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December 2007

  • 7th December 2007

    Stonewall to benefit from charity panto on the run 1

    Last year, the gay and lesbian running club wrote and performed a gay, running-themed version of Cinderella.

    11:04 AM — A London-based gay and lesbian running group will perform a Christmas pantomime to raise money for the LGBT organisation Stonewall.On January 13 London Frontrunners will stage their A Christmas Carol at the Drill Hall in Chenies Street.The pantomime features a quartet of gay and lesbian ghosts who are freed at a séance and bring chaos in Scrooge's hotel on Christmas Eve.

  • Presidential candidate defends his Mormon faith

    Some claim the Mormon faith is too far removed from the fundamentals they say the US is built upon.

    10:50 AM — Mormon Presidential candidate and one time gay rights supporter Mitt Romney took his thoughts on religion public on Thursday morning when the Republican hopeful delivered a controversial speech on faith in America.Intended to address those who have questioned the Mormon faith's place in leading this country, the speech stressed that religious liberty "is fundamental to America's greatness," though Romney has long argued the fact that he is Mormon should have no bearing on his ability to be elected.

  • US Congress drops hate crime bill

    A US House-Senate conference committee has dropped the hate-crimes legislation.

    10:20 AM — Congressional aides are reporting that a US House-Senate conference committee has dropped the hate-crimes legislation co-sponsored by Senators Gordon Smith and Edward Kennedy from a defence authorisation bill because it did not have sufficient support in the House.The legislation, formally known as the Matthew Shepard Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, would have expanded federal law to include crimes committed against people because of their gender, sexual orientation or disability.

  • 6th December 2007

    Donations to Harman were secret to avoid “Jewish conspiracy” 1

    Harriet Harman received £5,000 from Mr Abrahams through a proxy

    7:01 PM — The businessman at the centre of the government's donations scandal says that he secretly donated to the Equality Secretary, Harriet Harman's campaign to become Deputy Leader of the Labour party to avoid accusations of being part of a "Jewish conspiracy."Batchelor, David Abrahams told the Jewish Chronicle that blame for the scandal where he donated £663,975 to Labour through proxies lies with Jon Mendelsohn, Gordon Brown's fundraiser.

  • Russian court rejects more appeals from Pride activists

    Pride activist Nicolas Alexeyev expressed distrust of the three judge panel appointed for the appeal.

    5:25 PM — A court in Russia today rejected the appeal of gay activists requesting that a ban on this year's gay Pride be considered unlawful.Moscow City Court confirmed the decision of a local district court, which had upheld the city government's decision to ban the march.Moscow Pride 2007, the second proposed LGBT event in two years to be held in the Russian capital, was scheduled for May 27th but never happened because of the city mayor's decision to ban it.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Follett – there are no donations

    Ms Follett is a work and pensions minister in addition to her equality responsibilities.

    5:08 PM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveEquality minister Barbara Follett has responded to allegations that she has received donations from her husband that she did not declare."Because I want to give the people of Stevenage the best possible service I can, I spend all of my MP's salary, allowances and some of my personal income running my constituency and parliamentary offices," she said in a statement to PinkNews.co.uk.

  • Questions over equality minister donations

    Ms Follett is the minister for equality, which includes LGBT rights.

    3:35 PM — The husband of Barbara Follett may have inadvertantly embroiled her in the furore over donations.Ms Follett is the minister for equality, which includes LGBT rights.Her husband, multi-millionaire novelist Ken Follett, is a longtime Labour supporter.In an appearance BBC's Sunday AM with Andrew Marr on 2nd December, he boasted that: "I actually subsidise it to the tune of every year at least a hundred thousand pounds a year."

  • No ban on gay cruises to Grenada 1

    The tiny island nation, which has a population of 103,000, gained independence from the UK in 1974. photo: zakgollop@flickr.com

    2:55 PM — Authorities on Grenada will not ban cruises for gay people from their shores.Tourism Minister Clarice Modeste-Curwen yesterday complained that some hotel bookings on the island have been cancelled because of news reports that such a ban was being considered.The tiny island nation, which has a population of 103,000, gained independence from the UK in 1974. Male homosexual acts are illegal and punishable with up to ten years in jail.

  • Two years on, civil partners still face problems 7

    As reported on PinkNews.co.uk last month many institutions do not have an option for civil partners on their application forms.

    2:44 PM — Many gay people are confused at the correct language to use when describing civil partnerships and some are forced into revealing their sexual orientation in situations which required disclosure of marital or partnership status, according to Citizen's Advice.New research released yesterday to coincide with the second anniversary of civil partnerships found that many same-sex couples, who are in or who are planning civil partnerships, find there are many benefits to them and welcome them.However, there are still potential emotional, financial and social costs.

  • Irish minister rules out referendum on gay marriage 13

    Labour Minister Brian Lenihan said civil partnership was easier to achieve, because gay marriage would require a constitutional change that would split the country.

    1:02 PM — Ireland's Minister of Justice has rejected the possibility of a referendum to allow gay marriage.Labour Minister Brian Lenihan said civil partnership was easier to achieve, because gay marriage would require a constitutional change that would split the country.Speaking at the annual meeting of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, an LGBT organisation that is campaigning for gay marriage, he said he was keen to guarantee equality to gay people.

  • Small interest rate cut benefits LGBT home owners 1

    Traditionally, banks and building societies have passed on reductions in the base rate to borrowers by reducing the cost of variable rate mortgages.

    12:50 PM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) home owners, especially those in a relationship, have welcomed the decision of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee to reduce interest rates by a quarter of one percent.High levels of LGBT couples retain two properties, living in one and renting out the other.The buy-to-let market has suffered from stagnating rental prices coupled with rising interest rates. Today's cut was the first in two years.

  • Euro queer youth discuss gay-friendly schools

    IGLYO member organisations will discuss the organisational priorities and strategies on advancing equality.

    12:30 PM — Today 100 young LGBT people from all over Europe are gathering in Málaga, Spain, for a three-day meeting of International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Queer Youth and Student Organisation.IGLYO member organisations will discuss the organisational priorities and strategies on advancing equality and human rights for LGBTQ young people.Euro MP Michael Cashman will be speaking at the event. He is President of the European Parliament Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights.

  • Labour fund created to support LGBT candidates 1

    LGBT Labour said that they have so far received a positive response both from the LGBT community and from Labour party candidates and members.

    12:11 PM — The Labour Party has launched a campaign fund to support LGBT candidates, especially women, at future elections.Dorothy's List was set up with the objective of raising £2,000 to help members of the LGBT community overcome the obstacles which they face when running for political office.LGBT Labour said that they have so far received a positive response both from the LGBT community and from Labour party candidates and members.

  • New homopbobic bullying resource unveiled

    The study, which involved 899 students, revealed that 64 per cent of them had witnessed homophobic bullying cases.

    12:01 PM — Northamptonshire County Council is launching a pioneering programme to tackle homophobic bullying in schools.The "Tackling Diversity and Sexuality resource" will be used in the county's schools as a tool to fight the spread of homophobic bullying of both adults and students.The project follows a series of studies, including a major piece of research which was completed in Northamptonshire in 2004.

  • Report reveals regulations for HIV+ travellers 3

    There are currently 13 countries that bar people living with AIDS.

    11:30 AM — The European AIDS Treatment Group has published the 2007 Quick reference: travel and residence regulations for people living with HIV and AIDS.The publication, at its sixth edition, updates the information about all the requirements and regulations in every country for travellers living with AIDS.It is designed to help people working in AIDS organisations and contains some of the most recent requirements adopted in several countries.

  • Sex and drug allegations made against dead banker

    According to The Times, the Tobias' marriage might have been one of convenience.

    11:20 AM — A familiar face on CNBC and one of the wealthiest investment bankers in New York City, Seth Tobias was found floating face down in the swimming pool of his Florida mansion by his wife four months ago today.But now, as details of his estate unfold, The New York Times reports that the 44-year-old Tobias, who had allegedly suffered a heart attack, was living life in the fast lane.Lurid tales of sex with male go-go dancers and cocaine binges are just a few of the shocking details laid out in the paper's feature on the banker who fell from grace.

  • Baseball player in porn scandal returns to Japan 1

    Cleveland Indians pitcher Kazuhito Tadano had been rejected by Japanese baseball clubs for appearing in a gay pornographic video.

    10:59 AM — A few years back it was discovered that Cleveland Indians pitcher Kazuhito Tadano had been rejected by Japanese baseball clubs for appearing in a gay pornographic video.After a few mildly successful years playing ball in the United States, the talented player has now been called back to Japan to play with the Nippon Ham Fighters.Tadano was a star pitcher at Rikkyo University and was expected to be a welcome addition to the Japanese leagues in 2002.

  • New York City targets gay tourist dollars

    NYC  Company is also expected to make a substantial investment in the online gay community.

    10:40 AM — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is betting big on the future of tourism in the Big Apple and he is clearly hoping that the gay community will play a significant part in the realisation of his vision.According to various published reports, the City of New York has just launched a $30 (£14.8m) million queer tourism campaign, which officially began with Out magazine's recent Out 100 issue.According to GFN.com, in October, the 11th Annual Gay Lesbian Travel Survey ranked the Big Apple as the No. 1 destination for US gay men.

  • 5th December 2007

    Iran carries out execution for juvenile crimes 34

    On June 7th 2007, the Seventh District Criminal Court of Kermanshah in Western Iran found him guilty and sentenced him to death.

    5:58 PM — Makvan Mouloodzadeh was executed in Kermanshah Central Prison at 5 a.m. this morning, Iranian time.Neither Mr Mouloodzadeh's family or his lawyer were told about the execution until after it occurred.The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) reports that despite an order by the Iranian Chief Justice to nullify his death sentence, he was put to death.

  • Analysis: New law will protect parents and sperm donors 1

    The advantages of using a fertility clinic mean that the donor is registered, and cannot be legally held responsible for the child's welfare or upkeep.

    4:50 PM — The story of a 37-year-old man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple and is now being asked to pay child support highlights the complicated legal situation around children conceived by artificial methods.New legislation before Parliament aims to make it easier for lesbian couples to access NHS fertilisation services and ensure that a lesbian or gay couple can become the legal parents of their children.At present the law requires that NHS fertility clinics take account of the "need for a father" when assessing women for treatment.

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