9 July 2007Synod fails to heal Anglican divisions on gay issues + 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.
9 July 2007Boybands, boats and BBQ at Bournemouth Pride + 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.
9 July 2007Wal-Mart’s queer turn away from gay business group 3 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.
9 July 2007Gay film and TV archive boosted by GLAAD donation + 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.
9 July 2007Senate approves judge who attended gay ‘wedding’ + 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.
10 July 2007Cherie Blair persuaded Tory to defect over Section 28 + The much-anticipated diaries of spin doctor Alistair Campbell may have disappointed politics junkies with their lack of information about the decade-long feud between No 10 and No 11 Downing St, but his reminiscences still contain some interesting insights into the Blair years.One such nugget is the revelation that the Prime Minister's wife and a former gay Radio 1 DJ helped persuade a senior Tory MP defect to the Labour party because he was about to be sacked for supporting gay rights.
10 July 2007Trans singer opens up about transition 2 Lucas Silveira, the lead singer of Canadian rock and roll band The Cliks,has spoken to the press about his experiences as a trans person.Earlier this year they released their major label debut album Snakehouse with US Tommy Boy Records Silver Label and appeared in gay-orientated True Colours Tour with artists Cyndi Lauper and Erasure.Mr Silveira is the first transgender artist to be signed to a high-profile label.
10 July 2007LGBT health summit will ‘empower choice’ + The title of this year's LGBT Health Summit - Choices, Voices, Knowledge and Power - makes clear the strong themes delegates will get to grips with in Manchester on the 20th and 21st of August.30 presenters and 16 workshops will cover issues on health inequalities experienced by lesbian, gay, bi and trans people.One aim of the summit is to provide information and training on LGBT health issues such as disability, crime, mental health, the impact of stereotypes and identity, ageing and drugs
10 July 2007Homophobic government faces election test + The conservative Polish coalition government, known for its nationalistic and homophobic views, is at risk of falling apart.Twins Jaroslaw and Lech Kaczynski, the Prime Minister and President respectively, run one of the largest countries in the EU with a population of 38 million people.Yesterday Prime Minister Kaczynski fired his coalition partner, deputy and head of the main coalition party, Andrzej Lepper, for suspected involvement in corruption.
10 July 2007Win tickets to see acclaimed gay movie in London + The Vue Islington cinema is hosting a double bill feature of the critically acclaimed Mysterious Skin and Shortbus on Monday 16th July and PinkNews.co.uk has two pairs of tickets to give away.
10 July 2007Retired gay couple set up sports scholarship + It's been almost 55 years since partners John Kiley and Gene Silbert met in a New York bar, and they are still going strong.To give back to the community, the pair, in their late seventies, have established the Gene and John Athletic Fund of Stonewall that supports young gay and lesbian athletes who have made valuable efforts to promote and create awareness of gay people in sports.The couple began running later in life for personal fitness and health reasons, but their love of sport continued to grow.
10 July 2007Wimbledon star quashes gay rumours + A semi-finalist in the Wimbledon Men's Singles tennis competition has said he is angry at a report in a French magazine that he is gay and in a relationship with an older man.21-year-old Richard Gasquet beat Andy Roddick last week to reach a career-high ranking of seventh in the world.
10 July 2007Blair laughed then worried about minister’s cruising 1 It has emerged that Prime Minister Tony Blair laughed when first told that Welsh Secretary Ron Davies had been mugged while cruising on Clapham Common in 1998.However, after another gay revelation he started to worry that his government's image might be damaged.Alistair Campbell, the former Prime Minister's communications chief, published a bowdlerised version of his diaries yesterday, called The Blair Years.
10 July 2007Vienna court acquits gay rights activists of libel 1 Two activists from a gay rights organisation based in Vienna were fully acquitted in their appeal against a court ruling yesterday.The chairman of the Homosexual Initiative (HOSI), Christian H√∂gl, and general-secretary Kurt Krickler, had been accused of libel by a Member of Parliament from the Christian-Conservative Party, Walter Tancsits.The accused had lost a previous trial and were ordered to reimburse the MP an April court ruling.
10 July 2007Budapest mayor defiant over Pride violence + Extremist elements who attacked gay Pride participants in the Hungarian capital over the weekend have been roundly condemned as "intolerant, primitive and cowardly."Budapest Mayor Gabor Demszky said yesterday that he and his political party, The Alliance of Free Democrats (SZDSZ), totally condemn the violence at last weekend's Gay Parade in Budapest.On Saturday skinheads and fascists massed along the route of the march for gay rights.
10 July 2007Cameron’s families speech doesn’t mention civil partnerships 12 David Cameron's big speech on social policy today ran to nearly 1,800 words, but several phrases were missing, among them 'civil partnerships.'The Tory leader set out proposals to encourage marriage through the tax system, which might introduce a married couples tax allowance, worth around £20 a week, aimed at making it easier for one parent to stay at home.Mr Cameron was responding to a report from former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith.
10 July 2007Urban gay Indians inching out of the closet + The expanding economy of India and an increasingly liberal attitude has created the climate for a growing and visible community of homosexuals and transgender people.The Gay Delhi Sunday School formed last year provides a meeting place for gay men to talk politics and family issues.The gay scene in larger cities such as Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai is increasingly vibrant.
10 July 2007Catholic hierarchy tussle with gay group over Mass rights 2 Quest, the lesbian and gay group for Catholics, has accused the Catholic Church of un-Christian behaviour after the Archdiocese of Liverpool prevented them from using the University Catholic Chaplaincy for a Mass.The service was intended to help gay Catholics discuss their experiences and pray for understanding of issues of faith.Following the ban the meeting was held in a location not controlled by the church.
11 July 2007Gay poem still contrary to ‘law of the land’ 1 Today marks the 30th anniversary of the day when Denis Lemon was found guilty of committing libel against Christianity.He was the editor of the now defunct but iconic UK newspaper Gay News.Mary Whitehouse, founder of the National Viewers and Listeners Association, (NVLA) announced her intention to sue in December 1976 after she read the poem entitled The Love Which Cannot Speak Its Name by James Kirkup, published in Gay News.
11 July 2007Castro’s niece pushes for gay rights in Cuba 3 Almost a year after Cuba's president Fidel Castro temporarily resigned from power due to his ill health, human rights are still under threat on the island.At the same time improvements of LGBT rights are in sight.There is a change in attitude towards LGBT people in the Caribbean dictatorship under Fidel's brother Raul Castro, who holds the position of interim head of state.
Articles from July 2007
- San Francisco: Gay blogger sentenced for taking toilet photo of gay supervisor Scott Weiner1
- Pro-equal marriage rally to take place on Monday ahead of House of Lords committee stage3
- London: One week until UK’s second Dyke March+
- Northern Ireland elects first openly gay mayor2
- US: Anti-gay congressman accidentally takes wrong door and attends pro-LGBT event4
- Milton Keynes: Woman victim of homophobic assault has her face dragged against a wall+
- Equal marriage bill amendment calls for decision to be made in 2015 referendum26
- Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Blue to headline Pride Bristol+
- In meeting with Archbishop of Canterbury, the Pope does not specify marriage as between man and woman5
- New straight civil partnerships amendment tabled for equal marriage bill in House of Lords9
- US: GOP Senator says he thinks businesses should be able to sack people for being gay32
- Gay police officer leaves Savile inquiry job in order to take part in Big Brother 5
- Mixed martial arts fighter: 'Equal marriage could lead to incest, bestiality and child marriages' 60
- Australia: Radio host sacked for asking Prime Minister Julia Gillard if her partner is gay47
- Video: Married binational gay couple kept apart by DOMA urges US Supreme Court strike-down22
- Scottish trans woman 'forced' to leave town after she was branded a 'witch'21
- Equal marriage bill amendment calls for decision to be made in 2015 referendum 26
- French Olympic swimmers pose as 'imaginary gay couple' for anti-homophobia campaign12
- Lord Carey tables amendment to undermine equal marriage bill by calling for 'two tiered' marriage25
- Chris Brown starts equality campaign and vows to stand up for gay rights12
- Daily Mail's Andrew Pierce: I'm called a 'homophobe' and 'Uncle Tom' for opposing equal marriage102
- Tory Lord Mawhinney tables 'traditional marriage' amendment for equal marriage bill61
- Baroness Knight: The gays are still good at antiques and Section 28 was right60
- Lord Dear proposes new amendment to equal marriage bill concerning 'traditional marriage'60
- Mixed martial arts fighter: 'Equal marriage could lead to incest, bestiality and child marriages'60
- Lord Hylton tables new wrecking amendment for the equal marriage bill57
- French mayor: 'I will go to the gallows' before performing a same-sex wedding52
- Labour's Clause 20 sex education amendment fails in the Commons50
- Pope Francis: There is a 'gay lobby' at the heart of the Vatican 'it exists'49
- Australia: Radio host sacked for asking Prime Minister Julia Gillard if her partner is gay47
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