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27 June 2007

  • 27th June 2007

    Tony Blair resigns as an MP to become peace envoy

    Tony Blair will resign as an MP

    5:35 PM — Tony Blair has resigned as the MP for Sedgefield just hours after resigning as Prime Minister.He was confirmed at 5pm as the new envoy for the Quartet (EU, USA, UN and Russia) on resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict.Mr Blair, who has introduced a wide range of gay rights in his ten years in power, was not expected to remain in the House of Commons.

  • Strong support for gay partnerships among Czechs

    The Czech Republic was the first post-communist to embed homosexual partnership.

    4:39 PM — Nearly 70% of adults in the Czech Republic believe that registered partnership should be available to gays and lesbians according to a CVVM poll conducted last month.This figure is up from 62% two years ago.The news comes almost a year after registered partnership, endowing inheritance, maintenance and hospital rights to same-sex partners, was made legal.

  • Gay rights demo in Moscow blocked by police

    The protestors wanted the EU to ban the Moscow Mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, from travelling in Europe. photo: rich moffitt@flickr.com

    4:10 PM — More than 20 people who wanted to protest outside the EU's offices in Moscow have been stopped by police, despite the fact that the demonstration had been sanctioned.Officers said that they decided the protest would interfere with nearby building work."Authorities in Moscow have broken the law again by not allowing our picket," said activist Alexey Davydov told AP.

  • New Prime Minister’s first speech in full

    Gordon Brown addressed reporters outside No 10 Downing St this afternoon in his first speech as Prime Minister.

    3:38 PM — Gordon Brown addressed reporters outside No 10 Downing St this afternoon in his first speech as Prime Minister:"I have just accepted the invitation of Her Majesty the Queen to form a government."This will be a new government with new priorities and I have been privileged to have been granted the great opportunity to serve my country."

  • Gordon Brown takes office as Prime Minister

    Mr Brown pledged to reach across party divides to work in the national interest.

    3:05 PM — The Queen has asked Gordon Brown to form a government. The new Prime Minister spent nearly an hour with Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace this afternoon.Arriving at Downing St just before 3pm he told journalists: "this will be a new Government with new priorities."Mr Brown appeared with his wife Sarah outside No 10 Downing St, but unlike his predecessor his children were not present.

  • Test case on gender reassignment for prisoner

    Despite previous legal challenges however, no inmate has yet to receive a full sex-change.

    2:41 PM — A test case to determine whether a convicted criminal in Boston should be granted a $20,000 (£10,000) sex-change operation at prison expense is still on-going after a year, despite costing $52,000 in expert witness fees alone.The crux of the case rests on whether Michelle Kosilek, formerly Robert Kosilek, needs the surgery as a matter of medical necessity.Kosilek, 58, was convicted of murdering his wife in 1990, claiming it was in self-defence after she split burning tea on his genitals.

  • LGBT abuse group secures Justice funding

    Galop has worked closely with the police and were asked to sit on the Metropolitan Police's community Gold Group after the murder of Jody Debrowski.

    1:15 PM — An organisation that helps victims of hate crimes, sexual abuse and violence have been given over £35,000 by the new Ministry of Justice.Galop's award comes at a time when homophobic hate crimes are widely under-reported due to fear of the victims, humiliation or lack of information on the importance of reporting.A lack of confidence in police and statutory services is also a factor.

  • Die Hard star wades into gay slur controversy

    Die Hard 4.0 is released nationwide on the 4th July.

    12:53 PM — Bruce Willis, who recently reprised his most famous role as cop John McLane for Die Hard 4.0, has defended shamed actor Isaiah Washington after he was sacked from Grey's Anatomy for calling former colleague, T.R. Knight, a "faggot."Speaking in an interview with Time magazine Willis says, "I hate to think we live in a time when you can get fired from your job because of what you say.""He didn't punch anyone. I think we'll think differently with hindsight."

  • Standing ovation for Tony Blair at last PMQ

    “One of the outstanding Prime Ministers in my political lifetime and the most politically effective the party has ever had.“

    12:45 PM — The Prime Minister gave a vintage performance during his last appearance at the dispatch box in the House of Commons.Flanked by departing Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott and incoming Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Mr Blair began by paying tribute to three soldiers who have died in action in the last week, and to the Armed Forces as a whole."I am truly sorry about the dangers they face today," he told MPs.

  • Religious Russians cleanse river of gay contamination 3

    200 members of the Union of Orthodox Brotherhoods took to the waters, using the slogan “We are Russians, God is with us.“

    12:00 PM — Members of a Russian Orthodox Organisation claim to have cleansed the Moscow River, the day after a gay cruise ship sailed down it.200 members of the Union of Orthodox Brotherhoods took to the waters, using the slogan "We are Russians, God is with us."With them they carried Royal national Flags and pictures of Saints, taking the same boat and route as gay cruisers had only hours earlier.

  • Homophobic assault victim sues for $50m

    The Emmy Award-winning senior producer for the CBS Evening News said the network further increased his suffering by allegedly asking him inappropriate questions.

    11:30 AM — A TV producer has accused the CBS network of firing him after he spoke out about being gay-bashed while vacationing in St. Maarten.Richard Jefferson is suing his former employer for $50 million (£25m), the New York Post reports.Jefferson was beaten with a tyre wrench in a gay-bashing incident on the resort island last April.

  • Gays urged to think green at Pride

    photo: kyle simourd@flickr.com

    11:20 AM — With a poll showing that only one in five Londoners claim to be doing anything to tackle climate change, The Environment Agency joins this Saturday's Pride to encourage the LGBT community to act.Led by Lisa Pinney, head of the Environment Agency LGBT network, more than twenty members and friends are taking part, celebrating the agency's diversity and helping promote their work.Marching under the banner, 'Proud to be at Pride,' a separate stall in Soho will allow people to take part in the world's largest survey on climate change.

  • Blair’s record on gay rights praised

    Mr Blair is expected to immediately resign as an MP, meaning today's PMQ will be his last appearance in the House of Commons.

    11:10 AM — The government's progress on gay rights has been praised by leading members of the gay community and politicians from all sides.Tony Blair leaves office today after ten years in office. During his tenure the rights of LGBT people in Britain have been transformed.Mr Blair is to take up a new role as a peace envoy to the Middle East on behalf of the UN, America, Russia and the EU - an announcement on the job will be made later today.

  • TURING: Forty years on 1

    It is tomfoolery to think that the rest of the world will pay attention to the societal dynamics of Britain in a way that international media does to those of the United States.

    10:40 AM — Sexual minorities in the UK have every right to exercise and celebrate their hard-won rights. But the time has not yet come to take things for granted.Insofar as one considers the historical period dominated by the three major monotheistic religions, homosexuals have always been the subjects of pillory, hate, persecution, and unusually severe punishments

  • German politicians criticise gay roleplay at school

    Juergen Zoellne, local MP for Education said, ““The authors behind the idea used a very common language among pupils and the exercises proved to be suitable for school.“

    10:10 AM — In an effort to combat playground homophobia, a school in Berlin has introduced a series controversial exercises that role-play picking up a gay partner.The Regional Institute for School and Media, which teaches children of 14 and over, hopes they will help to change their attitudes towards gay people.Some German politicians have been outraged by the plans.

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