4th May 2007
Interview: Fame at last for Steps singer
4:33 PM — After the storm of controversy caused by Celebrity Big Brother this year, and coming out as gay, you would be forgiven for thinking that Ian "H" Watkins is in need of some rest and relaxation.But with redcoat training under his belt (and let's not forget, "H" stands for hyperactive) the ex-Steps popstar has bounced back and is ready for his next big part: Nick Piazza in the West End musical FAME. He told Amy Bourke all about it.
LGB politicians re-elected to Scottish Parliament 6
3:55 PM — Out gay politicians were re-elected to the Scottish Parliament in yesterday's election.Patrick Harvie, who is bisexual, faced a challenge from the Scottish Christian Party.He was re-elected on the Glasgow regional list for the Green party. He told PinkNews.co.uk about some of the slurs and abuse levelled at him during the election.
African gay activists meet in Johannesburg
3:07 PM — The first regional conference of the International Lesbian and Gay Association in Africa will take place in Johannesburg this weekend.This gathering of a large number of activists dealing with the advancement of LGBT issues on the continent hopes to make further progress.85 member states of the United Nations still criminalise consensual same-sex acts among adults.
MEPs welcome Pride ban ruling
2:41 PM — Yesterday's ruling that the ban on Warsaw Gay Pride 2005 violated the European Charter of Human Rights has been welcomed by MEPs.The European Court of Human Rights agreed that freedom of association and assembly, prohibition of discrimination and the right to an effective remedy had been denied, all of which are guaranteed in the convention.The judges of the Strasbourg Court were unanimous in their decision highlighting the 'crystal clear' nature of the situation.
Homophobic posters cause outrage in Switzerland 2
2:26 PM — A Swiss right-wing political party has agreed to either change or remove advertising posters which call gay couples infertile.The Swiss People's Party (UDC) is campaigning against a proposal to extend tax benefits to same-sex partners.The party's general secretary added to the controversy by telling Leman Bleu TV that gay people contribute nothing to society because they do not have children.
Tories claim victory in elections
12:40 PM — The Conservative Party say they are on course to win the next general election as the results from last night's council elections in England and Scotland and elections for the Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliament continue to come in.Eric Pickles, the party's vice-chairman, said: "We've got 41% of the vote. We are now back in business."A new dawn is breaking."
BNP vote in Wales nears 10% 10
12:10 PM — The British National Party has polled nearly 10% in parts of Wales.The latest results show the party on 9.4% in Wrexham and 7.1% in both Alyn and Deeside and in Clwyd South. It is not thought they will win a seat in the Welsh Assembly.It was a mixed night for the openly homophobic party.In Maidenhead and Windsor they beat Labour candidates to third place.
Small victory for Pride event in Moldova
11:45 AM — Around 20 activists attempted to march for gay rights in the Moldovan capital Chisinau last week.People threw eggs at the gay Pride marchers, and the police stopped them from laying flowers at the Monument to the Victims of Repression.A government committee had banned the march on the grounds that it could pose a public disorder threat.
Paisley gives £180,000 to “sodomite lobby” 3
11:12 AM — The Northern Ireland government has allocated hundreds of thousands of pounds to help promote gay equality, and from next week the funds will be overseen by a department headed by Ian Paisley.The leader of the DUP becomes First Minister when the reformed Stormont administration takes office on Thursday.Sinn Fein, the DUP, the SDLP and the UUP will all have ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive.
US hate crimes bill passes 7
10:22 AM — The U.S. House of Representatives today voted to pass the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, H.R. 1592, in a vote of 237 to 180.The proposed legislation has the endorsement of 230 law enforcement, civil rights, civic and religious organisations and the support of 73% of the American people.Yesterday the White House indicated that President Bush will veto the bill.