24th May 2007
“European Commission now knows what it’s like to be gay” 1
6:23 PM — West Midlands MEP Michael Cashman has said that the decision of the mayor of the Lithuanian capital Vilnius to ban the visit of a bus promoting the EU's "For Diversity; against discrimination" campaign should give Brussels bureaucrats some insight into LGBT experiences.The 30-tonne vehicle is designed to inform citizens of their rights under EU and national anti-discrimination legislation as part of the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All.
Riga Pride organisers feeling confident
4:47 PM — The organiser's of this year's Riga Pride are preparing to welcome hundreds of supporters from all over Europe next weekend.Four days of events, beginning on May 31st, will culminate in the Pride march. There will also be concerts, film screenings and exhibitions.Representatives of London Pride, who signed a solidarity agreement with Riga Pride, will attend.
Dawn Airey to join ITV
4:30 PM — One of the most prominent gay executives in British television is to take up a new role at troubled terrestrial broadcaster ITV.From October Dawn Airey will take charge of in-house production.Ms Airey, 46, is best known for her tenure as chief executive of Five, where she successfully helped shed the channel's "football, films and fucking" image, as she called it.
US retains ban on gay blood
2:35 PM — The American government has said there will be no change to the policy that bans any man who has ever had sex with another man from giving blood for life.Last year the Red Cross and US blood donation centres protested that the lifetime ban for any male who had same-sex contact before 1977 was outdated.Yesterday the federal Food and Drug Administration said on a statement on its website that the policy, dating from 1983, remains in force.
Irish election could bring same-sex partnerships
2:05 PM — The people of the Republic of Ireland are voting today in the country's general election.Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern asked the President to dissolve Parliament at the end of April.The result of today's poll is expected to be very close.Gay marriage has been an issue in the elections for the 166-seat Dáil Éireann.
Dismissal of gay linguists riles US Congress 5
1:50 PM — Members of the US House of Representatives have requested an investigation into Arabic speakers dismissed from the Army for being gay.Around 40 Congressmen and women signed a letter to the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, that the continued loss of such "capable, highly skilled Arabic linguists continues to compromise our national security during time of war."
Stars turn out for New York AIDS walk
1:15 PM — The 22nd Annual AIDS Walk in New York City last weekend was the largest and most successful ever held, setting records for both participation and fundraising.Organisers have announced that 45,000 walkers helped to raise a grand total of $6,857,527 (£3.45m)."New York showed its strong support for Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC)," said AIDS Walk Founder and producer Craig R. Miller.
Trans mayor and mayoress take office in Cambridge
1:00 PM — A woman who has transitioned sex has been elected to the largely ceremonial role of Mayor of Cambridge. Jenny Bailey, 45, is a Liberal Democrat councillor.She chose her partner Jennifer Liddle, 49, who also underwent gender reassignment surgery, to serve as Mayoress. The couple have both served as councillors on Cambridge City Council.Ms Bailey is the first transgender mayor in the UK. She took up office today.
Mary Cheney gives birth to a baby boy
11:18 AM — The daughter of US Vice President Dick Cheney has given birth to a baby boy. Samuel David Cheney weighted a healthy 8lbs 6oz.While the birth of a grandchild for Mr Cheney would not at first seem a matter of public controversy, Mary Cheney is gay.Conservative and Christian groups have questioned whether Ms Cheney and her partner of 15 years, Heather Poe, will make suitable parents.
Gay couple settle adoption lawsuit
10:40 AM — A Californian couple has settled a lawsuit against Adoption.com, an Arizona-based website that refused to let them post a profile in the hopes of finding a birth mother.As part of the settlement, the site's owners agreed to stop doing business with California residents.According to the Associated Press, the company could have kept doing business in the state if they had been willing to let same-sex couples participate, but they were not.