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June 2007

  • 4th June 2007

    Gay pride in Riga goes ahead peacefully 57

    Five hundred people gathered in the Latvian capital, in a fenced park with security provided by the police.

    3:45 PM — Gay men and women held the first gay pride with no sign of violence in Riga yesterday.Five hundred people gathered in the Latvian capital, in a fenced park with tight security provided by the police.Small groups of anti-gay protestors hurled insults, but no violence took place, and two people were arrested for the verbal abuse.

  • Angels in America AIDS gala 57

    Tony award-winning actor Alan Cumming will host the gala performance

    1:20 PM — Alan Cumming is to host a charity gala performance of Angels in America at the Lyric Hammersmith in aid of the National AIDS Trust.The performance, which is to be held on 4th July, will raise money and awareness for the cause of HIV/AIDS prevention.Tony award-winning actor Alan Cumming said: "Unfortunately HIV-related stigma and discrimination is still with us today, fifteen years after this play was written."

  • Paris Hilton in jail 57

    Paris:  “Although I am scared, I am ready to begin my jail sentence.“

    12:33 PM — Heiress, socialite and gay icon Paris Hilton began her jail sentence for violating probation in Los Angeles yesterday.Hilton's jail term has already been cut from 45 days to 23 days under state sentencing guidelines, but she did not have to hand herself in until Tuesday.Richard A. Hutton, her attorney, said: "Paris Hilton has turned herself in to begin serving her sentence for violating probation at a Los Angeles County Jail."

  • Christian groups fight gay equality laws 57

    A recent YouGov poll  found that 85% of Britons support the 2007 Sexual Orientation Regulations.

    12:02 PM — Churches go to the High Court in Belfast today to argue that the Sexual Orientation Regulations restrict their human rights.If they are successful, the regulations that protect gay rights could be declared unlawful.The case, which has been brought by The Christian Institute along with other Christian groups, is scheduled to last three days.

  • London will stage gay World Cup 57

    Up to 50 teams from across the world will apply to the tournament.

    11:20 AM — London is to be home to the footballing gay world cup in 2008, it has emerged.The International Gay and Lesbian Football Association (IGLFA) is to hold their world championship at Leftfooters FC in London next August.Leftfooters FC, a gay football club based in Regent's Park, have been working with the Football Association for the past two years.

  • Californian gay prisoners get conjugal visits 57

    Overnight visits from family can help reduce the stress of prison life

    11:00 AM — Gay and lesbian prisoners in California are to be allowed conjugal visits from their partners, under a new prison policy revealed on Friday.The change in policy came after gay and civil rights groups threatened to sue the prisons under equality laws.The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sent a letter threatening legal action on behalf of Vernon Foeller, 40, a gay inmate incarcerated for attempted burglary.

  • 3rd June 2007

    Interview: Harriet Harman warns gay youth off dangerous Dave 3

    Harriet Harman warns against jumping ship to Cameron's Conservatives

    11:30 AM — Justice Minister Harriet Harman has something she wants to say to the gay community, particularly those who grew up during the Blair years."Young people, remember! Remember! Be afraid!"Hoodies, perhaps? Terrorism? The threat of a nude Keith Chegwin returning to our television screens?No - the resurgent Conservative party.

  • 2nd June 2007

    Bush asks for $30bn to fight AIDS worldwide

    Current US law dictates that one-third of prevention funding through PEPFAR must teach exclusively abstinence-only until marriage.

    10:00 PM — President Bush has called on the United States Congress to double U.S. funding towards fighting the global AIDS pandemic.He requested $30 billion through the President's Emergency Programme for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for the first five years after he leaves office.The President first announced his plans to create PEPFAR, a five year, $15 billion dollar initiative to combat AIDS worldwide, during his 2003 State of the Union Address.

  • American dating service, eHarmony accused of discrimination

    No room for gay searches?

    11:52 AM — An online dating service is being sued for allegedly discriminating against lesbians, gays and bisexuals.Linda Carlson from North Carolina tried to use the eHarmony website, widely advertised in America, to find a partner of the same sex. She found that she could only register as a "woman seeking a man" or a "man seeking a woman." She wrote to the company to complain but was told that the website would not change it's policy.

  • 1st June 2007

    Gays gather in London to learn about their legal rights

    Pink Law - Know Your Rights At Home, At Work  At Play was a free event.

    5:00 PM — Around 70 people attended a special free event in London last night designed to inform gay, lesbian and bisexual people of their rights.Pink Law - Know Your Rights At Home, At Work At Play was organised by award-winning solicitors Russell Jones Walker and sponsored by PinkNews.co.ukBen Summerskill, chief executive of gay equality organisation Stonewall, opened proceedings.

  • Interview: Mrs Pritchard aims for the Deputy Leadership 3

    If they ever make a movie about Hazel Blears, Jane Horrocks would be perfect casting.

    4:15 PM — Hazel Blears is a Marmite politician. Many are impressed and enthused by the indomitable energy of the Labour Party Chair. Others find her drive and organisational zeal irritating.She provokes love or hate from members of her party, but never apathy.For my money, it is always good to see an enthusiastic politician - but boy has she got high hopes.

  • Backlash against New Hampshire civil unions 57

    There has been some opposition to the new law.

    1:15 PM — Conservative groups in New Hampshire are voicing concerns over the legalisation of same-sex unions.Governor John Lynch yesterday signed the new bill that will make civil partnerships available to gay New Hampshire couples from January 2008.New Hampshire is now the fourth state to allow same-sex civil unions.

  • Polish TV cuts Little Britain gay vicar sketch 57

    “British viewers are more open and indulgent than their Polish counterparts.“

    1:15 PM — Polish state broadcaster TVP announced yesterday it had censored a Little Britain sketch due to its portrayal of gay characters.Around one minute of an episode of the comedy show was cut.It showed popular character Daffyd (Matt Lucas), "the only gay in the village", manning a sex toy stall at a church fete, and a gay vicar kissing his boyfriend (David Walliams).

  • Interview: The Queen of the D List talks politics 3

    Bitchy? She makes Joan Rivers look like Esther Rantzen.

    1:15 PM — Kathy Griffin is mad. In that good way that makes for great comedy, but still, manic.Her new series, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, which is premiering this Sunday night at 10.30pm on E! Entertainment Television, will be a chance for UK viewers to get a peek at the inside of life on Hollywood's lower slopes.Kathy has always been popular with gay audiences, and this fly-on-the-wall documentary series demonstrates why.

  • BBC to make drama on Wolfenden report 57

    The film will examine the debate within the Wolfenden committee over homosexuality

    10:39 AM — Lion Television Scotland's first drama will focus on the debate leading to the 1957 Wolfenden report.The report was a turning point for British gays, and was a step towards the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967.The 75-minute programme Consenting Adults , commissioned by BBC Drama for Lion Television Scotland and BBC Four, will feature Charles Dance as Wolfenden and Sean Biggerstaff as his son Jeremy.

  • Montreal gay bar under fire for sexual discrimination 57

    “I didn't say a word until I'd left. I was too shocked.“

    10:39 AM — A woman turned away from a gay bar on the grounds of her gender has lodged a human rights complaint.Audrey Vachon, a 20 year old college student, was refused service and asked to leave Le Stud, a gay bar in Montreal's village, last Tuesday.Ms. Vachon has since made a complaint to Quebec's human rights commission, based on Article 10 of the Quebec Charter, which prevents sexual discrimination.

  • Livingstone: Latvia must allow pride to go on peacefully 5

    Ken Livingstone argues that the Latvian government and the Mayor of Riga should allow their gay pride march to go ahead without hindrance.

    10:39 AM — The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone argues that the Latvian government and the Mayor of Riga should allow their gay pride march to go ahead without hindrance.In the past year, there have been attacks on the rights of lesbians and gay men in Eastern Europe with violence at, and/or bans on, Gay Pride events in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Moldova and Romania. I have already, and continue, to condemn all these.

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