12 October 200718,000 tie the knot in first year of civil partnerships 1 Ten of thousands of lesbian and gay couples tied the knot during the first twelve months since civil partnerships were legalised.Detailed information from National Statistics said that 18,059 civil partnerships were formed between when the act came into force on 5th December 2005 until the end of 2006.There were 1,953 civil partnerships formed in the UK in December 2005 and 16,106 in 2006.
12 October 2007Interview: Up close with Annie Lennox 1 When Annie Lennox stepped up to the stage to accept the 2004 Academy Award for Best Original Song From a Major Motion Picture, something unique happened in living rooms around the world.Time stopped, and for a brief second, this legend of music...
12 October 2007Russian minister censors kissing policemen picture 1 A photo of two policemen kissing, inspired by British graffiti artist Banksy, has been banned by Russia's culture minister from an exhibition of contemporary Russian art.Alexander Sokolov announced on Monday that the photo, Kissing Policemen (An Epoch of Clemency) by Russian art collective Blue Noses, would no longer be part of next week's show at the Maison Rouge exhibition hall in Paris.Alexander Shaburov, one of the Blue Noses, said the picture was homage to Banky's famous stencil of two policemen kissing.
12 October 2007Lesbian prison officer wins compensation case + An American lesbian prison guard who suffered mental and physical abuse from a fellow male co-worker for over a year has been awarded $850,000 (£425,000) damages.The New York State Division of Human Rights ruled in favour of 55-year-old Alicia S.
12 October 2007Gay allies fall out over trans workplace protection + The two openly-gay members of the US Congress are divided over proposals to remove gender identity from new legislation protecting LGBT people in the workplace.Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin has committed herself to including trans people in the new law, which Congressman Barney Frank insists will cause the bill to be rejected by the House of Representatives."Politically, the notion that you don't do anything until you can do everything is self-defeating," Congressman Frank said yesterday.
12 October 2007Howard may gamble on gay rights as a vote-winner 5 Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, is reportedly about to announce that gay and lesbian couples will be given a range of equal rights, a move that could help two key colleagues retain their seats in the imminent general election.Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be defending the Sydney seat of Wentworth, which after boundary changes now includes gay districts such as Darlinghurst and Kings Cross.With Howard's Liberal party trailing in the polls, The Age newspaper reports that the Prime Minister could make an announcement "within days."
12 October 2007Father of Stuart Lubbock to claim compensation 5 A government body that makes payments to the victims of violent crime has confirmed that the father of a young man found dead at the home of entertainer Michael Barrymore is seeking compensation.31-year-old Stuart Lubbock was discovered in Barrymore's swimming pool after a party in March 2001.Three months later Barrymore and two other men were arrested and bailed in connection with the incident.
12 October 2007Leading gay commentators question incitement law 100 Prominent gay journalists have expressed concern at proposals from the government to introduce a new offence of inciting hate against gay, lesbian and bisexual people.They believe it will undermine freedom of speech, adds little to existing laws and even plays into the hands of homophobes and bigots by allowing them to become martyrs.However, gay equality organisation Stonewall hit back, saying there is a lot of misunderstanding about the proposed new offence.
12 October 2007Minister signals tax breaks for married and civil partnered couples 19 In an interview in Saturday's Daily Telegraph, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has signaled that the Government may give tax incentives to married couples, in recogniion of their benefits to society.The interview concentrates on traditonal, straight marriages, but under the Civil Partnership Act, all benefits offered to married couples must be offered to gay couples in civil partnerships.
13 October 2007Schwarzenegger vetoes gay marriage bill again 2 Action hero actor turned Republican Californian Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bill allowing gay marriages for the second time in two years, saying voters and the state Supreme Court, not legislators, should decide the issue.The Californian Senate had voted 22 to 15 to support the bill (AB43) by Assemblyman Mark Leno that would allow gay marriage based on a "a civil contract between two persons," that would allow religious institutions to refuse to officiate gay marriages.
14 October 2007John Howard calls November election in Australia 13 Australian Prime Minister John Howard today called a general election, to be held on the 24th November.
14 October 2007“Outed” Vatican priest suspended by Vatican 5 A senior Roman Catholic Church official has been suspended after he was identified in a television broadcast supposedly declaring his homosexuality and making advances to a young man.Originally only identified as sixty-year-old, working in the Congregation for the Clergy department which manges the 400,000 active Catholic priests across the globe.
15 October 2007Gay friendly bishop’s UK tour 1 A provocative retired Anglican bishop who supports gay rights within the church is to give give a series of talks in the UK.John Shelby Spong, a bishop with the Episcopal Church in Newark, New Jersey, for 24 years, is conducting a world tour in support of his book Jesus for the Non-Religious.He has already toured New Zealand and flies to South Africa afterwards his UK appearances.
15 October 2007Stars speak up for gay rights in Singapore 3 When celebrities speak, sometimes, people listen.
15 October 2007Manchester Pride raises £95,000 for charity 1 The city of Manchester's ten day Pride celebration in August raised £95,000 for charity, it has been revealed.Organisers estimate that 200,000 people watched the main Pride march through the city centre, while 40,000 tickets were sold for the Big Weekend.Andrew Stokes, chairman of Manchester Pride, said: "This was the first year that Manchester Pride operated as a charity in its own right."
15 October 2007HIV transmission man may be in France + Police hunting a gay man who was convicted last year of recklessly infecting his lover with HIV believe he may have spent some time in France.Mark James was sentenced to three years and four months in jail when he failed to appear in court in August 2006.Police have been looking for him since he first missed a court date and a nationwide hunt failed to find James.
15 October 2007Concerns about gays in the UK Armed Forces revealed 4 A document obtained under the Freedom of Information Act has shed light on the worries some military personnel had about openly gay and lesbian people serving.A review by the Service Personnel Board from 2002, obtained by The Times, revealed that some had left the Navy over the issue and listed concerns over heterosexuals having to share showers and accommodation with gay servicemen and women.In 2000, the government removed the ban on gay, lesbian and bisexual people serving openly in the Armed Forces.
15 October 2007Canadian Anglicans vote for same-sex blessings 2 A diocese of the Anglican church in Canada has voiced its support for the blessing of gay and lesbian marriages in spite of assurances from the national church that no such ceremonies will take place.Ottawa Anglicans voted 177 to 97 in favour of blessing gay marriages at a meeting on Saturday, following several hours of impassioned debate.
15 October 2007Euro Parliament holds equal opportunities conference + As part of the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All, a conference was held last week at the European Parliament (EP).The two-day event, organised during the Parliament's so-called October mini-Plenary session, hoped to bring together government officials, NGOs, and the general public to talk about the on-going state of affairs for anti-discrimination.The opening session was presided over by Michael Cashman.
15 October 2007Bondage death of London man raises legal issues + The death of a man during a bondage session is raising questions about liability resulting from sex play.Adrian Exley's body was found in the woods in Rhode Island last June, two months after he was bound up in the bondage playroom Gary LeBlanc had built in the basement of his Massachusetts home.According to AP, Exley, a 32-year-old stripper from Clapham, had travelled to Boston for a bondage session with LeBlanc after they met on a gay fetish website.
Articles from October 2007
- Neil Patrick Harris to introduce special TV screening of Harvey Milk biopic+
- Tory MP Richard Drax: The equal marriage bill is ‘intolerant legislation’2
- Comment: How God Hates Fags and its friends like Linda Harvey further gay rights13
- Lesbian drama tipped for top prize at Cannes film festival1
- Blackburn Rovers footballer charged with making a homophobic gesture at Brighton fans+
- French anti-equal marriage leader pulls out of rally for fear of violence8
- UK: Police criticised after gay killer escapes from prison and ends up in gay bar+
- Brighton: Footballers cleared of sexual assault as woman lied about being drugged at gay pride+
- UK: Card Factory accused of homophobia for selling offensive ‘fag’ birthday card64
- US Pastor: Why I support Jason Collins’ decision to come out as gay+
- UK: Card Factory accused of homophobia for selling offensive 'fag' birthday card64
- Question Time: Ian Paisley Jr defends saying he was 'repulsed' by gays and lesbians45
- US church blames Oklahoma tornado on gay basketball player Jason Collins58
- Governor Rick Perry: 'I am greatly disappointed' that the Boy Scouts will allow gay members21
- Video: Book published to teach children to pray to Jesus for gay people to turn straight33
- Florida: Lesbian teen expelled from school and charged over same-sex relationship23
- Australia: Man who stalked footballer and talked of 'gay orgy' jailed 1
- London: Gay couple threatened with death in violent late night homophobic assault141
- Government considers watered down same-sex marriage bill to minimise Tory rebellion133
- Tory MP Gerald Howarth: 'There are plenty in the aggressive homosexual community who want more than just same-sex marriage'95
- France: Far right activist commits suicide in Notre Dame following legalisation of equal marriage93
- Philip Hammond: 'No great demand for gay marriage and it's upsetting vast numbers of people'73
- Norman Tebbit: David Cameron has 'f**** things up' with his equal marriage bill66
- Tory MP Sir Gerald Howarth defends 'aggressive homosexual community' equal marriage slur65
- UK: Card Factory accused of homophobia for selling offensive 'fag' birthday card64
- US church blames Woolwich suspected terror killing on UK acceptance of gay people63
- David Cameron: Gay teenagers will stand that bit taller following equal marriage vote63
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