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August 2007

  • 3rd August 2007

    Brighton prepares for sunny Pride 4

    The carnival parade starts from Madeira Drive at 11.30am tomorrow, and the festival at Preston Park runs from 12.00pm to 8.00pm.

    1:35 PM — The UK's biggest Pride parade, complete with musical-theatre themed parade, a festival and promises of sunshine, will grace Brighton this Saturday.Pride in Brighton Hove, which is free, attracted over 120,000 revellers last year.Torsten Højer, editor of Brighton's leading gay magazine 3Sixty, told PinkNews.co.uk: "We are so excited about this year's events and tomorrow's parade should be the best ever - plus the sun is going to shine!"

  • TURING: An awkward trip to the seaside

    In a country where non-heterosexuality is punishable with life imprisonment, this was the closest to an official ceremony they were going to get in their lifetime.

    12:40 PM — The young couple still looked devastated.Their faces somehow managed to capture the ephemeral nature of human facial expression, and transform it into a permanent imprint, a record, if you will, of human emotions.They existed outside the law then; they exist outside the law now. In a strange land where the national passport allows for their existence, the law doesn't.

  • Australian PM moves against gay adoptions 3

    Prime Minister Howard has been very vocal about his opposition to gay rights.

    12:25 PM — The Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, is introducing legislation to ban same-sex couples from adopting children from other countries.The Family Law (Same Sex Adoption) Bill could be introduced as early as next week.If it becomes law, children adopted in other countries by same-sexcouples will not be granted visas to enter Australia.

  • Controversial footballer opens Stockholm Pride 1

    Stockholm Pride is being hosted by Swedish culture minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth.

    11:45 AM — Former Liverpool and Sweden footballer Glenn Hysén opened Stockholm Pride this week with a speech denouncing homophobia in sport."Sometimes, sport turns us into good team players, but sometimes sport turns us into anxious homophobic herd animals," he said, according to TheLocal.seHysén was widely decried as a bad choice for Stockholm Pride, after he infamously punched a man who allegedly propositioned him in a Frankfurt Airport toilet in 2001.

  • Italy raises issue of executions with Iran 11

    As part of a wide-ranging crackdown on 'indecent behaviour', police arrested over 1000 men in May in poor districts around Tehran.

    11:39 AM — Italy has urged Iran to stop executions, today, citing Rome's 'deepuneasiness' with a spate of executions of gay people in the IslamicRepublic.More than 140 people have been executed in Iran so far this year, many of them convicted of 'hooliganism,' which some reports say includes consensual gay sex.Islamic law states that all sexual acts outside of a heterosexualmarriage - referred to as sodomy - are forbidden.

  • Dutch use aid to push for gay rights

    Dutch embassies in those countries will urge governments to scrap anti-gay legislation.

    11:20 AM — The Netherlands is to step up pressure for gay rights in countrieswhere it has strong aid ties.Dutch embassy officials in the 36 countries where the Netherlandsdonates much of its aid will draw up an inventory of gay, lesbian and bisexual rights legislation, according to development cooperation minister Bert Koenders.

  • Gay bishop backs Obama for President 4

    Obama supports civil unions and rights for gay couples, but stops short of supporting gay marriage.

    11:15 AM — Openly gay Episcopalian Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire endorsed Democratic Presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama yesterday.Bishop Robinson says he was lured to Obama's campaign because of the Illinois Democrat's experience with racism and discrimination."Frankly, I don't think there's any major candidate that is where we in the gay community would hope they would be on our issues," the bishop told AP said.

  • 2nd August 2007

    Time to speak up for gays, Presidential candidates told

    Exit poll data estimates that the LGBT community in the United States makes up approximately four percent of the voting population.

    6:05 PM — An influential US campaigning group has spoken out against the silence Democratic presidential candidates have kept over gay rights issues.Matt Foreman, executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Task Force, says that despite their laudable support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, no candidate has vocally completely supported the rights of LGBT Americans.Exit poll data estimates that the LGBT community in the United States makes up approximately four percent of the voting population.

  • Liverpool homophobia report suppressed says councillor 2

    Councillor Radford said that the survey, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Safety in Liverpool was hidden from Citysafe Liverpool

    5:53 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusiveA Liverpool city councillor claimed today that council authorities tried to bury a report which found that thousands of gay, lesbian and bisexual people were leaving the city because of the scale of homophobic violence.Openly gay Liberal councillor Steve Radford said he had to appeal to the data protection information commissioner before he was given a copy of the damning report.

  • PlanetOut reveals second quarter figures

    PlanetOut owns The Advocate, Gay.com, PlanetOut.com, Advocate.com, Out.com, OutTraveler.com and HIVPlusMag.com, as well as localised versions of the Gay.com site.

    4:28 PM — Leading gay media company PlanetOut has posted its second quarter results for 2007. The figures show a fall in advertising revenue, down from $7.3m (£3.7m) in the second quarter of 2006 to $6.7m in 2007.Total revenue for the second quarter of 2007 was $18.5m, an increase of 14% compared to $16.3 million for the same period one year ago.Last month PlanetOut announced a 15% cut in its employees.

  • Stonewall goes to the Eisteddfod

    Tackling homophobic hate crime in Wales is the key theme to Stonewall Cymru's fifth annual Eisteddfod meeting.

    3:30 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall will be attending the annual celebration of Welsh traditional music, language and culture, the National Eisteddfod of Wales.Tackling homophobic hate crime in Wales is the key theme to Stonewall Cymru's fifth annual Eisteddfod meeting.Speakers from North Wales Police, Crown Prosecution Service and Victim Support will highlight positive work that is being undertaken to tackle homophobic hate crime.

  • Japanese political leader to join Pride parade

    The SDP were the main opposition party in Japan in the 1990s, but lost support to the Democratic Party of Japan in recent years.

    2:21 PM — Japan's Social Democratic Party leader, Mizuho Fukushima, will march with LGBT people and their supporters on 11th August in the Tokyo Pride Parade calling for equality and rights.The event, "Let's go march with Mizuho Hukushima!" will allow gay Japanese people the chance to talk with the left-leaning politician over lunch and then march with her.The SDP were the main opposition party in Japan in the 1990s, but lost support to the Democratic Party of Japan in recent years.

  • Senate quizzes Bush nominee about military gay ban

    Pressure group the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network welcomed the comments of Admiral Mullen as a change of pace among the US military leadership.

    12:59 PM — Admiral Michael Mullen, President Bush's nominee to succeed General Peter Pace as Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, was questioned about the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel during a Senate hearing on Tuesday.He called for a national debate about the current law, which allows gay, bisexual and lesbian people to serve in the US military as long as they do not disclose their sexuality.

  • Gays on probation allowed to stay together

    The judge cited a landmark Supreme Court ruling and its decision that same-sex couples have the same right to form intimate relationships as opposite-sex couples.

    12:31 PM — A Philadelphia judge has ruled that a gay couple banned from contacting each other while on probation have the same rights as a married couple.Daniel Mangini and Stephen Roberts, who have been together for 20 years, owned property, shared bank accounts and helped raise Roberts' young niece.They later became addicted to methamphetamine, and in 2004 were convicted of dealing 100 grams of the drug.

  • Trans protection in goods and services moves forward 2

    There is no provision specifically protecting transsexual people from similar discrimination.

    12:23 PM — The Northern Ireland government intends to make it illegal to discriminate against transsexual people trying to access goods and services, according to a consultation document.At present it is not against the law to refuse to serve a transsexual person in a pub or restaurant, or refuse to rent property based on the tenant's gender identity.While the 2006 Equality Act protects people from discrimination on the grounds of gender, including that of transsexual people, this is limited to jobs and training.

  • MPs worried about new equality commission

    The MPs called on the government to bring forward a new Single Equality Act without delay.

    12:04 PM — A committee of MPs has expressed concern that the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights will not be ready to take on its new role when it starts work in October.The Communities and Local Government Select Committee also said that equality issues, which includes gay rights, "have slipped down the Government's agenda."The MPs called on the government to bring forward a new Single Equality Act without delay.

  • Gay rights activist faces charges for outing politician 1

    Mr Alexeyev said that by charging him with slander, the authorities were “caught in their own trap.“

    11:35 AM — Nicolas Alexeyev, the gay rights activist and organiser of Moscow Pride, was charged with slander by Russian authorities yesterday and faces a criminal investigation.The charges arise from comments he made on live TV in June, when he outed Russian MP Alexander Cheuv as a homosexual.To prove that he is guilty of slander, Russian investigating authorities will have to demonstrate that calling Mr Chuev 'gay' spoilt his reputation or dignity.

  • Deputy First Minister’s strong support for gay rights

    Mr McGuinness had earlier visited the iconic Free Derry Corner, a symbol of the civil rights movement of the late 1960s.

    11:05 AM — One of the most senior members of the Northern Ireland government has expressed his strong support for equality in the province.Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness, the former terrorist turned statesman, visited his home city of Derry yesterday to launch a week-long gay festival."In years gone by and when I was growing up in Derry, people often made derogatory remarks against gays," said Mr McGuinness, according to the Irish Times. 

  • 1st August 2007

    Gays keep the church open, says Bishop Robinson 2

    The Bishop of New Hampshire, who lives openly with his male partner, said the church's denial over the number of gay and lesbian Anglicans was 'terrible.'

    5:23 PM — The openly gay Anglican bishop whose ordination sparked the crisis in the worldwide Communion has claimed that without gay members the Church of England, "would be close to shutting down."The Right Reverend Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire, who lives openly with his male partner, said the church's denial over the number of gay and lesbian Anglicans was 'terrible.'He added that he found it 'mystifying' that the Anglican Communion could not be honest about it.

  • Gender reassignment same as aversion therapy claims Bindel 10

    Hecklers airs on Radio 4 at 8.00pm tonight, and will be repeated at 10.15pm on Saturday.

    4:05 PM — Journalist Julie Bindel attempted to win over an audience of doctors and transsexuals in a Radio 4 programme airing tonight by arguing that sex-change surgery is aversion therapy for gay and lesbian people.In the Radio 4 debate show Hecklers, Guardian columnist and feminist campaigner Ms Bindel will argue that 'being trapped in the wrong body' is a homophobic diagnosis created in the 1950's, and that gender re-assignment surgery is unnecessary mutilation.

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