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2007

  • 8th February 2007

    Ken Livingstone backs Latvia Pride 1

    Some thirty or so gays and lesbians marched through the centre of Riga last July.

    12:22 PM — The LGBT communities of London and Riga are to come together in a unique twinning partnership to support equality and tolerance in both capital cities.Pride London representatives are due to sign a statement of unity with Riga Pride in the Latvian capital later this month.The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, has given his backing to the Riga event, which last year was attacked by protestors.

  • Italy gay marriage vote too close to call 4

    Opinion polls show 69% of the country's Catholics are in favour of the new laws, which would grant cohabiting couples similar rights to married ones.

    12:06 PM — The fragile unity of Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi's government will be severely tested when proposals to offer legal recognition for same-sex unions are to be unveiled in the next few days.Some are already seeing this as a referendum on Mr Prodi's vulnerable nine-party centre-left coalition.The situation has been made worse by intense lobbying from opposition MPs and the Catholic Church, with Pope Benedict XVI chastising the proposals as "anti-church and anti-family."

  • Gay radio show on the BBC

    In 1993 gay radio quite suddenly came out with the first gay programme on Radio 4.

    11:13 AM — BBC Radio 4 is to broadcast a programme this Saturday exploring the rise and fall of gay radio.Out on Air has been scheduled to coincide with February's LGBT History Month.The programme will examine how homosexuality on the airwaves went from taboo to mainstream in the space of a decade.

  • Colombian court recognises same-sex rights

    It is still not clear how far the court's decision will go in recognising same-sex partner rights.  photo: dweekly@flickr

    10:58 AM — For the first time, the Constitutional Court in the South American state of Colombia has acknowledged the rights of same sex partners.Although homosexual relationships were decriminalised in the 1980s, serious human rights violations against LGBT people are commonplace.The country has been the scene of social unrest for decades, with powerful drug cartels challenging the authority of the government.

  • US Army scared of lesbians, says Congressman 1

    Congressman Ackerman suggested to Ms Rice that as the Army was sacking much-needed translators for being gay, her department could hire them instead.

    10:25 AM — A member of the House of Representatives has said that the American military is more scared of lesbians than terrorists.Gary Ackerman, from New York, was questioning Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at a Congressional committee into 2008 State Department budget.The Congressman was questioning the current military policy of "Don't Ask Don't Tell."

  • 7th February 2007

    Joan Rivers offers to clean your house for charity 1

    Highlights include artist Tracy Emin and comedian Joan Rivers cleaning your house and a tour of Coronation Street with actor Antony Cotton.

    5:52 PM — Terrence Higgins Trust is offering a series of 'money can't buy' experiences for auction at their star-studded fundraising event next month.The Lighthouse Gala Auction, which is supported by Barclays, is your chance to spend an evening at Christie's with THT's top celebrity supporters and bid for some exclusive lots.The auction will be held on the 12th of March.

  • Gay activist push “no kids no marriage” law 1

    The proposed ballot measure would require couples to prove they can have children to get a marriage licence.

    4:00 PM — Same-sex marriage advocates in the American state of Washington are proposing a state ballot measure that would limit marriage to couples who prove they can bear children within three years.Proponents say the proposal was aimed at "social conservatives who have long screamed that marriage exists for the sole purpose of procreation."The Washington Defence of Marriage Alliance acknowledged on its website that the initiative was "absurd."

  • Disgraced preacher “discovers” he is straight 1

    Haggard has revealed he and his wife plan to move away from Colorado and study for a degree in psychology.

    3:35 PM — Ted Haggard, the former pastor of an evangelical super church who was forced to resign after revelations of a three-year affair with a male prostitute, has said he was "acting out" and is still a heterosexual.The revelation came in an interview in the Denver Post with one of the four pastors who have been giving Haggard an intensive course of counselling.

  • £17,000 payout in discrimination case

    The tribunal found that the company did not deal with the complaints of homophobia correctly.

    2:10 PM — A gay man who was suspended for complaining about anti-gay graffiti has been awarded over £17,000 compensation by an employment tribunal.Chris Martin won his case against Parkam Foods last September. The West Yorkshire company supply pre-packaged meats to many of the major UK supermarkets.Since the introduction of the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations in December 2003 only a small number of cases have been brought to a tribunal.

  • Mandela’s prison island to host gay marriage 1

    The island lies 12 kilometres south of Cape Town. The city is a  vibrant tourist destination favoured by the world's gay community.

    12:15 PM — This year's St Valentine's Day mass marriage ceremony on Cape Town's historic Robben Island will be the first in the event's history to accommodate a same-sex couple.Since the initiative's inauguration in 2000, the Robben Island Museum has played cupid to over 120 couples wishing to tie the knot on Valentine's Day.Marriage officers will wed a same-sex couple for the first time this year.

  • British basketball star comes out

    Amaechi, who is 6' 10“ tall, came out of retirement to represent England during the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne last year.

    12:15 PM — For the first time, a professional basketball player is to announce that he is gay.British-born John Amaechi, who retired from the NBA league three years ago, will reveal his sexuality in an ESPN TV show later this month, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The 36-year-old, who is of English and Nigerian parentage, grew up in Stockport.

  • Scots Cardinal attacks “hedonistic society” 1

    Catholic leaders in Scotland are hoping the influx of Polish migrants to the country will affect the outcome of the upcoming elections for the country's parliament.

    11:55 AM — The leader of Scotland's Roman Catholics has attacked modern Britain for allowing gay and lesbian couples the right to adopt children.Cardinal Keith O'Brien said that equal rights were a sign of a "deeply hedonistic society" and complained that morals were being trumped by freedom of choice and lifestyle.The church in Scotland has been vocal in its opposition to gay adoption.

  • Be confident to avoid attacks, advises charity 1

    If you feel at all threatened by someone, take evasive action. Move away, cross the road etc. and move towards somewhere where there are other people.

    11:23 AM — The Suzy Lamplugh Trust, a leading authority on personal safety issues, has said that LGBT people should develop techniques that help them to appear more confident and assertive in public.The trust says that confidence is a key weapon in avoiding hate crimes."Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people often rely upon 'being invisible' to remain safe," says the trust's chief executive Julie Bentley.

  • Man denied asylum for not having teenage sex 2

    Mr Orozco's lawyer argues that as his client is alone, uneducated and the victim of abuse he should be treated as a vulnerable person.

    10:58 AM — A refugee from Nicaragua has been denied asylum in Canada because he could not prove he is gay.The Immigration and Refugee Board said that as Alvaro Antonio Orozco was not sexually active as a teenager, it was impossible to verify his sexuality.Mr Oroxco's lawyer accused the IRB of stereotyping gay teenagers as more sexually active than their heterosexual counterparts.

  • Gay marriage banned again by Australian government 4

    In June 2006 the ACT government brought forward legislation to allow gay and lesbian couples the right to civil unions.

    10:29 AM — The attorney-general of Australia has confirmed that the federal government will block plans by one of the country's territories to legalise same-sex civil partnerships.Philip Ruddock said that the traditional marriage ceremony would be threatened by granting marital rights to gay people, an argument used repeatedly by Liberal party politicians.He also said that the Australian Capital Territory law would be a threat to minors.

  • Catholic schools comment on gay bullying 4

    Ms Keats said that a fifth of pupils reported that they had been subject to homophobic bullying.

    10:01 AM — The head of the Catholic Education Service has denied that educational institutions run by the church do not tackle homophobic bullying.Oona Stannard, chief executive of the service, was responding to criticism from one of the UK's major teaching unions.Ministers have urged all schools to develop a policy on homophobic bullying.

  • 6th February 2007

    COMMENT: The Kylie roadshow

    Kylie is as much about art, fashion and design as being Kylie pop singer.

    5:36 PM — Depending on you point of view, it is another example of national arts institutions dumbing down to get punters, or a well-deserved celebration of the iconic yet tiny figure of a true legend.PinkNews.co.uk's very own Torsten Højer took a trip down to South Ken this morning to take a look at what all the fuss is about. 

  • Mars pulls homophobic ad campaign 1

    Gay bloggers were the first to draw attention to the homophobic nature of the campaign.

    5:12 PM — An advertising campaign that featured American football stars showing disgust at the idea of two men kissing has been abandoned by Mars Inc.An advert for Snickers was aired during CBS television's coverage of the Super Bowl on Sunday.It showed two mechanics eating from opposite ends of a Snickers bar and, after their mouths touch, ripping out their chest hair in an attempt to "do something manly."

  • Anglican synod to discuss embracing gays 1

    The General Synod will be held at Church House in London from February 26th until the 1st of March.

    4:01 PM — The General Synod of the Church of England will return to the controversial topic of homosexuality when it meets at the end of this month.The synod meets twice a year to discuss the business of the church, and is made up of bishops, priests and lay people.There are two motions up for discussion about gay people.

  • Blair offers solution to Catholic adoption 1

    Mr Blair told the committee of MPs that he thought it would be a tragedy if the Catholic adoption agencies had to close.

    1:38 PM — The Prime Minister has told a committee of senior MPs that Roman Catholic-run adoption agencies can find a way through the row over gay adoption.Speaking to the Commons liaison committee, Mr Blair said he hoped that the religious agencies would form "consortiums" with secular agencies to provide a "gateway" for all potential adoptive parents to access adoption services.

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