18 January 2007Education Secretary stands up for gay song 1 Alan Johnson, Secretary of State for Education and Skills, has told BBC Radio 4 listeners that he would be happy if the song (Sing If You're) Glad To Be Gay is included in a book for schoolchildren.The Daily Express reports that the comments have "sparked a major row."
18 January 2007Internet cruisers less likely to know HIV status + One in five of all men seeking men for sex on the internet have not had an HIV test since their last episode of unprotected casual sex.This is just one of many findings discussed in newly published data from the 2006 Gay Auckland Periodic Sex Survey (GAPSS) and Gay men's Online Sex Survey (GOSS).Together the surveys spoke to over 3,000 gay and bisexual men in New Zealand.
18 January 2007Brighton Pride mourn their “true champion” 9 The organisers of Brighton Pride have spoken of their sadness at the news that Paul Wilde has died aged 51.As reported by PinkNews.co.uk, Mr Wilde died in his sleep and yesterday was found in his flat above his venue South Central, in Vauxhall, London.He was the mastermind behind the most successful Pride events in the country.
18 January 2007Bristol ready for LGBT History Month 1 The important contribution that LGBT Bristolians make to the city's economy and cultural scene is to be celebrated through a range of events.They will take place under the banner of LGBT History Month, and begin with a film double bill at the Arnolfini cinema on Saturday 29th January.There are two further LGBT film double bills at the Arnolfini on Sundays 4th and 11th of February.
18 January 2007Controversial gay ex-MP demands pension + The Australian former Liberal party MP Andrew Olexander is in the limelight once again.He is applying for an exemption to allow him to access a pension paid for by the taxpayer.Mr Olexander was a controversial figure in the Liberal party, roughly equivalent to the Conservatives in the UK.
18 January 2007Nigerian anti-gay laws about to pass + New legislation currently being debated by politicians in Nigeria could be the most serious crackdown on the rights of gay and lesbian people since the Iranian revolution.The proposed laws are presented as a defence of marriage, but gay activist Peter Tatchell argues they seek to remove the few rights sexual minorities have in the troubled African state.
19 January 2007Mardi Gras protest over gay marriage 1 Sydney Mardi Gras organisers have launched a stinging attack on the Australian Prime Minister's stance on same-sex marriage.The federal government of John Howard has rejected calls for Australian gay and lesbian couples to be allowed to have same-sex marriages or civil unions.The Liberal leader has spoken out against gay rights on many occasions.
19 January 2007Gay director pleads not guilty + A lawyer for Gus Van Sant, director of My Own Private Idaho, has told a court in Portland, Oregon, that he is not guilty of driving recklessly and drink-driving.The 54-year-old was arrested on December 21st last year, after police officers spotted him driving at night with no headlights on.Police allege that the director was slurring his words and had bloodshot eyes when stopped.
19 January 2007Alleged rapist and serial killer in court + A 42-year-old man has appeared in court in Louisiana charged with nine counts of first degree murder.Ronald Dominique pleaded not guilty to the charges, which relate to the rape and murder of nine men in Terrebonne County between 2002 and 2005.The accused was arrested by police at a homeless shelter last month.
19 January 2007Homophobic Muslim preacher faces police probe 2 The Birmingham mosque exposed in a Channel 4 documentary as a Mecca for extremist Muslims is being investigated by police after calls from an MP for police to intervene.The Dispatches programme, broadcast on Monday, showed undercover footage of preacher Abu Usamah calling for gay people to be executed.The controversial preacher was caught on camera at Green Lane Mosque in Birmingham.
19 January 2007Network steps into F word row, actor apologises 4 ABC television has issued a rebuke to Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington for using the word faggot in public.And in yet another twist, Washington has apologised for the second time for his use of the offensive word.An online petition sent to bosses at ABC asked the network to fire Washington, and was signed by over 9,000 people.
19 January 2007Matthew Shepard’s mum nominated for award + Gay activists in America are urging people across the world to vote for Judy Shepard, who has been chosen as a finalist in the fifth "Volvo For Life" awards.Mrs Shepard, Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, has become one of America's most vocal advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.The foundation was created by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year old son, Matthew.
19 January 2007Prescott reveals a fear of gays 2 Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has spoken to BBC Radio 4 about his days as a merchant seaman, and revealed that he was uncomfortable sharing a cabin with gay crew.The 68-year-old, who is due to stand down as Labour party deputy leader later this year, worked as a steward on the Cunard Line in the 1950's.A documentary about his time at sea, called Prescott At Your Service, has been made by the BBC radio station.
19 January 2007Robbie Williams to strip for Elton? 57 Elton John's upcoming 60th birthday celebrations have been a source of endless speculation, with the latest report claiming that former Take That! singer Robbie Williams is going to perform a striptease on the night.What is certain is that John will be celebrating the landmark birthday on 25th March with a performance for friends and celebrities at New York's Madison Square Garden.
19 January 2007Tutu stands up for gays 2 Legendary anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Desmond Tutu has urged his fellow Anglicans to focus on the problems facing Africa and stop obsessing over gay issues.Dr Tutu told a conference in Nairobi that the God he worships does not consider the position of homosexual clergy to be more important that AIDS.The former Archbishop of Cape Town is attending the World Social Forum in Kenya.
22 January 2007Ruth Kelly in new row over gay adoption + Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly has ignited another cabinet row over the Sexual Orientation Regulations.The new rules, which protect gay, bisexual and lesbian people in England and Wales from discrimination when accessing goods and services, are due to come into force in April.It emerged over the weekend that Kelly and Prime Minister Tony Blair want to exempt Roman Catholic adoption agencies from the regulations.
22 January 2007Online suicide bid highlights trans isolation + A Welsh transsexual woman took an overdose of pills, then sent emails to health groups and media outlets, protesting at the way in which gender reassignment surgery is regarded.The unnamed woman, from Llanelli, swallowed a large quantity of painkilling medication and then sent the email suicide note.A friend of the woman called the police when he read the contents of her email.
22 January 2007Gay MPs lambast Kelly opt-out + Labour politicians and gay rights activists have responded to press reports that Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly wants to grant exemptions to the new Equality Act.The Independent on Sunday reported that Kelly wants to give Roman Catholic adoption agencies an opt-out from the Sexual Orientation Regulations, which outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services.
22 January 2007Police warn of internet dangers + The Metropolitan Police have issued a warning to gay men to be more cautious when sending pictures online after a London man was humiliated by an internet sneak.The two men met on an internet dating site and the victim sent the other man a sexually explicit picture of himself.When they stopped chatting online, the other man reprinted the image on a poster with libellous text.
22 January 2007Eagle speaks out against the “very, very few” + PinkNews.co.uk exclusive The vice-chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party has said that "very, very few" of the party's MPs want a change to the Sexual Orientation Regulations.Angela Eagle, the MP for Wallasey, spoke out after the Independent on Sunday reported that Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly wants to allow adoption agencies controlled by the Roman Catholic Church to turn away gay or lesbian 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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