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09 July 2007

  • 9th July 2007

    Senate approves judge who attended gay ‘wedding’

    The Senate Judiciary Committee had approved Judge Neff for a seat on the US District Court in Michigan's Western District in October 2006.

    5:23 PM — An attempt by a conservative Republican to block the appointment of a federal judge because she had attended a same-sex commitment ceremony was defeated in the US Senate yesterday.Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas is one of the less prominent politicians vying for the Republican party's nomination for President.Last year he blocked the nomination of Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Janet Neff to the federal court.

  • Gay film and TV archive boosted by GLAAD donation

    The deposit nearly doubled the Outfest Legacy Project's holdings, which had already comprised the world's largest publicly accessible collection of LGBT films.

    5:23 PM — The Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Outfest, a leading showcase for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) film and video in Los Angeles, by announcing an ongoing collaboration.Beginning this month, GLAAD will donate its extensive annual film and television collection to the Outfest Legacy Project."Each year, GLAAD monitors and archives thousands of hours of film and television," said GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano.

  • Wal-Mart’s queer turn away from gay business group 3

    Wal-Mart also denied allegations made by conservative groups that the company was giving preferential treatment to gay businesses. photo: bravenewfilms@flickr.com

    5:06 PM — In a dramatic u-turn Wal-Mart, the largest grocer in the US and the second largest in the world, has taken a coy step back from the active support it was previously giving to gay-rights groups.The anti-gay American Family Association (AFA) threatened to boycott Wal-Mart's next big sales period and condemned the blanket support it offered to gay-friendly business initiatives.The company succumbed to the AFA's latest threat to urge shoppers to boycott their post-Thanksgiving sale.

  • Boybands, boats and BBQ at Bournemouth Pride

    Bourne Free wristbands must be bought for £5 in advance or £8 on the gate.

    4:41 PM — The Bourne Free Pride Festival, held on 14th July, will see a welcome return of the popular beach front parade, as well as live shows and a brand new dance arena street party.The Bournemouth event is now in its fourth year.The day begins at 1pm with a nautical-themed parade travelling from the suburb of Alum Chine along the beach to the promenade.

  • Synod fails to heal Anglican divisions on gay issues

    The synod held that the issue of homosexuality, and the ordination of gay clergy in particular, exposed the 'deep flaws in how Anglican unity is maintained.'“

    4:03 PM — This weekend's General Synod in York resolved to create a disciplinary covenant that might see some gay-friendly clergy and bishops thrown out of the Anglican church.There is no resolution in sight as the Church of England continues to equivocate on the issue of the ordination of gay clergy.The rows over the blessing of same-sex relationships and the ordination of gay clergy threatens to split the worldwide Church.

  • US gay magazine comes out of the paper closet

    The Advocate is the oldest continually-published gay title in the US.

    3:32 PM — The Advocate, one of the most respected gay publications in the world, has decided to stop concealing itself from the world.From last week, subscription copies of the twice-monthly title are not wrapped up to conceal the front cover.While subscribers can still choose to receive an 'anonymous' copy in the post, most have opted to be open with their postman about their choice of reading material.

  • Blair to recommend Peter Mandelson for House of Lords

    Mr Mandelson has had a colourful political career. One of the architects of New Labour, he became arguably Tony Blair's closest adviser.

    3:11 PM — Former Prime Minister Tony Blair is to recommend his close political ally Peter Mandelson for a peerage.Traditionally a departing PM draws up a resignation honours list, though for the first time the names put forward for the House of Lords will be scrutinised by the appointments commission.It is thought Mr Blair will only nominate a few people to the Lords because of the ongoing 'cash for peerages' criminal investigation.

  • TURING: An ungainly obsession 3

    Hypocrites, by definition, deserve to be labelled, not as 'gay' or 'straight,' but as 'hypocrites.'

    2:18 PM — PinkNews.co.uk's new pseudonymous contributor reflects on lessons that can be learnt from the life and death of the genius who is the inspiration for his new weekly column.Alan Turing is no gay icon - and fortunately so.Today, that epithet is more representative of superficial (so-called) celebrities and their obsession with sex, drugs, fashion and every thing else that have come to epitomise popular culture.

  • Gay divorce becomes a reality in South Africa

    Mr Van Zyl and Mr Liedenberg married in Johannesburg on February 16th.

    2:03 PM — A South African gay couple divorced last week in the Praetoria High Court following just five months of marriage.IT support consultant Ignatius Kloppers van Zyl, 47, set in motion divorce proceedings against Jacques Liebenberg, 36.They were one of many homosexual couples who took advantage of legislation passed by the South African National Council in December 2006 permitting same-sex marriage.

  • Married woman pleads guilty to civil partnership charges 2

    Ms Mitchell, a mother of three children, denied the charges at an earlier magistrates hearing in March.

    1:32 PM — A married woman admitted to a court this morning that she made a false statement to a registrar, after she illegally entered into a civil partnership.Suzanne Mitchell appeared at Shrewsbury Crown Court before Judge Robin Onions, who chastised her for giving a press interview about her story.The 29-year-old lives in Wingfield Gardens in Shrewsbury. Ms Mitchell, a mother of three children, denied the charges at an earlier magistrates hearing in March.

  • Feature: The long road to decriminalisation 1

    Leo Abse, in an interview in The Observer, said the supporters of the bill had to use all their political acumen to drag it through parliament.

    12:07 PM — 40 years ago this month, a campaiging Welsh Labour MP by the name of Leo Abse managed to guide a Bill through both Houses of Parliament.By a combination of smart tactics and appealing to politicians to pity those 'less fortunate' than themselves, he got them to agree to a partial decriminalisation of male homosexual relations.It brought an end to hundreds of years of legal persecution, as Alex Bryce explains. 

  • Pride march attacked in Croatia

    Homosexuality was legalised in Croatia in 1977, and the age of consent was equalised in 1998.

    11:10 AM — Ten people were injured when violence broke out at a gay Pride march in Zagreb on Saturday.Police arrested eight people, some of whom were reported to be armed with petrol bombs. A gang of around 20 young men taunted and abused the Pride participants.Despite the Croatian government granting limited partnership rights for gay and lesbian couples, homophobia remains rife in the country, which is overwhelmingly Roman Catholic.

  • Law student challenges gay marriage exam question 1

    Mr Dunne scored a 268.866 on the bar exam, just missing a passing grade of 270.

    10:42 AM — A man who flunked Massachusetts' bar exam is claiming in federal court that he failed the test because he refused to answer a question related to gay marriage.According to the Associated Press, a question came up concerning the rights of two married lesbians, their children and their property.Stephen Dunne says the question itself was "morally repugnant," because it legitimises same-sex marriage and parenting, which he opposes.

  • Hungary’s first gay minister comes out at film festival 1

    Mr Szetey has been working as a state secretary at the Prime Minister's Office since last July.

    10:31 AM — Hungarian Socialist Gábor Szetey became the first elected political official in Hungary to publicly come out as being gay when he opened the 12th Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Film and Cultural Festival in Budapest last week.According to DPA, Mr Szetey's announcement came on the same day as junior coalition member the Alliance of Free Democrats (SZDSZ) announced that it would ask for same-sex unions to be legalised.

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