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August 2007

  • 23rd August 2007

    Gay rights decision rests with Australian PM

    Despite hopes that those inequalities may be addressed by the Howard government, gay marriage is still off the agenda.

    3:25 PM — After a heated meeting of the Cabinet on Monday, the final decision about whether gay and lesbian couples in Australia will be given equal rights will be made by Prime Minister John Howard.His senior government colleagues are split on the issue. Some feel it is not a priority for the government ahead of elections later this year and are concerned about the cost of reforms.Other Cabinet members, especially those with sizable gay communities in their constituencies, argue that equal provision in areas such as Medicare and pensions must be in place before going to the polls.

  • San Diego set to erect statue of ‘intolerant’ mayor 6

    The worst of the American spirit?

    2:29 PM — Gay groups and Latinos are uniting to fight plans for a statue of former mayor Pete Wilson to be erected in San Diego's downtown Horton Square.The former mayor, who is credited with revitalising the downtown area in the 1970's, is despised by immigrant groups for his attempts to deny illegal immigrants health and education benefits and by the gay community for his regressive views on sexuality."During Mayor Wilson's administration, it was like the dark ages for us," said gay activist Nicole Murray-Ramirez.

  • Persecution claims fail to halt deportation

    Mr Zuniga is slated for deportation to Mexico City.

    1:46 PM — The Canadian Border Services Agency has refused to back down in the face of claims its deportation of a young Mexican man will condemn him to persecution and violence.Leonardo Zuniga, 25, arrived in Canada in 2004, filing an unsuccessful refugee claim that was appealed.Since then he has been a model citizen, volunteering with various Toronto social agencies and picking up an award for photography and queer activism.

  • Violence against Dutch gays on the increase 5

    Labour and the Christian Democrats are calling for tougher punishments for anti-gay violence

    1:17 PM — Over half of Dutch gays feel less safe than they did a year ago, a new survey carried out by current affairs programme EenVandaag has revealed.Sixty-four per cent of anti-gay incidents were verbal but 12 per cent resulted in physical abuse.Amsterdam's image in the Netherlands as the 'gay capital of the world' is also under threat as the survey revealed gays there were more fearful than in other parts of country.

  • Florida mayor uses HIV to attack Florida gays 2

    Mayor Naugle faces opposition from medical experts and scientists.

    1:17 PM — Fort Lauderdale mayor James Naugle caused outrage among Florida's gay community yesterday after he called a news conference announcing a drive against promiscuous gay sex.Framing the move as a public health initiative designed to cut down on HIV transmission, the conference nevertheless included prominent religious activists, including radio DJ Janet Folger of Faith2Action and Gary Cass, president of the Christian Anti-Defamation League."I think Broward County is forever changed from this exercise," Mr Naugle said.

  • Lottery money for older LGBT outreach work 3

    Older lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people can have more difficulty accessing community services.

    12:30 PM — The charity Age Concern has been awarded a £390,000 grant to help improve services in London for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people over 55.The Big Lottery Fund award will pay for two full-time development staff who will work in the Westminster, Hackney, Islington, Camden and Kensington and Chelsea boroughs.Age Concern has carried out in-depth research into the needs of older LGBT people. A resource pack was launched last year to help those working in care homes and extra-care housing support older LGBT people.

  • Homophobic Christian thinks gays are all white 13

    Mr Green was arrested last year for handing out leaflets at Cardiff Mardi Gras which included quotes saying homosexuality is wrong.

    11:45 AM — Stephen Green, an activist with extremist group Christian Voice, has questioned the presence of racist group the National Front at Pride events, on the basis that "homosexuals are not black or Asian as a rule."The controversial preacher made his observation as part of his report on the group's website about his protest at this year's Brighton Pride celebrations.He also complains that the NF are "copying" his idea of protesting at gay events.

  • Russian gay activist defiant over outing politician 2

    Mr Alexeyev claimed that Mr Chuev's gay relationships were well-known in the 1990s before he became a politician.

    11:20 AM — Nicolas Alexeyev, one of the main organisers of Moscow Pride, was interrogated by police yesterday over an incident on live TV where he outed a leading Russian politician.He referred to Article 51 of the Russian Constitution, which allows citizens not to give evidence against themselves, but also said he can produce proof that MP Alexander Chuev is homosexual.Mr Alexeyev also revealed yesterday that gay activists will picket the offices of Mr Chuev's political party, Fair Russia, next month, under the slogan "I also know that Chuev is gay."

  • Gay group holds national coming out day 1

    National Coming Out Day, October 11th, falls on the 20th anniversary of the 1987 Gay and Lesbian March on Washington.

    11:03 AM — American gay rights group Human Rights Campaign announced yesterday that the theme for National Coming Out Day 2007 will be "Talk About It," continuing the slogan and branding that the national programme has been building since 2005.This year will also mark an important hallmark as National Coming Out Day, October 11th, falls on the 20th anniversary of the 1987 Gay and Lesbian March on Washington DC, and the unfurling of the AIDS Quilt on the National Mall.

  • China targets AIDS activists

    Police cancelled two other HIV/AIDS meetings in Guangzhou and Kaifeng.

    10:45 AM — The Chinese government's harassment of HIV/AIDS activists and intensified surveillance of AIDS support groups raises serious questions about its commitment to combating the illness, says US-based Human Rights Watch.Over the past three weeks police have forced the cancellation of three separate meetings on HIV/AIDS in the city of Guangzhou in Guangdong province and Kaifeng in Henan province.Henan authorities have also ordered the closure of an HIV/AIDS support group's offices and are harassing a leading HIV/AIDS activist there.

  • 22nd August 2007

    Football gay liaison officers start training 1

    Justin Morley of Village Manchester FC, who is the Liaison Officer for Liverpool FC, felt that the day was a great success.

    6:12 PM — A day of training and consultation for volunteer liaison officers who will work with football clubs across England to stamp out homophobia was held last week at The Valley, home of Charlton Athletic.The new football season started earlier this month and for the first time homophobic abuse is against the rules in every Premier League and Football League club.The new regime is part of the Football Association's commitment to tackling homophobic abuse at all levels of the game.

  • Doncaster’s first Pride event draws a crowd

    The organising committee has already promised to be back with Pride 2008 and are planning a parade next year.

    5:18 PM — More than a thousand people defied foul weather to take to the streets of Doncaster over the weekend to celebrate the Yorkshire town's first ever Pride.The event, organised by Doncaster Partnership Against Homophobia and Transphobia, was held in the Market Place.Revellers were treated to six hours of live performances as well speeches from local police and council representatives.There were also fairground rides and a busy market.

  • Legal challenge to pink prison uniforms

    In some jails in the state, prisoners who break the sex act rule are placed in an area where women prison staff do not work.

    3:15 PM — The American state of South Carolina's prisons director has defended a two-year-old policy of making detainees who perform sex acts in front of prison officers wear pink.An inmate has brought a lawsuit, claiming the colour pink puts prisoners in danger.The punishment is designed to protect female prison staff from sexual behaviour.

  • Civil partners choose charities above white goods

    Some couples are taking a different approach to wedding gifts, among them Paul Symes and Terry Stacy.

    2:55 PM — When civil partnerships arrived, wedding lists inevitably followed.Recent research found that gay men are keen to have all the trappings of a traditional wedding, including lists of gifts for friends and well-wishers to purchase, such as kettles and washing machines.On average each guest spends nearly £100 each on gifts. However, some couples are taking a different approach, among them Paul Symes and Terry Stacy.

  • Boris Johnson hits back at his critics 16

    Mr Johnson today told PinkNews.co.uk: “This is a measure of the desperation of Ken and his cronies.“

    2:30 PM — Henley MP Boris Johnson, one of four contenders for the Conservative party nomination for Mayor of London, has responded to a document from a left-leaning organisation listing his previous comments on race, homosexuality and other issues.In the 17-page document, entitled Boris Johnson: A Member of the Tory Right, Compass called the well-known politician "a type of Norman Tebbit in clown's uniform"They also said he is "by far the most right wing candidate ever to be presented by a major party for Mayor of London."

  • Gay entertainer denies racism charges 1

    Brisbane-born Hayes ended speculation over his sexuality after he came out in 2006 and revealed he was in a civil partnership.

    12:01 PM — Australian singer Darren Hayes has denied accusations that he racially abused a waiter in a Thai restaurant in London.He was arrested by police and has been bailed. The alleged incident happened in Busaba Eathai restaurant on July 22nd.The Metropolitan Police issued this statement."We can confirm that a 35-year-old man was arrested by Westminster police on suspicion of racially abusing a member of staff.

  • Left-wing group attack Boris Johnson’s gay views 7

    In April 2000 Boris Johnson attacked, “Labour's appalling agenda, encouraging the teaching of homosexuality in schools, and all the rest of it.“

    11:50 AM — He may not even be the Tory candidate for London Mayor yet, but frontrunner Boris Johnson is already the subject of a 17-page pamphlet from a left-leaning thinktank outlining his previous contentious statements on a range on issues.The Conservative party are selecting their candidate via an open primary, in which all Londoners on the electoral register can take part.The selection process, by phone and ballot, closes on 26th September and the Tory candidate will be announced soon after.

  • Nigeria ‘gay wedding’ accused will not face death penalty 21

    The case has received considerable press attention in Nigeria.

    11:15 AM — A group of men arrested at a hotel in northern Nigeria and initially accused of sodomy have appeared in court charged with "indecent dressing" and vagrancy.18 men were charged and five were bailed, causing disturbances by Muslim youths on the streets of the city of Bauchi.The men, who were detained by police earlier this month, come from different parts of Nigeria and were allegedly dressed in women's clothes.

  • Gay groups challenge California gay marriage ban

    The 15 represented couples have made life-long commitments to each other.

    10:44 AM — In briefs filed last week with the California Supreme Court, a coalition of gay groups contend that California violates its own constitution by denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry."When two people fall in love and decide to get married, they are saying to the world, 'this is my family; this is my dream for the future,'" Tamara Lange, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU, said in a release.The American Civil Liberties Union, the National Centre for Lesbian Rights and Lambda Legal filed the briefs.

  • Homphobic mayor sends mixed messages over gay tourism 2

    On a local South Florida morning radio show, Mitchell and Morely, Mayor Naugle sang a different tune on the subject of gay tourism.

    10:23 AM — Embattled Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle, who has come under intense pressure from a US gay organisations for making insensitive and demoralising public comments about the gay and lesbian community, has been sending mixed messages as of late on his thoughts about gay tourism.A press release from Fight OUT Loud, a Fort Lauderdale based non-profit organisation dedicated to helping GLBT individuals fight discrimination and hate, shows Mayor Naugle voted just this year to increase spending on the gay tourism market.

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