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May 2007

  • 10th May 2007

    Prescott: “an honour to serve”

    The 69-year-old Deputy Prime Minister wrote to his local constituency party in Hull East revealing his intention to stand down.

    4:00 PM — John Prescott quietly stood down from his role of deputy leader of the Labour party today as the media focus was on Tony Blair.Mr Prescott, despite a notoriously bad relationship with Peter Mandelson, was vocal in his support for gay rights.The Deputy Prime Minister wrote to his local constituency party in Hull East revealing his intention to stand down. He also gave them a detailed defence of his controversial time in office.

  • City aims to shed homophobic image 1

    At one time Colorado Springs was the national headquarters for 81 different religious organisations.

    3:41 PM — It seems some of Colorado Springs' residents have had enough of the city's anti-gay reputation.The city of nearly 2 million people is the second-largest in Colorado and home to several airforce bases and the home of NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defence Command.It is also noted for the concentration of religious groups such as Focus On The Family.

  • US state alters partner name-change rules

    As the law stands now, domestic partners - there is no same-sex marriage in California - are allowed to request a new last name.

    3:00 PM — Domestic partners in California may soon find it easier to change their last names, or make up a new family name.On Monday the state Assembly passed a measure that would ease the process of name-changing for same-sex couples.However, the measure must first be adopted by the state Senate, and also signed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, before it is made legal.

  • Gay advert tops complaints list

    The Gay Police Association (GPA) expressed outrage at the ASA decision.

    2:00 PM — An advert that displayed a pool of blood next to a Bible attracted the biggest number of complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority last year.553 complaints from Christian groups such as the Evangelical Alliance and Christian Voice claimed that the Gay Police Association advert promoted religious hatred.12,800 adverts drew complaints last year, a record high. The ASA has seen a rise in concerns about online advertising.

  • Analysis: Big changes expected in a Brown cabinet 7

    Rumours that Mr Brown's protege Ed Balls might be promoted into the Chancellor role seem a little far-fetched.

    1:11 PM — When Tony Blair told his Cabinet of his intention to resign this morning, many of them must have been wondering if they would still be a minister by the time the next PM takes office.Picking his own Cabinet will give Mr Blair's expected successor, Gordon Brown, a chance to revitalise the government.As many as eight Cabinet ministers could go after a change of leader on June 27th.

  • Britain is a blessed nation says Blair 7

    Mr Blair finally revealed when he will be leaving office.

    12:32 PM — In an emotional address to supporters, friends and family in his own constituency, Tony Blair acknowledged his shortcoming as Prime Minister and justified his controversial decisions.He apologised directly for mistakes but urged voters to believe he had genuine motives:"Hand on heart i did what i thought was right," he said.

  • Tony Blair to stand down as PM on June 27 7

    Tony Blair told his Cabinet of his intention this morning.

    12:16 PM — The Prime Minister has announced that he is resigning as leader of the Labour party and will hand over power once a successor has been elected.Tony Blair told his Cabinet of his intention this morning and then travelled to his constituency in Sedgfield in county Durham to make his announcement.In Trimdon Labour Club, he told supporters he is proud of achieving equality for gay people.

  • Gay reactions to Blair’s announcement 7

    Veteran Labour politician Tony Benn said Mr Blair had presided over a “rich man's Government“.

    11:40 AM — Prominent politicians, commentators and gay activists have spoken in praise of Tony Blair, who announced today that he is to retire as soon as the Labour party select his successor.Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay equality organisation Stonewall, told PinkNews.co.uk:"Without a doubt, one of New Labour's lasting legacies will be the contribution that Tony Blair has made to equality for lesbian and gay people."

  • John Prescott to step down

    There was mild amusement in January when Mr Prescott revealed his exposure to gay men while working on a cruise ship in the 1950s.

    11:13 AM — The Deputy Prime Minister has announced his departure from office in an open letter to his constituents.John Prescott, 68, has been the most colourful member of the Blair government. He also had a long track record of speaking up for gay rights.In May 2006 he had the last of his departmental powers taken away.

  • 9th May 2007

    Get a free O2 mobile sim card 5

    7:29 PM — READER OFFER Here is a great special offer we've managed to get our hands on.Simply click this link and you'll get a free SIM card for O2 within a couple of days.You'll get 500 FREE texts every month. Or, if you're more of a talker than a texter, you may prefer to select one of the other free allowances available with your O2 Online Pay Go SIM.

  • Gay top cop tipped for Mayor 3

    Mr Paddick, pictured with current Mayor, Ken Livingstone, has previously addressed the Lib Dem Party conference.

    5:59 PM — The most senior out gay police officer in the UK is being courted by two major parties as mayoral candidate for London, it has been reported.Brian Paddick, who is currently a Deputy Assistant Commissioner in London's Metropolitan Police, has asked to be allowed to stand down before the end of his current contract.He is to leave the force at the end of May.

  • Cardinal: homosexuality a form of prostitution 3

    An open letter from Cardinal Janis Pujats calls on crowds of people to take to the streets of Riga to oppose the Pride march on June 3rd.

    5:27 PM — The opposition of the Roman Catholic church to gay Pride parades reached a new low today when the Archbishop of Riga called homosexuality "total corruption in the sexual arena" and "an unnatural form of prostitution."An open letter from Cardinal Janis Pujats demands a referendum on the issue of same-sex marriage and calls on crowds of people to take to the streets of Riga to oppose the Pride march on June 3rd.The Cardinal calls gay Pride a "foreign-inspired action."

  • Gay parents just as good, government study finds 2

    Children with two lesbian mothers may have marginally better social competence than children in 'traditional nuclear' families.

    2:54 PM — An academic study into the impact of children being raised by gay parents found that children living with two mothers have the same social competence as a child raised by a straight couple.The 2003 report was only released by Canada's Justice Department after a freedom of information request by its author.Professor Paul Hastings of Concordia University was commissioned by the Liberal government as the country was discussing same-sex marriage, now legal in Canada.

  • Only bi because of jail time, tribunal rules

    Mr Humayun claims that as a Christian and bisexual he would be persecuted by his Muslim family if he was returned to Pakistan.

    2:30 PM — A Pakistani man has been refused asylum in Australia and told that he was only bisexual because he was in a detention centre.Mr Humayun claims that as a Christian and bisexual he would be persecuted by his Muslim family if he was returned to Pakistan."I'm worried for my life if I am deported home," he said.

  • Bournemouth triumph in gay football cup

    The Gay Football Supporters Network are better known for their list of footballers - and the tabloid response.

    2:14 PM — England's first gay football championship saw a Vicky Pollard impersonator being penalised by a referee and GFC Bournemouth go on to lift the cup.The beat the Yorkshire Terriers 2 - 0 in the final played at Sutton Coldfield.The Gay Footballers Supporters Network National League was formed in 2002.

  • Brighton beach walk raises 40K for Stonewall

    The highest fundraising team was the British Transport Police who raised over £1,200 and won two crates of Cobra beer.

    1:47 PM — Stonewall's fourth Equality Walk in Brighton on Sunday raised over £40,000 towards its work for gay equality.300 supporters assembled at the Brighton Pavilion to raise money for Stonewall's continuing work.The 10km sponsored walk was officially started by Councillor David Smith, Mayor of the City of Brighton Hove.

  • Quebec gay leader resigns aged 41

    Boisclair was elected as the sixth leader of the PQ in November 2005.

    1:26 PM — When the Parti Québécois disappointed their supporters with a low result in the state elections in March, many blamed their leader, Andre Boisclair.Now Mr Bosclair, the first ever out gay man to lead a political party in North America, has resigned after only two years in the job.The PQ won just 36 of the province's 125 seats to finish in third place.

  • Gays go back in the closet

    Europe is the only continent when no country has laws against homosexuality.

    1:00 PM — A group of gay men and women in Gloucestershire will be going back into "the closet" in May to draw attention to the fact that there are still many countries in the world where gays are persecuted, and even executed.Organised by Gloucestershire Rainbow Day, the event will be staged at Stroud's gay and lesbian bar, the Lockkeepers in Wallbridge for 24 hours, from 6pm on Friday May 18th.It is to be Gloucestershire's contribution to International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO)

  • US Anglican churches defy Williams 9

    Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria accused the Anglican leadership of being “insulting and condescending“

    12:46 PM — A controversial African primate has defied the Archbishop of Canterbury and established a breakaway branch of the church opposed to gay priests.Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria accused the Anglican leadership of being "insulting and condescending" to the rest of the church.He performed a ceremony to establish American bishop Martyn Minns as head of a new church branch under his control in Nigeria.

  • Judge proves he is down with the youth

    In 2002, homophobic senator Bill Heffernan used parliamentary privilege to accuse Kirby of “trawling for rent boys.“

    12:15 PM — One of Australia's most prominent out gay people has shown an unexpected talent for rapping.Michael Kirby, a Justice of the High Court, has lived openly with his partner for the last 37 years.Earlier this week he took to the state in Melbourne and rapped a dust with Elf Tranzporter.

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