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March 2007

  • 19th March 2007

    UK choose Scooch but drag in vogue at 2007 Eurovision 1

    Their infectiously cheeky Euro-pop tune  Flying the Flag (for You)   could be Britain's first win since 1997.

    11:29 AM — The Ukraine has announced it will be represented at this year's Eurovision Song Contest by drag artist Verka Serdyuchka.In February the Danes chose drag act DQ to represent them at the competition. BBC viewers chose band Scooch by a phone vote.The 2007 British entry was chosen on Saturday. Scooch are a four-piece group, whose infectiously cheeky Euro-pop tune Flying the Flag (for You) could be Britain's first win since 1997.

  • SNP accepts donation from homophobe 2

    Mr Souter is well-known for his nationalist viewsIn the elections for the Scottish parliament this May the ruling Labour party are expected to suffer losses to the SNP.

    10:53 AM — A Scottish businessman notorious for his anti-gay views has donated £500,000 to the Scottish National Party.In 2000 Mr Souter gave over a million pounds to a campaign in Scotland to uphold Section 28, which banned the promotion of homosexuality.He cited his religious beliefs as justification for his actions, insisting he is not homophobic.

  • 16th March 2007

    Cardinal says Pope should stop giving orders

    Earlier this week the Pope said that politicians have a moral duty to vote against gay marriage or partnership legislation.

    5:43 PM — An Italian cardinal has criticised other church leaders for opposing the legal recognition of same-sex partnerships.Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini told Italian pilgrims in Bethlehem yesterday that, "The Church does not give orders."His statement is seen by many as a clear rebuke to the Pope's stance in the current Italian same-sex union row.

  • Tories attempt to delay Sexual Orientation Regulations 4

    Baroness O'Cathain's amendment is likely to be put to a vote in the House of Lords.

    5:20 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive New rules outlawing discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation have been approved by MPs, despite attempts by some Tory members to disrupt proceedings.Yesterday morning a meeting of the Commons Committee on Delegated Legislation saw all three political parties pledge their support for the regulations

  • Bristol pride events unveiled

    The summer festival on Saturday 18th August will take place in Castle Park.

    2:25 PM — A new group, Pride South West, has organised Bristol Pride Fringe Week, which will take place on 11th-17th August this year.PSW, a group of volunteers devoted to creating a festival in Bristol to represent the LGBT community, has called the event "a celebration of creativity and diversity."It comprises a week of fringe events and a summer festival on 18th August.

  • Book now for London’s Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

    An image of a pansy created by photographer Nadege Meriau will feature as the symbol for the festival as a whole.

    1:15 PM — The BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival will celebrate its 21st year this month.The LLGFF will take place from 21st March to 4th April, showing over a hundred films and shorts as well as hosting a range of discussions and club nights.Films tipped for success include Itty Bitty Titty Committee, the latest offering from But I'm A Cheerleader director Jamie Babbit.

  • Now is the time to buy your place in the sun 5

    If you intend to use your property regularly, lifestyle aspects such as culture, weather, language, proximity, health service, education and taxation will be important to you.

    11:44 AM — Investing in property, particularly overseas, can be one of the most exciting, satisfying and ultimately rewarding activities you can undertake.Unlike other investments for your financial security and future, property investment is fun.According to the Office of National Statistics, 65,000 Britons currently buy property overseas every year, and an estimated 11 million Britons could own property abroad by 2011.

  • Analysis: Beginning of the end for “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” 1

    Pace told the Chicago Tribune.  “I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral.“

    11:44 AM — Marine General Peter Pace, the US military's chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called homosexuality "immoral" on Tuesday and likened it to adultery.Now military analysts said his comments suggest the armed forces have run out of rationales for banning known gays from service.The policy of "Don't Ask Don't Tell," introduced in the United States Armed Forces in 1993 by then-President Bill Clinton.

  • Gay students to study at conservative rabbi school 1

    In 1992 Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson wrote a paper advocating gay ordinations and unions. The paper also advocated lifting the ban on gay sex.

    11:40 AM — A Los Angeles college of Conservative Judaism has accepted openly gay applicants for the first time since the ban on gay ordination was lifted.A spokeswoman for The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (L.A. University of Judaism) announced on Tuesday that a gay man and a lesbian will enrol at the school in the autumn.At the Conservative movement's beacon school, the Jewish Theological Seminary, the policy is still being debated.

  • More St Patrick’s Day controversy in New York 2

    Tomorrow's St Patrick's Day parade will be the 246th in the city's history.  photo: craig hatfield@flickr.com

    11:23 AM — The outspoken organiser of America's largest Irish celebration has outraged firefighters in New York City by accusing them of turning up drunk to the St Patrick's Day parade.John Dunleavy is a hate figure in the gay community for refusing to allow LGBT Irish-Americans to take part in the march down 5th Avenue on 17th March.Last year Mr Dunleavy compared gay people to prostitutes and neo-Nazis.

  • Caribbean islanders worried Elton will turn them gay 3

    Trinidad and Tobago's immigration law states that self-confessed prostitutes and homosexuals are barred from entering the island.

    10:52 AM — Sir Elton John may not perform at the Plymouth Jazz festival in Tobago over church leader's fears that he will 'turn' locals gay.Archdeacon of Trinidad and Tobago Philip Isaac yesterday expressed fears that:"His visit to the island can open the country to be tempted towards pursuing his lifestyle" according to the Jamaica Gleaner. 

  • First civil unions in a changed Mexico

    Mexico has a thriving gay scene in urban areas and the area around Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta is referred to as Mexico's “gay belt.“

    10:40 AM — A prominent journalist in Mexico City was legally joined with his male partner in one of the first same-sex civil unions in the city yesterday.Antonio Mendina , 38, is one of the 1200 gay and lesbian people who have registered to go through the new legal ceremony, yet another sign of the changing nature of Mexican society.Last week 22-year-old Christian Chavez, a member of the hugely popular Mexican pop band RBD, revealed his homosexuality.

  • 15th March 2007

    Gay bishop says coming out is God at work

    “If you want to know my homosexual agenda, it's Jesus,“ Bishop Robinson said.

    5:37 PM — The openly gay bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, has robustly defended his position.At a public meeting in Washington DC Bishop Robinson claimed that of the nearly 8000 parishes in the American Episcopal Church, only 47 have sought guidance from outside bishops after his ordination."If you want to know my homosexual agenda, it's Jesus," Bishop Robinson said.

  • Hillary and Obama avoid answering homosexuality question

    Yesterday she issued a statement saying: “I disagree with what he said and do not share his view, plain and simple.“

    5:19 PM — US Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has come under fire for saying on Tuesday that said she believed it is for "others to conclude" if homosexuality is morally wrong.Her comments were in response to the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the American armed forces, Marine General Peter Pace, who said in an interview on Monday that he thought homosexuality was immoral.Yesterday she issued a statement saying: "I disagree with what he said and do not share his view, plain and simple."

  • Drop in number of gay dimissals from US military

    Over 10,000 servicemen and women have been dismissed for being gay, bisexual or lesbian since the policy was introduced in 1993.

    3:24 PM — The number of troops dismissed last year is less than half the total number of discharges in the year preceding the Sept. 11th 2001 terrorist attacks.The US Department of Defence dismissed 612 service members last year under the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel, Pentagon officials confirmed late Tuesday evening.Pentagon officials released the data following remarks by General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

  • NY Mayor slams St Patrick’s Day parade gay ban 3

    Michael Bloomberg, the city's leader since 2002, will march in the parade.

    2:57 PM — The Mayor of New York City has criticised the organising committee of the city's famous St Patrick's Day parade for banning gay and lesbians from participating.Michael Bloomberg, the city's leader since 2002, will march in the parade."I think all parades in this city should be open to everybody, no matter what your orientation or ethnicity or anything else is," Mr. Bloomberg said yesterday.

  • Magistrate appeals against tribunal’s gay rights ruling 9

    Dr Byrd flew in from Utah to share his opinions on gay parenting with the tribunal.

    2:27 PM — The Christian former magistrate who claimed unfair dismissal after he was told he could not pick and choose which adoption cases to rule on is to appeal.Andew McClintock claims that evidence given in his defence by a right-wing American academic, claiming that gay parents were bad for kids, was not given due consideration by an employment tribunal."Gay couples have human rights too," the tribunal said.

  • Comment: Does religion breed homophobia? 3

    1:53 PM — There is no debate about the acceptance of homosexuality in Britain. It is useless to try and create a religious one, argues Balaji Ravichandran. So, the Sexual Orientations Regulations, which outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services, will finally come to effect this April.It seems like only yesterday that anti-gay lobbies took to the streets to hold a torch-lit demonstration protesting these same regulations.

  • Southern Baptist in “babies born gay” row 1

    While being gay might be a biological reality, it is still sinful.

    1:18 PM — One of America's foremost evangelical clergymen has angered many Christians by saying there might be a biological explanation for homosexuality.Rev. R. Albert Mohler wrote in an article on his website earlier this month entitled "Is Your Baby Gay? What If You Could Know? What If You Could Do Something About It?"In it he says that while being gay might be a biological reality, it is still sinful.

  • NAT focuses on AIDS in the media

    The UK has the fastest growing rate of HIV infection in Western Europe.

    1:06 PM — The National AIDS Trust (NAT) has launched the latest issue of its policy bulletin Impact, which aims to stimulate debate on HIV policy topics.This issue focuses on the media and HIV and examines the current state of reporting of the virus.NAT want to draw attention to how inaccurate and stigmatising coverage can be challenged.

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