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July 2007

  • 18th July 2007

    Woman sues tax authorities over reassignment surgery 3

    Trans activists are watching the case closely, as a defeat for the IRS would open the way for thousands of people to avoid paying tax on reassignment surgeries.

    11:50 AM — A trans person is suing the Internal Revenue Service in the US for not allowing her to write off her gender reassignment operation as a legitimate medical expense.Trans activists are watching the case closely, as a defeat for the IRS would open the way for thousands of people to avoid paying tax on reassignment surgeries.The IRS contend that such surgery is not "essential" and therefore cannot be claimed against.

  • Bournemouth shows its Pride

    Spectators along the promenade watched as local groups and a huge 30 metre rainbow flag travelled past to the sounds of classic camp pop.

    11:21 AM — The Bourne Free Pride Festival attracted thousands of people from across the UK on Saturday 14th July with the event reaching its highest ever numbers.The sun came out just in time for the nautical themed Beachfront Parade, which included lots of sexy sailors, colourful drag queens and even mermaids on electric wheelchairs.Spectators along the promenade watched as local groups and a huge 30 metre rainbow flag travelled past to the sounds of classic camp pop.

  • Hong Kong court ruling a victory for gay rights 1

    Chief Justice Andrew Li said in the ruling that the law targets homosexuals and “does not criminalise heterosexuals for the same or comparable conduct.“ photo: kymia100@flickr.com

    11:12 AM — The highest court in Hong Kong decriminalised gay public sodomy on Tuesday in a ruling that advocates are calling a victory for China's gay rights movement.A panel of five top judges unanimously ruled that two men, who acknowledged engaging in anal sex in a parked car, should not be subject to the country's maximum penalty of five years in prison.According to AP, Chief Justice Andrew Li said in the ruling that the law targets homosexuals.

  • Porn actors face murder charges

    E-mails showed that Cuadra, pretending to be a new model, arranged a meeting with Kocis on the night of his murder, according to court documents.

    11:00 AM — Two gay porn actors are facing murder charges over the killing of Cobra Video producer Bryan Charles Kocis in January.Harlow Cuadra, 25, and Joseph Kerekes, 33, are being processed at a Pennsylvania State Police barracks.CourtTVnews.com reports that Cuadra and Kerekes arve believed to have gone to Kocis' Dallas, Pennsylvania home on January 24th and slashed his throat.

  • Bishop guilty of gay discrimination 8

    John Reaney was interviewed by a panel of eight people for the post of Youth Officer in the Diocese of Hereford last summer.

    9:40 AM — An employment tribunal has ruled in favour of John Reaney, the gay man who brought a claim of discrimination claim against the Bishop of Hereford.The case was supported and funded by Stonewall.John Reaney was interviewed by a panel of eight people for the post of Youth Officer in the Diocese of Hereford last summer.

  • 17th July 2007

    TUC report analyses cases of orientation discrimination

    The report notes that there have not yet been any decisions on indirect sexual orientation discrimination or harassment on grounds of religion or belief.

    6:12 PM — A government-funded report into cases brought to employment tribunals under the sexual orientation and religion or belief protections introduced December 2003 has highlighted the need for employers to apply equal opportunities policies.The TUC was funded by the now abolished DTI to carry out a project studying all cases concerning the regulations, and to prepare a report of the conclusions of that study.The work involved analysing published employment tribunal decisions.

  • Gay Times advert banned by London Underground 11

    The vast majority of comments on thelondonpaper website are supportive of GT.

    5:00 PM — A gay lifestyle magazine cover proved too racy for London Underground, who asked that the image be substituted for one more sedate.The offending cover of GTironically marks the 40th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.Tube bosses rejected the image because they felt that one of the models was in a state of undress. A second version, reproduced below, was approved.

  • Pink Singers support gay mayor’s charity night

    Cllr Cranfield-Adams said: “I love music and I want very much to celebrate my year as Mayor with music.“

    1:55 PM — The first openly gay Mayor of Richmond, Cllr Marc Cranfield-Adams, will hold a Rainbow Night concert on the Sunken Lawn of York House on Friday 27th July.The concert is in keeping with the theme of his Mayoral year, diversity and inclusiveness.It is being held to raise money for his chosen charities Diabetes UK and Stepping on Out.

  • Ireland to get civil partnerships 13

    Bertie Ahern was once again sworn in as Taoiseach, or Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland, on June 14th.

    12:47 PM — The Irish Prime Minister yesterday pledged to bring in new laws to legalise civil partnerships for gay and lesbian couples.Bertie Ahern, opening a gay community centre in Dublin, said that he wanted to move as quickly as possible on the issue.He told the assembled crowd: "This Government is committed to providing a more supportive and secure legal environment for same-sex couples."

  • G-A-Y brand is secure says owner 2

    The G-A-Y bars and clubs are popular venues among young gay and lesbians in London.

    12:30 PM — Jeremy Joseph, the creator and owner of the G-A-Y brand, has assured customers that reports on sales of shares will not affect the business.He co-owns G-A-Y bar and G-A-Y Late in London with the Mean Fiddler Group, through a company called Manto Soho.As reported, an offer has been made by the MAMA group to Mean Fiddler for their shares.

  • Exclusive: Prime Minister Gordon Brown answers your questions 19

    “I am very pleased to have this opportunity to put on record my support for civil partnerships.“

    12:15 PM — Last month we asked readers to submit questions to the Prime Minister.Well, let it not be said that Gordon Brown has had a quiet introduction to life in Downing St.Among the CORBA meetings, inspecting flood damage, trips to meet our European partners and setting out Britain's future direction, Mr Brown found time this week to address some of the questions PinkNews.co.uk readers sent in.

  • Australian government to consider new rights for gays 1

    Prime Minister John Howard said that despite a new opinion poll showing 71% of Australians favouring equal rights for gay people, he is still opposed.

    11:48 AM — The Attorney General of Australia, Philip Ruddock has told gay activists that he is working on proposals to bring before the country's Cabinet a response to a Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission report into discrimination against gay people.Rodney Croome, of the Australian Coalition for Equality, was confident that the matter would be considered before the federal elections later this year.The new Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) report was presented to the federal parliament in June.

  • 16th July 2007

    Oxford Pride – idyllic in every way

    Mr Tatchell, in his keynote speech, spoke out against civil partnerships.

    6:05 PM — The fifth Oxford Pride, held on Saturday, was well-attended and went off without any unfortunate rain.It was held on Oxpens Field and the patrons for this year's event were Peter Tatchell, Lord Waheed Ali and Sir Ian McKellan.Live music from acts including Natalie Powers and Lizzy Drip featured on the main stage, sponsored by public service trade union Unison.

  • Row over White House security clearance for gays

    White House spokesperson Scott McClellan has denied that the move implies any express change in policy, insisting that the new rules are similar to the old ones.

    5:18 PM — The White House has altered the phraseology of a policy which describes the grounds for granting security clearances to gays and lesbians.'Security clearance' is a formal check required in the US for handling confidential data or documents.It is often requested by US employers as a compulsory verification for employees.

  • Gay candidate welcomes Boris to Mayoral race 7

    Mr Boff, who is gay, was one of the first Tories to put himself forward for the job of taking on Ken Livingstone.

    4:44 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Andrew Boff, a candidate for the Conservative candidate Mayor of London, has welcomed MP Boris Johnson to the contest.Nominations closed at noon today. Mr Boff, who is gay, was one of the first Tories to put himself forward for the job of taking on Ken Livingstone.The 49-year-old is former leader of Hillingdon council but failed to be elected Mayor of Hackney. He is up against a range of candidates.

  • Sex scandal peer opens up about being bi 4

    Orlando Wells as Lord Montagu in the Channel 4 drama  A Very British Sex Scandal,  to be broadcast on Saturday 21st July.

    3:54 PM — Lord Montagu, who was jailed after a notorious trial for homosexual offences in 1954, has said that he is bisexual and that to describe his sexuality any other way would be 'dishonest.'He will appear in a Channel 4 documentary about the case and its fascinating aftermath, when the public and press unexpectedly began to question the law which criminalised homosexuality.

  • Trans youths beaten for carrying condoms 1

    The assualted meti were hindered from filing a complaint at  the police station and chased out by threatening police officers.

    1:57 PM — Four transgender youths in Nepal have become the latest victims of institutionalised hate directed against sexual minorities in the country.Five Nepalese transgender youths, known as meti, were brutally beaten, sexually abused and insulted by police in Kathmandu on the night of July 14th.Their crime is said to be carrying condoms for their own use.

  • Interview: Nemesis talk God, Clinton and Michael Jackson 1

    Joshua (dark) and Jacob (blond) took an emotional trip home to Montana to come out to their Jehovah's Witness family.

    1:01 PM — Pop duo Nemesis Rising normally get noticed because of the way they look - and hey, even I had my head turned by these identical twins.They certainly got a lot of attention when cameras from Logo TV followed them around for a reality series called Jacob and Joshua: Nemesis Rising.Jacob (blond) and Joshua (dark) showed off their gay life in LA, but also took an emotional trip home to Montana to come out to their Jehovah's Witness family.

  • G-A-Y bars partner to sell shares

    The G-A-Y bars are popular venues among young gay and lesbians in London.

    12:25 PM — Mean Fiddler, the company which co-owns G-A-Y Bar and G-A-Y Late, is considering a provisional offer from MAMA group to sell these night spots.Mean Fiddler's Managing Director Melvin Benn has said that he sees this as good for business.G-A-Y is co-owned by promoter Jeremy Joseph and the Mean Fiddler Group, a subsidiary of the American advertising and media giant Clear Channel.

  • Hate crime charge over petrol bombs at Pride

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

    12:01 PM — One man has been charged with a hate crime after the attacks on a Pride march in Zagreb earlier this month.The 25-year-old, identified only as Josip S, is the first person accused of a hate crime in Croatia since they became an offence under the country's Penal Code in 2006.Police spotted him at the Pride event on 7th July with petrol bombs but he fled the scene.

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