21 December 200717% of Florida LGB couples are raising children + Opponents of same-sex marriage in one of America's most populous states are confident they have gathered the more than 600,000 signatures needed to get a question on the November 2008 ballot calling for a ban on same-sex marriage.Florida4Marriage.org, a coalition of groups, has been trying to get the question on the ballot for three years.The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law has released a new research study providing demographic and economic information for the almost 55,000 same-sex couples in Florida.
21 December 2007New EU nation not taking to gay acceptance 1 One of the more recent EU member states has very high levels of hostility towards gay people, a survey has revealed.Bulgaria, one of the poorest countries on the continent, joined the European Union in January, but social attitudes do not appear to be developing as quickly as the economy.According to the Novinite news agency, research conducted by Skala agency in September found that only 17 percent of Bulgarians "can freely communicate with gay people."
21 December 2007Court demands end to Nepal’s gay discrimination + Gay rights campaigners in the Himalayan nation of Nepal have spoken of their delight at a ruling by the Supreme Court legitimising gay rights.The court, hearing a petition from four activists, has ordered that the government not just overturn discriminatory laws but pass new ones protecting the rights of gay people.The harassment that lesbian, gay and trans people face in the country often comes at the hands of Maoist rebels.
21 December 2007Christian MPs want to amend hate crime legislation 102 A cross-party group of MPs has tabled an amendment designed to ensure that homophobic Christians can continue to express their views on gay people.Devout Roman Catholics Ann Widdecombe and Jim Dobbin are among the MPs attempting to amend the government's proposal to make incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation a criminal offence.Christian Concern for our Nation is urging its supporters to pressure MPs into supporting the new amendment.
21 December 2007Spanish embassy unaware of civil partnerships agreement 170 The Spanish Embassy in London was unaware UK civil partners should now receive the same benefit as married couples in Spain, despite advice from the British government that Spanish authorities should be contacted for guidance on the matter.When contacted by PinkNews.co.uk today Fernando Villalba, the Spanish Embassy press councillor, said: "This is the first time I have heard about that.
21 December 2007Paddick calls on Met chief to resign over shooting 2 The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London has again called on the capital's most senior police officer to resign over the shooting of an innocent man.Brian Paddick's remarks follow the announcement today by the independent police watchdog that no officers from the Metropolitan police will face charges or disciplinary action over the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes on July 22nd 2005.Mr Paddick was the UK's most senior out gay officer until he stood down as one of the Met's Deputy Assistant Commissioners in May.
21 December 2007Jersey consults on gay marriage 3 The States of Jersey has set-up an advisory board to receive comments on four government proposals for new legislation which could introduce gay marriage to the island by the end of next year.The four options put forward for further discussion are the right for same-sex couples to marry, same-sex civil partnerships as in the UK, civil partnership for both heterosexual and same-sex couples, or no change to the current law.The closing date for comments is 31st March 2008.
21 December 2007Review: St Trinians impresses and amuses 1 With an all-star cast, the latest St Trinian's film brings the unruly schoolgirls kicking and screaming into the twenty-first century.Facing closure from the bank, and under pressure from the government for her unorthodox teaching methods, headmistress Camilla Fritton (played with great relish by Rupert Everett), rallies her girls round.Pitting their wits against former-flame, Education Minister Geoffrey Thwaites (Colin Firth), she joins her pupils in a plot to steal famous painting, Girl with a Pearl Earring.
21 December 2007London HIV funding cuts reversed 15 Charity Gay Men Fighting AIDS has revealed that it has received an announcement from NHS London stating that HIV prevention funds for gay men will not be cut.Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) have been told to back down on their previous stance that money was too tight."HIV prevention work for gay men in London was going to be cut by 36%, which would have meant that some of the existing services would just stop," said Matthew Hodson, Head of Programmes for GMFA.
21 December 2007Nepal “sets a new standard for LGBTI rights” + Nepal's gay rights organisation has released a statement celebrating the Supreme Court's decision to grant equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people.Blue Diamond Society's Sunil B Pant said he was extremely happy and proud" of the court's decision, which the group hopes will mean a revolution for gay people in the Himilayan country."It is believed that LGBTI will enjoy, today onward, all the rights according their sexual and gender identities as other genders."
21 December 2007Graham Norton to search for new star of Oliver! + Gay comic Graham Norton will host a new show for the BBC next year, I'd Do Anything will try to find four new stars for the musical Oliver.Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber will lead the judges but will be joined by the musical theatre produer, Cameron Mackintosh, listed as the 16th most influential gay person in Britain in the Independent's 2007 list.
22 December 2007Blair converts to Catholicism 1 Former prime minister, Tony Blair, has converted to Catholicism, his spokesman confirmed today.He was welcomed into the church in a service last last night by the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor.Mr Blair's relationship with the gay community was seriously damaged following his appointment of the devoutly Catholic Ruth Kelly to the post of Minister for Equality in 2006.
22 December 2007David Starkey: The Queen is uncultured and poorly educated 7 The openly gay historian Dr David Starkey has said the Queen is uninterested in her predecessors because she was poorly educated.He told the Guardian: "I think she's got elements a bit like Goebbels in her attitude to culture."You remember: 'Every time I hear the word culture I reach for my revolver'." He compared her to Elizabeth I, who also acceded the throne at 25, "was 20 times as well educated.
23 December 2007Simon Hughes says Blair conversion isn’t news + The openly bisexual, Christian, Liberal Democrat MP, Simon Hughes has criticised the media for overstating the importance of the conversion of former prime minister Tony Blair to Catholicism.Mr Hughes said: "In the 21st century the news that a former prime minister has moved from one branch of the church to another should not rate major headlines...If Tony Blair had changed from Christianity to Buddhism, Islam or Judaism it would be much more significant."
26 December 2007David Beckham loves being a gay icon + Former England captain, David Beckham has confessed that his wife, Victoria, likes to dress him and that he loves being a gay icon.The 32-year-old told BBC Radio 2's Lines of Enquiry: "I'm very honoured to have the tag of gay icon...Maybe it's things like (the fact) I like to look after myself, I like to look smart and presentable most of the time."He also said: "Without a doubt Victoria has a huge part in the way I look these days."
27 December 2007Brown aide named most powerful gay person in Britain 55 PinkNews.co.uk, Europe's largest gay news publication, has published its list of the fifty most powerful openly LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) people in British politics.Gordon Brown's Director of Political Strategy, Spencer Livermore tops a list that contains 17 Labour party members, 11 Conservatives, seven Liberal Democrats, three greens and one Plaid Cymru.
27 December 2007The 50 most powerful LGBT people in British politics 59 As we look forward to another year, we cannot help but ponder the fact that if Gordon Brown had called an autumn election we could have been hearing a very different Queen's Speech last month.But if the Conservatives or even the Liberal Democrats had won the election, there would be gay people at the heart of government.The purpose of this PinkNews.co.uk Top 50 list is to demonstrate the presence of gay and lesbian people at the highest levels of British politics.
27 December 2007Profile: The most powerful gay man in British politics 55 Spencer Livermore is one of the least-recognised names on the PinkNews.co.uk Top 50, but he wields a level of influence most politicians could only dream of.As Director of Political Strategy at Number 10, he is planning the next election and the direction of the government and the Labour party next week, next month and next year.
28 December 2007Legal drug that turns into GHB on rise in gay club scene + The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs may recommend reclassifying gamma butyrlactone (GBL) to a class-C drug after a rise in use in the club scene.Unlike, gamma hydroxybutyrate, (GHB), which is illegal, GBL is perfectly legal and turns into GHB once in the blood stream.
28 December 2007Uruguay’s President grants legal rights for gay couples 2 Uruguay has become the first Latin American country to to recognise same-sex civil unions after President Tabare Vazquez signed the law that had been passed earlier this month.The law grants cohabiting couples who have lived together for more than five years the same rights as straight married couples.
Articles from 2007
- US: Owner of florist sued for refusing same-sex wedding files lawsuit against state13
- Mixed martial arts fighter fined $20,000 and suspended for three months for anti-gay slur+
- France: President Francois Hollande signs equal marriage bill into law4
- Gay MP Mike Freer accuses fellow Tories of attempting to “derail” equal marriage bill8
- Church of England: Allowing straight civil partnerships would ‘introduce confusion’19
- Georgia: Prime Minister denounces violence against IDAHOT rally4
- Poll: 7 in 10 Russians are against the ‘justification and display of homosexuality’28
- Portugal: Parliament grants same-sex couples some adoption rights6
- Comment: Dear Philip Hammond, equal marriage might upset people, but it is worth it for equality18
- Italian Chamber of Deputies President: ‘Macho culture reduces gay people to caricatures’7
- Daniel Radcliffe: When filming Kill Your Darlings, I was given 'step-by-step' gay sex scene instructions16
- Scotland: Trans woman threatened with ban from shopping centre for using ladies' toilets28
- Turkey urged to broadcast Eurovision following TV station cancellation over lesbian kiss11
- Philip Hammond: 'No great demand for gay marriage and it's upsetting vast numbers of people'68
- Video: Equal marriage parody of Finland's 2013 Eurovision entry goes viral3
- France: Final marriage equality hurdle passed as Constitutional Council approves bill36
- Birmingham: LGBT sports centre to be opened by naked charity calendar stars Warwick Rowers11
- Georgia: IDAHOT rally attacked by thousands of violent protesters20
- Poll: 7 in 10 Russians are against the 'justification and display of homosexuality'28
- Study: Audiences don't mind gay actors playing straight roles 11
- Tory MP Nadine Dorries: 'The gay marriage bill is taking the sex out of marriage'89
- US: Minnesota Republican moved to tears over 'heartbreaking' same-sex marriage bill73
- Government to consider abolishing civil partnerships or opening up to straight couples68
- Philip Hammond: 'No great demand for gay marriage and it's upsetting vast numbers of people'68
- Bret Easton Ellis slams GLAAD and says gay basketball player Jason Collins treated like a 'baby panda'65
- US Radio host: Gay news websites are covered with porn that is turning teens gay62
- Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather tells Catholic newspaper 'I never went into politics to tackle equal marriage'59
- Tory MP David Burrowes: 'I'm not anti-gay; I'm just pro-marriage'57
- Christians called to pray at Parliament in opposition to equal marriage bill56
- New Zealand: B&B owner says 'not in my home' to lesbian couple56
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