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2007

  • 31st January 2007

    COMMENT: Coming out not seen as sporting

    The reason Tilden remains a largely forgotten figure to this day owes a lot to the fact that he was gay. photo: wikipedia.org

    10:36 AM — As part of PinkNews.co.uk's contribution to LGBT History Month, columnist and tennis nut Ben Leung reveals how one of the sport's greatest heroes has been forgotten because he was gay, and asks why in 2007 lesbian sports stars are two-a-penny while footballers seem to be stuck the closet. You don't have to be a tennis fan to have heard of Roger Federer. On Sunday, the world's best tennis player easily secured his tenth Grand Slam victory to date.

  • See Rufus Wainwright’s Judy tribute live in London

    Rufus Wainwright is currently in the studio recording material for his eagerly awaited new album, expected in Spring 2007.

    9:59 AM — Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright's London appearances at the London Palladium next month sold out within hours last November.Now AIDS charity Crusaid are offering the last available tickets in an extraordinary package, including the best seats in the house, Marc Jacobs t-shirts and limited edition signed Rufus Wainwright posters. The exclusive £175 tickets also include access to the exclusive after show party, at the Cinderella Bar.

  • 30th January 2007

    Tony Blair’s fundraiser arrested again

    The arrest of Lord Levy, a close friend of the Prime Minister, is another blow for Mr Blair.

    6:47 PM — One of the Prime Minister's closest allies has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.Lord Levy, who is Mr Blair's special envoy to the Middle East, was first arrested last July and released on bail in connection with an investigation by the Metropolitan Police into the alleged selling of peerages.

  • Homophobic teen gang attack Jersey couple

    The police arrested three of the gang at the scene.

    4:20 PM — Police on the island of Jersey have arrested three teenagers after two men were attacked by a gang in the centre of St Helier at the weekend.The men, both in their 30s, were first verbally assaulted by the mob at around midnight on Sunday night, reports the Jersey Evening Post. Around half an hour later their paths crossed that of the gang again and there was a confrontation.

  • The Feeling serenade Bill Gates

    The five-piece 'soft rock' band have been hugely commercially successful in the UK and are about to try to break the American market.

    4:02 PM — Up and coming British band The Feeling gave a free concert in London this afternoon, after playing at the launch of Microsoft's new Vista operating system.Lead singer Dan Gillespie Sells became an alternative gay pin-up last year when he revealed in a magazine interview that he is gay.

  • Gay activists welcome first EU equality summit

    The Eurobarometer data for the UK found that 48% of respondents felt that discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation is widespread in this country.

    2:43 PM — European and UK gay rights organisations have welcomed the first EU summit on equality, which began in Brussels today.450 delegates from across Europe launched the 2007 European Year of Equal Opportunities for All at the summit, which is a joint initiative by the European Commission and the German Presidency of the EU.Representatives from the European branch of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) are attending.

  • G from DG blasts Vatican attitudes

    DolceGabbana's designs are particularly popular with movie stars.

    1:48 PM — Stefano Gabbana, of DolceGabbana fame, has rounded on the Vatican for trying to stop Italian gay and lesbian people getting equal rights.The designer, in an interview with newspaper La Stampa, argued that the Roman Catholic church is trying to fight against love itself.Mr Gabbana was the sexual as well as design partner of Domenico Dolce for 19 years.

  • Gay MP questions adoption compromise 10

    Mr Williams, currently the only out gay LibDem MP, today tabled an Early Day Motion supporting the IDAHO campaign.

    1:15 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Lib Dem MP Stephen Williams has expressed scepticism about the long period of exemption from the new Sexual Orientation Regulations that the government has granted to Roman Catholic adoption agencies."I think the Prime Minister's decision is welcome."There should be no exemptions," he told PinkNews.co.uk

  • Cardinal fears social isolation for Catholics 5

    All eyes are now on the Scottish Roman Catholic Church, who have yet to respond to the government's decision.

    12:16 PM — The head of the Roman Catholic church in England and Wales has spoken of his fear that the church might have to withdraw from a range of social activities.His comments follow yesterday's decision by the government that Catholic adoption agencies will not be given an exemption from rules which protect gay and lesbian people from discrimination.The Sexual Orientation Regulations will make it illegal to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation.

  • Gay couple register as married in Israel

    The state of Israel is by far the most tolerant towards LGBT people in the Middle East, but does not allow same-sex marriages.

    11:40 AM — An English immigrant to Israel has had his marriage registered by officials in Jerusalem.Binyamin Rose and his American husband Avi have successfully registered themselves as a married couple.This is the first time since a Supreme Court decision three months ago ruled marriages performed abroad are legal inside Israel that two gay men have been registered as married.

  • L Word star quits show and reveals baby plans

    She also revealed that she had a same-sex relationship while filming her episodes.

    11:14 AM — Bisexual actress Kristanna Loken has told producers of The L Word she will not be returning for another series of the hit show, which follows the lives and loves of a group of Los Angeles lipstick lesbians.Loken has also revealed that she is ready to be a mother, and already has a sperm donor in mind.She is best known for her role as T-X in Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines. 

  • Mardi Gras row over commercial sponsors

    In 2002, Mardi Gras was almost bankrupt, and the community-based management of the board became more commercially savvy to ensure the survival of the event.

    10:50 AM — A dating website for lesbians has accused the organisers of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras of pandering to commercial interests at the expense of community spirit.The Pink Sofa says its members have been refused permission to participate in the Fair day and parade events because the festival is sponsored by dating site Gaydar, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. 

  • Italian coalition parties clash over gay families 4

    Prime Minister Romano Prodi's coalition has to hold together nine different parties in government, and now proposal for new rights of gay and lesbians in Italy is causing problems.

    10:25 AM — The delicate balance of power in the Italian government could be upset by a new law that will grant gay and lesbian couples a form of civil partnership.The nature of the Italian political system means that since 1945 the country has mostly been ruled by fragile coalitions, and the group of parties that finally removed Silvio Berlusconi from office last April are no different.

  • COMMENT: LGBT History Month full of surprises 3

    What about Sir Ian McKellen, who helped found Stonewall and went to 10 Downing St to talk to Prime Minister John Major about gay rights?

    9:45 AM — Now in its third year, the LGBT History Month starts this week. The calendar of events across the country is filling up as never before.Tony Grew explains why gay history is so important and takes us through some of the diverse range of things to do, see and enjoy in this month-long celebration of our gay past. LGBT History Month is an excellent opportunity for all of us to learn more about the histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the UK.

  • International Day Against Homophobia preparations kick off 2

    Campaigns from London and Manchester will also be launched to help raise awareness of LGBT rights in educational contexts.

    9:45 AM — Gay campaigners and activists from around the world are gearing up for the 3rd International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) on May 17th.50 countries are now involved in the campaign to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights across the globe.

  • 29th January 2007

    English Cardinal disappointed at adoption decision 10

    The Cardinal, who is the head of the church in England and Wales, adopted a conciliatory tone in his comments.

    7:10 PM — Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has expressed his disappointment at the decision by the Prime Minister not to grant an exemption from anti-discrimination legislation for Roman Catholic adoption agencies.The Cardinal, who is the head of the church in England and Wales, adopted a conciliatory tone in his comments, in contrast to his assertion last week that agencies would close rather than consider gay or lesbian couples as adoptive parents.

  • PM defends Ruth Kelly’s position

    She was given responsibility for equality issues in May 2006, but has refused to reveal her views on homosexuality.

    6:45 PM — A spokesman for the Prime Minister has said Mr Blair wants to pay tribute to Ruth Kelly.The Communities Secretary, who is responsible for equality matters, has been heavily criticised by gay campaigners and some MPs for her strong religious views.Ms Kelly, a devout Catholic, has been accused of bowing to pressure from the hierarchy of the church.

  • LibDem spokeswoman welcomes PM’s adoption stance 10

    Ms Burt, the MP for Solihull, said she was happy that the Catholic agencies will be given time to make new arrangements.

    5:27 PM — Politicians have spoken to PinkNews.co.uk of their delight at Tony Blair's decision to not grant an exemption from anti-discrimination laws to Catholic adoption agencies.Lorely Burt MP, the LibDem spokeswoman on equality, told PinkNews.co.uk:"Tony Blair's statement is welcome news.

  • Tories make no comment on adoption, LibDem furious

    A Tory spokeswoman repeated that the party's MPs will be given a free vote on the regulations when they come before the House of Commons next month.

    5:15 PM — A spokeswoman for Conservative Central Office has said the party has no statement to make about Tony Blair's announcement that Roman Catholic adoption agencies will not be exempted from anti-discrimination legislation.Meanwhile a LibDem MP who tabled an Early Day Motion calling on the government to exempt the Catholic Church has branded Tony Blair a coward.

  • Stonewall delighted by adoption decision 10

    Mr Summerskill dismissed claims that the Catholic agencies are the best in the country

    5:05 PM — The chief executive of Stonewall has warmly welcomed the statement from Tony Blair that Roman Catholic-run adoption agencies will not be granted an exemption to the Sexual Orientation Regulations.Ben Summerskill also questioned the claim by the church that their agencies are superior to state-run adoption facilities."We are delighted that the cabinet has listened carefully to what we have been saying."

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