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July 2007

  • 26th July 2007

    Translating machine to replace sacked gay linguists 2

    Since 1993, more than 11,000 service members have been dismissed under the gay ban, according to the US Department of Defence.

    11:23 AM — After firing 60 Arabic translators for being gay under the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law, the US military has been forced to rely on an untested translating machine, it emerged this week.US National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers are now testing a prototype, real-time, two-way translation system to meet the shortfall of translators in Iraq, where linguistic misunderstandings can be fatal.

  • Gay man to write tell-all book about NY Yankees

    The claim went on to say that Wickman had threatened bodily harm and had repeatedly called Priore a “faggot“ in front of other members of the club.

    11:10 AM — In 1998 former New York Yankees baseball team's club house attendant Paul Priore brought a $50m lawsuit against the club and some the members stating that he had been sexually harassed and was fired for being a homosexual.Priore lost his suit when the Yankees showed that he was actually fired for stealing from the locker room, but he is now planning on writing a tell-all book about his homophobic abuse, which allegedly includes a steam room scene between players Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada.

  • Pressure on mayor in robo-toilet row 2

    “Mayor Naugle's comments and his lack of remorse for dividing his community are wrong. “

    10:58 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has condemned Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle for the divisive and defamatory terminology he has used to describe the gay community.The New York-based organisation also stood with residents of Fort Lauderdale as well as members of various local and national organisations as they gathered yesterday to speak out against the Mayor's offensive comments.

  • 25th July 2007

    US to hold personal data on EU travellers until 2022 7

    The Ministry of Justice declined to comment on why the DHS would need access details of a passenger's sexuality or meal choices in life-threatening situations.

    5:47 PM — The Liberal Democrats have expressed concern over an EU agreement to give the US Department of Homeland Security unprecedented access to the personal information of passengers on transatlantic flights.The European Commission quietly approved the agreement on Monday.It gives the DHS access to the personal information of anyone on a transatlantic flight, which could include details of their sexual orientation.

  • Malta teachers take on Roman Catholic homophobia 6

    Malta is one of the most socially conservative countries in the EU.

    4:18 PM — Malta's Union of Teachers is threatening to publish the details of four attempts to oust gay and lesbian teachers from Roman Catholic school posts, unless the government launches an independent inquiry into sexual orientation discrimination.According to the union, Church schools were under pressure from parents to fire the teachers, leading to four interventions in the past five years.Students even scrawled insults on one teacher's chalkboard, according to John Bencini, President of the union.

  • Kent’s only Pride event draws 5,000 revellers

    The first ever Thanet Pride drew an estimated 5,000 people to the beach at Margate.

    4:05 PM — The sun, absent for much of the summer of 2007, chose to make an appearance at Kent's only Pride event last weekend.The first ever Thanet Pride drew an estimated 5,000 people to the beach at Margate.The event was backed by the Thanet District Council, local businesses and national sponsors, among them Viagra manufacturer Pfizer.

  • Microchip tracking scheme for HIV+ people condemned

    “We need to make a major breakthrough to speed up the fight against AIDS in Papua,“ said lawmaker John Manansang.

    2:40 PM — Health officials in Papua, Indonesia, are "outraged" over proposals to implant microchips in people with HIV/AIDS to monitor their sexual activity.The Legislative Council of the province is deliberating a by-law allowing authorities to monitor the actions of patients with 'high risk behaviour' using a detection device.Parliamentarians have also reportedly discussed tattooing people carrying the virus.

  • Lesbian couple question Presidential hopefuls

    A lesbian couple from New York asked whether the Democratic candidates would grant them the right to get married.

    1:08 PM — A lesbian couple and a southern Baptist pastor quizzed Democratic presidential candidates about their views on same-sex marriage in a landmark debate on Monday night.Users submitted more than 3,000 video questions via video sharing site YouTube, and according to the debate's CNN host Anderson Cooper, same-sex marriage emerged as a popular issue.The lesbian couple, from New York, asked whether the Democratic candidates would grant them the right to get married.

  • Activists demand investigation into Pride explosion 1

    This year gay marchers in Tarija and Cochabamba took to the streets for the first time.

    12:48 PM — Human rights advocates are urging the authorities in Bolivia to properly investigate an explosion at a Pride event last month that injured several people.The incident occurred in the capital city of La Paz on the 30th June, the same day as London Pride.While celebrating Respect For Sexual Diversities Day in the city, and just before the parade started, one of the floats was attacked with dynamite.

  • Trans truck driver takes legal action against employer

    Vikki-Marie Gaynor, 37, from Wallasey in Wirral, is bringing a sexual discrimination claim against Exel Europe.

    12:31 PM — A transsexual who claims she was hounded out of her job as a trucker after she began her transition from her former male gender is seeking thousands of pounds in damages from her former employer.Vikki-Marie Gaynor, 37, from Wallasey in Wirral, is bringing a sexual discrimination claim against Exel Europe, part of delivery giant DHL, and recruitment agency Blue Arrow.The ex-soldier claims that previously friendly members of staff started ignoring her, and began a campaign of harassment.

  • Joy as gay couples register in Washington

    Last July, Washington state rejected arguments in favour of same-sex marriage.

    11:51 AM — Gay and lesbian people in the US state of Washington came a step closer to marriage this week, as a new state law granting same-sex couples some of the rights enjoyed by heterosexuals came into effect.Domestic partnerships give registered partners several of the rights granted to married couples.To qualify, couples have to be at least 18, live together and not already be married or in a domestic partnership with another person.

  • House of Commons marks decriminalisation

    It is fitting that in 2007, three of the signatories of today's EDM, Chris Bryant, Nick Herbert and Stephen Williams were all elected as  out and pround gay men.

    11:44 AM — MPs from across the political divide have signed an Early Day Motion celebrating the 40th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.The EDM was sponsored by Stephen Williams, the Liberal Democrat MP for Bristol West.Other signatories include Nick Herbert and John Bercow, both Tories, and Chris Byrant, the Labour MP for Rhonnda.

  • Harry Potter author’s lesbian book 2

    A closer examination of the image gives us an insight into Rowling's own reading material. Assuming it's her bookcase of course.

    11:05 AM — The country is in the grip of Potter mania. London's Tube network is awash with people reading the seventh and last installment of the adventures of the boy wizard on their way to work.The adult edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has a black and white picture of author J K Rowling on the back of the book jacket.The richest author in the world is photographed, fittingly, in front of a bookcase.

  • 24th July 2007

    Interview: In the garage with the master mechanic of dance

    Away from the chattering London dance elite, Matthew Bourne is feted as one of the most talented choreographers alive today.

    11:50 PM — Choreographer Matthew Bourne's The Car Man is currently setting pulses racing at London's Sadler's Wells theatre.The revival of his sultry, sexy reworking of Bizet's Carmen is a tangled web of sex, desire and murder, and will be touring the UK throughout the autumn.PinkNews.co.uk's Tony Grew caught up with him to discuss his use of gay characters, the suggestive power of dance and what's next for the man who brought us an all-male Swan Lake.

  • How to ensure your hotel is gay friendly 58

    The wrong choice of accommodation, which may turn out to be very un-gay friendly, can easily ruin your special break.

    4:04 PM — Travelling around the world has never been easier thanks to the internet, with a selection of value flights to almost any destination you choose. But where do you stay?Finding a suitable gay or gay-friendly hotel, whether at home or anywhere else, is not so easy.A new website for LGBT travellers has been launched that aims to provide the most comprehensive selection of reliable and trustworthy gay-friendly accommodation anywhere in the world.

  • US given sexual orientation information on travellers 7

    Franco Frattini, vice president of the European Commission, said more sensitive information would be filtered out

    4:04 PM — The European Commission quietly approved an agreement this Monday which gives the US Department of Homeland Security unprecedented access to the personal information of anyone on a transatlantic flight, including details of their sexual orientation.The DHS insists on the right to use the information for disease control, and there are fears that gay passengers may be singled out as possible HIV risks.The agreement adds 19 possible new categories, including details of passengers' sex lives.

  • Elton John still standing with Nepalese gay community 2

    The Elton John AIDS Foundation has raised more than $125m (£63m).

    3:57 PM — The Elton John AIDS Foundation has expressed its support for the work of the Nepal's only gay rights organisation, the Blue Diamond Society.In a statement to be sent to government departments in the Himalayan country, the foundation's executive director Robert Kay said they were proud to be associated with BDS's work on safe sex education.Mr John today revealed his guilt at not speaking up for gay rights earlier in his career.

  • Pride London denies links with gay lifestyle expo 1

    Howard-Lloyd said that Eton Events had finally submitted a proposal to the board of Pride London last Friday, which was rejected.

    1:21 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusiveThe organisers of Pride London today denied giving a company permission to use its name and logo to promote a gay lifestyle exhibition slated for Pride season next year.Andrew Clark, a director at Eton Events, who used the Pride London logo on its website and publicity material, said that Jason Pollock, chief executive of Pride London, had approved the partnership.

  • Homophobic or funny? New faux-gay movie divides critics 4

    Is this attempt to bring the issue of gay marriage into the minds of millions of heterosexual Americans a help or a hindrance?

    1:11 PM — Adam Sandler's new comedy film, I Now Pronounce You Chuck Larry, is concerned with two semi-homophobic firefighters who pretend to be gay and a couple to receive partnership benefits.It has not been released in the UK yet, but has been a massive hit in the US, knocking Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix from the number one slot at the box office.But is this attempt to bring the issue of gay marriage into the minds of millions of heterosexual Americans a help or a hindrance?

  • University honours MEP for gay rights work

    Mr Cashman co-founded gay equality organisation Stonewall in 1989 and is president of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights.

    12:41 PM — Michael Cashman, the Labour politician, actor and campaigner for gay rights, has been awarded an honourary degree by Staffordshire University.Before he became an MEP in 1999, his ground-breaking portrayal of Colin Russell in EastEnders between 1986 and 1989 saw the first gay kiss in a UK soap.Mr Cashman co-founded gay equality organisation Stonewall in 1989 and is president of the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights.

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