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February 2007

  • 26th February 2007

    Homophobic mayor faces lawsuit and London protest

    In addition to demanding a retraction, parade organisers are also seeking 1,000 roubles (£19) each in compensation for moral damage.

    6:21 PM — The organisers of Moscow's gay pride parade are suing Yuri Luzhkov, the mayor that banned the event last year, for likening the parade to a "satanic act."Organisers of the parade, led by Nicholas Alexeyev, are calling on Luzhkov to retract his comments, DPA news has reported."Both in the secular and religious context, the term 'satanic' is offensive and carries a negative colouring," Alexeyev said.

  • Google defend decisions on gay hate website 19

    On Friday Google decided to put up a page warning people that the content on killbattyman blog might be offensive.

    6:04 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusiveGoogle has confirmed that they removed a homophobic blog from their blogger.com service because it was in breach of their terms and conditions.The company defended their decision last week not to remove the offending webpage.

  • Gay hate blog removed by Google 19

    The latest post featured a doctored image of Peter Tatchell holding a placard with a sexually explicit picture of a child on it.

    4:58 PM — A blog that called for the execution of gay people has been removed by its host company blogger.com, which is owned by Google.The internet company have yet to release a statement.However, the blog is now listed as unavailable.Google came under pressure from gay activists furious that a blog inciting violence against gay people was being hosted by them.

  • Help for gays in debt – and it’s free

    Rosiland Pearson, a spokeswoman for the National Citizens Advice Bureau, told PinkNews.co.uk that debt can happen to anyone.

    3:53 PM — The Citizens Advice Bureau is targeting LGBT debt sufferers as part of a wider campaign to reduce the number of people in debt.The charity has revealed that they dealt with 1.4 million new debt problems last year and indications show that this will rise even further in the 2006/2007 financial year.Teresa Perchard, Director of Policy for Citizens Advice expressed concern about the rising numbers.

  • Homophobic preacher claims his gay sex rights

    His lawyer, Mack Martin, has issued a motion that would remove the charge.

    3:14 PM — A former Southern Baptist church leader who had publicly condemned homosexuality has been charged for offering to engage in an act of lewdness after soliciting sex from an undercover policeman in Oklahoma.The Reverend Lonnie Latham was arrested on January 3rd 2006 outside the Habana Inn in Oklahoma City after asking an undercover policeman to come up to his hotel room for oral sex.

  • Net police investigate gay hate website 19

    The site has been hosted on Google's blogger.com service since March 2006.

    2:45 PM — The Internet Watch Foundation has said that images on a homophobic blog site could be illegal.The killbattyman site, hosted by blogger.com, which is owned by Google, is thought to originate in Jamaica.The latest post features a doctored image of Peter Tatchell holding a placard with a sexually explicit picture of a child on it.

  • Congress prepares for gay rights bills

    Now that the Democrats have control of Congress, the hate-crimes and workplace bills are generally expected to pass the Senate.

    12:52 PM — Gay rights activists and opponents are preparing themselves for the likely passage of America's first major gay rights bills.It is widely expected that at least two gay-rights measures will gain approval in Congress this year.These include a hate-crimes bill that would cover homophobic offences and a workplace bill that would include sexual orientation in anti-discrimination policy.

  • New York ordered to pay for gender surgery 1

    The Manhattan Family Court was told that Ms Lopez's surgery would cost $15,000 to $20,000.

    12:25 PM — A court has ruled that the city of New York must pay for gender re-assignment surgery for a 21-year-old.Mariah Lopez was in the care of the city when she began her legal fight to get treatment. The Manhattan Family Court was told that Ms Lopez's surgery would cost $15,000 to $20,000.The city is planning to appeal. It is the second time that the city has been ordered to pay for Ms Lopez's surgery.

  • Rupert Everett to lead Sydney Mardi Gras

    Everett will be promoting his kiss-and-tell book Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins.

    11:49 AM — Gay actor Rupert Everett will be this year's Chief of Parade at the Sydney Gay Lesbian Mardi Gras.The parade kicks off on Saturday, and will be broadcast live on the internet.This year's Mardi Gras, the 29th, has been accused of being too commercial.

  • Gay gamers targets for homophobia

    Gay people are slightly more likely to buy games that include sexually attractive avatars.

    11:22 AM — Online gamers face a homophobic culture, a survey has found.The "Gaymer Survey," conducted at the University of Illinois and involving over 10,000 respondents, found that gay gamers experienced a high level of homophobic attitudes and language.As reported by Next Generation, 88% of respondents said that they had heard the phrase "that's so gay."

  • Scottish Executive seek Catholic opt-out on adoption

    Last month, the Prime Minister announced that there would be no exemption from the new regulations for adoption agencies.

    11:06 AM — The row over Roman Catholic-run adoption agencies and the Sexual Orientation Regulations has flared up again following reports of secret negotiations between the UK government and the Scottish Executive. The Scotsman reports that Scottish education minister Hugh Henry is in talks with London-based government departments to try and ensure that an informal agreement that would allow Catholic adoption agencies to flout gay rights legislation is honoured.

  • 24th February 2007

    Google places warning on homophobic site it hosts 19

    The website now features a warning to visitors

    12:09 AM — Google has placed a warning on a homophobic blog that allegedly incites the murder of gay people as a result of an investigation by PinkNews.co.uk.The weblog, called killbattyman, originates in Jamaica. The site carries numerous homophobic statements and also calls for all gay people to be killed.

  • 23rd February 2007

    UK police action on gay hate website 19

    It is unclear whether an offence under British law has been committed by the blog's authors.

    5:30 PM — The Association of Chief Police Officers has condemned a homophobic website hosted by blogger.comThe weblog, called killbattyman, originates in Jamaica.DCI Simon Taylor, who works for ACPO's crime committee, told PinkNews.co.uk that they have informed the Internet Watch Foundation about the site.

  • Gambian president claims he can cure AIDS 4

    According to President Jammeh, (left), AIDS sufferers will be cured within “three to thirty days.“ photo: www.statehouse.gm

    5:21 PM — The President of Gambia has horrified scientists by announcing that he has developed a "miracle cure" for HIV/AIDS.Hundreds of Gambians have lined up to be "cured" by President Yahya Jammeh, who treats his patients by rubbing a mysterious herbal paste into their ribcages and then instructing them to swallow a bitter yellow drink, followed by two bananas.The therapy is administered repeatedly over several weeks.

  • Ellen excited about Oscars gig

    Ellen will be the first openly gay entertainer to host the Academy Awards. photo: AMPAS

    5:07 PM — Ellen DeGeneres has expressed her enthusiasm for hosting the 79th Academy Awards presentation on Sunday.The comedienne, who made television history when she came out to 46 million viewers on her sitcom ten years ago, is excited about bringing her humour to a massive audience.Ellen will be the first openly gay entertainer to host the Academy Awards.

  • Lesbians appeal over “invalid” marriage

    The Irish Supreme Court sits at the Four Courts complex in Dublin. photo: www.courts.ie

    3:39 PM — A lesbian couple in Ireland lodged an appeal yesterday with the country's Supreme Court to dispute a High Court ruling that their marriage is not valid.This is the most recent development in the battle for Drs. Anne Louise Gilligan and Kathernine Zappone to have their Canadian marriage recognised.The couple believe that the refusal of this recognition is a violation of their human rights.

  • US students roadtrip to anti-gay colleges 1

    Calvin College, which Princeton Review ranked as one of the worst schools in the nation for gay students, has invited the Equality Riders for dialogue and shared worship services.

    3:18 PM — Next month fifty young adults will board two buses for what promises to be the trip of a lifetime.The eight-week Soulforce Equality Ride will bring them to 32 Christian colleges with policies that silence or exclude lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students.Their mission: to open a dialogue about the painful consequences of discrimination and the religion-based prejudice that sustains it.

  • Bill Gates gives $24m to AIDS vaccine research

    Canadian PM Stephen Harper has pledged $95.3 million, while the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has promised up to $24 million.

    2:23 PM — The billionaire co-founder of Microsoft Bill Gates and the Canadian government are to fund the development of an AIDS vaccine.They are jointly committing $110 million to the project, it has been announced.They will establish a new research institute, the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative. Its goal is to find a vaccine within a decade.

  • Baptist churches face child sexual abuse condemnation 2

    In the past six months SNAP has received reports of about 40 cases of sexual abuse by Southern Baptist ministers.

    1:09 PM — America's largest Protestant denomination has come under fire over alleged child sexual abuse committed by its clergy.A victims' advocates group, Survivors' Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), called on Monday for a zero-tolerance policy on sexual abuse within the Southern Baptist church.Southern Baptist leaders have argued that it is impossible to investigate molestation claims across the denomination.

  • Posh dog offered as best man for gay weddings

    Stories of Sir Benjamin's escapades are legion.  photo: www.mansuelhouse.co.uk

    12:28 PM — Eccentric Somerset baronet Sir Benjamin Slade has offered the services of his dog as a best man for gay weddings at his historic country home.Jasper, a labrador-doberman crossbreed, is very suited to civil ceremonies according to his master.Sir Benjamin told The Western Daily Press : "Jasper is absolutely perfect for the role. For one thing, he is gay himself."

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