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February 2007

  • 9th February 2007

    IKEA’s gay family ad upsets conservatives 5

    The AFA think that IKEA is attempting to force Swedish values on America.

    2:25 PM — A TV advert that shows two gay men and their daughter relaxing on a sofa has annoyed an American conservative group.The American Family Association (AFA) has accused the Swedish furniture retailer of trying to force a liberal, "homosexuality-affirming" world view on US consumers, reports OneNewsNow.comThe association, who claim to promote "traditional family values," say IKEA routinely promote gay lifestyles.

  • Kids Pride supporter gets email death threats 2

    Hekma has lodged a complaint with the police against five people who sent specific death threats by email to him

    12:31 PM — An academic who supported the rights of kids under 16 to take part in Amsterdam's Gay Pride parade has received a flood of death threats.Gert Hekma, Professor of Gay Lesbian Studies at the University of Amsterdam, was not involved in the plan to allow gay kids to take part in the annual boat parade."I had only expressed my opinion as an academic that it seemed to me to be crazy that the legal age of consent is 16 years when children so much younger are now coming out the closet," he said.

  • FA finally tackles homophobia

    The changes are in keeping with the FA's current campaign Football For All.

    12:09 PM — The Football Association has banned homophobic chants at matches.The policy change comes after Tottenham Hotspur launched their campaign against homophobia in football in February 2006.The club drew the FA's attention to a growth of homophobic songs and chants which they described has "creeping into the game."

  • New anti-bullying guide launched

    Workplace homophobia has been in the news this week.

    11:28 AM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has produced a guide to help employers stop homophobic bullying and harassment in the workplace.It features practical examples of good practice currently being developed by a range of Stonewall's partner organisations including BT, Accenture, Manchester City Council, the Royal Navy and Barnado's.The guide explains the difficulties gay employees can face when reporting bullying.

  • Italian government approves same-sex couple recognition 4

    The country is still divided over wheter gay and unmarried couples should be granted rights. photo: mteson@flickr.com

    10:35 AM — The Italian government yesterday agreed to bring forward legislation that will grant legal recognition for gay and lesbian couples for the first time.The decision was criticised on all sides. Gay campaigners complained that the proposed new "civil pacts of solidarity" are a watered down version of what the coalition government had promised at last year's election.Catholic MPs denounced the new bill as an attack on marriage.

  • Gay children to participate in Amsterdam Pride 1

    Amsterdam's Pride is one of the biggest in the world. This year's event will take place over the weekend of the 3rd to 5th of August.

    10:07 AM — The mayor of the Dutch city of Amsterdam has changed his mind about letting under 16s take part in the Gay Pride festival.A 14-year-old boy, Danny Hoekzema, devised the plan to include a boat for LGBT teens in the parade along the city's famous canals.Last month mayor Job Cohen blocked the idea, as he thought it was "too risky," reports Agencie France Presse.

  • Britain a better country under Labour, claims Blair

    Mr Blair admitted that there was no longer the same broad consensus in British society that there once was.

    12:28 AM — Tony Blair has described himself as "pro-gay rights and tough on law and order" in a podcast interview with actor Stephen Fry.The internet broadcast, which is available on the No 10 website, touched on a range of issues to do with identity and the perceived fracturing of British society.Echoing many of the soundbites that have defined his decade in office, the Prime Minister said that he differed from previous Labour leaders.

  • 8th February 2007

    Business masterclass for gay entrepreneurs

    The Gay Business Association was formed in 1983 to bring gay business leaders together to tackle the prejudices in industry.

    5:38 PM — The Gay Business Association is hosting a series of workshops later this month in central London.The day-long 'masterclass' will focus on all aspects of starting up and running a business that targets the gay and lesbian community, as well as information about dealing with discrimination.There will also be a number of business professionals on hand to answer specific questions throughout the day.

  • University already banning gay partnership ceremonies

    Those who lacked the courage to oppose the governors or university policies ought to resign. photo: jay galvin@flickr

    5:09 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive The controversy surrounding Canterbury Christ Church University's ban on same-sex unions on its premises has taken a new turn.Documents obtained by PinkNews.co.uk show that a decision was taken as recently as last December, contradicting the recent press release from the institution's Vice-Chancellor.The university is a teacher training college for the Church of England, and its Chancellor is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

  • Christians attack Obama’s record on gay rights 2

    He first came to be spoken of as a future President after the Democratic National Convention in 2004.

    4:38 PM — Before he has even officially declared his intention to run for President, Barack Obama is under attack for his pro-gay views.The junior Senator from Illinois is expected to announce on Saturday that he intends to run for the highest office in the land.Obama is the only African-American in the Senate, and his candidacy is already being compared to that of President John F Kennedy.

  • Lesbian lovers lies land them in jail

    Mr Mytton added that his client never thought Mr Austin would be remanded in custody.

    4:02 PM — Two former lesbian lovers have been jailed for making false claims against a man who subsequently spent two weeks in custody last August.25-year-old Kerry-Ann Austin, of Leyfields in Lichfield, was sentenced to two months in jail after lying to the police about her husband, Paul, breaching a restraining order not to contact her.Her lesbian partner Louise Howes, 29 - sister of Paul - was also given the same sentence.

  • Pakistan’s tolerance for a funny drag act

    Begum Ali also flirts outrageously with his male guests.

    1:29 PM — Has Pakistan, one of the world's most conservative countries, found the unlikeliest TV star in the form of a drag queen?The idea might seem far-fetched, except it's a very real possibility.Indeed, such is the power of curiosity and critical acclaim that millions have been tuning in to the The Late Night Show With Begum Nawazish Ali to witness the drag performer's latest shenanigans.

  • Northern Ireland most bigoted place, survey reveals

    The main target of the Northern Ireland bigots are gay people, with over a thirds of respondents saying they did not want gay neighbours.

    12:59 PM — Northern Ireland has the highest proportion of bigoted people in the western world, according to research from the University of Ulster.Not only does the province have the highest proportion of bigots, but the bigots are on average more bigoted than those in other countries.The main target of Northern Irish prejudice is the gay community, with over a third of respondents saying they did not want gay neighbours.

  • Ken Livingstone backs Latvia Pride 1

    Some thirty or so gays and lesbians marched through the centre of Riga last July.

    12:22 PM — The LGBT communities of London and Riga are to come together in a unique twinning partnership to support equality and tolerance in both capital cities.Pride London representatives are due to sign a statement of unity with Riga Pride in the Latvian capital later this month.The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, has given his backing to the Riga event, which last year was attacked by protestors.

  • Italy gay marriage vote too close to call 4

    Opinion polls show 69% of the country's Catholics are in favour of the new laws, which would grant cohabiting couples similar rights to married ones.

    12:06 PM — The fragile unity of Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi's government will be severely tested when proposals to offer legal recognition for same-sex unions are to be unveiled in the next few days.Some are already seeing this as a referendum on Mr Prodi's vulnerable nine-party centre-left coalition.The situation has been made worse by intense lobbying from opposition MPs and the Catholic Church, with Pope Benedict XVI chastising the proposals as "anti-church and anti-family."

  • Gay radio show on the BBC

    In 1993 gay radio quite suddenly came out with the first gay programme on Radio 4.

    11:13 AM — BBC Radio 4 is to broadcast a programme this Saturday exploring the rise and fall of gay radio.Out on Air has been scheduled to coincide with February's LGBT History Month.The programme will examine how homosexuality on the airwaves went from taboo to mainstream in the space of a decade.

  • Colombian court recognises same-sex rights

    It is still not clear how far the court's decision will go in recognising same-sex partner rights.  photo: dweekly@flickr

    10:58 AM — For the first time, the Constitutional Court in the South American state of Colombia has acknowledged the rights of same sex partners.Although homosexual relationships were decriminalised in the 1980s, serious human rights violations against LGBT people are commonplace.The country has been the scene of social unrest for decades, with powerful drug cartels challenging the authority of the government.

  • US Army scared of lesbians, says Congressman 1

    Congressman Ackerman suggested to Ms Rice that as the Army was sacking much-needed translators for being gay, her department could hire them instead.

    10:25 AM — A member of the House of Representatives has said that the American military is more scared of lesbians than terrorists.Gary Ackerman, from New York, was questioning Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at a Congressional committee into 2008 State Department budget.The Congressman was questioning the current military policy of "Don't Ask Don't Tell."

  • 7th February 2007

    Joan Rivers offers to clean your house for charity 1

    Highlights include artist Tracy Emin and comedian Joan Rivers cleaning your house and a tour of Coronation Street with actor Antony Cotton.

    5:52 PM — Terrence Higgins Trust is offering a series of 'money can't buy' experiences for auction at their star-studded fundraising event next month.The Lighthouse Gala Auction, which is supported by Barclays, is your chance to spend an evening at Christie's with THT's top celebrity supporters and bid for some exclusive lots.The auction will be held on the 12th of March.

  • Gay activist push “no kids no marriage” law 1

    The proposed ballot measure would require couples to prove they can have children to get a marriage licence.

    4:00 PM — Same-sex marriage advocates in the American state of Washington are proposing a state ballot measure that would limit marriage to couples who prove they can bear children within three years.Proponents say the proposal was aimed at "social conservatives who have long screamed that marriage exists for the sole purpose of procreation."The Washington Defence of Marriage Alliance acknowledged on its website that the initiative was "absurd."

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