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July 2007

  • 30th July 2007

    Alan Cumming honoured for gay rights work

    This year's celebrated honorees include actor Alan Cumming.

    10:58 AM — Lambda Legal Defence and Education Fund in the United States will present its 15h Annual Liberty Awards on October 2nd at the Director's Guild of America in Los Angeles.This year's celebrated honorees include actor Alan Cumming, for his distinguished career and as an LGBT activist and champion for civil marriage equality.Actress and designer Honey Labrador will host the event.

  • 29th July 2007

    Interview: The Tory who wants to boff Boris

    Boff assures me that he can beat Henley MP and TV regular Boris Johnson, stressing that London needs a competent mayor and not a media darling.

    2:10 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive"It's obvious I'm gay. The blind know I am gay," Andrew Boff exclaims towards the end of our meeting.And he may be right. Practically every news report about the Tory party's selection of a candidate to take on Ken Livingstone for Mayor of London uses the 'gay' tag to describe him.In the flesh he is far from the media stereotype of a gay man.

  • 27th July 2007

    Lib Dems attack Tory gay rights record 5

    The Lib Dem report states that Tory leader David Cameron and key Shadow Cabinet collegaues William Hague, David Davis and George Osborne all voted against the repeal of Section 28 and against same-sex adoption in 2002.

    6:30 PM — The Liberal Democrats have marked the 40th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales by producing a report attacking the voting records of Conservative front benchers.However, a Conservative spokesman accused them of getting their facts wrong.The Lib Dem research found that 80% of the current Shadow Cabinet have voted against gay rights in the ten years since Labour took office.

  • Follett named Equality Minister as new office established 2

    Ms Follett, 64, the MP for Stevenage since 1997, is married to author Ken Follett.

    5:50 PM — Prime Minister Gordon Brown has announced a shake-up of the machinery of government with regards to equality.He informed the House of Commons yesterday that the Women and Equality Unit, currently part of the Department for Communities and Local Government, will move to the Department for Work and Pensions as part of a new Government Equalities Office.The Women and Equality Unit was instrumental in pushing forward gay rights legislation.

  • Straight people to protest homophobia at Amsterdam Pride 1

    A 14-year-old boy, Danny Hoekzema, devised the plan to include a boat for LGBT teens in the parade along the city's famous canals. photo: killerfocus@flickr.com

    4:31 PM — Amsterdam's Pride is one of the biggest in the world. The highlight of the weekend is the famous Canal Parade on Saturday afternoon.Where most parades use trucks, Amsterdam has 100 spectacularly decorated boats.This year, for the first time, a 'hetero' boat will take part, as a protest against the rise in homophobic attacks in the Netherlands in recent months.

  • Catholic adoption agency closes rather than accept gay couples 14

    The government briefly considered an opt out for Roman Catholic adoption agencies.

    4:05 PM — A Roman Catholic adoption charity is to turn away children in care because it refuses to accept the government's gay rights laws.Catholic Care will end its 100-year-old adoption service, which places 20 children with new families every year, because it does not want to help same-sex couples adopt.The Sexual Orientation Regulations, passed earlier this year, protect gay, lesbian and bisexual people from discrimination when accessing goods and services.

  • Happy Birthday to PinkNews.co.uk 2

    PinkNews.co.uk is two years old today. photo: kevin@flickr.com

    3:30 PM — Today is a day of anniversaries. PinkNews.co.uk is two years old. In that short time the site has had a major impact on the reporting of news about, and for, the gay community in the UK.We celebrate the fact that we were the first news outlet to get Prime Minister Gordon Brown to talk about gay issues.We got right to the heart of the debate about the future of Labour by interviewing all six candidates for Deputy Leader.

  • Hungarian PM calls Pride attacks “outrageous”

    The Prime Minister said the whole country should join in the debate over gay rights.

    2:11 PM — The Prime Minister of Hungary, Ferenc Gyurcsány, has said he utterly condemns people who pelted a gay Pride in Budapest with eggs and attacked revellers.On Saturday 10th July skinheads and fascists massed along the 7km (4.3 mile) route of the march for gay rights.They threw eggs and bottles filled with sand at the marchers. Later that evening almost a dozen gay people were set upon and beaten.

  • Massachusetts gay marriage rights extend to out-of-staters

    Gay rights groups in New Mexico say the ruling will help their campaign for domestic partnership rights.

    1:41 PM — Same-sex couples from the US state of New Mexico can get married in Massachusetts, state officials ruled this month, after determining that gay marriage had not been explicitly banned in New Mexico.Massachusetts is the only US state to have legalised same-sex marriage. A gay rights group from the state asked officials to clarify the rules for out-of-state couples.Along with Rhode Island, New Mexico is the only other US state that has not explicitly either banned or allowed same-sex unions.

  • Activists target UN General Secretary over gay rights

    Protesters ambushed UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon as he spoke in San Fransisco.

    1:35 PM — Protesters ambushed UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon as he spoke in San Fransisco last night, demanding he break the UN's silence on lesbian, gay and bisexual rights around the world.Standing on their seats, the protesters, holding a sign reading 'Gay rights are UNiversal' chanted: "Break the silence, talk about gays."

  • Lesbian athlete sets world record

    The club began in the fall of 1982, immediately following the first Gay Games in San Francisco.

    10:45 AM — It was a cool overcast day in San Francisco, but that did not stop the nearly 120 Gay Track and Field competitors of all ages and levels from performing their best at the first ever large scale international event of it's kind.While many athletes excelled in their individual sports, the standout performer was 65 year old Marie-Louise Michelsohn from New York who set a new world record in her age group for the 5000 metres with a time of 20:27.08.

  • Charity urges gay men to come out to their GP 2

    44 per cent of gay men have not told their doctors, and could be

    10:30 AM — The Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a campaign to encourage gayand bisexual men to come out to their doctors and better navigatetheir GP surgeries.44 per cent of gay men have not told their doctors, and could bemissing out on better care as a result.The campaign, via their chapsonline.org website, also explains how the NHS works.

  • Executed Iranians may have been gay 14

    Homosexuality is illegal in Iran and is seen as a violation against God.

    10:27 AM — Expatriate Iranian sources are reporting that some of the 16 peoplehanged last week, labelled 'the most famous hooligans in Tehran', were executed for being gay.Islamic law states that all sexual acts outside of a heterosexualmarriage - referred to as sodomy - are forbidden.As part of a wide-ranging crackdown on 'indecent behaviour', policearrested over 1000 men in May in poor districts around Tehran.

  • 26th July 2007

    Anglican bishops will boycott conference over gay issues 4

    The Archbishop of Canterbury indicated last year that he did not want to discuss human sexuality issues at the conference.

    5:27 PM — The Global South group of Anglican church leaders has decided that it will boycott next year's Lambeth conference.As many as 120 bishops will not attend unless the American part of the Anglican church repudiates its current accepting attitude towards gay clergy and relationships.Conservative and liberal branches of the worldwide Anglican communion have been at loggerheads over the issues of homosexuality.

  • Comment: Diana, AIDS and the fight for Africa 1

    With an extraordinary ability to connect with people, and an equally impressive record in supporting the disadvantaged, she would easily have lived up to the title, 'People's Princess.'

    5:00 PM — I have been away from the UK these past few months, and I feel a sense of relief that I have been well away from all the action.As I dispatch this piece on board a hydrofoil somewhere near Turkey, all I can see online is severe flooding in England.Politicians who might otherwise have more important things ensuring our safety and wellbeing are dragged out of bed at dawn to go on breakfast television to explain their cannabis misdemeanours from over two decades ago.

  • Peter Tatchell stands by Beenie Man and Banton signatures 1

    Mr Tatchell co-ordinated the worldwide Stop Murder Music campaign.

    3:31 PM — Campaigner Peter Tatchell today called claims that two reggae stars did not sign an agreement to stop performing homophobic music "absurd."Buju Banton and Beenie Man both gained positive press coverage around the world for publicly renouncing homophobia by signing the Reggae Compassion Act.Now Banton's management team has said he did not sign up.

  • Ohio’s landmark ruling on same-sex domestic abuse

    Twenty-seven US states currently define marriage as between a man and a woman only.

    2:20 PM — Domestic violence laws in the US state of Ohio do not conflict with its same-sex marriage ban, the state Supreme Court ruled yesterday.The judges rejected the argument that domestic violence law was unenforceable in cases not involving married couples, because the law refers to 'spouses.'Chief Justice Thomas Moyer said that lawmakers included several groups under the domestic violence law.

  • Review: All-male Pinafore is charming, camp and cramped 1

    Actor Alex Weatherhill exceeds expectations by playing three female characters (Josephine, Cousin Hebe and Mrs Cripps) and by reaching notes higher than the crow's nest.

    1:39 PM — Over a century since HMS Pinafore, Gilbert and Sullivan's anti-establishment, whimsical Victorian musical was first staged, people are still finding ways to reinvent it and widen its appeal.And in an age where the vast majority of the population has only encountered The Lass that Loved a Sailor in a scene from The Simpsons where Sideshow Bob sings the entire repertoire in order to satisfy Bart's last wish, the musical is in dire need of updating.

  • FA wants homophobia liaison officers in every league club 1

    Representatives of amateur teams from Denmark and Spain highlighted homophobia from fans and the press.

    1:30 PM — The Football Association has highlighted its work towards tackling prejudice against LGB people in sport at a conference in Belgium last week.The More Than Playing Games conference's homophobia in football workshop was addressed by representatives of the FA and the Gay Football Supporters Network.The two organisations have launched a joint initiative to get a liaison officer into all 92 league clubs to implement the new ground regulations banning homophobic abuse.

  • Stonewall targets homophobic doctors 2

    Doctors practising in the UK must be registered with the GMC, and are subject to equality rules.

    11:30 AM — Doctors who discriminate against lesbian, gay or bisexual patients are being targeted by a joint initiative launched today by Stonewall and the General Medical Council.Research by the gay equality organisation found that LGB people faced discrimination in the health service, including doctors who did not want to offer smear tests to lesbian patients, discriminatory comments and doctors refusing to register patients because of their sexuality.

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