15 December 2007Interview: Peter Tatchell’s 40 years of campaigning 4 Peter Tatchell celebrated his fortieth year of campaigning on 10th December, Human Rights Day.The Australian-born activist began campaigning for human rights, democracy and global justice in 1967, aged 15.Now, at 55, his eyes still have the vividness and energy of a teenager, and he has no intention to retire, because, he says, there is still much work to do.
16 December 2007Archbishop apologises for persecution of gays 9 Archbishop Desmond Tutu has apologised to gay people all around the world for the way they have been treated by the Church.He recently criticised Anglicans for being 'obsessed' with homosexuality.In a world exclusive interview with production company Made in Manchester, Tutu spoke to creative director Ashley Byrne.
17 December 2007Florida to vote on same-sex marriage ban 1 Should the Florida constitution ban same-sex couples from marrying? That's the question that will be put before the state's voters next year, thanks to the efforts of Florida4Marriage.org, a coalition of groups led by Orlando lawyer John Stemberger.The coalition announced late last week that after three years they have succeeded in gathering the 611,009 signatures needed to add the question to the November 2008 ballot, assuming all of them are verified.
17 December 2007Congressional opposition to new HIV+ travel restrictions + Gay rights activists and US lawmakers are crying foul over regulations proposed by the Homeland Security Department that could actually make it more difficult for persons living with HIV/AIDS to travel to the United States.Under current federal law, travel and immigration to the US by HIV-positive people is severely restricted.In fact, at present, foreigners with the HIV/AIDS virus can only obtain visas after receiving a waiver from the Homeland Security Department.
17 December 2007McKellen and Fry nominated as Great Britons + The Morgan Stanley Great Briton 2007 shortlist has been revealed in the Daily Telegraph, with two gay men among the shortlist of 21.Thousands of public nominations were whittled down by a series of expert panel to leave just three names in each of the awards seven categories.Actor Sir Ian McKellen joined author JK Rowling and artist Damian Hirst on the Arts shortlist.
17 December 2007IDAHO looks to next May 17th + The International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) campaign is already being planned for 2008.Last year, the 3rd international IDAHO was marked across the UK and the world.In over 50 countries on and around May 17th 2007 events took place and there were more than 100 initiatives and events in the this country.
17 December 2007THT campaign targets HIV risk from using poppers 3 A leading sexual health charity has launched new campaign to make gay men aware of the risks of using poppers when having unprotected sex.Terrence Higgins Trust's (THT) campaign strapline: "Poppers increase the risk of HIV being passed on when fucking without condoms," highlights the fact that if you have anal sex without a condom the risk of passing on HIV is increased if you use poppers.
17 December 2007LGBT Noise demand gay marriage in Ireland 4 Protesting the lack of rights that gay couples have in the Republic of Ireland, a new pressure group took to the streets of Dublin at the weekend to protest.Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered (LGBT) Noise wants full civil marriages for gay people, something the Irish government has ruled out as contrary to the country's constitution.Around 50 members of LGBT Noise were joined by gay choir Gloria at their protest on Saturday.
17 December 2007Relationships register proposed by Australian PM 1 The newly-elected Prime Minister of Australia has denied rumours that his Labour government intends to legalise civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.Several news outlets reported that senior ministers had given assurances that significant legislation would be brought forward.However, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said today that he stands by his comments during the election that he regards marriage as between a man and a woman.
17 December 2007Prosecutor wants fascist Hungarian group shut down 6 Budapest's prosecutor has accused a far-right group recently established in the country of racism, homophobia and anti-Semitism and asked a court to disband it.Magyar Garda, or Hungarian Guard, held an anti-Roma rally earlier this month, where they marched in neo-Nazi uniforms.A spokesman for the prosecutor's office said the group was guilty of generating fear among minority groups, specifically the Roma, who make up 5% of the Hungarian population.
17 December 2007Westminster spa ends discrimination against gays 1 A politics blog has successfully pressured a Westminster City Council spa into giving gay and lesbian couples the same discount as heterosexuals.The Porchester Spa, run by the council, was charging same-sex couples £40.70 for the use of steam rooms and baths instead of the £28.25 straight couples paid.Recess Monkey, a left-leaning political blog, said today that a journalist had informed them that this "gay tax" has been abolished.
17 December 2007Little Britain star to play Frankie Howerd + David Walliams, better known as the straight half of the Little Britain team, will further highlight his credentials as a serious actor in a new BBC4 drama.
18 December 2007Euro governments “must do better” on hate crimes 6 A majority of European governments get a poor grade in their efforts to tackle violent hate crimes, according to Human Rights First's 2007 Hate Crime Report Card.Released today at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) meeting in Tel Aviv, the new study examines monitoring and reporting systems as well as the enforcement of hate crime laws in the 56 states that comprise the OSCE.Those states include the Russian Federation and the Central Asian states, Western Europe, the United States and Canada.
18 December 2007Hungary approves partnership legislation 29 Hungary's parliament yesterday approved the Registered Partnership Act.
18 December 2007Third of young New York homeless are LGB 2 Gay youth make up an inordinate amount of New York City's homeless population according to the city's first ever census of homeless youth.It found that, of the nearly 4,000 young people under the age of 24 who go homeless each night in the city, nearly one-third identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual.While many homeless youth found temporary shelter with a friend or a relative, some 1,600 reported spending nights on the street.
18 December 2007California court decision on same-sex marriage attracts interest + Still waiting for the California Supreme Court to declare whether or not marriage between people of the same sex is legal?You may want to get comfortable, because recent comments from Chief Justice Ronald George suggest it could take a while.George told the San Jose Mercury News earlier this week that the case currently before the court has attracted more "friend of the court" briefs than any other case in recent memory.
18 December 2007International LGBT group want gay-friendly schools + 100 young LGBT people from all over Europe gathered in MÃ¡laga, Spain, last week for the three-day meeting of International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Queer Youth and Student Organisation.IGLYO member organisations discussed strategies for advancing equality and human rights for LGBTQ young people.Euro MP Michael Cashman spoke at the event.
18 December 2007Lib Dem leader to be announced today + The Liberal Democrats will announce their new leader today.
18 December 2007Stonewall question Radio 1′s inconsistency over gay language 5 BBC Radio 1 has been criticised by gay equality organisation Stonewall for its stance on homophobic language.The channel has decided to bleep the word 'faggot' in the classic Christmas song Fairytale of New York because it thinks some members of the audience might find it offensive.However, Radio 1 recently stood by DJ Chris Moyles and refused to apologise for his use of the word 'gay' in a context more associated with homophobic playground language.
18 December 2007Comment: Is Renee Richards a trans hero? 3 Imagine waking up every day and feeling like you were in the wrong body.Imagine the frustration and angst it would cause to know that although you felt like a human being, those around you didn't treat you that way.Imagine spending a lifetime trying to excel at a sport only to be told that physically you were unable to compete because an unprecedented gender policy forbids your inclusion.
Articles from December 2007
- Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: I’ve not come out strongly against same-sex unions, but in Judaism we don’t do them’6
- US: Boy Scouts council to vote on lifting ban on gay members+
- US church tells PinkNews: Equal marriage is to blame for violent Woolwich murder7
- US Boy Scouts President: Allowing gay boy scouts would be ‘the right decision’+
- Peter Tatchell: ‘I may disagree with David Cameron on austerity, but on equal marriage I salute him’3
- Ukraine: Gay pride rally cancelled by court for fear that it will spark violence+
- Cornwall: Tory deputy chair Sarah Newton defends abstaining in equal marriage Commons vote13
- Sir Gerald Howarth: ‘I should have used ‘militant’ rather than ‘aggressive’ to describe the ‘homosexuality community’36
- Lib Dem MP John Pugh criticised for voting against equal marriage bill — Simon Hughes and Tim Fallon abstained17
- Tory MP Sir Gerald Howarth defends ‘aggressive homosexual community’ equal marriage slur59
- US church blames Woolwich suspected terror killing on UK acceptance of gay people46
- Tory MP Sir Gerald Howarth defends 'aggressive homosexual community' equal marriage slur 59
- David Cameron called 'marriage wrecker' and warned of 'long battle' over equal marriage in House of Lords47
- Seven amusing and shocking things we learned during the equal marriage debate7
- Columnist Richard Godwin: Does Tory MP Sir Gerald Howarth 'dream that everyone in Soho wants to bum him?' 10
- Sir Gerald Howarth: 'I should have used 'militant' rather than 'aggressive' to describe the 'homosexuality community'36
- US church blames Oklahoma tornado on gay basketball player Jason Collins56
- US radio host: Employers should be allowed to discriminate against gays who 'display their lifestyle'46
- Canada lifts lifetime ban on gay men giving blood, but they can only donate if celibate for five years24
- Lib Dem MP John Pugh criticised for voting against equal marriage bill -- Simon Hughes and Tim Fallon abstained17
- 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'94
- 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
- Government to consider abolishing civil partnerships or opening up to straight couples68
- Norman Tebbit: David Cameron has 'f**** things up' with his equal marriage bill66
- David Cameron: Gay teenagers will stand that bit taller following equal marriage vote62
- Tory MP Sir Gerald Howarth defends 'aggressive homosexual community' equal marriage slur59
- Lib Dem Deputy Leader Simon Hughes: 'Marriage should be between one man and one woman'58
Pink News on Twitter Follow @PinkNewsDownload our free app for iPhone + iPad Out4Marriage