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January 2007

  • 24th January 2007

    Labour leadership candidate pledges support for gay adoption 1

    The 55-year-old left-wing MP has voted positively in every one of the 14 divisions relating to gay equality held since 1997.

    3:31 PM — John McDonnell, the only Labour MP to have publicly confirmed he will stand for party leader once Tony Blair departs, has criticised the attitude of the Christian churches towards gay adoption.In a statement to PinkNews.co.uk, Mr McDonnell branded Christian objectors as primitive.He called on his party to stand firm in the face of calls for exemptions for Catholic adoption agencies.

  • US marriage amendment abandoned 1

    The amendment was passed several times in the US Congress, but never came close to gettting the 60% of senators required to move the process forward.

    2:48 PM — Attempts by Colorado Republicans to bring forward an amendment to the United States Constitution banning same-sex marriage will not be repeated in the current Congress.The Pueblo Chieftan newspaper reports that Representative Marilyn Musgrave and Senator Wayne Allard admitted last week that they are not planning any further legislation.

  • Brit pop star won’t say which way he swings 9

    Mika, real name Mica Penniman, was educated at the exclusive Westminster School, where politician of the moment Ruth Kelly also studied.

    12:12 PM — He is the toast of the music industry, and his hit song Grace Kelly sits at the top of the singles chart, but no matter how many times journalists ask, he won't tell.Beirut-born pop crooner Mika is keeping mum about his sexual orientation.Some commentators have judged that a smart move for any artist aspiring to a career in America.

  • Scots Catholics banking on Polish election effect 1

    The elections for the 129-member parliament take place on May 3rd.

    11:29 AM — Catholic leaders in Scotland are hoping the influx of Polish migrants to the country will affect the outcome of the upcoming elections for the country's parliament.Around 40,000 immigrants are now working in Scotland, 90% of them Poles, who are in turn almost all practising Catholics.The elections for the 129-member parliament take place on May 3rd.

  • Christian magistrate goes to employment tribunal 1

    He resigned from the South Yorkshire Courts' Panel after being informed he would not be allowed to opt-out of cases that he felt would conflict with his religious views.

    10:44 AM — A Sheffield magistrate is taking the Lord Chancellor to an employment tribunal, claiming that his Bible-influenced opinions should allow him to be excused from approving gay adoptions.62-year-old Andrew McClintock hopes the ruling will set a precedent.He spoke to The Daily Mail about his opinions on gay parenting.

  • Blairs blamed for cabinet split over gay rights 5

    Like Ms Kelly, Mrs Blair is a practising Roman Catholic, and the Blair's two eldest sons attended an exclusive Church school.

    10:10 AM — The Independent newspaper is reporting that the Prime Minister's wife Cherie is responsible for the row in cabinet over the delay in the introduction of gay rights legislation.Meanwhile Alan Johnson, who had responsibility for overseeing the Sexual Orientation Regulations while he was Trade and Industry Secretary, is reported to have told MPs that the exemption for Roman Catholic adoption agencies is being actively supported by the Prime Minister.

  • Anglicans back Catholics in adoption row 3

    Archbishop of York John Sentamu pointed out to the Prime Minister that there are already exemptions in the provision of services on the grounds of conscience or belief. photo: Jeff Jones

    9:44 AM — The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have written to Prime Minister Tony Blair in support of an exemption from anti-discrimination legislation for Roman Catholic adoption agencies.In the letter the Archbishops, the most senior clergy in the Church of England, tell Mr Blair that, "the rights of conscience cannot be made subject to legislation, however well meaning."Their intervention is in support of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor.

  • 23rd January 2007

    Labour MEP-led organisation calls for Kelly resignation 18

    Ruth Kelly should resign say GALHA

    10:22 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association, (GALHA) whose Vice President is the former EastEnders star turned Labour MEP Michael Cashman, has called on the Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly to resign.Ms Kelly, who is a devout Catholic and a member of Opus Dei, has yet to clarify if she will allow the Catholic Church to opt out of adoption of children by gay couples.

  • Grey’s star signs up for No Name-Calling Week 4

    He met with representatives of GLSEN yesterday in Los Angeles. photo: American Broadcasting Corp.

    10:22 AM — Shamed TV actor Isaiah Washington has signalled his desire to put the controversy surrounding his use of the word 'faggot' behind him by co-operating with Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network.Washington, one of the stars of the hit medical drama Grey's Anatomy has apologised for using homophobic language to refer to his co-star TR Knight.He met with representatives of GLSEN yesterday in Los Angeles.

  • Oscar nominations for a very British Queen

    The film follows the aftermath of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, from the perspective of Queen Elizabeth II.

    10:22 AM — Dames Helen Mirren and Judi Dench have been nominated for Best Actress at this year's Oscars.The 79th Academy Awards ceremony in February will be hosted by Ellen Degeneres, the first time an out gay performer has presented the most prestigious movie event in the Hollywood calendar.Mirren is honoured for her performance in The Queen. 

  • Friends friends to share on-screen lesbian kiss

    Aniston's cameo on  Dirt  will be the first time that she has acted with Cox since  Friends  finished. photo: channel 4

    10:22 AM — Stars Courtney Cox and Jennifer Aniston are to be reunited in the season finale of hit US drama series Dirt. The show stars Cox as Lucy Spiller, the editor of a sleazy American tabloid newspaper, and has been a big hit for FX networks since its premiere at the start of 2007.It was announced last month that Cox's close friend and Friends co-star Jennifer Aniston will feature in the season finale.

  • CPS hits back at “jail for STI” reports 1

    The CPS statement echoes the call from HIV health charity Terrence Higgins Trust for decisions to prosecute to be consistent.

    10:22 AM — The Crown Prosecution Service has said that reports that more people might be jailed for passing on sexually transmitted infections are inaccurate.In a statement to PinkNews.co.uk, the service revealed that a policy consultation process with medical and voluntary sector experts has only just finished and that no policy directions have been finalised.

  • Catholic leadership “sordid” say Lib Dems

    The only person who seems to be getting even more abuse than the Cardinal is the cabinet minister at the centre of the media storm, Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly.

    10:22 AM — The war of words over whether or not the Roman Catholic Church should be allowed to refuse adoption services to gay and lesbian people reached a new fever pitch today.A LibDem MP has called the leadership of the Church sordid and accused them of blackmail.On Sunday it was reported that Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly wanted to grant the Church an exemption to the Sexual Orientation Regulations.

  • Gay man wins orientation discrimination case 1

    Mr Gaman told the tribunal of the homoophobic abuse he was subjected to while working at the Bristol County Sports Club.

    10:22 AM — A Bristol man has won a claim of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and been awarded thousands of pounds in damages.An employment tribunal also found that Tony Gaman had been unfairly dismissed by Bristol County Sports Club."After about eight-and-a-half years I got tired of living a lie and told them that I was gay.

  • Charities query proposed Brighton AIDS memorial

    Councillor Paul Elgood, the Mayor of Brighton, with James Ledward at the launch of the planned AIDS memorial.

    10:22 AM — The UK's largest HIV health organisation is questioning plans for a permanent AIDS memorial in Brighton.Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) South says that the community has not been consulted properly and that the £20,000 bill for the memorial - currently being raised by local businesses and customers - could be better spent."There needs to be much greater community discussion," says Perry French from THT South.

  • Cardinal asks politicians for adoption opt-out

    “Marital love involves an essential complementarity (sic) of male and female.“ photo: archdiocese of westminster

    10:22 AM — The row over a possible exemption for the Catholic Church from new laws to protect gay people from discrimination intensified yesterday as a senior cleric weighed into the debate.Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has chosen the high risk strategy of openly threatening to close adoption agencies in England and Wales rather than let gay or lesbian people make use of them.

  • Jail for passing on sexually transmitted diseases 1

    THT are concerned that the current prosecutions policy is restigmatising HIV “at a rate of knots.“

    10:22 AM — The Crown Prosecution Service is to target people who knowingly pass on STDs, with some being sent to prison.The new approach is due to be announced by Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Ken Macdonald soon, reports The Evening Standard. Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has expressed concern about the reported new policy.

  • 22nd January 2007

    Brokeback Mountain star Heath Ledger found dead

    Heath Ledger may have died as a reuslt of drugs found on the scene

    10:00 PM — The Oscar nominated star of Brokeback Mountain Heath Ledger was found dead in his Manhattan apartment just hours ago, New York City police said."He was found unconscious at the apartment and pronounced dead," a police spokesperson said.Paul Browne, added that police "are investigating the possibility of an overdose."

  • Gay helplines attacked by hoaxers

    In March 2006 the National lottery donated £120,000 to Gay-Glos, from a fund allocated to help the minority groups living in the UK.

    6:17 PM — The Gloucestershire gay helpline has been the victim of a text message scam that is reducing its ability to respond to genuine calls.Text messages are being sent to random phones asking the recipient to call the free helpline number urgently. During one day in December over 30 calls were made in one hour.The Gay and Lesbian Switchboard has also been the victim of similar scam texts.

  • GLAAD nominees include Grey’s Anatomy

    Until very recently  Grey's  did not even have a gay actor, but an on-set argument in which the word 'faggot' was used forced star TR Knight to reveal that he is gay.

    4:35 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has revealed which films and TV shows have been nominated in their 18th Annual Media Awards.Among the expected nominations for The L Word is a nod for a show that in recent weeks has become more notorious for the F word.ABC hit show Grey's Anatomy has been nominated in the category of Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a gay character).

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