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26 June 2007

  • 26th June 2007

    London Pride reception held at City Hall

    Mr Livingstone also spoke about the rise of homophobia across Europe. photo: joe roberts

    6:30 PM — At an official gay Pride function in London last night, the city's mayor Ken Livingstone told an audience of 400 people that he will be taking part in the march this year- but cannot decide on whether or not to appear on a float.The reception, sponsored by Morgan Stanley, brought together Pride organisers, City Hall staff and volunteers and others from across the LGBT community.Mr Livingstone spoke of his long support for gay rights.

  • Blair to step down as an MP

    Traditionally former Prime Ministers are offered a seat in the House of Lords once they leave the Commons.

    6:15 PM — The Prime Minister will resign as MP for Sedgefield within hours of leaving Downing St, it has been reported.He is expected to take up a new peace-keeping role in the Middle East on behalf of the international community almost immediately.It was expected that Mr Blair, who has introduced a wide range of gay rights in his ten years in power, would not remain in the House of Commons after the next general election.

  • Putin backs gay-baiting Moscow mayor’s reappointment

    Mr Luzhkov says he will not allow a gay pride parade “in any form.“

    5:03 PM — Yuri Luzhkov, Moscow's gay-hating, bee-keeping mayor, looks set for another 4 years in office after receiving the official backing of President Putin.The City Duma holds a special meeting tomorrow to approve his nomination.The 71-year-old Mayor is well-known to Western activists for his trenchant opposition to gay rights.

  • Gay rumours whirl around Prison Break actor 14

    The actor, full name Wentworth Earl Miller III, is of African, Blasian, English, German Jewish, Cherokee, Russian, French, Dutch, Syrian, and Lebanese descent.

    4:49 PM — Wentworth Miller is reported to be "dating" one of the stars of new Channel 4 hit show Brothers Sisters - Luke McFarlane.Celeb blogger Perez Hilton and gossip site TMZ both report that Miller, 35, and McFarlane, 27, are an item."Wentworth and Luke have been secretly dating for almost six months now," a source told TMZ.

  • School says sorry for gay kiss censorship

    The district has said it will reissue an unedited copy of the 2007 year book to any pupil who asks for one.

    3:53 PM — Officials from the Newark City School District have issued an apology after a male student's year book picture was ordered to be blacked out with marker pen because it contained a gay kiss.The 4.5-by-5-inch photo showed pupil Andre Jackson, 18, turning round to kiss boyfriend, David Escobales, 19, over his right shoulder.The picture, which he had paid $150 to include on a special tribute page, was accompanied by similar poses from heterosexual couples.

  • Labour gays voted Cruddas for deputy

    LGBT Labour is an affiliated society of the Labour party, meaning its members can vote along with members of trade unions and other societies.

    3:36 PM — A breakdown of the votes cast by the members of the Labour Campaign for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (LGBT Labour) has revealed that backbench candidate Jon Cruddas was their choice for Deputy Leader.Justice Minister Harriet Harman won the contest to succeed John Prescott on Sunday, after five rounds of voting.She eventually took the lead with 50.43% to Education Secretary Alan Johnson's 49.56%

  • Anti-gay Tory defects to Labour 10

    In March 2007 he was one of the Tory MPs who defied their own front  bench and tried to stop the Sexual Orientation Regulations in House of Commons.

    3:15 PM — An MP with a hostile voting record on gay issues has defected from the Conservatives to the Labour party.Quentin Davies, a former Tory Shadow Cabinet member, has been an MP for 20 years and represents Grantham, the home town of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.He announced his defection the day before Tony Blair is to leave office, and attacked Tory leader David Cameron in his resignation letter.

  • Sarah Waters nominated for UK’s oldest book prize

    Waters studied for a PhD on lesbian and gay fiction at the University of London

    2:58 PM — The writer who brought lesbian fiction to greater prominence with her novel Tipping The Velvet, is on the short list for this year's James Tait Black Memorial Prize.Sarah Waters, 40, has been nominated for her most recent work, The Night Watch, which explores the lives of several lesbian, gay and straight characters in 1940's London.It has been widely praised for its stunning recreation of the Blitz and life in the capital during the immediate post-war period.

  • Supermarket chain withdraws gay support

    The move comes just a year after Wal-Mart joined the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. photo: bravenewfilms@flickr.com

    2:00 PM — Retail giant Wal-Mart, has withdrawn its corporate support for LGBT organisations.The move comes just a year after Wal-Mart joined the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, an organisation that helps promote the growth of LGBT owned or friendly organisations.The company was responding to pickets and threats of boycott by conservative Christian groups.

  • Welsh gay community’s silent victims of abuse

    The investigation comes in response to news that recorded crimes against gay and lesbian people in Wales are on the increase.

    1:45 PM — A new BBC Wales investigation has revealed that as many as 80% of the gay community suffer verbal or physical abuse in their lifetime.Yet according to Home Office figures only one in ten of these incidents will be reported.The investigation comes in response to news that recorded crimes against gay and lesbian people in Wales are on the increase.

  • Comment: Another year, another Pride, another hangover

    Is Pride a political rally, is it a party, does it mean anything at all?

    11:30 AM — For many of us waking up the next morning, any sense of pride has disappeared long ago in a heady mix of sunshine, cheap cocktails, and naked flesh.This is something to celebrate. A hangover fades much quicker than the scars of those brave enough to march the streets of Moscow, Riga or Warsaw.At the same time I cannot help thinking that Pride has the potential to mean something more to more people than just a nice day out once a year.

  • Gay activists welcome New York marriage proposal

    This week's progress in New York is just the tip of the iceberg as far as equality for same-sex couples and their families is concerned.

    11:30 AM — Last week the New York State Assembly passed a bill, by a vote of 85 to 61, to extend to same-sex couples the freedom to marry.Only two other legislative chambers, both houses of the California Legislature, have passed similar legislation in the past.The bill now moves to the state Senate, where Republicans hold a narrow majority.

  • Smoking a real drag, say queens 1

    Smoking a pack of 20 will save smokers a whopping £1850, which could for example be spent on much-needed make-up to cover wrinkles that smoking has caused.

    11:00 AM — Drag queens' services have been employed by the NHS in Yorkshire to strut on to the scene and smoke out the last ill-fated pro-smoking campaigners as England goes smoke-free in less than a week.Drag queens Precious, Miss Blanche, Portia and Danny Cher from the Birdcage nightclub in Leeds will encourage people to kick the habit and take their 'last drag' as this butt of contention is finally doused in the favour of healthier lungs for both active and passive smokers.

  • 75% of gay kids in faith schools suffer homophobic bullying

    The survey of 1,145 young people was conducted by the Schools Health Education Unit for Stonewall.

    12:01 AM — Homophobic bullying plagues the majority of UK schools and shocking levels of bullying are meted out to school pupils and teachers who either are gay or perceived to be gay.That is the conclusion of a wide-ranging study carried by gay equality organisation Stonewall.Nearly two thirds of LGB students reported instances of such harassment.

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