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May 2007

  • 24th May 2007

    Irish election could bring same-sex partnerships

    In April 2006 Mr Ahern insisted his government is committed to legislation by the next election

    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

    A Pentagon spokesman said the military is enforcing the law.

    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

    AIDS Walk New York benefits GMHC and more than 50 other local AIDS organisations.

    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

    Ms Bailey is the first transgender mayor in the UK. She took up office today.

    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

    Presidential candidate John Kerry raised Mary Cheney's sexual orientation during the 2004 campaign for the White House.

    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

    As part of the settlement, the site's owners agreed to stop doing business with California residents.

    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.

  • 23rd May 2007

    Married woman in court over civil partnership 2

    It is thought to be the first case of its kind since civil partnerships became legal in December 2005.

    2:30 PM — A married woman will appear before a court on charges of making a false statement to a registrar, after she allegedly illegally entered into a civil partnership.Suzanne Mitchell appeared before Shrewsbury magistrates today and was given unconditional bail.She is to appear at Shrewsbury Crown Court for a plea hearing on 9th July. The 29-year-old lives in Wingfield Gardens in the town.

  • London Tory leader announces civil partnership 1

    Sir Simon, 45, chose to reveal his sexuality and his partnership plans to the  Evening Standard  newspaper.

    1:20 PM — The head of one of London's leading local authorities has publicly come out and announced he is to enter into a civil partnership.Sir Simon Milton is the leader of Westminster council and close to Conservative leader David Cameron.He is expected to be offered a seat in the Lords and possibly a job in government if the Tories win the next election.

  • Lesbian candidate a first for Japan

    If she wins, she'll be the first openly LGBT national politician ever in Japan.

    12:49 PM — Japan's second largest political party, the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), announced that Kanako Otsuji, the first openly lesbian politician in Japan, will be one of the party's official candidates for this summer's National Diet (parliament) election.Ms Otsuji, 32, was elected as an Osaka Assembly Member in April 2003.In August 2005, she came out of the closet in her book Coming Out.

  • Concern over NHS database of gay men 6

    Doctors are concerned about the potential for bribery or blackmail, and about clinicians not adhering to the rules.

    11:04 AM — A government database used to store intimate details of gay sexual behaviour is to replace the current free access to sexual health information across London.There is major concern from HIV charities and overwhelming hostility from a public consultation to the proposal.The London Gay Men's HIV Prevention Partnership (LGMHPP) is a central fund that is contributed to by London's NHS trusts and that is administered by commissioners.

  • Kevin Spacey may be about to come out 3

    Mr Spacey is currently the artistic director in residence at the Old Vic Theatre in London.

    10:48 AM — Since his Oscar winning turn in The Usual Suspects, Kevin Spacey's sexual orientation has been fodder for mass media speculation.Esquire Magazine all but outed the actor.Spacey countered with his now infamous sit down with Playboy, in which he called the story a lie.

  • Turned away from homeless shelter for being gay 1

    Only intervention by a concerned Chicago city employee prevented Wang from spending another night on the streets.

    10:31 AM — A Chicago woman denied access to a city-funded homeless shelter on a cold November evening because she is a lesbian is challenging the discrimination she experienced.The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois recently announced the filing of complaints with the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations and the State of Illinois Department of Human Rights on behalf of Michelle Wang.

  • University’s gay health certificate a success

    The university certificate in gay men's health promotion will begin again at UEL's Stratford campus this September.

    10:10 AM — A qualification in gay men's health will continue to run at the University of East London due to its unprecedented success.The one-year certificate was first launched last year, and is designed for people interested in or already working in the field of gay men's health promotion.Areas of study include positive mental health, current health policies, stigma and discrimination and epidemiology of HIV.

  • Analysis: British attitudes to gays are changing 28

    12:06 AM — The Stonewall survey published today is one of the most wide-ranging examinations of attitudes in the Britain towards the gay community.The results are heartening - even 49% of Daily Telegraph readers think that prejudice against gay and lesbian people should be tackled.Here, PinkNews.co.uk gives you some in-depth analysis of this landmark piece of research.

  • Survey reveals most Brits support gay rights 28

    Almost one in seven respondents have witnessed homophobic bullying in the workplace.

    12:03 AM — A in-depth survey of more than 2,000 people from all backgrounds, ages and religious beliefs across Britain has found that the vast majority of them are not homophobic.Britons are on the whole comfortable with gay people and believe that discrimination against gay, lesbian and bisexual people should be tackled.Only one in 20 people said they don't like lesbians and gay men.

  • 22nd May 2007

    South African churches reject gay weddings

    Last year South Africa made history as the first country in Africa, and only the fifth in the world to legalise same-sex marriages.

    5:56 PM — Four Christian churches in South Africa have said they will not bless same-sex marriages because they say they are "contrary to scripture."The Anglican Church, Catholic Church, Baptist Church and Presbyterian Church have all confirmed that they will not officiate or bless gay unions.The Methodist Church is still undecided on the issue. Same-sex unions are legal in South Africa.

  • Homophobic bullying not an issue for MEPs 57

    The declaration called for member states to support their gay communities.

    5:05 PM — Only 239 out of 785 members of the European Parliament have signed a declaration against homophobic bullying.Liberal Democrat MEP Baroness Sarah Ludford, a member of the European Parliament's intergroup on gay and lesbian rights, said:"While this result clearly signifies that combating homophobic bullying is more than a marginal issue for MEPs, we must work harder to make a majority understand the degree of misery and exclusion it can cause."

  • Angels will raise funds for AIDS charity

    The play follows the lives of individuals affected by HIV and AIDS in 1980s New York.

    3:41 PM — A star-studded charity gala performance of Angels in America will take place at the Lyric Hammersmith on Wednesday 4th July to raise vital funds to help people living with HIV.Headlong Theatre's production of Angels in America by Pulitzer-winning author Tony Kushner is the first major UK revival in fifteen years and is currently on a nationwide tour, where it has received outstanding reviews.It is the first national revival of Kushner's two-part masterpiece since its premiere at the National Theatre in 1992.

  • Lithuanians protest against diversity 2

    This is the latest of many homophobic incidents in Lithuania in the past few months.

    3:28 PM — Anti-gay feeling has reached new heights in Lithuania after a Swedish ambassador called for tolerance towards LGBT people.Ambassador Malin Karre delivered a speech to the Lithuanian Parliament on Wednesday May 16th to commemorate the International Day of Fighting Homophobia.She told the Lithuanian parliament that the Swedish government was "opposed to any goals to trample human rights, including the rights of people with non-traditional sexual orientation."

  • BBC gay presenter makes Radio 4 debut with preacher man

    One of those who was touched by Graham's preaching was Sir David Frost, who presents the Radio 4 documentary.

    2:00 PM — Ashley Byrne, presenter of the BBC's only gay radio programme, will make his BBC Radio 4 debut this week.He has executive produced I Got Up Out Of My Seat, a documentary about the legendary American evangelist Billy Graham, presented by Sir David Frost.Ashley is creative director of Made In Manchester Productions, an independent television and radio production company.

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