s disability encourages complete strangers to act in strange and ridiculous ways – from the homeless man who offered her money, to the Jehova’s Witnesses who tried to cure her in a public toilet.

To document this bizarre treatment, Eva has mounted a discreet video camera to her wheelchair and she posts the funniest and most infuriating footage on her blog, The Deal with Disability. In this interview with Lesbilicious, Eva explains what it is she’s trying to do with her blog.

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National Front to protest at Reading Pride

Far-right group the National Front will be attending Reading Pride 2009 in order to protest against the gay community’s ‘flamboyance’.

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New Tegan and Sara album info

Tegan and Sara have released the artwork and track listing of their new album.

The 13-track album ‘Sainthood’ will be released on 27 October 2009 in the USA. An international release date has not yet been announced.

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Jessica Simpson’s dog is a lesbian

Jessica Simpson has outed her dog on Twitter. Simpson posted a picture of her dog ‘Daisy’ with another female dog called ‘Bella’, and wrote:

“Daisy and her bestfriend Bella back together again. Lesbian lovas forever!”

Daisy and Bella have yet to make an official comment on their relationship to the world’s media.

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Column: Minge n Malarkey

I’m at the doctor’s. Normally I really like these visits: the white coats, the smell of excellent hygiene and the fact that I know s/he is getting paid, by the government, just to listen to me whinge about my ailment for ten minutes. When I was kid, I would even get a sweet out of the deal.

Today, I don’t feel that same soul-quieting sense of security. Because today, I am going for a cervical smear and I hear it hurts.

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Human League to headline Manchester Pride

The Human League will replace Kelly Rowland as the Sunday headliners of Manchester Pride, organisers have announced.

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Zoe Lyons loses comedy prize to hedgehog joke

Openly gay comedian Zoe Lyons had the 4th-funniest joke at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, according to a poll by comedy channel Dave. Comedian Dan Antopolski (pictured) won first prize.

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BBC’s Clare Balding: “my cancer has not spread”

BBC sports presenter Clare Balding’s thyroid cancer is in remission. Balding made the announcement on her website, adding that she was “hugely relieved” that the cancer treatment had been a success.

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9 reasons to come out in a job interview

‘Unemployed’ is a scary word, and ‘unemployed in a recession’ is a scarier phrase.

So when you finally do get a job interview everyone knows you should dress smart, smile lots and don’t do anything that might stack the odds against you… like reveal that you’re gay. Right? Wrong wrong wrong, writes Rosie Kirk.

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‘Some people are gay’ adverts back at schools

Stonewall’s anti-homophobia campaign ‘Some people are gay. Get over it!’ will return to schools in September 2009 to coincide with the start of the new school year.

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Media requests for same-sex parents

Prima magazine and the Daily Mirror are looking for case studies of lesbian parents.

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Gold medallist faces gender investigation

The winner of tonight’s (19 Aug 2009) women’s 800m race at the World Athletics Championship is under investigation amid rumours that she is biologically male.

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Catholic crackdown on liberal nuns

Roman Catholic nuns in the US are to be questioned about their views on gay marriage and abortion as part of a Vatican investigation into liberalism in women’s religious communities.

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Column: Confessions of a Serial Monogamer

I didn’t get round to tracking down any exes and going for coffee with them. They are hard to track down. I think they might be avoiding me. I realised on my hunt that they have all deleted me as their friend on Facebook.

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Lesbian Vampire Killers censored in supermarkets

Several major supermarkets are censoring the word ‘lesbian’ from the packaging of Lesbian Vampire Killers DVDs.

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Belfast Pride and Manchester Pride: in pictures

Contemporary fine art photographer Donna Black has an exhibition of her work at Manchester Pride. Here she talks through her work and explains why she focused on LGBT lives in two very different cities, Manchester and Belfast.

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£50k debt puts Brighton Pride future in doubt

Brighton Pride must find £50,000 in four months to pay off unexpected debts, organisers have announced. If the debts are not paid there may not be a gay pride in Brighton in 2010.

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Ellen tops ‘homo heroes’ list

Ellen Degeneres has been voted the most ‘heroic homo’ by visitors of Manchester’s Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) website.

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“I want to turn the world gay” – Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga has expressed her love of all things gay in a new interview with US gay men’s magazine Out.

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‘Football institutionally homophobic’ – Stonewall

The Football Association (FA) is facing fresh calls to tackle homophobia following a survey of fans and players which reveals that 70% of supporters have witnessed homophobic abuse.

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Column: Bi the way

The first time I mentioned my LGBT leanings to anyone, I had just ventured back from the village pub to eat pizza at my best friend’s house. The pub wasn’t Village in Soho, but my local in the tiny village I called home.

A tipsy teenage Jules and I were chatting away when I casually asked him how he knew he was gay, then blurted out how I thought I was too, but couldn’t be because I liked men, but…

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Tory MEP apologises – but still believes homophobia is ‘militant gay propaganda’

The Conservative MEP at the centre of a homophobia scandal has been forced to defend his views after several national newspapers including the Guardian and the Independent picked up the story.

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Free LGBT community skills course in Scotland

LGBT people in Scotland are being urged to develop their skills and knowledge on LGBT rights with a free course.

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Survey of gay clergy in Church of England

A national survey to determine the number of LGBT clergy in the Church of England will be launched in late 2009.

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‘Homophobia doesn’t exist’ – Tory MEP

Homophobia is a ‘propoganda device’ used to ‘denigrate and stigamatise those holding conventional opinions’, according to a Conservative MEP.

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Thousands attend Israeli rally

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Tel Aviv on Saturday for a rally in honour of last week’s shooting at a gay youth centre.

Police estimate that 20,000 people attended the rally, while organisers believe the true number to be 70,000.

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Review: Tell it to the bees, by Fiona Shaw

It’s the 1950s in a small northern town. Charlie’s family is everyone’s business – first his father for spending rent money on expensive drinks for a mystery blonde, then his mother for developing a suspiciously close friendship with the town’s unmarried bee-keeping lady doctor.

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46% of Israelis think homosexuality is a ‘perversion’

Just days after a shooting at a Tel Aviv LGBT centre which killed two people, a survey of attitudes towards homosexuality has found that 46% of Israelis believe homosexuality is immoral.

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New Stonewall guide to lesbian parenting

Gay rights group Stonewall has produced a new guide for lesbians wanting to have children.

The free booklet, called Pregnant Pause, has practical advice and legal information on the current rights of lesbian parents in the UK.

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Column: Dispatches from the provinces

‘Which team do you support, young man?’

‘Erm, Sheffield Wednesday.’

I hunch forward and hope that my hoodie covers my breasts. It’s too late to back out now…

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Civil partnerships down 18%

The number of civil partnerships in the UK fell by almost a fifth in 2008.

7,169 same-sex couples registered as civil partners in 2008, compared to 8,728 in 2007.

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Not ‘looking very Shane today’: Kate Moennig

The first promo shots have been released of Three Rivers, a new hospital-based drama starring Kate Moennig.

Moennig, aka Shane in The L Word, plays a rather more heterosexual-looking doctor called Miranda Foster.

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Church tension over gay bishop nominations

Three gay priests – one of whom is a woman – are among the nominees to become assistant bishops in the US Episcopal church.

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Kelly Rowland pulls out of Manchester Pride

Former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland has cancelled her appearance at Manchester Pride, just two weeks after the line-up was announced.

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Quakers to allow gay marriage

The Quaker church has announced it will perform marriage ceremonies for gay couples.

The church plans to lobby the UK government to allow Quakers registrars to conduct legally-binding marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples.

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Gay in the US navy: a personal story

I was an openly gay sailor who served under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, writes Robaire Watson. My command nor my commanders saw me as a threat or as a liability. I am proof that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is not needed and does not work.

I’m an exception to the rule and this is my story.

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2 dead, 10 injured in gay shooting

Two people have killed and at least 10 were injured at a shooting in an Israeli LGBT centre this weekend.

A gunman entered the building in Tel Aviv on Saturday night and started firing indiscriminately at a group of teenagers and young adults.

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Second homophobic attack at World Outgames

A man has been arrested after throwing fireworks at athletes during the World Outgames in Copenhagen.

Two explosive objects were thrown onto the men’s 4×200 meter relay race on Tuesday. The objects were later identified as fireworks, but witnesses originally believed them to be bombs.

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Gay middle-classes trying to be ‘super parents’

Middle class gay men and lesbians in the UK are attempting to portray themselves as ‘super parents’ in an effort to counteract inequality and discrimination, according to latest research.

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Sarah Waters on Booker prize longlist

Sarah Waters’ newest novel The Little Strangeris amongst the 13 books chosen for the 2009 Man Booker prize longlist.

Waters’ book is the bookies second favourite to win the prize, after JM Coetzee’s Summertime.

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Column: Minge n Malarkey

I’m sitting at the smallest airport waiting for a delayed flight with a thousand other post ski-holiday travellers. Between their goggle tans and sporting of the latest trend in footwear by design team Nasa/Abba, ‘moon boots’, they really are a hideous bunch.

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Chinese lesbians protest blood ban

Lesbians in China are petitioning the government to remove a rule banning gay men and women from giving blood.

Potential donors are asked their sexual orientation before they can give blood. Anyone who ticks the gay/lesbian box is automatically barred from donating.

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37% of US lesbians smoke

Lesbians smoke more than straight women, gay men or straight men, according to a new study.

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The L Word to be made into movie

The L Word creator Ilene Chaiken has confirmed that The L Word is to become a feature-length film.

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Stonewall leader quits EHRC

Ben Summerskill, Chief Executive of Stonewall, quit the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) over the weekend – making him the fourth commissioner to walk out on the EHRC in a week.

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‘Gay exorcisms’ in UK churches

Fundamentalist Christian churches in Britain are performing exorcisms to purge gay people of demons, it has been revealed.

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Man-ban at Australian lesbian party

An Australian company specialising in dances for lesbians and bisexual women has won a legal battle to ban men from its parties.

The organisers claimed that some men were attending in order to solicit threesomes from the lesbian and bisexual women patrons.

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“I may turn lesbian” – Katie Price

Glamour model/author/business woman/professional celebrity Katie Price, aka Jordan, has revealed that she wouldn’t rule out dating a woman.

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Lesbian couple win NHS fertility treatment legal battle

A lesbian couple have won the right to have IVF treatment on the NHS.

The couple, who have remained anonymous, were initially refused IVF by their primary care trust because they were a same-sex couple.

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Catholic fury at pro-gay charity

A Church-funded charity has spoken in support of gay adoption, provoking anger from the Catholic Church.

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Column: Confessions of a Serial Monogamer

One difficult thing about being a serial monogamer is the limited space between relationships to do stupid things. Connected to this is the limited capacity of girlfriends to allow you to do do stupid things whilst in the relationship.

Stupid things like getting a lap dance from a stranger.

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Pakistan to register ‘third sex’

Pakistan’s transgender and eunuch community is to be officially surveyed and registered, following a Supreme Court ruling.

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Why are lesbians on TV always ginger?

It’s a rainy day and I am watching TV with my girlfriend when she makes a remarkable discovery: “Lesbians on TV are always ginger”.

Ever since she said it, I’ve realised it’s strangely true, writes Jessie McLaughlin. The more onscreen lesbians I can think of, the more turn out to be flaming redheads. It gets me thinking, what could possibly be behind it?

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London homophobic crime up 13.5%

More than a thousand homophobic hate crimes were reported to the police in London in the past year, an increase of 13.5% from the previous year.

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Lesbians less affected by body image pressure

Gay women feel under less pressure to have ‘the perfect body’ than heterosexual or bisexual women, according to a new study presented yesterday (15 July 2009) at the British Psychological Society Psychology of Women’s Section annual conference.

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Lesbilicious back online

We’re pleased to announce that Lesbilicious.co.uk is back online! Apologies for the delay, and we hope you didn’t miss us too much.

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Bruno: reviewed

Let’s face it, Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest film was never going to be highbrow, writes Jo York. Bruno pushes the boundaries of comfortable viewing even further than Cohen’s his last creation, Borat.

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‘Yoga can cure homosexuality’

The recent high court decision to decriminalise homosexuality in India has been formerly challenged by a yoga guru, who claims homosexuality is a disease which can be cured with yoga.

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‘Free speech’ amendment accepted for hate law

Anti-homophobia campaigners were disappointed today, as the House of Lords voted to keep a controversial amendment to a bill designed to criminalise incitement of homophobic hatred.

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“Life better under Saddam” – Gay Iraqis

LGBT Iraqis face far worse violence and victimisation now compared to when Saddam Hussein was in power, according to a new BBC documentary.

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Gay Americans less likely to be Christian

70% of gay and lesbian people in the USA identify themselves as Christians, compared to 85% of heterosexuals, according to a new study of over 9,000 adults.

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London Pride 2009 – Lesbilicious highlights

What a weekend. How I managed to bump into people I know at London Pride is beyond me. Like accidentally coming across needles in a haystack. Yet when I needed to find someone…impossible. There were “hundreds of thousands” of people in London this weekend for the controversially themed ‘Come Out and Play’. Rosie Kirk lists some Lesbilicious highlights of London Pride 2009.

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Queen endorses homophobic church group

The Queen has sent “supportive” letters to an anti-gay faction of the Church of England.

Her Majesty wrote twice to the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA), offering her support, expressing her understanding and wishing them success.

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Cambridge Pride cancelled due to lack of funds

Cambridge’s Pink Festival, planned for 22 August 2009, has been called off due to financial difficulties.

Organisers are blaming the economy for the problems in raising the necessary sponsorship for the free event.

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New on Lesbilicious: weekly columns

From next week we’re starting a feature on Lesbilicious. As well as the daily news and weekly in-depth articles, we’ll also be publishing weekly columns from 4 writers.

As a taster of what to expect, here are introductions to each of the columns, as told by the columnists themselves:

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British ambassadors asked to promote LGBT rights worldwide

Britain has sent it’s strongest message to date in support of LGBT rights around the world.

Foreign Office minister Chris Bryant, who is openly gay, has started writing personal letters of congratulations to British diplomats overseas who show public support for LGBT rights.

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“God, I hope my mother doesn’t read this interview!” Amanda Palmer, as interrogated by Lesbilicious readers

A while back, we told you about our plans to interview former Dresden Doll (and now solo punk-cabaret queen) Amanda Palmer, writes Jane Bradley.

We asked you what you wanted to know, and you obliged with an assortment of penetrating questions on topics from holidays and haircuts to time travel, shaving and Jessica Simpson. Read on for Amanda’s answers…

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Gay sex decriminalised in India

The Delhi High Court has ruled that the law against consensual gay sex between adults is a violation of India’s constitution.

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Bar raided on anniversary of Stonewall riots

A gay bar in Texas was raided by police on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the beginning of the gay rights movement.

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Tatchell barred from Brown’s Pride party

Well-known gay rights activist Peter Tatchell claimed he has been barred from the Prime Minister’s official Pride event at Downing Street.

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Lesbilicious party at Northern Pride

If you are heading to Northern Pride in Newcastle this year, don’t miss out on a night of pure pride indulgence on board the Lesbilicious Loveboat.

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New Lesbilicious poll: let's talk about you for a minute

Lesbilicious is proud to announce the launch of a regular reader poll. It will be our chance to find out more about you – and your chance to find out more about each other.

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New Lesbilicious poll: let’s talk about you for a minute

Lesbilicious is proud to announce the launch of a regular reader poll. It will be our chance to find out more about you – and your chance to find out more about each other.

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The trials and tribulations of dyke fashion

All girls love shopping, and frocks, and curling their eyelashes, right? Carrie J Lyell is not so sure…

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Emily Blunt aspires to be gay icon

British actress Emily Blunt is hoping to develop a fan base in the LGBT community.

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White House to hold rainbow reception

The President of the USA is to hold a reception for LGBT people at the White House to mark the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

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Inspectors rule Canterbury as ‘gay friendly’

An investigation has found that there are no grounds for claims that Canterbury is unsupportive of the LGBT community.

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Calling all mums-to-be for BBC documentary

Renegade Pictures are making a warm, thoughtful film about pregnancy in which the presenter will meet 7 women having a baby at different stages of their lives.

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Credit crunch hits Pink Paper

The UK’s only gay print newspaper is to close. The Pink Paper has announced it will suspend printing of the weekly newspaper, although it will continue to publish news online.