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June 2007

  • 26th June 2007

    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.

  • 25th June 2007

    God’s people smile on New York City’s gay Pride

    Members of New York's Roman Catholic community were also out in support.

    5:30 PM — Religious groups, so often the most vociferous critics of gays and lesbians, were at the heart of a different controversy this weekend when they headed up a procession of tens of thousands at New York's Pride.Commemorating the anniversary of 1969's Stonewall Riots, when angry patrons of a Greenwich Village gay bar fought back against police harassment, the celebrations have become a global assertion of gay rights.

  • Paris Hilton gets out of jail

    The socialite, who was briefly released earlier this month on appeal before being sent back to prison, had served roughly half her 45-day sentence for violating her probation on a drink-driving case.

    5:25 PM — Millionaire heiress to the Hilton Hotel chain and convicted traffic felon Paris Hilton will be released from the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood in tomorrow.The socialite had served roughly half her 45-day sentence for violating her probation on a drink-driving case.She is due to give her first official account of life behind bars on Wednesday to Larry King in a one-hour special on US network, CNN.

  • Soho hosts day out for gay youth

    21st century gay teenagers are certainly not lacking in confidence and many said they would be attending Pride London and were looking forward to the joining in the parade.

    4:01 PM — Life was a picnic for London's LGBT youth communities when their annual gathering in Soho Square attrated more than one hundred people, several as young as 15.When the rain got bad everyone sheltered under the trees taking the picnic with them, luckily the downpour didn't last long.George Allawi, 18, a youth worker said: "I don't think rain will stop us now and I don't think it will stop us next week at Pride."

  • Top Tory gives away gay friend at partnership ceremony 2

    Since Labour came to power he has voted against the equalisation of consent, the abolition of Section 28 and the rights of gay couples to adopt.

    3:30 PM — David Davis, the Shadow Home Secretary, has revealed that he recently attended a civil partnership ceremony.The MP for Haltemprice and Howden is seen as more right-wing than David Cameron, who defeated him in the contest for Conservative leader in 2005.In an interview with the Daily Telegraph Mr Davis claims to be a social liberal.

  • RAF uniforms banned from London Pride

    The MoD is keen to promote all the armed services as good employers for minority groups.

    2:13 PM — The Royal Air Force has announced that personnel who wear uniform to march in the Pride parade in London will face disciplinary action.A letter from Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy, the Chief of the Air Staff, to station commanders says that LGB airmen and women can attend Pride but not in uniform.Last week the Chief of the General Staff has issued orders banning LGB Army staff from marching in uniform at the event this Saturday.

  • Manchester triumphs at gay football tournament

    Fans will have a chance to see the top three teams presented with their trophies on the main stage at Trafalgar Square at the Pride London rally this Saturday, June 30th.

    2:00 PM — Village Manchester FC were crowned winners of the inaugural Ford Pride Football Tournament after beating Stonewall FC in the final on Satuday.24 male and female teams from across the country took part in the six-a-side tournament, which was held at the Goals Soccer Centre in Wembley, just a few miles from the recently completed England stadium.The Ford Pride Football Tournament is the UK's first high profile gay football competition.

  • Edinburgh hosts Pride of Scotland

    Taking part were the Conservative Party, whose stall was hosted by Henri Shaw, Chairwoman of Conservative Future Edinburgh.

    1:10 PM — The Scottish capital was transformed into a gay village this weekend as Pride Scotia took to the streets of Edinburgh.Around 5,000 revellers gathered at midday outside the offices of Edinburgh council before setting off for an afternoon of organised festivities in Pilrig Park.The parade was originally planned to go along the Mound, before heading down Princes Street but the route was shortened due to poor weather conditions.

  • Abu Hamza unhappy with gay nurse 6

    Abu Hamza was convicted in February 2006 of inciting racial hatred and murder.

    12:54 PM — A jailed Islamic preacher has complained to the Prison Service about his homosexual personal care nurse.Abu Hamza was convicted in February 2006 of inciting racial hatred and murder. He has been held at Belmarsh high security prison since 2004.Hamza has a hook instead of a right hand, and requires help from a nurse to wash and dress. The Mirror reports that the hate preacher has discovered that his regular nurse for the last two years is a gay man.

  • Obama: religion has been hijacked by Right

    Senator Obama believes that states should decide whether to allow gay marriage, and he opposes a constitutional amendment against it.

    12:24 PM — US Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama told a church convention on Saturday that some right-wing evangelical leaders have exploited and politicised religious beliefs in an effort to sow division."Somehow, somewhere along the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together and faith started being used to drive us apart," the Illinois senator said in a 30-minute speech before the national meeting of the United Church of Christ.

  • Democrat husband and wife differ on gay rights

    Democrat presidential candidate John Edwards.

    12:20 PM — Elizabeth Edwards came out in support of legalised gay marriage at yesterday's gay pride celebration in San Francisco, taking a position which she acknowledged is at odds with her husband, Democrat presidential candidate John Edwards."I don't know why somebody else's marriage has anything to do with me," the San Francisco Chronicle reports Edwards saying. "I'm completely comfortable with gay marriage."But that position differs markedly from her husband, the former North Carolina Senator.

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