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July 2007

  • 31st July 2007

    Trans prisoner must be given hormone treatment, court rules

    Spencer, who was imprisoned in 2000 for possession of a stolen car and escape, had lived full time as a woman.

    4:45 PM — A prison inmate who performed a self-castration with a razor blade after being refused treatment for gender identity disorder should have female hormone therapy paid for by the state, a federal judge has said.Jenniffer Spencer, born Randall Gammett, sued the Department of Corrections in the US state of Idaho for violation of her constitutional rights and for the punishment she was subjected to when doctors failed to diagnose gender identity disorder and treat her with female hormones.

  • Gay ignorance about Hep B worries charity

    Hepatitis B can cause life-long liver disease and is 100 times more infectious than HIV.

    4:40 PM — 62% of gay men don't think Hepatitis B is serious, according to a recent sample survey conducted in Soho.The poll was conducted by the Hep B vaccination programme Sorted.It found that most gay men don't worry about the virus, despite the fact that it can cause life-long liver disease and is 100 times more infectious than HIV. The potentially fatal disease is preventable by a simple vaccination.

  • BBC documentary highlights homophobia worldwide

    A new series entitled Coming Out explored why some societies are more tolerant than others.

    4:33 PM — This month the BBC World Service broadcast a documentary about homophobia in Jamaica and what it is like to come out in such an intolerant country.In the first of two programmes in a new series entitled Coming Out, Clare English explored why some societies are more tolerant than others.The first programme examined the struggle for acceptance in Jamaica and speaks to LGBT people about coming out on the island.

  • Interview: From gay rights warrior to establishment figure

    Angela Mason was awarded an OBE in 1999 for her work and earlier this month received an honorary degree from the University of London.

    3:47 PM — Angela Mason leaves her job as head of the government's Women Equality Unit today after four years in the role.The unit has been instrumental in pushing forward gay rights legislation such as civil partnerships and protection from discrimination for gay, bisexual and lesbian people when accessing goods and services.A government job was not what Angela had envisaged when she became a founder member of gay equality organisation Stonewall in 1989.

  • Cohabiting gay couples could get new rights 1

    There are over two million co-habiting couples in England and Wales, and an estimated 1.25 million children are being raised in these households.

    1:23 PM — New proposals from the Law Commission would see gay and lesbian couples who have not formed a civil partnership gain some financial rights similar to those of married couples.The Commission, who advise parliament on reform to the law, said that many couples of both orientations are missing out because the law at the moment is complicated and unclear.There are over two million co-habiting couples in England and Wales.

  • Barcelona walk helps fight against homophobic bullies

    The 10km stroll earlier this month took in the sights of the Catalonian capital. photo: vonlomann@flickr.com

    12:35 PM — Stonewall supporters have raised more than £50,000 on the second Equality Walk in Barcelona.The 10km stroll earlier this month took in the sights of the Catalonian capital as part of a weekend of fun.It raised vital funds for Stonewall's ongoing Education for All campaign to tackle homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools. The walkers stayed at the award winning gay Axel Hotel.

  • YE5 I GAY numberplate up for sale

    Earlier this month PinkNews.co.uk was contacted by a man named Pete, who claimed to have the plate YE5 I GAY.

    12:09 PM — In April 2006 PinkNews.co.uk reported that a homophobic numberplate had been withdrawn by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) after complaints by a leading gay MP.Chris Byrant felt that plate H8 GAY was offensive to gay people.Well, we can now reveal that another, less offensive numberplate is up for sale. Earlier this month PinkNews.co.uk was contacted by a man named Pete, who claimed to have the plate YE5 I GAY.

  • Police finally authorise Estonian Pride

    Last year LGBT marchers were attacked with sticks and stones by a group of young Estonian nationalists.

    11:40 AM — After gay rights advocates protested to Estonia's President and Prime Minister, police in the capital Tallinn have finally ruled that a Pride march can go ahead.The event, on August 11th, has been beset by problems with policing.Officials wanted to change the route of the march through the Old Town, claiming that it would infringe the rights of other Tallinn residents to go about their business.

  • UPS gives marriage benefits to civil partners 1

    Gay rights groups regard this case as an example of how civil unions cement discrimination against gays.

    10:50 AM — Delivery company UPS has announced it will offer health care benefits to all civil union partners of employees in New Jersey, including those in the Teamsters union.Gay rights groups had criticised the company for denying some employees in same-sex partnerships the same rights as married workers."Based on an initial legal review when New Jersey's law was enacted, it did not appear that a 'civil union' and 'marriage' were equivalent," noted UPS's senior vice president for human resources.

  • Hong Kong opens China’s first gay centre 1

    37% of the interviewees said they were worried about exposing their orientation.

    10:10 AM — A new chapter in the slow opening up of China started this month with the opening of a new social support centre for the gay community in Hong Kong.The centre is the first of its kind in the country.This was made possible with a one-year grant of HK$430,000 (£26,750) from the AIDS Trust Fund. The donation will pay the rent for the premises and support one full time staff member for one year.

  • 30th July 2007

    Comment: How PinkNews.co.uk changed the gay media 2

    Former Editor Marc Shoffman, “Politican of the Year“, Baroness Ashton with PinkNews.co.uk founder Benjamin Cohen at the Stonewall awards

    6:33 PM — PinkNews.co.uk founder Benjamin Cohen reflects on the first two years of this unique publication.PinkNews.co.uk was born minutes before the 38th anniversary of the Royal Assent of the Sexual Offences Act - the legislation that partially decriminalised male homosexuality in England and Wales.This weekend we have been celebrating four decades of laws making the lives of British LGBT people better, while I was also celebrating two years of this website.

  • Mexican prisoners allowed gay conjugal visits

    Prisoners are allowed conjugal visits in many Mexican jails, and most do not require the visitor to be married to the inmate.

    5:31 PM — Mexico City's prison system has started letting gay inmates receive conjugal visits, a human rights group announced yesterday.City authorities accepted a recommendation made by the Mexican National Human Rights Commission, agreeing that the visits would help end discrimination.Prisoners are allowed conjugal visits in many Mexican jails, and most do not require the visitor to be married to the inmate.

  • Lesbian and bisexual women share their NHS experiences

    Stonewall has heard several negative stories about lesbian women's experiences of the NHS.

    4:20 PM — Stonewall is asking lesbian and bisexual women to answer questions about their health and experiences of using health services in the largest survey of its kind.The gay equality organisation is concerned that very little is known about the health of lesbians and bisexual women, and that this may be affecting health care provision."The health sector doesn't always get it right, we know that," Ruth Hunt, head of Policy and Research at Stonewall, told PinkNews.co.uk

  • Comment: Crystal meth, barebacking, apathy and ignorance 1

    Campaigns in the US have portrayed HIV+ gay men as healthy by showing pictures of muscular models revealing their rippling torsos.

    3:57 PM — Recently much attention has been focused on the 40th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, and rightly so.However, this July marks another anniversary of huge significance, which has hardly been mentioned in the media.That is the twenty-five year anniversary of the death of Terrence Higgins, the first person in Britain known to have died from AIDS.

  • MoD offers compensation to sacked gay personnel 3

    Today the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force are members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Scheme.

    3:35 PM — The Ministry of Defence has offered to pay more than £3m to servicemen and women who were sacked for being gay.In 2000, the government removed the ban on gay, lesbian and bisexual people serving openly in the Armed Forces.The MoD said that compensation for around 60 former service personnel was being paid because their privacy had been breached, and not because the Armed Forces had acted illegally in dismissing them.

  • Rise in number of lesbians using artificial insemination 1

    If the trend continues, the majority of children born with the help of donor insemination will be to families with no male partner.

    2:24 PM — Lesbian families and single women could become the largest group using donor insemination at fertility clinics, according to new figures.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) figures reveal that the proportion of single women and women in same-sex relationships seeking artificial insemination went from 18% of the total in 1999 to 38% last year.The figure has risen from 28% to 38% in the past three years.

  • Protest over gay kiss arrest in Rome 10

    The couple had just shared a gesture of affection after a night out at one of the gay bars lining a street near the Colosseum. photo: tiseb@flickr.com

    12:12 PM — Couples held a sit-in with collective kissing in front of the Colosseum yesterday after two men were arrested for 'public indecency' in front of the iconic Roman monument last week.Politicians and campaigning groups say the arrests were symptomatic of a rising tide of homophobic harassment in Italy, but the police force, the Carabinieri, say they were simply following the law.An extract from the police report said that the couple "had their trousers and underpants down."

  • Focus on male-male sex in global AIDS fight 1

    According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS, fewer than one in 20 MSM around the world has access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care.

    11:58 AM — amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, has announced the launch of a new global initiative to fight the spread of HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the developing world.Stigma, discrimination, and lack of access to health services have sparked alarming epidemics that threaten to devastate MSM communities in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America, mirroring the HIV pandemics that ravaged gay communities in North America and Western Europe in the 1980s.

  • Georgia’s homophobia exposed in row over “gay” rally

    Georgia is a highly religious country which prides itself on its traditional Christian values.

    11:50 AM — Organisers of a rally celebrating diversity and tolerance in the eastern European country of Georgia were forced to call off the event after it was falsely reported as a gay Pride parade.The rally, part of the Council of Europe 'All Different, All Equal' diversity and human rights campaign, was cancelled when organisers, Georgian human rights group Century 21, received abusive telephone calls, emails and threats of violence.The abuse started after Georgian paper Alia reported that "pederasts" were getting ready for a parade in the capital, Tbilisi.

  • Lesbian candidate fails to win seat in Japan

    Ms Otsuji was elected as an Osaka Assembly Member in April 2003.

    11:35 AM — A 32-year-old woman who brought the issue of gay rights to prominence in Japanese society has failed in her bid to be elected to the country's parliament.Kanako Otsuji, 32, had conducted a colourful and positive campaign for office, at one stage holding a marriage ceremony with her partner.She was a candidate for the Democratic Party of Japan, who took control of the upper house in a crushing election defeat for Prime Minister Shinze Abe.

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