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30 May 2007

  • 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.

  • British police to monitor Riga Pride

    Detective Sergeant Sharon Stratton and Detective Constable Anthony Forsyth from London's Metropolitan Police will be monitoring the Friendship Days events.

    10:17 AM — Politicians from EU member states are attending Friendship Days this year to express their support for the LGBT community in Riga.The Friendship Days will champion all human rights, but especially the right of assembly and free speech in the Latvian capital.Detective Sergeant Sharon Stratton and Detective Constable Anthony Forsyth from London's Metropolitan Police will be monitoring the Friendship Days events.

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