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February 2007

  • 20th February 2007

    Hundreds of couples register in NJ

    Campaigners for gay marriage intend to sue, claiming that a civil union will not afford the same rights as marriage.

    5:48 PM — Yesterday in New Jersey hundreds of gay couples were given the same rights as married straight couples, and hundreds have joined in civil unions in the first 24 hours.Civil unions offer the same legal advantages as marriage, but not the title, and were given automatically to any same-sex couple who had already been married or joined in civil unions elsewhere.Couples who had not been joined previously could apply for the licence.

  • Thai Spice girls preach transsexual power 1

    Thai people are often more tolerant of trangender people than other countries.

    5:04 PM — A girl band of transsexuals who model themselves on the Spice Girls are hoping to change social attitudes and achieve pop chart success in Thailand.Venus Flytrap's five members were all born males and later underwent gender reassignment surgery.Like the famous British group, they have onstage personas, namely Cool Venus, Naughty Venus, Posh Venus, Sweet Venus and Hot Venus.

  • Irish parliament to debate civil unions 3

    The Dáil will vote tomorrow night on whether the legislation can move forward to the second stage.

    4:47 PM — Pro-gay politicians in Ireland have said they are hopeful that new legislation granting gay and lesbian couples the right to a civil marriage will gain the approval of MPs.The opposition Labour party are introducing a bill into the country's parliament, the Dáil, tonight.The party's justice spokesman, Brendan Howlin, has revealed that government MPs have been positive about the legislation.

  • US considered weapon to turn enemy gay 3

    A recruitment crisis has forced the Army and others to lower their standards.

    4:14 PM — A spokesperson for the US Department of Defence has confirmed a report that Air Force officials proposed developing a gay conversion chemical weapon in 1994.The proposal, part of a plan from Wright Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, was to develop "chemicals that effect (sic) human behaviour so that discipline and morale in enemy units is adversely effected (sic).

  • Glad To Be Gay singer marks history month

    He is now best known for presenting programmes on the BBC's national radio stations. photo: BBC

    3:32 PM — BBC Radio 6 presenter Tom Robinson will be speaking at the University of Manchester on Friday as part of a national celebration of gay history.Robinson is expected to talk about his years as a musician and gay activist as part of LGBT History Month.The overtly political Robinson Band had a hit with (Sing if you're) Glad to be Gay in 1977.

  • No miracle cure for AIDS, say doctors 1

    There are 4.3 million new infections of HIV every year around the world, but that 1 in 4 people do not realise they are infected.

    12:36 PM — American experts believe that although the elimination of AIDS seems unlikely, over a long period of time it is possible to work towards a lower rate of infection.Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science last weekend, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the disease cannot just be "shut off" because it is transmitted by sexual activity, which is an essential part of human nature.

  • Gender surgery in Hounslow saved from axe

    In a extraordinary U-turn, Hounslow PCT have now claimed that the surgery was put on a list of operations losing funding as a mistake.

    12:25 PM — Plans to remove funding for sex change operations by Hounslow primary care trust have been abandoned after protests from a charity representing British transsexuals.The PCT planned to scrap funding on the grounds that the operations are "non-essential." In comparison, other operations denied funding on the same grounds included tattoo removals and stomach stapling.The Gender Trust, a charity which supports transgender people, slammed the PCT on their website

  • Analysis: What now for the Anglicans? 4

    Archbishop Rowan Williams has avoided schism, but has also allowed a parallel “organisation“ for conservative Anglicans to be set up in the American church.

    12:19 PM — The final communique from the leaders of the Anglican church seems on the surface to provide a simple way forward.The primates demand that the American church stop ordaining gay bishops and give a commitment not to bless same sex partnerships.The Americans have been given until 30th September to make a statement pledging they will comply with these instructions.

  • Transsexual MP stands down

    Beyer has served in the post of MP for Wairarapa since 1999, campaigning for the rights of LGBT people.

    11:31 AM — Georgina Beyer, the first transsexual MP to be elected in New Zealand, has retired from her post.Beyer is also a Maori, and so a minority in more ways than one. Over the past seven years she has made history for transgender people.Not only was she the first transsexual in the world to be elected to national office, she was also the first transsexual in the world to be elected as a mayor.

  • Lesbian couple arrested for non-violent protest

    Dotti Berry and Robynne Sapp of Blaine, Washington, entered the evangelical organisation's headquarters in Colorado to join a regularly scheduled tour.

    10:50 AM — Two women were removed by police yesterday from the headquarters of American Christian pressure group Focus on the Family as part of a non-violent gay rights protest.Dotti Berry and Robynne Sapp of Blaine, Washington, entered the evangelical organisation's headquarters in Colorado to join a regularly scheduled tour.Once inside, the two women requested a meeting with James Dobson, who heads Focus on the Family.

  • Cameron’s poll surge ahead of Brown 1

    40% is the magic number for the Tories, as this is the share of the vote they will need to wrest power from Labour.

    10:10 AM — The Conservative party leader is thirteen percentage points ahead of expected Prime Minister Gordon Brown, according to the latest opinion polls.David Cameron polled 42% in an ICM poll for The Guardian yesterday to 29% for Brown.The government's gay rights record has been under scrutiny in the last month.

  • Anglicans threat over gay issues 4

    Senior church leaders have also agreed to allow conservative American Anglicans to form their own organisation.

    10:10 AM — The conference of Anglican primates meeting in Tanzania has demanded that the American church stop ordaining gay bishops and give a commitment not to bless same sex partnerships.Senior church leaders have also agreed to allow conservative American Anglicans to form their own organisation.The five-day meeting exposed the divisions within the Anglican communion over gay issues.

  • 19th February 2007

    Prodi conciliatory as Pope attacks again 2

    Church-state relations remain frosty following Pope Benedict XVI's latest attack on the proposed legislation to recognise gay couples.

    5:13 PM — The Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi has promised to repair the relationship between his government and the Vatican after a fall-out over proposals to afford legal rights to same-sex partners.Prodi will meet today with Cardinal Tarcisio, Pope Benedict XVI's chief aide, and Cardinal Camillio Ruini, head of the Italian Bishops conference, to discuss church-state relations, the International Herald Tribune has reported.Church-state relations remain frosty following Pope Benedict XVI's latest attack on the proposed legislation to recognise gay couples.

  • Homophobia conference told of Iraq “sexual cleansing”

    One of the most notable contributions to the conference came from Ali Hilli, leader of the gay rights group Iraqi LGBT.

    4:26 PM — Delegates attending a human rights conference in London have been told that gay and lesbian people in Iraq are being systematically targeted.At a conference on Faith, Homophobia and Human Rights, 250 people from over fifty organisations have signed a statement condemning homophobia within religious institutions that fail to confront prejudice and hate.

  • Pioneering lesbian activist Gittings dies

    Gittings was a familiar activist in the early days of the gay rights movement in America photo: www.glbthistorymonth.com

    3:53 PM — An iconic figure in the American gay rights movement, Barbara Gittings, has died aged 74.Gittings helped found the New York chapter of lesbian rights organisation Daughters of Bilitis in 1958, and was one of the first openly gay women to gain media attention.She was also instrumental in persuading the American Psychiatric Association to stop viewing homosexuality as a mental disorder in the 1970s.

  • Catholics win right to perform gay Mass

    The diocese of Westminster pointed out in a statement that the decision did not contradict Church teaching which argues that homosexual practice is a sin.

    3:23 PM — A London Catholic organisation has been granted the right to provide Mass for LGBT parishioners following discussions with the Head of the Catholic church in England and Wales.The Soho Masses Pastoral Council is an elected group of Catholics responsible for organising masses in the Soho area.It has gained permission from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, to hold Masses and give pastoral care to LGBT Catholics.

  • Trans tennis star looks back at life in public eye 3

    Prior to her sex-change, Renne, then Richard Raskind, went to Yale University and played tennis, captaining the men's team in 1954.

    2:44 PM — Renne Richards, a former tennis player and one of the world's most famous transsexual athletes, has admitted that she regrets the fame that she attracted.Richards made a life-changing decision in 1975 to undergo gender reassignment surgery.Talking to Reuters, she said it was the events that followed her operation that had the biggest impact on her lifestyle.

  • HIV privacy threatened by NHS database 7

    Cambridge University Professor Ross Anderson revealed how during the 1990s the NHS secretly created a national register of everyone being treated for HIV.

    1:55 PM — People with HIV will have details of their names, treatments and status placed on a central national register if government plans for a new medical database go ahead.Sensitive personal information could be handed over without the consent of patients or doctors, a top computer scientist has warned.Cambridge University Professor Ross Anderson revealed how during the 1990s the NHS secretly created a national register of everyone being treated for HIV.

  • Comment: The everlasting appeal of Kylie’s pants

    But I never quite worked out why some people go absolutely berserk for her, or how she attained the gay iconic status.

    12:45 PM — Put your hand on your heart and tell me - is the Kylie exhibition at London's Victoria and Albert Museum worth going to see?The most opinionated man in the PinkNews universe, Ben Leung, casts his critical eye over an exhibition that has got the Radio 4 crowd in a tizz over whether or not la Minogue is worthy of a retrospective at the age of 38. There's an old saying in Hollywood that if there's a nuclear holocaust, only two things would survive - cockroaches and Cher.

  • China’s first gay marriage protest

    “Love has no boundaries; it is nothing to do with gender.

    12:20 PM — On Valentine's Day, Beijing's gay population protested for same-sex marriage to be legalised. This was the first protest for that cause in China.The protest took place during lunch hour in a well-populated business area.As part of the protest, flyers were given out, and these flyers were used to cover red carnations.

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