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June 2007

  • 20th June 2007

    Death of 82-year-old MP means a test for Brown

    Mr Kharba defied the party whips in 2005 to run for a fourth Parliament, and was duly re-elected.

    1:46 PM — Tributes have been paid to the oldest MP in the House of Commons who has died in a London hospital.Piara Khabra had been the Labour MP for Ealing Southall since 1992. The seat, in west London, is solidly Labour. At the 2005 election Mr Khabra had a majority of 11,440.His death means a by election will be held weeks into the new Gordon Brown administration.

  • Gay soldiers speak out from the front line

    Under the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy a gay soldier cannot list his or her partner as next of kin.

    1:00 PM — The Advocate, an award-winning gay magazine, features groundbreaking interviews in its latest issue with gay, active service members, inside a war-zone, speaking on record for the first time under the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.In these interviews soldiers discuss the challenges of living under the policy, while fully acknowledging the enormous risk speaking out could bring to their military careers.In the article soldiers refute the most commonly used argument to support Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

  • Rosie O’Donnell may host classic game show

    O'Donnell made headlines with her controversial and abrupt departure from The View last month.

    12:50 PM — When Bob Barker turned in his skinny mike after more than 50 years on television last week, the search for his The Price is Right replacement began.If Barker's vote holds any weight, we'll be seeing Rosie O'Donnell running Plinko in the not-too-distant future.On her blog, O'Donnell told fans she's good to go should execs at CBS come calling.

  • New York lawmakers approve gay marriage 1

    Gay marriage has enjoyed support in Manhattan Assembly districts for years.

    12:20 PM — Gay rights advocates in New York celebrated what they called a watershed victory Tuesday as the state Assembly approved legislation to legalise same-sex marriage with an 85-61 vote.Sponsored by the openly gay brother of entertainer Rosie O'Donnell and supported by Governor Eliot Spitzer, the approval came after an often emotional three-hour debate.According to the Associated Press the bill is not expected to be acted on any time soon in the Republican-led state Senate.

  • 19th June 2007

    Government rejects compulsory recording of homophobic bullying 5

    Mr Johnson highlighted new powers for teachers he has introduced such as the right to confiscate mobile phones.

    4:51 PM — The Department for Education and Skills has rejected a call from MPs to make all schools record bullying incidents.At present only racist incidents must be recorded.The House of Commons Select Committee also called for more action on bullying focused at children with special educational needs and cyber-bullying.

  • Exclusive: Gordon Brown will answer gay questions 1

    If you have a question for the Chancellor, email it to news@pinknews.co.uk and mark your email “Gordon.”

    4:30 PM — Do you have a question for the next Prime Minister? Gordon Brown will take office on 27th June, and he has agreed to answer questions submitted by our readers.If you have a question for the Chancellor, email it to news@pinknews.co.uk and mark your email 'Gordon.'Many thanks to readers who sent in questions. Look out for Mr Brown's answers here on PinkNews.co.uk

  • Statue of gay war hero unveiled 4

    Historians agree that the work of the codebreakers at Bletchley Park effectively helped to shorten the war by two years.

    3:50 PM — Today at Bletchley Park a statue of Alan Turing, will be unveiled.Turing was the inspirational mathematician at the heart of Bletchley Park's codebreaking successes during World War II.Before he died in January 2006, the late Mr Sidney E Frank, an American billionaire, commissioned the internationally renowned sculptor Mr Stephen Kettle to create a statue in memory of Alan Turing.

  • Majority of Tory MPs reject gay rights 2

    54% of the Conservatives did not think that gay people should have equal rights with heterosexual people.

    2:30 PM — A survey of attitudes of MPs has found that many Conservative members have a markedly different social outlook from leader David Cameron.The poll, carried out by Populus, spoke to 128 MPs overall, 39 of whom were Tories.54% of the Conservatives did not think that gay people should have equal rights with heterosexual people.

  • Gay councillor rejected for Fire role 2

    The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) is responsible for the London Fire Brigade.

    1:55 PM — The Mayor of London has rejected nine men for appointment to the London Fire Authority because they are all white.Ken Livingstone says he wants the authority to accurately reflect London's racial makeup and the appointments, "failed to tackle the under-representation of women and black, Asian and ethnic minority Londoners."The London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) is responsible for the London Fire Brigade.

  • Australian politicians unite to vote against gay rights

    Last June the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) leader John Stanhope accused coalition senators of “shamefully and explicitly” endorsing second-class citizenship .

    1:34 PM — A motion in the Australian Senate to grant single people and same-sex couples access to fertility treatment has been defeated by a coalition of left and right.The opposition Labour party voted with John Howard's government to defeat the measure proposed by Green Senator Kerry Nettle by 51 votes to eight.She wanted the federal government to work with the states and territories to give IVF and adoption rights to all people.

  • Churches try to overturn gay discrimination laws 1

    The Christian Institute has led calls to rescind the Sexual Orientation Regulations, claiming they were rushed through and constitute an attack on freedom of conscience.

    1:23 PM — The High Court in Belfast has reserved judgement on a legal challenge to new laws protecting gay people from discrimination.A coalition of Christian groups had been granted permission to seek a judicial review regarding new gay equality laws in Northern Ireland.After six days, Mr Justice Weatherup said it would take him 'some time' to come to a judgement.

  • Feature: The dark heart of the deep South

    In his memoirs Williams wrote that 'There are passages in Suddenly, Last Summer which are perhaps as well written as anything I've done.'

    1:05 PM — After three years away from the West End, Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer is back in London, performed by the capital's oldest amateur theatre group.The Tower Theatre group, who also recently revived Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song Trilogy, will be putting on the play which was made famous by Elizabeth Taylor and Katherine Hepburn in the 1959 film.The story of Suddenly Last Summer would be familiar to any fans of A Streetcar Named Desire, debatably Williams' most famous play.

  • Stonewall: Lliw Eich Arian

    The new 12-page guide will be distributed across Wales through hundreds of outlets including libraries, lesbian and gay venues, Citizens Advice offices and community groups.

    12:55 PM — Stonewall Cymru has launching a bilingual guide to the new goods and services protections for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people.Sponsored by Lloyds TSB, 'The Colour of your Money' guide explains to lesbians and gays across Wales all they need to know about the new regulations.The Sexual Orientation Regulations, which came into force on 30 April, outlaw discrimination in the provision of goods and services.

  • Slave owners responsible for Jamaican homophobia

    Jamaica's gay rights movement, J-Flag, is forced to operate underground and anonymously.

    12:45 PM — A church minister has claimed that the hatred of gay people endemic on the island of Jamaica is directly related to the rape of male slaves by white English masters.In an article in the Jamaica Observer John Hardy, of the New Testament Church of God in Kingston, said he thinks it will be hundreds of years before gay people are accepted on the island.Homosexuality is illegal in Jamaica, a former British colony, and the culture is deeply homophobic.

  • Teacher’s sentence for sex with pupil “too lenient”

    Mr Le Brocq was a deputy head teacher

    12:17 PM — Charities have criticised what they call the "lenient" prison sentence given yesterday to a teacher who had a gay relationship with a pupil.David Le Brocq, 30, is expected to only serve part of his one year sentence.He was found guilty of conducting a six-month sexual relationship with Karl Donaldson, then aged 15.

  • Congresswoman to lead ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal

    The US army have a don't ask, don't tell policy towards gay soliders

    11:37 AM — Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher will succeed Congressman Marty Meehan (D-MA) as the lead sponsor of the Military Readiness Enhancement when Meehan leaves the House of Representatives later this summer.The legislation, originally introduced in 2005, would repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel.Tauscher was an original co-sponsor of the legislation that is currently supported by a bi-partisan coalition of 127 lawmakers.

  • 18th June 2007

    Comedian who ‘took the piss out of poofs’ dead 1

    Bernard Manning died today

    11:51 PM — Bernard Manning famous for his racist and homophobic jokes has died at the age of 76.Manning was rushed to hospital with a kidney problem two weeks ago. A spokesman for North Manchester General Hospital said: "He died here at 3.10pm today."He once joked on gays: "I'm no racist. I take the piss out of poofs, too."

  • TV reality show homophobia claims rejected 1

    1,453 people complained about the homophobic treatment of student Joe Stone on the show. photo: channel 4

    2:30 PM — Channel 4 have escaped censure over homophobic comments made on a reality show.The broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has ruled that the use of the word "fairy" to describe a gay man did not break the code of conduct.1,453 people complained about the homophobic treatment of student Joe Stone on the show, in which groups of young people are formed into tribes on two neighbouring tropical islands.

  • Gay swim club celebrates gold medal haul

    OTS Polo had the largest squad entered with its 3 teams and also had the only all women's team in the competition.

    2:10 PM — London's gay swimming club has raced to fourth place at the recent gay world swimming championships held in Paris - collecting a world record and relay gold, led by twenty-three year old Alex Davis with swept the board with six gold medals.With more than 700 competitors the championships were the most heavily contested of recent history - including a 70-strong Out to Swim contingent which included three water polo teams.

  • Gay cop to tell all in autobiography

    Last year Mr Paddick refused to rule out standing as a candidate for Mayor of London.

    11:53 AM — The UK's most senior gay police officer has signed a six-figure deal with publisher Simon Schuster to write his story about life at the highest levels of the Met.Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick, who recently retired from the force, claims that his boss Commissioner Ian Blair, knew within hours that officers had shot an innocent man at Stockwell tube station in July 2005.

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