25th June 2007
God’s people smile on New York City’s gay Pride
5:30 PM — Religious groups, so often the most vociferous critics of gays and lesbians, were at the heart of a different controversy this weekend when they headed up a procession of tens of thousands at New York's Pride.Commemorating the anniversary of 1969's Stonewall Riots, when angry patrons of a Greenwich Village gay bar fought back against police harassment, the celebrations have become a global assertion of gay rights.
Paris Hilton gets out of jail
5:25 PM — Millionaire heiress to the Hilton Hotel chain and convicted traffic felon Paris Hilton will be released from the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood in tomorrow.The socialite had served roughly half her 45-day sentence for violating her probation on a drink-driving case.She is due to give her first official account of life behind bars on Wednesday to Larry King in a one-hour special on US network, CNN.
Soho hosts day out for gay youth
4:01 PM — Life was a picnic for London's LGBT youth communities when their annual gathering in Soho Square attrated more than one hundred people, several as young as 15.When the rain got bad everyone sheltered under the trees taking the picnic with them, luckily the downpour didn't last long.George Allawi, 18, a youth worker said: "I don't think rain will stop us now and I don't think it will stop us next week at Pride."
Top Tory gives away gay friend at partnership ceremony 2
3:30 PM — David Davis, the Shadow Home Secretary, has revealed that he recently attended a civil partnership ceremony.The MP for Haltemprice and Howden is seen as more right-wing than David Cameron, who defeated him in the contest for Conservative leader in 2005.In an interview with the Daily Telegraph Mr Davis claims to be a social liberal.
RAF uniforms banned from London Pride
2:13 PM — The Royal Air Force has announced that personnel who wear uniform to march in the Pride parade in London will face disciplinary action.A letter from Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy, the Chief of the Air Staff, to station commanders says that LGB airmen and women can attend Pride but not in uniform.Last week the Chief of the General Staff has issued orders banning LGB Army staff from marching in uniform at the event this Saturday.
Manchester triumphs at gay football tournament
2:00 PM — Village Manchester FC were crowned winners of the inaugural Ford Pride Football Tournament after beating Stonewall FC in the final on Satuday.24 male and female teams from across the country took part in the six-a-side tournament, which was held at the Goals Soccer Centre in Wembley, just a few miles from the recently completed England stadium.The Ford Pride Football Tournament is the UK's first high profile gay football competition.
Edinburgh hosts Pride of Scotland
1:10 PM — The Scottish capital was transformed into a gay village this weekend as Pride Scotia took to the streets of Edinburgh.Around 5,000 revellers gathered at midday outside the offices of Edinburgh council before setting off for an afternoon of organised festivities in Pilrig Park.The parade was originally planned to go along the Mound, before heading down Princes Street but the route was shortened due to poor weather conditions.
Abu Hamza unhappy with gay nurse 6
12:54 PM — A jailed Islamic preacher has complained to the Prison Service about his homosexual personal care nurse.Abu Hamza was convicted in February 2006 of inciting racial hatred and murder. He has been held at Belmarsh high security prison since 2004.Hamza has a hook instead of a right hand, and requires help from a nurse to wash and dress. The Mirror reports that the hate preacher has discovered that his regular nurse for the last two years is a gay man.
Obama: religion has been hijacked by Right
12:24 PM — US Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama told a church convention on Saturday that some right-wing evangelical leaders have exploited and politicised religious beliefs in an effort to sow division."Somehow, somewhere along the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together and faith started being used to drive us apart," the Illinois senator said in a 30-minute speech before the national meeting of the United Church of Christ.
Democrat husband and wife differ on gay rights
12:20 PM — Elizabeth Edwards came out in support of legalised gay marriage at yesterday's gay pride celebration in San Francisco, taking a position which she acknowledged is at odds with her husband, Democrat presidential candidate John Edwards."I don't know why somebody else's marriage has anything to do with me," the San Francisco Chronicle reports Edwards saying. "I'm completely comfortable with gay marriage."But that position differs markedly from her husband, the former North Carolina Senator.
Pope criticises Tony Blair over civil partnerships 9
12:00 PM — Pope Benedict XVI used a personal audience with outgoing Prime Minister Tony Blair to express his displeasure at the advancement in gay rights in the UK.During his 25-minute private meeting with Tony Blair on Saturday, the Pope questioned the use of stem cells in research, the availability of abortion, civil partnerships and adoption by gay couples, as well as the war in Iraq.Downing St said that the gay issues were raised by Vatican officials but not the Pope.
Canadians avoid split over gay blessings
10:38 AM — The Anglican church in Canada has narrowly voted against allowing individual dioceses to bless same-sex relationships.The decision will come as a relief to the Archbishop of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the Church worldwide, who is keen to avoid a schism over gay issues.However, at the General Synod in Winnipeg, the Canadians also decided that blessing same-sex relationships was not in breach of their "core doctrine."