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November 2007

  • 2nd November 2007

    Dead parents better than gay ones says Romney 134

    The Republican candidate will be announced at the party's convention at the start of September 2008.

    5:20 PM — A candidate for the Republican party nomination for President of the United States has said that he thinks a child would be better off with a dead parent rather than a gay one.Mitt Romney, a former Governor of Massachusetts, was speaking at a college in rural Iowa.Asked what he would say to a gay couple wanting to get married, he pointed out his support for a change to the US Constitution to bar gay and lesbian Americans from marriage.

  • Analysis: Martina defends her freedom of speech 1

    Her willingness to be open and speak her mind has helped other athletes who have come out of the closet to be met with more acceptance.

    2:25 PM — For 26 years Martina Navratilova has been a bright beckon of hope for gay athletes as she faced criticism, controversy and scrutiny over her decision to come out to the world.This month, the outspoken advocate voiced her opinions about the political climate in the United States in Tennis Magazine after a reporter jokingly said she should go back the Czech Republic.In her career, she has captured 18 Grand Slam Singles Titles, an all time record of 31 Grand Slam Doubles Titles.

  • Prison for tennis coach who had sex with 13-year-old 1

    Lyte was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison and is banned from working with children.

    1:45 PM — A former tennis protege turned coach has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison.Last month Claire Lyte, 29, was convicted of four counts of sexual activity with a child at Liverpool Crown Court.During her three week trial, the court heard testimony from the mother of a 13-year-old girl, who caught them in bed together in 2005.Lyte's worked as a coach at the Lawn Tennis Association academy in Loughborough, Leicestershire and the girl was one of her pupils.

  • Brighton club’s roof garden gets cross-party support 13

    The club will build a staircase to the roof, a wooden terrace and acoustically designed curved shelters to minimise noise for nearby residents.

    12:56 PM — A leading Brighton lesbian and gay nightclub unexpectedly won permission for a smoking terrace last night after intervention from a Green councillor on the council's planning committee.Green councillor Amy Kennedy argued for the safety of LGBT smokers who, since the smoking ban, have had to light up on the pavement.Gay smokers have been the target of homophobic abuse from passers-by in cars and on foot and have had objects hurled at them as they smoked outside the club.

  • Commonwealth meeting could promote homophobia 10

    CHOGMs are one of the most important events in the Commonwealth calendar and take place every two years in a different country.

    12:48 PM — Members of Parliament in Uganda have urged the country's government to speak out against gay rights at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) next month.One MP, demanding a "clamp down" against lesbian and gay Ugandans, said that the international event, to be held in the capital later this month, would be a good opportunity to "send a clear message that gays are not welcome in Uganda."Ishaa Otto, speaking at a press conference earlier this week, claimed that the gay community is growing.

  • History month to tackle small town homophobia 1

    Herefordshire's Equality Partnership is planning their contribution to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month in February 2008.

    12:30 PM — A series of events for the LGBT community in a largely rural part of the UK will take place early next year.Police and local councils have lent their support to the month-long programme aimed at people living in Herefordshire, Worcerstershire, Shropshire and mid-Wales.Herefordshire's Equality Partnership is planning their contribution to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month in February 2008, called Out In The Sticks, and already a list of events is taking shape.

  • Foster couple agree to council diversity policy

    The intention of the Equalities Promise is to ensure that foster carers are aware that they should not discriminate against children in their care.

    12:05 PM — A Christian couple have agreed to abide by the local council policy on diversity, despite previously resigning as foster carers over a row about homosexuality.65-year-old Vincent Matherick and his 61-year-old wife Pauline attracted the attention of the press when they stood down after six years of providing foster care, claiming that Somerset County Council was asking them to "promote" homosexuality.They have now issued a joint statement with the council and signed the Equalities Promise and may be allowed to continue fostering.

  • Hate church given taste of own medicine 2

    The message on the sign said, “God hates the Phelps,“ while the message on the fence read, “God hates intolerance.“

    11:03 AM — In what some may see as an example of karma, the family of Reverend Fred Phelps awoke this morning to a pair of messages spray painted to a sign and a fence on the grounds of their Kansas church.The message on the sign said, "God hates the Phelps," while the message on the fence read, "God hates intolerance," according to a report from the ABC television station in Topeka, Kansas.Topeka Police were called to the Phelps compound, which houses the family's Westboro Baptist Church, around 10 a.m. yesterday morning.

  • Newspapers triumph at Stonewall Awards 52

    Three awards - for Hero, Bully and Community Group of the Year - were voted for by 6,000 Stonewall supporters from across Britain.

    10:10 AM — The Guardian was named Newspaper of the Year at the second Stonewall Awards ceremony last night.Philip Hensher, who writes a column for The Independent, won Journalist of the Year.The awards ceremony, hosted by TV presenter Anthony Crank, took place at London's Victoria Albert Museum before an audience of 400 people.

  • 1st November 2007

    Met found guilty over Menezes shooting 1

    The jury made clear that they fully clear the operation commander Cressida Dick of any culpability.

    3:20 PM — London's police force has been found guilty of breaching health and safety laws when they gunned down Jean Charles de Menezes in Stockwell undergound station in July 2005.On their second day of their deliberation the jury found the Metropolitan Police guilty.The Met was fined £175,000 and ordered to pay £385,000 costs by judge Mr Justice Henriques at the Old Bailey.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Major banks drag their feet over civil partnerships 7

    PinkNews.co.uk has contacted other banks to find out if their application procedures take account of the fact that civil partnerships have been legal since December 2005.

    3:10 PM — Following last week's investigation into Smile, PinkNews.co.uk has contacted other banks to find out if their application procedures take account of the fact that civil partnerships have been legal since December 2005.NATIONWIDEA spokesperson confirmed that they offer civil partner as an option on all accounts and that this became completely compliant in April 2006.On their website it states that "Nationwide is committed to treating civil partners the same as married couples."

  • Christians call for boycott of Stonewall 1

    Other nominees for bigot of the year are Jeremy Clarkson, Ian Paisley Jnr and Roman Catholic activist Patricia McKeever.

    12:45 PM — The nomination of two senior bishops as Bigot of the Year at tonight's Stonewall Awards has angered an evangelical group of Scottish Christians.CARE Scotland said the nomination of the Bishop of Hereford and the Archbishop of Birmingham was an insult and in a letter to First Minister Alex Salmond called on the Scottish government to stop working with Stonewall.Archbishop of Birmingham was nominated for speaking out against new goods and services protections for gay people.

  • Australian “family values” party in new gay scandal

    The party has had limited electoral success at federal level, and only has one member in the federal parliament, a Senator.

    11:35 AM — The leader of a minor political party in Australia has had to apologise for one of his candidates who tried to out an electoral rival.In the Courier Mail newspaper, Family First candidate for the Leichhardt constituency in Queensland Ben Jacobsen said the voters had a right to know if his Liberal opponent Charlie McKillop is a lesbian."The voters might not give a rat's if a candidate is gay, but they have a right to know who you'll bat for," said Mr Jacobsen.

  • Pope to meet Saudi King Abdullah 4

    Tuesday's meeting between Benedict XVI and King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz will be the first between a Pope and a Saudi ruler.

    11:10 AM — The leader of the Roman Catholic Church is to hold meetings with the head of state of Saudi Arabia.Tuesday's meeting between Benedict XVI and King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz will be the first between a Pope and a Saudi ruler.The King has been on a controversial state visit to the United Kingdom, which ended today.

  • Irish government to introduce civil partnerships 12

    A recent opinion poll found 84% in favour of some sort of recognition for lesbian and gay couples.

    10:45 AM — The Irish Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform has announced that the government will introduce a bill to legalise civil partnerships by March 2008.While opposing a similar bill put forward by the opposition Labour party yesterday, Brian Lenihan said that details would follow soon.He confirmed that in the government's opinion the special place of marriage in the Irish Constitution there would be no moves to legalise gay marriage.

  • Gay basketball star asks for allies and friends

    Over a six-year period, Amaechi played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz.

    10:26 AM — Retired professional basketball player John Amaechi is the star of a 20-second public service announcement (PSA) released today in the US by the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to mark the beginning of the 2007-08 professional basketball season.The PSA is the fifth installment of GLAAD's new public education campaign that encourages viewers to "Be an Ally a Friend."The British-born athlete made history in February when he became the first former NBA player to come out publicly.

  • Republican resigns amid gay sex scandal 7

    Originally, Curtis told police he was the victim of an extortion attempt by Castagna at the posh Davenport Tower hotel on October 26th.

    10:15 AM — A Washington state lawmaker who was caught with his pants down earlier this week - figuratively and literally - has resigned.On Monday Republican State Representative Richard Curtis told a local newspaper, The Columbian, "I have not had sex with a guy," the guy in question being Cody Castagna, a 26-year-old waiter from the Spokane area.Originally, Curtis told police he was the victim of an extortion attempt by Castagna at the posh Davenport Tower hotel on October 26th.

  • Hate church loses Marine funeral case 5

    The church was the subject of a BBC2 documentary by Louis Theroux broadcast earlier this year.

    10:02 AM — A jury in the United States has awarded the father of a Marine whose funeral was targeted by Fred Phelps' anti-gay group nearly $11m in damages.It is the first individual lawsuit brought against Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) for its protests at military funerals.Albert Snyder claimed that protesters from the Kansas-based anti-gay group destroyed his only chance to bury in peace the son he lost in Iraq.

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