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11 May 2007

  • 11th May 2007

    Soap creator gave housewives gay dialogue

    When the show first began in 1960 it would have been unthinkable to have a gay character. photo: stormydog@flickr.com

    5:15 PM — The creator of the most watched soap opera in Britain has spoken out about homophobia at TV studios in the Sixties.Tony Warren is the original writer of Coronation Street, one of the nations best loved soaps.He revealed that the gay voices he heard on the streets made their way into the sharp-tounged female dialogue for which the soap is famed.

  • Ruth Kelly attends Stonewall event

    It seems that Ms Kelly continues to be the main point of contention when it comes to recent Labour relations with gays.

    4:58 PM — Gay rights organisation Stonewall held a parliamentary reception on Wednesday evening to thank dozens of politicians from all the major political parties who were involved in securing new protections for gay people.The Sexual Orientation Regulations outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services and became law on 30th April.More than 50 MPs and peers attended the event, among them Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly.

  • London Pride podcasts seek young contributors

    The Pride festival will climax with a parade through central London on 30th June 2007, expected to attract over 500,000 visitors.

    4:20 PM — Podcasts are being used in the build up to Pride London to give more young people a voice.Recorded and produced by young people as part of the youth section of Pride London, the podcasts aim to help others understand their identity.The podcast Straight Talking: another perspective has been produced and presented by Ryan Haynes, and Bindya Solanki.

  • MP defends Gordon Brown’s gay rights record

    Mr Bryant, the MP for Rhonnda, defended the Chancellor's voting record.

    4:03 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusiveA prominent gay MP has laughed off suggestions that Gordon Brown is homophobic.Chris Byant told PinkNews.co.uk that the Chancellor, who today launched his campaign to become leader of the Labour party and the UK's next Prime Minister, is totally committed to gay rights.Mr Brown launched his bid for power at the Imagination Gallery in London today.

  • Pakistan gripped by trans marriage case

    Raj had told the medics he went to a doctor 16 years ago after noticing his voice had changed and he had started growing facial hair.

    3:11 PM — A couple in Pakistan are facing arrest after doctors concluded the groom was actually a woman, despite a sex change operation.Shumain Raj, 31, and Shahzina Tariq, 26, married last year, however last week Raj appeared in court to complain about threats from his wife's relatives, according to a judge Mohammed Sharif.A warrant was issued on Wednesday by the Lahore High Court after the medics charged with examining Raj submitted their report.

  • Blair resignation speech in full 7

    Sometimes the only way you conquer the pull of power is to set it down.

    2:30 PM — I have come back here, to Sedgefield, to my constituency, where my political journey began and where it is fitting it should end.Today I announce my decision to stand down from the leadership of the Labour party.The party will now select a new leader. On 27 June I will tender my resignation from the office of prime minister to the Queen.

  • Bermuda pastor defends island over Rosie cruise 6

    There is a feeling that things are changing in Bermuda with people believing United by Faith went too far.

    2:03 PM — A pastor in Bermuda has spoken out about the recent gay cruise cancellation saying the church had missed a "great opportunity" to show what good Christians they are.Reverend Wilbur Lowe, pastor of the Mount Zion AME church, felt the controversy over the Rosie O'Donnell gay family cruise was handled poorly by United by Faith, an organisation representing 80 churches in Bermuda.O'Donnell's company, R Family Vacations, cancelled the July 12 visit to Bermuda.

  • Trans activist takes up San Francisco police role

    Proposition H was a city initiative that passed in the Autumn 2003 election.

    1:20 PM — The city where the modern political LGBT movement took root has elected an transgender woman as head of the police commission.Theresa Sparks will be the new President of the San Francisco Police Commission.Ms Sparks, who joined the commission in 2004, has a long history of advocating for the transgender community.

  • IDAHO highlights police action on hate crime

    Dyfed-Powys police would like to appeal to anyone who has been the victim of homophobia to get in touch with them.

    12:26 PM — With International Day Against Homophobia approaching Dyfed-Powys police are keen to tackle homophobia in their area.They are currently running a pilot scheme using Hate Crime Support Officers (HCSO) to support victims of hate crime in the Powys area.This will hopefully be extended in the future to the other counties they police; Carmarthenshire, Cerdigion and Pembrokeshire.

  • Comment: Pink List was badly chosen

    Take Matt Lucas, who is - rather conveniently - Jewish and gay.

    12:15 PM — Despite his gay tendencies, Ben Leung is the Jewish Chronicle's most ardent British-born Chinese reader.Here he compares list of influential community figures as chosen by the Jews and the gays. Why is ours full of entertainers? What is it with spring that newspapers feel the urge to publish all sorts of power-lists or Top-100 most influential lists?

  • Ex-BP boss resigns from Goldman Sachs 15

    Lord Browne, one of the most formidable and successful businessmen in the country, may turn his talents to fundraising or charity work.

    11:53 AM — Lord John Browne, until last week the chief executive of the UK's largest company, has resigned a lucrative directorship.Yesterday Goldman Sachs Group, a Wall Street Investment bank, announced that Lord Browne had quit from the board.He had been a director of GS since the bank went public in 1999. The Mail on Sunday newspaper was responsible for exposing that Lord Browne lied in court documents.

  • Russian MPs speak in favour of Moscow Pride 1

    Moscow Pride 2007 will take place on Sunday May 27th, marking the day in 1993 when homosexuality was decriminalised in Russia.

    11:30 AM — A senior member of the Duma, the parliament of the Russian Federation, has condemned the ban on a gay Pride march in Moscow later this month.Alexei Mitrofanov, who represents the Liberal Democratic party, said the ban leads to very negative consequences for Russia.The homophobic mayor of Moscow has pledged he will never allow a gay march in his city, calling gay people "Satanic."

  • Gay board game is no trivial pursuit

    Allison came up with the initial idea and Mom Marianne began to do the research.

    10:51 AM — Do you know in which film Karen Black played a transsexual? How about where the saying "friend of Dorothy" comes?Well, if you don't, you better brush up on your gay history and fun facts because in the tradition of Trivial Pursuit, although no affiliation, there comes a new game called Homogenius.The game offers a novel way to ignite conversation and learn more about the gay community.

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