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May 2007

  • 15th May 2007

    First gay mayor of Richmond 57

    Cllr Cranfield-Adams is the first openly gay mayor of Richmond Upon Thames

    5:32 PM — The first openly gay Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Cllr Marc Cranfield-Adams, will be formally elected tonight.His election takes place at the Council's Annual Meeting in York House, Twickenham at 7pm.The mayor has pledged that his twin themes will be "diversity and inclusiveness."

  • South Africa Pride coming to Johannesburg 57

    5:31 PM — The largest gay pride festival on the African continent will be held on October 6th on the streets of Johannesburg, it was revealed today.A street parade, with the theme "Coming of Age", will be followed by a Mardi Gras at the Zoo Lake Sports Club on Rosebank.It will be a week of celebrations, with the days before the parade including an art exhibition, a cabaret show and fund-raising.

  • Find out about your new rights

    Pink Law - Know Your Rights At Home, At Work  At Play is totally free, but registration is required.

    5:05 PM — A special free event designed to inform gay, lesbian and bisexual people of their rights has been organised by award-winning solicitors Russell Jones WalkerPink Law - Know Your Rights At Home, At Work At Play is sponsored by PinkNews.co.ukMembers of the gay community will be able to get free access to information about the range of new laws affecting their lives.

  • Gay customer considers legal action over BT survey 5

    He is considering suing BT over how he has been treated perhaps making use of recent discrimination legislation.

    4:57 PM — When a you are upset by a homophobic online survey do you: a) ignore it or b) try to contact the offending organisation to express your distaste.BT's recent online customer survey, despite being only two questions long, managed to offend twice with possible answers: "pronounced husband and wife" to the first question and "scoring a date with the opposite sex" for the second, with no gay equivalent.

  • Record compensation after sacked for being gay 57

    Ms Durman said that as a result of the allegations both of them have suffered panic attacks and needed counselling.

    4:44 PM — A lesbian couple won a record six-figure compensation claim after they were sacked because of their sexuality have still not received their compensation.The two were wrongfully accused of allowing the physical and sexual abuse of residents at a care centre.An employment tribunal later found them innocent of any wrongdoing.

  • Judges to decide on gay marriage in Connecticut 57

    The judges could order an overhaul of the state's marriage laws which would have national ramifications

    3:58 PM — The debate over same-sex marriage rights in Connecticut could soon be decided by the state Supreme Court.The arguments from both sides were wrapped up in court yesterday, but the decision will probably be months in coming.Eight same-sex couples originally filed the lawsuit in August 2004. They believe that when they were denied the ability to marry, their rights to equality were violated.The couples have been together between 13 and 31 years.

  • Lithuanian bus drivers angered by gay ads 57

    Conservative attitudes are common in Lithuania, where only 17% support gay marriage.

    2:20 PM — Drivers of trolley buses in Lithuania are protesting against advertisements promoting tolerance towards gay men and women.Drivers refused to drive the trolley bus bearing the adverts. The ads have now been removed.Conservative attitudes are common in Lithuania, as homosexuality was illegal in the Soviet Union until 1993. In 2004, the age of consent was equalised to 14 years of age.

  • Partygoers arrested and tortured in Iran 57

    The maximum punishment for gay sex is death, and teenage boys as young as 15 are eligible for the death penalty.

    1:47 PM — Eighty young men have been arrested at a birthday party in Iran under suspicion of being gay.Last Thursday, security forces in Isfahan stormed a birthday party and arrested every person there. The partygoers were beaten with batons before they were taken into custody.As yet there is no evidence to support the idea of the men being gay. The men are being held for participating in a party with alcoholic drinks, music and dancing.

  • IDAHO preparations well under way 57

    One of the main themes of this year's IDAHO campaign is “No to homophobia, yes to education.“

    1:08 PM — With the International Day Against Homophobia fast approaching on May 17th, preparations have been taking place for 80 events in Britain.Four students have won a competition after designing posters to celebrate LGBT History Month and the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO.)Tracy Smith, Jillian Burr, Patricia Ofuno and Annel Christopher, all from the University of the Arts, designed four posters which won the acclaim of judges.

  • Students suspended for gay film 57

    The students claim “Secret Minds“ wanted to portray the reality that gay people exist in Indian society.

    12:39 PM — Four students have been suspended from their college in India for making a short film on homosexuality.The director, producer and actors in the five minute film have all been suspended from St Joseph's College of Communication in the state of Kerala.The students claim that this disciplinary action is an infringement of their rights of free expression.

  • Police institutionally homophobic, says report 57

    Although the situation at Scotland Yard has improved since the 1990s, more still needs to be done.

    12:38 PM — Police detectives investigating murders and violent crimes in the gay community are influenced by institutional homophobia, a report claims.The report by the independent Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Advisory Group (LGBT IAG) looked at 10 homophobic murders between 1990 and 2002, including five murders by serial killer Colin Ireland.Four of the cases investigated remain unsolved.

  • 14th May 2007

    Comment: Gay rights – the next ten years 9

    The beauty of the gay community's success at securing equal rights in Britain is that we now have the choice - we can either get married or be promiscuous, adopt children or stay childless.

    7:05 PM — How will Tony Blair be remembered? That is the question on the lips of almost everyone in politics since he announced that he is to leave office on June 27th.Will he be remembered for bringing peace to Northern Ireland, introducing the minimum wage or getting record numbers of people in work?Or will he be remembered as George Bush's poodle, with the bloody conflict in Iraq his only lasting legacy?

  • Theatre director says critics are hostile to gay women

    Mr Hytner has overseen a renaissance at the publicly-funded NT. photo: polly cracker@flickr.com

    4:42 PM — A senior figure in the UK arts scene has accused theatre critics of sexism and homophobia.Nicholas Hytner, the director of the National Theatre, said that established critics "snigger" at lesbian directors and dubbed them "dead white men."Mr Hytner has overseen a renaissance at the publicly-funded NT, with many seats on offer for £10 and high-profile plays such as The History Boys and Jerry Springer: The Opera generating positive news coverage and big box office.

  • School sued over Brokeback Mountain screening 2

    Turner's class at Ashburn Community Elementary School are alleged to have been shown the film by substitute teacher.

    2:08 PM — The grandfather of a 12-year-old girl has filed a half-million dollar lawsuit against the Chicago Board of Education.He claims his granddaughter was traumatised by a school showing of Brokeback Mountain. The lawsuit filed on Friday claims that Jessica Turner suffered psychological distress after being shown the film, that involves the gay relationship between two cowboys in an 8th grade class last year.

  • Riga Pride gets more international support 2

    The new Mayor of the Latvian capital has publicly backed the 2007 gay rights march in the city.

    2:04 PM — Human rights campaigners from across Europe are to attend next month's Riga Pride.Last year the march was attacked and missiles and human excrement were thrown at participants.Gay and lesbian protesters were refused permission to march in Riga on the 22nd July 2006 by city officials, who cited security advice from the interior ministry.

  • Huge crowds in Rome protest gay rights 1

    Many opposition leaders, including former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, attended the pro-family rally.

    1:10 PM — Hundreds of thousands of people, including many families with children, came out to protest in Rome on Saturday about a government bill that included legal rights for homosexual couples.The "Family Day" rally in St John Lateran piazza drew people from across Italy.The protest was organised by lay Catholic groups and family associations but not formally backed by the Vatican.

  • Polish embassy protest planned for IDAHO

    Poland is being targeted because of attitudes within the country

    1:00 PM — LGBT activists will be demonstrating outside the Polish embassy in London on Thursday as one of many protests worldwide for International Day Against Homophobia.The event will be part of events in over 50 countries to show a united international stand against gay hate.Poland is being targeted because of both attitudes within the country and also new legislation the government there is trying to bring in which is likely to encourage homophobia in schools.

  • Moscow Pride organisers unveil plans 4

    Mayor Luzhkov banned the Moscow Pride event planned for May last year.

    12:45 PM — Moscow Gay Pride organisers handed in the official documents this morning relating to the march scheduled for May 27th.Last week State Duma Deputy Alexey Mitrofanov said the event should be allowed to go ahead.To show his support Mitrofanov will be attending a press conference tomorrow, where Pride organisers will give details of the event.

  • Army recruiter disciplined over offensive emails

    Ramode also said “being gay is disgusting and immoral,“ and told Andrew to “migrate to another country.“

    11:24 AM — The US Army has re-assigned a recruiter who sent racist and homophobic emails to a potential recruit who inquired about Army careers.Sergeant Marcia Ramode, who in March sent a series of offensive emails to Corey Andrew, an African American gay man contacted by Ramode through Monster.com, has been suspended from recruiting duties.

  • Paisley faces gay rights challenge 7

    Ian Paisley addressed the crowd, asking them, “Are we really Christians and will we stand up for Jesus?“

    11:10 AM — A former member of the DUP has challenged party leader and First Minister of Northern Ireland Ian Paisley over the Sexual Orientation Regulations.The regulations outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services.The UK government imposed them on Northern Ireland in January, before the new DUP/Sinn Fein-led local administration took office.

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