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June 2007

  • 30th June 2007

    Deputy Labour Leader called from Gay Pride to Cobra Meeting 5

    Police are investigating

    11:50 PM — The Prime Minister Gordon Brown has today held an emergency meeting of the Cobra cabinet committee as a result of the attacks on Glasgow Airport.Harriet Harman, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the House of Commons was summoned from London Pride to head towards Whitehall.

  • Rain fails to dampen London’s Pride 6

    The march started at 1pm and LGBT members of the Royal Navy, police, fire service and paramedics marched through the streets in uniform.

    7:40 PM — Tens of thousands of people took to the rainy streets of London today to celebrate Pride.Torrential downpours throughout the afternoon did not dampen the enthusiasm of marchers and those who gathered in Trafalgar Square to watch top pop acts.The march started at 1pm and LGBT members of the Royal Navy, police, fire service and paramedics marched through the streets in uniform.

  • PlanetOut share price recovers slightly but CEO says company needs time to turn around

    PlanetOut's share price has risen

    2:00 PM — Shares in Gay.com publisher, PlanetOut rose 20 per cent on Nasdaq yesterday, but shares in the company are still worth less than a tenth of it's post IPO (initial public offering) value just under three years ago.The company which also owns the Adovocate and RSVP Cruises floated in October 2004 at a share price of $9 (£4.48), it quickly rose to $14.26 (£7.10) in November. Yesterday the company's shares were trading at $1.38 (£0.69), a marked improvement on its 52 week low of $0.86 (£0.43).

  • Pride QA: Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London 2

    “I grew up in a world where we were innocent, I didn't know sex existed until we were 11. “

    12:01 AM — Ken, tell us about your first Pride.The very first lesbian and gay march I did, it was in the late 1970s and Tom Robinson was the lead speaker at Trafalgar Square.It was the first time I spoke on the plinth at Trafalgar Square.It was miserable grey day, late winter, early autumn. A grim, grim day.

  • 29th June 2007

    Gay MP promoted to Health Minister 1

    Ben Bradshaw becomes Minister of State for Health

    11:44 PM — Ben Bradshaw, an openly gay MP, has been promoted to become Minister of State at the Department of Health.It is a step up the ministerial ladder from his previous role at the Department of the Environment.Mr Bradshaw was also appointed as Minister for the South West as part of the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown's focus on regions within England.

  • PM reshuffles his gay rights team

    Meg Munn was well regarded for her work as Equalities Minister

    11:44 PM — Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, has completed his government reshuffle, promoting the Junior Equalities Minister responsible for gay rights, Meg Munn to become Junior Minister at the Foreign Office.Her replacement has not yet been chosen from the new ministerial team at the Department of Communities and Local Government.Yesterday he moved Ruth Kelly to become Secretary of State for Transport.

  • Brown appoints his first lesbian minister

    Ms Eagle is the first and so far only openly lesbian MP.

    11:32 PM — Angela Eagle has been appointed as a minister in the British government.New Prime Minister Gordon Brown has made her Exchequer Secretary, a junior Treasury position.Her twin sister Maria, already a minister under Tony Blair, moves from the Northern Ireland Office to the Ministry of Justice.

  • Comment: Time to be a green gay

    photo: nick russill@flickr.com

    6:06 PM — A couple of months ago, Roseanne - of former 'Barr' and 'Show' fame - upset some of the gays across the pond with something she said on her radio show.During a cosy chat with a lesbian activist one afternoon, Rosie suggested that considering the magnitude of the issues the planet now faces, maybe it was time for us all to put our individual causes temporarily to one side, and stand together against the unprecedented crises' that threaten to overwhelm us all.

  • “Minister for gays” sorry she can’t come to Pride

    The new minister overseeing equality and gay rights issues has a previous engagement.

    5:15 PM — Hazel Blears has said she is sorry she will not be able to attend tomorrow's Pride events in London this year after her appointment yesterday as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.The new minister overseeing equality and gay rights issues has a previous engagement.It has been confirmed that the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Minister for Women, Harriet Harman, will address revellers in Trafalgar Square.

  • Pride should go ahead as planned say police 5

    Pride organisers are working closely with the police.

    4:15 PM — The organisers of Pride London met with the Metropolitan police this afternoon and were reassured that as things stand the parade and other events will be going ahead tomorrow as planned.Early this morning a car bomb left outside a nightclub failed to detonate. The club, Tiger, Tiger, is on Haymarket, a street which is part of the route for tomorrow's parade.This afternoon the police have closed Hyde Park and Park Lane while they investigate another suspicious vehicle.

  • Thai transvestites call for hotel boycott

    Thailand is usually considered to be quite tolerant of homosexuality and transexuality. photo: victoriapeckham@flickr.com

    4:15 PM — A gay rights group in Thailand is calling for a boycott of the Novotel hotel chain, after door staff refused a transvestite entry to their nightclub.Rallying under around the slogan, "Novotel - No Homosexual", the campaign is being led by the Bangkok Rainbow Organisation.They are urging gays, lesbians and katoeys, or ladyboys, to stay away from the hotel.

  • Ugandan minister upset by emails from gay people 1

    There have been a series of government-backed attacks on the Ugandan gay community in the last year.

    3:47 PM — A homophobic politician in Uganda has branded LGBT people who have sent him hate emails 'sick' and accused them of using 'foul language.'James Nsaba Buturo, the state minister of Ethics and Integrity, told the Daily Monitor that he gets at least twenty threatening emails a day, mostly from people in the US and UK.Gay sex is punishable in Uganda by life imprisonment, under laws originally introduced by the British.

  • Poll shows next generation relaxed about gay marriage 1

    62% support a government financed national health-care system, compared with 47% of the general public.

    3:09 PM — Young Americans are much more likely to support gay marriage than their parents, a new poll by The New York Times, CBS News, and MTV has shown.The survey asked participants questions on a wide range of cultural and political issues. 44% of the 17 to 29 year olds surveyed believed gay couples should be allowed to marry.This is compared with 28% of the public at large.

  • Bush threatens veto over domestic partners

    The District of Columbia established a local domestic partnership registry in 1992.

    1:30 PM — The White House has issued the veto threat in response to an appropriations bill being considered by Congress.The bill provides financial support for federal programmes, but does not include a longstanding Republican provision which states that federal funds should not be used to operate the District of Columbia domestic partnership registry.Congress has the ultimate plenary power over the District of Columbia and its funding.

  • Church weddings for Swedish gays a step closer 3

    Currently gay and lesbian couple can only register their partnership through a civil ceremony.

    1:23 PM — Sweden may become the first country to allow gays and lesbians to marry within a major Church.Under current laws, dating back to 1987, marriage is defined as being between a man and a woman.A new piece of proposed "gender-neutral" legislation however, may soon remove this distinction allowing anybody to marry in the Lutherian Church.

  • Rowan Williams backtracks on gay bishop snub 2

    In April the Archbishop said he even considered cancelling the Lambeth conference to avoid a schism.

    1:13 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury is reconsidering his decision to exclude an openly gay bishop from next year's Lambeth Conference.Many Anglicans wrote letters of complaint to the Archbishop about the exclusion of Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.A response from Canon Flora Winfield from the International, Ecumenical and Anglican Communion Affairs was leaked to The Times. 

  • Ex-gay survivors speak out 1

    The Ex-gay Survivor Conference, which takes place at the University of California this weekend, has sent an open letter inviting Exodus leaders to attend.

    1:00 PM — As Exodus International, the network of "ex-gay" ministries which promotes "freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ," finishes its annual conference in California today, former ex-gay survivors line-up to tell their own stories.The Ex-gay Survivor Conference, which takes place at the University of California this weekend, has sent an open letter inviting Exodus leaders to attend.

  • Tales of the City author to appear at London Pride

    Mr Maupin's latest book,  Michael Tolliver Lives,  follows a character from  Tales,  now in his mid-50s and HIV+, who finds love with a younger man.

    12:54 PM — Gay icon Armistead Maupin is to take to the stage at tomorrow's London Pride event in Trafalgar Square.The author, whose Tales of the City books about gay life in 1970s and 80s San Francisco have been compared to the work of Dickens, is making a special trip to show solidarity with London's gay community.Mr Maupin's latest book, Michael Tolliver Lives, was published earlier this month.

  • Bomb on Pride route contained nails 5

    Metropolitan police have confirmed that nails were packed with gas cannisters found in a car bomb this morning.

    12:19 PM — In a chilling reminder of the attack on Soho eight years ago, the Metropolitan police have confirmed that nails were packed with gas cannisters found in an abandoned car this morning.The vehicle was crashed and then abandoned on Haymarket in central London, part of the route for tomorrow's London Pride parade.There was concern that the entire Pride event, including performances in Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square, would have to be cancelled.

  • London’s gay community will march despite the bomb 5

    The parade is due to begin at 1pm and will take in Baker St, Oxford St, Regent St, Haymarket, ending at Whitehall.

    11:35 AM — Organisers of the biggest gay parade in the UK have confirmed that it will go ahead tomorrow.The discovery of a car bomb on the route had cast doubt on whether the London Pride parade would go ahead.However, Metropolitan police sources have confirmed that Haymarket, a key part of the parade route, will be open tomorrow.

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