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January 2007

  • 22nd January 2007

    Human rights group tell Tatchell to back off

    Mr Tatchell concluded that better communication is needed in the international LGBTI movement.

    2:00 PM — Calls last week from gay rights group OutRage! to pile international pressure on the Nigerian government have been blasted as unhelpful and counterproductive by New York-based NGO Human Rights Watch.On Friday, Peter Tatchell urged gay and lesbian people to contact the Nigerian goverment to show their opposition to draconian new laws aimed at outlawing same-sex marriage and restricting other gay rights.

  • Eagle speaks out against the “very, very few”

    Ms Eagle refused to comment on reports that there was a row between Prime Minister Tony Blair and MPs at a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party last Wednesday.

    1:39 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive The vice-chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party has said that "very, very few" of the party's MPs want a change to the Sexual Orientation Regulations.Angela Eagle, the MP for Wallasey, spoke out after the Independent on Sunday reported that Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly wants to allow adoption agencies controlled by the Roman Catholic Church to turn away gay or lesbian couples.

  • Police warn of internet dangers

    The victim was subjected to humiliation and some nasty comments from some neighbours.

    1:03 PM — The Metropolitan Police have issued a warning to gay men to be more cautious when sending pictures online after a London man was humiliated by an internet sneak.The two men met on an internet dating site and the victim sent the other man a sexually explicit picture of himself.When they stopped chatting online, the other man reprinted the image on a poster with libellous text.

  • Gay MPs lambast Kelly opt-out

    Mr Bryant, a former Anglican priest, said that although other churches and faith groups run adpotion agencies, “I have not heard of any other religions are asking for an exemption.“

    11:15 AM — Labour politicians and gay rights activists have responded to press reports that Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly wants to grant exemptions to the new Equality Act.The Independent on Sunday reported that Kelly wants to give Roman Catholic adoption agencies an opt-out from the Sexual Orientation Regulations, which outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services.

  • Online suicide bid highlights trans isolation

    Several NHS trusts in England have announced they are cutting gender reassignment surgery in an effort to balance their books.

    10:50 AM — A Welsh transsexual woman took an overdose of pills, then sent emails to health groups and media outlets, protesting at the way in which gender reassignment surgery is regarded.The unnamed woman, from Llanelli, swallowed a large quantity of painkilling medication and then sent the email suicide note.A friend of the woman called the police when he read the contents of her email.

  • Ruth Kelly in new row over gay adoption

    It is thought that Tony Blair supports Ms Kelly over the exemptions from the SOR for Catholic adoption agencies.

    10:10 AM — Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly has ignited another cabinet row over the Sexual Orientation Regulations.The new rules, which protect gay, bisexual and lesbian people in England and Wales from discrimination when accessing goods and services, are due to come into force in April.It emerged over the weekend that Kelly and Prime Minister Tony Blair want to exempt Roman Catholic adoption agencies from the regulations.

  • 19th January 2007

    Tutu stands up for gays 2

    Dr Tutu told journalists that gay hate was the same as racism. photo: Benny Gool

    5:12 PM — Legendary anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Desmond Tutu has urged his fellow Anglicans to focus on the problems facing Africa and stop obsessing over gay issues.Dr Tutu told a conference in Nairobi that the God he worships does not consider the position of homosexual clergy to be more important that AIDS.The former Archbishop of Cape Town is attending the World Social Forum in Kenya.

  • Robbie Williams to strip for Elton? 57

    The paper reports that Elton John has already asked Williams to perform at his birthday gig.

    4:56 PM — Elton John's upcoming 60th birthday celebrations have been a source of endless speculation, with the latest report claiming that former Take That! singer Robbie Williams is going to perform a striptease on the night.What is certain is that John will be celebrating the landmark birthday on 25th March with a performance for friends and celebrities at New York's Madison Square Garden.

  • Prescott reveals a fear of gays 2

    Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay rights lobby Stonewall, was clear that he for one does not think Mr Prescott was being anti-gay.

    4:36 PM — Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has spoken to BBC Radio 4 about his days as a merchant seaman, and revealed that he was uncomfortable sharing a cabin with gay crew.The 68-year-old, who is due to stand down as Labour party deputy leader later this year, worked as a steward on the Cunard Line in the 1950's.A documentary about his time at sea, called Prescott At Your Service, has been made by the BBC radio station.

  • Matthew Shepard’s mum nominated for award

    Anyone can vote for Judy Shepard and the foundation at www.volvoforlifeawards.com

    4:13 PM — Gay activists in America are urging people across the world to vote for Judy Shepard, who has been chosen as a finalist in the fifth "Volvo For Life" awards.Mrs Shepard, Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, has become one of America's most vocal advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.The foundation was created by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year old son, Matthew.

  • Network steps into F word row, actor apologises 4

    An online petition sent to bosses at ABC asked the network to fire Washington, and was signed by over 9,000 people.  photo: ABC

    11:51 AM — ABC television has issued a rebuke to Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington for using the word faggot in public.And in yet another twist, Washington has apologised for the second time for his use of the offensive word.An online petition sent to bosses at ABC asked the network to fire Washington, and was signed by over 9,000 people.

  • Homophobic Muslim preacher faces police probe 2

    The controversial preacher was caught on camera at Green Lane Mosque in Birmingham.

    11:21 AM — The Birmingham mosque exposed in a Channel 4 documentary as a Mecca for extremist Muslims is being investigated by police after calls from an MP for police to intervene.The Dispatches programme, broadcast on Monday, showed undercover footage of preacher Abu Usamah calling for gay people to be executed.The controversial preacher was caught on camera at Green Lane Mosque in Birmingham.

  • Alleged rapist and serial killer in court

    The defendant was wheeled into court, and is reported to suffer from a heart condition.

    10:47 AM — A 42-year-old man has appeared in court in Louisiana charged with nine counts of first degree murder.Ronald Dominique pleaded not guilty to the charges, which relate to the rape and murder of nine men in Terrebonne County between 2002 and 2005.The accused was arrested by police at a homeless shelter last month.

  • Gay director pleads not guilty

    Van Sant has used Oregon as the setting for several of his films.

    10:23 AM — A lawyer for Gus Van Sant, director of My Own Private Idaho, has told a court in Portland, Oregon, that he is not guilty of driving recklessly and drink-driving.The 54-year-old was arrested on December 21st last year, after police officers spotted him driving at night with no headlights on.Police allege that the director was slurring his words and had bloodshot eyes when stopped.

  • Mardi Gras protest over gay marriage 1

    Last year US Vice President was lampooned along with  Brokeback Mountain.

    9:55 AM — Sydney Mardi Gras organisers have launched a stinging attack on the Australian Prime Minister's stance on same-sex marriage.The federal government of John Howard has rejected calls for Australian gay and lesbian couples to be allowed to have same-sex marriages or civil unions.The Liberal leader has spoken out against gay rights on many occasions.

  • 18th January 2007

    Nigerian anti-gay laws about to pass

    The president, Olusegun Obasanjo, controls the Executive Council and his Nigerian People's Party has a majority in the both the Senate and House of Representatives.

    5:55 PM — New legislation currently being debated by politicians in Nigeria could be the most serious crackdown on the rights of gay and lesbian people since the Iranian revolution.The proposed laws are presented as a defence of marriage, but gay activist Peter Tatchell argues they seek to remove the few rights sexual minorities have in the troubled African state.

  • Controversial gay ex-MP demands pension

    Olexander claimed his expulsion was as a result of homophobia within the party.

    4:45 PM — The Australian former Liberal party MP Andrew Olexander is in the limelight once again.He is applying for an exemption to allow him to access a pension paid for by the taxpayer.Mr Olexander was a controversial figure in the Liberal party, roughly equivalent to the Conservatives in the UK.

  • Bristol ready for LGBT History Month 1

    The full list of events can be found online at: www.bristol.gov.uk/lgbthistorymonth

    3:43 PM — The important contribution that LGBT Bristolians make to the city's economy and cultural scene is to be celebrated through a range of events.They will take place under the banner of LGBT History Month, and begin with a film double bill at the Arnolfini cinema on Saturday 29th January.There are two further LGBT film double bills at the Arnolfini on Sundays 4th and 11th of February.

  • Brighton Pride mourn their “true champion” 9

    The Pride Board will now consider a suitable and fitting tribute to Mr Wilde at this year's Preston Park event on Saturday 4th August.

    2:18 PM — The organisers of Brighton Pride have spoken of their sadness at the news that Paul Wilde has died aged 51.As reported by PinkNews.co.uk, Mr Wilde died in his sleep and yesterday was found in his flat above his venue South Central, in Vauxhall, London.He was the mastermind behind the most successful Pride events in the country.

  • Internet cruisers less likely to know HIV status

    One in six men did not know that HIV couldn't pass through an undamaged latex condom.

    12:48 PM — One in five of all men seeking men for sex on the internet have not had an HIV test since their last episode of unprotected casual sex.This is just one of many findings discussed in newly published data from the 2006 Gay Auckland Periodic Sex Survey (GAPSS) and Gay men's Online Sex Survey (GOSS).Together the surveys spoke to over 3,000 gay and bisexual men in New Zealand.

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