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July 2007

  • 16th July 2007

    Court rules Dykes on Bikes are not offensive

    photo: lil bear@flickr.com

    11:50 AM — A US federal appeals court has ruled that the name "Dykes on Bikes" is inoffensive and a legitimate trademark, tossing out a lawsuit from a man who claimed the name was "scandalous and immoral."According to the Associated Press, the Dykes on Bikes motorcycle club, which leads San Francisco's annual gay pride parade, had spent years sparring with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in hopes of protecting the phrase.They finally won a trademark in 2005.

  • Disinformation campaign against Matthew Shepard law

    “The Matthew Shepard Act sends a strong message to America, that hate and the violent crimes committed in its wake are not acceptable in our society, commented Judy Shepard.

    11:30 AM — With a US Senate vote on the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act expected soon, the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has urged journalists to scrutinise the myths and misleading claims being made by those seeking to block the proposed law.GLAAD also want to highlight the impact of hate-motivated violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. In May, the bill passed in the House of Representatives on a historic 237-180 bipartisan vote.

  • Presidential candidate’s wife meets with gays

    Mrs Edwards announced that her husband would help repeal more than a thousand laws that discriminate against same-sex couples.

    11:10 AM — Elizabeth Edwards slammed President Bush for not being tougher on crimes against gays and lesbians during a speech on Saturday for the Human Rights Campaign in San Francisco.During her address to the gay rights group, the Associated Press reports that Edwards cited the story of 26-year-old Satendar Singh.He died recently after being beaten to death at Sacramento's Lake Natomas by men hurling explicit gay slurs. She said the killing demanded renewed condemnations of hate speech.

  • 15th July 2007

    Brian Paddick may be Lib Dem candidate for Mayor 1

    Any tips? Ken Livingstone and Brian Paddick have a quiet word at the launch of EuroPride 2006

    3:43 PM — Fresh rumours appearing to be emanating from spin doctors at the Liberal Democrats imply that Brian Paddick, until his retirement, the most senior openly gay British police officer, may stand as a candidate for Mayor of London.PinkNews.co.uk first reported the suggestions last May when the then Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner, casually mentioned the possibility of standing for the post at the launch of the Way We Are Now, a collection of essays from gay community members.

  • 13th July 2007

    Transvestite sculpture of Pope removed 5

    The Pope piece, entitled “Miss Kitty,“ was created by Paolo Schmidlin.

    5:20 PM — A controversial sculpture of Pope Benedict XVI, depicting him in nothing but a blond bob wig, a stole, panties and thigh-high stockings has been pulled from a gay exhibition in Milan.Curator Eugenio Viola told Associated Press: "It was made clear to us that it would be better to remove the piece."

  • Suicide shocks Derry gay community 1

    His funeral will be held on Sunday morning at 11am after Mass at St Colomba's Church, Long Tower.

    4:35 PM — Eamon Johnston, the winner of Mr Gay Derry 2003, has committed suicide. He was 22.His body was discovered on Wednesday and he was pronounced dead at Altnagelvin hospital. Mr Johnston was a hairdresser and support counsellor for gay group Rainbow Project.His mother told Derry Journal that her son was a "lovely wee boy" and appealed to other suicidal people to seek help instead of taking their lives.

  • Gay MEP accuses David Cameron of ignoring homophobia 2

    The Leader of the Opposition did not respond to Mr Cashman's letters.

    4:15 PM — Michael Cashman, a Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands, has revealed he has written to David Cameron three times about the failure of Tory MEPs to vote against homophobia, but has not received a reply.On Wednesday we revealed that five Labour MPs wrote to Mr Cameron in 2006 asking him to distance himself from the homophobic campaign literature used by Sayeeda Warsi at the last election. The Leader of the Opposition did not respond to that letter either.

  • Surgeon General nominee denies he is homophobic 3

    If confirmed, Dr Holsinger wants to tackle issues of childhood obesity, improve emergency services and promote a tobacco-free country.

    2:45 PM — President Bush's nominee for Surgeon General told the US Senate yesterday he is not anti-gay.Dr. James Holsinger has been critcised by gay rights groups, physicians and politicians for writing in 1991 that gay sex is unnatural and unhealthy.In his paper for the United Methodist Church, Holsinger said that gay sex was dangerous because, "when the complementarity of the sexes is breached, injuries and diseases may occur."

  • TURING: Of pink pride and prejudice 6

    Your columnist grew up listening to the BBC World Service throughout his childhood, and yet failed to realise he was gay, and that it was normal.

    12:57 PM — Late January, 2002. A middle-aged American family man relaxes in his garden, reading his favourite magazine.Loud, if cheesy, pop music on the street begins to distract him.He joins the rest of his family staring at the rainbow flags, the colourful flotillas and gorgeous hunks with six-packs parading in front of them."Rainbows? Tank Tops? Empowerment? This is the gay pride parade!" the family man cried.

  • Interview: Sex, surveillance and gay royals

    Surveillance stars Tom Harper as Adam.

    12:41 PM — Surveillance is a fast paced sexual and political thriller set in London.It stars Tom Harper as Adam, a gay teacher who lives in Surrey and comes to London on the weekends to go clubbing and pick up men.A casual encounter with a handsome stranger, Jake (Sean Brenden Brosnan) brings Adam to the attention of powerful, unseen forces.

  • Majority of Americans find ‘faggot’ offensive

    Mr Washington was dropped from hit US show Grey's Anatomy  after referred to a co-star a faggot.

    12:13 PM — A recent opinion poll has found that 54% of Americans found the use of the word 'faggot' by TV actor Isaiah Washington offensive.18% said the were very offended in the survey by Harris Interactive. 66% of LGBT adults who took part in the poll said they were offended.Other questions about the use of racial slurs by comedian Michael Richards (Kramer from Seinfeld) found that nearly 70% of Americans found his use of the word 'nigger' offensive.

  • I Will Survive singer wants to ‘lead gays to Christ’ 23

    Ms Gaynor perfoming at G.A.Y. nightclub in London in 2003. photo: docklandsboy@flickr.com

    12:01 PM — Gloria Gaynor, the American singer whose hit I Will Survive is seen as a gay anthem, told Radio 4 this morning that gay people should embrace Christ and that her status as a gay icon allows her to lead them to Him.She repeatedly refused to say whether or not she thinks homosexuality is wrong. Many readers have contacted PinkNews.co.uk to complain about her comments.Ms Gaynor, a committed Christian, is currently on a tour of the UK.

  • Nixon aides considered using gay smears against opponents

    Eventually the scheming and plotting of Nixon's aides led to his resignation.

    11:25 AM — Newly released memos, recordings and other documents have revealed that US President Richard Nixon was keen to smear his opponents by associating them with the nascent gay rights movement.During the 1972 election campaign, Nixon aides also tried to link Democrat candidate John McGovern and his running mate Sargent Shriver to the mafia, slavery and left-wing activists.Meanwhile, the President himself was concerned that he was not seen as a nice person.

  • C4 executive apologises for Big Brother homophobia row 1

    Channel 4 showed clips from their season of programmes marking the 40th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.

    10:43 AM — The head of Legal and Compliance at Channel 4 has told a gay audience that they made mistakes in their handling of a contestant on Big Brother who used the word 'poof.'Jan Tomalin was speaking at an event organised by the channel entitled "Homosexuality and the Media: How far have we come?"She frankly admitted when asked about the incident: "we got it wrong."

  • Australian government reject gay judge’s pension plan

    Mr Ruddock's rejection of calls for equality are in keeping with the overall attitude of the federal Australian government towards gay and lesbian citizens.

    10:43 AM — The Attorney General of Australia has said he will not change the pension arrangements of judges so that same-sex partners are given the same provision as spouses.The country's Parliament is considering changes to judge's pension, and opposition politicians have pointed out that this would be a good opportunity to change the law in favour of equality.One of Australia's most respected judges, Michael Kirby, is openly gay.

  • Homophobic politician arrested for cottaging 4

    Mr Allen resigned from the troubled campaign of Senator McCain yesterday but said he would plead not guilty.

    10:20 AM — The co-chairman of the campaign to select Senator John McCain as the Republican US Presidential candidate has resigned after offering an undercover police officer $20 (£10) for oral sex.Bob Allen, a Florida state representative who has voted against a range of gay rights measures, was spotted by police in Titusville, Florida on Wednesday acting suspiciously at the men's toilets in a park.

  • 12th July 2007

    Lesbians take Gibraltar to court 24

    If the Rodriguez case is successful it will be a huge turning point for LGBT rights in Gibraltar.

    6:00 PM — A lesbian couple are taking legal action against Gibraltar's government for denying them joint control of their rented apartment.Nadine Rodriguez has applied to the High Court for a judicial review to reconsider the non-inclusion of her partner in the tenancy agreement.As things stand, should Ms Rodriguez die, her partner has no legal right to the apartment and could be forced onto the street.

  • Gay.com to close London office

    In the UK, PlanetOut publishes UK.Gay.com which competes with the larger gay dating site Gaydar.

    5:50 PM — PlanetOut Inc, owner of Gay.com, has announced it is to close its London office."While we plan to continue serving our global audience, we made this decision to streamline our business operations and reduce expenses," said Karen Magee, chief executive officer, PlanetOut.It is unclear what will happen to the UK portal of Gay.com, which offers personals, chat, job adverts and scene information as well as news, entertainment and health stories.

  • Police’s bad attitude towards Pride in Estonia

    Pride spokeswomen Lisette Kampus said that freedom of assembly is a constitutional right.

    3:49 PM — A year after violent homophobic attacks against Tallinn Pride, organisers prepare for its return amid problems with uncooperative police officials.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.Event organisers will be on alert to ensure that paraders will not disturb public order in the old town.

  • America’s first gay sports magazine launched

    The first issue of Sports out Loud features amateur athletes from Dallas in a swimsuit layout.

    2:24 PM — There has been talk for the past few years about the absence of gay sports media.Gaysports.com and Outsports.com have been leading the way on the internet for promoting gay athletes and gay athletics, and although a few magazines will have periodic sports pieces, it isn't until now that there has been a gay publication dedicated to sports.Editors of the magazine describe Sports out Loud as "Men's Health meets Sports Illustrated with just a hint of The Advocate thrown in."

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