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July 2007

  • 10th July 2007

    Cameron’s families speech doesn’t mention civil partnerships 12

    Mr Cameron conceded that the UK has become more tolerant under a Labour government.

    4:45 PM — 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.

  • Budapest mayor defiant over Pride violence

    SZDSZ yesterday announced that it would ask for same-sex unions to be legalised.

    3:56 PM — 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.

  • Vienna court acquits gay rights activists of libel 1

    The accused had lost a previous trial and were ordered to reimburse the MP an April court ruling.

    3:14 PM — 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 Högl, 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.

  • Blair laughed then worried about minister’s cruising 1

    Davies, married three times and the father of two children, later admitted he is bisexual.

    3:05 PM — 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. 

  • Wimbledon star quashes gay rumours

    Gasquet made it to the Men's Singles Finals in Hamburg in 2005 and Toronto in 2006 but was beaten by Federer on both occasions.

    2:34 PM — 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. He was knocked out of the tournament by eventual winner Roger Federer.Le Point reported that the French player was having an affair with a 46-year-old married businessman.

  • Retired gay couple set up sports scholarship

    The couple also sponsors sports programmes for LGBT teenagers who are in special schools or group homes.

    1:56 PM — 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.

  • Win tickets to see acclaimed gay movie in London

    Neil (Gordon-Levitt) is a gay hustler who thinks no one could love him as much as Coach.

    12:53 PM — 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. Mysterious Skin features two teens from the same small town, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Brady Corbett, who couldn't seem more different.Yet they have one, devastating thing in common: both were molested by their little league baseball coach.

  • Homophobic government faces election test

    The Prime Minister rejected a demand by the democratic left alliance (SLD) to immediately dissolve parliament.

    12:37 PM — 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.

  • LGBT health summit will ‘empower choice’

    30 presenters and 16 workshops will cover issues on health inequalities experienced by lesbian, gay, bi and trans people.

    12:27 PM — 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

  • Trans singer opens up about transition 2

    Coming to terms with his gender identity, he formed The Cliks with fellow LGBT members Morgan Doctor and Nina Martinez.

    12:10 PM — 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.

  • Cherie Blair persuaded Tory to defect over Section 28

    Shaun Woodward was appointed to the Cabinet by Gordon Brown last week, as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

    11:40 AM — 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.

  • 9th July 2007

    Senate approves judge who attended gay ‘wedding’

    The Senate Judiciary Committee had approved Judge Neff for a seat on the US District Court in Michigan's Western District in October 2006.

    5:23 PM — 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.

  • Gay film and TV archive boosted by GLAAD donation

    The deposit nearly doubled the Outfest Legacy Project's holdings, which had already comprised the world's largest publicly accessible collection of LGBT films.

    5:23 PM — 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. Giuliano.

  • Wal-Mart’s queer turn away from gay business group 3

    Wal-Mart also denied allegations made by conservative groups that the company was giving preferential treatment to gay businesses. photo: bravenewfilms@flickr.com

    5:06 PM — 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.

  • Boybands, boats and BBQ at Bournemouth Pride

    Bourne Free wristbands must be bought for £5 in advance or £8 on the gate.

    4:41 PM — 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.

  • Synod fails to heal Anglican divisions on gay issues

    The synod held that the issue of homosexuality, and the ordination of gay clergy in particular, exposed the 'deep flaws in how Anglican unity is maintained.'“

    4:03 PM — 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.

  • US gay magazine comes out of the paper closet

    The Advocate is the oldest continually-published gay title in the US.

    3:32 PM — The Advocate, one of the most respected gay publications in the world, has decided to stop concealing itself from the world.From last week, subscription copies of the twice-monthly title are not wrapped up to conceal the front cover.While subscribers can still choose to receive an 'anonymous' copy in the post, most have opted to be open with their postman about their choice of reading material.

  • Blair to recommend Peter Mandelson for House of Lords

    Mr Mandelson has had a colourful political career. One of the architects of New Labour, he became arguably Tony Blair's closest adviser.

    3:11 PM — Former Prime Minister Tony Blair is to recommend his close political ally Peter Mandelson for a peerage.Traditionally a departing PM draws up a resignation honours list, though for the first time the names put forward for the House of Lords will be scrutinised by the appointments commission.It is thought Mr Blair will only nominate a few people to the Lords because of the ongoing 'cash for peerages' criminal investigation.

  • TURING: An ungainly obsession 3

    Hypocrites, by definition, deserve to be labelled, not as 'gay' or 'straight,' but as 'hypocrites.'

    2:18 PM — PinkNews.co.uk's new pseudonymous contributor reflects on lessons that can be learnt from the life and death of the genius who is the inspiration for his new weekly column.Alan Turing is no gay icon - and fortunately so.Today, that epithet is more representative of superficial (so-called) celebrities and their obsession with sex, drugs, fashion and every thing else that have come to epitomise popular culture.

  • Gay divorce becomes a reality in South Africa

    Mr Van Zyl and Mr Liedenberg married in Johannesburg on February 16th.

    2:03 PM — A South African gay couple divorced last week in the Praetoria High Court following just five months of marriage.IT support consultant Ignatius Kloppers van Zyl, 47, set in motion divorce proceedings against Jacques Liebenberg, 36.They were one of many homosexual couples who took advantage of legislation passed by the South African National Council in December 2006 permitting same-sex marriage.

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