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June 2007

  • 18th June 2007

    Swedish gay church weddings approved

    Opinion polls show that 46% of Swedes are in favour of gay marriage, with 31% opposed.

    11:31 AM — The largest party in the Swedish coalition government has committed to new legislation to allow gay couples to marry.Fredrik Reinfeldt's conservative Moderate party's board has voted to support further rights for gay people, after eight MPs, including one Cabinet minister, threatened to resign over the issue.Swedish gay and lesbian couples have had the right to civil partnerships since 1995.

  • The affluent tastes of Ireland’s gay community

    The survey's findings were mostly very positive for a country that only decriminalised homosexuality 14 years ago.

    1:07 AM — A survey of 1,900 LGBT Irish people found they earned on average €13,000 more than the average Irish wage but only half were out to everyone in their workplace.The large-scale poll, commissioned by Dublin-based gay magazine Gay Community News, sheds light on a community previously ignored in statistical terms.Editor of GCN Brian Finnegan said the survey revealed a "two-tier world."

  • X-Men actor to host gala AIDS benefit

    Angels in America is set in New York in the mid-1980s, and follows characters dealing with AIDS, sexuality, religion and love.

    1:07 AM — Alan Cumming is to host a charity gala performance ofAngels 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."

  • Organisers hail Plymouth Pride a huge success

    The committee was already turning its attention to making the 2008 Pride event bigger and better.

    1:07 AM — Devon and Cornwall's first major Pride event was attended by thousands of people and now organisers want to make it an annual event, with even bigger and better plans for 2008.plymouth prideevent 2007 featured a long weekend of fun activities, ranging from sumo wrestling and line dancing to a bouncy castle and a picnic on Dartmoor alongside LGBT information, advice, and support services.

  • Catholic and Orthodox emphasise shared anti-gay views 1

    Other church officials have called homosexuality a “sin, which destroys human beings and condemns them to a spiritual death.“

    1:07 AM — The Pope has spoken of his hopes that shared moral opposition to gay rights and other social progress may help smooth a reunion of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox religions.On a visit to eastern Church leaders in Cyprus, Pope Benedict XVI said he had a "firm hope" that the schism of 1054 could be healed.Orthodox leader Archbishop Chrysostomos II of Cyprus offered to arrange a meeting with the leader of the Russian church.

  • Moscow gay park patrols end in violence

    Nationalist and religious groups had claimed that gay men use the space, in the shadow of the Kremlin, as a meeting spot.

    1:07 AM — Several members of a religious group in Moscow patrolling a small park in the city that they claim is used by gay men as a meeting place have been beaten up.Earlier this week around 50 people gathered to "reclaim" the park and launch their campaign.The activists said they would ask people they suspect are gay to leave the park during their nightly patrols.

  • Gays, Roman and Proud, demand citizen’s rights 2

    Couples will be able to formally register with their local authority, and will have rights over property and inheritance.

    1:07 AM — The LGBT community in the ancient city of Rome gathered in the streets on Saturday to dance, party, and demand their rights.Ten of thousands of people, among them leading politicians, marched from Rome's Saint Paul's Gate to the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, the site of last month's Roman Catholic church-sanctioned anti-gay "family" rally."We are heteros, gays, lesbians and bisexual and we want Romano Prodi to give the same rights to all," a drag queen told AP.

  • Rights groups condemn Russia’s Pride attacks 4

    Dozens of anti-gay protesters, including skinheads, nationalists, and Orthodox adherents, attacked peaceful participants.

    1:07 AM — The violent attacks on peaceful gay pride demonstrators in Moscow in late May show the rollback of respect for human rights in Russia, say Human Rights Watch and the European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA-Europe).Instead of protecting human rights and gay advocates who tried to assemble, Moscow police colluded with skinheads to break up the Gay Pride demonstration.

  • Gay candidate loses race to become Dallas mayor

    Wolfe praised the Victory Fund's partnership with local groups who worked to turn out Oakley supporters on Election Day.

    12:55 AM — The Gay Lesbian Victory Fund commended Dallas City Councilman Ed Oakley Saturday on his historic run to become the city's next mayor.Oakley lost a runoff election Saturday to retired business executive Tom Leppert, who loaned himself hundreds of thousands of dollars to help fund his campaign.The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund exists to help gay men and lesbians get elected to office in the United States.

  • Obama closes in on Clinton’s lead 3

    This survey included 1,196 adults who expect to vote in a Democratic primary or caucus.

    12:55 AM — While 13 points separated Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama just one month ago in the race for the Democratic nomination for President, the gap between them has narrowed considerably to just four points.Just over one-third (36 percent) of adults who would vote in a Democratic primary or caucus would vote for Senator Clinton, while 32 percent would vote for Senator Obama.Last month, 40 percent would vote for Senator Clinton.

  • 17th June 2007

    Paris Hilton free from prison for “medical” reasons

    Paris Hilton: now free

    6:45 PM — Heiress, socialite and so called "gay icon" Paris Hilton has been released from prison on Thursday for a medical reason after serving just three days of her 23 day sentence. But she will be under house arrest for forty days.Steve Whitmore of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's office said Paris Hilton had been "reassigned" but said he could not disclose the medical condition that prompted the change for patient privacy reasons: "With extensive consultation with medical personnel it was decided this reassignment should be done.

  • 16th June 2007

    Win tickets to BA VIP lounge during London Pride 1

    4:43 PM — Pride London comes to town on Saturday 30th June 2007 and British Airways, proud partner of Pride London, is delighted to offer 10 lucky winners, each with a guest, the chance to gain exclusive entry to the VIP British Airways lounge at The Edge, Soho.Guests can soak up the carnival atmosphere from the comfort of the British Airways Lounge.

  • Colombia set to introduce national gay rights 1

    President Uribe supports the law

    2:01 PM — Colombia's conservative President Alvaro Uribe has given his backing to the country becoming the first in Latin America to nationally give gay couples full rights to health insurance, inheritance and benefits. The plan was passed by Congress this week.The proposed changes that are opposed by the Catholic Church will give gay couples many of the same rights as heterosexual couples."This makes Colombia a more democratic, more open place."

  • Michael Barrymore released on bail without charge

    Stuart Lubbock died in 2001

    12:01 AM — Gay comic Michael Barrymore who was arrested with two other men over the death of Stuart Lubbock has been released without charge.Meat factory worker Stuart Lubbock was found dead in Barrymore's swimming pool after a party in March 2001.In June 2001 Barrymore and two other men were arrested and bailed in connection with the incident.

  • Survey: the LGBT vote on Deputy Labour Leader 3

    Who will get the pink vote?

    12:01 AM — By now you will have read interviews on PinkNews.co.uk, seen them on television debates and read through their policies in the newspapers.Four men and two women are vying to become Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and depending on the mood of Gordon Brown, Deputy Prime Minister.Hilary Benn, Hazel Blears, Jon Cruddas, Peter Hain, Harriet Harman and Alan Johnson have laid out their pro gay and LGBT credientials so PinkNews.co.uk wishes to find out whose actually won round the gay community.

  • 15th June 2007

    Channel 4 drama has echoes of Jodi’s murder 8

    Two men who kicked, punched and stamped 24-year-old Jody Dobrowski to death on Clapham Common in October 2005 because he was gay.

    4:13 PM — The stars of the 1987 film of E M Forster's novel Maurice will reunite for another gay drama. This time the setting will be the beginning of this century rather than the last.Clapham Junction, starring Rupert Graves and James Wilby, will be broadcast in July as part of Channel Four's season to mark the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality.The drama, by playwright Kevin Elyot, also features actors Paul Nicholas and Samantha Bond.

  • Gay switchboard’s Royal recognition

    The award began in 2002 to mark The Queen's Golden Jubilee, and emphasises the importance of continuing recognition of voluntary and community work.

    3:15 PM — London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard (LLGS) has been recognised for its 33-year commitment to the LGBT community with the 2007 Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.It is the only LGBT organisation to be honoured this way in 2007 and is only the second since the award was set up.LLGS received the award in recognition of its history of providing confidential and non-judgemental listening, support, information and referrals for people across the UK.

  • Acclaimed disabled gay actor fights eviction

    Mr Kanga has been fighting for the past 12 months to keep his home, which is specially adapted to his needs as a wheelchair user.

    2:38 PM — Firdaus Kanga, a gay, disabled writer and actor, who wrote and starred in the semi-autobiographical film Sixth Happiness, is bringing a legal action to halt his eviction from disabled-adapted housing in Islington, north London.Peter Tatchell and LGBTI human rights group OutRage! is backing Mr Firdaus's battle to keep his flat."This case is about the housing rights and security of disabled people, and about the universality of the laws protecting disabled people against discrimination," said Mr Tatchell.

  • Gay radio station nominated for prestigious award 4

    Gaydar Radio is up against radio stations The Jazz and Planet Rock for the award.

    2:12 PM — Gaydar Radio is the running for its third award in less than a year, this time its The Argiva Commercial Radio Digital Station of the Year.In April, GaydarRadio was named UK Digital Terrestrial Station of the Year at the Sony Radio Awards.In October last year listeners voted them the Best Radio Station in the BT Digital Music Awards.

  • Stonewall helps gay youth develop their potential

    Young people travelled from Wigan, Hull, Cambridge and Bristol to be at the event.

    2:00 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall's first Gay Youth Event, held last weekend in London, attracted almost 100 participants from around the country.The event, held at London's City Hall and sponsored by Norwich Union and the Greater London Authority, was part of Stonewall's pioneering Education for All programme.It offered practical help about being gay in 21st century Britain through a mix of inspirational speakers and workshops.

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