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May 2007

  • 31st May 2007

    Hollywood actor confirms Presidential bid 1

    Mr Thomson represented Tennessee in the Senate from 1994 to 2003.

    4:00 PM — The veteran film and TV actor Fred Thompson has said he intends to seek the Republican party's nomination for President of the United States in 2008."I can't remember exactly the point that I said, 'I'm going to do this,'" Thompson told USA Today."But when I did, the thing that occurred to me: 'I'm going to tell people that I am thinking about it and see what kind of reaction I get to it.'"

  • New Hampshire legalises civil unions

    The Episcopalian Bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, who is openly gay, gave evidence to the state legislature supporting same-sex unions.

    3:32 PM — The Governor of New Hampshire signed a civil unions bill into law today. It will come into force on January 1st 2008.The bill previously passed the state's House of Representatives by a margin of 2 to 1.In April the state Senate approved the bill by 14 votes to 10."We in New Hampshire have had a long and proud tradition taking the lead and opposing discrimination," Governor John Lynch said according to AP.

  • New guidance on bullying in schools to be unveiled 2

    Mr Johnson revealed that he has never been invited to the Prime Minister's country home, Chequers.

    2:20 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Education Secretary Alan Johnson has revealed that the government is working on new guidelines for schools to protect children from bullying.In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk he said he hoped to be able to make an announcement at the Stonewall Education for All conference in July.Mr Johnson is one of six candidates for Deputy Leader of the Labour party.

  • Homophobic Paisley is his father’s problem says Sinn Fein 27

    Mr Paisley Jnr is a member of the DUP representing Antrim North in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

    1:45 PM — The Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland has assured gay and lesbian people that their rights will be upheld despite the hostile comments of a junior minister.Martin McGuinness said that Ian Paisley Jnr was not speaking on behalf of the devolved administration when he said that he found homosexuals repulsive.The Sinn Fein politician told listeners to The Nolan Show: "Gay rights are enshrined in legislation and we as first and deputy first minister have a duty to uphold that."

  • University lecturers question faith school teaching

    Delegates at the annual conference of the University and College Union called on tougher guidelines on how children are taught.

    1:13 PM — Members of a major education union have attacked the Sexual Orientation Regulations for not banning faith schools from teaching that homosexuality is a sin.Delegates at the annual conference of the University and College Union called on tougher guidelines on how children are taught.The union does not represent primary or secondary school teachers but lecturers in further or higher education.

  • NHS provides best route to kicking the tobacco habit

    The benefits of stopping start almost immediately.

    12:31 PM — Today is World No Tobacco Day, is another excellent opportunity for smokers to get support to help them give up smoking.For those who are giving up for the first time or need more support since quitting on No Smoking Day, there are lots of health professionals waiting to give you a helping hand.One in five smokers say they want to give up before the smokefree legislation comes into force in England in July and the best way to quit is by using an NHS stop smoking service.

  • Analysis: The dirt will not stick to the Teflon Taoiseach

    Over the past year the Taoiseach defended his acceptance of large sums of cash in the 1990's during the separation of his marriage.

    10:16 AM — Ireland's Prime Minister Bertie Ahern has worked his magic for a third time.The Irish elections held on 24th May 2007 saw Fianna Fail returning as the largest party. They will be lead yet again by Bertie Ahern - his third consecutive five year term.The electorate focused on the two traditional parties, Fianna Fail and Fine Gael, with Bertie winning the trust of the masses, who appeared to be unwilling to stray too far from what they have enjoyed so far under his leadership.

  • 30th May 2007

    Openly gay sailor to campaign against ban 1

    Many of Knight's colleagues spoke out in support of him.

    10:52 PM — Former Naval Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Knight, a linguist who served openly during two enlistments in the US Navy, is to join forces with pressure group the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network.SLDN are working for repeal of the American military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel.Petty Officer Knight came out to his command and was subsequently discharged from the Navy in 2005.

  • Frasier star quietly comes out 1

    Pierce rose to fame as the snippy, uptight Niles, brother to Dr. Fraiser Crane. photo: Alan Light@Flickr.com

    10:52 PM — Given his years of using the old 'I don't talk about my personal life' line, it should come as no surprise that Frasier actor David Hyde Pierce's first official declaration that he's gay was not by press release or calculated announcement, but via a sly name drop that named the Emmy winning star's partner.In an interview with CNN.com to promote his Tony-nominated turn in the Broadway musical Curtains, the journalist makes reference to Pierce's partner Brian Hargrove.

  • Surrogate mother left off birth certificate 1

    Dorrance Dickens, the lawyer for the father and surrogate, was pleased with the outcome

    10:52 PM — Surrogate mothers no longer have to be named as the child's mother on the birth certificate, according to a recent US court decision.The ruling came about as a result of a case involving a surrogate and father from the Washington suburban area.The woman who carried the twins for a father used an egg donor and had no genetic relationship to them. Both she and the father did not want her listed as the mother, the Associated Press reported.

  • Big Brother bounces back after scandal 3

    Big Brother includes some odd balls

    10:52 PM — Broadcasting an apology for "serious editorial misjudgements" in this year's Celebrity Big Brother, Channel 4's hit reality programme returned with a wide mix of female only contestants.Last week, media regulator, Ofcom ruled that the show breached its code of conduct over racist incidents involving the Indian actress Shilpa Shetty.The show's constants, who are all women are a mix of celebrity seekers, the odd and the vaguely sane.

  • Swedes invite Moscow mayor to a gay day out 1

    Pride in Stockholm - photo by plindberg@flickr.com

    6:06 PM — City councillors in Stockholm have invited the Mayor of Moscow to the city's gay Pride festival in August.Their tongue-in-cheek invite comes in the wake of the Russian's ban on similar public displays by LGBT people in his city.Stockholm city council Green Party leader Yvonne Ruwaida hit upon the idea of showing Mayor Yuri Luzhkov how Pride is celebrated on the other side of the Baltic Sea, and she was backed by councillors from other parties.

  • Men accused of injecting HIV+ blood into rape victims

    Dutch police also seized a large quantity of ecstasy tablets and photographs.

    5:40 PM — Dutch police have confirmed they are holding three men who they suspect of using so-called "sex parties" to rape men and inject them with HIV infected blood.Reuters reports that AIDS groups in the city of Groningen approached police about the parties after receiving tipoffs.Two of the accused are reported to have confessed to injecting their victims against their will with their blood. Both tested positive for the virus.

  • Gay football tournament comes to London

    The top three teams will be presented with their trophies on the main stage in Trafalgar Square at the Pride London rally on June 30th.

    2:42 PM — Some 20 men and women's teams from around the country have signed up for the first-ever Ford Pride London Football Tournament.Organised by London Falcons FC, the free event on June 23rd will see gay, lesbian and bi-friendly six-a-side teams thrashing it out at the Goals Soccer Centre in Wembley.It's the first major gay-friendly football event seen in London and will kick off the night before when the draw for the groups will take place.

  • Teletubbies safe from Polish probe 2

    Teletubbies  was produced in the UK between 1997 and 2001, and won a BAFTA in 1998.

    2:38 PM — Poland's ombudsman for children's rights has said she will not be asking state psychologists to examine the BBC children's programme Teletubbies for a gay subtext.Ewa Sowinska has been widely mocked since she said in a magazine interview that the popular show might not be suitable for public television because one of the ostensibly male characters, Tinky Winky, carries a handbag.Ms Sowinska is a member of the League of Polish Families, a political party which is part of the country's coalition government.

  • Northern Ireland minister Ian Paisley Jr calls gay people repulsive 27

    Mr Paisley was appointed a junior minister in the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister by his father only three weeks ago.

    2:00 PM — A minister in the government of Northern Ireland has caused outrage with homophobic comments made in a magazine interview.Ian Paisley Jnr, who is the son of the Democratic Unionist First Minister, told Hotpress magazine that lesbians and gay men harm society.Mr Paisley, who was once dubbed the "baby dinosaur of the 21st century," has been criticised by gay equality organisation Stonewall.

  • Health charities welcome HIV testing recommendations

    Provider-initiated HIV testing and counselling involves the health care provider specifically recommending an HIV test to patients.

    11:27 AM — New guidance from the World Health Organisation and UNAIDS on provider-initiated HIV testing and counselling has been welcomed by leading UK charities.An estimated 80% of people living with HIV in low and middle-income countries do not know that they are HIV-positive.Recent surveys in sub-Saharan Africa showed on average just 12% of men and 10% of women have been tested for HIV and received their test results.

  • US lesbians take on mortgage lenders 1

    One of the claims in this case is under the federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act.

    10:55 AM — A lawsuit has been filed in a New York federal court on behalf of a same-sex couple after the self-described "America's number one home loan lender" refused to add one partner to the other's existing mortgage and then threatened to foreclose on their home.Adola DeWolf, 49, a teacher for juveniles in the justice system, and Laura Watts, 42, a college administrator, have been in a relationship since 2004.

  • Wedding shop for gay men opens in Barcelona

    Same-sex marriages were approved by the Spanish parliament in 2005.

    10:40 AM — Gay men planning to get married in Spain now can pamper themselves before the big day thanks to a luxury bridal shop recently opened just for them.The shop, called By, offers made-to-measure suits, some of which are inlaid with 22-carat gold.They also sell rings and other accessories created by a collection of Spanish designers.

  • CPS to consider charges over homophobic sign

    Gay equality group Stonewall said the sign could breach new equality laws which came into force on April 30.

    10:30 AM — Police have sent a file to the Crown Prosecution Service after investigating a homophobic sign that was put up outside a Wiltshire pub.The new landlord of the Anchor and Hope in Trowbridge was questioned over the sign, which appeared three weeks ago promoting the pub's reopening.The pub's former landlords John Williams, and his 26-year-old partner Lee, believe the sign, which read 'faggots and mince not on the menu', refers to them and have made a formal complaint to police.

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