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June 2007

  • 13th June 2007

    Russian activists target “gay” park

    The Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, is being asked to confirm that the patrols are legal.

    6:03 PM — Religious and nationalist groups in Moscow have said they will patrol a small park in the city that they claim is used by gay men as a meeting place.Intelfax news agency reports that around 50 people gathered yesterday to "reclaim" the park and launch their campaign.The activists said they will ask people they suspect are gay to leave the park during their nightly patrols.

  • Congress celebrates Americans’ right to marriage

    Currently only one US state, Massachusetts, allows same-sex couples to marry.

    5:38 PM — The only openly lesbian member of the US Congress has highlighted the change in American attitudes towards marriage and asked that gay couples be given the same rights as straight citizens.A resolution authored by Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin passed the House of Representatives yesterday by unanimous consent commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia decision.It ended the ban on interracial marriage in the United States and recognised that marriage is one of the "basic civil rights of man."

  • Lesbian woman shot dead by police

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating her death.

    5:08 PM — A 37-year-old woman who was killed by a police marksman in the early hours of yesterday morning was a lesbian, it has emerged.Friends and work colleagues have described Ann Sanderson as a gentle, loyal and helpful person who suffered from mental illness.Police in the suburban town of Sevenoaks are investigating her death. She was brandishing a firearm at officers, which she refused to put down when confronted.

  • New equality proposals “oblivious” to needs of trans people 2

    The government proposes extending protection against discrimination when accessing goods and services to trans people.

    2:22 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive The government has published its long-awaited Discrimination Law Review, and is asking the public for their views on a proposed new Equality Act.The purpose of the new legislation is to simplify the current piecemeal discrimination laws and to strengthen the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights, which comes into being this autumn.

  • Anglican dissidents plan ‘parallel’ church

    The revelation of new plans to defy Archbishop Williams adds to the fears that the whole Anglican church could schism over gay issues.

    1:50 PM — Powerful conservative primates in the worldwide Anglican church plan to consecrate their own bishop to oversee American churches who oppose gay ordination.The move is in direct defiance of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, who wants to try to reconcile the differences in the feuding Anglican communion.Last month Archbishop Williams took the symbolic step of excluding Gene Robinson, the openly gay Bishop of New Hampshire, from the Lambeth conference.

  • Gay bashing reggae performers promise to stop the hate 2

    The fight against other homophobic performers continues.

    12:21 PM — Three of the world's top reggae and dancehall singers have renounced homophobia and condemned violence against lesbians and gay men.Beenie Man, Sizzla and Capleton had previously released anti-gay hate songs, including incitements to murder lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.They have now signed up to the Reggae Compassionate Act in a deal brokered with top reggae promoters and Stop Murder Music activists.

  • China uses gay bars to spread safe sex message

    The rise of the internet means young men of only 16 are exploring their sexuality and being exposed to the virus.

    12:05 PM — Free condoms, AIDS awareness posters and even safe-sex themed dance performances are some of the tools being used by venue owners in Beijing to educate their patrons about the dangers of HIV.Staff will be offered bonuses for educating gay men about safe sex in a joint campaign in nineteen of the city's gay bars.According to the Chinese CDC, the number of HIV-positive MSM has doubled since 2004, with only 10-20% of China's estimated 20 million MSM using condoms.

  • Teenage lesbians upset after bus ejection

    The city of Portland's transit system has a policy that bars drivers from ejecting underage people from buses.

    11:55 AM — Two 14-year-old girls were kicked of a bus in Oregon for kissing have gone public about the humiliating incident.Maika Rich and Jocelyn O'Neal told KATU-TV that they were on a bus headed to the Sexual Minority Youth Recreation Centre last Friday.A passenger complained to the driver that they had been kissing. He ordered them to stop, calling them "sickos." When the girls then hugged he told them to get off.

  • Gay gun enthusiast ejected from Pride 1

    Nelson's ejection and consequent complaint have received the attention of Second Amendment advocates.

    11:40 AM — Pro-gun activist David Nelson was ejected from last week's Utah Pride festival by its organisers, security and law-enforcement officers for possessing an unconcealed firearm.Nelson, who owns the gay group Stonewall Shooting Sports of Utah, has filed a complaint with city Police Chief Chris Burbank against Lt. Rusty Isakson for what Nelson described as "grossly and specifically violative of state weapons laws.""As a state Concealed Firearm Permit holder, I possessed and carried my firearm unconcealed, but holstered, at the event," Nelson said.

  • Presidential candidates give support to equal rights

    All of the announced Democratic candidates stated their support for extending federal benefits and equal tax treatment

    11:31 AM — The Human Rights Campaign have released their 2008 Democratic candidate questionnaire outlining where the announced candidates for President stand on issues important to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.The Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay civil rights organisation in the US, released the questionnaires along with a report card based upon the candidates' responses in order to assist pro-equality voters in determining the public policy positions of the candidates.

  • 12th June 2007

    US military proposed weapon to turn enemy troops gay 15

    Gay groups in the US, where openly gay, bisexual and lesbian people are banned from serving in the military, expressed disgust at the idea of a “gay bomb.“

    1:01 PM — Documents obtained under freedom of information laws in the United States have confirmed that the country's military considered developing a "gay bomb."In 1994 the US Air Force research department requested $7.5m to create a weapon that would release a chemical causing enemy soldiers to become sexually attracted to each other.The proposal described the weapons as "distasteful but completely non-lethal." Pentagon officials blocked the project.

  • Swedish government falls out over gay marriage 1

    The Prime Minister has said that his party will make a decision on the issue at their autumn party conference.

    12:25 PM — The Swedish Prime Minister is facing a revolt from his own party because he will not commit to new legislation to allow gay couples to marry.The country's coalition government is split on the issue.Fredrik Reinfeldt's conservative Moderate party have so far not decided to support further rights for gay people, but eight MPs, including one Cabinet minister, are threatening to resign over the issue.

  • Review: Two Men Talking

    Two Men Talking is about the power of storytelling.

    11:50 AM — In a tiny, intimate venue in the heart of Whitehall, two men perform a play that records their lives as gay, Jewish South Africans.Two Men Talking starts in sweltering South Africa where Paul Browde and Murray Nossel are schoolchildren during Apartheid.Their tale takes us takes us to New York and London, through their experiences of career struggles, coming out as gay and dealing with HIV and AIDS, and finally recalling their reunion in America.

  • Openly gay sailor could serve a third time 1

    Knight has now served openly during two tours with the Navy, with the support of his command and colleagues.

    11:15 AM — The United States Navy has again assigned an openly gay sailor to duty in the Individual Ready Reserves (IRR).Former Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Knight, a Hebrew linguist recently deployed to Kuwait, has been placed on IRR duty until April 2009, despite publicly "coming out" in national media outlets and being told he would receive a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" dismissal.Knight's dismissal form, also called a DD-214, again lists his reason for dismissal as 'Completion of Service,' and places him in the IRR.

  • Ireland’s population is 6% gay, survey finds 1

    The Out Now 2007 GCN Ireland Gay Community Market Report is being released later this month.

    11:00 AM — An estimated 6% of Irish adults are believed to be lesbian or gay, and results from the first ever market research measurement of the lifestyles and spending power of Ireland's 200,000 lesbians and gay men are about to be released.The new research will shed new light on gay community lifestyle and marketing issues. A new gay market research report is about to uncover Ireland's gay and lesbian communities.

  • 11th June 2007

    Paisley confused over homophobic son 27

    Northern Ireland's Lord Chief Justice, Sir Brian Kerr, rejected an attempt to overturn the current law banning adoption by unmarried couples of any sexual orientation.

    5:42 PM — The First Minister of Northern Ireland has faced questions in the province's Assembly about the anti-gay views of his son, who is a junior minister in the devolved government.Ian Paisley Snr told Assembly members that he is opposed to any sort of discrimination, but would not give an assurance that Ian Jnr would be kept away from equality duties.Paisley Jnr angered political opponents when he said he finds gay and lesbian people repulsive.

  • Analysis: Football is coming homo

    Representatives from all of London's gay football teams were present.

    4:55 PM — The news that the Gay and Lesbian Football Association World Championship is coming to London next year will be music to the ears of the ever-growing gay football community in the UK.Last week's launch event at the Football Association headquarters in Soho Square was attended by the great and the good from the gay community and the football world.Several Members of Parliament were there to lend their support along with gay rights activist Peter Tatchell.

  • Jewish holy men curse Jerusalem Pride 1

    The Jerusalem Post reports that three quarters of the city's residents oppose the Pride parade.

    4:39 PM — A group of orthodox rabbis have placed a curse on an upcoming gay parade in the Israeli capital, and vowed to hold a massive rally in protest next week.The rabbis, from the Eda Haredit sect, made a statement about the event yesterday. At the 2005 Pride event in Jerusalem a member of the sect stabbed three of the participants.Police will announce tomorrow if they will allow next week's gay event to go ahead.

  • More death threats for anti-gay bishop

    The Archbishop's comments have resulted in some of the heaviest criticism of the church in an ongoing row over the place of religion in the Italian state.

    4:17 PM — An Italian bishop who compared moves to give gay couples some rights to incest and child abuse has received three bullets and a threat against his life in the post.Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco's cathedral was attacked by vandals in April.He was placed under police guard after he was sent a bullet in the post later that month, accompanied by a picture of the Archbishop defaced with a swastika.

  • Gay media attracting record advertising dollars

    The report reflects how far both corporate America and gay media have evolved since 1996.

    3:55 PM — Advertising spending in the American gay and lesbian press has grown at almost three times the rate of consumer magazines over the past ten years.According to the Gay Press Report, ad spending in gay and lesbian publications the US last year reached a record $223.3 million (£113m), an increase of 5.2 percent over 2005 and an increase of 205 percent since 1996.During the same 10-year period, ad revenues for all consumer magazines increased by only 47 percent.

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