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June 2007

  • 11th June 2007

    Americans more tolerant of gays

    Last year, the number of Americans who said gay relationships should be legal increased once again to 56 percent.

    3:40 PM — A recent survey conducted by Gallup has found that US public "tolerance" toward gay rights has made a bit of a comeback.When Americans were first asked in 1977 whether gay relations should be legal, just 43 percent of respondents answered in the affirmative.By the middle of 2003, the number had jumped to 60 percent, only to plummet (to 50 percent) after the Supreme Court struck down a Texas sodomy law in June of that same year.

  • Three million party for gay rights in Brazil

    Homosexuality has been legal in Brazil since 1823.

    3:30 PM — The world's largest Pride event has taken place in Sao Paulo.Three million revellers packed the streets of the Brazilian city in what officials have called the largest parade in the world.Police have confirmed the crowd figures, outstripping last year's turnout of 2.5 million.Parade organiser Nelson Matias Pereira told AP this year's participants are appealing for a "world where racism, sexism and homophobia, in all their forms, no longer exist."

  • Gays to feature at free West End musical event

    The West End has the highest concentration of theatres of anywhere in the world.

    3:21 PM — The London Gay Men's Chorus will sing to thousands of fans at the UK's biggest free theatre festival in the heart of the capital next week.The chorus - the best known gay choir in Europe, with 200 singing members - will perform at West End Live in Leicester Square.They will join a host of top West End shows at the festival such as Dirty Dancing, Avenue Q, Fame, Mamma Mia, Little Shop of Horrors, Menopause the Musical, Drowsy Chaperone and the Sound of Music.

  • Moscow Pride organiser convicted of disobeying police 1

    Moscow Pride organisers have vowed to hold the event in 2008.

    3:15 PM — Nicolas Alexeyev, the main organiser of last month's banned Moscow Pride event, has been found guilty by a Russian court of breaching traffic rules by not obeying orders from police.He was fined £20, but said he would not pay the fine, claiming the court had not accepted video evidence proving that he and other gay rights activists had not broken the law.Gay rights advocates had attempted to deliver a letter of protest to the office of the Mayor of Moscow on the day of the banned march, May 27th.

  • New York counts the cost of gay nuptials

    The Comptroller's Office adopted a conservative approach to produce the estimates in the report.

    2:45 PM — New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. has issued a study finding that the legalisation of marriage for same-sex partners could yield $142 million in economic benefits to New York City.The report, Love Counts: The Economic Benefits of Marriage Equality for New York, concluded that the revenue would be largely generated in the three years immediately following enactment of legislation and would be derived from the spending of residents and visitors on their weddings, along with the spending of their out-of-town guests.

  • Energy drink blamed for painful priapism

    The 29-year-old said the complications were not over after a winter shunt implant was given to him. photo: jacobw.com@flickr.com

    2:30 PM — A New York man has filed a law suit against the makers of the health drink Boost Plus, claiming the vitamin-enriched beverage gave him an erection that would not go away.Christopher Woods said he bought the protein supplement beverage at a drugstore on June 5, 2004.He drank it, and the next day woke up with what he described in court papers as "an erection that would not subside."

  • General who opposed gays in the military leaves top job

    SLDN demanded that General Pace apologise for his remarks, igniting a firestorm of controversy in the media.

    2:15 PM — CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr has reported that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Peter Pace's departure from that post may be linked to his recent comments regarding lesbian and gay military personnel.According to Starr's report, Pace's comments, along with his role in planning the war in Iraq and his support for convicted Vice Presidential advisor I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, played key roles in Congressional opposition to Pace's re-nomination.His recent statements that he believed homosexual statements are immoral presented a "significant problem" for Pace.

  • Violence casts a shadow over gay Pride

    The march was organised by Accept, a Romanian gay-rights advocacy group.

    2:00 PM — Romania's gay pride celebration on Saturday was marred as police used tear gas against protesters who hurled stones at marchers in the capital city Bucharest, officials said.According to the Associated Press, about 100 people were detained for throwing stones and fireworks at police and about 400 participants in the gay rights march, said Christian Ciocan, a police spokesman.Police responded with tear gas. Nobody was injured, he said.

  • 9th June 2007

    George Michael performs first concert at new Wembley Stadium

    George Michael performed first gig at Wembely Stadium

    10:26 PM — Just a day after being sentenced to 100 hours of community service and receiving a two year driving ban, George Michael has played the first ever concert at the new Wembley, seven years since Bon Jovi played the last concert at the old stadium in August 2000.District Judge Katherine Marshall at Brent Magistrates Court ruled out a custodial sentence, instead giving the gay singer 100 hours community service and a two year driving ban. He admitted the offence but claimed he was guilty due to "tiredness and prescribed drugs."

  • Lee wins Any Dream Will Do, will become Joseph 4

    Lee wil be Joseph

    10:26 PM — Lee has won Any Dream Will Do, the BBC talent show to find the star of Joseph was hosted by gay comic and television presenter, Graham Norton.The series was judged by Joseph composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber and his esteemed panel of experts - Broadway and West End leading lady Denise Van Outen, celebrated theatre producer Bill Kenwright, Torchwood star John Barrowman and outspoken vocal coach Zoe Tyler.

  • Lewis loses out in Any Dream Will Do, so won’t star in Joseph 3

    lewis will not be Joseph

    9:05 PM — Lewis has been voted off Any Dream Will Do, the hit BBC talent contest to find the next star of Joseph.The programme, hosted by Graham Norton and judged by judged by Joseph composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber and his esteemed panel of experts - Broadway and West End leading lady Denise Van Outen, celebrated theatre producer Bill Kenwright, Torchwood star John Barrowman and outspoken vocal coach Zoe Tyler.

  • 8th June 2007

    Big Brother welcomes gay house mates 3

    Big Brother's new housemate

    11:42 PM — Two gay men have entered the Big Brother House to join an all female cast apart from a lone heterosexual male, Ziggy31-year-old Gerry is a gay Paris Hilton loving gallery researcher who describes himself as a hedonistic hypocrite and a total control freak.Once a month he goes to fetish clubs and loves leather, kilts and boots. He has four wardrobes full of clothes, and thinks his life would be vastly improved by a dressing room and a personal butler.

  • Paris Hilton: I bought the law and the law won? Back in prison 5

    Supposed gay icon Paris Hilton is back behind bars

    11:12 PM — A judge has ordered a tearful Paris Hilton back to prison on today to complete sentence for repeated probation violation, effectively overturning a decision made by the local sheriff to allow the star to spend part of her sentence under home arrest.Paris Hilton is apparently a "gay icon" following her television series The Simple Life. A pool party she had planned for this evening has evidentially been put on ice.

  • Singer raises £1,000 for charity

    The money raised by the chair will go towards the care of thousands of trees.

    4:56 PM — Singer Will Young has turned designer by creating his own deckchair, which sold for £1,000 in a charity auction this week.The deckchair was a multi-coloured design with the words "The leaves are brown and the sky is gay" emblazoned across.The chair was designed for the Deckchair Dreams campaign, in order to raise money for London's Royal Parks.

  • Thousands attend Pride in Tel Aviv

    The parade has taken place every year in Tel Aviv since 1998.

    2:37 PM — Several thousand people are participating in the gay pride parade in Tel Aviv today.Participants are walking from central Rabin Square to a downtown beach, with entertainment from DJs, bands and performance artists.Police have reported no serious incidents, despite threatened opposition from rightwing and religious campaigners.

  • Fired trans manager changes name 1

    Miss Stanton has lobbied Washington for better understanding of transgender issues.

    2:37 PM — A Florida city manager who was fired just days after her gender reassignment surgery has officially changed her name, from Steve Stanton to Susan Stanton, after a two-minute court hearing yesterday.Susan Ashley Stanton told reporters: "I didn't anticipate this being the emotional experience it was. It's a critical step."

  • Actor dropped from hit TV show after using gay slur 6

    Washington has received counselling and met with civil rights groups to discuss ways to address homophobia.

    1:10 PM — Actor Isaiah Washington has been dropped from hit US show Grey's Anatomy after he called his co-star a faggot.According to ABC Television studios, his contract has not been renewed.In statement Washington, who plays Dr Preston Burke, said: "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."

  • George Michael will not go to jail

    The singer, who will not go to jail, said that he regretted endangering the lives of others.

    12:53 PM — George Michael will not be sent to jail after pleading guilty to driving while unfit.District Judge Katherine Marshall at Brent Magistrates Court ruled out a custodial sentence, instead giving Michael 100 hours community service and a two year driving ban.Today the singer said that he regretted endangering the lives of others.

  • Outed police officer should have received apology 1

    The constable, who cannot be named, was outed without his permission in February 2005

    12:42 PM — A gay police officer who was outed at work by his sergeant should have received an apology, Cleveland Police admitted yesterday.The constable, who cannot be named except for legal reasons has been off work with stress since April last year.He claimed in an employment tribunal that he was treated less favourably because of his sexuality.

  • Brit murder suspect identified as drug addict GP

    The judge will now hold interviews with any witnesses, including the owners of local bars on the popular Playa del Ingles resort.

    12:35 PM — The British man arrested over the murder of a gay German in Gran Canaria is a former GP who was banned from practicing after developing a drug addiction, it was revealed today.The man has been identified by Spanish officials as Colin Brown, 39, who was arrested after for the murder he was found to have overdosed on drugs in a suicide attempt.

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