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2007

  • 29th November 2007

    Lithuanian authorities use security to ban gay events 2

    The council's decision is the latest of many homophobic incidents in the Baltic state in the past few months.  photo: moacirpdsp@flickr.com

    2:30 PM — New rules passed by the city council in Vilnius will effectively outlaw gay marches and other events, according to Lithuanian gay rights advocates.Amendments to the public order and cleanliness regulations mean that the police or a special commission will be able to ban any event where they think a riot might occur.The Lithuanian Gay League is attempting to appeal this decision in court.

  • Harman and May clash over campaign donation 3

    Ms May asked Ms Harman to make a statement to the House about the donation.

    2:00 PM — Two women who speak on equality issues on opposite sides of the House of Commons had a heated exchange earlier today over party donations from a controversial businessman.Secretary of State for Equality Harriet Harman, who is also Leader of the House of Commons and chair of the Labour party, faced her Tory shadow Theresa May this morning at Business Questions.A £5,000 donation to Ms Harman's deputy leadership campaign, in the name of Janet Kidd, actually came from businessman David Abrahams.

  • Prime Minister hosts reception for HIV charity

    Mr and Mrs Brown were joined by singer Dannii Minogue, THT ambassador for young people.

    1:45 PM — Gordon and Sarah Brown held a reception at Downing St last night in honour of the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT).The charity, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, is the leading HIV and AIDS charity in the UK, and the largest in Europe.Mr and Mrs Brown were joined by singer Dannii Minogue, THT ambassador for young people, and people working with the charity to devise a new style of sex education for 13 to 19-year-olds.

  • US hate crimes bill in “serious jeopardy” 7

    In September the US Senate voted 60 to 39 to allow the new legislation to move forward.

    12:55 PM — American gay rights campaigners have warned that there could be less than a week to save a new bill before Congress that extends federal hate crime laws to LGBT people.In April the proposed new federal law, that would grant protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the United States, was named after the murdered gay teenager who brought the issue of hate crimes into the American consciousness.Matthew Shepard was beaten and left for dead, tied to a fence in freezing Wyoming in 1998.

  • Will Clegg or Huhne get the pink vote?

    We want to know what PinkNews.co.uk readers think - which one of these candidates will best represent the needs of the LGBT community?

    12:31 PM — 65,000 members of the Liberal Democrat party have been sent ballot papers to vote for a new leader.Nick Clegg, 40, the Lib Dem home affairs spokesperson, and Chris Huhne, 53, the party's environment spokesperson, are the candidates.Much has been made in these first few weeks of the race to become leader of the Liberal Democrats about the similarities between the candidates.

  • Forget Euro 2008 as gay football comes to London

    Leftfooters FC, a gay football club based in Regent's Park, are hosting the tournament.

    11:30 AM — Anyone still depressed about England and all the other home nations failing to qualify for Euro 2008 is being urged to keep next summer's hottest gay sports event in mind.The International Gay Lesbian Football Association World Championship is coming to London between 24th and 30th August 2008.Teams from all over the world will take part in the event, to be held in Regents Park.

  • Equality minister faces questions over donation

    The party's general secretary resigned earlier this week after it emerged he had known about the illegal donations for some time.

    11:20 AM — Cabinet minister Harriet Harman will face questions in the Commons this morning over what she knew about an illegal donation to her campaign for deputy leader.As Leader of the House, she will make a statement about forthcoming business and take questions from MPs.She was expected to appear yesterday in her role as minister for women during a debate on rape law but did not do so.

  • Comment: Gay voters could hold the keys to the White House 2

    With so many gay issues circulating Washington lately, it could just be that the gay vote is what sways the way the administration will be run.

    11:15 AM — If you haven't checked your calendar lately, there are exactly 418 days left in the Bush Presidency, and one of the most interesting and perhaps ground breaking elections is right around the corner.While many American voters are split on perennial election issues such as the war in Iraq, abortion, education and immigration, next year's election could offer up a whole new issue that ultimately decides who the next president of the United States will be.With so many gay issues circulating Washington lately, it could just be that the gay vote is what sways the way the administration will be run.

  • Tribute to thousands of dismissed gay soldiers

    The events recognise the 12,000 men and women kicked-out of the military since the signing of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.“

    10:35 AM — Tomorrow gay activists will mark the 14th anniversary of the ban on openly gay, lesbian or bisexual people serving in the US military.The Human Rights Campaign, Servicemembers United, Log Cabin Republicans, Servicemembers Legal Defence Network and Liberty Education Forum are to host a three-day tribute, 12,000 Flags for 12,000 Patriots, on the National Mall.The events recognise the 12,000 men and women kicked out of the military since the signing of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

  • 28th November 2007

    Police unveil LGBT community DVD

    Lothian and Borders police, who serve a quarter of Scotland's population, have generated a number of new initiatives to communicate with the LGBT community.

    4:40 PM — A Scottish police force has produced a DVD to support the LGBT community.Entitled Work with us to support our LGBT community, it aims to increase awareness of remote reporting and promote Lothian and Borders police's diversity work.The impetus for the DVD, which will be launched this evening, came as a result of a study carried out by Queen Margaret College University.

  • MEPs call on Poland to approve human rights charter 13

    In a TV debate during the campaign Mr Tusk pledged to make Poland a party to the EU Charter.

    3:15 PM — The European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights has urged the Polish government to maintain its post-campaign promise to have the country become a full party to the Charter of Fundamental Rights alongside other EU member states.In an address to the Polish parliament last week new Prime Minister Donald Tusk said he will honour the commitment of the previous government and join the UK as the only nations in the 27-member EU to opt out.The charter will become legally binding on EU institutions.

  • Trans activists resign from US gay rights group

    In October Ms Rose resigned as the only trans person on the board of HRC.

    3:05 PM — Human Rights Campaign, the most prominent LGBT rights organisation in America, has suffered more resignations from trans activists over its support for an employment protection law that excluded trans people.The only transgender members of the HRC Business Council, Donna Rose and Jamison Green, announced their resignations yesterday in response to recent HRC policy decisions regarding the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

  • Furnish backs homophobic incitement law

    In December 2005 Sir Elton and Mr Furnish became one of the first couples in England and Wales to have a civil partnership ceremony.

    1:25 PM — Sir Elton John's partner has spoken in support of a proposal to outlaw incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.Film producer David Furnish, 45, also praised the tolerance of British society."I think any sort of hatred is unacceptable so yes, I support it," he said.In December 2005 Sir Elton and Mr Furnish became one of the first couples in England and Wales to have a civil partnership ceremony.

  • Italian city establishes same-sex register

    Adults who “emotional ties and who have been living at least one year together“ may register. photo: mteson@flickr.com

    1:01 PM — Ancona, a city on Italy's Adriatic coast, opened a registry for same-sex couples yesterday.Adults who "emotional ties and who have been living at least one year together" may register, according to news agency ANSA.Earlier this year Padua city council outraged the Vatican by allowing gay and lesbian couples to register their 'family.'

  • Caribbean island considers ban on gay cruises 4

    A cruise hosted by lesbian comedian Rosie O'Donnell was the focus of faith-based protests when it visited the Bahamas in 2004.

    12:30 PM — Tourist authorities on Grenada are considering a ban on cruises for gay people from their shores.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.Tourism Minister Clarice Modeste-Curwen has said that a policy on the cruise ships has not been finalised.

  • French man held over gay murders

    Both men deny involvement with the murders and are being questioned by police in the town of Montbeliard.

    12:15 PM — A 68-year-old man has been detained by French police in connection with as many as 18 murders between 1980 and 2002.Most of the victims were gay men. Nicolas Panard was arrested in the French city of Mulhouse yesterday.He is reported to be well-known on the gay scene and previously worked as a drag performer.

  • Equality minister to pay back campaign donation 3

    Ms Harman accepted £5,000 from Janet Kidd but it has emerged the money was actually from Mr Abrahams.

    11:35 AM — Secretary of State for Equality Harriet Harman will return a £5,000 donation to her deputy leadership campaign.Yesterday the Prime Minister admitted that £600,000 of donations from controversial businessman David Abrahams were not "lawfully declared."Mr Abrahams used four associates to donate money to the Labour over four years.

  • HIV poverty highlighted in Scottish report

    Since 1991, half of all people diagnosed with HIV in Scotland have turned to the Crusaid Hardship Fund for support.

    10:58 AM — Children and the elderly are most at risk from HIV-related poverty, a report has revealed.Poverty and HIV: findings from the Crusaid Hardship Fund in Scotland, which was released yesterday in the Scottish Parliament, highlights the effects that stigma and discrimination can have on the financial situation of people living with HIV.The report, conducted by AIDS charity Crusaid, Waverley Care and HIV Scotland, calls for action in tackling the root causes of poverty.

  • Gamer complains of online homophobia

    Blog readers have had mixed reactions to the offensive behaviour.

    10:50 AM — The point is to move your player around a make believe world killing bad guys, but as the online gaming community continues to become big business, it may also be a new anonymous place to breed homophobia.This week, a self proclaimed gay gamer was verbally attacked for his sexuality while a participant in the Xbox online game Halo3.Halo 3 is a first-person shooter video game, which was developed by Bungie Studio for the Xbox 360.

  • Thinking positive: HIV+ athletes

    There are only four documented cases in the world in which a person became HIV-positive after large quantities of HIV-containing blood splashed into his eyes, mouth, or broken skin.

    10:40 AM — Greg Louganis is regarded by most as one of the most spectacular divers to ever break the surface of the water.Training for his moment of glory since he was a young boy, Louganis first burst on to the diving scene when he competed and medalled in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, at the age of 16.Favoured to win gold in both the 3 and 10-metre events in 1980, Louganis would have to sit the competition out when the United States boycotted the Moscow Olympics.

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