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May 2007

  • 4th May 2007

    MEPs welcome Pride ban ruling

    The news follows the adoption of a resolution in the European Parliament condemning the rise of homophobia in Europe.

    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

    Switzerland passed legislation to recognise same-sex partnerships in 2004, and it came into effect on January 1st 2007.

    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

    In Clwyd West Culture Minister Alun Pugh lost his seat to Tory Darren Millar.

    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

    In Barking and Dagenham, east London, the party is the official opposition with 12 councillors.

    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

    Moldova is not part of the EU, but is influenced by its neighbour Romania, an EU member state since January 2007.

    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

    The leader of the DUP becomes First Minister when the reformed Stormont administration takes office on Thursday.

    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

    Each year, thousands of Americans are violently attacked just because they are black, female, Christian, or gay.

    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.

  • 3rd May 2007

    Rosie O’Donnell makes Time 100 list

    Ms O'Donnell has made a major impact in the US on network talk show  The View.

    5:13 PM — A list of the most influential people in the world today includes performer Rosie O'Donnell, an African Archbishop who opposes gay rights and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.The Time magazine list of 100 people who shape the world also includes Barack Obama, Justin Timberlake, Oprah Winfrey, Pope Benedict XVI, Kate Moss and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.President Bush did not make the list.

  • Bush will veto gay hate crimes bill 7

    The new law will extend protections on the grounds of race or religion extended to cover LGBT people but requires the President's signature to become law.

    4:43 PM — The White House has indicated that even if new federal hate crimes legislation passes Congress today, the President will veto it.Christian activists and homophobic lobby groups such as Concerned Women for America have waged a concerted campaign against the legislation in Congress.The new law would extend protections on the grounds of race or religion to cover LGBT people.

  • Presidential hopeful: gay soldiers an “intolerable risk” 2

    A growing number of prominent Republicans now support repeal of the ban on open service.

    3:45 PM — A candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States has said he backs current US policy on gays in the military.Senator John McCain thinks that troops will be put in danger if openly gay people are allowed to serve.McCain, 70, is almost certain to be the oldest Presidential hopeful in next year's contest.

  • Homophobic performer set for Luton gig 1

    Last year Mr Man told  The Independent  that the true meaning of his lyrics have been misinterpreted due to cultural differences.

    3:28 PM — A Jamaican dancehall artist notorious for his anti-gay lyrics is to perform this weekend in Luton.Promoters of the gig have said they have made Beenie Man sign a contract promising he will not perform any homophobic songs.Mr Man is appearing with a BBC Radio 1 DJ, Chris Goldfinger, at Club 53 in the town on Bank Holiday Monday.

  • Warsaw Pride ban broke Euro convention

    The Court enforces the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

    2:56 PM — The European Court of Human Rights this morning ruled that the ban on the 2005 Pride event in Warsaw was a violation of human rights. The seven judges, including one from Poland, were unanimous.The Strasbourg-based court 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 European Convention on Human Rights.

  • Transport Police support Equality walk

    Some of the BTP staff will then join gay celebrities and hundreds of others on the 10km walk.

    2:16 PM — The British Transport Police are going to have a visible presence at this weekend's Stonewall Equality Walk.Members of the force and support staff will be placing a stand at Brighton railway station on Sunday 6th May to encourage people to report hate crimes - one of Stonewall's key campaign areas.Some of the BTP staff will then join gay celebrities and hundreds of others on the 10km walk.

  • Isaiah Washington to star in discrimination ad 4

    GLAAD then demanded that Washington apologise for using the word again when denying he used it in the first place.

    1:46 PM — An actor who caused a storm by using the word 'faggot' during an on-set argument is to make a public service announcement on behalf of two gay rights organisations.Isaiah Washington, star of medical drama Grey's Anatomy, is to record the message for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and Gay, Lesbian Straight Education Network.He called co-star TR Knight a faggot during an on-set confrontation last October.

  • “Gay American” seeks solace in the priesthood 1

    A strong Roman Catholic while Governor, Mr MrGreevey has been attending Anglican services since 2004.

    1:22 PM — The former Governor of New Jersey, who came out of the closet on live television, is to train for the priesthood.Jim McGreevey has been in the headlines for months over his divorce and custody battle. Now it has been revealed that he is in the first stages of becoming an Anglican priest.The church, called Episcopalians in the US, is split over the issue of gay clergy.

  • Return child to lesbian carer, court asked

    Hadaway has been caring for Emma for almost a year and the child calls her “mommy.“

    12:25 PM — In a hearing on Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union urged a judge in Georgia to return a vulnerable seven-year-old girl to the woman in whose care she had been thriving for a year.The Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) has held the girl in foster care since February 20th, when a judge took her away after he learned that she was being raised by a lesbian.

  • Gay entrepreneur in £13m lawsuit 1

    Mr Massow's claim will be heard next month at Bristol Crown Court.

    12:05 PM — One of the biggest insurance companies in the world has been accused of reneging on a deal with a small gay business, causing it to fold.Ivan Massow, sometime political activist and gay entrepreneur, will have his £13m claim against Zurich for negligence, misrepresentation and breach of contract heard at Bristol Crown Court next month.The legal proceedings have attracted considerable media interest.

  • Ex BP boss not Chevalier’s first sugar daddy 15

    In a statement Lord Browne said he regretted lying to the court and was embarrassed about how he actually met Mr Chevalier.

    11:15 AM — Lord Browne was not the first older man that escort Jeff Chevalier allowed to fund him, it has emerged.Before coming to the UK, Mr Chevalier had a four-year relationship with a rich Canadian TV executive, John Trickey.Like Lord Browne, Mr Trickey met the younger man when he was working as an escort.

  • LGBT people urged to vote

    Seats are being contested in 312 councils in England.

    10:56 AM — Stonewall and other gay rights groups have urged the LGBT community to vote in today's elections.In Scotland, the 129-member Parliament is being elected. Stonewall Scotland has created a special section on their website where voters can check what the party's manifestos have to say about LGBT issues.The Scottish Christian Party has vowed to unseat Green MSP Patrick Harvie in Glasgow.

  • 2nd May 2007

    Comment: Browne shouldn’t have been outed 15

    Peter Tatchell is a Green Parliamentary candidate

    7:03 PM — Peter Tatchell writesIt was ethically wrong for the Mail on Sunday to seek to expose Lord Browne's homosexuality, and especially wrong for the newspaper to plan the publication of uncorroborated 'kiss and tell' revelations from his ex-partner, Jeff Chevalier.The newspaper colluded with a bitter, greedy former boyfriend who demanded money from Lord Browne, and who implicitly threatened him if he did not pay up.

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