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November 2007

  • 15th November 2007

    Interview: Clegg sets out his leadership credentials

    Nick Clegg explains why he is the heir to Ming, how to tackle homophobia in eastern Europe, and where the Lib Dems could take seats from Labour at the next election.

    1:31 PM — Since winning Sheffield Hallam in the 2005 general election, Nick Clegg has made a major impression on Liberal Democrats in Parliament and across the country.Tipped as a future leader before he even entered Westminster, in the wake of Sir Menzies Campbell's resignation he finds himself standing sooner than was imagined.Age did it for Ming, and 40-year-old Clegg is the frontrunner in the contest to replace him. Like his opponent in the leadership race, Chris Huhne, he attended the private Westminster School.

  • Baptist church expelled for embracing gays 1

    The Baptist State Convention also is expected to disengage from their cherished institutions and ministries of Baptist colleges.

    11:50 AM — The nearly 3,000 delegates that make up the North Carolina Baptist Convention voted this week to expel the Myers Park Baptist Church for welcoming and affirming lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Baptists in their congregation.Last year, the North Carolina Baptists decided to expel any member church that openly accepts and affirms LGBT people and same-sex relations from the Baptist community.The vote came after two of the church's leaders called on the delegates to open their hearts to LGBT people.

  • Teen ice hockey star denies he is gay

    The young player grew up in the Czech Republic and played for that league until this year when he was drafted 13th by the Maple Leafs.

    11:40 AM — The pictures have been splattered all over the internet of a harmless tongue touch between 19-year-old Toronto Maple Leaf forward Jiri Tlusty and his buddy, but the racier naked picture is what has caught the attention of his Canadian team.The club has threatened legal action against sites which are posting the self-shot naked photo, and unfortunately, Tlusty has to defend his heterosexuality from some creative journalism.The young player grew up in the Czech Republic and played for that league until this year when he was drafted 13th by the Maple Leafs.

  • Scotland hug-in protests target Stagecoach buses 22

    Two gay teenagers were threatened with ejection from a bus and then made to sit separately after a fellow passenger complained about their behaviour.  photo: Gene Hunt@flickr.com

    11:25 AM — Gay rights activists and members of the Scottish Socialist party are to travel on buses in several Scottish cities today in protest at the treatment of a gay couple on a bus earlier this month.Same-sex couples will hold hug-ins on Stagecoach buses in Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh. In Aberdeenshire protestors will join the couple in recreating their journey.Steven Black, 16, and Mark Craig, 19, were threatened with ejection from a bus and then made to sit separately after a fellow passenger complained about their behaviour.

  • Hate church finances revaled in court 4

    The Snyder family's expectation of privacy at Matthew Snyder's funeral was violated by the church members' protest outside St. John Roman Catholic Church.

    10:59 AM — Three members of the Westboro Baptist Church have presented their accounts to a court in an attempt to reduce the nearly $11m (£5.4m) they were ordered to pay Albert Snyder, the father of a fallen Marine, for protesting at his son's funeral.Westboro Baptist, which has about 75 members, the vast majority of whom are relatives of preacher Rev Fred Phelps, protests at funerals using anti-gay slurs.Three members of the church, Rev Phelps and his daughters, Shirley Phelps-Roper and Rebekah Phelps-Davis, presented documentation.

  • Comment: Evangelical has no place on equality commission 41

    Full protection against discrimination at work for gay people? Joel Edwards opposed it.

    10:35 AM — Simon Barrow of Ekklesia has a silver tongue when it comes to making excuses for the disgraceful behaviour of some of his co-religionists.Now he comes out in defence of the Evangelical Alliance and its leader Joel Edwards, who has been appointed as a commissioner to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.Give him time, says Simon, let's see how he behaves. He might change. Well, I was one of those who objected to Joel Edwards' appointment and I did so after observing years of efforts by him and his organisation to retard gay rights.

  • Iranian escapes death penalty after international pressure 1

    Human rights activists had protested that the death penalty was unlawful in this case and argued that his trial was unfair.

    10:24 AM — The Chief Justice of the Islamic Republic of Iran has intervened in the case of a 21-year old found guilty of multiple counts of anal rape (ighab), allegedly committed when he was 13 years old.Makvan Mouloodzadeh, a 21 year old an Iranian Kurd, had been sentenced to death in the city of Paveh, following his conviction for an act of sodomy that he committed while still a minor, aged 13, with another minor, also aged 13.Human rights activists had protested that the death penalty was unlawful in this case and argued that his trial was unfair.

  • Singapore bans game over lesbian scene

    The game, Mass Effect, will be launched across the world next week.

    10:10 AM — An X box game has been banned by state censors in Singapore because of a lesbian love scene.The authorities in the city state are among the most repressive in the free world.Computer games are not allowed to "feature exploitative or gratuitous sex and violence, or denigrate any race or religion."The game, Mass Effect, will be launched across the world next week.

  • 14th November 2007

    London Mayor candidates differ on incitement law 5

    Ken Livingstone, who has been Mayor since 2000, said that many lesbian and gay people in London experience high levels of violence.

    6:10 PM — The three main party candidates for Mayor of London have spoken to PinkNews.co.uk about a new law that would make incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation an offence.Ken Livingstone, who has been Mayor since 2000, said that many lesbian and gay people in London experience high levels of violence, abuse, threats and insults and welcomed the proposed legislation."The sort of thing that should fall under such legislation, for example, would be the hatred incited by the far right when they assert that all homosexuals are paedophiles," he said.

  • Gay poets London residence to become museum 1

    Arthur Rimbaud and his lover Paul Verlaine fled Paris for London in 1872 amid controversy about their love affair.

    5:30 PM — Two of France's most admired poets are to be honoured with a museum in north London dedicated to poetry.Arthur Rimbaud and his lover Paul Verlaine fled Paris for London in 1872 amid controversy about their love affair.The 28-year-old Verlaine had abandoned his wife and child to elope with the 17-year-old Rimbaud. The couple had a short-lived relationship and stayed in London for less than a year.

  • Comment: Keep the EHRC door open to promote change 39

    Those who serve on EHRC are going to have to acknowledge the continued existence of suspicion, prejudice and resistance.

    4:00 PM — Reactions to the news that the Rev Joel Edwards, general director of the Evangelical Alliance, had been appointed to serve as one of the commissioners on the new Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), were swift and predictable.There was acknowledgement but little immediate comment in the religious press (many there are nervous about the news, for the opposite reason to PinkNews.co.uk readers) and annoyance and incomprehension in LGBT communities and among civil rights and secular activists.

  • Stonewall criticises BBC’s gay representation

    Recent research by Stonewall found that gay people and their lives are five times more likely to be portrayed in negative terms on the BBC.

    2:55 PM — The chief executive of the UK's leading gay equality organisation has told a diversity conference that gay and lesbian people are "massively underserved" by the BBC.Ben Summerskill said that £200m of the BBC's £3bn licence fee is paid by gay citizens, who were not getting proper representation on screen.Recent research by Stonewall found that gay people and their lives are five times more likely to be portrayed in negative terms on the BBC.

  • US gay rights groups honour dismissed gay soldiers

    12,000 flags will be placed on the National Mall in Washington DC, one for every discharged service member.

    2:15 PM — Several leading LGBT organisations in the United States are to join forces later this month to honour the 12,000 servicemen and women discharged as a result of the ban on openly gay, bisexual or lesbian people in the country's Armed Forces.The current "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy has been in place since 1994.Commanders may not ask personnel their sexual orientation, but LGB people who are open about their sexuality may not serve openly.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Clegg backs homophobic incitement law 1

    The government announced last week that it will introduce a new offence of incitement to violence on the grounds of sexual orientation

    1:25 PM — A candidate for the leadership of the Liberal Democrat party has told PinkNews.co.uk that he is "absolutely in favour" of a proposed new law to make incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation an offence.Nick Clegg, who is the party's home affairs spokesperson, dismissed concerns from some gay commentators that the law is unnecessary, saying there is a "real problem of overt homophobic incitement to violence."The party's 2005 manifesto promised legislation to tackle this issue.

  • Gay Congressman endorses Hillary for President 1

    Representative Frank commented in 1996 that he is used to being in the minority, being a left-handed, Jewish homosexual.

    11:40 AM — Barney Frank, the only out gay man in the US House of Representatives, has said he is backing Senator Hillary Clinton in her bid for the White House.The 67-year-old, who has represented the 4th District of Massachusetts since 1981, will serve as an economic adviser to Senator Clinton during the campaign.The former First Lady continues to lead the Democrat field for the Presidential nomination ahead of the first primary elections in January.

  • Korean gays ask for international support

    “The United Nations Secretary General is Korean so international pressure will be most effective.“

    11:04 AM — The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has received an urgent request from gay activists in South Korea.They want to mobilise international support for the restoration of sexual orientation as a protected category in the proposed anti-discrimination legislation (ADL) recently drafted by the Ministry of Justice.The proposed new law was designed to bolster South Korea's pre-existing National Human Rights Commission Act

  • International study reveals AIDS ignorance

    Nearly half of the survey's respondents believed that most HIV-infected patients were being treated for their disease.

    10:58 AM — A new survey from the MAC AIDS Fund suggests a lot of people the world over still need to be educated about HIV and AIDS.For instance, more than 40 percent of 4,510 respondents from nine countries did not understand AIDS is always a fatal disease.Many also wrongly believed there is a cure for HIV, while nearly half of the survey's respondents believed that most HIV-infected patients were being treated for their disease.

  • US to mark transgender remembrance day

    GLAAD's “Be an Ally  a Friend“ campaign features 22 public figures from television, film and sports.

    10:45 AM — In the United States next Tuesday is the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to memorialise those killed because of anti-transgender violence or prejudice.To mark the event, the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is releasing a public service advert encouraging viewers to treat others with dignity and respect regardless of gender identity/expression or sexual orientation.The 20-second spot is part of GLAAD's ongoing "Be an Ally a Friend" campaign.

  • 13th November 2007

    Hungary may give OK to same-sex partnerships 2

    In Hungary, same-sex couples have no legal background for their relationships.

    5:22 PM — Hungary's governing parties have reportedly agreed to tackle the issue of same-sex relationships by introducing some form of legal partnership.According to Hungarian website hirszerzo.hu, both governing parties are theoretically willing to provide equal rights for same-sex couples, though only two MSZP (Socialist Party) MPs supported the liberal party's suggestion at a human rights commission meeting.

  • Lesbian solider denies sexual relationship with female colleague 3

    Giving evidence for her friend at an employment tribunal where Miss Fletcher is suing the Ministry of Defence for discrimination, Miss Ashman denied having had a sexual relationship with her.

    5:22 PM — A supposed rendezvous between two lesbian soldiers in an Army stable was just a friendly cuddle, a tribunal heard yesterday.A male colleague had said that Sergeant Louise Ashman and Lance Bombardier Kerry Fletcher were engaged in a romantic encounter in the barn after one sent the other a text message saying "I feel randy", the Daily Mail has reported.But yesterday Miss Ashman insisted she was only comforting her colleague.

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