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February 2007

  • 28th February 2007

    Bucks Fizz Tory’s off-colour comments upset gay voters 29

    Last December Tory councillor Peter Willows was found guilty of public order offences after he likened gay people to paedophiles at a civic reception in the city.

    6:27 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive A former Bucks Fizz star turned Brighton politician is facing calls to step down as a Tory candidate for the city council after allegedly making homophobic comments.Gay campaigners want David Van Day to withdraw from standing in the East Brighton ward after comments he made at a Valentine's charity fundraising dinner hosted by the Conservative Mayor of Brighton and Hove upset some of those in attendance.

  • Ken’s a hypocrite, says Moscow pride organiser 1

    After the press conference, he attempted to unfurl his Moscow Pride flag.

    6:27 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Nicolas Alexeyev has blasted the Mayor of London, calling him a hypocrite over his behaviour at the press conference for the meeting of four European mayors in the city this afternoon.Mr Alexeyev, who is an acreditted journalist, claims that Ken Livingstone ignored his repeated attempts to ask a question of Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov.He also says that after the conference he was pushed and threatened by Mr Luzhkov's press officer.

  • Synod takes a middle way in gay debate 1

    The divisions over gay priests and the Church's attitude to same-sex partnerships was highlighted last week at the primates meeting in Tanzania.

    5:42 PM — The General Synod of the Church of England has passed a compromise resolution on gays in the church.Some delegates were wary of re-opening the debate about the place of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the church just a week after a meeting of Anglican primates exposed the division in the worldwide communion.The Bishop of Gloucester, Rt Rev Michael Perham, said it was the wrong time to talk about gay priests.

  • Congress may revisit gays in the military

    Belkin noted that repealing the gay ban is not just the priority of a liberal or Democratic agenda, but is now supported by majorities of Republicans, conservatives and regular church-goers.

    4:27 PM — In the wake of announcements that Congressman Marty Meehan will re-introduce legislation to repeal "don't ask, don't tell" this week, observers are debating the future of the gays-in-the-military issue in Congress.Last year, Representative Meehan, a Democrat from Massachusetts, garnered the support of 122 representatives for the Military Readiness Enhancement Act.

  • Sun, sea and sex a turn off for most gays

    Three-quarters said they enjoyed clubbing “only occasionally,“ and 82% said that “proximity to a gay scene“ was not a factor in their choice of holiday destination.

    4:03 PM — Traditional gay holidays are stressful and offer too little in the way of relaxation and local culture, according to research by new travel company Embark.Faced with the stereotypical holiday based around sex, drugs and all-night clubbing, most gay men would rather travel independently or with like-minded groups, the survey found.Almost 70% of those surveyed said they would prefer to spend a long weekend taking it easy at a European health spa.

  • Harassment not covered by discrimination regulations 1

    Equality and anti-discrimination law has been built up in a patchy way and with differing levels of protection.

    3:52 PM — The Sexual Orientation Regulations for England, Wales and Scotland will not provide a protection against harassment included in the Northern Ireland regulations.The Christian Institute, who are opposed to the new rules outlawing discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services, reported the lack of a harassment regulation in their magazine.

  • Mayor Ken defends rights of Russian gays 1

    Mr Livingstone condemned his attitude at a press conference this afternoon.

    2:11 PM — The Mayor of London has condemned any ban on gay rights marches, and said the matter will be raised with the Mayor of Moscow.The mayors of the four largest cities in Europe are meeting in London today, with the openly gay Mayors of Paris and Berlin also joining Mr Livingstone.The London Mayor said the matter of "municipal policies to combat discrimination" is on the agenda.

  • Clarke and Milburn deny “stop Gordon” campaign 1

    Many Blairites are anxious about Mr Brown succeeding as Prime Minister.

    12:13 PM — Two former senior members of the Blair government have denied that they are trying to undermine Chancellor Gordon Brown's chances of becoming Prime Minister.However, both Charles Clarke and Alan Milburn refused to say they would not stand against Mr Brown.The pair have been accused of troublemaking after they jointly launched a website, The 2020 Vision.

  • Alzheimers study has implications for LGBT people 1

    Currently dementia costs the UK £17 billion per year.

    11:44 AM — A major study on the social and economic impact of dementia in the UK, commissioned by the Alzheimers Society, through Kings College, London and the London School of Economics has been published today.The report shows that as the UK's population ages the number of people with dementia will grow substantially, reaching over 1 million by the year 2025.Other research suggests a connection between recreational drug use and significant memory impairment.

  • Lithuanian MPs think homosexuality a perversion 4

    Homosexual sex was legalised in Lithuania in 1993.

    11:11 AM — A poll of members of the Lithuanian parliament has revealed that over half of them agree that homosexuality is a perversion.The survey reflected a deeply ingrained homophobia in Lithuanian society. Homosexual sex was legalised in Lithuania in 1993.In 2004 the age of consent for homosexual sex was lowered from 18 to 14 to bring it in line with the age of consent for heterosexual sex.

  • A chance to run with your footie heroes

    All money raised will go to the Everyman Campaign, which funds research into testicular and prostate cancer.

    10:51 AM — Men are being encouraged to get fit with their footballing heroes in order to raise money and awareness for male cancer research.Keep Your Eye On The Ball 5k is a running event with a football twist, which will take place on June 3 in Victoria Park, East London.The exclusively male run, organised by the FA, the Professional Footballers Association and the Everyman Male Cancer Campaign.

  • 27th February 2007

    Williams revelation about sexual orientation regulations 57

    Dr Williams also revealed that the Church of England have received assurances from the government. photo: lambeth palace

    2:16 PM — A written answer from the Archbishop of Canterbury at the Church of England's General Synod has revealed that new laws to protect LGB people from discrimination may be under threat.Dr Rowan Williams said that the Sexual Orientation Regulations for Great Britain will differ from those already in force in Northern Ireland.Dr Williams' answer implies that there will be more exemptions for faith-based service providers.

  • Police raid Sydney Mardi Gras party

    Around 5,000 people were attending the Harbour party, which lasts 11 hours. Police successfully applied to a magistrate to close the event two hours early.

    1:42 PM — Gay and lesbians in Australia have reacted with fury at a drugs raid on Sunday night that closed one of the dance parties for Sydney Mardi Gras.Revellers have described the police tactics as heavy-handed. They subjected revellers to strip searches behind specially-constructed screened areas. 26 people were arrested.The Sydney police claim they are acting after the death of a 20-year-old woman at a music festival earlier this month.

  • NHS pulls funding on gay smoking cessation

    41% of gay men are smokers, a figure which soars above the national average of 25 per cent.

    12:22 PM — Gay men are set to lose one of the most successful quit smoking courses in the country after it has been denied funding by London's NHS trusts.March 14 will be National No Smoking Day, yet thousands of gay men may be unable to get the help they need to quit because the Gay Men Fighting Aids course is under threat.GMFA, the UK's only charity dedicated to gay men's health, runs a stopping smoking that boasts a 68% success rate.

  • Channel 4 podcast for gay education week 9

    Channel 4 is dedicating this week of its morning Education schedule to programming about gay issues for teenagers.

    11:59 AM — Gay rapper QBoy will be introducing two podcasts for Channel 4 that offer support and advice to gay teenagers.The podcasts, which are part of Channel 4's gay teen Sexuality Awareness week, will focus on the issues of coming out.The first will discuss the family, comparing the motivations and experiences of three young teens coming out to their families.

  • Analysis: Irish government accused over gay unions defeat 3

    Members of the public in Ireland were overwhelming disappointed that the Bill  did not pass.

    11:53 AM — Legislation proposed by the Irish Labour Party designed to recognise, amongst other things gay marriages, failed in country's Parliament due to a lack of Government support.Celine Casey, a former Parliamentary researcher at the Dáil Éireann, explores the background to the defeat and the future for gay rights laws in Ireland. 

  • The case of a lesbian adoption and the IBM fortune

    According to court documents, at the time the adoption took place Ms Watson was worth $10m.

    11:30 AM — When Olive Watson and Patricia Spado discovered they could not legally marry in Maine in 1991, they decided to take a less conventional route to cement their rights.Ms Watson adopted Ms Spado, naming her as the sole beneficiary of her will and cementing her rights of inheritance.The couple split in 1992, but Ms Spado is claiming her share of inheritance as an official "grandchild" of Ms Watson's family.

  • Stonewall tackle Welsh hate crime

    The conference takes place on Saturday 31 March at the Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea.

    11:22 AM — Tackling Homophobic Hate Crime in Wales is the theme of Stonewall Cymru's annual conference in Swansea next month.Speakers will include representatives from the South Wales Police and the Crown Prosecution Service, who will highlight the positive work that is being done to challenge homophobic hate crime in the principality.Jenny Porter, Stonewall Cymru Community Liaison Officer, said, "Homophobic hate crime needs to be taken seriously in Wales."

  • Anglicans appear sex obsessed admits Williams 1

    There are two motions up for discussion about gay people tomorrow.

    10:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury yesterday told the General Synod of the Church of England that the public view of their congregation is of one obsessed with carnal matters.The synod meets twice a year to discuss the business of the church, and is made up of bishops, priests and lay people.Dr Williams, opening the four-day meeting, told delegates about the outcome of the primates meeting last week in Tanzania.

  • 26th February 2007

    BA airline sorry to gay couple for blanket incident 1

    The couple have received an apology and the airline said they regard the matter as closed.

    6:21 PM — A gay couple who were covered with a blanket by an airline stewardess because they were hugging have received an apology.South African carrier Comair run British Airways services in that country and is an affiliate member of the Oneworld airline.They had been threatened with legal action by the couple.

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