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July 2007

  • 12th July 2007

    White House censorship of ‘doctor of the nation’ 3

    The accusations of political interference were supported by former Surgeons General C Everett Koop and David Satcher

    2:00 PM — Dr Richard Carmona, who served as US Surgeon General between 2002 - 2006 said yesterday that Bush's administration had censored his speeches and articles to agree with government policy.He was testifying at a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in Washington.Dr Carmona testified that he clashed with the Bush administration over issues of sexuality and contraception.

  • Gay dogs show off and compete for Best In Show

    All proceeds from the dog show go to Pride in Brighton and Hove. photo: Paul Englefield@flickr.com

    1:53 PM — Brighton and Hove Pride's annual pooch parade was hailed the by organisers as the most successful in years, with 560 entries to the novelty, pedigree and condition classes.Hove Rugby Club played host to the fifth annual Pride Companion Dog Show. More than 700 people attended last Sunday, which was the sunniest day in Brighton for many weeks.The best in show and this year was Coco the Whippet whose owner, Lisa Uba of Peacehaven, was thrilled to take first prize

  • New strategies required on HIV says AIDS Trust

    The National AIDS Trust is also calling on the Department of Health to tackle the continuing high level of HIV stigma and discrimination.

    1:35 PM — The National AIDS Trust today launched Updating Our Strategies, a report from a recent expert seminar on HIV testing and prevention.The seminar brought together experts in the field, including representatives from the Department of Health, the NHS, the Health Protection Agency and leading HIV organisations.They discussed how HIV testing and prevention strategies should be updated and refreshed within the National Strategy on Sexual Health and HIV.

  • Iran may execute more gays 10

    On July 19th, 2005 two Iranian teenagers, Mahmoud Asgari, 15 and Ayaz Marhoni, 17, from Khuzestan province, were witnessed engaging in homosexual activities in a semi-public area and were hanged for perverting Islamic law.

    1:30 PM — The Iranian government has confirmed that in the coming weeks more than 20 men will be executed on moral violations of rape, sodomy and assault and battery.Police arrested over 1000 men in May in poor neighbourhoods of Tehran and other cities as part of a moral 'crackdown' on indecent behaviour.Those arrested will face trial and possible death at a later date.

  • Homeless lesbian settles shelter dispute

    The Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, in cooperation with two other fair housing advocacy groups, will provide training for all current GNP employees.

    11:10 AM — A Chicago lesbian who was denied access to a City-funded homeless shelter agreed to resolve the dispute with Good News Partners (GNP).The organisation agreed to take a number of steps to ensure that its facilities are free from all discrimination.Michelle Wang filed charges of discrimination in April 2007 after she was denied shelter at the New Life Shelter, owned and operated by GNP, on November 1, 2006.

  • 11th July 2007

    Anglicans advertise for foster gay couples

    The Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, is well-known for his hostility to gay parents.

    5:32 PM — A branch of the urban mission and welfare service of the Anglican Church in Australia has inadvertently become involved in the political row about gay parenting by taking an advert in a gay publication.Teenshare, part of Anglicare, has taken the ad in monthly gay paper OUT in Perth to encourage gay and lesbian couples to foster children aged 12 to 17.Last month the news that a gay male couple had adopted a baby was welcomed by lawmakers in the state of Western Australia.

  • ‘Homophobic’ leaflet used again by Tory candidate 28

    Mrs Warsi told  The Guardian   that the Conservative party's position on Section 28 has changed but that her personal view is that sex education should be removed from all schools.

    5:01 PM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive Sayeeda Warsi, who was appointed to the Conservative Shadow Cabinet last week by party leader David Cameron, has said she regrets the hostile language used in her 2005 election leaflets.It has now emerged that a Tory candidate at last year's council election used the same campaign literature.PinkNews.co.uk has obtained a letter sent to David Cameron last July by a group of Labour MPs representing the Kirklees District Council area complaining about homophobic campaigning.

  • Senator opposed to gay marriage favours paid-for sex 3

    Senator Vitter said in a statement today that God had forgiven him for his sins, along with his wife.

    4:00 PM — A major political scandal involving prostitution in Washington DC has claimed its first Congressional scalp.Republican Senator David Vitter has been forced to admit he used the escort services of Deborah Jane Palfrey, the "DC madam" who is accused of making nearly $2m (£1m) over thirteen years providing call girls to Washington's elite.Senator Vitter strongly opposes gay rights and is a 'family values' stalwart.

  • Homophobic bus driver brought to book by gay motorist 3

    “Is it because you are a dirty, f***ing batty boy,“ the irate driver of the No 200 bus screamed at him during a road rage incident.

    1:43 PM — Former Grenadier Guardsmen Lee Wardle caused traffic mayhem in south London last month after being subject to a bus driver's homophobic abuse."Is it because you are a dirty, f***ing batty boy," the irate driver of the No 200 bus screamed at him during a road rage incident.Mr Wardle called the police after blocking in the bus driver with his car when the driver refused to repeat his homophobic comments on June 26th.

  • Win tickets to see Barbra Streisand in London 2

    Ms Streisand's first London concert will take place later this month.

    1:30 PM — Acclaimed singer and actress Barbra Streisand will be playing her first ever show in Europe later this month and internet company AOL are offering PinkNews.co.uk readers the chance of a lifetime.Just click here for your chance to win 2VIP tickets to Barbra's first ever European show on 25th July at The O2 arena.

  • Lesbian writer honoured by Canada

    Her first novel Desert of the Heart, a lesbian love story, was made into an award-winning film,  Desert Hearts.

    12:45 PM — Jane Rule, 76, a writer of lesbian-themed novels, is to be appointed to the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour, in recognition of her lifetime contribution to literature.Ms Rule has won many awards over the years as a writer, educator, gay rights activist, including the Order of British Colombia 2004.Born in New Jersey in 1931, Ms Rule moved to Galiano Island, Canada with partner Helen Sonthoff, after a peripatetic childhood in America.

  • Psychologists meet to review gay policy

    Focus on the Family, a gay-hostile group, has already accused the APA of being in the pockets of the 'gay lobby.'

    12:19 PM — The American Psychological Association is to review its polity on counselling for gay and lesbian people, and activists are hopeful they will denounce the "ex-gay" movement that claims it can 'cure' homosexuality.A six-member panel will meet next week to begin the review process.Leading religious groups in America have already begun lobbying the APA to reverse a 1997 decision that gay people should not be treated as mentally ill.

  • Birmingham towpath rapists might get life

    Judge Peter Ross has delayed sentencing the pair until he has seen reports, but said they posed a serious risk to the public.

    11:38 AM — A judge at Birmingham Crown Court told two man convicted of robbing and then raping his male victim that they could be given a life sentence.Daniel Myers,20, of Barry Jackson Tower in Aston, was found guilty alongside Nikos Johnson, 26, of Rawling Street, Ladywood, of one charge of robbery and two of rape.The Birmingham Post reports that during the trial Myers revealed under cross-examination that he is HIV+

  • Presidential hopefuls to participate in gay TV debate 3

    Front runners Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards have confirmed they will participate.

    11:15 AM — Human rights activist Joe Solomnese and gay performer Melissa Etheridge will question Democratic candidates for President of the United States in the first televised debate for the gay community.The hour-long event will take place on August 9th and broadcast live on gay network LOGO and through live streaming at LOGOonline.comFront runners Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards have confirmed they will participate.

  • Pride organisers demand investigation into violence

    Last Saturday's Pride march in the capital, Budapest, was marred by nationalist violence against gay participants.

    10:56 AM — Gay rights activists in Hungary have accused the police of not doing enough to protect Pride marchers from attacks by homophobic protesters.Last Saturday's Pride march in the capital, Budapest, was marred by violence against gay participants.Skinheads and fascists massed along the 7km (4.3 mile) route of the march. They threw eggs and bottles filled with sand at the marchers.

  • UPS accused of discrimination against gay employees

    UPS also stated that it was not acting out of homophobic sentiments but according to New Jersey law.

    10:37 AM — Gay rights groups have criticised the delivery company UPS for depriving employees in same-sex partnership of health insurance benefits.According to New Jersey law, same-sex couples in civil unions have equal entitlement to employment benefits, yet UPS makes a difference between married couples and those in civil-unions in terms of health insurance.This means the company is defying a court ruling which required equality regardless of sexual orientation.

  • Castro’s niece pushes for gay rights in Cuba 3

    Following Fidel Castro's coup d'dtat in 1959 and the Cuban revolution, LGBT people were persecuted and imprisoned.

    10:30 AM — 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.

  • Gay poem still contrary to ‘law of the land’ 1

    The NVLA, now known as mediawatch, still regards their founder as the 'late, great Mary Whitehouse.'  photo: www.mediawatch.org

    10:10 AM — 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. 

  • 10th July 2007

    Catholic hierarchy tussle with gay group over Mass rights 2

    A spokesperson for the Archdiocese asserted that Quest is not a officially recognised group in the Catholic Church.

    5:25 PM — 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.

  • Urban gay Indians inching out of the closet 1

    Hundreds united in Delhi from May 25th to June 3rd this year for the Nigah QueerFest, a media event of features, documentaries and short films.

    4:57 PM — 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.

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