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July 2007

  • 20th July 2007

    Civil partnerships: grandiose gays and low-key lesbians

    Gay men are much more open than lesbians to the idea of a 'traditional' wedding, taking on the trappings of heterosexuals.

    12:06 PM — Two British psychologists who have been studying civil partnerships have concluded that gay men love a big day out.Dr Victoria Clarke and Dr Elizabeth Peel are from University of the West of England, Bristol and Aston University, Birmingham.They will present their research today, Friday 20 July, at the British Psychological Society's Psychology of Women Section's Annual Conference.

  • It was 40 years ago today – C4 marks decriminalisation 7

    The Sexual Offences Act, which decriminalised gay sex between men over the age of 21, received Royal Assent on the 28th July 1967. photo: channel 4

    11:40 AM — A series of programmes to mark the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England Wales starts on Channel 4 tomorrow.A dramatisation of the trial of Lord Edward Montagu and Peter Wildeblood, entitled A Very British Sex Scandal, is one of the highlights.Montagu and Wildeblood, a Daily Mail journalist, were arrested and tried for attempts to incite others to homosexual acts in 1954.

  • TURING: Of homosexuality and the church 2

    It is not acceptable for us to discriminate against our brothers and sisters on the basis of sexual orientation.

    11:06 AM — Love or hate it, it's hard to ignore organised religion.While your columnist is of the opinion that religion should strictly (and I do mean strictly) restricted to consenting adults in private, and while some leading intellectuals want religion completely wiped off the map of the earth, it is hard to reconcile these opinions with the fact that more than 90% of the world's population subscribe to some form of organised religion.

  • 19th July 2007

    Website for Arab and Asian gays launched 8

    The site wants to be a place to visit for Arab and Asian people seeking support and advice around their sexuality.

    6:20 PM — A new online meeting place for the Asian and Arab LGBT people and their friends has opened for business.MySalaam.com features content for both men and women including features, articles, blogs, message boards, community news and listings."I chose the name salaam because it is a word of greetings, peace and love that is shared by many peoples of Middle Eastern and Asian heritage," says Simran, MySalaam.com's founder and coordinator.

  • Gene discovery may help AIDS treatment

    The gene called HLA-C does not appear to shut down when infected by HIV.

    6:20 PM — A study this month in Science magazine announced that scientists have identified three genes that help some HIV-infected people slow down the spread of the virus and postpone the onset of AIDS.This new information may help doctors to develop a vaccine and drugs to help prevent and fight off the HIV virus.The international team of researchers scanned the genomes of 486 HIV-infected people.

  • Moscow police protect gay protest against Iranian hangings 1

    More than twenty Russian activists protested outside the Iranian embassy in Moscow today. photo courtesy of www.hippy.ru

    6:20 PM — More than twenty Russian activists protested outside the Iranian embassy in Moscow today, the second anniversary of the execution of two gay teenagers in Iran.A group of nationalists and religious activists who turned up to counter-demonstrate were stopped by police and dispersed.While this was seen as a positive step after the bloody police actions at a gay Pride demonstration earlier this year, it emerged that the application for the Iran protest did not mention gay rights.

  • Christians and humanists welcome anti-gay advert ruling

    Of the ten separate points put to the ASA, three were upheld

    5:24 PM — Gay Christians are among those who have welcomed today's ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority that an advert by a homophobic Christian group was inaccurate and misleading.The advert claimed that the legislation would "force" a bed and breakfast to supply a room to a transsexual and make schools promote civil partnerships.It also incorrectly asserted that the SORs represented an "act against freedom of conscience."

  • Complaints about anti-gay Christian advert upheld

    The ASA yesterday ruled the advert was “inaccurate and misleading.“

    3:08 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusiveA newspaper advert taken out by Christian groups exaggerating the effect of the Sexual Orientation Regulations has been criticised by the Advertising Standards Authority.PinkNews.co.uk led the campaign against the advert, which was published in The Times and Parliamentary title The House Magazine last November.Yesterday the ASA ruled the advert was "inaccurate and misleading."

  • The tribunal bishop and his gay organist 8

    The Rt Revd Anthony Priddis has found time to wish his organist and his gay partner congratulations on their civil partnership.

    1:09 PM — The news of yesterday's landmark employment tribunal ruling that the Bishop of Hereford discriminated against a man by refusing to employ him as a youth worker because he is gay overshadowed another eccentric decision by the church leader.The Rt Revd Anthony Priddis, who is facing calls that he resign his post, has found time to wish his organist and his gay partner congratulations on their civil partnership.The Bishop asked a gay job applicant a series of intrusive personal questions during an interview.

  • Gay veterans hold ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ roadshow

    President Bill Clinton had promised to open the military to openly gay and lesbian people during his successful 1992 campaign for President.

    12:45 PM — A group of former US servicemen are touring America to share their experiences of life in the military, where being openly gay is against the law.The campaign, called Legacy of Service, aims to demonstrate to Americans the hardships and unfairness of a policy, 'Don't Ask Don't Tell,' that keeps soldiers, sailors, air force and coast guard personnel in the closet.No-one knows how many gay, lesbian or bisexual servicemen and women are currently serving in the US military.

  • Gay ban on dating site starts backlash 1

    eHarmony, a popular site, has been heavily criticised over its heterosexuals-only policy.

    11:47 AM — A new website that welcomes people rejected from dating service because they are gay has launched a cheeky advertising campaign.The debate in the US over gay marriage has spilled over into the world of online dating. eHarmony, a popular site, has been heavily criticised over its heterosexuals-only policy.The site's founder has added insult to injury by declaring that eHarmony is about marriage.

  • Irish urged to be courageous over gay eqaulity

    Justice Kirby is due to retire in 2009 at the age of 70.

    11:25 AM — A prominent Australian judge has urged Ireland's Law Reform Commission to be strong, courageous and bold when pushing forward gay equality.Justice Michael Kirby, a Justice of the Australian High Court, has lived openly with his gay partner for the last 37 years.He was in Dublin yesterday to address the commission. The judge spoke about his experiences of discrimination.

  • Second chance for actor Isaiah Washington

    Washington's Golden Globes tirade drew back lash from members of the media, gay rights activists and even co-stars.

    11:10 AM — Less than a month after ABC told Isaiah Washington his services would no longer be needed on the top rated Grey's Anatomy, the actor who infamously referred to co-star T.R. Knight as a 'faggot' and then repeated the word at the Golden Globes found a new job, as a recurring character on NBC's much hyped Bionic Woman remake.Back in May, when Dr. Preston Burke (Washington) left his fiancee (Sandra Oh) at the altar, the actor's status on the series was left up in the air.

  • Fight for benefits after death of partner

    Lambda Legal is appealing a decision issued in April of this year by the Virginia Workers Compensation Commission.

    10:40 AM — Gay rights group Lambda Legal filed its opening brief last week in the Court of Appeals of Virginia on behalf of a 48-year-old Keysville man improperly denied death benefits stemming from an accident that ultimately led to the death of his same-sex partner in 2005."This case is about making sure that the rules are applied fairly to everyone," Greg Nevins, senior staff attorney in Lambda Legal's Southern Regional Office, said.

  • 18th July 2007

    Gay groups, MPs and unions welcome bishop tribunal decision 8

    The Revd Richard Kirker, chief executive of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, warmly welcomed the tribunal decision.

    6:16 PM — A range of organisations have praised an employment tribunal that found the Bishop of Hereford had discriminated against a gay man who applied for a job as a Church of England youth worker.Dr Evan Harris, Liberal Democrat MP and Parliamentary campaigner for equality, commented:"This is a damning judgment for the Church, which directly discriminated unfairly against an innocent person."

  • Sir Ian stands up for Singapore’s gays 3

    Sir Ian is in Singapore with the Royal Shakespeare Company to stage William Shakespeare's King Lear and Anton Chekhov's The Seagull.

    5:46 PM — Veteran actor Sir Ian McKellen has once again used his international celebrity to further the cause of gay equality.Speaking in Singapore, the Lord of the Rings star urged the country's government to ditch draconian colonial-era laws still in place which criminalise homosexuality among consenting adults.Homosexuals face a maximum of two years in prison for gay sex in Singapore.

  • EXCLUSIVE: The man who took a bishop to a tribunal and won 8

    Mr Reaney spoke exclusively to PinkNews.co.uk about the tribunal and the emotional journey he has been on in the past year.

    4:51 PM — Landmark is one of those words that inevitably loses its value due to over-use, but there is no other way to describe today's ruling by an employment tribunal against the Bishop of Hereford.The tribunal agreed with youth worker John Reaney that he had been discriminated against on the grounds of his sexual orientation.The 2003 law that protects gay, bisexual and lesbian people in employment contains an exemption for religious organisations.

  • Doctor Who creator praises gay Coronation St character

    Mr Russell praised the character of Sean Tully on Coronation St, the nation's most popular soap.

    2:00 PM — Russell T Davies, the writer of Queer As Folk and Doctor Who, has said that the representation of gay people on television is the best it has ever been.He cited the arrival of a gay character on ITV soap Coronation St as evidence that times have changed.Mr Davies, who included a bisexual character in Doctor Who, also praised teen soap Hollyoaks for its handing of a storyline where one of the characters deals with his sexuality.

  • MEPs to attend Pride in Estonia 1

    The Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights in the European Parliament has called on the Estonian authorities to facilitate the organisation of Tallinn Pride 2007.

    12:23 PM — A year after violent homophobic attacks against Tallinn Pride, organisers have revealed that politicians from across Europe will be turning up this year to show their support.Last year LGBT marchers were attacked with sticks and stones by a group of young Estonian nationalists while celebrating the country's gay third pride event.This year's event, on August 11th, has been beset by problems with policing.

  • Pacific Games gay sex embargo lifted

    The Pacific Games are held every four years. The two week 2007 Games in Apia in Samoa are the 13th.

    12:07 PM — The organisers of a major sporting event in Samoa have said they will change guidance that banned gay and lesbian competitors from having sex.The rules, published by Samoa team managers yesterday, apply only to Samoan athletes competing in the Pacific Games, a multi-sport event held later this year.The organising committee moved quickly to reject the rules and order changes.

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