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August 2007

  • 29th August 2007

    Cornish LGBT officer responds to events at Pride 22

    Cornwall's first Gay Pride event earned rave reviews from those who attended, despite complaints of police harassment.

    11:30 PM — Following reports of police harassment at Cornwall's first gay Pride, Aaron PiperDiversity Manager for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has issued this statement to PinkNews.co.uk:"I would like to take this opportunity to reply to the article posted on PinkNews.co.uk entitled 'Cornish police accused of homophobia at Pride.'

  • Reading to celebrate fourth annual Pride Festival

    The Reading Pride festival began in 2004, attracting 6,000 people.

    11:30 PM — The fourth Reading Pride event is due to take place next weekend.The event was set up to celebrate the LGBT community, to ensure a sense of belonging and build strong and positive relations between people of different backgrounds, whilst working towards equality and inclusion in Reading and its surrounding areas.

  • Stonewall Cymru to ‘Shout OUT’ at Mardi Gras

    The Shout OUT campaign will encourage the LGBT community to have their say about gay life in Wales and will tackle issues such as hate crimes, health care, education and employment.

    11:30 PM — Stonewall Cymru is launching a new community activism campaign ahead of Saturday's Mardi Gras in Cardiff.The Shout OUT campaign will encourage the LGBT community to have their say about gay life in Wales and will tackle issues such as hate crimes, health care, education and employment.Cardiff's Lesbian and Gay Mardi Gras is set to draw massive crowds this weekend.

  • English traffic officers visit pride event for the first time 11

    Pictured is Traffic Officer Supervisor Paul Airlie who works at the Millness Outstation in Cumbria covering the M6 in the county and Manchester Pride visitor Martin Walker from Birmingham (picture by Bill Cooney, Highways Agency).

    11:30 PM — Highways Agency Traffic Officers - England's newest uniformed service - really got into the swing of things at last weekend's Manchester Pride event.It was the first time that Traffic Officers had ever officially visited a pride event in England.The Agency took a stand to the event as well as several Traffic Officers from the North West Traffic Officer Service and one of their high-visibility 4WD patrol vehicles.

  • GLAAD calls on TV host to apologise for anti-gay remarks 5

    Earlier today, GLAAD called Abrams' office to discuss NBC News and MSNBC's response to Carlson's behavior.

    11:30 PM — The Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is calling on Tucker Carlson, NBC News and MSNBC to apologise for remarks made on Tuesday night that appear to condone violent assault.On the Aug. 28 edition of "MSNBC Live with Dan Abrams," MSNBC host Tucker Carlson referenced an incident from his past when he was the recipient of an unwanted advance from another man.

  • Anti-gay group told to find another hotel 3

    Representatives for the Naperville Holiday Inn Select reportedly asked Americans for truth to find a new venue for their annual fund-raiser.

    11:30 PM — Americans for Truth, the Naperville, Ill.-based organization dedicated to "confronting the homosexual activist agenda," will have to find a new hotel to host its annual fund-raiser on 6th October.Representatives for the Naperville Holiday Inn Select reportedly asked the organization's executive director, Peter LaBarbera, to find another location for the event after LaBarbera mentioned it could draw protests from "homosexual activists."

  • Bombing suspect turned hero dies

    Richard Jewell died of natural causes

    11:30 PM — Richard Jewell, accused by the media in 1996 of being the prime suspect the Atlanta Olympic Park bombing during that year's Olympic Games was found dead in his home in west Georgia. The true perpetrator, Eric Robert Rudolph, would later bomb a gay and lesbian nightclub, the Otherside Lounge also in Atlanta. Rudolph also bombed two abortion clinics.Jewell had been working as a private security guard for the Centennial Park during the Games.

  • BBC celebrates 50th anniversary of Wolfenden report 2

    The Hidden Lives series will be shown on BBC4 from Saturday 1st September.  Photo: BBC

    11:30 PM — The BBC is due to screen a week-long series of LGBT programmes to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Wolfenden report.The season is called Hidden Lives Week and programmes range from documentaries to drama.The BBC say the programmes are intended to raise awareness of the landmark report that led to the legalisation of homosexuality in the UK.The Wolfenden report was commissioned 50 years ago this coming Monday (3rd September).

  • Euro-Parliament takes up the case of Iranian lesbian facing deportation 3

    The European Parliament Presidency has committed to sending the letter to Gordon Brown regarding Pegah without delay.

    11:30 PM — European Parliament President Hans Gert Pöettering has said he will write a letter to Prime Minister Gordon Brown regarding the fate of Pegah Emambakhsh, the Iranian lesbian woman who risks expulsion from Great Britain to Iran.His actions follow proposals by Italian MEP Giusto Catania (PRC), representing the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) Group in the European Parliament during today's Conference of Presidents, and Graham Watson, President of the Parliament's Liberal Group.

  • The New York Post asks: Are you a gay senator? 4

    11:30 PM — The New York Post today published a Larry Craig inspired graphic sidebar.The spoof questionnaire offers to determine whether you are indeed a closeted gay Republican senator by asking questions such as "Do you immediately issue a statement denying involvement whenever there's a gay-sex scandal even if your name hasn't come up?" and "Do you take a 'wide stance' in public bathrooms?"

  • Earthquake hits Manchester’s gay village 2

    Residents living near the city's gay village, Canal Street, were amongst those who felt the earthquakes tremors early this morning.

    11:30 PM — Residents in Manchester were woken today by the sixth earthquake in a month to hit the city.Residents living near the city's gay village, Canal Street, were amongst those who felt the earthquakes tremors early this morning.People reported wardrobe doors rattling and buildings creaking as the earthquake measuring an initial 2.4 on the Richter scale shook the city centre at about 5:45 a.m, according to Reuters.

  • Genghis Khan’s constitutional ban on homosexuality revealed 1

    Genghis Khan's code of laws is probably the world's earliest to have banned homosexuality.

    11:30 PM — Homosexual acts were punishable by death under Genghis Khan's rule, according to researchers who have spent over a year compiling the legendary Mongolian conqueror's code of laws.Xinhua News Agency has reported today that article 48 of what is believed to be the world's first constitution said men who "committed sodomy shall be put to death," according to Chinese researchers.

  • Civil partnerships and marriages to be treated the same by insurers 17

    Nick Starling, the ABI's Director of General Insurance and Health.

    11:30 PM — The Association of British Insurers (ABI) is proposing the abolition of exemptions in insurance law regarding sexual orientation.According to the ABI, insurance companies see no need and do not wish to differentiate for insurance purposes between customers in civil partnerships and married couples.The proposal forms part of the ABI's detailed response to the Government's current consultation on its Discrimination Law Review.

  • Shanghai landlords urged to shun same-sex couples

    Last year, China banned foreign gay couples from adopting Chinese children in an attempt to stop an influx of foreign nationals wishing to adopt.

    11:30 PM — New rules are being drafted in Shanghai urging landlords not to rent rooms to same-sex partners, according to Reuters.The city's housing bureau has issued a report advocating conservative restrictions on who should and should not be allowed to rent rooms.In addition to same-sex couples, unmarried couples were also included in the ambiguous report which does not make clear whether the new rules would merely become guidelines or be enforced by law.

  • Interview: Ten minutes with producer Lori Kaye, champion of lesbian reality TV

    A once and future stand up comedian, Kaye has helped lesbians on reality television rise from the ranks of novelty or secondary characters to bonified stars.

    11:30 PM — For more than a decade, reality television producer, and Bronx native Lori Kaye has made her digs in sunny Los Angeles but the successful, Hollywood heavy-hitter is still rooted in good old east-coast sensibility.A once and future stand up comedian, Kaye has helped lesbians on reality television rise from the ranks of novelty or secondary characters to genuine stars.Now Kaye can add to her resume, which includes Joe Millionaire, The Ride: Seven Days to End Aids, Work Out and Curl Girls, the honor of being named one of Power Up's Ten Amazing Gay Women in Showbiz for 2007.

  • Hungarian radio station fires staff for posting anti-gay image

    Socialist Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany condemned the photograph on Wednesday, adding that he believes it represents a new threat to the country from neo-fascist movements.

    11:30 PM — A Hungarian radio station has fired two staffers for posting to the station's website a photo montage of a gay government official wearing a pink triangle and standing outside the Auschwitz concentration camp.The official in question, State Secretary Gabor Szetey, recently became the first openly gay government member in Hungary.The radio station, Lanchid Radio, removed the photo and apologised for the incident by releasing a statement that said: "The owners and managers of Lanchid Radio condemn what happened and apologise to State Secretary Gabor Szetey and to everyone who was offended by the picture in question."

  • Gay Democrat congressman defends Republican, Larry Craig, following gay toilet scandal 3

    Senator Larry Craig still denies that he is gay

    11:30 PM — One of only two openly gay members of Congress has said that Idaho Republican Senator, Larry Craig, should resist calls from his party to resign, after being found guilty of disorderly conduct in a public toilet and being accused of being a hypocrite by gay rights activists.Barney Frank, Democrat Congressman for Massachusetts told the Associated Press: "What he did, it's hypocritical, but it's not an abuse of his office."

  • Court rules that Miami University gay couples to keep benefits

    The Ohio court rules that Miami University gay employees should have benefits

    7:30 PM — The Court of Appeals of Ohio has affirmed a lower court ruling which dismissed a lawsuit brought by a legislator seeking to take away the domestic partner benefits of gay employees of Miami University."Lesbian and gay employees and their families' health were at stake and today the court has granted them freedom from being a pawn in politically motivated lawsuits," said James Madigan, staff attorney at Lambda Legal.

  • Talksport homophobic comments “highly offensive” 3

    Ofcom ruled: “Rule 2.3 of the Code requires broadcasters to ensure that material which may cause offence is justified by the context.“

    11:34 AM — The broadcasting watchdog has heavily criticised two homophobic outbursts broadcast on talk radio station Talksport - both of them from presenters.Ofcom said that a bizarre series of comments from Mike Mendoza in May comparing gay people to paedophiles were highly offensive.The radio station said that Mendoza had been suspended for a week after the incident.

  • Comment: Nigeria’s anti-gay witch-hunt 1

    Peter Tatchell is a human rights campaigner

    11:27 AM — Peter Tatchell comments on Nigeria's treatment of gay peopleThe arrest on 5 August of 18 men at a private party in the northernstate of Bauchi is the latest incident in a wave of on-goinghomophobic persecution in Nigeria - much of which is incited byChristian bishops and Muslim imams.Bauchi is a predominantly Muslim region which has adopted Sharia(Islamic) law. Police officers acted on a tip-off from the HisbahIslamic anti-vice squad of the Bauchi Sharia Commission. They seizedthe men, aged 18 to 22, in rooms at the Benko Hotel in Bauchi.

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